“She Drives Me Crazy” is a song recorded by English group Fine Young Cannibals, included on their 1988 album The Raw and the Cooked. The song peaked at Number 5 on the British singles chart in the band’s native U.K. in January 1989 (it was released on New Year’s Day) before hitting Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US on 15 April 1989. “She Drives Me Crazy” also topped the charts in Australia, Canada, Spain and on the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play Singles chart.It also was a top 3 hit on the German and Dutch Top 40.
The US Promo 12″ featured a range of remixes by Louil Silas Jr., all of which were excluded from the Edsel Records 2CD re-release in 2013 (http://goo.gl/koEYOd)
Loose Ends was a successful British R&B band that had several urban contemporary hits. The trio was formed in London in 1980, initially comprising vocalist and guitarist Carl McIntosh, vocalist Jane Eugene, and keyboard player, writer and founder Steve Nichol. The latter two left the group in 1989, bringing an end to the band’s most successful phase.
They achieved their first success with “Hangin’ on a String (Contemplating)” in 1985, which reached #13 in the UK chart. “Hangin’ on a String” also reached #1 on the U.S. Billboard R&B chart, making Loose Ends the first British band ever to top that chart. They reached #16 with the single “Magic Touch” in the same year.
Loose Ends ninth single was “Nights Of Pleasure” from the Zagora album, the track reached #42 on the UK singles chart and #58 on the US Billboard Hot Black Singles.
The UK double 12″ added remixes by Dancin’ Danny D to the original remix by Nick Martinelli.
Lime is a synthpop group from Montréal, Canada. The group was composed of husband and wife Denis and Denyse LePage.
Lime is most noted for their songs “Angel Eyes” (1983) and “Your Love” (1981 #1 US Dance). “Your Love” was featured in the 1982 movie Summer Lovers. Very early in their career, they released an instrumental 12″ single vinyl record called “The Break” under the name Kat Mandu. The single was successful and peaked at number three on the disco chart. Singer Denyse also wrote and sang on the record “Dancin’ the Night Away” by Voggue.
The single “Angel Eyes” was written by Denis and Denyse LePage and remixed by John Morales & Sergio Munzibai (“An M&M Mix”)
“No Way” was a 1983 single by American R&B/soul studio project “Inner Life” who had previously enjoyed chart success with “I’m Caught Up (In a One Night Love Affair)” (1979) and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” (1981). Both tracks featured the vocals of Jocelyn Brown and Leroy Burgess (formerly of Black Ivory).
The group released three accomplished LP’s over 1979 to 1982 and after leaving Salsoul released two singles on the 80’s dance label “Personal Records”.
The first of these singles was “No Way”, written by Leroy Burgess (Aleem/Universal Robot Band) and Sonny T. Davenport (Convertion/Logg) and mixed by John Morales & Sergio Munzibai for the 12″ release.
Oliver Cheatham (February 24, 1948 – November 29, 2013) was an American R&B singer who is best remembered for his 1983 hit “Get Down Saturday Night”.
Cheatham was born in Detroit, Michigan. He was encouraged to sing by his mother, and joined several local groups including The Young Sirs, Mad Dog And The Pups and Gaslight before releasing a single, “Hard Times” on the Tier record label. He then joined another group, the Sins of Satan, the group later being renamed as Roundtrip. They finally took his name and recorded two albums as Oliver.
Cheatham then signed for MCA Records as a solo singer. He worked with Al Hudson of the band One Way on his first album, The Boss. His first chart success came in 1983 with “Get Down Saturday Night”, co-written by Cheatham and One Way’s Kevin McCord, which reached #37 on the Billboard R&B chart, and also reached #38 on the UK singles chart. The album, Saturday Night, produced by Al Perkins, was released the same year. In 1986, he moved to the Critique label, and had further success in the US with the singles “S.O.S.” (R&B chart #35), and “Celebrate (Our Love)” (R&B chart #87).
“Celebrate” was co-written and produced by Rob Davis who had been guitarist/writer for UK glam act “Mud” in the 70’s but went on to become a successful writer/producer for other acts in the 80’s, “Celebrate” was mixed at PWL Studios by Mixmaster Phil Harding.
Oliver Cheatham died on November 29, 2013, at the age of 65, following a heart attack in his sleep.
Eugene Wilde’s third album “I Choose You (Tonight)” was released on MCA Records in 1989 and yielded three singles, I Can’t Stop (This Feeling), Ain’t Nobody’s Business and the title track “I Choose You (Tonight)”.
The album featured extensive contributions from major players in the R&B scene such as Jeff Lorber, Louil Silas Jr, Gerald Levert and Donald Robinson but failed to make much of an impact chartwise despite having a strong new jack swing sound on some tracks.
First single “I Can’t Stop (This Feeling)” was edited by Greg Royal, produced By Eugene Wilde/Jeff Lorber/Louil Silas Jr and remixed by Louil Silas Jr.
I Can’t Stop (This Feeling) (Extended Version) 8:46
Carol Jiani (born Uchenna Ikejiani is a Nigerian singer based in England, best known for her early 1980s hit “Hit N Run Lover”.
Uchenna Ikejiani was born in Nigeria to an Igbo family.Jiani moved from Nigeria to Montreal, Canada in the mid-1970s to study at Concordia University. In autumn 1977, she auditioned to appear on Joe La Greca’s album Montreal. In early 1978, Jiani recorded two tracks for the project, “If You Believe in Me” and “Higher and Higher”. These were released on an EP, with her credited under her birth name. Glenn LaRusso of Salsoul Records convinced her to shorten her name from Uchenna Ikejiani to Carol Jiani to make it easier for North Americans to pronounce.
In 1980, Jiani recorded two Sandy Wilbur-written pieces with La Greca, “Hit N Run Lover” and “All The People Of The World”. “Hit N Run Lover” was remixed by San Francisco-based Moby Dick Records for their Gold Standard imprint and would become Jiani’s signature song, peaking at number 4 on the US Billboard Club Play Singles chart in 1981.
Yes Lets were a 4 piece UK pop group who released their only single “Carried Away” in 1984. The members of Yes Lets were Paul Weston (Guitar/Vocals) , Joe Gibb (Trumpet/Percussion), Dai Chetley (Drums) and Ingmar Kiang (Bass). Paul and Ingmar would play on the Murray Head album “Sooner Or Later” in 1986.
‘Carried Away” featured prominent names in the remix roles including Paul “Groucho” Smykle (Rude Mix), Clive Langer (Solid Mix) and Scott Litt (Snatch Mix).
The single was produced by Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley who by 1984 had already become top tier producers after working with Madness, Teardrop Explodes, Elvis Costello & The Attractions & Dexys Midnight Runners.