Every Tuesday, the Analog Kid blog goes back in time and features some groovy R&B/soul songs from a specific year. Sometimes you’ll hear songs from individual artists, and other times you’ll get an entire full-length classic LP ripped directly from the Analog Kid’s vast vinyl vault. Warning: by R&B/soul, I also mean disco. I could go all Van McCoy on your ass at any given moment, so just be ready!

Groovy Tuesday: 1986

Word Up!

Cameo: “Word Up!” (Blackmon/Jenkins)

From the album Word Up!

Atlanta Artists Records, 1986

Word Up

It took Cameo almost a decade (and eleven albums!) to score their first Top 40 hit, but at least they did it in style. “Word Up!” was everywhere in the summer of ’86, and it eventually peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was such a cultural phenomenon that even R.E.M. occasionally dropped it into their sets on the Green tour in 1989.

 

Control

Janet Jackson: “What Have You Done For Me Lately?” (Harris III/Lewis/Jackson)

From the album Control

A&M Records, 1986

What Have You Done For Me Lately

pennyjanet

Lil’ Penny is all grown up!

 

Frantic Romantic

Jermaine Stewart: “We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off” (Walden/Glass)

From the album Frantic Romantic

Arista Records, 1986

We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off

Jermaine Stewart first came to prominence as a dancer on Soul Train, and he even auditioned for a job in Shalamar (along with fellow TV dancer Jody Watley). Stewart didn’t get the Shalamar gig, but he did eventually land a contract with Arista Records. “We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off” was his biggest hit, reaching #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1986. Stewart passed away from cancer in 1997 at the age of 39.

 

Emotional

Jeffrey Osborne: “You Should Be Mine (The Woo Woo Woo Song)” (Goldmark/Roberts)

From the album Emotional

A&M Records, 1986

You Should Be Mine (The Woo Woo Woo Song)

Jeffrey Osborne began his music career as the drummer and vocalist for L.T.D., who had a Top 5 hit in 1977 with “(Every Time I Turn Around) Back In Love Again.” He went solo in 1982 with “On The Wings Of Love,” a song that has been providing bad karaoke singers with an unwinnable challenge for over thirty years now. “You Should Be Mine (The Woo Woo Song)” reached #13 on the Hot 100 in 1986, and stands as Osborne’s biggest solo hit.

 

Prince_ Singles & B-Sides 1

Prince: “Mountains” [Extended Version] (Prince)

From the 12″ single Mountains

Warner Brothers Records, 1986

Vinyl rip courtesy of the Analog Kid

Mountains [Extended Version]

If you follow the Analog Kid blog on a regular basis, you know that I love Prince. That is not something I have always admitted to– I used to tease my little sister about her love for Prince Rogers Nelson during the Purple Rain era, and I certainly didn’t own any of his albums. I secretly enjoyed many of his songs, though, and a viewing of the psychedelic video for “Mountains” on MTV in the summer of 1986 finally gave me the push I needed. “Mountains” may have only reached #23 on the Hot 100, but it made me a Prince fan for life.

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Bonus Tracks!

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Cameo_ Singles & B-Sides

Cameo: “Word Up!” [12″ Version] (Blackmon/Jenkins)

From the 12″ single Word Up!

Atlanta Artists Records, 1986

Word Up [12″ Version]

 

Something To Love

L.T.D.: “(Every Time I Turn Around) Back In Love Again” (Hanks/Grey)

From the album Something To Love

A&M Records, 1977

(Every Time I Turn Around) Back In Love Again

 

Jeffrey Osborne

Jeffrey Osborne: “On The Wings Of Love” (Osborne/Schless)

From the album Jeffrey Osborne

A&M Records, 1982

On The Wings Of Love

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2 responses »

  1. WTF Pancakes says:

    Someday, I will (literally) have the stones to wear a Larry Blackmon costume in public. And check out commander LaForge in the video!

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