Although one might think that mention
of Brenda K. Starr is more apt to appear within the boundaries
of a Mariah Carey website, she gets more than just a mention
here at Beastiemania.com. Why? Well, we're glad you asked.
It turns out Adam Yauch recorded
a track entitled "Suspicion" with her in 1985.
For those who have no idea who Brenda K. Starr is, she
is a female vocalist perhaps best know for a song that Mariah
Carey made famous: "I Still Believe." As the story
goes, pop music diva Mariah Carey got her start in show
business as a back up singer for Brenda K. Starr. As we
all know, Mariah went on to have multiple hit singles and
enjoyed great deal of commercial success. At what is perhaps
now seen as the pinnacle of her career (1999), Mariah looked
back at her humble beginnings decided to re-record a new
version of her favorite Brenda K. Starr song "I Still
Believe." Mariah's cover version of "I Still Believe"
went on to platinum sales and put Brenda K. Starr's name
back into music magazines. Although Brenda never garnered
the level of notoriety that Mariah Carey did, she did go
on to release a handful of full length albums, as well as
a few singles, and developed a devoted fan following. Brenda
carved herself a niche into the dance club scene and it
is there that her music can still be heard today.
So where does Adam Yauch fit into all of this? From what
we can gather, back in 1984-85, Adam Yauch was working under
Jay "Burzootie" Burnett
as an engineering assistant. During that period, Jay Burnett
was working on several projects with producer Arthur Baker.
The Latin Rascals, Tony Moran and Albert Cabrera, also seemed
to be involved with Arthur Baker's productions. It was discovered
a few years back that not only was Yauch involved with this
recording team as an assistant, but he actually had supplied
vocals to an obscure album which they had all worked on
together. That album was the self entitled 1985 release
by the band Circuit II. It
does not take much imagination to speculate that if Yauch
performed on one such record, he could very likely have
performed on others that Burnett, Baker, & the Latin
Rascals worked on. That is exactly the case with Brenda
K. Starr's I Want Your Love (1985), which was partly
recorded and mixed in New York at Shakedown Sound studio.
Brenda K. Starr released her mainstream
self-entitled album in 1988 and that cd, record, and/or
tape isn't difficult to find and thus may be confused for
the rarer I Want Your Love. On the back of the record's
jacket, you will find Yauch's name listed in the song credits
"Rap sung by Adam Yauch & Brenda K. Starr"
for the first song on side two "Boys Like You."
There must have been a mistake made when the credits were
added to the album jacket layout, for in truth Yauch can
not be heard rapping on that song. Instead, he offers a
few rhymes three minutes into the first song of side one,
"Suspicion." Upon listening you will hear a very
youthful Adam Yauch saying, "I saw the way you looked
at him. Don't tell me that I am imagine'n. I can't take
it girl. I don't go for that. 'Cause when I see you with
a guy, I catch a heart attack. So I ask you please. I want
to you to know. If I am acting like a fool, it's because
I love you so." All in all, it makes one wonder
what other long lost tracks are still out there that we
have not yet stumbled upon.