Sunday, August 5, 2012

Tease

Tease was an R&B group from Los Angeles, California during the 80's. The group formed in 1979 and originally consisted of lead singer Kipper Jones, guitarist Josef Parson, keyboardist Rex Salas, guitarist Thomas Organ, drummer Derek Organ, and bassist Cornelius Mims.
In 1983, Tease released their self-titled debut album on RCA Records. The album didn't appear to make the Billboard charts and the singles "Flash" and "What Should I Do" failed to make much impact on the charts either.

By 1986, the line-up changed to Kipper Jones, Thomas & Derek Organ, and bassist Jay Shanklin. R&B singer\multi-instrumentalist Chuckii Booker worked as a session keyboardist with the group as well.
During that same year, they released their second self-titled album on Epic Records, which peaked at #32 on Billboard's Top R&B\Hip-Hop Albums chart.
The first single, "Firestarter" became their highest chart apperance to date, peaking at #50 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #11 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart in March of 1986, staying on the chart for 19 weeks.
The follow-up single, "Better Wild (Than Mild)" peaked at #81 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart in August of 1986, staying on the chart for only 7 weeks.

The last single from the album, "I Wish You Were Here" peaked at #87 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart in November of 1986, staying on the chart for just 4 weeks.
In 1988, Tease released their last album to date, "Remember" which failed to make the Billboard charts at all.
The only single to chart was their cover version of Ann Peebles' song, "I Can't Stand the Rain" which peaked at #34 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart in April of 1988, staying on the chart for 11 weeks. After that, it seemed as if Tease had faded into obscurity.

Kipper Jones released his solo album, "Ordinary Story" in 1990 on Virgin Records. He had two charting singles: "Shock Wave" and "Poor Elaine" which were moderately successful on the R&B charts. Today, he lives in Atlanta, Georgia where he still performs music.

Derek Organ has performed on various artists' albums such as Atlantic Starr, Janet Jackson, Vernessa Mitchell, C.O.D., Brandy, Mariah Carey, 2Pac, and Jade MacRae.

Thomas Organ has performed on various artists' albums such as Thelma Houston, Patti Austin, Alexander O'Neal, Chico DeBarge, Geoffrey Williams, Grady Harrell, Portrait, Brandy, and Jade MacRae.

Cornelius Mims has written and produced music for artists such as Fire Fox, Madame X, Mendy Lee, Paul Jackson Jr., Michael Cooper, Carole Davis, Stacye & Kimiko, Lisa Fischer, Gladys Knight, LL Cool J, Rosie Gaines, Peaches & Herb, Stevie Woods, Jerry Butler, Patti Austin, George Howard, Four Tops, Michael Jackson, Pebbles, Ray Parker Jr, Desiree Coleman, Angela Bofill, Randy Hall, Vanessa Williams, Brian McKnight, Phil Collins, Jade MacRae, Ray J, Rahsaan Patterson, and India.Arie.

Jay Shanklin has written and produced music for C.O.D., Front Page, and Herbie Hancock. Josef Parson has performed on various artists' albums such as Patti Austin, Fire Fox, Wild Orchid, and LV.

Rex Salas has become a well-known record producer, songwriter, musical director, and music arranger who has worked with artists such as Robert Palmer, Janet Jackson, Maxwell, Brandy, Sheena Easton, and Brian McKnight.

As for Chuckii Booker, he went on to have a successful solo career, scoring two #1 R&B hits and working as a singer\songwriter\multi-instrumentalist.

To see Kipper Jones' Facebook page, go to:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/kipper-jones/132660827924

To see Kipper Jones' official website, go to:
http://www.kipperjones.com/KipperJones.com/Welcome.html

To see a fan-made video for "Firestarter," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTBfI7Dpf-0

To see a fan-made video for "Better Wild (Than Mild)," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzWUaGBfLnU

To see the music video for "I Wish You Were Here," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOFo4EDYMFY

To see a fan-made video for "I Can't Stand the Rain," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2d1UVQZsXY

1 comment:

organfreak said...

Best version of "Body Heat" I ever heard! Intense.