Wednesday, June 29, 2016

"Wet My Whistle" by Midnight Starr

Song#:  1703
Date:  11/26/1983
Debut:  90
Peak:  61
Weeks:  11
Genre:  R&B, Dance

Pop Bits:  This Kentucky outfit broke through with their fourth album No Parking on the Dance Floor. Its first single, "Freak-A-Zoid," was a #2 R&B smash that crossed over to the Pop chart for a #66 showing. This follow-up song would do slightly better at Pop while becoming another R&B Top 10 (#8). It was also successful on the Dance chart getting to #15.

ReduxReview:  After "Freak-A-Zoid," this tune is a bit of a letdown. It's an okay groove, but it really doesn't go anywhere. The thing that bothers me about it is that the groove, keyboard riff, and when they sing the title, it sounds eerily similar to Evelyn King's "Love Come Down." I doubt they were trying to rip off that excellent song, but they are similar. Play them back-to-back and you can hear both the similarities and how inferior this song is to King's. It's not bad, just kind of "eh."

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Several members of Midnight Star would go on to write and produce for other artists. Bo Watson would co-write hits for Shanice and Klymaxx, but his best success came when he co-wrote "Rock Steady" with his Midnight Star band mates Reginald and Vincent Calloway. The song would revive the career of The Whispers and reach #1 R&B/#7 Pop in 1987. It would end up being the most successful single of that group's career.


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