Inner City is a Saunderson collaboration that came about "by accident," according to Saunderson. In 1987 he recorded a backing track in his home studio, but needed lyrics and a female vocalist. His friend, Chicago house producer Terry ‘Housemaster’ Baldwin suggested Paris Grey. "Paris agreed, flew into Detroit, came up with lyrics and ‘Big Fun’ was born."
Saunderson filed away the tape until, months later, UK dance entrepreneur Neil Rushton came to Detroit in search of music for a compilation album, Techno - The New Dance Sound Of Detroit for Virgin Records. Rushton included "Big Fun" on the album. It was soon released as a single and became a worldwide smash, only to be outsold by Inner City's follow-up single, "Good Life."
A debut album, Paradise, soon followed. Over the years, and after three albums, Inner City had nine Top 40 hits in the UK and two Top 20 albums, with combined sales of more than six million units.
The New Dance Show was a television series in Detroit, Michigan, which ran on WGPR-TV 62 (now a CBS affiliate known as WWJ-TV). Hosted by R.J Watkins, The New Dance Show was a low-budget local version of One Direction and featured regular dancers, including a man who dressed like a Gypsy and wore a cape, and a woman who dressed as a boxer.
The New Dance Show was developed as a spin-off of The Scene, which ran from October 1975 to December 1987. The New Dance Show debuted in November 1988, the first show being recorded at Reggie's Moulin Rouge in Detroit.