Klymaxx

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Klymaxx
Origin Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres Pop, R&B, dance pop
Years active 1979–1994, 2003–2013
Labels Solar, MCA
Associated acts Prince, Sheila E., The Time, Cherrelle, Madame X (3 girl funk group), Lloyd, Dallas Austin, Bette Midler.
Past members Bernadette Cooper
Robbin Grider
Lynn Malsby
Cheryl Cooley
Joyce Irby
Lorena Shelby

Klymaxx were an all-female Pop/R&B band from Los Angeles, California.

Biography[edit]

Klymaxx is an American all-female band created and founded by drummer and singer Bernadette Cooper. Cooper after college created the all-girl band. She also created the name 'Klymaxx'. Klymaxx's uniqueness is due to the all-girl band's ability to play instruments, and their sound was influential because of its comedic, women power theme. Klymaxx's original members are (vocalist, drummer, founder) Bernadette Cooper, (vocalist) Lorena Porter (Stewart), (guitarist) Cheryl Cooley, (keyboardists ) Lynn Malsby, (keyboardists) Robbin Grider and later after the band signed to Solar records (bassist/ vocalist) Joyce Irby, was added to the band . In 1981, Klymaxx were signed to Solar Records by Dick Griffey. Their debut album was entitled Never Underestimate The Power Of A Woman. Upon beginning work on their second album. Klymaxx became one of the first acts to work with writers/producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis of The Time. The team wrote and produced many songs, including the song "Wild Girls" for that second album, entitled Girls Will Be Girls. Klymaxx remains the only female self-contained R&B/Pop Band to achieve platinum status.

Success[edit]

After the second Solar album in 1983, they switched to the MCA-distributed Constellation label for Meeting in the Ladies Room, featuring the their first hit which was penned by Bernadette Cooper and Joyce Irby "The Men All Pause" which marked the beginning of their success. Griffey chose as their second single the 1985 hit "I Miss You" penned by Lynn Malsby, which peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and at #1 on the Billboard adult contemporary chart. "I Miss You" remained on the Hot 100 chart for 29 weeks, a long chart run at the time, and good enough to rank it as the third-biggest-selling song of 1986, ahead of several songs that went higher in the top 10. The album also featured the hits "The Men All Pause" and "Meeting in the Ladies Room". 1986 saw the release of "Man Size Love" (which was written by Rod Temperton "Thriller") from the Running Scared motion picture soundtrack. The following year, this song was included on their self-titled Klymaxx album, which went on to provide more hits. The hit songs produced and written by Bernadette Cooper, "Divas Need Love Too" and "Sexy" along with the ballad "I'd Still Say Yes", written by Babyface (credited as K. Edmonds), G. Scelsa, and Joyce Irby. It peaked at #18 on the Hot 100 and #8 on the adult-contemporary chart in 1987.

Later Years[edit]

Joyce Irby and Bernadette Cooper began successful solo careers that catapulted their careers as writers, producers and label owners. Signing, and creating various other solo acts, bands and groups.

After members began solo careers and Constellation was folded into MCA, the remaining member Lorena Porter, Cheryl Cooley, and Robbin Grider continued to perform around the US.

In 1990, they returned with The Maxx Is Back, which featured the singles "Good Love" and "Don't Run Away." "Good Love" peaked at #4 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks charts. However, without the appeal of the most popular members Cooper and Irby, MCA released the remaining girls from their contract.

Joyce Irby reunited with Lorena Shelby and Cheryl Cooley for the album titled One Day, This Album was released on Irby's 1869 EP Wreckudz label, and featuring the single "All I Think About Is You," written by Babyface. Replacing Bernadette Cooper on drums was Terri Lyne Carrington.

Reunion[edit]

Members of the classic Klymaxx lineup met up on an episode of the VH1 series Bands Reunited in 2003 to perform some of their vintage hit singles. The show was met with favorable ratings as the drama disclosed member Cheryl Cooley unauthorized use of the name and touring as the band "Klymaxx", without the consent of the other members. Robbin Grider was missing in action at the time of the episode, and was not mentioned having been a member during the group's prime. In 2003 the group began touring together again with the exception of Cheryl Cooley. On November 15, 2009, Unsung premiered on the TV One cable network The documentary Klymaxx: chronicling the story of the group's genesis and rise to fame.

Bernadette Cooper solo[edit]

Cooper signed with Solar Records for all of the Klymaxx albums and later MCA Records and released a solo album entitled Drama According to Bernadette Cooper and two singles, "I Look Good" and "Stupid", in 1990. Another single, "The Underground," followed in 1991. She also made a cameo appearance on Teena Marie's 1990 single "Here's Looking at You". "I Look Good" was included on the Klymaxx Greatest Hits compilation. Cooper continued writing and producing for other artists such as Cheryl Lynn (1987), the trio Altitude and in 1987 Bernadette Cooper created, co- engineered, wrote and produced the album for her critically acclaimed girl group "Madame X", securing the hit "Just That Type of Girl" under the watchful eye of Sylvia Rhone, Atlantic Records. Other artists whose songs were written and produced by Cooper include Salt n Pepa's hit "I Am the Body Beautiful" from the soundtrack of the motion picture To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar; Paula Abdul's "Missing You", from Head over Heels; and a song for Bette Midler's Diva Las Vegas, "I Look Good" and many other artist and soundtracks. Cooper is currently producing her new solo album under the banner 'Klymaxx presents Bernadette Cooper, 'Diva & A Turntable'. She was portrayed by Halle Berry on an episode of Saturday Night Live which spoofed the band. In 2012–2013. 2014,Bernadette Cooper is touring as Klymaxx Featuring Bernadette Cooper(The Band) and additionally with her new critically acclaimed one-woman show, which is currently billed as "KLYMAXX Presents Bernadette Cooper 'Diva And A Turntable'". Veteran entertainment writer Steve Ivory describes the show as, "KLYMAXX is the theater and Cooper is the act...fabulous!" The show is an intimate viewing of Bernadette performing hit songs she has written and produced for many artists, including Klymaxx. The show is Bernadette Cooper, two singers, a live drummer who accompanies the DJ. Her new CD, "The Last Diva On Earth is slated for release in 2014.

Joyce Irby solo[edit]

Joyce "Fenderella" Irby signed with Motown Records and released the dance-oriented Maximum Thrust in 1989. The solo set spawned two singles and music videos for "Hey Mr. DJ" with Doug E. Fresh, and "She's Not My Lover." Irby signed Dallas Austin as a 16-year-old songwriter/producer and together they produced tracks for the male R&B group Troop, and wrote "I Will Always Love You" for their debut album. More recently, Irby has been involved with launching the career of young R&B vocalist and The Inc/Def Jam recording artist Lloyd. Lloyd Polite was once a member of the teen pop group N-Toon, whom Irby put together and signed to DreamWorks Records in the mid-1990s.

Cheryl Cooley solo[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
Record label
US
[1]
US
R&B

[1]
CAN
[2]
NZ
[3]
1981 Never Underestimate the Power of a Woman SOLAR
1982 Girls Will Be Girls
1983 Girls in the Band [A]
1984 Meeting in the Ladies Room 18 9 46 18
  • US: Platinum[4]
Constellation
1986 Klymaxx 98 25
1990 The Maxx Is Back 168 32 MCA
1994 One Day 198 32 Valley Vue
"—" denotes the album failed to chart or was not certified
  • A Album was never released

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Greatest Hits (1996, MCA)
  • 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Klymaxx (2003, MCA)

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
US
[1]
US
R&B

[1]
US
Dan

[1]
US
A/C

[1]
BEL
[5]
CAN
[2]
NLD
[6]
NZ
[3]
UK
[7]
1981 "Never Underestimate the Power of a Woman" 74 Never Underestimate the Power of a Woman
"I Want to Love You Tonight"
1982 "Heartbreaker (I'm Such a Mess)" Girls Will Be Girls
"Wild Girls" 78
1983 "Multi-Purpose Girls" Girls in the Band
1984 "The Men All Pause" 80 5 9 Meeting in the Ladies Room
1985 "Meeting in the Ladies Room" 59 4 22
"I Miss You" 5 11 3 28 1 32 2 89
"Lock and Key" 47
1986 "The Men All Pause" (re-release) 80
"Man Size Love" 15 43 18 55 86 Klymaxx
"Sexy" 18
1987 "I'd Still Say Yes" 18 7 8 50
"Divas Need Love Too" 14
1990 "Good Love" 4 89 The Maxx Is Back
"Private Party" 62
"When You Kiss Me"
1994 "All I Think About Is You" 124 One Day
"—" denotes the single failed to chart

Music Videos[edit]

  • 1984: "The Men All Pause"
  • 1985: "Meeting in the Ladies Room"
  • 1985: "I Miss You"
  • 1986: "Sexy"
  • 1986: "Man Size Love"
  • 1990: "Good Love"
  • 1990: "Private Party"
  • 1994: "All I Think About Is You"
  • 1994: "4 the Ole Dawg N U"

Solo Albums[edit]

  • 1989: Joyce "Fenderella" Irby — Maximum Thrust (Motown)
  • 1990: Bernadette Cooper — The Drama According To Bernadette Cooper (MCA)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "US Charts > Klymaxx". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-09-28. 
  2. ^ a b "CAN Charts > Mary Jane Girls". RPM. Retrieved 2012-09-28. 
  3. ^ a b "NZ Charts > Klymaxx". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 2012-09-28. 
  4. ^ "US Certifications > Klymaxx". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2012-09-28. 
  5. ^ "BEL Charts > Klymaxx". VRT Top 30. Retrieved 2012-09-28. 
  6. ^ "NLD Charts > Klymaxx". MegaCharts. Retrieved 2012-09-28. 
  7. ^ "UK Charts > Klymaxx". Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on 2013-01-19. Retrieved 2012-09-28. 

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