The Right Kind Of Love

Album: Try My Love (1992)
Charted: 14

Songfacts®:

  • This R&B/dance-pop single that has Jeremy Jordan crooning about the "right kind of love" was a breakthrough hit for the singer, who went from being homeless on the streets of Chicago to becoming one of the biggest teen idols of the '90s. (What he considers the "wrong" kind of love is unclear). Jordan landed a record deal after being discovered at a hot dog joint owned by Peter Schivarelli, also the manager of the band Chicago.

    The track was written by Robbie Nevil ("C'est La Vie") with '60s rock icon Lotti Golden and her frequent songwriting partner Tommy Faragher. Nevil and Faragher provided backing vocals on the track.
  • 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.
  • The music video was featured on the hit teen drama Beverly Hills, 90210, and the track was one of the lead songs from the show's soundtrack.
  • While most performers lip synch in their music videos, Jordan opted to really sing. The clip, directed by Keith Ward, was shot in Atlanta, Georgia, and shows Jordan shooting hoops with a group of friends - including the obligatory love interest. According to Ward, the record label wanted Jordan to have an urban, crossover appeal, so he went through several wardrobe changes to avoid being "pigeonholed." Still, the label thought he could be the next Marky Mark (Mark Wahlberg's rap alter ego), so there were plenty of shots of his washboard abs, along with chain necklaces and backwards caps as accessories.
  • Two versions of the song were released, one with a rap interlude and one without. Nevil recalled the segment being a decision from the record label, who wanted to capitalize on the rising trend of rap in R&B-pop.

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