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Rude Awakening

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Album Review

The debut album from the Rude Boys featured two chart-topping singles. The first was "Written All Over Your Face." Penned by group member Larry Marcus, the single introduced the group to the national stage with its bouncy groove; Marcus describes his hopping beat as the "bingo bounce." The song showcases the vocals of Joe Little III, Edward Buddy Banks, and a cameo appearance by Gerald LeVert; the single rode the charts for 31 weeks. The other big hit was "Are You Lonely for Me." With the well-rounded, riffing baritone of Little and the vibrating, towering tenor of Banks, the single rose straight to the top. This is one of the few songs, since the emergence of videos, to gain the number one ranking without a video. "Come on Let's Do This" and "Heaven" were also releases. Both were moderately paced numbers tempo-wise, but "Heaven" is naturally more soulful with its peppy rhythm. It peaked at number 15 on the charts. This album also featured other outstanding tracks. "I Feel for You" is a tight dance track with much energy; "I Need You" and "I'm Going Thru" are two classic R&B ballads in which Banks and Little convey an emotional testimony. However, that is nothing unusual for the two outstanding singers because they make good on the delivery of all the vocals of this project.

Biography

Formed: 1989 in Cleveland, OH

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '80s, '90s

A '90s vocal group from Cleveland, the Rude Boys are making some headway on both the pop and Urban Contemporary fronts. Larry Marcus, Melvin Sephus, and brothers Edward Lee Banks and Joe Little III were discovered by Levert, who helped get them signed to Atlantic. Their 1990 LP, Rude Awakenings, included the single "Written All Over Your Face," which made it to #16 on the pop chart. The Rude Boys also toured...
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