Monday, March 1, 2021

"Fishnet" by Morris Day

Song#:  3420
Date:  02/20/1988
Debut:  81
Peak:  23
Weeks:  13
Genre:  R&B

Pop Bits:  After his departure from The Time, Morris Day set out on a solo career and released his 1985 debut album Color of Success. It produced the #3 R&B/#63 Pop single "The Oak Tree." The LP would sell well getting to #7 R&B and #37 Pop. Two years later, he would return with his second solo disc Daydreaming. Day would produce and co-write most of the album, but for a couple of tracks he enlisted the help of his former Time bandmates Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Jam & Lewis had become a hitmaking writing/production team (Human League, Janet Jackson, and others) and it seemed like a good time to reunite with Day.  This first single was produced by Jam & Lewis and co-written by them with Day. It was a big success on the R&B chart reaching #1. It also got to #12 Dance while getting close to the Pop Top 20. It would end up being Day's most successful solo single. The album would do similar business as his debut peaking at #7 R&B/#41 Pop. His third solo album, 1992's Guaranteed, would take Day into New Jack Swing territory. It didn't fare well with fans and it failed to make any chart. He would not released another solo effort until 2004's It's About Time, which was a mix of hits recorded live along with a few new tracks. It got to #39 R&B/#197 Pop.

ReduxReview:  This certainly had that Jam & Lewis Minneapolis sound and the concept was in the same goofy realm as other Time/Morris Day tracks. While it did quite well on the charts, it wasn't a standout song for me. It was just okay. The tune came off as a shelved Prince track from years ago and the production sounded a little weak coming from Jam & Lewis. I had completely forgotten about this song and after hearing it again, I know why.

ReduxRating:  4/10

Trivia:  After his second solo LP, Day would reunite with The Time and they would appear in Prince's Purple Rain sequel Graffiti Bridge. The film would be a box office dud, but the soundtrack was #6 gold seller. The Time would have three songs featured on the soundtrack album. The reunion was successful and it promoted the band to keep on recording material for a new album. Pandemonium would be released in 1990 and its first single, "Jerk Out," would get to #1 R&B and #9 Pop. It would end up being a gold seller. The album would get to #9 R&B/#18 Pop and also go gold. Not long after that success, old tensions in the band would resurface and they would once again split with Day going back to his solo career. The band would get back together again in 2008 and in 2011 they would record a new album, Condensate. However, the band would make a name change to The Original 7ven. It would get to #10 R&B/#58 Pop.


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