by Mark Nobes, chief editor

The American House and Detroit Techno group Inner city had five Top 20 hits in the UK in the late 80s, and Good Life was the highest charting single, reaching #4 in 1988. It was the group's second single release - the follow-up to Big Fun - and reached #4 in the UK singles chart. The track featured on the hit album Paradise, and a remix by Tommy Onyx reached #10 in 1999.

Overall, Inner City had nine Top 40 hits in the UK. They were a duo consisting of the electronic music producer Kevin Saunderson and vocalist Paris Grey. Their pioneering sound consisted of analogue synthesizers and the early drum machines including the Roland TR-909.

Inner City - Good Life Vinyl sleeve

Good Life Vinyl Single 

I certainly remember strutting my stuff to Inner City in the night clubs back in the late 80s - was it really all those years ago? I've just realised how old I really am!

I suppose it's pretty ironic that we used to dance to these tunes in a nightclub that was actually a converted farm house - about as far away from the inner city as you can get! The Wildmoor on the outskirts of Stratford-Upon-Avon used to be the coolest place be seen in (for a time), although it's popularity faded away during the 90s. Sadly, it's now just a health spa. Nice memories of a good life, though.

Big Fun 12
Big Fun 12" Vinyl


The group's debut single Big Fun reached #8 in the UK and topped the Hot Dance Club Play charts in the US. The single had an innovative sound, and helped to popularize the Detroit Techno sound across the globe.
Inner City - Paradise - Album


Released during 1989, Inner City's debut album was successful in the UK, peaking at #3. However, in the group's home country (the album was renamed Big Fun here) the album failed miserably, peaking at a lowly #162.
Inner City Fire
Album Discography

1989  Paradise  #3
1989  Paradise Remixed  #17
1990  Fire  -
1992  Praise  #52
1993  Testament '93  #33

UK chart positions are shown

80s Singles Discography

1988  Big Fun  #8
1988  Good Life  #4
1989  Ain't Nobody Better  #10
1989  Do You Love What You Feel  #16
1989  Whatcha Gonna Do With My Lovin'  #12

UK chart positions are shown

You can watch the videos for all of these hits in the playlist at the top of the page.

Inner City - Praise - album sleeve


Inner City continued to release singles throughout the 1990s, with three making into the Top 40. Pennies From Heaven (#24), Hallelujah '92 (#22) and Your Love (#28). The aforementioned remix of Good Life reached #10 during 1999.


Good Life The Best of Inner City