Timex Social Club

Timex Social Club is an American R&B group, formed in 1982 and best known for the 1986 hit single "Rumors".

Timex Social Club
Also known as
  • TSC
  • The Social Club
  • The Timex Crew
OriginBerkeley, California
GenresR&B, new jack swing, dance, post-disco, soul
Years active1985–1987, 2011–present
LabelsJay Records/Danya/Fantasy Records
Associated actsClub Nouveau
Members
Past members
  • Michael Marshall
  • Greg Thomas
  • Craig Samuel
  • Ocea Savage
  • Darrien Cleage
  • Alex Hill
  • Kevin Moore

History

Originally known as the Timex Crew, members included Marcus Thompson (founder), Gregory "Greg B" Thomas, Michael Marshall, Craig Samuel, and Darrien Cleage. By 1986, Samuel, Cleage, and Thomas had departed, Alex Hill and Kevin Moore were added, and the name Timex Social Club was adopted.Later in 1986 Ocea Savage was added on keyboards and background vocals. They specialized in both old school hip hop and the merger of urban R&B with hip hop rhythms, which were later known as new jack swing.

In 1986, the group released the Vicious Rumors album on Danya/Fantasy Records (A&M in Canada; Mercury in Germany). Its one major hit, "Rumors", peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100; it reached #1, #13 in the UK,[1] and No. 1 on the Billboard R&B, Hot Dance Club Play, and Hot Dance/Disco-12 inch Singles-Sales charts.

The two follow-up singles, "Thinkin' About Ya" and "Mixed-Up World", reached the R&B Top 20.

Tours

The success of the single "Rumors", prompted hip hop impresario Russell Simmons to hire the group as the opening act for 38 dates on Run DMC's Raising Hell tour in 1986. Other acts on the tour were Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, and Whodini. Besides solo dates, the group also opened for New Edition, Midnight Star, the S.O.S. Band, Kool & The Gang, and Jermaine Jackson.

Split

Timex Social Club disbanded shortly after the success of "Rumors". The band's producer and sideman Jay King formed Club Nouveau, whose first single was "Jealousy", an answer song to "Rumors" that references Timex Social Club's split. Club Nouveau subsequently had a #1 Billboard Hot 100 hit in 1987 with a cover of Bill Withers' "Lean on Me".

Revival

As of 2011, the current Timex Social Club roster consisted of founding member Marcus Thompson as DJ and Samuelle Prater on vocals.

Discography

Albums

Singles

SongChart PeakChart
"Rumors"
8, 1, 1, 13, 1
U.S., U.S. R&B, U.S. Dance, UK, CAN
"Mixed Up World"
15
U.S. R&B
"Thinkin' About Ya"
15
U.S. R&B[2]

Awards and nominations


YearSourceSongResultMisc.
1986
CRIA/Music Canada
"Rumors"
Gold single
Certification/Lable A&M
1986
CRIA/Music Canada
"Rumors"
Platinum single
Certification/Lable A&M
1986
Commendation
"Rumors"/Vicious RumorsAwarded (key to city)
Mayor Richard L. Berkley Kansas City MO.
1986
Proclamation
"Rumors"/Vicious Rumors
WON
Governor John D. Ashcroft state of MO.
1986
The 1986 NARM Awards
"Rumors"
WON
Best Selling New Artist
1986
Bay Area Top Star Music Awards
"Rumors"/Vicious Rumors
WON
-
1987
American Music Awards
"Rumors"/Vicious Rumors
Nominated
-
1987
Bammies/Bay Area Music Awards
"Rumors"/Vicious Rumors
Nominated
-
1987
Juno Awards (CANADA)
"Rumors"/Vicious Rumors
Nominated
-
1987
Soul Train Music Awards
"Rumors"/Vicious Rumors
Nominated
-

Books

  • I Heard It Through the Grapevine: Rumor in African-American Culture by Joseph Stone(1994)[3]
  • Mad Season: (Changing Stations)] by Joseph Stone(2005)[4]
  • Flashbacks to Happiness: Eighties Music Revisited by Randolph Michaels (2005)[5]
  • How Do Rumors Get Started: The True Story of Timex Social Club by Marcus A. Thompson (2011)[6]

TV and film

See also

References

  1. Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 560. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  2. Timex Social Club- R&B chart placements @Billboard.com Retrieved 6-12-2011.
  3. Turner, Patricia (1994). I Heard It Through the Grapevine: Rumor in African-American Culture. US. p. 260. ISBN 978-0-520-08936-5.
  4. Stone, Joseph (2005). Mad Season: (Changing Stations). US. p. 220. ISBN 978-0-595-37007-8.
  5. Michaels, Randolph (2005). Flashbacks to Happiness: Eighties Music Revisited. US. p. 196. ISBN 978-0-595-37007-8.
  6. Thompson, Marcus (2011). How Do Rumors Get Started: The True Story of Timex Social Club. US. p. 176. ISBN 978-1-257-28542-6.
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