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Audio: Bette Midler – I Put A Spell On You (Thee Werq’n B!tches Club Mix)


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Bette Midler – I Put A Spell On You (Thee Werq’n B!tches Club Mix)

Thee Werq’n B!tches is the moniker of solo producer/musician Joel Dickinson. He has also produced solo under the names ‘night mother and Frisky Army. Joel is also a part of the Audio Assembly remix team and has collaborated with Junior Vasquez, Jerome Farley, John Michael, and Billy Waters.

Many of Joel’s remixes and productions have attained high positions on the Billboard Club Chart, including Tony Moran ft. Deborah Cooper – “Heartbeat” (#4), Jessica Sutta ft. Kemal – “Again” (#11), Eddie X ft. Niki Haris – “This Time Baby” (#5), C+C Music Factory ft. Scarlett Santana – “Rain” (#8), Whitney Houston – “I Didn’t Know My Own Strength” (#17), and Whitney Houston – “Million Dollar Bill” (#1).

Joel began creating “bedroom bootleg” remixes and edits in 1998 after landing his first DJ residency at Trikkx in St. Paul, MN. In addition to Trikkx, Joel has also had residencies at The Saloon (Minneapolis), Rumours/Innuendo (St. Paul), and special gigs at events and clubs throughout the Midwest. In 2011, Joel retired from DJing, although he has played the rare special event and pop-up appearance since.

In 2000, Joel established Thee Werq’n B!tches as a remix outfit specializing in club/circuit anthems with a very strong gay sensibility. Some of the early remixes that have become camp classics are Dolly Parton – “9 To 5,” Liza Minnelli – “Cabaret,” Bette Davis – “I’ve Written A Letter To Daddy (from “Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?”),” and Olivia Newton-John – “Xanadu.”

In 2006, Joel created the signature song for Thee Werq’n B!tches, an original track with samples from the film, “Mommie Dearest.” Thee Werq’n B!tches ft. Faye Dunaway – “No Wire Hangers! (Thee Hollywood Royalty Mix)” and its’ music video were honored by VH1’s Best Week Ever in 2008, earning the title of “The Gayest Thing On The Internet.”

In 2009, he joined the remix team Audio Assembly. Audio Assembly is well-known for their remixes of Whitney Houston – “My Love Is Your Love,” Britney Spears – “Hold It Against Me,” Katy Perry – “ET,” Kimberly Davis – “Twist Of Love,” Taylor Dayne – “Facing A Miracle (Official Anthem of the Gay Games),” and Lady Gaga – “Bad Romance.”

In 2009, he also began producing and engineering for the legendary DJ/producer Junior Vasquez. Joel’s work with Junior includes Sade – “Soldier Of Love,” Whitney Houston – “I Didn’t Know My Own Strength” and “Million Dollar Bill,” Steppenwolf vs. Mighty Dub Katz – “Magic Carpet Ride,” Junior Vasquez – “X” and “If Madonna Calls,” Cyndi Lauper – “Come On Home,” Cher – “Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore,” and many more.

When not disguised as his alter-ego, Thee Werq’n B!tches, Joel is a professional educator specializing in online and face-to-face learning design & development. He also enjoys finding new ways to use technology to make advancements in eLearning. Joel is most happy living his absolute best life by going to Disney, a Broadway show, or taking extravagant trips with family and friends to see and hear new things and make new friends!


Bette Midler – I Put A Spell On You (Thee Werq’n B!tches Club Mix)

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