Timex Social Club
|Timex Social Club|
|Also known as||
TSC, TheSocial Club, The Timex Crew
|Genres||R&B, new jack swing, dance, post-disco, soul|
|Labels||Jay Records/Danya/Fantasy Records|
|Associated acts||Club Nouveau|
|Past members||Marcus Thompson
Gregory "Greg B" Thomas
The Timex Social Club was an American contemporary R&B group, formed in 1982. The group is perhaps best known for its 1986 hit single, "Rumors" and for being major forerunners of the new jack swing movement.
Originally known as the Timex Crew, members included Marcus Thompson (founder), Gregory "Greg B" Thomas, Michael Marshall, Craig Samuel and Darrien Cleage. By 1986, Samuel, Cleage and Thomas had departed, and both Alex Hill and Kevin Moore were added to complete the group, and the name Timex Social Club was adopted. They specialized in both old school hip hop and the merger of urban R&B with hip hop rhythms, which were later known as new jack swing.
In 1986, the group released the Vicious Rumors album on Danya/Fantasy Records. It had one major hit, "Rumors", which peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100. The single also reached #1 in Canada and #13 in the UK Singles Chart, and held the number 1 position for: US Billboard R&B chart, Hot Black Singles-Sales, Hot Black Singles-Airplay, US Hot Dance Club Play, Hot Dance/Disco-12 inch singles sales charts.
The two follow-up singles "Thinkin' About Ya" and "Mixed-Up World" both reached the R&B Top 20.
The success of the single "Rumors", prompted hip hop impresario Russell Simmons to hire the group as the opening act for thirty-eight dates on Run DMC's Raising Hell tour in 1986. Other acts on the tour were Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, and Whodini. Besides solo dates, the group also opened for New Edition, Midnight Star, the S.O.S. Band, Kool & The Gang, and Jermaine Jackson.
As of 2011, the current Timex Social Club roster consists of founding member Marcus Thompson (DJ) and Samuelle Prater (vocals). Timex Social Club still tours. They can also be booked for Old School 80's concerts, private parties and appearances through GigSalad.com (http://www.gigsalad.com/timex_social_club) and GigMasters.com (http://www.gigmasters.com/rb-band/Timex-Social-Club/). Their records still surface on Pop and R&B radio, especially during old-school mix shows. The group's records have now become sample sources for contemporary artists such as: 2 Pac, Public Enemy (group), Master P and others.
In pop culture - cover versions, parodies and usage
Over the years, the group's hit "Rumors" has spawned a host of remakes, parodies and uses, such as:
- "Back From The Dead" - House Of Pain
- "Half Man Half Machine" - Goldie Lookin Chain
- "He said, she said..." Andre Nickatina and Mike Marshall
- "Hookaz" - South Central Cartel
- "Jealousy" - Club Nouveau
- "More News At 11" - Public Enemy (band)
- "Roaches"- Bobby Jimmy & the Critters
- "Rumors" - Jo De La Rosa
- "Rumors" - Mr. Shadow
- "Stop Hatin'" - Master P
- "Soon As I Get Home" - 2 Pac
- "Rumores" - Memo Rios & M.C. Aplausos
- "Jealous Niggas" - Guerilla Maab
The Club Nouveau song Why You Treat Me So Bad uses the same keyboard melody riff from "Thinkin' About Ya" (Life, Love and Pain, Warner Bros. Records 25531). The following is a selected list of other covers/samples.
- "Rumors" Father Dom feat. [Timex Social Club]
- "Can't Trust a Man" - Mia X feat. Suga T
- "Lifestyles Of The Rich and Shameless" - Lost Boyz
- "How Can I Get Over You" (Remix feat. LL Cool J) - Taral Hicks
- "I Got 5 On It" (featuring Michael Marshall) - Luniz
- "I'm Gonna Be Alright" (Track Masters remix, featuring 50 Cent) - Jennifer Lopez
- "Irresistible" (So So Def remix, feat. Lil Bow Wow) - Jessica Simpson
- "Only U" - Ashanti
- "Satisfy You" (feat. R. Kelly) - P Diddy
- "Thinking Bout U" (feat. Mia X) - Master P
- "Untouchable" (feat. Infa-Red, Cross and Drag-On, Syleena Johnson, Sheek Louch) - DMX
- "What's My Name" - Mr. Capone-E
||US, R&B, Dance, UK, CAN|
|Mixed Up World||
|Thinkin' About Ya||
Awards and Nominations
||Rumors/Vicious Rumors||Awarded (key to city)||
- I Heard It Through the Grapevine: Rumor in African-American Culture by Joseph Stone(1994)
- Mad Season: (Changing Stations)] by Joseph Stone(2005)
- Flashbacks to Happiness: Eighties Music Revisited by Randolph Michaels (2005)
- How Do Rumors Get Started: The True Story Of Timex Social Club by Marcus A. Thompson (2011)
- 1986: Modern Girls
- 2001: The Proud Family, Disney (Season 1 Episode 3 - "Rumors")
- 2008: The Hills, MTV (Season 4 Episode 16 - "You Did This")
- List of number-one hits (United States)
- List of number-one dance hits (United States)
- List of artists who reached number one on the U.S. Dance chart
- List of artists who reached number one on the US Dance chart
- List of artists who reached number one on the Hot 100 (U.S.)
- List of bands from the San Francisco Bay Area
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 560. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- Timex Social Club- R&B chart placements @Billboard.com Retrieved 6-12-2011.
- Turner, Patricia (1994). I Heard It Through the Grapevine: Rumor in African-American Culture. US. p. 260. ISBN 978-0-520-08936-5.
- Stone, Joseph (2005). Mad Season: (Changing Stations). US. p. 220. ISBN 978-0-595-37007-8.
- Michaels, Randolph (2005). Flashbacks to Happiness: Eighties Music Revisited. US. p. 196. ISBN 978-0-595-37007-8.
- Thompson, Marcus (2011). How Do Rumors Get Started: The True Story Of Timex Social Club. US. p. 176. ISBN 978-1-257-28542-6.
- Timex Social Club at AllMusic
- Official Website
- Michael Marshall - Lead Singer
- Rumor Radio
- Timex Social Club discography at Discogs
- Timex Social Club Album and Chart History @ Billboard.com
- Timex Social Club overview @ AllMusic.com