Friday, April 28, 2017

Songoftheday 4/28/17 - I got real bored on a Friday night I couldn't find a damn thing to do, so I pulled out a suit about the same color as my BMW....

"Jerk Out" - The Time
from the album Pandemonium (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #9 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 11

Today's song of the day comes from the Time, the funkiest band from Minneapolis that's not Prince. The Purple One's Purple Rain movie gave the band starring roles as his protagonists, and their album Ice Cream Castles, which was basically completely performed by Prince save for Morris Day's vocals, landed the act a pair of top-40 pop hits with "Jungle Love" and "The Bird" in 1984 through 1985. The group split not long after that, with Morris landing a top-40 solo hit with "Fishnet" in 1988, while members Terry Lewis and Jimmy "Jam" Harris became the sought-after producers after their work with Janet Jackson. In 1989, the band reunited for their first album where they play the instruments, Pandemonium. The first single from the set, "Jerk Out", was a Prince toss-off from 1981, but excitement over them getting back together caused mainstream fandom they didn't even have in the Purple Rain days...

"Jerk Out" became the Time's first top ten pop hit in the U.S. in August of 1990. The single also spent a week at #1 on Billboard's R&B chart, while the remixes climbed to #6 on their Dance Club Play list. The album reached the top 20 in America, and even popped on to the British albums chart for a week (#66).

A second single from the record, "Chocolate", got to #44 on the R&B chart but stiffed on pop radio, and it wasn't long until they were out of "Time" again. But they ended up reuniting in 2008 at the Grammys, and again performed the award show in a tribute to their mentor, Prince. The group, redubbed "The Original 7Seven", also released one studio album in 2011.

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Here's the Time rocking it out on Arsenio Hall promoting the single in 1990...

Up tomorrow: Glam Rockers are in for some fat dancing.

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