Timex Social Club – Rumors – 1986 – live

The Timex Social Club

was an American contemporary R&B group, formed in 1982 by students of Berkeley High School in Berkeley, California. The group is perhaps best known for its 1986 hit single, “Rumors” and for being major forerunners of the new jack swing movement.

Originally known as the Timex Crew, members included Marcus Thompson (founder), Gregory “Greg B” Thomas, Michael Marshall, Craig Samuel and Darrien Cleage. By 1986, Samuel, Cleage and Thomas had departed, and both Alex Hill and Kevin Moore were added to complete the group, and the name Timex Social Club was adopted. They specialized in both old school hip hop and the merger of urban R&B with hip hop rhythms, which were later known as new jack swing.

In 1986, the group released the Vicious Rumors album on Danya/Fantasy Records. It had one major hit, “Rumors“, which peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100. The single also reached #1 in Canada and #13 in the UK Singles Chart,and held the number 1 position for: US Billboard R&B chart, Hot Black Singles-Sales, Hot Black Singles-Airplay, US Hot Dance Club Play, Hot Dance/Disco-12 inch singles sales charts.

The two follow-up singles “Thinkin’ About Ya” and “Mixed-Up World” both reached the R&B Top 20.

The success of the single “Rumors”, prompted hip hop impresario Russell Simmons to hire the group as the opening act for thirty-eight dates on Run DMC’s Raising Hell tour in 1986. Other acts on the tour were Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, and Whodini. Besides solo dates, the group also opened for New Edition, Midnight Star, the S.O.S. Band, Kool & The Gang, and Jermaine Jackson.

As of 2011, the current Timex Social Club roster consists of founding member Marcus Thompson (DJ) and Samuelle Prater (vocals) Timex Social Club still tours. They can also be booked for Old School 80’s concerts, private parties and appearances through ( and ( Their records still surface on Pop and R&B radio, especially during old-school mix shows. The group’s records have now become sample sources for contemporary artists such as: 2 Pac, Public Enemy (group), Master P and others.In pop culture – cover versions, parodies and usage.

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Over the years, the group’s hit “Rumors” has spawned a host of remakes, parodies and uses, such as:

“Back From The Dead” – House Of Pain
“Half Man Half Machine” – Goldie Lookin Chain
“He said, she said…” Andre Nickatina and Mike Marshall
“Hookaz” – South Central Cartel
“Jealousy” – Club Nouveau
“More News At 11” – Public Enemy (band)
“Roaches”- Bobby Jimmy & the Critters
“Rumors” – Jo De La Rosa
Rumors” – Mr. Shadow
“Stop Hatin'” – Master P
“Soon As I Get Home” – 2 Pac
“Rumores” – Memo Rios & M.C. Aplausos
“Jealous Niggas” – Guerilla Maab

Their single, “Thinkin’ About Ya”, was first sampled by Club Nouveau on “Why You Treat Me So Bad” (Life, Love and Pain, Warner Bros. Records 25531). The following is a selected list of other covers/samples.

Rumors” Father Dom feat. [Timex Social Club]
“Can’t Trust a Man” – Mia X feat. Suga T
“Lifestyles Of The Rich and Shameless” – Lost Boyz
“How Can I Get Over You” (Remix feat. LL Cool J) – Taral Hicks
“I Got 5 On It” (featuring Michael Marshall) – Luniz
“I’m Gonna Be Alright” (Track Masters remix, featuring 50 Cent) – Jennifer Lopez
“Irresistible” (So So Def remix, feat. Lil Bow Wow) – Jessica Simpson
“Only U” – Ashanti
“Satisfy You” (feat. R. Kelly) – P Diddy
“Thinking Bout U” (feat. Mia X) – Master P
“Untouchable” (feat. Infa-Red, Cross and Drag-On, Syleena Johnson, Sheek Louch) – DMX
“What’s My Name” – Mr. Capone-E

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