Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam

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Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam
Lisa Lisa, American singer.jpg
Lisa Lisa performs in 1987
Background information
OriginNew York, New York, United States
Genres
Years active1984– Present
Labels
MembersLisa Lisa
Alex "Spanador" Moseley
Mike Hughes

Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam were an American band and one of the first freestyle music groups to emerge from New York City in the 1980s. The band consisted of vocalist Lisa Lisa (Velez), guitarist/bassist Alex "Spanador" Moseley, and drummer/keyboardist Mike Hughes. They were assembled and produced by Full Force,[1] which Moseley and Hughes were also members of.[2]

History[edit]

Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam was formed after Velez auditioned with Full Force, a production team from East Flatbush, Brooklyn, at the age of 14.[3] The group released their debut album Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force in 1985. She was signed by Columbia Records and the label released their single "I Wonder If I Take You Home" to the European division of CBS Records for the compilation album Breakdancing. Stateside club DJs began playing the single from the import LP, and thus the U.S. division of CBS, Columbia Records, released the record. It quickly became a chart-topper on Billboard's Hot Dance/Disco chart. It then crossed over to the R&B chart where it peaked at #6, and then to the pop chart, peaking at #34 in summer 1985. The single eventually went gold.

"I Wonder If I Take You Home" was followed by another club hit, "Can You Feel the Beat", which also went to #40 on the R&B chart in late 1985. A sampling of the lyrics of this song would later be used by Nina Sky for their hit single "Move Ya Body" in 2004. Their third single, the ballad "All Cried Out", also went gold, going to number #3 R&B and #8 pop in summer 1986. "All Cried Out" was later covered by Allure in 1997 and was a hit in 1998. Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force went platinum.[4]

Their second album, Spanish Fly, was a huge success in 1987. It spawned two #1 pop hits, "Head to Toe" and "Lost in Emotion", both of which went gold and sported a retro Motown flavor mixed with the freestyle sound the group was known for. "Head to Toe" also parked at #1 R&B for two weeks and stayed in the pop top 5 nearly three months, while "Lost in Emotion's" video became the fourth most played of 1987 on MTV. Spanish Fly went platinum, peaking at #7 on the album chart. Other singles from the album were the ballad "Someone to Love Me for Me" b/w "Spanish Fly" (#7 R&B), "Everything Will B-Fine" (#9 R&B).[4]

In between albums they recorded "Go For Yours," which was featured in the movie Caddyshack II.

Their fourth and final album, Straight Outta Hell's Kitchen, was less of a success, though it did include a hit with "Let the Beat Hit 'Em", which reached was a #1 hit on both the R&B and club charts. The group disbanded in 1991.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
US
[5]
US
R&B

[5]
CAN
[6]
UK
[7]
1985 Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force
  • Release date: March 17, 1985
  • Label: Columbia
52 16 96
  • US: Platinum [8]
1987 Spanish Fly
  • Release date: May 19, 1987
  • Label: Columbia
7 7 18
  • US: Platinum [8]
  • CAN: Gold [9]
1989 Straight to the Sky
  • Release date: May 25, 1989
  • Label: Columbia
77 18 63
1991 Straight Outta Hell's Kitchen
  • Release date: August 20, 1991
  • Label: Columbia
133 29
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.
  • A Album credited to Lisa Lisa.

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Head to Toe (1995, Sony Music)
  • Lisa Lisa and Friends (1995, Sony Music)
  • Past, Present & Future (1996, Thump)
  • Super Hits (1997, Sony Music)
  • Playlist: The Very Best of Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force (2010, Columbia/Legacy)

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[5]
US
R&B

[5]
US
Dance

[5]
AUS
[10]
BEL
[11]
CAN
[6]
IRE
[12]
NL
[13]
NZ
[14]
UK
[15]
"I Wonder If I Take You Home" 1985 34 6 1 24 41 12 Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force
"Can You Feel the Beat" 69 40 6 97
"All Cried Out" 1986 8 3 96
"Head to Toe" 1987 1 1 1 52 15 1 16 9 82 Spanish Fly
"Lost in Emotion" 1 1 8 83 7 15 58
"Someone to Love Me for Me" 78 7
"Everything Will B-Fine" 1988 9 22
"Go for Yours" 19 Caddyshack II
"Little Jackie Wants to Be a Star" 1989 29 3 16 98 6 10 90 Straight to the Sky
"Just Git It Together" 16 7
"Kiss Your Tears Away" 26
"Let the Beat Hit 'Em" 1991 37 1 1 72 27 27 30 17 Straight Outta Hell's Kitchen
"Where Were You When I Needed You" 65
"Let the Beat Hit 'Em Part 2" 49 Non-album single
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hur, Michael (2014-07-25). Shadows of the Music Industry. Lulu.com. pp. 216–217. ISBN 9781312306059.
  2. ^ Erlwine, Stephen Thomas. "Artist Biography: Lisa Lisa". AllMusic.
  3. ^ Group, Vibe Media (2002-06-01). Vibe. Vibe Media Group.
  4. ^ a b Billboard.com
  5. ^ a b c d e "US Charts > Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-06-18.
  6. ^ a b "CAN Charts > Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam". RPM. Retrieved 2012-06-18.
  7. ^ "UK Charts > Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam with Full Force". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2012-06-18.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g "US Certifications > Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2012-06-18.
  9. ^ a b "CAN Certifications > Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam". Music Canada. Retrieved 2012-06-18.
  10. ^ David Kent (1993). Australian Charts Book 1970—1992. Australian Chart Book Pty Ltd, Turramurra, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  11. ^ "BEL Charts > Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam". VRT Top 30. Archived from the original on 2012-04-09. Retrieved 2012-06-18.
  12. ^ "IRE Charts Search > Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved 2012-06-18.
  13. ^ "NL Charts > Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam". MegaCharts. Retrieved 2012-06-18.
  14. ^ "NZ Charts > Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 2012-06-18.
  15. ^ "UK Charts > Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2012-06-18.

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