C.J. & Co was a Detroit vocal group with three male singers and two female. They were assembled by the producers Dennis Coffey and Mike Theodore, who discovered Rodriguez of Searching For Sugar Man
fame and produced his first album in 1970. Coffey was one of the top session guitarists in the '70s and in 1971 released "Scorpio
," which became a hit the following year.
Coffey played a lot of soul and psychedelic grooves for Motown, but had no trouble making the transition to disco. "I realized that was going to be a force to be reckoned with," he told Songfacts
. "I really studied that genre and figured out what made it tick, and the result of that was 'Devil's Gun.'"
He added: "Disco was kind of a dance record - you had a lot of breakdowns and you had a certain drum thing that went with it - it was either the kick drum on 1, 2, 3 and 4 or later on when Quincy Jones was doing Michael Jackson, they were doing the kick drum on the second and fourth beat.
But, it had a lot of breakdowns and a lot of instrumental sections. Tom Moulton was doing some mixdowns of our raw tracks and he specifically copied things and edited things and made them so that they were for the dancers."