Saturday, March 28, 2020

"Don't Disturb This Groove" by The System

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  3086
Date:  04/11/1987
Debut:  97
Peak:  4
Weeks:  21
Genre:  R&B, Sophisti-Pop

Pop Bits:  This duo of Mic Murphy and David Frank were last on the Pop chart in 1983 with their single "You Are in My System" (#64 Pop/#10 R&B). It was from their debut album Sweat. Two more albums would follow, but besides a couple of minor R&B chart entries and the #8 Dance hit "This Is for You," nothing really pushed them into the mainstream spotlight. That is until this title track single was released from their fourth LP Don't Disturb This Groove. The song would take off at R&B and reach the #1 spot. As it neared that peak, the single debuted on the Pop chart. It started out low, but gained momentum and eventually reached the Top 10. It would also get to #35 at AC. In turn, the album would become their biggest seller reaching #13 R&B and #62 Pop. The single would end up being their first and only Pop Top 10.

ReduxReview:  Right from the get-go this song established exactly what it was selling - a groove. And yeah, don't freakin' disturb it! These guys knocked it out of the park in both writing and production. Besides the sleek, silky R&B rhythms, the chorus was hooky, and the arrangement spot-on. It was also perfectly produced by the pair for the late 80s. The duo just got everything right. While the album didn't contain anything as in-tha-pocket as this song, it was still full of solid tracks along the same lines. The System would never be able to replicate the success of this track, but having this memorable gem to their credit was still a great accomplishment.

ReduxRating:  9/10

Trivia:  David Frank would have success outside of The System as a songwriter and producer. His biggest hit as a songwriter came in 1999 when he co-wrote and co-produced Christina Aguilera's #1 debut single "Genie in a Bottle." The following year he would score another hit co-writing/co-producing "He Loves U Not" for the female vocal group Dream. That song would be a #2 hit. Frank was also a prolific session musician who worked with superstar artists like Phil Collins, Destiny''s Child, Chaka Khan, Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, and many others.


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