Monday, July 14, 2008

Madame X

Madame X was an all-girl R&B group from Los Angeles that consisted of members Alisa Randolph, Iris Parker, and Valerie Victoria (born Valerie Victoria McIntosh).

The group was founded in 1987 by Klymaxx member Bernadette Cooper where she was the producer & songwriter and even handpicked the members herself.
During that same year, Madame X released their self-titled debut album, which peaked at #162 on the Billboard 200 and #29 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart. Bernadette wrote & produced the songs on the album.
The first single from the album, "Just That Type of Girl" peaked at #7 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, #14 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #4 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 17 weeks. The song was featured in the Whoopi Goldberg movie, "Fatal Beauty."
The follow-up single, "I Want Your Body" peaked at #56 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks.
In 1988, Madame X was featured on the "Action Jackson" movie soundtrack with the title song that managed to peak at #83 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 4 weeks. After that, it seemed as if Madame X faded into obscurity.
Alisa Randolph released a solo album in 1990 on Atlantic Records. Sadly, she passed away on December 7, 2005.

Iris Parker provided vocals for artists such as the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Ecce Homo, Morley, Luke Vibert, and Addie Brik.

Valerie Victoria continues to work as a singer, producer, songwriter & actress. She has a new band called Winter Son. She also started a cigar lounge in Massachusetts with musician\producer, David Wood called Puff The Magic.

To see the music video for "Just That Type of Girl," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hs7U6WF2QNE

To see a fan-made video for "I Want Your Body," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bj4aswiR58M


[updated on 02/26/13]

4 comments:

Shelly H said...

rest in paradise Auntie Lisa. My angel we miss you and love you dearly until the end of time!!! I'm doing this for you - Chef shelly

Shelly H said...

I LOVE YOU 💋💜

macelo adu said...

musica bonita pessoas alegres. estou ouvindo madame x bonito álbum, thanks

J Lee Harshbarger said...

I have the 12" single "Just That Type Of Girl." I love the percussion in the song, and the clarity of the record is like the band is right there in the room with you. The recording alone is a big reason why I'm listening to this song these days. Today's recordings seem so muddy by comparison.