In the late '70s Wild Fire was one of the more popular
groups in Trinidad. Formed by Oliver "Stompy" Chapman
back in 1962 the group was originally named the Sparks.
By the disco era Wild Fire were the house band at night
clubs like Disco Tracks and the Upper Level.
The group was very influenced by disco, especially the
famous British group, Hot Chocolate known for the classic
disco hit "You Sexy Thing." Hot Chocolate's chief songwriter,
Tony Wilson was originally a Trinidadian native and also
great friends with Oliver Chapman. The opening track on
this compilation is "Try Making Love", a floor-filling track
written by Tony Wilson in 1977 and recorded at Coral Sound
Studio in Port of Spain. It was there that Oliver Chapman
laid down the unforgettable bass line, solidifying its status
as a surefire hit. The infectious tune held steady at the
number one slot for six weeks in Trinidad and eventually
climbed to the top of the charts in Barbados.
Recorded at KH Studios, "Living On A String" with its
unique disco synth sound by keyboard player Calvin
Duncan was about the hard living of one trying to survive
as a musician and hoping to one day partake in the
material strappings of fame. "The Rebels" was more about
the political struggle for the young in the country at the time.
There was a lot of corruption in the government and a lot of
young people out of work. The song called to stand up and
rebel against the regime. And years later in 1990 it did
happen when the Muslim group Jamaat al Muslimeen
stormed the Red House (Trinidad's Parliament House) and
took cabinet members hostage.
Wild Fire would go on to tour the Caribbean extensively
including stops in Barbados, Antigua, St. Thomas and
Guadeloupe. The group had a massive local hit with their
track "Say A Little Prayer." The group would disband in 1985
and Oliver Chapman would move to America. Wild Fire -
Dance Hits is a collection of Wild Fire's
more dance friendly material.