Saturday, December 20, 2014

"Let Me Tickle Your Fancy" by Jermaine Jackson

Song#:  1115
Date:  07/24/1982
Debut:  75
Peak:  18
Weeks:  15
Genre:  R&B

Pop Bits:  In the time since Jackson hit #9 in 1980 with "Let's Get Serious," his subsequent singles and LP's failed to replicate that success. He regained some ground with the first title-track single to his "Let Me Tickle Your Fancy" album. The song got into the pop Top 20 while reaching #5 at R&B.

ReduxReview:  Who knew Jackson had a little hip-factor to him? Although a small addition, the background vocalists (see below) do make this slight funk jam more fun. It was an odd combination that worked well and seemed destined for the Top 10. It fell a bit short, but it's a pretty cool jam that has aged fairly well.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  Trends in music don't go unnoticed by artists. Some long-lasting artists have updated their sound to keep fresh and current. That may have been the case with this song from Jackson. Keeping up with the latest music, Jackson was a fan of Devo, who had a major new wave hit in 1980 with "Whip It" (#14). Jackson had basically finished up "Tickle" but still wanted to give the song a new wave flare. So he called up the guys in Devo and asked them to sing on the track. At first they thought he was joking, but after realizing he was serious, they obliged. They supplied the backing vocals on the track.


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