Company B

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As far as I can tell, this all-girl group never made the slightest impression on this side of the pond. Released on Atlantic Records in the States, this is a UK issue of their debut album on the obscure Blue Bird label, which you could buy in Virgin for £6.99 back in the day. I came across this pristine copy last week in the Fishponds branch of Cancer Research UK.  It was going for a quid, just begging me to take it home. So I did.

Company B’s Wiki page gives a brief synopsis of their career. This album, released in 1987, was produced, arranged and engineered by a fella called Ish in Miami. The stand-out track is opener “Fascinated”, which apparently did quite well Stateside. I recognised the song straight away because  a Housed-up cover version was a moderate hit over here for Lisa B. in the following decade.  But the whole album is a cute example of that near-forgotten, pre-House, Latin-tinged yet strangely Europhile electronic dance sound  known as Freestyle.

For any curious readers, here’s a clip I found of the girls performing “Fascinated” live on TV. Sound quality is a bit rough, but you get the idea…

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