Saturday, September 27, 2008

Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam

Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam were one of the most successful and talented music acts of the 80's & 90's.

They scored million-selling hits with their pop tunes, dance tracks, and wonderful ballads. They are also one of the most well known freestyle music groups.

Lisa Lisa (born Lisa Velez on January 15, 1967 in Hell's Kitchen, New York) was discovered by percussionist Mike Hughes, who was with the band, Full Force. She was hired as a roadie for Full Force.

Then Lisa was signed to Full Force's production and management company, nicknamed her "Lisa Lisa" and members Mike & his friend, guitarist Alex "Spanador" Moseley were added to the group.
In 1985, the group released their debut album, "Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force" which peaked at #52 on the Billboard 200 chart and #16 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
Their first single, "I Wonder If I Take You Home" became a hit, peaking at #34 on the Billboard Hot 100 in August of 1985, #6 on Billboard's Black Singles chart in July of 1985, staying on the chart for 22 weeks, and topped Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart & Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart for a week in June of 1985. The single was certified Gold by the RIAA.
The second single from the album, "Can You Feel The Beat" peaked at #69 on the Billboard Hot 100 in December of 1985, #6 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart in January of 1986, #9 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #40 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart in December of 1985, staying on the chart for 26 weeks.
The last single from the album, "All Cried Out" became their first pop hit, peaking at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 in October of 1986, #12 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart, and #3 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart in September of 1986, staying on the chart for 23 weeks.
In 1987, Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam released their second album, "Spanish Fly" which peaked at #7 on the Billboard 200 and Billboard's R&B Albums chart simultaneously. The album was certified Platinum by the RIAA in the United States and Gold in Canada.
The first single from the album, "Head to Toe" topped the Billboard Hot 100, Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, and Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart for a week in June of 1987, becoming their first #1 hit song.
The second single, "Lost in Emotion" became the group's second #1 pop hit, topping the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart for a week in October of 1987. The song also peaked at #8 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart, #3 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #27 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart.
The third single from the album, "Someone to Love Me For Me" peaked at #78 on the Billboard Hot 100 in December of 1987 and #7 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart in May of 1988, staying on the chart for 15 weeks.
The last single from the album, "Everything Will B-Fine" peaked at #22 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart in May of 1988, #31 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #7 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart in May of 1988, staying on the chart for 12 weeks.
During that same year, Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam released a single, "Go For Yours" which was featured on the "Caddyshack II" movie soundtrack and peaked at #19 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart in July of 1988, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.  
In 1989, the group released their third album, "Straight to the Sky" which peaked at #77 on the Billboard 200 and #18 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single from the album, "Little Jackie Wants to Be a Star" peaked at #29 on the Billboard Hot 100 in May of 1989, #7 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart, and #3 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart in June of 1989, staying on the chart for 14 weeks.
The second single, "Just Git it Together" peaked at #7 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart in August of 1989 and #16 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart in September of 1989, staying on the chart for 11 weeks.
The last single, "Kiss Your Tears Away" peaked at #26 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart in November of 1989, staying on the chart for 11 weeks.
In 1991, Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam released their last album together, "Straight Out of Hell's Kitchen" which peaked at #133 on the Billboard 200 and #29 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single from the album, "Let the Beat Hit 'Em" peaked at #37 on the Billboard Hot 100 in August of 1991 and topped Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart for 3 weeks in July of 1991 & Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart for a week in September of 1990, staying on the chart for 18 weeks.
The follow-up single from the album, "Where Were You When I Needed You" peaked at #65 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart in November of 1991, staying on the chart for only 6 weeks.

During that same year, Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam went their separate ways. Alex Moseley and Mike Hughes went on to do other various projects.
After the group broke up, Lisa Lisa released her debut solo album, "LL 77" on Pendulum Records. The album didn't appear to make the Billboard 200 chart.
The first single from the album, "Skip to My Lu" peaked at #105 on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart and #38 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks.
The follow-up single, "When I Fell in Love" peaked at #28 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart in June of 1994 and #96 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart in May of 1994, staying on the chart for 16 weeks.

The Spanish-language version, "Cuando Me Enamore" peaked at #16 on Billboard's Hot Latin Songs chart in July of 1994.

In 2001, Lisa Lisa appeared on the Nickelodeon teen show, "Taina" playing the role of Gloria Morales, Taina's mother. The show ended in 2002.
In 2008, Lisa Lisa released her second album, "Life 'N Love" on the Mass Appeal Entertainment record label.

Alex Moseley plays guitar in a house band at NYC's "Cafe Wha?!" As for Mike Hughes, his whereabouts are unknown.

To see the music video for "Can You Feel The Beat," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEWdlp29s2k

To see the music video for "I Wonder If I Take You Home," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5m8lj5DCtI

To see the music video for "All Cried Out," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-fSv9jClCw

To see the music video for "Head To Toe," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51Iq8JmmfxY

To see the music video for "Lost in Emotion," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxkbTG6PeCI

To see the music video for "Someone to Love Me For Me," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBfmTu1J9j8

To see a live video of Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam performing "Everything Will B-Fine," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Bzx3ofGN3w

To see the music video for "Just Git It Together," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1X6APuPTMqk

To see the music video for "Kiss Your Tears Away," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f93IOIGBIX0

To see the music video for "Little Jackie Wants To Be A Star," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-g8jkNTxuQ

To see the music video for "Let The Beat Hit Em," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7Zz4n7WFkk

To see the music video for "Where Were You When I Needed You," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_65BIe2JL4U

To see the music video for "Skip To My Lu," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYQ0poq11as

To see a fan-made video for "When I Fell in Love," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRepnCPQPmY

To see a fan-made video for "Go For Yours," go to:


[updated on 09\08\12]

2 comments:

Anas Rubripes said...

Alex "Spanador" Moseley plays guitar for the house band at Cafe Wha?! in the village, NYC.

PaulPatti said...

Love this band and always will. Thank you Lisa, Alex, & Mike for great music that helped make awesome memories for so many people. You are all so talented, hope to see you performing in the future. All the best to you, always!