Monday, May 16, 2022

Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins and Ronnie DeVoe reload Bell Biv DeVoe

Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins and Ronnie DeVoe had time and talent. With the new release discontinued in 1990, the three Boston – born stars decided to make music as Bell Biv DeVoe. But the material that the trio worked out early did not have the right fire.

“The first few songs we recorded did not even put us on the album,” Bell told the Herald. “It was basically R&B songs, a kind of New Edition song.”

Bell calls R&B New Edition’s bread and butter ‘. But everywhere the guys jumped out hip-hop and they loved what they heard

“We felt it was our chance to have songs they played in the clubs or at the parties,” he said. “We went to these producers and said, ‘We want hip-hop music.’ We want heavy bottom, drums and bass, drive songs. ‘With the background in R&B, we felt we could write melodies on top (hip-hop tracks). ”

And suddenly there was ‘poison’.

Bell Biv DeVoe’s distinctive track, the song will definitely be a standout in the group’s Fenway Park set – BBD plays the park on August 6 with New Kids on the Block – because it has been a standout for 30 years. Bell and band helped usher in the new jack swing revolution with the core track, and they did so with a beautiful swing. But at the time, they only wanted to make music that they wanted to hear on the radio.

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“We did not intend to start a new genre or create a new scene,” he said. ‘I remember playing’ Poison ‘for our label, and the radio programmer, AD Washington, said,’ Guys, I can ‘t play it on the radio. Stick to the R&B, stick to what you are good at. ‘”

Instead, Bell Biv DeVoe ran a grassroots campaign to get fans to call radio stations and request the song and make a promotional video. It did not last long. A legendary jam, a glorious banger, a pop song full of smooth harmonies and rough beats, ‘Poison’ became an MTV staple, sold a million copies and BBD’s debut album, also called ‘Poison’, on its way to four times platinum.

Since then, Bell and the crew have been busy. Recently, all six members of New Edition – Bell, Bivins, DeVoe, Bobby Brown, Ralph Tresvant and Johnny Gill – have signed with the Creative Artists Agency, which is putting together a massive tour in 2022 and Las Vegas accommodation. Between New Edition’s many reunions, BBD continues with the main performances and releases the LP “Three Stripes” in 2017.

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“Three Stripes” contains beats as blooming and brackets as sharp as “Poison” (start with the hit single “Run” and then try the club-perfect “Hot Damn”). But if you do not want to believe that the new stuff is as good as ‘poison’, it’s fair, even Bell understands.

“Poison” was like a blessing and a curse, “Bell said with a laugh.” It was a song so big that everything you come up with will be compared to it. performers than 30 years ago. But we can do nothing because the song itself. We can not create that type of energy again. “

Of course, this is no reason to ignore the power of ‘Three Stripes’ or whatever follows for the three. But yes, on a night full of other hits, full of the hits of the New Kids, no song will electrify the hometown crowd like that oh-so-smooth song that says, ‘That girl is poison …’


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