Monday, April 6, 2009

The System

The System are a synth-pop duo that consists of singer/guitarist Mic Murphy (born Michael Murphy in Raleigh, North Carolina) and keyboardist David Frank (from Boston, Massachusetts).

David and Mic met in the early '80s while working for soul/funk music band Kleeer. David got a break when Atlantic Records recruited him as Kleeer's tour keyboardist and their road manager was Mic Murphy. Even though Mic was aware of David's skills, David was unaware that Mic could sing.

Later in New York, David was working on a session that evolved into a track entitled "It's Passion" which was supposed to feature Madonna on vocals, but she left due to creative differences.

David remembered Mic and invited him to work on the track. Atlantic Records was so impressed with the results, they offered David and Mic a record deal. Mic came up with the band's name.
Within weeks, "It's Passion" received massive radio airplay in New York and became a radio & club hit in New York.

The song peaked at #23 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart in 1982. The interest gained enough interest for Mirage Records to give David and Mic an advance for an album.
In 1983, the System released their debut album, "Sweat" which peaked at #94 on the Billboard 200 and #14 on Billboard's R&B Albums Chart.
The second single from the album, "You Are in My System" peaked at #64 on the Billboard Hot 100, #14 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart and #10 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 19 weeks. The song also peaked at #89 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The title song peaked at #59 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart and #55 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 8 weeks.
The last single, "I Won't Let Go" didn't chart. During that same year, David and Mic wrote & produced a one-off album entitled "Pump the Nation" for a project called Attitude. Attitude featured musician Khris Kellow, who worked on many of the System's later albums.
In 1984, the duo released their follow-up album, "X-periment" which peaked at #182 on the Billboard 200.
The first single, "Promises Can Break" was released, but didn't appear to make the Billboard charts at all.
The follow-up single, "I Wanna Make You Feel Good" peaked at #73 on the U.K. Singles chart. It also managed to peak at #48 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks.

The System appeared in the breakdancing film, "Beat Street" and soundtrack with the track "Baptize the Beat."
In 1985, the System released their third album, "The Pleasure Seekers" which peaked at #40 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single from the album, "This is For You" peaked at #43 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart and #8 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks. The song also peaked at #78 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The title song peaked at #108 on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, #22 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, and #21 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 15 weeks.

The song was featured in the season 2 premiere of the hit NBC television series, "Miami Vice."
The last single, "I Don't Run From Danger" didn't appear to make the charts. In 1985, David and Mic teamed up with musician Jeff Lorber to collaborate on his album, "Step By Step."

The System's cover version of Marc Benno's song, "Rock N' Roll Me Again" became famous in the 1984 action comedy film, "Beverly Hills Cop."

The soundtrack for the film would go on to win a Grammy. They worked with artists such as Scritti Politti, Chaka Khan, Phil Collins and Mtume.
In 1987, the System released their fourth album, "Don't Disturb This Groove" which peaked at #62 on the Billboard 200 and #13 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart. The album is the most commercially successful album of their career.

David and Mic hired Steven Machat and Rick Smith to be their managers & they took control of the promotion and marketing of the System on behalf of Atlantic Records.
The title song became a hit, peaking at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100, #13 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart and topped Billboard's Hot Black Singles for a week in May of 1987, staying on the chart for 21 weeks.
The follow-up single, "Nighttime Lover" peaked at #7 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks.
The last two singles: "House of Rhythm/Groove" and "Come As You Are (Superstar)" didn't appear to make much impact on the charts.
In 1988, the System sang the title song for the Eddie Murphy film, "Coming to America" which peaked at #91 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #23 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 12 weeks.
In 1989, the System released their fifth album, "Rhythm & Romance" which peaked at #85 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The only single to chart was "Midnight Special" which peaked at #5 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 15 weeks. After the release of their fifth album, Mic and David professionally split up.
In 1991, Mic released a solo album, "Touch." David found success as a songwriter & producer, most notably for Christina Aguilera's hit song, "Genie in a Bottle" and teen girl group Dream's hit single, "He Loves U Not."
In 2000, the System reunited for the album, "ESP." It's unknown how it charted, but the album featured a new version of "You Are in My System."
In late 2009, the System released the album, "Unreleased Unleashed" which is a collection of prototype and unreleased songs that were recorded at various points over the span of the System's recording career.
During that same year, Mic teamed up with rapper Melle Mel (of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five) on the track "Electro Soul Satisfaction."
Today, the System is still active in the music business and in 2013, they released their latest album, "System Overload."

To see the System's official website, go to:
http://thesystemmusic.com/

To see the System's Facebook fan page, go to:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-System-Fan-Page/165063106875907

To see the music video for "You Are In My System," go to:

To see the music video for "The Pleasure Seekers," go to:

To see the music video for "This Is For You," go to:

To see the music video for "Don't Disturb This Groove," go to:

To see a fan-made video for "Coming to America," go to:

To see a fan-made video for "Midnight Special," go to:


[updated on 05\21\13]

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