Timex Social Club ‎– Rumors (1986)

The Timex Social Club was an American contemporary R&B group, formed in 1982. The group is perhaps best known for its 1986 hit single, “Rumors” and for being major forerunners of the new jack swing movement.

Originally known as the Timex Crew, members included Marcus Thompson (founder), Gregory “Greg B” Thomas, Michael Marshall, Craig Samuel and Darrien Cleage. By 1986, Samuel, Cleage and Thomas had departed, and both Alex Hill and Kevin Moore were added to complete the group, and the name Timex Social Club was adopted. They specialized in both old school hip hop and the merger of urban R&B with hip hop rhythms, which were later known as new jack swing.

In 1986, the group released the Vicious Rumors album on Danya/Fantasy Records. It had one major hit, “Rumors”, which peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100. The single also reached #1 in Canada and #13 in the UK Singles Chart, and held the number 1 position for: US Billboard R&B chart, Hot Black Singles-Sales, Hot Black Singles-Airplay, US Hot Dance Club Play, Hot Dance/Disco-12 inch singles sales charts.

The New Zealand 12″ single of “Rumors” included the rare extended Shep Pettibone Dub version.

Rumors (Shep Pettibone Remix)                   7:43

Rumors (Shep Pettibone Dub)                       8:54

Rumors                                                       4:53

Vicious Rumors                                           7:07

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Timex Social Club – Mixed Up World (1986)

The forerunner to Club Nouveau, the Timex Social Club were formed in 1982 in Berkeley, CA by Marcus Thompson, Gregory “Greg B” Thomas, Michael Marshall, Craig Samuel, and Darrien Cleage. After going by the name the Timex Crew, they switched names when Thomas, Samuel, and Cleage dropped out and Alex Hill and Kevin Moore joined up. The group had one huge hit in 1986, the R&B chart-topper “Rumors.” It peaked at number eight pop, and featured Marshall’s vocals. The two follow-up singles, “Thinkin’ About Ya” and “Mixed Up World,” both made the R&B Top 20, but producer Jay King formed his own band, Club Nouveau, shortly afterward, and the Timex Social Club disbanded.

The final single to be released from the album “Vicious Rumors” was “Mixed Up World” with two mixes by Phil Harding for PWL.

Mixed Up World (Extended Version)      8:39

Mixed Up World (Euro-Mix)                       8:30

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Timex Social Club – Thinkin’ About Ya (1986)

The Timex Social Club was an American R&B/Hip hop group, formed in 1982 by students of Berkeley High School in Berkeley, California. They are perhaps best known for their 1986 hit single, “Rumors” and for being major forerunners to the new jack swing movement.

Originally known as The Timex Crew, members included Marcus Thompson (founder), Gregory “Greg B” Thomas, Michael Marshall, Craig Samuel and Darrien Cleage. By 1986, Samuel, Cleage and Thomas had departed, and both Alex Hill and Kevin Moore were added to complete the group, and the name Timex Social Club was adopted. They specialized in both old school hip hop and the merger of urban R&B with hip hop rhythms, which were later known as new jack swing.

In 1986, the group released the Vicious Rumors album on Danya Records. Vicious Rumors had one major hit, “Rumors”, which peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The hit would be followed up by “Thinkin’ About Ya” which was remixed by Danny Dee for the 12″  but Shep Pettibone would be recruited for the Dub Mixes following his excellent remix work on “Rumors”

Thinkin’ About Ya (Vocal Dub)                     5:16

Thinkin’ About Ya (Instrumental Dub)         4:37

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