Twilight 22 (1983) Electric Kingdom 12″


Very Brief:
Twilight 22’s first ever release was the 12″ of “Electric Kingdom” in 1983. The single was a Top 10 hit on Billboard’s R&B and Dance charts.


Twilight 22 (1983) Electric Kingdom 12"The Source:
Label: Vanguard Records
Catalog#: SPV 68
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 1/3 RPM
Country: US
Released: 1983


Twilight 22 (1983) Electric Kingdom 12"The A Side:
Electric Kingdom (Vocal Version) 6:44

The B Side:
Electric Kingdom (Instrumental – Dub Version) 7:05


The Billboard Charts:

Chart Debuted Debut Pos. Peak Pos. Wks on Chart
Hot 100 12/17/83 95 79 8
Hot Black Singles 11/5/83   7 20
Hot Dance/Disco 10/29/83   5 14

The Blackwell Project (1985) Explicit Lyrics 12″


Very Brief:
The 12″ being posted today is “Explicit Lyrics” from The Blackwell Project. The record has somewhat of an electro-funk feel to me with spoken word samples from news reports, etc. The style reminds me a lot of Paul Hardcastle’s “19“.


The Blackwell Project (1985) Explicit Lyrics 12"The Source:
Label: Emergency Records
Catalog#: EMDS 6558
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 1/3 RPM
Country: US
Released: 1985


The Blackwell Project (1985) Explicit Lyrics 12"The A Side:
Explicit Lyrics (Secret Mix) 5:25
Explicit Lyrics (Power Mix) 5:17

The B Side:
X-Plicit (Instrumental) 4:26
X-Plicit (Dub) 5:42

The Other Ones (1987) Holiday 12″


Very Brief:
“Holiday” by The Other Ones is featured on this Virgin Records promo 12″ with 12″ and 7″ remixes and the LP version. Remixed by John “Tokes” Potoker.


The Other Ones (1987) Holiday 12"The Source:
Label: Virgin Records
Catalog#: PR 2090
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 1/3 RPM
Country: US
Released: 1987


The Other Ones (1987) Holiday 12"The A Side:
Holiday (7″ Remix) 3:43
Holiday (LP Version) 3:32

The B Side:
Holiday (12″ Remix) 5:58


The Billboard Charts:

Chart Debuted Debut Pos. Peak Pos. Wks on Chart
Hot 100 8/1/87 90 29 17

Mac Band (1988) Roses Are Red 12″


Very Brief:
L.A. & Babyface wrote and produced the #1 R&B track “Roses Are Red” for the Mac Band in 1988. This 12″ features a remix and instrumental by Louil Silas, Jr.


Mac Band (1988) Roses Are Red 12"The Source:
Label: MCA Records
Catalog#: MCA-23791
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 1/3 RPM
Country: US
Released: 1988


Mac Band (1988) Roses Are Red 12"The A Side:
Roses Are Red (Extended Version) 9:30

The B Side:
Roses Are Red (Instrumental) 9:30


The Billboard Charts:

Chart Debuted Debut Pos. Peak Pos. Wks on Chart
Hot Black Singles 5/14/88 80 1 17

Nik Kershaw (1986) Radio Musicola GER 12″


Very Brief:
This German 12″ release from Nik Kershaw features an Extended Mix of “Radio Musicola” that was remixed by Bryan “Chuck” New.


Nik Kershaw (1986) Radio Musicola GER 12"The Source:
Label: MCA Records
Catalog#: 258 485-0
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM
Country: GER
Released: 1986


Nik Kershaw (1986) Radio Musicola GER 12"The A Side:
Radio Musicola (Extended Mix) 7:15

The B Side:
L.A.B.A.T.Y.D. 4:12
Radio Musicola 4:16

Blake & Hines (1986) Sherry 12″


Very Brief:
This promo 12″ release from Blake & Hines features 12″, 7″ and Dub versions of their track “Sherry” along with “Movie Queen” from their 1986 self-titled LP. The R&B duo consisted of Corey Blake & Andra Hines and their 1986 Motown LP was their only album release.


Blake & Hines (1986) Sherry 12"The Source:
Label: Motown Records
Catalog#: PR-199
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 1/3 RPM
Country: US
Released: 1986


Blake & Hines (1986) Sherry 12"The A Side:
Sherry (12″ Mix) 6:22
Sherry (7″ Version) 3:54

The B Side:
Sherry (Dub) 5:20
Movie Queen 4:06


The Billboard Charts:

Chart Debuted Debut Pos. Peak Pos. Wks on Chart
Hot Black Singles 2/28/87   50 10

Maurice White (1985) Stand By Me UK 12″


Very Brief:
Maurice White’s Top 10 R&B cover of “Stand By Me” is featured on this UK 12″ in an Extended Dance Remix and Instrumental, remixed by Eric “E.T.” Thorngren.


Maurice White (1985) Stand By Me UK 12"The Source:
Label: CBS Records
Catalog#: CBSA 12-6512
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM
Country: UK
Released: 1985


Maurice White (1985) Stand By Me UK 12"The A Side:
Stand By Me (Extended Dance Remix) 5:05

The B Side:
Stand By Me (Instrumental) 5:05


The Billboard Charts:

Chart Debuted Debut Pos. Peak Pos. Wks on Chart
Hot 100 8/31/85 88 50 13
Hot Black Singles 8/24/85   6 16

Kelis (2006) F Them B’s 12″ Promo


Very Brief:
F Them! This is probably not a record I would have sought out and bought for myself. Before receiving it from Niko, I’d never heard it and had only heard “Milkshake” from Kelis, which I mostly considered a novelty record that was OK on the radio but, not something I’d want to hear again and again. So, I didn’t have high expectations for this record before plopping it down on the turntable. I must say, I was pleasantly surprised, loved the groove behind it, loved the production by will.i.am. I think probably the groove is sampled from something but, I have no idea what. So, thanks to Niko, now you too can Fuck Them Bitches!

Niko tells me about the 2 records posted today, “Those tracks are pretty much impossible to find in decent quality on the internet btw, because there is no digital download.” So, enjoy!


Kelis (2006) F Them 12" PromoThe Source:
Label: Jive/Zomba/LaFace Records
Catalog#: 82876-88722-1
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 1/3 RPM
Country: US
Released: 2006


Kelis (2006) F Them 12" PromoFuck Them Bitches: The A Side:
Main 3:48
Instrumental 3:48

Fuck Them Bitches: The B Side:
Main 3:48
Instrumental 3:48

Lauryn Hill (1998) Doo Wop (That Thing) 12″ Promo


Very Brief:
To close out the week, I’m going to post a couple of records that were sent to me by Niko so that I could rip them for him and share them with you guys. The first record today comes from former Fugee Lauryn Hill. In 1998 she released the critically acclaimed ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’. The lead single from that album was “Doo Wop (That Thing)” which debuted on the Hot 100 at #1 and held the top spot for 2 weeks. It peaked at #2 on the R&B singles chart. This 12″ promo release features various versions and a dub by Comissioner Gordon.


Lauryn Hill (1998) Doo Wop (That Thing) 12" PromoThe Source:
Label: Ruffhouse Records
Catalog#: CAS 41015
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 1/3 RPM
Country: US
Released: 1998


Lauryn Hill (1998) Doo Wop (That Thing) 12" PromoDoo Wop (That Thing): The A Side:
Original Clean 4:00
Radio Edit 4:00
Gordon’s Dub 4:00

Doo Wop (That Thing): The B Side:
Album Version 4:00
Instrumental 4:00
A Capella 4:00


The Billboard Charts:

Chart Debuted Debut Pos. Peak Pos. Wks on Chart
Hot 100 11/14/98 1 1/2wks 21
Hot Black Singles 11/7/98   2 24

Mico Wave (1987) Star Search 12″


Very Brief:
Mico Wave is the stage name of Michael Kerry Lane who hails from Champaign, IL. In 1987, his one and only album ‘Cookin’ From The Inside Out’ was released on Columbia Records. Mico Wave and Bootsy Collins co-wrote all 9 songs on the album and Bootsy was the producer. Other illuminaries that performed on the album include Bootsy’s brother Catfish Collins, Bernie Worrell and Maceo Parker. The 12″ release of “Star Search” from that album features the Shep Pettibone Mix along with an edit, instrumental and acappella.


Mico Wave (1987) Star Search 12"The Source:
Label: Columbia Records
Catalog#: 44 07841
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 1/3 RPM
Country: US
Released: 1987


Mico Wave (1987) Star Search 12"The A Side:
Star Search (Shep Pettibone Mix) 6:46
Star Search (Edit) 4:12

The B Side:
Star Search (Instrumental) 4:06
Star Search (Acappella) 3:51

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