Head To Toe

Album: Spanish Fly (1987)
Charted: 1
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Songfacts®:

  • Paul Anthony came up with the idea for this. One day when he was working out, his girlfriend screamed that "she loved him from head to toe." Anthony was part of the New York production and songwriting team Full Force, and he brought the song to the rest of the group who added their input.
  • Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam were a Harlem R&B trio made up of Lisa Lisa (born Lisa Velez in 1967), Mark Hughes and Alex "Spanador" Moseley. The follow up to this, "Lost In Emotion" was also a #1 hit.
  • All Lisa Lisa hits were written and produced by Full Force, who went on to work with artists as diverse as James Brown and Samantha Fox. Earlier in 1985 Full Force had a #9 hit for themselves in the UK with "Alice, I Want You Just For Me," a homage to the Alice Kramden character of the classic sitcom The Honeymooners.
  • This was the lead single from Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam's second studio album, Spanish Fly. Aside from hitting #1 on the Hot 100, it also topped the R&B chart.
  • Bowlegged Lou of Full Force said the producers tapped into a range of influences for the Motown-flavored track… including a slice of British pop. "We consider ourselves musical historians," he told Fred Bronson, author of The Billboard Book Of #1 Hits. "We went back to the old Motown days… we went back to Diana Ross and the Supremes… listen to 'Head to Toe.' Of course you hear the full Motown feel, but underneath it you've got some hard-driving drums, which is the Full Force sound. You've heard of Lulu. She did the song 'To Sir With Love.' We went into that song also… when people hear it, they say, 'it sounds like something I know,' but they really can't put their finger on it unless we tell them."
  • This was used on the TV series Pose in the 2018 episode "Access."
  • The music video opens with Lisa Lisa dancing down a neon-lit tunnel before she joins the rest of the band on stage as they perform under multi-colored spotlights. The clip was directed by Jim Shea, who also helmed the video for The Bangles' cover of "A Hazy Shade Of Winter" that same year.

Comments: 3

  • Louis Rodriguez from Lancaster, Cashe always reminded me of paula abdul
  • Dave from Cardiff, WalesLisa Lisa and Cult Jam's only big UK hit was 1985's astonishingly-titled "I Wonder - If I Take You Home...", although they were a popular live act in the UK in the late 80s
  • Jason from Boulder, CoFull Force also produced the hugely underrated rap group UTFO, whose biggest hit was "Roxanne, Roxanne", a single which spawned literally about a hundred answer records.
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