Tuesday, September 18, 2018

"Can You Feel the Beat" by Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam with Full Force

Song#:  2531
Date:  11/16/1985
Debut:  94
Peak:  69
Weeks:  20
Genre:  R&B, Dance, Freestyle

Pop Bits:  This group headed up by Lisa Velez scored a significant hit with their first single "I Wonder If I Take You Home." The song hit #1 at Dance and #6 at R&B while breaking into the Pop Top 40. It ended up earning them a gold record. For a follow-up, this track from their self-title debut album was issued out. It did well at Dance getting to #6, but both R&B (#40) and Pop didn't quite take to the song as well as their first single. However, it was a slow simmering song that hung around the charts for a long while.

ReduxReview:  This is another good track from the newly formed group, but it just didn't have the same hookiness or allure as "I Wonder." It was less memorable, but still a fun listen especially when they tinker with/scratch Lisa's vocals. The single version makes the song a bit more concise, but it just wasn't destined to be a big hit. Still, it slowly spread to radio stations across the country and the song lingered for a five-month period.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  In 2004, the teen pop/dance duo Nina Sky used the main lyrics and melody from this song during the bridge of their #4 Pop/#14 R&B hit "Move Ya Body." The song would make their self-title debut album a gold seller. Nina Sky was made up of identical twins Nicole and Natalie Albino. The duo got their name by combining the first two letters in each person's first name, then adding "sky" to the end because that represented their aspirations. While the pair still continue to perform and record, they have yet to replicate the success of their debut single and album.


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