Jody Vanessa Watley (born January 30, 1959) is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and one of the defining iconic artists of the 1980s whose music crosses genres from Pop, R&B, Jazz, Dance and Electronic Soul. In 1987, she won the Grammy Award for “Best New Artist.” Along with Janet Jackson and Madonna, she ranks as one of MTV Video Music Awards most nominated female artists ever, with six nominations for her ‘Real Love’ video.
Post-Shalamar, Watley moved to England, and while there she recorded a guest vocal with British Jamaican roots reggae group Musical Youth for their album Different Style. She also recorded demos with Gary Langan, Anne Dudley and J.J Jeczalik (who later became Art of Noise). A brief stint with Phonogram Records where two singles were released (in the UK, Europe & Australia – though crucially not America) under the moniker “Jody” (no second name), “Where the Boys Are” and “Girls Night Out.”
“Where The Boys Are” was written by Jody Watley & Bruce Woolley (Video Killed The Radio Star) and produced/engineered by Gary Langan.
Where The Boys Are (The Long Way Home Mix!) 6:10
Where The Boys Are (7″ Version) 3:13
My House (4-Free) 4:53
“Don’t You Want Me” is the third single from singer Jody Watley’s eponymous debut album. The song was produced by Bernard Edwards of Chic-fame.
Watley’s previous single, “Still a Thrill,” fared well in dance and R&B markets, but less-so in the mainstream. This prompted her label, MCA, to go in a more pop-friendly direction. “Don’t You Want Me” was one of the biggest crossover singles for the year 1987, reaching top ten on the Billboard pop and R&B charts and becoming a number-one dance club hit.
“Don’t You Want Me” landed in the Top 40 of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart the week of October 24, 1987, advancing from #56 to #40. The song would go on to peak at #6 on the Hot 100 and would (beginning December 19, 1987), remain there for three consecutive weeks.
Remixed by Francois Kevorkian & Michael Hutchinson.
Don’t You Want Me (Remix) 6:48
Don’t You Want Me (Dub Version) 7:54
“Most of All” is the fifth and final single from Jody Watley’s self-titled debut album.
“Most of All” was the least successful of the five singles released. It peaked at number sixty on the US pop chart but did find success on the Dance and R&B charts, where it reached numbers eight and eleven, respectively. The single was produced by Patrick Leonard and was co-written by Gardener Cole, both of whom had been involved with Madonna’s album, True Blue.
The black and white video was directed by David Fincher and the 12″ single remixes were by Francois Kevorkian.
Most Of All (Remix) 8:15
Most Of All (Dub) 7:20
Most Of All (Instrumental) 4:10