Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Songoftheday 1/26/16 - Now it's not the first time it's not the last, I know all about your checkered past...

"When We Kiss" - Bardeux
from the album Bold As Love (1988)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #36 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 3

Today's song of the day comes from the duo Bardeux, who started out with Acacia Smith and Tarrie B. After releasing a 12" single "Three Time Lover", Tarrie left and Jaz Teaney took over. Releasing their debut album Bold As Love in 1988, Acacia and Jaz scored a minor pop hit with the HI-NRG jam "Magic Carpet Ride" (#81). They followed it up with a slower and more seductive offering, "When We Kiss". Written by Acacia with producer Jon St. James (who worked with Stacey Q, whose influence you can definitely hear), the booty-call jam works at a pace not really for the dancefloor...

"When We Kiss" became Bardeux's sole top-40 pop hit in June of 1988. After that, Acacia again herself needing a new partner, and Melanie Taylor joined for their second album Shangri La. While the kickin' first single, "I Love To Bass", reached #3 on the Dance Club chart and #32 on the R&B list, it stopped at #68 on the pop Hot 100 (a true crime). The second single, "Thumbs Up", hit #17 dance and #59 R&B, and the title track slipped on to the club chart at #40. While Acacia carried on in the Bardeux name after that, Melanie went on to sing on Bette Midler's tours in the 90s.

Up tomorrow: A rockin' Scotsman has no idea where he is.

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