Musique (disco band)

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Musique was a studio project by Patrick Adams, best known for the song "In the Bush." It consisted of five singers, Christine Wiltshire, Angela Howell, Gina Taylor Pickens, Mary Seymour Williams and Jocelyn Brown.

CareerEdit

Recorded originally as a "low budget" project at Bob Blank's Blank Tape Studios[1] in New York City (the tracking session was completed in four hours), the album Keep on Jumpin' contained only four cuts: "Keep on Jumpin'," "Summer Love," "In the Bush" and "Summer Love Theme." Adams, known for his arranging, wrote the horn section parts as the studio musicians sat waiting. Those musicians included Skip McDonald and Doug Wimbish who were among the musicians later responsible for much of the backing work at Sugar Hill Records before teaming up to become known as Tackhead in the 1980s, collaborating with Adrian Sherwood on numerous works on his label ON-U Sound in England.

Due to the overtly sexual lyrics of "In the Bush" many radio stations banned it when it was released during 1978. Because of limited airplay it only scored No. 58 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and No. 21 on the Black Singles Chart, although it did top the Hot Dance Club Play chart along with the second single "Keep on Jumpin'". It also reached No. 16 on the UK Singles Chart in December 1978.Their second big hit, "Keep on Jumpin'" was another club success peaking at No. 1 on the Disco and Hot Dance Club Play chart. The song crossed over to the urban market and peaked at No. 81 on the Black Singles chart. Musique's debut album peaked at No. 62 on the Billboard 200 chart. The vocalists on the first LP Keep on Jumpin' were a pre-solo career Jocelyn Brown, Angela Howell, Gina Tharps and Christine Wiltshire. On the second LP Musique II, released in 1979, Mary Seymour, Denise Edwards and Gina Taylor took the lead vocals. Both albums were released on the Prelude Records label. "Love Massage" became another successful club hit, but failed to crossover to either the R&B or pop markets.

Musique broke up by the early 1980s. Adams continued to be an in-demand record producer.

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

SinglesEdit

  • "In the Bush" 1978 – UK No. 16 and US No. 58[2]
  • "Keep on Jumpin'"
  • "Love Massage"
  • "Glide"
  • "Good and Plenty Lover"
  • "Number One"
  • "Summer Love Theme"

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Discogs – Blank Tape Studios profile and discography
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 384. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.