Thursday, August 7, 2008

Timex Social Club


Timex Social Club is an R&B/new jack swing music group from Berkeley, California that was produced, pressed, marketed and promoted by producer/artist, Jay King.

They were first known as the Timex Crew and consisted of members Marcus Thompson, Gregory "Greg B" Thomas, Michael Marshall, Kevin Moore, Craig Samuel, Darrien Cleage, and Alex Hill. By 1986, Craig, Darrien, and Gregory left the group. Alex Hill & Kevin Moore were later added and the name "Timex Social Club" was adopted.
In 1986, the group released their debut album, "Vicious Rumors" which peaked at #29 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single, "Rumors" became a hit, peaking at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100, topped Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart for 3 weeks, topped Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and topped Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart for 2 weeks in July of 1986, staying on the chart for 24 weeks. In the U.K., the song peaked at #13 on the U.K. Singles chart.

The success of "Rumors" led Russell Simmons to hire them as the opening act for 38 dates on Run DMC's "Raising Hell" tour. They also opened up for New Edition, Midnight Star, the S.O.S. Band, Jermaine Jackson, and Kool & the Gang.
The follow-up single, "Thinkin' About Ya" peaked at #15 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 18 weeks.
The last single from the album, "Mixed Up World" peaked at #15 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 15 weeks. In the U.K., the song peaked at #81 on the U.K. Singles chart.

After that, it seemed as if the Timex Social Club had faded into obscurity and Jay King went on to have success with Club Nouveau.

These days, Marcus Thompson and Club Nouveau member, Samuelle Prater continue to perform as the current lineup for Timex Social Club and continues to tour.

Marcus has worked & written songs for artists such as Ebony Lover & DJ Crazy Jaye, B-Boy K and Test of Time (in which he founded and was a member), 2 Bigg MC and MTume.

He formed his own record label, Rumorecords and in 1987, he released the single, "Frat Dance." Along with performing as Timex Social Club, he is also a DJ who spins old school music at events, clubs & private parties.

Marcus works and resides in Northern California. In 2011, he released the book, "How Do Rumors Get Started: The True Story of Timex Social Club."

Michael Marshall also resides in Northern California and is the only active member of the group still recording. He has worked with music group, The Mo 'Fessionals and appaered on Luniz's hit song, "I Got 5 On It."

Alex Hill is retired from the music business and works & resides in Northern California. These days, he's a proud father. He has worked with & written songs for artists such as Ebony Lover & DJ Crazy Jaye, La Rue (in which he was a member), Club Nouveau, and Marcus Thompson's group, Test of Time.

Fred Busby performed with the group in the summer of 1986 on the 2nd half of Run DMC's "Raising Hell" tour.

He replaced Michael Marshall to help Timex Social Club complete the duration of the 1986 tour. Fred also worked with Test of Time and was the lead singer on the single, "People Change" in 1987, which was co-produced by James Mtume.

Sadly on August 4, 1992, Kevin Moore was fatally shot and is survived by his wife & three daughters. He worked with and wrote songs for Digital Underground and Test of Time.

To see the music video for "Rumors," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVtcp8XHhOo

To see the music video for "Mixed Up World," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5RKzhY-ufU

To see a fan-made video for "Thinkin' About Ya," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QoJqCjoI5n0

[updated on 02/28/13]

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