Mtume's "Juicy Fruit"

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About James Mtumes "Juicy Fruit". What kind of synths were used in the making of this wonderful 1983 hit.

startrekman, Wednesday, 4 August 2004 04:20 (seventeen years ago) link

don't know the makes/models but the human being pushing the keyboard buttons is the incomparable Hubert Eaves. I'd love to track him down for an interview, and if that ever happens I'll ask what synths he used.

mc aka lbs, Wednesday, 4 August 2004 09:40 (seventeen years ago) link

I've always wanted to hear Juicy Fruit. I love how all those Miles guys ended up doing these saucy electrofunk records in the 80s...

Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Wednesday, 4 August 2004 13:57 (seventeen years ago) link

It's on Rhino's "Street Jams: Back 2 the Old Skool" box set, a collection of west-coasty, proto-hip-hop funk I always slap on at parties.

sexyDancer, Wednesday, 4 August 2004 14:48 (seventeen years ago) link

It's on the excellent compilation "The Soul of Disco" (Ministry of Sound Germany) which also has some great Patrick Adams/Greg Carmichael productions like "She Can't Love You" (by Chemise), and "Let's Get Together" (Pam Todd & Love Exchange).

Was "Juicy Fruit" actually a hit in 1983? I can't imagine the smutty lyrics going down well on the radio.

Michael F Gill (Michael F Gill), Wednesday, 4 August 2004 16:20 (seventeen years ago) link

Didn't they have "Club Play" charts by then?

sexyDancer, Wednesday, 4 August 2004 17:05 (seventeen years ago) link

i remember hearing it pretty regularly on the radio and seeing the video in heavy rotation on Music Video Connection and the other show taped out of NYC whose name eludes me now.

H (Heruy), Wednesday, 4 August 2004 18:22 (seventeen years ago) link

"and the other show taped out of NYC whose name eludes me now."

new york city hot tracks.

mc aka lbs, Wednesday, 4 August 2004 21:21 (seventeen years ago) link


H (Heruy), Wednesday, 4 August 2004 21:36 (seventeen years ago) link

Hubert eaves was the guy who played the keyboards on D-train's albums.

I think one of the keyboards in the Mtume song might have been a Roland Jupiter-6 and or an oberheim Ob-Xa. this is just off the top of my head.

startrekman, Thursday, 5 August 2004 01:50 (seventeen years ago) link

We need to start a "What synth was played in that song" thread. There's a lot of songs that have sounds I'd love to know the source of.

Dan I. (Dan I.), Thursday, 5 August 2004 02:17 (seventeen years ago) link

eight years pass...


þjóðaratkvæðagreiðsla (clouds), Friday, 1 March 2013 15:12 (eight years ago) link

one year passes...

they used prophet 5 and obxa.

analogsynthmuseum, Sunday, 31 August 2014 13:30 (seven years ago) link

Stuff about it here:

Position Position, Sunday, 31 August 2014 14:02 (seven years ago) link

And Linn LM-1

Naive Teen Idol, Sunday, 31 August 2014 15:22 (seven years ago) link

seven years pass...

RIP James Mtume. What a career in jazz and soul.

giraffe, Monday, 10 January 2022 14:40 (one week ago) link

Have been hoping that early 70s spiritual jazz lp by him might eventually get a reissue on cd. Wonder if there is any chance

Stevolende, Monday, 10 January 2022 14:50 (one week ago) link

Alkebu-Lan, Land Of The Blacks? I'm giving it a listen... it's a far cry from Juicy Fruit!

giraffe, Monday, 10 January 2022 15:26 (one week ago) link

Kind of amazing to go from On the Corner and Get Up With It to writing and producing for Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway's ("The Closer I Get To You," co-written with Reggie Lucas, who was also in Miles' band in 1972-75 and wrote and produced a lot of Madonna's debut album) and Stephanie Mills ("Never Knew Love Like This Before")...

but also fuck you (unperson), Monday, 10 January 2022 16:18 (one week ago) link

RIP. I highly recommend listening to Questlove's podcast episode(s?) with Mtume, great stuff about his time with Miles and production/songwriting career.

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 10 January 2022 16:24 (one week ago) link

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