their first single, ‘candy girl’ was my first ever record in 1983. a shout out to seven year old girls everywhere, we rejoiced as finally there seemed to exist boys who understood how we wanted to be treated.
whilst our infant school nemeses pulled up our skirts, yanked our hair and made us pretend to be princess leia, minus gold bikini, new edition made it clear they were up for playing kiss chase.
sadly boys grow up more quickly than you think. After two great albums, bobby brown left due to behavioural issues (cough) and started his solo career in 1986. johnny gill replaced him and the next two albums were lacklustre.
then, they found their groove at the turn of the 80s on the burgeoning new jack scene with ‘heart break’. due to contractual obligations leaving them an album short of their agreement with mca, they reunited in 1996 as grown men, and their 2008 regroup as thirtysomethings is imminent. not so much a comeback as a ten year reunion.
no matter how old they or I get – I’ll always be their candy girl.
ten sugary sweet new edition classics – download here
the one that started it all complete with sonic whooshes, bleeps and tambourines.
the follow-up, not nearly as successful, but classic. get the feeling the boys liked their junk food?
cool it now
their only real low point as a band has been letting amish casualwear sweatshop gap use this 1984 hit in one of their insufferably smug adverts.
mr telephone man
smooth 80s boy soul at its best. nice use of late 70s wah wah sound. there are no words to describe how much i loved this song.
1985 hit from their second and best album ‘new edition’. ‘ooh! sparks begin to fly, lightning in the sky…’
leaving you again
recently sampled for ciara and bow wow‘s ‘like you’….took me ages to recognise where it came from.
surprisingly mature effort from 1985 ‘new edition’ album. was covered in the 90s by british soulsters don-e and deni hines.
can you stand the rain
lush ballad from ‘heart break’ with johnny gill on lead vocals.
uptempo hit from ‘heart break’ that showcased the boys transition into new jack swing dons.
hit me off
the lead single from the 1996 comeback. slotted effortlessly into the mid 90s bumpy r&b scene.