Rude Awakening

Rude Awakening

by The Rude Boys


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Rude Awakening

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/13/1990
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075678212123
catalogNumber: 82121
Rank: 117653

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rude Boys   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Gerald Levert   Background Vocals
Randy Bowland   Guitar,Keyboards
Randy Cantor   Keyboards
Curtis Dowd   Keyboards
Mike Ferguson   Keyboards
Marc Gordon   Drums,Keyboards
Ron Kerber   Drums,Saxophone
Joe Little   Rap
Edwin Nicholas   Keyboards
Donald Robinson   Keyboards
Jim Salamone   Drums,Keyboards
Melvin Sephus   Rap
Larry Marcus   Guitar,Keyboards,Rap
Russell Thompson   Saxophone
Tony Nicholas   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Gerald Levert   Arranger,Producer,Contributor,Vocal Arrangements,String Arrangements,Bell Arrangements
Rude Boys   Vocal Arrangements
Edward Buddy Banks   Arranger
Mike Ferguson   Arranger,Producer
Marc Gordon   Arranger,Producer
Ron Kerber   Producer
Edwin Nicholas   Producer
Jim Salamone   Producer
Pete Tokar   Arranger,Contributor,String Arrangements,Bell Arrangements
Larry Marcus   Producer
Tony Nicholas   Arranger,Producer

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