Let Me Tickle Your Fancy

Album: Let Me Tickle Your Fancy (1982)
Charted: 18
Play Video

Songfacts®:

  • This was another hit from Jermaine Jackson's solo career during the early 1980s. It's a pretty typical "take an interest in me, let's hook up" song. If something "tickles your fancy" it appeals to you. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Mike - Santa Barbara, CA
  • Let Me Tickle Your Fancy was Jackson's final album with Motown before departing for Arista Records. He had been with the label since The Jackson 5 signed with Motown in 1968.
  • This features Mark Mothersbaugh and Gerald Casale of Devo, credited as Spud and Pud, on backing vocals. It was an odd choice for a Motown-bred soul singer to hook up with new wave punk rockers - so odd, in fact, that the group thought Jackson was joking when he rang them up with the pitch. When news of the collaboration hit the public, it left a lot folks scratching their heads. Jackson recalled in a 1984 radio interview: "A lot of people said 'Jermaine Jackson and Devo?' but that's what I wanted people to say because when it's just off the wall like that, if it's great, then that's going to make it the biggest thing ever."
  • Jackson says Motown is to blame for the single petering out at #18 when it was predicted to go even higher. "[It] carried Billboard's red dot symbol, signifying it was a 'bullet' set to climb," he explained in his book You Are Not Alone: Michael, Through A Brother's Eyes. "But Motown didn't harness the momentum. The song lost the bullet and started falling. I remember wandering around London at the time, feeling despondent and marooned."
  • This peaked at #8 on the R&B chart.

Comments: 1

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn September 4th 1982, Jermaine Jackson performed "Let Me Tickle Your Fancy" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
    Two months earlier on July 18th, 1982 it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #75; and on September 19th, 1982 it peaked at #18 {for 2 weeks} and spent 15 weeks on the Top 100...
    It reached #5 on Billboard's R&B Singles chart...
    The rock band Devo provided backing vocals on the record...
    Jermaine La June Jackson will celebrate his 60th birthday in three months on December 11th {2014}.
see more comments

Editor's Picks

David Sancious

David SanciousSongwriter Interviews

Keyboard great David Sancious talks about his work with Sting, Seal, Springsteen, Clapton and Aretha, and explains what quantum physics has to do with making music.

70s Music Quiz 1

70s Music Quiz 1Music Quiz

The '70s gave us Muppets, disco and Van Halen, all which show up in this groovy quiz.

Steely Dan

Steely DanFact or Fiction

Did they really trade their guitarist to The Doobie Brothers? Are they named after something naughty? And what's up with the band name?

They Might Be Giants

They Might Be GiantsSongwriter Interviews

Who writes a song about a name they found in a phone book? That's just one of the everyday things these guys find to sing about. Anything in their field of vision or general scope of knowledge is fair game. If you cross paths with them, so are you.

Grateful Dead Characters

Grateful Dead CharactersMusic Quiz

Many unusual folks appear in Grateful Dead songs. Can you identify them?

Sarah Brightman

Sarah BrightmanSongwriter Interviews

One of the most popular classical vocalists in the land is lining up a trip to space, which is the inspiration for many of her songs.