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Ray Simpson – Crazy Pictures – 7 Inch Vinyl Record

 

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Ray Simpson – Crazy Pictures – 7 Inch Vinyl Record

Crazy Pictures is a single by Ray Simpson, released in 1986. Ray Simpson is best known as a member of the disco group Village People, where he served as the lead singer from 1979. Crazy Pictures marks his foray into a solo career, showcasing his talent outside the well-known persona of the Village People.

Ray Simpson is the younger brother of Valerie Simpson, who with Nicholas Ashford, collaborated on a bevy of hits for Marvin Gaye Tammi Terrell, the Dynamic Superiors, Gladys Knight the Pips, and others. The duo also enjoyed a number of hits as singers and was one of the most popular Urban acts of the 70’s 80’s. Ray, born on January 15 shares the same birth-date as Martin Luther King, Jr., and Muhammad Ali.

Raised in the Bronx, NY he graduated from City College, minoring in Music. Not the composer his big Sis is, but he has written a few songs including one on the Dynamic Superiors second Motown LP. He toured with Nick Val for years before before getting the opportunity to cut a solo album Tiger Love on Warner Brothers Records in 1978. WB never got behind the album produced by Ashford Simpson and it went virtually unnoticed.

When his solo career never advanced past first base, Ray joined the Village People, the zany Halloween costumed attired group that scored with “Y.M.C.A.” Simpson took Victor Willis’ place as the policeman in 1979 and enjoyed two large hits with the group “Go West,” and “Can’t Stop The Music.” The disco era was fading and the Village People peaked out, they attempted to revitalize in 1981 but never could top their initial streak of chart success. More recently, in the 90’s, original members’ David Hodo Felipe Rose joined by Simpson, regrouped with new members as a disco revival act.

The song features a blend of pop and R&B, with catchy melodies, soulful vocals, and danceable rhythms. Reflects Simpson’s background in disco, incorporating elements like upbeat tempos and groovy bass lines.

The song explores themes of love and relationships, common in pop and R&B music. Reflecting Simpson’s disco roots, the track emphasize themes of dance and celebration, encouraging listeners to enjoy and move to the music. Lyrics that delve into personal reflection and emotional experiences, providing depth to the overall theme of the single.

The production quality is characteristic of the 1980s, with polished sound, electronic instrumentation, and layered vocals. The use of groovy bass lines, synthesizers, and electronic drums creates a vibrant and engaging sound.

While not achieving the commercial success of Village People, the album has its own following among fans of 80s pop and R&B. Crazy Pictures serves as a showcase for Ray Simpson’s talent as a solo artist, highlighting his vocal abilities and versatility.

Crazy Pictures by Ray Simpson is a notable entry in his discography, marking his attempt to establish a solo career separate from the Village People. The album’s blend of pop, R&B, and disco elements, combined with Simpson’s soulful vocals, makes it a distinctive and enjoyable listen. Tracks like “Crazy Pictures” and “Dancing in My Mind” capture the essence of 1980s dance music, while ballads like Love Is the Answer highlight his emotional range.

Crazy Pictures is a significant single for fans of 1980s pop and R&B, reflecting Ray Simpson’s journey as a solo artist. The album’s mix of energetic dance tracks and heartfelt ballads, combined with its polished production and catchy melodies, offers a compelling and enjoyable listening experience. For those interested in exploring the work of Ray Simpson beyond his contributions to the Village People, Crazy Pictures provides a valuable insight into his talent and artistic versatility.

45 RPM single

Brand new, never played with some jacket wear from storage

Circa Records 1991/ YR 76

Song Listing
Crazy Pictures (Classic Radio Version)
She Loves Me

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