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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

John Adams - Strip This Heart

Here is a flash to the past. Do you remember anything about this "flash in the pan". The only thing that I could find is that John Adams was white dance singer born in Brooklyn, New York. If anybody know anything about this artist, please send me a message. I would like to know more about him.

Strip This Heart was the only appearance on the Dance chart, for John Adams, and came in 1987. It reached #9 and spent only 7 weeks on the chart.

Taken from the original 12" single on A&M 12241
Strip This Heart (12" Version) - 8:10
Song charted on August 29, 1987. Spent 7 weeks on the chart and reached #9

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Ta Mara & The Seen - Everybody Dance

Ta Mara and the Seen was a Minneapolis-based R&B group, signed byA&M Records to capitalize on the mid-'80s chart success of "Minneapolis Sound" by acts such asPrince, Vanity 6, Sheila E and The Time. They achieved Top 40 success with this single, which peaked at #24 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in early 1986.

Lead singer Ta Mara was born in Kenitra, Morocco and lived there as a child before moving to Minneapolis with her family at the age of seven.

Other members of the group includedbassist Keith Woodson, guitarist Oliver Leiber (son of the famed songwriter Jerry Leiber), keyboardist Gina Fellicetta, and drummer Jamie Chez. A 1988 follow-up album, Blueberry Gossip, failed to catch on and the group disbanded in 1989. Their albums are no longer in print.

Taken from the original 12" single on A&M 12149
Everybody Dance (Original 12" Version) - 5:42
Song charted on October 26, 1985. Spent 11 weeks on the chart and reached #9

Monday, November 19, 2007

B-52's - Mesopotamia / Deep Sleep / Cake

A few weeks back I featured the full LP of "Party Mix" by the B-52's. This time around, it's the follow-up to that.

The fourth chart appearance for the B-52's came from their LP "MESOPOTAMIA". Released in 1982, Mesopotamia is the result of what was intended as the third full length album from the B-52's. Produced by David Byrne of Talking Heads, the recording sessions were aborted prematurely and only six songs were released. Due to a record company error the initial copies of the EP released in the UK and other non-US territories contained some extended versions and different takes of the songs.

Taken from the original EP "Mesopotamia" on Warner 3641

Mesopotamia - 3:51
Deep Sleep - 3:30
Cake - 5:36

All songs charted on February 27, 1982. Spent 16 weeks on the chart and reached #13