Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Jango Song Of The Day-Bell Biv DeVoe
Song:B.B.D. (I Thought It Was Me)?
Album:20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best Of Bell Biv DeVoe
The 1990 debut CD of the New Edition spinoff group Bell Biv DeVoe was one of the hottest albums of 1990 and was a big part of ushering in the funk soul rap mix known as New Jack Swing. But when their second CD fizzled, they went on to do other things. I think it might surprise fans that in their prime they only recorded two albums. When Bobby Brown left New Edition in 1986, Ricky Bell (born Sept. 18, 1967 in Boston), Michael Bivins (born Aug. 10, 1968 in Boston) and Ronnie DeVoe (born Nov. 17, 1967 in Boston) thought about starting their own group and were convinced to do so by producers Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. Poison was their debut CD in 1990. It was much funkier than anything from New Edition and the lead single Poison topped the R & B charts and reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album topped the R & B album charts and reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 200. So it was huge. B.B.D. (I Thought It Was Me)? was the third single and also topped the R & B singles chart. The song was produced by Hank Shocklee, Keith Shocklee and Eric "Vietnam" Sadler AKA The Bomb Squad. They were known for their work with Public Enemy. After a remix CD, their 1993 CD Hootie Mack did OK but not nearly as well. Meanwhile, Michael Bivins went on to his own career as a producer and record label owner with groups like Boyz II Men. So it became obvious that Bell Biv DeVoe weren't going to be able to work together much. They did reunite and record the CD BBD on Bivens' Biv10 label in 2001 and they still perform occasionally. You can get all their hits on this Universal budget comp. They sure caught lightning in a bottle back in 1990. Here's the video for B.B.D. (I Thought It Was Me)? by Bell Biv DeVoe.