Freestyle rarely made it out of the barrios of New York City, but with groups like Sweet Sensation, Lisa Lisa and the Cult Jam, and Expose -- freestyle managed to rock the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B charts in the late eighteties and early nineties. One of the biggest groups of the freestyle era was the girl group Expose.
Thursday, September 04, 2008
If you thought Destiny's Child had drama, between the group's first single in 1985 and their debut album in 1987, Expose already went three group members. Finally settling on three memebers, Jeanette Jurado, Gioia Carmen Bruno, and Ann Curless released Exposure, their debut album, in 1987 on Arista Records. The album went double-plantium, spawning four top ten Billboard Hot 100 hits and three hits on the R&B charts. Exposure would go down in history as one of the most successful dance albums of all time. More drama ensued when the ladies of Expose were being cheated by their record label, only making $200 per show. Renegotiations for their contract were made and they were sent to work on their sophmore album.
In 1989 the group released What You Don't Know, which went Gold. The hits from their second album made histoy according to Wikipedia, "when they became the first girl group to have 7 back-to-back Top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100." Sadly, the group took a sudden turn when Gioia Carmen Bruno developed a tumor on her vocal chords and couldn't sing for many years. She was replaced for the 1992 album, Expose, which was when sales slumped, even with Clive Davis as Executive Producer.
By 1995 Expose was dropped from Arista. In 2006 the group reunited for a tour and continued to work together for freestyle concets amd gay pride festivals...Lawd knows the gays will keep you working.
Check out their greatest hits..
"Seasons Change" was their only #1 hit in 1988. A good ballad from a dance group was always a guarranted hit for these freestyle groups.
"Come Go With Me" charted at #5 on theBillboard Hot 100 and their biggest hit on the R&B charts, peaking at #14. The video is pure eighties madness!
"Point of No Return" is their debut single and my favorite Expose song. The girls gave a great performance at the Apollo -- spandex, stretch pants and all. Check out the clip below.
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