MC JMP excited me from the very first second I heard his mic voice.
At a time when American Hip-Hop was the staple, and the sound of it was well ingrained in the brains of those of us who followed or were part of that movement. While most UK rappers were spitting out lyrics with a USA-washed accent, Pat found a fine line between his own local UK accent and a more polished mic delivery that I still say could have gone up against any of them.
"Musical Melody" was the other side of "The Theme" and when we were called on to perform on "Top Of The Pops" (see the performance below) we were told that the BBC didn't want an instrumental track playing on the TV show, suggesting that "Musical Melody" would make for better TV.
I can't argue with that decision, JMP was an amazing frontman, but it did nark me, just a few months later, to see 808 State perform one of their instrumental tracks ...
Pat & I were at the same middle school, the age difference between us meant we weren't schoolmates. We went on to different upper schools, and so it would take a few years for us to properly connect.
Pat & I wrote the lyrics for "Musical Melody". My job was to stitch JMP's killer stage lines, that were part of our DJ sets, and add some new content to help form a story, which I think we did nicely.
I still say Pat's voice is unbeatable -
JMP - The physical, quizzical, critical, digital, musical lyrical.