Since I hadn’t had anything released since 1983, I wanted to record some new tracks and see what I could do with them. Sandy Starrett, a friend of mine who had been managing some local acts, financed a great deal of the project. I did most of the vocals and instruments myself, along with a group of later to be “who’s who” guests in the studio. I was really conscious of rhythm and groove by this time, and I wanted these tracks to first move people physically. I ended up with 5 songs, plus an additional alternate mix of “James Bond” that wasn’t released on the tape.
Is James Bond? (When You Really Need Him) ~
Telepathy: I liked it when my friends asked me to compose something for them. They would make a suggestion or tell me what they wanted, and I would just do it. One day Glinda Harrison asked me, “Why don't you write something with a positive theme of romantic love? You know, boy meets girl and they live happily ever after. . . .” I was up for it, and I thought of the concept of a telepathic love connection between two people. The track ended up being a hybrid of Latin/dance/pop and jazz fusion (of all things!), later reminding me of that late 1990’s Latin crossover style. With 48 tracks, it was orchestral to me, and I hoped the words expressed romantic feelings in an ethereal way.
Who’s Afraid Of The Dark?: I really wanted Jeff Ward to play hard on this. I needed a powerful drum track to kick this thing into gear, and he did it - sweating, shirt off, the whole nine yards. Gary Loizzo brought in this horn section, and I thought they were freaked out by my appearance. I had on full make-up, and I’m looking then right in the eye, telling then to think of Little Richard’s horn section, you know -WAIL!! It turned out great, but I wonder what they told their moms about me?
Cinematic: For a while kids who came to the show started referring to plastic or fake people as “Cinematic.” I almost coined a new pop culture phrase....
You + Me = Love: I always had the audacity to try absolutely any style I wanted, with complete disregard of what people thought about it, including my audience. A party song in the vein of the group Cameo, this track deals with sexual chemistry -- and more sexual chemistry: