Thursday, June 1, 2023

"Tell Me Why" by Exposé

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  4137
Date:  12/09/1989
Debut:  67
Peak:  9
Weeks:  15
Genre:  New Jack Swing, Dance-Pop

Pop Bits:  The trio's second album What You Don't Know was off to a good start with its first two singles making the Pop Top 10 including the ballad "When I Looked at Him" (#10). For a third single, this new jack swing track was selected for release. It would be another winner for the trio becoming their seventh consecutive Pop Top 10. The tune also made it to #3 at Dance. Oddly, even though the LP featured three Pop Top 10 hits, it didn't sell as well as expected. It would top out at #33 and only reach gold status. That was a far cry from their triple platinum '87 debut. Alas, all good things have to come to and end and the album's fourth single, the mid-tempo Diane Warren-penned "Your Baby Never Looked Good in Blue," would bring a halt to the trio's Top 10 streak when it peaked at #17 (#9 AC).

ReduxReview:  I thought I knew all of Exposé's hits, but I don't remember this one at all. It seems to be a hit in their catalog that has disappeared. It was another pretty good track from the trio's writer/producer Lewis A. Martineé, but it certainly wasn't as strong or memorable as previous hits. I wouldn't have pegged this for a Top 10 hit, but somehow it did well enough to just make it in.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Later in 1990, group member Gioia Bruno experienced vocal issues. Eventually she lost her voice and was unable to sing. With the trio still needing to push out a third album, she would be replaced by Kelly Moneymaker. Arista Records head Clive Davis would take a more hands-on approach with the trio's self-titled third effort and move them more towards a pop/AC-leaning sound. The person who assembled the trio and produced their first to albums, Lewis A. Martineé, would only get to contribute four tracks to the new LP while the balance featured tracks written by Diane Warren and other songwriters. A first single, "I Wish the Phone Would Ring," would falter at #28 Pop, but then the Warren-penned "I'll Never Get Over You (Getting Over Me)" would become a #8 Pop/#1 AC gold selling hit. Two further singles failed to crack the top half of the Pop chart. None of the four singles were written/produced by Martineé. Despite containing a major hit, the LP would stall at #135, however, over a two year period it would somehow sell well enough to be certified gold. After a '95 Greatest Hits album, the trio would be cut loose from Arista. Members would go their own ways, but then in 2003 the trio's third album lineup would get back together and start to perform. Bruno, who had recovered from her vocal outage, would come back in 2006 taking over her original spot from Moneymaker. The original trio would continue to perform over the years with Moneymaker subbing in as needed.


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