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Shafty

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80s band that passed me by - "The System"

I've been trawling through a few old school soul/funk music blogs recently, and at the ripe old age of 42 I thought I'd encountered most of the 80s bands of that ilk and era. However there is one duo that completely passed me by - that being The System.

Are there any System fans on here, and can you suggest an album to start me off, or shall I start from the debut and work forward?

I'm going to Google them shortly, but was just wondering smile

Little? Yeah, right. It might be little but it's loud
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Reply #1 posted 02/23/12 2:47am

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Shafty said:

I've been trawling through a few old school soul/funk music blogs recently, and at the ripe old age of 42 I thought I'd encountered most of the 80s bands of that ilk and era. However there is one duo that completely passed me by - that being The System.

Are there any System fans on here, and can you suggest an album to start me off, or shall I start from the debut and work forward?

I'm going to Google them shortly, but was just wondering smile

Oops - sorry mods - please move the to Music - Non Prince eek

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Reply #2 posted 02/23/12 2:51am

SoulAlive

80s R&B flashback: "Don't Disturb This Groove" by The System (1987) music

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Reply #3 posted 02/23/12 4:47am

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Wow, how did you miss The System? For me they are among the most influential of all the 80's electrofunk/soul groups.

ALL of their albums are great. That's "Sweat", "X-Periment", "The Pleasure Seekers", "Don't Disturb This Groove" , "Rhythm & Romance" and "ESP" which was their 2000 release after 11 years away.

Tracks you simply must check out:

Sweat

You Are In My System

It's Passion

I Wanna Make You Feel Good

Promises Can Break

The Pleasure Seekers

Big City Beat

This Is For You

Don't Disturb This Groove

Come As You Are (Superstar)

Save Me

Soul To Soul

Midnight Special

Heaven In Your Eyes

Coming To America (the theme song to the Eddie Murphy movie, I think they collaborated with Nile Rodgers on this track)

There's loads more but those are my favorites.

Also, they produced and co-wrote many hits of the 80's. They co-produced "Sussudio" for Phil Collins and "I Feel 4 U" for Chaka, I believe they worked on Mtume's "Juicy Fruit" also. In later years David Frank would go on to produce Christina Aguilera's "Genie In A Bottle".

Mic Murphy had a solo album in 91 or so called "Touch" which is also worth checking out.

Also it appears as if they are working on a new album right now smile

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Reply #4 posted 02/23/12 4:48am

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Oh, and I'd suggest you start with the "Sweat" album and then my favorite, "The Pleasure Seekers".

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Reply #5 posted 02/23/12 4:57am

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Shafty said:

I've been trawling through a few old school soul/funk music blogs recently, and at the ripe old age of 42 I thought I'd encountered most of the 80s bands of that ilk and era. However there is one duo that completely passed me by - that being The System.

Are there any System fans on here, and can you suggest an album to start me off, or shall I start from the debut and work forward?

I'm going to Google them shortly, but was just wondering smile

Id go with Pleasure Seekers, Dont Disturb this Groove or Sweat, all great.

I have to say I prefer Robert Palmer's 12' version of You Are in My System tho I do still love the original.

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Reply #6 posted 02/23/12 5:16am

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^Toe? My long lost brother? lol

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Reply #7 posted 02/23/12 5:33am

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This thread belongs in the Non Prince Music section.

Moving.

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Reply #8 posted 02/23/12 5:42am

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I'm a HUGE fan of The System. "You Are In My System" is one of my all-time favorite songs. I have all five of their albums, "Sweat," "X-Periment," "The Pleasure Seekers," "Don't Disturb This Groove" and "Rhythm and Romance" on CD.

If you're interested, I'll be glad to send you a two-disc anthology of their music I made for someone months ago who never responded back. It's not going to be every last song, but it's everything you would want from them.

And yes, Mic Murphy and David Frank are working on a new album, which is scheduled to be released later this spring.

[Edited 2/23/12 6:02am]

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Reply #9 posted 02/23/12 6:12am

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Thanks all for the replies. Going to check out the Sweat album shortly. I recognised the songs posted above, but had no idea who they were.

I still can't believe I missed them because I was a club fanatic back in the day.

I'm assuming they were bigger in the US than UK?

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Reply #10 posted 02/23/12 6:27am

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Yeah, The System were fairly popular during their day. "Don't Disturb This Groove" is the group's biggest hit, going No. 1 on the Billboard R&B Singles charts and peaking at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Like I said, let me know if you're interested in the anthology I created.

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Reply #11 posted 02/23/12 6:40am

Harlepolis

This one is under the radar, but its my FAVE thing from Mic Murphy,,,,

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Reply #12 posted 02/23/12 7:44am

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Militant said: They co-produced "Sussudio" for Phil Collins and "I Feel 4 U" for Chaka

cool David Frank is with a whole bunch of synth-cats on that jam (Reggie Griffin, Philippe Saise, Robbie Buchanan).

Couldn't spot a co-production credit though hmmm Chaka Khan - I Feel For Y...at Discogs

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Reply #13 posted 02/23/12 7:50am

MusickMan

The System did not co-produce Chaka Khan's "I Feel for You." The System produced the follow-up single, "It's My Night:"

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Reply #14 posted 02/23/12 7:54am

Shango

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Mic's early years. Harlepolis posted indeed already the Sass jam cool and the clip below includes a cool slideshow of the group.

The Jack Sass Band also featured keyboardist and upcoming producer LaForest "La La" Cope.

And I still gotta check sometime this comp

Amazon.com: Unreleased Un...tem: Music


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Reply #15 posted 02/23/12 7:56am

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music I love The System

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Reply #16 posted 02/23/12 8:08am

duccichucka

Wow - I've been killing "Don't Disturb This Groove" lately on my iPod. That is

an awesome, well written and peformed song. The little modulated synth blurb

just before the first verse kicks in is dope.

I downloaded the album this single came off of and it was pure doodoo,

however; nothing's as good as DDTG.

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Reply #17 posted 02/23/12 9:04am

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MusickMan said:

I'm a HUGE fan of The System. "You Are In My System" is one of my all-time favorite songs. I have all five of their albums, "Sweat," "X-Periment," "The Pleasure Seekers," "Don't Disturb This Groove" and "Rhythm and Romance" on CD.

If you're interested, I'll be glad to send you a two-disc anthology of their music I made for someone months ago who never responded back. It's not going to be every last song, but it's everything you would want from them.

And yes, Mic Murphy and David Frank are working on a new album, which is scheduled to be released later this spring.

[Edited 2/23/12 6:02am]

Are they really? OMG! If this is true Iwill be sohappy. I absolutely love this band. They are so underrated. My fave albums are Sweat, Xperiment & Pleasure Seekers. I hope the new album sounds like those first 3 albums and notlike their last album. Too slow for meand not exciting enough.

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Reply #18 posted 02/23/12 3:16pm

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I heart love them, loved their sound! worship They had the jams!!!!!! cool Straight bangers!

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Reply #19 posted 02/23/12 4:15pm

MusickMan

In addition to "You Are In My System," "This Is For You" and "Don't Disturb This Groove," this is arguably my favorite song:

As stated, I created my own The System anthology from their five albums and various other songs. The two-disc set consists of the following:

"SWEAT:"

"Sweat"

"You Are In My System"

"It's Passion"

"Stand Up And Cheer"

"I Won't Let Go"

"X-PERIMENT:"

"I Wanna Make You Feel Good"

"Lollipops And Everything"

"Promises Can Break"

"X-Periment"

"I Can't Take Losing You"

"THE PLEASURE SEEKERS:"

"The Pleasure Seekers" (extended version)

"Love Won't Wait For Lovin'"

"This Is For You" (extended version)

"I Don't Run From Danger" (extended version)

"DON'T DISTURB THIS GROOVE:"

"Don't Disturb This Groove"

"Come As You Are (Superstar)"

"Save Me"

"Heartbeat Of The City"

"Nighttime Lover"

"RHYTHM AND ROMANCE:"

"I'm About You"

"Soul To Soul"

"Midnight Special" (extended version)

"I Don't Know How To Say ..."

"You Got Me (Where You Want Me)"

"Have Mercy"

SOUNDTRACK SONGS:

"Baptize The Beat" (from "Beat Street")

"Coming To America" (extended version) (from "Coming To America")

BONUS TRACKS:

"Guardian Angel"

"Diggin' Your Rhythm"

"Why You Wanna Hurt Me?"

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SoulAlive said:

80s R&B flashback: "Don't Disturb This Groove" by The System (1987) music







This was my JAM!!!!!


I never got tired of hearing it.
"Remember, one man's filler is another man's killer" -- Haystack
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Reply #21 posted 02/23/12 4:24pm

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Militant said:

Wow, how did you miss The System? For me they are among the most influential of all the 80's electrofunk/soul groups.



ALL of their albums are great. That's "Sweat", "X-Periment", "The Pleasure Seekers", "Don't Disturb This Groove" , "Rhythm & Romance" and "ESP" which was their 2000 release after 11 years away.



Tracks you simply must check out:



Sweat


You Are In My System


It's Passion


I Wanna Make You Feel Good


Promises Can Break


The Pleasure Seekers


Big City Beat


This Is For You


Don't Disturb This Groove


Come As You Are (Superstar)


Save Me


Soul To Soul


Midnight Special


Heaven In Your Eyes


Coming To America (the theme song to the Eddie Murphy movie, I think they collaborated with Nile Rodgers on this track)



There's loads more but those are my favorites.



Also, they produced and co-wrote many hits of the 80's. They co-produced "Sussudio" for Phil Collins and "I Feel 4 U" for Chaka, I believe they worked on Mtume's "Juicy Fruit" also. In later years David Frank would go on to produce Christina Aguilera's "Genie In A Bottle".



Mic Murphy had a solo album in 91 or so called "Touch" which is also worth
checking out.



Also it appears as if they are working on a new album right now smile















Thanks for listing this. I had NO idea that they produced other acts and with such success!!

I just really loved their vibe. It was sensual and "make-you-get-up-and-dance" at the same time.
"Remember, one man's filler is another man's killer" -- Haystack
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Reply #22 posted 02/24/12 12:27am

SoulAlive

How come these guys don't have a 'Best of' CD by now? hmmm I'd love a good compilation of their singles.

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Reply #23 posted 02/24/12 6:39am

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The System are synth funk at it's finest.robert palmer covered You are in my system
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Reply #24 posted 02/24/12 7:17am

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They also produced Pump the Nation by Attitude...funky stuff!

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Reply #25 posted 02/24/12 10:47am

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thebanishedone said:

The System are synth funk at it's finest.robert palmer covered You are in my system

Yep! And they actually produced his cover version too.

This is the rarely seen video for "Midnight Special" which wasn't available online for ages, then another orger and System fan actually managed to track it down on (I think) a promo VHS from the record label that he managed to obtain about a year ago.

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Reply #26 posted 02/24/12 11:03am

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Download this podcast with David Frank!

NEW ALBUM BY MARCH 1st!! Called "System Overload" headbang excited

http://www.soulinterviews.com/david-frank-2012/

David Frank 2012Keyboardist/composer/producer/arranger David Frank is known as the founding father of electronic pop/R&B and half of the pioneering synth duo The System. Along with singer and partner Mic Murphy, they were best known for their innovative hits, the top ten R&B/dance hit “You Are In My System” and the number one R&B/number three pop classic “Don’t Disturb This Groove”. Frank’s post-System success includes songwriting/production/performance work on Christina Aguilera’s multiplatinum single,”Genie In A Bottle”. His genre’-spanning resume’ lists James Morrison, The Pussycat Dolls, OMAR, Jordin Sparks, Dream, Annie Lennox, 2Pac, Notorious B.I.G., Phil Collins, Steve Winwood, Chaka Khan, Eric Clapton, Michael McDonald, Mick Jagger, Phoebe Snow, Keyshia Cole, Robert Palmer and many more.

As evidenced by his exhaustive discography, Frank helped lay the foundation for synth-based pop music sound that’s still in vogue today on the music charts and heard in numerous music software emulations. He was an early adopter of the new compositional and sonic possibilities created through computer-based music technology. In the early 80s after acquiring the first sequencer and drum computer combination, he developed his own set of skills and deftly combined them with his impressive jazz/classical/R&B chops. Unabashedly embracing synthesized sound on its own unique merits, and not as a substandard substitute for natural musical instruments, Frank crafted a groundbreaking rhythmic and melodic perspective, that in the process, contributed significantly to a new style of pop music… Read more

Frank’s love of music extends all the way back to his childhood where at age 5 he was playing classical music. His studies continued throughout his youth as a student at the New England Conservatory and later at the Berklee College of Music. While at Berklee, an instructor brought in a copy of Wendy Carlos’ groundbreaking album “Switched On Bach”. Frank had already been experimenting with getting electric guitar sounds out of his Farfisa organ, and saw great creative potential in pursuing electronic musical directions.

After Berklee, David began playing in bands around the Boston area. The bass player in one of those bands brought in an ARP Odyssey synthesizer for David to play. The new sounds intrigued him so much that he brought one for himself the next day. Later, David moved to Manhattan to become a session musician. In the course of doing that, he began playing at weddings while amassing more keyboards including those manufactured by Oberheim: the X-A, the DSX sequencer and the DMX drum machine which in effect making David a one-man band.

A local studio owner called David to do a session for him in exchange for free studio time and suggested that he use to time to create a dance song. Knowing he needed a singer to do this, David initially wanted to use his upstairs neighbor and bandmate, a pre-stardom Madonna. Instead he called up another singer, Mic Murphy, whom he knew from his work as a tour keyboardist with Kleeer. A marathon recording session resulted in “In Times of Passion”.The next day, The System were signed to Mirage Records which was a subsidiary of Atlantic Records. “In Times of Passion” became both a radio and club hit in New York. The interest sparked enough interest for Mirage to give David and Mic an advance for an album. The album, “Sweat” launched club hits “Sweat”,”I Can’t Let Go” and the iconic “You Are In My System” which became a top ten R&B smash. Robert Palmer’s cover of the song became a mainstream rock hit. Becoming in-demand producers/songwriters ,they scored million sellers with Chaka Khan’s “I Feel For You”, Phil Collins’ “Sussudio” and Mtume’s “Juicy Fruit”. They garnered movie credits, appearing on the soundtracks of two Eddie Murphy blockbusters, “Beverly Hills Cop” and “Coming To America”.

In the early 90s, David moved to Los Angeles where he opened his own recording studio, Canyon Reverb. Becoming fluent in the use of industry standards, Digidesign’s Pro Tools and Apple Logic Studio, David continued to push the creative envelope while becoming a part of the rich creative community that he found himself apart of in Topanga Canyon. Meeting songwriter Steve Kipner (Olivia Newton John’s “Physical”, Chicago’s “Hard Habit To Break”) through his publisher EMI Music Publishing, David found a good collaborator which resulted in a gold single for 98 Degress, “The Hardest Thing”. A&R exec Ron Fair sent David a tape of singer/label signee Christina Aguilera to see if the songwriter duo could come up with anything for. In the interim, David was contacted by UK songwriter Pam Sheyne whom friends of his had recommended.Co-written by David,Steve and Pam and co-produced by David and Steve, “Genie In The Bottle” went platinum during the summer of 1999, spending five weeks at number one pop. Christina received a Best Female Pop Vocal Performance Grammy nomination for “Genie in a Bottle”and won a Best New Artist Grammy. The album “Christina Aguilera” went platinum eight times over. The songwriting trio had another gold single with Dream’s “He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not”.

In 2002, David signed as a songwriter to Universal Music Publishing. Around this time, he began traveling to London and Ireland to work with producer Steve Lipson, Wayne Hector, Marin Brammer and international singing stars Ronan Keating and James Morrison. He worked with acts here and abroad including Jojo, Liberty X, Boa, having top ten success with Westlife, O-Town, Ronan Keating and Jordin Sparks. David maintains a vigorous and creatively rich schedule that includes songwriting with top songwriters in Los Angeles, New York and London.

Biography courtesy of David Frank

The Official Website of David Frank

Playlist:

01 – Intro – The System – You Are In My System (Sweat, 1983)
02 – Snippet – Wendy Carlos – Simfonia To Cantata #29 (Switched-On Bach, 1968)
03 – The System – It’s Passion (Sweat, 1983)
04 – Angela Bofill – Can’t Slow Down (Let Me Be The One, 1984)
05 – Snippet – Phil Collins – Sussudio (No Jacket Required, 1985)
06 – The System – Midnight Special (Rhythm And Romance, 1989)
07 – The System – Heaven In Your Eyes (ESP, 2000)

Background music during the interview:

Peter Schmalfuss – Nocturne No. 8 In D Flat Major Op. 27/2, The Yardbirds – Good Morning Little Schoolgirl, Wendy Carlos – Simfonia To Cantata #29, The Temptations – Cloud Nine, Aretha Franklin – Respect, Kleeer – De Kleeer Ting, The System – Sweat, The System – X-periment, Mtume – Juicy Fruit, Phil Collins – Sussudio, 98° – The Hardest Thing, Christina Aguilera – Genie In A Bottle, Omar – Wherever

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Reply #27 posted 02/24/12 11:10am

G3000

You can totally hear David (The System) on this Steve Winwood track. A Fav of Mine.

Wake Me Up On Judgement Day

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Reply #28 posted 02/24/12 11:26am

G3000

Mic Murphy's Only Solo Album was very dissapointing. Goes to show you how much input David had in the group.

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Reply #29 posted 02/24/12 2:34pm

SoulAlive

MidniteMagnet said:

They also produced Pump the Nation by Attitude...funky stuff!

80s R&B flashback: "We Got The Juice" by Attitude (1983)---produced by the System

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