Sunday, December 2, 2012

Klymaxx - two records...

Klymaxx, the all girl band was a vision later formed by drummer, front woman Bernadette Cooper.  Cooper, also provided the Infectious name' KLYMAXX".  The dream of an all-girl band became Bernadette's quest and her pursuit upon dropping out of College to pursue.  Through many auditions and temporary members, the group that became successful consists of drummer/vocalist Bernadette Cooper, vocalist Lorena Porter (Stewart), bassist/vocalist Joyce Irby, guitarist Cheryl Cooley and keyboardists Lynn Malsby and Robbin Grider.  KLYMAXX is the only Pop/R&B female band to ever achieve such notoriety and fame.  KLYMAXX changed the face of music by being formed of only females musicians.  They were trailblazers and with their style and uncanny attitude they provided powerful, uplifting messages for women everywhere.  In 1981, they were signed to Solar Records (the Sounds of LA!) Dick Griffey.  Their debut album, Never Underestimate The Power Of A Woman.  Upon beginning work on their second album, they became one of the first acts to work with writers/producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis of The Time.  The team wrote and produced the song "Wild Girls" for that second album, entitled Girls Will Be Girls.

The album on the right is called Meeting in the Ladies Room, the fourth studio album by Klymaxx, it was released in 1984.  Klymaxx gained airplay on MTV, VH1 and BET with the release of their single "The Men all Pause."   Get it?  
That song reached #5 on the R&B chart, #80 on the Billboard Hot 100, and #9 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart.  The title track to the album would become another successful single.  That song reached #59 on the Hot 100 and #4 on the R&B chart.  The third single "I Miss You" was the biggest hit for Klymaxx, reaching #5 on the Hot 100, #11 on the R&B chart and #3 on the adult contemporary chart. That single was certified gold.  The fourth and final single was the dance hit "Lock and Key", which was a moderate hit, reaching only #47 on the R&B chart.  It was rumored that there was to be a fifth single released from the album.  It was believed that "Video Kid" was supposed to be the single.  This was denied because Klymaxx was already set to release their follow-up album Klymaxx.  The album would go on to reach #18 on the Billboard 200 and #9 on the R&B album chart.  The album is certified Platinum.

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