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"Throb"
Single by Janet Jackson
from the album janet.
B-side "Any Time, Any Place" (R. Kelly Mix), "And On and On"
Released June 18, 1994
Format CD single, 12" promo single
Recorded 1992–1993;
Flyte Tyme Studios
(Edina, Minnesota)
Genre House
Length 4:35
Label Virgin
Writer(s) Janet Jackson, James Harris III, Terry Lewis
Producer(s) Janet Jackson, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis
Janet Jackson singles chronology
"Any Time, Any Place"
(1994)
"Throb"
(1994)
"You Want This"
(1994)

"Throb" is a song by American singer-songwriter Janet Jackson from her fifth studio album, Janet. (1993). It was written and produced by Jackson, James Harris III and Terry Lewis and is a house song which lyrically is about sex with a partner. It was released as the album's sixth single on June 18, 1994 by Virgin Records commercially in Netherlands, while in the United States, the single's release was restricted to radio stations.

"Throb" was well received by critics who appreciated its production. While it did not charted in Netherlands at all, the song peaked at number 66 on the airplay charts in the United States, while reaching number two on the Hot Dance Club Play. The song was performed on two of Jackson's tours while it was used as an interlude on her Number Ones: Up Close and Personal tour.

Composition[edit]

"Throb" begins with Jackson saying "come for me",[1] before promosing to "boom, boom, boom until noon, noon, noon" with her sexual partner.[2] "I can feel your body / pressed against my body / Wrap yourself around me / Love to feel you throbbing", the singer sang amid moans, elements of house music, C&C Music Factory-esque beats and a saxophone loop.[3][4] Chuck Arnold from Philadelphia Daily News noted the song's "surprisingly frank dirty talk" with the lyric "I can feel your body/Pressed against my body/When you start to poundin'/Love to feel you throbbin'".[5] MuuMuse described the song writing that the track "swells and deflates in an aching, circular motion–not unlike a musical orgasm".[6]

An exclusive remix of "Throb", the Morales Badyard Mix, was included on Jackson's remix compilation album Janet Remixed in 1995.[7] Peter Rauhofer remixed "Throb" in 2013 and released the remix on Valentine's Day.[8]

Critical reception[edit]

"Throb" received positive reviews from music critics. Billboard, while reviewing the album on its tweitheth anniversary, said, "If the production sounds a little dated now, the overtly sexual vibes on this track are pretty timeless – and still risqué for the early 90s."[4] Robert Christgau called the song "orgiastic".[9] MuuMuse gave a positive review for "Throb", defining it as "a '90's purist's house track, featuring classic dance rhythms and beat breaks". The reviewer continued saying the song is "a much grittier experience than the slinky seduction" of Madonna's "Erotica" single released the year before, and finished saying "Surprisingly however, the track has aged brilliantly, and listening to it now is still an overly enjoyable experience".[6]

Sputnikmusic considered that "Throb" has a "sexy workout feel".[10] Philadelphia Daily News‍ '​s Chuck Arnold called the song a "deep house jam with a pumpin' bass line".[5] A reviewer for Soulbounce commented that for the "pulsing" song, Jackson became a house music diva.[11] Complex magazine noted that "Throb" is "the hip-house tantric jam that's Janet at her most explicit: moans, groans, 'damn, baby', you get the picture, yes".[12] Sal Cinquemani from Slant Magazine commented: "Even the nearly structure-less 'Throb', [...] feels like a (perhaps unintentional) parody of Madonna's 'Erotica', right down to the hard, house-orgy beats.[2]

Chart performance[edit]

"Throb" was released as a commercial single in the Netherlands but failed to chart there.[6] In the United States, the song was not released commercially. However, it was sent to mainstream radios and charted on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay, peaking at number 66.[13] The song's B-side, "And On and On", went on to chart as well at number 28.[14] "And On and On" also peaked at number twelve on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart.[15] However, according to Billboard's regulations, both songs were ineligible to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, due to their lack of a physical release in the US. However, "Throb" enjoyed success on the Hot Dance Club Songs chart, eventually reaching number two. Additionally, "Throb" topped Hot Dance Singles Sales as a B-side to "Any Time, Any Place".[16]

Live performances[edit]

Jackson performed "Throb" on Saturday Night Live along with "Any Time, Any Place".[17] It was added to the Janet World Tour in 1993. During the performance, the screens swirled with techno-style patterns of fractal curves.[18] According to Robert Hilburn from Los Angeles Times, it was performed with equal energy and style of the album's quality.[19] The song was performed after a "frenzied" medley of "What Have You Done for Me Lately", "The Pleasure Principle" and "Nasty" on the The Velvet Rope Tour in 1998. After the performance, a red crushed-velvet curtain closed the stage, and a hidden light-and-sound came.[20] The medley at the October 11, 1998 show in New York City, at the Madison Square Garden, was broadcast during a special titled The Velvet Rope: Live in Madison Square Garden by HBO. It was also added to the setlist at its DVD release, The Velvet Rope Tour – Live in Concert in 1999.[21] The song was also used as an interlude on the Number Ones: Up Close and Personal tour in 2011.[22]

Track listings[edit]

Dutch CD single[23]
  1. "Any Time, Any Place" (R. Kelly Mix) – 5:11
  2. "Throb" – 4:34
Dutch CD maxi single[24]
  1. "Throb" – 4:34
  2. "Throb" (David Morales Legendary Dub Mix) – 7:27
  3. "And on and On" – 4:49
  4. "Any Time, Any Place" (R. Kelly Mix) – 5:11
UK 12" promo single[25]
A1. "Throb" (David Morales Legendary Club Mix) – 9:05
B1. "Throb" (David Morales Legendary Dub Mix) – 7:27
B2. "Throb" – 4:34

Credits and personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Toure (June 24, 1993). "Janet Jackson: Janet". Rolling Stone (Jann Wenner). Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Cinquemani, Sal (February 27, 2008). "Janet Jackson: janet.". Slant Magazine. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  3. ^ Pareles, Jon (May 23, 1993). "RECORDINGS VIEW - A Sex Object By the Name Of Jackson". The New York Times (The New York Times Company). Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Hampp, Andrew (May 18, 2013). "Janet Jackson, 'janet.': Classic Track-By-Track Review". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Arnold, Chuck (May 18, 1993). "New Janet Jackson Was Worth The Wait Latest Album Shows She's All Grown Up". Philadelphia Daily News (Philadelphia Media Network). Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c "Janet Jackson: Throb". MuuMuse. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Janet Remixed - Janet Jackson". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  8. ^ "DJ, Make Me Wet: Janet Jackson's "Throb" Gets Re-Rubbed for 2013". MuuMuse. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  9. ^ Christgau, Robert (March 30, 2004). "But It's Really Good Sex". The Village Voice (Voice Media Group). Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Janet Jackson - Janet.". Sputnikmusic. July 4, 2012. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  11. ^ D-Money (December 13, 2013). "SoulBounce’s Class Of 1993: Janet Jackson ‘janet.’". Soulbounce. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  12. ^ Charity, Justin (July 10, 2014). "The 50 R&B Albums of the '90s". Complex (Iconix Brand Group). Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  13. ^ a b "Radio Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  14. ^ a b "Radio Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  15. ^ a b "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  16. ^ a b "janet. > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved October 25, 2009. 
  17. ^ "Heather Locklear/Janet Jackson". Saturday Night Live. Season 19 (in English). May 14, 1994. 93 minutes in. NBC.  More than one of |season= and |seriesno= specified (help);
  18. ^ Pareles, Jon (December 20, 1993). "Review/Pop; Wrapped in Song and Spectacle, Janet Jackson Plays the Garden". The New York Times (The New York Times Company). Retrieved July 5, 2014. 
  19. ^ Hilburn, Robert (April 9, 1994). "POP MUSIC REVIEW : Janet Jackson: See Her Roar : Forum Show Throbs in Pomp and Circumstance". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company). Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  20. ^ Daly, Sean (July 10, 1998). "Live Report: Janet Jackson kicks off 1998 Velvet Rope tour". Rolling Stone (Jann Wenner). Retrieved June 5, 2014. 
  21. ^ The Velvet Rope Tour – Live in Concert (Laserdisc, VHS, DVD). Janet Jackson. Eagle Rock Entertainment. 1999. 
  22. ^ Stern, Bradley. "Janet Jackson: The Number Ones Up Close And Personal Tour Live At Mohegan Sun on March 16 (Concert Review)". MuuMuse. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  23. ^ a b Throb (Dutch CD single). Janet Jackson. Virgin Records. 1994. VSCDE1501. 
  24. ^ Throb (Dutch CD maxi single). Janet Jackson. Virgin Records. 1994. 7243 8 92495 2 1. 
  25. ^ Throb (UK 12" promo single). Janet Jackson. Virgin Records. 1994. VSTDJ 1501. 

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