The System

The System

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Biography

The System Bio
Origins
David Frank and Mic Murphy met in the early 1980s while working for the soul/funk band Kleeer. Frank had gotten a break when Atlantic Records enlisted him as Kleeer's tour keyboardist. The band's road manager was Mic Murphy, and although Murphy was obviously aware of Frank's skills, Frank was unaware Murphy could sing.
Later in New York City, David Frank was working on a session that evolved into a track called "It's Passion" which was to feature a pre-stardom Madonna on vocals.[3] However, due to creative differences, Madonna bowed out. Frank then remembered Murphy and invited him work on it. The results were so impressive that Atlantic Records offered Murphy and Frank a recording deal of their own. Murphy came up with the band's name, and within weeks "It's Passion" was receiving massive radio airplay in New York.[4] "It's Passion" became both a radio and club hit in New York. The interest sparked enough interest for Mirage to give David and Mic an advance for an album.
Career
The resulting 1983 album Sweat launched the club hits "Sweat," "I Won't Let Go" and the iconic "You Are In My System", which became a number ten R&B smash. Robert Palmer's cover of the song became a mainstream rock hit. In 1983 Mic & David also wrote and produced Pump the Nation, a one-off album for a project called Attitude. Attitude featured Khris Kellow, who worked on many of the later The System albums and appears as a member of the band in Beat Street video clip for Baptize the Beat.
In 1984 they released their second album, X-periment. Frank's expertise in new synthesizer technology gave the material a sound that many felt was ahead of its time. Indeed, the heavy use of synths and electric percussion was a step beyond the dance-influenced flavour of the previous album, and Murphy's soulful vocals gave the songs a definite R&B flavour. Besides the upbeat electronics-laden tracks, the album also introduced a more mature and pop-friendly quality, evident in tracks such as "Promises Can Break", "I Wanna Make You Feel Good" and "I Can't Take Losing You." The System also appeared in the 1984 breakdancing film Beat Street and the soundtrack performing Baptize The Beat.
The title track from their 1985 album The Pleasure Seekers was featured in the season two premiere episode of the hit NBC series Miami Vice. Other tracks on the album include "It Takes 2", as well as "Love Won't Wait For Lovin'" and "This Is For You". In 1985, David Frank and Mic Murphy teamed up with Jeff Lorber to collaborate on Lorber's album Step by Step.
Their version of the Marc Benno song "Rock N' Roll Me Again" became famous in the 1984 action comedy Beverly Hills Cop with Eddie Murphy. The soundtrack album would go on to win a Grammy. They would also reach No. 23 on Billboard's R&B chart with the title track from the 1988 Eddie Murphy film Coming to America. All of this success occurred while they were contributing their talents to projects such as the Scritti Politti album Cupid & Psyche 85, Phil Collins' "Sussudio," Chaka Khan's "I Feel for You," and "This Is My Night," and Mtume's "Juicy Fruit," among many others.
The System's greatest success came in 1987 with the release of the single "Don't Disturb This Groove," from the album of the same name. The duo hired Steven Machat and Rick Smith to be their managers. Machat and Smith took control of the promotion and marketing of the duo on behalf of Atlantic and helped the duo achieve their biggest US Pop hit, "Don't Disturb This Groove". The single reached No. 1 on the Billboard R&B chart and No. 3 on the Hot 100. The follow-up single, "Nighttime Lover," was also a top 10 R&B hit, peaking at No. 7.
Murphy recorded the solo album Touch and charted in 1991 with a single from that project. Frank has found more recent success as a songwriter and producer, most notably for hit singles such as Christina Aguilera's "Genie in a Bottle" in 1999, and teen girl-group Dream's "He Loves U Not" in 2000.
In 2000, the duo reunited for the album ESP, which also featured a reworked version of "You Are In My System," originally found on 1983's Sweat.
Late 2009 saw the release of Unreleased Unleashed, a collection of prototype and unreleased songs recorded at various points over the span of The System's recording career. Although two tracks, "Hole In My Love" and "You Are In My System (Redux)", the previously-mentioned remake of their earlier single, were taken directly from the ESP album. Also, the track "Sonic Fire" was previously released as the B-Side for some 7" singles of "I Wanna Make You Feel Good" in 1984.
The new System album tentatively titled "System Overload" is in full swing and its first single A-side "Motha" and Other-side "The Toast" mixed by legendary "Unique Recording Studio" mixer Chris Lord-Alge who's association with the band dates to 1983 set to release Sept 2012 with full length to follow in October. The sessions took place in Topanga Canyon's Canyon Reverb,The Village R

Discography

Albums:

Sweat, Mirage/Atco/Atlantic, 1983
X-Periment, Polydor/PolyGram, 1984
Pleasure Seekers, Mirage/Atco/Atlantic, 1985
Don't Disturb this Groove, Atlantic, 1987
Rhythm & Romance, Atlantic, 1989
ESP, Town Sound, 2000
Unreleased Unleashed, Science Lab, 2009
System Overload, Science Lab, 2013

Singles:

It's Passion Mirage, Atlantic 1982

You Are In My System ,Mirage, Atlantic 1982

Tu Estas En Mi Systema (You Are In My System)

Mirage 1983

I Won't Let Go / Go For What U Know ,Mirage 1983

Sweat / You Are In My System, Mirage 1983

Promises Can Break, Mirage Atlantic 1984

I Wanna Make You Feel Good, Polydor 1984

The Pleasure Seekers, Mirage, Atlantic 1985

I Don't Run From Danger, Mirage (2) 1985

This Is For You, Mirage (2) 1985

House Of Rhythm / Groove, Atlantic 1987

Nighttime Lover, Atlantic 1987

Don't Disturb This Groove, Atlantic 1987

Save Me / Nighttime Lover, Atlantic 1987

Come As You Are (Superstar) ,Atlantic 1987

Coming To America, ATCO Records 1988

Midnight Special , Atlantic 1989

I Wanna Be Your Lover, Atlantic 1989

Have Mercy Atlantic 1989

System Overload Science Lab Records 2013