Wednesday, September 10, 2014

"Murphy's Law" by Cheri

Song#:  0984
Date:  04/10/1982
Debut:  90
Peak:  39
Weeks:  12
Genre:  Dance, R&B

Pop Bits:  Cheri was a dance duo that consisted of Rosalind Hunt and Lyn Cullerier. Formed in Montreal, Canada, they issued this single which quickly gained in popularity. In Canada, they issued a self-titled debut LP while in the US, a modified "concept" version of their Canadian debut was released as "Murphy's Law." This single would became a hit on the dance chart reaching #1 while going to #5 at R&B. It crossed over to pop where it just got into the Top 40. It would be Cheri's only chart entry. After the success of this single, Cullerier left the duo and was replaced by Amy Roslyn. Cheri released a second LP called "Love Stew," but it failed to capitalize on any momentum gained by this hit. It appears the duo called it a day soon after.

ReduxReview:  I guess this was famous for the duck-ish voice part. I remembered this song was on the chart but had no recollection of what it sounded like. It offers a good groove and the sped-up vocals give it a little boost, but overall it kind of drags along and gets a little repetitive. The single version cuts it down by a couple minutes, but even then it seemed too long.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  This duo basically came about via Hunt's mother, Geradine Hunt. Geraldine was herself an R&B singer who got a couple minor songs on the chart before trying out the disco scene and hitting with the #1 dance track "Can't Fake the Feeling" in 1980. Legal issues kept Geraldine from recording for any label, so she and her son Freddie James (who had is own #5 dance hit in 1979 with "Get Up and Boogie") decided to try an experiment with her daughter Rosalind and Lyn Cullerier. The result was "Murphy's Law" and for all of them, it became their biggest hit. Geraldine and Freddie would produce Cheri's two albums with Geraldine co-writing most of the tracks.


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