Theo Parrish might be best known for his classic techno productions that he has been releasing for years through his label, Sound Signature Sounds, however some of us disco enthusiasts, like myself, might be more familiar with a different side of the Michigan native. Throughout the past decade, Parrish has been the mind behind the white-label project known as Ugly Edits, which is a 12" series of his soul, funk, and disco re-edits. During the last few years he has edited classics like Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes' "The Love I Lost", Willie Hutch's "Slick", Brainstorm's "Journey To The Light", Etta James' "In The Basement", Sylvester's "Dance (Disco Heat)" and many many more. I haven't heard all of the edits, however, from the many that I have been able to listen to my personal favorite would be his edit of GQ's 1980 album cut "Lies". On this edit, Parrish takes the finest moments of the five and a half orginal and creates an eight minute-plus boogie, removing the original's weaker reoccurring chorus and re-focusing the song on the tracks funky back beat groove and verse vocals. I find that these 12" Ugly Edits are at times hard-to-find and could cost you a pretty penny compared to many other disco re-edit 12" singles, however, that being said, Theo Parrish puts together some of the most interesting and unique disco edits out there.
GQ - Lies (Theo Parrish Edit) (Ugly Edit 07)