Friday, November 2, 2012

"Don't Push It, Don't Force It" by Leon Haywood

Song#:  0115
Date:  04/05/1980
Debut:  93
Peak:  49
Weeks:  11
Genre:  R&B, Funk

Pop Bits:  In his earlier career Haywood played piano and keyboards for several blues and R&B stars like Guitar Slim and Sam Cooke. He first hit the charts in 1965 and had a few minor hits throughout the rest of the 60s and into the 70s. His first major hit was "I Want'a Do Something Freaky to You" in 1975 (#15 Pop/#7 R&B). By this time he was combining soul and R&B with funk and disco and it served him well. He continued to have a few minor R&B chart songs through the remainder of the 70s, but didn't hit the pop chart again until this song, which ended up being his biggest R&B hit peaking at #2. It ended up being his last entry on the pop chart.

ReduxReview:  Gotta give points for the double entendre title and lyrics. Other than that, it has a pretty good funk groove but the song tends to go on too long. 

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Haywood's song "I Want'a Do..." remains his most popular hit and has been sampled many times by artists such as Dr. Dre, Redman, and Mariah Carey.



  1. As with many of the other R&B/Funk songs, this has a really good bass line that goes on far too long. Which is a shame, because those bass lines are pretty awesome.

  2. Chart Run: 93 - 90 - 80 - 70 - 60 - 53 - 53 - 50 - 49 - 73 - 95