Monday, February 01, 2016

Songoftheday 2/1/16 - We're J.J. Fad and we're here to rock, rhymes like ours could never be stopped...


"Supersonic" - JJ Fad
from the album Supersonic (1988)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #30 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 4

Today's Song of the Day comes from the all-female rap group JJ Fad, who originally came together as a five-piece in the mid-80s. After releasing a one-off single for Ruthless Records, which would eventually be known as the center of West Coast "gangsta rap" like N.W.A., three of the five quit out, to leave original rappers Juana Burns and Dania Birks and adding Michelle Franklin. Re-recording the B-side to that first single, "Supersonic", as the title track from their first full-length solo album, the trio found themselves with a bonafide pop hit as the second female rap group to hit the charts in a big way...


"Supersonic" became JJ Fad's first and only top-40 pop hit in June of 1988. The record also climbed to #22 on Billboard's R&B chart, while the extended mix made it all the way to #10 on their Dance Club Play chart. The group's next single, "Way Out", hit #61 pop and #51 R&B, while the third release from the album "Is It Love" stopped at #92 on the Hot 100. The trio released a second album Not Just A Fad, but radio had moved on by then. But they hold the honor of getting nominated for a Grammy for Rap Performance at the first time that category was up.

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Here's the extended version that made the top ten on the dance chart...


In 2006, Black Eyed Pea singer/rapper Fergie interpolated the record into her #2 pop hit "Fergalicious"...


Lastly, here's the girls workin' it as a guest on a Public Enemy concert date...


Up tomorrow: a smooth rocker owns his organ. 


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