Friday, March 10, 2017

Songoftheday 3/10/17 - Now Joe want to be like Bob Bob got it goin' on with no job, and everything Rob got he got from Robin and everything she got she got ho-hoppin'...

"Expression" - Salt 'N' Pepa
from the album Black's Magic (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #26 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 8

Today's song of the day comes from the rap group Salt 'N' Pepa, who had landed on the pop charts in the winter of 1988 with their breakthrough single "Push It". Later that year, the trio of Cheryl "Salt" James, Sandra "Pepa" Denton, and DJ Deidra "Spinderella" Roper released their sophomore effort A Salt With A Deadly Pepa, but even though they made the top ten on Billboard's R&B and dance chart for the first time with their rework of the Isley Brothers' "It's Your Thing" as "Shake Your Thing", and reached #4 in the UK with another Isley-related remake, "Twist and Shout", neither of those singles touched the pop chart in America. However, the album sold really well, placing at #38 on the albums chart, and allowed them to regroup for their next record, Black's Magic. Released in 1990, the first single, "Expression", was written and produced by "Salt". Apart from one dated unnecessary throwaway semi-homophobic line ("Little do they know he's bitin' on Barry"), it set them apart from any novelty to a self-empowerment anthem you can sway to...


"Expression" became Salt 'N' Pepa's second American pop top-40 hit in May of 1990. The single topped Billboard's Rap Singles chart for two months (the biggest of that chart in that year), while it climbed to #8 on their R&B list. The 12" single also went to #32 on the Dance Club Play chart. Internationally, the record originally went to #40 in the UK that year, then re-entered the chart three years later, going to #23 there and in Ireland as well.

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Here's the house music remix of "Expression" that took the song back to the top-40 in Britain in 1993...


...and lastly, a snippet of the girls at Woodstock '94...


Up tomorrow: Canadian rocker with just a bit of romance.

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