Monday, July 8, 2013

"Full of Fire" by Shalamar

Song#:  0444
Date:  12/20/1980
Debut:  89
Peak:  55
Weeks:  12
Genre:  R&B

Full of Fire by Shalamar on Grooveshark

Pop Bits:  This group was assembled by "Soul Train" producer Don Cornelius and Dick Griffey. After a few changes, the lineup of Jody Watley, Jeffrey Daniel, and Howard Hewitt settled in and they hit with the album "Big Fun," which featured their #8 gold record "The Second Time Around." They scored with two more R&B hits from the album, but remained off the pop chart until this single was released from the follow-up album "Three for Love." The LP was another gold seller, but they couldn't get back into the pop Top 10 with this song. It only managed a peak of #24 on the R&B chart as well.

ReduxReview:  Yeah, whenever you see the word "fire" in a song title, you know the inevitable rhyme of "desire" will come up. It's a pet peeve of mine and it needs to be banned in songwriting. I have very few exceptions to this. Anyway, other than that, this is a good tune. I don't think it is a completely catchy and great single (as evidenced by the peak), but it is a nice listen and is well-done.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Group member Jeffrey Daniel got into the group thanks to him being a dancer on "Soul Train." Typically known as a body-popper, Daniel also performed a move on the UK's "Top of the Pops" show that garnered him a lot of attention. The backslide move Daniel performed would soon be used by Michael Jackson when on the 1983 Motown 25th anniversary TV special Jackson would do the "moonwalk." Jackson would work with Daniel later on when Daniel would co-choreograph the videos for "Bad" and "Smooth Criminal."

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