The Rain (Oran "Juice" Jones song)

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"The Rain"
Oran Juice Jones The Rain.jpg
Single by Oran "Juice" Jones
from the album Juice
B-side"Your Song"
Released1986
Format7", 12"
GenreR&B, synthpop, new jack swing
Length5:07 (7" & Album version)
3:14 (Radio edit)
LabelDef Jam
Songwriter(s)Vincent Bell
Producer(s)Russell Simmons, Vincent Bell
Oran "Juice" Jones singles chronology
"1.2.1."
(1986)
"The Rain"
(1986)
"You Can't Hide from Love"
(1986)

"The Rain" is a 1986 crossover hit single originally performed by R&B singer Oran "Juice" Jones, which he released on and from his debut album Juice.

The song's lyrics include a long recitation at the end; written by Vincent Bell, who also composed the music, they involve a man confronting his girlfriend regarding her infidelity.

Reception[edit]

The single was Jones's biggest hit. It reached number one on the Billboard R&B chart for two weeks, making it the first #1 R&B hit issued by the then newly created Def Jam record label. The single also peaked at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100[1] and reached #4 on the UK Singles Chart.

"The Rain" was nominated for two Grammy Awards, but Jones never had another Hot 100 hit and left the music business after his third album failed to chart. "The Rain" is ranked #63 on VH1's 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the '80s.[2] During the show, Jones was asked about his one-hit wonder status. His reply was: "Oran 'Juice' Jones, he came, he saw, he conquered, he moved on. You dig?"

Charts[edit]

Chart (1986) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[3] 16
Belgium (VRT Top 30 Flanders)[4] 6
Canadian RPM Top Singles[5] 8
Germany (Official German Charts)[6] 3
Ireland (IRMA)[7] 6
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[8] 10
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[9] 22
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[10] 12
United Kingdom (The Official Charts Company)[11] 4
US Billboard Hot 100[12] 9

Later use[edit]

The song produced a novelty, answer record, titled “Thunder & Lightning,” performed by Miss Thang and released in 1986 by Tommy Boy Records.[13] Another response version was done by an artist who went by the name Pamala, released in 1986 by Evejim Records, entitled "Walkin in the Rain, Yes You Saw Me.[14] Yet another answer record was released in 1986 titled "The Drain" recorded by Leot Littlepage on Select Records.[15]

The song was featured in a late 1986 episode of the US daytime soap opera General Hospital.

In 2001, the song was covered by NYC band Si*Sé on their self-titled debut album. In 2005, jazz artist Ledisi covered "The Rain" on the album Def Jazz, which featured vocals from Jones.

The song was sampled for "Standing in the Rain" by Action Bronson and Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys ft Mark Ronson featured in the 2016 film Suicide Squad.

In 2018, Donald Glover parodied the song in a Saturday Night Live sketch written by and co-starring cast member Cecily Strong. Glover played "Raz P. Berry," and the song was retitled "The Night (I Watched You)." Instead of ending with the usual string of threats and revenge, the whole song turns out to be a disastrous case of mistaken identity.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 307.
  2. ^ https://ew.com/article/2009/04/07/vh1s-100-greate/
  3. ^ ""Juice"+Jones&titel=The+Rain&cat=s Austriancharts.at – Oran "Juice" Jones – The Rain" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  4. ^ "the rain - oran "juice" jones". VRT (in Dutch). Top30-2.radio2.be. Archived from the original on 22 February 2012. Retrieved 25 July 2013. Hoogste notering in de top 30 : 1
  5. ^ Peaked on RPM 100 Singles Chart on December 27, 1986
  6. ^ "Musicline.de – Oran "Juice" Jones Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  7. ^ "Chart Track: Week 29, 1986". Irish Singles Chart.
  8. ^ ""Juice"-Jones Nederlandse Top 40 – Oran "Juice" Jones" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40.
  9. ^ ""Juice"+Jones&titel=The+Rain&cat=s Charts.nz – Oran "Juice" Jones – The Rain". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
  10. ^ ""Juice"+Jones&titel=The+Rain&cat=s Swisscharts.com – Oran "Juice" Jones – The Rain". Swiss Singles Chart.
  11. ^ "Official Charts Company". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2014-03-28.
  12. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine (1940-10-14). "Oran "Juice" Jones | Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-03-28.
  13. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 405.
  14. ^ Walkin in the Rain, Yes You Saw Me
  15. ^ "Leot Littlepage "The Drain"". Retrieved 23 August 2015.