Nevil thought this would be a perfect fit for the R&B group Color Me Badd, who were riding high on the success of singles like "I Wanna Sex You Up
." Nevil was so confident about the song's potential, he laid it on the line for veteran music executive Irving Azoff during a chance meeting in New York City. He recounted the tale in a Songfacts interview
: "I told Irving, 'You know what, I have a f--king smash
for Color Me Badd.'"
The record label agreed, but ultimately decided the song was too sweet for a group getting by on envelope-pushing sex appeal, and gave it to newcomer Jordan instead.