Wednesday, March 2, 2016

"Freak-A-Zoid" by Midnight Star

Song#:  1568
Date:  08/20/1983
Debut:  95
Peak:  66
Weeks:  8
Genre:  Funk, R&B

Pop Bits:  This funk outfit came to the attention of Dick Griffey who signed them to his SOLAR label in 1978. The band's 1980 debut album didn't make much of an impact, but their next two LPs would begin to slowly break them on the R&B chart. It set them up well for their fourth platter No Parking on the Dance Floor. This first single would become a major hit at R&B reaching #2. The attention there and at Dance (#44) helped the song gain a little ground at Pop. The song would also propel the album to #2 (#27 Pop) and eventually it would be their best selling disc going double platinum.

ReduxReview:  I'm not sure when I first heard this song, but it was a while after it was initially released. I loved it, but I didn't add it to my collection until a few years ago (along with a couple other Midnight Star songs). Although the full 12-inch version runs a bit long, this is one of those synth-induced funk tunes that is hard to resist. It's still a lot of fun to hear.

ReduxRating:  8/10

Trivia:  Midnight Star's No Parking LP featured the song "Slow Jam." Although it wasn't released as a single, it was a popular track that received a lot of airplay. The song was co-written by Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and it was his first significant songwriting credit for another artist. Babyface did help write material for his first two bands, Manchild and The Deele, but "Slow Jam" was his first success on his own as a songwriter. Babyface would later enjoy huge success as a solo artist and as a songwriter/producer churning out hits for Bobby Brown, TLC, Toni Braxton, and many others.


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