This record is pure fire. David Frank was and is a sick producer and arranger. I originally thought that Frank and singer Mic Murphy called their group ‘The System’ because Frank used the Oberheim System to write and produce. Apparently Frank was using these units, but Oberheim only re-branded the product line after The System had released records and had success. Frank has produced and or arranged such hits as ‘I Feel For You’ by Chaka Kahn, ‘Juicy Fruit’ by Mtume, ‘Sussudio’ by Phil Collins, ‘Higher Love’ by Steve Winwood, and ‘Genie In a Bottle’ by Christina Aguilerra. The dude is a hit maker.
Singer Mic Murphy got his start working for notorious record producer Jacques Fred Petrus at his Little Macho publishing company in New York. David and Mic met while both were on tour with the funk band Kleeer, David playing keyboards, and Mic working as the band’s road manager. ‘It’s Passion’ was The System’s first single, getting the duo signed to Mirage records. Pre-fame Madonna was originally supposed to sing on the record, but she and David had creative differences. David then invited Mic over, and the magic began. The System went on to record a few albums and had a couple of hit singles with ‘You Are In My System’ and ‘Don’t Disturb This Groove’. I’d also like to note that they performed the theme song for one of my favorite movies, ‘Coming To America’.
I can never get enough of this record, so for me, it really is passion.