Classics: The System – This Is For You (Mirage)
David Frank and guitarist/singer Mic Murphy almost started their venture together by coincidence as a matter of fact. The latter coming to sing a song initially written by Frank for Madonna which she rejected.
From then on, the twosome would establish a unique sound signature. In other words, a blend of electro-synth-driven sounds over syncopated grooves which served as the ideal environment to Murphy‘s highly soulful interpretations.
The aptly titled ‘This Is For You’ most likely stands among their highlights, along with ‘The Pleasure Seekers’ and ‘Don’t Disturb This Groove’. Not to mention ‘You Are In My System’ which Robert Palmer covered, then Kerri Chandler happened to readapt years after on Ibadan.
Hard not to make a connection neither with New Wave / Post-Funk Welsh band Scritti Politti…
Vocalist / guitarist / songwriter Mic Murphy and keyboardist / songwriter David Frank joined forces to form The System in the early 80’s. Their synth-driven R&B sound is often referred as Electro-Soul. They recorded their first song, ‘It’s Passion’ while touring along with Kleeer back in 1981. Their debut-album – ‘Sweat’ followed the year after. It featured the memorable ‘You Are In My System’. A cut which Robert Palmer eventually covered soon after.
Further success occured in 1985 with the release of their third album, ‘The Pleasure Seekers’. Its title track appeared in the season-two premiere episode of famous NBC cop TV show ‘Miami Vice’. Other worth the check gems include the outstanding ‘This Is For You’ and ‘It Takes Two’.
Murphy and Frank also collaborated with Jeff Lorber on his ‘Step By Step’ album the same year.
They scored their biggest hit in 1987 with ‘Don’t Disturb The Groove’, from the album of the same name. They would part ways two years later though, after releasing their ‘Rhythm & Romance’ album which sadly flopped.
Mic Murphy is also remembered as a member of Sass.