Tuesday, October 16, 2018

"Digital Display" by Ready for the World

Song#:  2559
Date:  12/07/1985
Debut:  92
Peak:  21
Weeks:  18
Genre:  R&B, Electro-Funk, Dance

Pop Bits:  Although this Flint, Michigan, band's debut album already featured two R&B Top 10's, they didn't really break through in a big way until their third single, "Oh Sheila," topped the Pop, R&B, and Dance charts. To follow-it up, this fourth single was released. Once again it did well at R&B (#4) and Dance (#3), but it couldn't quite reach the same heights at Pop as their previous effort with the song stalling just shy of the Top 20. Still, it would help their self-titled album sell a few more copies and eventually it would be certified platinum.

ReduxReview:  While this song may not have been quite as good as the Prince-ly "Oh Sheila," it was a very worthy follow up. The song featured another tight groove from the band and the production with all the little effects is fun. Even the goofy/sexy lyrics work just fine. This really should have hit the Top 10.

ReduxRating:  8/10

Trivia:  The band would record four albums for MCA before splitting up. Lead singer Melvin Riley would then take the opportunity to shoot for a solo career. He would stay on with MCA and in 1994 released the more urban flavored LP Ghetto Love. It would spawn a couple of minor R&B singles including the #43 "Who Is It?" The band would reunite in later years and record a couple of albums. Four of the original members still tour together. Riley was with them for many years, but just recently left the band and was replaced with a new lead singer, Ray Lavender.


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