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Mo’Kelly’s Music Flashback #4 – SOS Band
03.09.2009, 5:15 PM
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The SOS Band is an American musical ensemble, founded in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1977. Originally known as Santa Monica, the “SOSinitialism in the band’s name does not stand for Save Our Souls—but for Sounds of Success.

The band, fronted by Mary Davis (not Mary Bond Davis), was initially famous for the hit “Take Your Time (Do It Right)” in 1980. In 1983, they joined forces with then-new production team Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, who went on to craft a string of R&B hits for the group, including “Just Be Good to Me,” “Tell Me If You Still Care,” “Borrowed Love,” “No One’s Gonna Love You,” “Just the Way You Like It,” and “The Finest“.

The Jam-Lewis-produced SOS Band hits are notable for popularizing the use of the Roland TR-808 drum machine (and its distinctive cowbell sound) in popular music. The group continues to tour and perform to this day.

The song “Just Be Good to Me” was remixed by Beats International (Aka Norman Cook or Fatboy Slim); the resultant song made its way to UK number one single as “Dub Be Good to Me.” The song was reworked with the bass line of The Clash‘s “Guns of Brixton.” It was also covered by Shayne Ward on his album Breathless. Also, the song “Tell Me If You Still Care” was covered in 1995 by fellow Atlanta native Monica on her debut album Miss Thang and sampled by Janet Jackson in her hit “Call On Me.” The Bingoboys performed a cover of “Borrowed Love” as the follow-up single of its 1991 dance hit “How to Dance.”

Lead vocalist Mary Davis left the group in the late 1980s to pursue a solo career and was replaced by Chandra Currelley beginning with the band’s 1989 Diamonds in the Raw album. More recently, Currelley has been active as an actress and vocalist in plays and films.

(Mo’Kelly’s note…sorry but Just Be Good to Me and Borrowed Love sound EXACTLY alike!  How does a group get TWO hits out of the SAME musical groove?! :)

Other Music Flashbacks

#1 – Switch

#2 – Loose Ends

#3 – Shalamar

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One of the most under-rated bands of all time. It was after I saw them in (approx.) 1985 that I started my short and highly unsuccessful music career.

I’m gonna go check out the video for Just The Way You Like It, and then listen to I Don’t Want Nobody Else.

Comment by Dwane T.

Yeah, “Just Be Good to Me” and “Borrowed Love” sound alike. “Just the Way You Like It” sounded a lot like the aforementioned songs as well. I guess Jam and Lewis started recycling for the SOS Band. They had moved up and on to others clients in the 80s and it seems they gave all their original-sounding material to Janet Jackson.

Comment by Sherita

Easy! Just like the Gap band with Outstanding and I Found My Baby! but I love em both!

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