Wednesday, July 17, 2013

"Watching You" by Slave

Song#:  0457
Date:  01/17/1981
Debut:  90
Peak:  78
Weeks:  6
Genre:  R&B, Funk

Pop Bits:  Formed in Dayton, Ohio, in 1975, this funk outfit had a #1 R&B hit (#32 pop) out of the box with "Slide" from their self-titled debut. The group had personnel changes over the years and by their third album, drummer Steve Arrington came on board and soon took over most of the lead vocal duties. Their fifth album, "Stone Jam," got them their second gold album as this first single hit #6 on the R&B chart and it became their second pop chart entry.

ReduxReview:  This is good funk, but nothing that makes my want to really shake my money maker. I just find it to be a cut above average. I think it may be missing a more solid/memorable line or chorus that would take it to the next level. I've heard far better funk, and yet far worse too.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Although the group only had one Top 40 pop hit and two other lower-chart songs, they ended up having 20 R&B chart entries including one #1 ("Slide") and three other Top 10's.


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