The Flirts

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The Flirts
OriginUnited States
GenresHi-NRG, synth-pop
Years active1980–present
Labels"O" Records, Rams Horn Records, Sony Music Entertainment

The Flirts were a project concept group formed by Bobby "O" Orlando to further front his performances as an artist, musician and songwriter. The group consisted of Orlando and featured an ever revolving roster of female session singers and models. Under The Flirts name, Orlando churned out hits "Passion", "Danger", "Helpless" and "Jukebox (Don't Put Another Dime)".

Concept and first chart success[edit]

Orlando conceived the idea for The Flirts, wrote the songs, played the instruments, and produced the tracks. He then auditioned girls to be the faces of the group. Orlando often called in the services of professional session singers to sing the female vocals for the tracks because most of the performers were trained as dancers, models or actresses. The Flirts went through numerous lineup changes and with every album release and tour, some girls left while others stayed. Orlando released six studio albums under The Flirts name from 1982–1992 and numerous singles.

"Jukebox" received significant airplay on MTV in 1982. The song rose to number 28 on the Billboard US Dance Chart. The follow-up single "Passion" peaked the same year at number 21, and became a huge success in Europe, reaching number 22 in the Netherlands[1] and number 4 in Germany.[2]

"Helpless (You Took My Love)" peaked at number 12 on the Billboard US Dance Chart, and reached number 13 on the German Top 75. Members of The Flirts performed in the German feature film Feel the Motion.[3]

In 1985, "You and Me", which Orlando co-wrote with influential hip hop producer Clifton "Jiggs" Chase, topped the US dance chart.[4][5]

Members of The Flirts[edit]

1982 "10C a Dance" era:

  • Andrea Del Conte
  • Sandra D'Key
  • Hope Rayman
  • Holly Kerr
  • Rebecca Sullivan

1983 "Born To Flirt" era:

1984 "Made In America" era:

  • Christina Criscione
  • Debby Gaynor
  • Christie Angelica Muhaw

1985 "Blondes, Brunettes & Redheads" era:

  • Christina Criscione
  • Debby Gaynor
  • Tricia Wygal

1986 "Questions Of The Heart" era:

  • Christina Criscione
  • Geri McKeon
  • Tricia Wygal

Plus many session singers who sang lead and background vocals on tracks that were released under the name The Flirts.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • 1982: 10¢ a Dance (renamed Passion in the Netherlands)
  • 1983: Born to Flirt
  • 1984: Made in America
  • 1985: Blondes Brunettes & Redheads
  • 1986: Questions of the Heart
  • 1992: Take a Chance on Me

Greatest hits albums[edit]

  • 1983: Flirt with the Flirts (Netherlands release only)
  • 1991: The Best of the Flirts
  • 1993: Greatest Hits
  • 1996: Passion - The Best Of
  • 2001: Physical Attraction

Singles[edit]

  • 1982: "Jukebox (Don't Put Another Dime)"/"Boy Crazy" (US Dance #28)
  • 1982: "Passion" (Belgium #36, Germany #4, Netherlands #22, Switzerland #4, US Dance #21)
  • 1983: "Calling All Boys" (Germany #57)
  • 1983: "Danger" (Switzerland #30)
  • 1983: "On the Beach"
  • 1984: "Helpless (You Took My Love)" (Germany #13, Switzerland #15, US Dance #12)
  • 1985: "Dancin' Madly Backwards" (Germany #46, US Dance #47)
  • 1985: "You & Me" (US Dance #1)
  • 1986: "Miss You" (US Dance #15)
  • 1986: "New Toy" (US Dance #5)
  • 1986: "All You Ever Think About Is (Sex)"
  • 1988: "A Thing Called Love"

Featured tracks on compilations[edit]

  • "Danger" - Disco Discharge: Pink Pounders (2010)
  • "Passion" - Disco Discharge: Gay Disco & Hi-NRG (2009)
  • "Passion" - Grand 12 Inches 4 (2007, Sony)
  • "Helpless (You Took My Love)" - I Love Bobby O (2006)
  • "Passion" - Back to Mine: Pet Shop Boys (2005)
  • "Passion" - I Love Disco Energy (2003)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dutch Top 40
  2. ^ German charts
  3. ^ 'Feel the Motion' on IMDb
  4. ^ US Chart Singles Discography
  5. ^ "The rush to ride the rap tide". The Washington Post. 1987-01-29. Retrieved 2019-12-20.

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