Tuesday, February 25, 2020

"He Wants My Body" by Starpoint

Song#:  3054
Date:  03/14/1987
Debut:  95
Peak:  89
Weeks:  7
Genre:  R&B, Dance-Pop

Pop Bits:  This band's career finally took off in a bigger way when their seventh album Restless generated a couple of crossover hits including the #8 R&B/#25 Pop entry "Object of My Desire." With momentum going their way, the band went back into the studio to record their next album Sensational. This first single was released and it did well at R&B reaching #8. It was their third (and final) Top 10 on that chart. Unfortunately, it didn't catch on in a more mainstream fashion and it stumbled early on the Pop chart while getting to minor #40 at Dance. A couple more singles wound their way into the R&B Top 30, but it didn't really help album sales which were lower than their previous effort. They would release two more albums with diminishing returns before calling it a day in 1990.

ReduxReview:  For this album, the band worked with producer Preston Glass, who also wrote this song. Glass worked closely with producer Narada Michael Walden and you can hear some of that influence here. Unfortunately, the material wasn't all that great. Lead singer Renée Diggs does her best to inject some excitement into a run-o-tha-mill dance tune, but in the end it all sounds like they just tried too hard to make something out of very little.

ReduxRating:  4/10

Trivia:  While Starpoint's career was in high gear, lead singer Renée Diggs got some devastating news. She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Despite that, she soldiered on and continued her career with Starpoint along with her relationship with band member Ernesto Phillips. After the band split, Diggs was able to record a solo album titled Oasis, but it only saw a limited release in Europe in 1993. Later in 2004, Phillips died from a stroke. A year later, Diggs would pass away from complications due to the MS.


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