Tony Moran began his career back in 1981, when he and friend, Albert Cabrera, teamed up. Together they were “The Latin Rascals”, whose re-edited versions of hit songs spliced together enjoyed major air-play on New York dance radio WKTU’s popular mix show. The radio exposure led to a deal from Shakedown Studios who hired the duo to restructure popular hit radio songs into viable dance club hits. Shortly thereafter, they were contracted by another studio, Fever Records, to write and produce a song for one of their new acts, The Cover Girls. The result was Show Me, a song that not only became The Latin Rascal’s first Top 40 gold record, but also helped to usher in the freestyle era of music. This opened the doors for new artists including TKA, Sa-Fire (“Boy, I’ve Been Told”), and Lisette Melendez (“Together Forever”), all of whom benefited from the skillful hands of Moran and Cabrera.
In 1988, The Latin Rascals released the first single from their sophomore album “When She Goes”. “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” was written by Bennie Benjamin, Gloria Caldwell, and Sol Marcus for the jazz singer/pianist Nina Simone, who first recorded it in 1964. “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” has been covered by many artists, including a 1965 blues rock hit by The Animals. A 1977 disco-flamenco/Latin rearrangement by Santa Esmeralda was also a hit.
The Latin Rascals version featured backing vocals by Audrey Wheeler and Cindy Mizelle and was mixed by The Latin Rascals and Steve Peck. The All-Star Edits version was mixed by Carlos Berrios, Chep Nunez and Roger Pauletta.
Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood (12″ Remix) 6:27
Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood (Dub) 6:49
Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood (All-Star Edits) 3:20
Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood (Hip-Hop Vocal) 7:07
Calvin Tyrone Brunson was born in Washington, D.C.. In his early career he played is several local groups, including the late-1970s funk band Osiris. His first solo project came out in 1982. Single “The Smurf”, released in the UK on the Mercury Records label entered the UK singles chart on July 3, 1982, and rose to a high of number 50; it remained in the charts for 4 weeks. “The Smurf” appeared on Brunson’s debut album, Sticky Situation. The follow-up U.S. single, the album’s title track, reached #25 on the R&B chart. The following year (1984), Brunson released his second album, Fresh. While the title track reached #22 on the R&B chart, no other singles made a significant dent on the chart. Three years later, Brunson released a third album, Love Triangle, but with no successful forthcoming singles, the album fizzled on the charts.
“Love Triangle” was written by Gayle Adams, James Mtume and Tyrone Brunson, James Mtume also produced the track.
“Rock Me Tonight (For Old Times Sake)” is the debut single for Harlem-born R&B/soul singer Freddie Jackson. Taken from the namesake debut title album, Rock Me Tonight, the popular ballad was written and produced by Paul Laurence. It was the top-selling R&B single for 1985 and was Jackson’s first of ten entries to hit the number-one spot on the R&B chart.
“Rock Me Tonight (For Old Times Sake)” was number one for six weeks on the Billboard Hot Black Singles chart and reached number 18 on the Hot 100 singles chart. It also reached number 18 in the UK Singles Chart.
“Rock Me Tonight (For Old Times Sake)” was written and produced by Paul Laurence.
Rock Me Tonight (For Old Times Sake) 7:06
Rock Me Tonight (For Old Times Sake) 3:59
Rock Me Tonight (For Old Times Sake) (Groove) 5:00
Janice McClain is an American R&B singer, who signed to MCA Records in the 1980s. She scored a chart hit on the US R&B chart with the single “Passion & Pain”.
Internationally acclaimed, has travelled around the world as a professional vocalist and songwriter for over twenty years. At the age of 15, McClain was signed to Warner Bros. Records, which yielded a disco hit single entitled “Smack Dab in The Middle”, that reached number 2 in the Billboard Club Play chart.
She is a native Philadelphian, who attended the High School for Creative and Performing Arts. Later on McClain went to Atlantic City to audition for a spot at Trump Plaza, and she was hired along with her band, Tapestry. Patti Labelle became her mentor, and arranged a recording contract for McClain with MCA Records. McClain has opened for the Commodores and James Brown.
McClain has since been a backing vocalist for Denise Williams, Hall and Oates, George Clinton and Linda Ronstadt. As the newest member of the Philly Party Band, McClain is one of the four lead vocalists.
“Passion And Pain” was remixed by David Todd and Nick Martinelli.
Alexander Robotnick (a.k.a. Maurizio Dami) is an Italian electronic musician. He made his debut on the Italian music scene as the founding member of Avida, a dance-cabaret band featuring Daniele Trambusti and Stefano Fuochi.
In 1983 he attained international popularity with his track “Problèmes D’Amour”, published first by the Italian label Materiali Sonori and then by Sire-WEA. “Problèmes D’Amour” went on to become a “cult track” of dance music. In 1984 he joined “Giovanotti Mondani Meccanici” a multimedia-oriented group and composed soundtracks for theatre works, videos and video-installations. He also composed soundtracks for films and theatre works by Italian directors such as Alessandro Benvenuti, Antonio Climati, Marco Mattolini, and Marco Risi.
The 1985 US Promo of “Problèmes D’Amour” was edited by Bruce Forest.
“White Lines (Don’t Don’t Do It)” is a hip-hop-funk song by Melle Mel, released as a 12″ in 1983 on Sugar Hill Records. The song, which warns against the dangers of cocaine, addiction, and drug smuggling, is one of Melle Mel’s signature tracks. The bassline is sampled from a performance of the Sugar Hill house band (featuring bassist Doug Wimbish) covering “Cavern”, a single by post-punk band Liquid Liquid.
When originally released on Sugarhill, the record was credited to Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel (some international issues also carried the same credit). This was done to mislead the general public into believing that Grandmaster Flash participated on the record, when in fact he played no part and had already left the Sugar Hill Records label the previous year.
“White Lines” peaked at No. 47 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart in 1983. The song fared better in the United Kingdom, reaching number 7 on the UK Singles Chart in July 1984, spending 17 consecutive weeks in the top 40. It was the 13th best-selling single of 1984 in the UK, selling more than several number one hits that year.
The song was co-written by Melle Mel and Sylvia Robinson. Originally, it was intended to be an ironic celebration of a cocaine-fueled party lifestyle, but it was abridged with the “don’t do it” message as an anti-cocaine song as a concession to commercial considerations.
The UK 12″ single from 1984 featured a new remix by Mastermind Herbie
White Lines (New UK Master Mix By Mastermind Herbie) 6:24
Klymaxx is an American all-female band created and founded by drummer and singer Bernadette Cooper. Cooper after college created the all-girl band. She also created the name ‘Klymaxx’. Klymaxx’s uniqueness is due to the all-girl band’s ability to play instruments, and their sound was influential because of its comedic, women power theme. Klymaxx’s original members are (vocalist, drummer, founder) Bernadette Cooper, (vocalist) Lorena Porter (Stewart), (guitarist) Cheryl Cooley, (keyboardists ) Lynn Malsby, (keyboardists) Robbin Grider and later after the band signed to Solar records (bassist/ vocalist) Joyce Irby, was added to the band .
After their second Solar album in 1983, the group switched to the MCA-distributed Constellation label for Meeting in the Ladies Room. It featuring their first hit “The Men All Pause” (penned by Bernadette Cooper and Joyce Irby) and marked the beginning of their success. Griffey chose as their third single the 1985 hit “I Miss You” (penned by Lynn Malsby) which peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and at #1 on the Billboard adult contemporary chart. “I Miss You” remained on the Hot 100 chart for 29 weeks, a long chart run at the time, and good enough to rank it as the third-biggest-selling song of 1986, ahead of several songs that went higher in the top 10. The album also featured the hits “The Men All Pause” and “Meeting in the Ladies Room”. 1986 saw the release of “Man Size Love” (which was written by Rod Temperton “Thriller”) from the Running Scared motion picture soundtrack. The following year, this song was included on their self-titled Klymaxx album, which went on to provide more hits.
Louil Silas Jr. provided the Man Size mixes on the 12″ single.
The Reddings was an American funk, soul and disco band, founded by Otis Redding’s sons Dexter (bass and vocals) and Otis Redding III (guitar) together with Mark Lockett (drums, keys, and lead vocal).
Their most well-known songs include “Remote Control” (1980) / “Doin’ it” / “Funkin On The One” / “Class (Is What You Got)” (1981) / “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay” (1982) / “Hand Dance” (1983) and “The Awakening” (1980), a bass-drums-duet which is often performed live by Les Claypool (Primus) and on his album Highball with the Devil.
Their album The Reddings was released on November 26, 1988, and reached a peak position of #88 on the US Billboard album chart. It featured a hit single “Call The Law,” which reached peak position of #16 on the Billboard Hot Black Singles Chart on November 26, 1988.
“Call The Law” was remixed by Timmy Regisford for the 12″ single.
John Benitez (born November 7, 1957), also known as Jellybean, is an American drummer, guitarist, songwriter, DJ, remixer and music producer of Puerto Rican descent. He has produced and remixed artists such as Madonna, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, and the Pointer Sisters.
Benitez scored two pop hits in the U.S. in the 1980s from music produced and released under the Jellybean moniker: “Sidewalk Talk” (US #18), written by Madonna and featuring Catherine Buchanan; and “Who Found Who” (US #16), featuring Elisa Fiorillo. He has, however, placed nine songs in the Top Ten of the U.S. Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, including three number ones. Other vocalists that have performed on a Jellybean release include Adele Bertei, Richard Darbyshire and Niki Haris. His 1984 cover of Babe Ruth’s “The Mexican” (for which he recruited the vocals of its original singer, Janita Haan) is regarded as a pivotal moment in the electro-hip hop underground scene, and was his first number-one single on the Hot Dance Music/Club.Play chart.
Janice Christie fronted female soul funk vocal trio “Wild Sugar” who released the single “Messin’ Around / Bring It Here” in 1981. Wild Sugar were Fatback’s backup singers and dancers and collaborated with the band throughout the 1980’s. Bill Curtis & Gerry Thomas of Fatback produced and co-wrote the track “Bring It Here” which was later sampled in the Beastie Boys hit “Brass Monkey.”
Janice began her solo career in 1984 with the release of the single “My Love Is Money”, this was followed by “One Love” (1985) and “Heat Stroke” (1986). The album “Heat Stroke” was released in 1987
The single “Heat Stroke” was written and produced by Peter Lord (The Family Stand) and the 12″ single featured remixes by Tony Humphries and Larry Levan.