Full Force

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Full Force
OriginBrooklyn, New York, U.S.
GenresHip hop, R&B, new jack swing[1]
Years active1976–present
LabelsColumbia, Capitol, Calibre, TVT
WebsiteOfficial Website
Members"Paul Anthony" George
Brian "B-Fine" George
Lucien "Bowlegged Lou" George Jr.
Hugh Junior "Shy Shy" Clark
Curt "Curt-T-T" Bedeau
Gerry "Baby Gee" Charles

Full Force is an American music group of hip hop and R&B singers and producers from Brooklyn, New York.[1]

Members[edit]

  • B-Fine (Brian George) - drums and drum programming, backing vocals
  • Shy Shy (Hugh Junior Clark) - bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Paul Anthony (Paul Anthony George) - vocals
  • Bow-Legged Lou (Lucien George Jr.) - vocals
  • Curt-T-T (Curt Bedeau) - guitar, backing vocals
  • Baby Gee (Gerry Charles) - keyboards, synthesizers, backing vocals.

History[edit]

Production and songwriting[edit]

The group produced and wrote music for numerous artists including UTFO, Doctor Ice, Samantha Fox, Patti LaBelle, The Force M.D.s, Britney Spears, James Brown, Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam, Backstreet Boys, 'N Sync, Cheryl Pepsii Riley, Selena and Lil' Kim.[1]

Full Force's breakthrough hit was UTFO's "Roxanne Roxanne" (1984), a record that led to several answer records, most notably one by Roxanne Shanté. Through the 80s the group produced a string of major hits for Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam, including "I Wonder If I Take You Home", "All Cried Out" and "Head to Toe".[1] They also scored hits for Samantha Fox, including "Naughty Girls (Need Love Too)" and "I Wanna Have Some Fun" and R&B singer Cheryl Pepsii Riley including US R&B number one "Thanks for My Child". Their 1988 single "I'm Real" for James Brown gave the legendary singer his biggest hit for 14 years, peaking at US R&B number two.[2]

Additionally, the group wrote and produced most of the singles from La Toya Jackson's fifth studio album La Toya, including "You're Gonna Get Rocked!"[3] and "You Blew," as well as Patti LaBelle's track "I Got It Like That", for which they also provided prominent background vocals from her 1989 album Be Yourself. Full Force also provided backing vocals on two Bob Dylan songs recorded during sessions for Infidels: "Death Is Not the End" (released on Down in the Groove (1988) and "Tell Me" (released on The Bootleg Series Volumes 1-3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961-1991).

Full Force's biggest hit from the 1990s was the Backstreet Boys' 1998 US top 5/UK number 2 hit single "All I Have to Give".[4][5] Full Force also worked with Prince's ex-wife Mayté on her 1995 album Child of the Sun, however the tracks remain unreleased.

Full Force also contributed to the production on Blaque's 2002 unreleased album, Blaque Out and Lil' Kim's 2003 release, La Bella Mafia, on her song "Can't Fuck with Queen Bee." The group produced Rihanna's "That La, La, La," which appears on her 2005 debut album Music of the Sun. The Black Eyed Peas' 2005 worldwide hit "Don't Phunk with My Heart" was also written as a collaboration between Full Force and will.i.am of the Peas.

Recording[edit]

In addition to their production résumé, the group have also released their own albums and music. Their 1985 single "Alice, I Want You Just for Me!" became a Top 10 hit in the UK in January 1986.[6] They placed several hit singles under their own name on the US Billboard R&B chart during the latter half of the 1980s. Tracks such as "Unselfish Lover" (from their self-titled debut) and "Temporary Love Thing" (from their follow-up album, Full Force Get Busy 1 Time!) received substantial airplay. "All in My Mind" became the group's first and only single to date to reach the R&B Top Ten in 1988.[7]

In 2001 Thump Records, a label known for its freestyle compilations, released the group's first greatest hits compilation Ahead of Their Time! Full Force's Greatest Hits. In 2007, on its Columbia release Legendary, the group has a song dedicated to Oprah Winfrey titled "We're Feeling You, Oprah." It was inspired by the related members' mother's love for Winfrey.

Acting[edit]

They appeared in the 1990 comedy film House Party and its first sequel as the bullies of Kid 'n Play. (Although not included on House Party's official soundtrack album, Full Force's "Ain't My Type of Hype" was used in the film's dance-battle scene.) Bowlegged Lou also acted in Who's the Man? (1993) and played Lord Primus in the 2013 sci-fi TV series Body Jumpers.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Title Label Peak chart positions
US R&B
[8]
US 200
[8]
1985 Full Force Columbia/CBS 29 160
1986 Full Force Get Busy 1 Time! Columbia 19 156
1987 Guess Who's Comin' to the Crib? 28 126
1989 Smoove 61
1992 Don't Sleep Capitol/EMI
1995 Sugar on Top Calibre
2001 Still Standing TVT
2007 Legendary Columbia/SME
2009 Full Force, of Course Earforce
2014 With Love from Our Friends Full Force Records
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Singles[edit]

Year Title Label Peak chart positions
US R&B
[7]
US Adult US Pop
[9]
US Dance
[7]
UK
[6]
1980 "Turn You On" / "Groovin" Dazz Records
1985 "I Wonder If I Take You Home"
(Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force)
Columbia 6 34 1 12
"Can You Feel the Beat"
(Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force)
Columbia 40 69 9 97
"Alice, I Want You Just for Me!" CBS 16 34 9
"Girl If You Take Me Home" Columbia/CBS 78 32
1986 "Unselfish Lover" 34
"All Cried Out" / "Behind My Eyes"
(Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force)
3 8
"Temporary Love Thing" 12
"Unfaithful (So Much)" 20 16
1987 "Old Flames Never Die" 27 44
"Love Is for Suckers (Like Me and You)"
"Sucker Punch" (B-side)
11
"Take Care of Homework"
"Someone to Love Me for Me"
(Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam featuring Full Force)
8 15 78
1988 "Your Love Is So Def" 24
"Every Little Thing About You"
(Cheryl Pepsii Riley & Full Force)
"I'm Real"
(James Brown with Full Force)
Scotti Bros. Records 2 31
"Go for Yours"
(Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force)
Columbia/CBS 19
"Static"
(James Brown with Full Force)
Scotti Bros. Records 5 83
"All in My Mind" Columbia/CBS 6
"You and Me"
(James Brown with Full Force)
Scotti Bros. Records
1989 "After School"
(The Flirts featuring Full Force)
"O" Records
"Ain't My Type of Hype" Columbia/CBS 27 45
"Friends B-4 Lovers" 21
1990 "Kiss Those Lips" / "All I Wanna Do" 55
1992 "Nice N Sleazy" Capitol 70
"Quickie" 26
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

As Producers[edit]

Year Artist Title Peak chart positions
UK US Pop US Dance US R&B
1984 UTFO "Roxanne, Roxanne / Hanging Out"
"Beats and Rhymes"
UTFO with Roxanne "The Real Roxanne / Roxanne's Back Side"
1985 Roxanne with Hitman Howie Tee "Romeo"
1986 La La "(If You) Love Me Just a Little"[10] 22
1987 "My Love Is on the Money"[10] 48
Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam "Head to Toe"[11][12] 82 1 1 1
"Lost in Emotion"[11][12] 58 1 3 1
"Everything Will B-Fine"[11] 22 9
Samantha Fox "Naughty Girls Need Love Too"[13] 31 3
1988 "I Wanna Have Some Fun"[13] 63 8
La Toya Jackson "You're Gonna Get Rocked!"[3] 90 66
The Weather Girls "Land of the Believer"
Doctor Ice "Sue Me!"
James Brown "Static"
Cheryl Pepsii Riley "Thanks for My Child" 75 32 1
1989 "Me Myself & I" 18
Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam "Little Jackie Wants to Be a Star"[11][12] 90 29 3
"Just Git It Together"[11] 7 16
Doctor Ice "Love Jones"
Whodini "Anyway I Gotta Swing It"
1990 Jasmine Guy "Try Me" 14
1991 Cheryl Pepsii Riley "How Can You Hurt the One You Love" 18
Ex Girlfriend "Why Can't You Come Home" 78 5
"You (You're the One for Me)" 35
Samantha Fox "(Hurt Me! Hurt Me!) But the Pants Stay On"
Cheryl Pepsii Riley "Ain't No Way" 45
1993 "Gimme" 36
1997 Backstreet Boys "All I Have to Give"[4][5] 2 5
1998 *NSYNC "I Just Wanna Be with You"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Birchmeier, Jason. "Artist Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved October 7, 2014.
  2. ^ "I'm Real (song by James Brown)". Music VF. Retrieved October 17, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "YOU'RE GONNA GET ROCKED - full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 17, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "All I Have to Give - full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 17, 2020.
  5. ^ a b "All I Have to Give". Billboard. Retrieved October 17, 2020.
  6. ^ a b "FULL FORCE | full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 17, 2020.
  7. ^ a b c "Full Force Songs ••• Top Songs / Chart Singles Discography". Music VF. Retrieved May 17, 2020.
  8. ^ a b "Full Force - Awards". AllMusic. Archived from the original on November 30, 2012. Retrieved January 22, 2022.
  9. ^ "Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam Top Songs / Chart Singles Discography". Music VF. Retrieved January 22, 2022.
  10. ^ a b "La La - Chart History: HOT R&B/HIP-HOP SONGS". Billboard. Retrieved October 17, 2020.
  11. ^ a b c d e "Lisa Lisa And Cult Jam - Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved October 17, 2020.
  12. ^ a b c "LISA LISA & CULT JAM - full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 17, 2020.
  13. ^ a b "SAMANTHA FOX - full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 17, 2020.

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