from the album Poison (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #26 (three weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 5
Today's song of the day comes from the New Edition split-off trio Bell Biv Devoe, who had two massive R&B/pop singles from the get-go with "Poison" and "Do Me!". The third single from their first album Poison was a loose new jack swing jam based on their moniker, "B.B.D. (I Thought It Was Me)". Written by their producers Eric Sadler and Hank and Keith Shocklee (aka Public Enemy's "Bomb Squad") along with Darrol Durant, Roney Hooks and Paul Stewart, it described a myriad of sexually dominant and aggressive women..
"B.B.D." became the trio's third top-40 pop hit in November of 1990. The single returned them to the top of Billboard's R&B chart for a week, while the 12" remixes made it to #16 on their Dance Club Play list. Internationally, the track reached the top-40 in New Zealand (#37), and was a minor hit in the UK (#86).
The fourth release from Poison was a more smooth mid-tempo ballad, "When Will I See You Smile Again", which climbed to #3 on the R&B chart but stalled at #63 on the pop list. A fifth single, "She's Dope!", also reached the R&B top ten at #9, but missed the pop chart altogether.
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Here's the trio appearing on the American Music Awards in 1991...
Up tomorrow: New Wave/Latin Freestyle hybrid act does some pondering.