I Wanna Sex U Up – Color Me Badd (1991)
I Wanna Sex U Up by Color Me Badd is just one of the many great songs you’d hear on The Beat Chicago and of course, on our Quiet Storm programming heard Mon-Thurs from 10PM to 2AM on the Overnight Flight.
There’s enough stations playing rock n’ roll classics and the same 80’s songs from Bon Jovi, Journey, John Cougar, Elton John all day long and that’s all cool but, when you want something completely different? When you want everything from Marvin Gaye, Earth, Wind & Fire, The Spinners to Stevie B, C+C Music Factory and more of the music that keeps you movin? We’re it.
See, we’re all about the classics too…. Classic R&B and dance of the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, freestyle and more. For us, it’s not about how old a song is, it’s about how good it is and this is as good as it gets.
Formed in Oklahoma City, Color Me Badd released this as as their first single from their debut album titled C.M.B. which went on to sell over 6 million units. The song hit #2 on Billboard’s pop charts and #1 on the R&B charts. The song wasn’t originally intended to be a single. In fact, it was turned down by other acts including Bell Biv DeVoe, Keith Sweat and Christopher Williams.
At halftime of Super Bowl XXVI between the Washington Redskins and Buffalo Bills on January 26, 1992, the group performed “I Wanna Sex You Up” on In Living Color as part of Fox’s counter-programming special live-from-Hollywood football-themed edition of the show. The song was also an integral part of the 1991 film “New Jack City”.
The video, pictures and any publicity about the band was purposely held back to add to the shock value that the majority of the group were white.
They’d go on to sell over 12 million records.
The group won the Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Single by a Group, Band or Duo as well as Song Of The Year, they also won an American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Single.