ARTIST: Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
TITLE: Super Hits
YEAR RELEASED: Compilation
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: I Wonder If I Take You Home (#34 US, #6 R&B, #1 Dance, #12 UK), Can You Feel the Beat (#69 US, #40 R&B, #6 Dance, #97 UK), All Cried Out (#8 US, #3 R&B), Head to Toe (#1 US, #1 R&B, #1 Dance, #82 UK), Lost in Emotion (#1 US, #1 R&B, #8 Dance, #58 UK), Someone to Love for Me (#78 US, #7 R&B), Little Jackie Wants to Be a Star (#29 US, #3 R&B, #90 UK), Let the Beat Hit ‘Em (#37 US, #1 R&B, #1 Dance, #17 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: That’s 8 of the 10 tracks.
LINEUP: Lisa Velez, Alex Moseley, Mike Hughes, other studio players (including Full Force, of course)
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: A compact selection of a short-term hit maker that seems to have faded from view.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: 1987 was the year of Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam. Their 1985 debut (credited with Full Force as well), was a minor hit until “All Cried Out” became a smash. Then “Head to Toe” and “Lost in Emotion” hit #1 and they were huge in that one year.
Two more records came and went, and while there was a couple of great tracks (“Let the Beat Hit ‘Em” and “Something ‘Bout Love” (not a single!)), they fizzled out.
There’s nothing revolutionary about Lisa Lisa – they were typical late 80’s pop hitmakers in the dance / R&B style. Just put this one and remember, remember, remember.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Full Force was a band and a production team that wrote the first three records for the group and half of the last one.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: B-: Well crafted 80’s dance pop that’s good for short nostalgic bursts.