Friday, September 2, 2011

Mr. Mister

Mr. Mister is an American pop rock band from the 80's. It was formed in 1982 of the following members: Richard Page on vocals and bass guitar; Steve George on keyboards, Pat Mastelotto on acoustic and electronic drums, and Steve Farris on guitars. The band's name came from an inside joke about a Weather Report album called Mr. Gone where they referred to each other as "Mister This" or "Mister That", and eventually selected "Mr. Mister."Mr. Mister may be considered as representative of the melodic sound of 1980s pop rock. Richard Page had previously worked as a session musician (for Quincy Jones) and had composed for Michael Jackson, Donna Summer, Kenny Loggins, Al Jarreau, and many more. In the late 1970s, he and his childhood friend Steve George founded the band Pages (most notable song: "I Do Believe in You") in Phoenix, Arizona, from which Mr. Mister was founded in 1980. The two continued to apply their tight harmonies to background vocals on albums by successful pop artists like Laura Branigan and the Village People, while working to break out their own material. All four members had done extensive session work for other artists and brought numerous influences to the band. When the first Mr. Mister album, I Wear the Face, was released in 1984, Page was offered the chance to replace Bobby Kimball as lead singer of Toto, and later was offered Peter Cetera's place in Chicago; he refused both offers. The second album, 1985's Welcome to the Real World, with lyrics from Page's cousin John Lang, was the breakthrough for Mr. Mister. During this time, Mr. Mister toured with other popular acts including Don Henley, The Bangles, Eurythmics, Tina Turner, and Adam Ant. The band's third album was Go On..., which the band said was "some of the best stuff we ever did," showing a much more mature band and a sound that hinted at progressive rock. Nevertheless, Go On... was not a commercial success. During the 1980s, the group wrote and/or performed songs for several movies, including the title song for Stand and Deliver. Guitarist Steve Farris left around 1989. The band began working on a fourth album, Pull, with session guitarists Buzz Feiten, Trevor Rabin, Doug Macaskill and Peter McRea. The album was completed in 1990, but their label RCA decided not to release it. Soon afterward, the band broke up. The album remained unreleased for 20 years—though one track ("Waiting in My Dreams") appeared on a 2001 greatest hits collection by the band. On November 23, 2010 the remastered album was finally released by the band - in collaboration with Sony music - on Richard Page's independent label, Little Dume Recordings. The album is also available from Sony on iTunes and other digital distribution channels. After Mr. Mister broke up, Page released a solo record and a band record as Third Matinee (with Patrick Leonard) in 1994, and continued to write hit songs for many artists including "I'll Remember" (with Leonard and Madonna), a 1993 hit for Madonna. Two years later, he released Shelter Me, his first solo album. 2010 saw the release of his latest solo disc "Peculiar Life". In December 2010 Page also released an EP of Christmas songs titled "5 Songs For Christmas" which featured a song co-written and produced by Richard and producer Walter Afanasieff titled "I Always Cry At Christmas." Steve George worked extensively as musical director with Kenny Loggins and Jewel. Steve Farris went on to work with Rod Stewart, Whitesnake, Tori Amos (during her tenure in Y Kant Tori Read), and 4 Non Blondes. Pat Mastelotto recorded several hits with The Rembrandts, Jude Cole, Cock Robin, Martika, as well as alternative bands (XTC, Robyn Hitchcock, The Sugarcubes), and many others. Since 1994, Mastelotto has been a member of King Crimson and done thousands of live shows and participated in several Crimson records, including producing and mixing the King Crimson ProjeKcts. He also currently runs several side projects including Mastica, TU, Tuner, and KTU. Mastelotto is also a member of the melodic rock band Mecca.

I Wear the Face (1984)

I Wear the Face is Mr. Mister's debut album, released on March 27, 1984 on the RCA label. It was re-released on October 5, 1990. This Title Is Out-Of-Print. The album peaked to #170 in the U.S. The only single taken from this album was Hunters of the Night (#57 U.S.).


1-) Hunters of the Night.
2-) Code of Love.
3-) Partners in Crime.
4-) 32.
5-) Runaway.
6-) Talk the Talk.
7-) I'll Let You Drive.
8-) I Get Lost Sometimes.
9-) I Wear the Face.
10-) Life Goes On.

Welcome to the Real World (1985)

Welcome to the Real World is Mr. Mister's second studio album, released on November 27, 1985. This album is considered as the band's breakthrough material. A Remastered 25th Anniversary Edition of the album was released as a Digipak on April 20, 2010. The album peaked to #1 in the U.S. (Platinum disc) and #6 in the U.K. (Gold disc). The following singles were released: Broken Wings (#1 U.S., #4 U.K.), Kyrie (#1 U.S., #11 U.K.), Is It Love (#8 U.S., #87 U.K.), and Black/White (#93 Canada).


1-) Black/White.
2-) Uniform of Youth.
3-) Don't Slow Down.
4-) Run to Her.
5-) Into My Own Hands.
6-) Is It Love.
7-) Kyrie.
8-) Broken Wings.
9-) Tangent Tears.
10-) Welcome to the Real World.

Go On… (1987)

Go On… is Mr. Mister's third studio album, released on September 8, 1987. This album featured a more serious tone than their previous album Welcome to the Real World, which was commercially successful. This album did not fare as well commercially and would become the last publicly released album by the band before they broke up in 1989. This album peaked to #55 in the U.S. The following singles were released: Something Real (#29 U.S.), Healing Waters, The Border, and Stand and Deliver.


1-) Stand and Deliver.
2-) Healing Waters.
3-) Dust.
4-) Something Real (Inside Me/Inside You).
5-) The Tube.
6-) Bare My Soul.
7-) Control.
8-) Watching the World.
9-) The Power Over Me.
10-) Man of a Thousand Dances.
11-) The Border.

Pull (2010)

Pull is Mr. Mister's fourth studio album. It was released on November 23, 2010. However, it was originally recorded from 1989 to 1990, but due to the band's being left without a record company - and subsequent breakup - the album was left unreleased until 2010, when it was remixed and released. In the intervening time, bootleg copies of the album (along with various fan-made album cover images) could be found on the Internet. In 2010, the album was finally released by Richard Page's own Little Dume Recordings label. No singles were released from this album, although one track ("We Belong to No One") was offered as a free download from the Little Dume website while the album was being prepped for release. Also, "Waiting in My Dreams" was first featured on the band's The Best of Mr. Mister album.


1-) Learning to Crawl.
2-) Waiting in My Dreams.
3-) Crazy Boy.
4-) Close Your Eyes.
5-) Lifetime.
6-) I Don't Know Why.
7-) We Belong to No One.
8-) Burning Bridge.
9-) No Words to Say.
10-) Surrender.
11-) Awaya.



Exposé is an American vocal group, originally formed by Miami disc jockey and producer, Lewis Martinée in 1984 with members Sandra "Sandée" Casañas, Alejandra "Alé" Lorenzo, and Laurie Miller. Then, they were subsequently replaced by classic line-up consisting of Ann Curless, Jeanette Jurado and Italian-born Gioia Bruno. In 1985, the trio recorded "Point of No Return" for Pantera Records as a 12-inch vinyl single, which became a #1 hit on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart. The song helped to introduce a still-popular genre of music that became known as freestyle, which often features keyboard riffs, a sing-along chorus, and electro funk drum-machine patterns in the music arrangement. The success of "Point of No Return" quickly led Exposé to sign with Arista/BMG Records, which promptly assumed distribution of the 12-inch vinyl single. A year later, Exposé recorded and released its second club-dance Latin freestyle 12-inch single, titled "Exposed to Love". These songs were released during the period when radio began airing continuous mixes of House/Club/Dance songs in major markets. As such, Exposé realized continued success, including a club tour to key cities. Impressed with the performance of the two singles and its sound, Arista granted approval for the group to record an album. During the recording of the group's first studio album Exposure, the personnel of the group changed. Reports vary based on the source. According to People magazine, one of the original singers quit while two of the girls were fired midway through the recording of the first album, but according to Billboard, all three were fired. Arista records felt that the three original singers lacked star potential. Martinee states that he made the decision himself to replace the three girls, while Miller maintains it was all their choice, and Jurado confirms that Lorenzo wanted to leave. Shortly thereafter, Casañas pursued a solo career and Lorenzo pursued other ambitions; they were replaced by Jeanette Jurado and Gioia Bruno. Miller began a solo career; she was replaced by Ann Curless. Lorenzo returned to the dance charts with the Vendetta Records releases "I Wanna Know" in 1988, and "Stop Me if I Fall in Love" in 1990, while Miller evolved into a headline performer frequently showcasing her talents on cruises with a more intimate jazz style, and formed her own entertainment company called Xica productions. In February 1987, the new lineup of Exposé released its debut album, Exposure, on Arista Records. Notably, unlike many classic girl groups, Exposé alternated lead vocals among its members. During the group's peak, Exposé endured legal issues behind the scenes. Similar to the girl groups of the 1960s, the members of Exposé had a restrictive contract, and there were reports in the media of backstage battles. According to Bruno, they were only paid $200 (US) per show. Reportedly, the record label intervened to keep peace between the members and the producers. Despite this intervention, the members filed a lawsuit and ultimately settled their legal case for a renegotiated contract. In August 1990, while touring with Exposé, Bruno began having throat problems—later linked to a benign tumor on her vocal cords—and which caused the group to cut the tour short. The group took time off from their schedule in hopes that she would recover. Ultimately, Bruno lost her voice, and could not sing at all for several years—she also had to keep talking to a minimum. She was replaced by Alaska native, Kelly Moneymaker in 1992. After Kelly Moneymaker joined Exposé, the group released its self-titled, third album Exposé, which integrated more adult contemporary material in addition to their established freestyle, house, R&B, pop, and love-ballad repertoire. It was also the first album to use producers besides Martineé, with Clive Davis taking over as executive producer and Martineé only contributing production to four songs. The album was aimed to demonstrate musical growth for the group and to compete with the success of Wilson Phillips, which had great success in 1990 with its debut album. However, the album wasn't successful. Toward the end of 1995, Arista dropped the group, and the members disbanded at the beginning of 1996 to pursue their own projects. In 1997, Bruno fully recovered from her throat tumor and began singing again. After a small stint with the band Wet, she worked on a solo career focused mostly on dance-oriented material. Her first album, Expose This, was released in the spring of 2004. In 2006, the group officially reformed with Gioia Bruno making a return, after 15 years of not performing with the band. In 2010, Exposé informed fans on Facebook that they are recording a new album. Exposé recorded a 2011 version of their hit "Point Of No Return" working with dance producer Giuseppe D. and Chris cox. The cd single was released on June 20, 2011.

Exposure (1987)

Exposure is Exposé's debut studio album, released on February 2, 1987. When first released, the album featured the original 1984 recording of "Point of No Return," with lead vocals by Alé Lorenzo. On all subsequent versions, including its release on compact disc, the re-recording with Jeanette Jurado on lead is featured, which was also the single version released to radio several years after the original made its rounds on urban radio and in clubs. However, all pressings of the album feature the original 1985 recording of "Exposed to Love", with lead vocals by Alé Lorenzo. Lead vocals of the majority of the album were sung by Jurado. Bruno and Curless each sing lead on two tracks, the former on "Let Me Be the One" and "December," and the latter on "Extra Extra" and "Love Is Our Destiny." On the track "I Know You Know," Jurado sings lead, then Bruno provides a soulful improvisation at the end. The album charted to #16 in the U.S. (3x Platinum discs). This album spawned the following singles: Point of No Return (1985: #1 U.S. Dance charts, 1987: #5 U.S., #83 U.K.), Exposed to Love (#12 U.S. Dance charts, 1986), Come Go with Me (#5 U.S.), Let Me Be the One (#7 U.S., #76 U.K.), and Seasons Change (#1 U.S., #97 U.K.).


1-) Come Go with Me.
2-) Let Me Be the One.
3-) Exposed to Love.
4-) Seasons Change.
5-) Extra Extra.
6-) Point of No Return.
7-) Love Is Our Destiny.
8-) I Know You Know.
9-) You're the One I Need.
10-) December.

What You Don't Know (1989)

What You Don't Know is Exposé's second studio album, released on June 13, 1989. Unlike the previous album, this one focuses on the vocals of Gioia Bruno, as she sings lead vocals on half of the tracks. She only sang lead vocals on 3 of the tracks from Exposure. Curless sings lead on two tracks ("Stop, Listen, Look & Think" and "Now That I Found You"), Jurado on three ("When I Looked at Him," "Still Hung Up on You," and "Your Baby Never Looked Good in Blue"). The album peaked to #33 in the U.S. (Gold disc). The following singles were released: What You Don't Know (#8 U.S., #99 U.K.), When I Looked at Him (#10 U.S.), Tell Me Why (#9 U.S., #97 U.K.), Your Baby Never Looked Good in Blue (#17 U.S.), and Stop Listen Look & Think (#19 U.S. Dance charts).


1-) What You Don't Know.
2-) Stop, Listen, Look & Think.
3-) Tell Me Why.
4-) When I Looked at Him.
5-) Let Me Down Easy.
6-) Still Hung Up on You.
7-) Your Baby Never Looked Good in Blue.
8-) Now That I Found You.
9-) Love Don't Hurt (Until You Fall).
10-) Didn't It Hurt to Hurt Me.
11-) Walk Along with Me.
12-) What You Don't Know (In Effect Mix).
13-) When I Looked at Him (Suave Mix).

Exposé (1992)

Exposé is Exposé's third and so far last studio album, released on October 9, 1992. This album marks the debut of Kelly Moneymaker as a member of the group. This album's music style is less Latin influenced with more adult-contemporary material. This album also saw more Ann Curless lead vocals than on previous albums; she sings lead on "I Think I'm in Trouble," "As Long as I Can Dream," "In Walked Love," and "Angel." For the track "I Specialize in Love," Jurado (who provides the lead vocals for the majority of the album) sings co-lead with Curless, and then shares lead vocals with Curless and Moneymaker during the final bridge. The album peaked to #135 in the U.S. (Gold disc). It spawned the following singles: I Wish the Phone Would Ring (#28 U.S.), I'll Never Get Over You Getting Over Me (#8 U.S., #75 U.K.), As Long as I Can Dream (#55 U.S.), and In Walked Love (#84 U.S., 1994), and I Specialize in Love (#6 U.S. Dance charts, 1995).


1-) I Think I'm in Trouble.
2-) You Don't Know What You Got.
3-) I Wish the Phone Would Ring.
4-) As Long as I Can Dream.
5-) In Walked Love.
6-) I'll Never Get Over You Getting Over Me.
7-) Angel.
8-) Face to Face.
9-) I Specialize in Love.
10-) Touch and Go.
11-) The Same Love.
12-) Give Me All Your Love.