The All Seeing I is an English electronic music group from Sheffield, comprising Dean Honer, Jason Buckle and DJ Parrot (real name Richard Barratt). They released their first single "I Walk" in 1997, but it was not until the year after that they gained mainstream commercial success with the song "Beat Goes On", a remixed cover of the Sonny Bono song, using the all-female vocals from Buddy Rich's version). Their work was something of a Sheffield collective, and the trio worked with artists from the city including Tony Christie, Jarvis Cocker, Philip Oakey, Babybird and many others. Their regular live vocalist was Bozz, who later went on to form electronica duo Hiem. All Seeing I were asked in November 1998 to produce a cover of "Beat Goes On" for Britney Spears's debut album ...Baby One More Time. They have also remixed a variety of artists, including Pulp. Dean Honer also fronts the similarly styled group, I Monster. Buckle went on to be a part-time member of Fat Truckers and formed Relaxed Muscle with Jarvis Cocker. He also has a brief cameo as one of the Wyrd Sisters rock band in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, along with Cocker, Pulp's Steve Mackey, Steve Claydon of Add N to (X), and Phil Selway and Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead. Barratt was part of the duo Sweet Exorcist with Richard H. Kirk (of Cabaret Voltaire fame).
This quirky UK electronic outfit was formed by Dean Honer, Jason Buckle and DJ Parrot (b. Richard Barratt), the latter a mainstay of Sheffield, England’s dance music scene since the mid-80s. After a spell as a DJ at the Jive Turkey club, Parrot worked with Richard H. Kirk of Cabaret Voltaire, recording material for Warp Records under the title Sweet Exorcist. The pioneering 1990 tracks ‘Testone’ and ‘Clonk’, the former featuring a video by Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker, helped define the ‘bleep’ sound, a home-grown reaction against the vocal house music that was hugely popular in the south. Parrot went on to production work before, at the instigation of Cocker, starting his own Earth Records label in the mid-90s. Buckle, meanwhile, had recorded tracks for Warp using the moniker Rubber Johnny, and also worked on the Rephlex Records label under his own name. He also shared a house with Essex native Honer, who met Parrot during production sessions for Sheffield electronic outfit Add N To (X).The trio subsequently formed the All Seeing I, releasing 1997’s debut single ‘I Walk’. Their commercial breakthrough came about when they sampled a live recording of jazz drummer Buddy Rich and his 13 year-old daughter Cathy covering Sonny And Cher’s 1967 hit, ‘The Beat Goes On’. Ironically, the track was released on the Earth label at the same time as Sonny Bono died in a skiing accident. The single became a big radio hit and translated into UK chart success in March 1998 when it reached number 11. The trio then began recording an album in collaboration with several other Sheffield musicians, including suave 70s cabaret crooner Tony Christie, Phil Oakey of 80s pop stars the Human League, and maverick singer-songwriter baby bird. Christie’s stylish performance of ‘Walk Like A Panther’, Cocker’s wry tribute to Sheffield (‘the old home town still looks the same/like a derelict man who died out of shame/like a jumble sale left out in the rain/it’s not good, it’s not right’), reached UK number 10 in January 1999. Pickled Eggs And Sherbert proved to be a delightful tribute to Sheffield, mixing cheesy MOR and pop melodies with quirky, electronic interludes. ‘First Man In Space’, that also reached the UK Top 30, featured a suitably plaintive vocal performance from Phil Oakey. Stephen Jones, aka baby bird, contributed a biting performance of his own ‘Plastic Diamond’, while Cocker stepped up to the microphone himself on ‘Drive Safely Darlin’’. In a bizarre turn of events, Honer, Buckle and Parrot were asked to produce Britney Spears cover version of ‘Beat Goes On’, which featured on the American teen sensation’s debut album. Honer went on to work with the similarly styled I Monster.