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The System

Pioneering synth duo the System rode the '80s wave of emerging synth/MIDI music technology to help lay the foundation for contemporary electronic popular music with their upfront, unapologetic use of synths and intelligent songwriting.

In the early '80s, singer Mic Murphy and keyboardist David Frank met in New York. Collecting on studio time that he had bartered for in exchange for playing on sessions, Frank asked Murphy to join him in the studio to work on some ideas. After their overnight session, Murphy took the master tape to an engineer friend that transferred the tape onto a 12" lacquer record. The duo took the record to Atlantic's Mirage Records and were signed right away.

Their 1982 single "You Are in My System" quickly became the rage on both the dancefloor and on urban-formatted radio, leading to the release of Sweat on Mirage/Atlantic. Other tracks from the album got dancefloor attention, such as "Sweat" and "I Can't Let Go." Their next album, X-periment, included the infectious "I Just Want to Make You Feel Good," the sweet ballad "Promises" b/w "X-periment," and the stunningly passionate "I Can't Take Losing You." In 1986, the duo performed the title album track/hit single "The Pleasure Seekers" on Miami Vice. The LP contained "Groove" precursor "This Is for You," which was the second single. 1987 was a great year for the System, giving them their biggest hit. The title track of their album Don't Disturb This Groove went to number one R&B and number three pop. The tune was also used as the basis of one of the last tracks released by Tupac Shakur. The next release, Midnight Lover, cracked the pop Top 20.

Their fresh approach put the System in high demand as producers, songwriters, and musicians. They can be heard on Chaka Khan's cover of Prince's "I Feel for You" and Mtume's "Juicy Fruit" (both million-sellers). The latter record was later used by the Notorious B.I.G. for his gold record "Juicy." The list continues with Phil Collins' "Sussudio," Angela Bofill's "Can't Slow Down," Pauli Carmen's "Dial My Number," Ashford & Simpson, and Jeff Lorber's "Step by Step." They contributed to the movie soundtracks for two Eddie Murphy blockbusters, Beverly Hills Cop and Coming to America (the title track went Top Ten pop). Even though it seemed that everyone wanted to work with the System, the pair decided not to spread themselves too thin and turned down a lot of offers. They opened their own recording studio called Science Lab Music.

1989's Rhythm & Romance ("Midnight Special," "Have Mercy," "Soul to Soul") was the duo's last album. During early 1991, Mic Murphy released a solo album on East West called Touch ("Fit to Be Tied"), which had a lot of System overtones. Frank did concert dates backing Annie Lennox during the recording of her Live in Central Park CD and video (Arista). He's also active in production, working with Omar, Dionne Farris, female pop vocal trio Wild Orchid, and Rebbie Jackson. ~ Ed Hogan
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YOU ARE IN MY SYSTEM.I JUST WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT.CAUSE YOUR IN MY SYSTEM.
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A great child preteen for me but that didn't mean it was not a time of memory for cause I hung with my older brother that's all I'm say
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The system was an amazing group
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Please 'Don't Disturb this groove '....
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I love his music Alexander O'Neill thank u for ur music...
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One of my favorite song
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The system rocks.
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I like the one Time of Passion that was the s**t back in the day
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Love this song the system
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Damn, all this time, I thought he sang "....Don't Disturb This ROOM"... I feel stupid now.
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Hell Yale I sure remember this cut Say What the System was the Sh!! back in my day lets go Pandora
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I love Alexander
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clean cruisin southern cali
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All I need is just me and you!
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shippy29
BEEN ROOTING FOR REDSKINS AWHILE WE NEEEED A WIN TONIGHT OR ELSE IM WEARING MY HUSBANDS DIRTY UNDERWEAR
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shippy29
NOW LETS BEAT DEM EAGLES
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shippy29
I LOVE HOBY BINGHAM TAKE THAT WORLD HE LOVE ME HAPPY AS HELLL
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shippy29
redskins down but it aint over til fat lady howls
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Love! All ways love it that the s**t go boy!!�������
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Happy ...huh ,lot kisses,hugs for me today.... love me
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mandgbrown7
Soul to Soul one of their rare gems...
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Bad a** group :-)
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this song is still amazing - can't hear it enough!
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Yes I love this song
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The song, melody & lyrics got me feeling a good way��������
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What a hit
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THIS WAS MUSIC THAT YOU COULD CHILL WITH YOU AND YOUR GIRL.LOVE THIS SONG
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Oh what memories!
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Wow! I still have this album. Good music!
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Hey now
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anthony79200 1
Love it
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bellablancox x x
#Classic!
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I love the system. Don't disturb the groove is my jam
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Love this song!
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Love this song the beat is off the chian
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Don't disturb this groove! I love this piano style! Wish I knew how to play.
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Sweet
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High School days...Good memories
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cwmaintain
This is true music
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-__:-) :-) :-) :-) _-
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Classic
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I LOVE grooves so HArd to this song...don't disturb this groove
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tamara_tippe n s
Love oldschool... . relaxing...
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Love The System Dont Disturb This Groove Loved Them Back In My Day A Lot Of Wonderful Memories Listening This This Old School Throwback Cut 2-1-2014
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absolutely one of my favorites, a great song I love to listen to.
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Kumbia
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love this jam
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maiyablevins
Even thought my dad likes this song I like it to a whole bunch!!!!!!! ! !
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Great song!
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