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This samples Lyn Collins' James Brown produced 1972 single "Think (About It)." The refrain, "It takes two" from "Think (About It)" was also the main hook on Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock's Hip-Hop anthem "It Takes Two."
This was the only single out of the seven released off the Rhythm Nation 1814 album not to reach one of the top 2 positions on the Billboard Hot 100. It was the fourth consecutive single off the album to reach #1 on the US dance charts, helping Janet Jackson break a record set by Madonna.
The video was in the style of a 1930s musical. It featured the dancer Cyd Charisse (1922 – 2008), and the Hi-De-Ho man Cab Calloway
(1907 - 1994) in one of his last on-screen appearances. Musicals have always been special to Jackson. She used to watch them on TV every day after school.
Janet Jackson won a Soul Train Music Award for Best Music Video for this song.
There is a guest appearance by Chuck D on a re-mixed version. This was the first appearance by a rapper on a Janet Jackson track.
Jackson wrote this with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, the duo that also produced the track. The song is about finding true love in someone who is also a friend.
Joshua Scott Jones explains why he's always asking forgiveness from his musical partner, who's also his girlfriend.
Mark Arm of Mudhoney
When he was asked to write a song for the Singles
soundtrack, Mark thought the Seattle grunge scene was already overblown, so that's what he wrote about.
Go beyond the Wall of Voodoo with this cinematic songwriter.