Spanish Fly (album)

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Spanish Fly
Studio album by Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam
Released May 19, 1987
Recorded September 1986—March 1987
Genre Contemporary R&B, dance-pop, Latin freestyle
Length 42:43
Label Columbia
Producer Full Force
Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam chronology
Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force
(1985)Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force1985
Spanish Fly
Straight to the Sky
(1989)Straight to the Sky1989
Singles from Spanish Fly
  1. "Head to Toe"
    Released: March 9, 1987
  2. "Lost in Emotion"
    Released: June 7, 1987
  3. "Someone to Love Me for Me"
    Released: September 28, 1987
  4. "Everything Will B-Fine"
    Released: January 27, 1988
  5. "I Promise You"
    Released: 1988
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauC+[2]

Spanish Fly is a 1987 album by Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam. It is best known for the singles "Head to Toe" and "Lost in Emotion", both of which reached number one in the United States. The album was a commercial success, reaching #7 on the Billboard 200 and going Platinum.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Full Force, except "Someone to Love Me for Me", which was written by Full Force/Lisa Lisa.

1."Everything Will B-Fine"5:11
2."Head to Toe"5:03
3."A Face in the Crowd"6:10
4."Someone to Love Me for Me"4:51
5."Talking Nonsense"1:08
6."I Promise You"4:46
7."A Fool Is Born Everyday"5:23
8."Lost in Emotion"5:07
9."Playing With Fire"5:04
10."Spoken Word"0:24


Chart (1987) Peak
Canada RPM 100 Albums[3] 18
US Billboard 200 7
US Top R&B Albums 7


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[4] Gold 50,000
United States (RIAA)[5] Platinum 1,000,000

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  • Lisa Lisa (Lisa Velez): Vocals
  • Michael Hughes: Congas, timbales, talking
  • Spanador: Guitars, Bass, keyboards
  • Full Force: Performer
  • Arranged and produced by Full Force
  • Engineered by Glenn Rosenstein
  • Mixed by Full Force and Glenn Rosenstein
  • Jurgen S. Korduletsch, Don Orilo, Steve Salem: Executive Producers