When it comes to girl groups of the ’80s, Exposé is the Rodney Dangerfield of the bunch. These women don’t get the respect they deserve.
Sentimental 40-somethings will wax nostalgic about the Go-Go’s or the Bangles. Even Bananarama gets more spins on radio stations devoted to the Breakfast Club generation.
But according to the Billboard singles chart, Exposé was the most successful of the bunch, notching eight top 10 pop hits under their designer belts.
“This is a group that was very huge for just a few years,” says Mike Abrams, senior program director at dance station Chrome XM 83. “But they were one of the top, if not the top, artists in their genre.”
But being a top group in a niche genre isn’t always an easy sell. The trio came out of the Miami freestyle scene, a hybrid Latin/hip-hop/pop sound that was huge among Hispanics – not exactly an area familiar to most of the mainstream music press.
“It’s definitely a bigger format when it comes to the Latino community,” said Abrams, who should know: He worked at freestyle outlet Power 92 in Phoenix in the early ’90s, the tail end of the Exposé era.
Back then, the group was like the freestyle Supremes. Exposé consisted of Jeanette Jurado, Ann Curless and Gioia Bruno, all beautiful, belting out urgent, high-energy workouts like Come Go With Me and Let Me Be the One.Other freestyle acts included Lisa Lisa, the Cover Girls and Sweet Sensation, but Exposé made the biggest splash in mainstream music.