Wednesday, January 30, 2019

"Restless" by Starpoint

Song#:  2664
Date:  03/22/1986
Debut:  85
Peak:  46
Weeks:  12
Genre:  R&B, Dance

Pop Bits:  It took seven albums, but Starpoint finally got their first R&B Top 10 and Pop crossover hit with "Object of My Desire" (#8 R&B/#12 Dance/#25 Pop), the first single from their album Restless. Their follow-up single, "What You Been Missin'" followed into the R&B Top 10 (#9), but failed to reach the Pop chart. Things turned around a bit with this title-track third single. It just missed out on the R&B Top 10 at #11 and made it to #13 at Dance. It nearly became their second Pop Top 40 entry, but it stalled just shy of that mark. The hits would help the album become their biggest seller (#14 R&B/#60 Pop).

ReduxReview:  This is a pretty good track from the band, but it's nowhere near as catchy or memorable as "Object of My Desire." The band reached their pinnacle with this album thanks in part to producer Keith Diamond (Billy Ocean) who got a great sound out of them. He also wrote or co-wrote several of the album's tracks including this one. Unfortunately, the band would never be able to replicate the success of Restless.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Later in the 80s, Starpoint member Ky Adeyemo co-wrote and produced a song for a studio group he was part of called Numarx. The tune got some attention in Europe and a German record producer decided to record a version for a project he was working on. The song would be part of an infamous scandal that rocked the music world. Adeyemo is listed as a co-writer on the 1988 #2 hit "Girl You Know It's True" by Milli Vanilli. Producer Frank Farian recorded that song and others with a set of studio singers, but then created the duo Milli Vanilli (Rob Pilatus and Fab Morvan) to be the lip syncing face of the project. The fallout from the ruse that followed became a legendary music business story. Adeyemo was not the only person from Starpoint who had a song done by Milli Vanilli. Band member Ernesto Phillips' "More Than You'll Ever Know" was recorded by Farian and his studio singers and placed on the Girl You Know It's True album.

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