Kym Mazelle 1989


Was singer Kym Mazelle “Useless” or have we “Got To Get her Back”? If you “Love her The Right Way”, you won’t have to “Wait”!

Thirty years ago, Indiana born singer Kym Mazelle crept into the charts with her debut single “Useless”. It began a career that is still very much alive and well today, as we shall see…

Kym (born Kymberly Grigsby in 1960) began her career as a club singer and infiltrated the dance floor’s of America in the mid-1980’s. Indeed, she is regarded as the first lady of house music to this day. It was her work with DJ and producer Marshall Jefferson that got her noticed and in late 1988 she released her debut single “Useless (I Don’t Need You Now)”, which topped the dance and club charts the world over. It made little impact, however, on the commercial sales charts and it was only in the UK that the single actually charted, failing to reach any higher than No.53.

It was in the UK in January 1989 that Kym broke out commercially when she duetted with The Blow Monkey’s (whatever happened to them?) lead singer ‘Dr.’ Robert Howard on the song “Wait”, which reached No.7 there as well as charting across Europe. It did not receive a commercial release the The US.

Kym’s debut album “Crazy” was released soon after, although that was the title that European’s got. For the US and Canada the record was titled “Brilliant”. She followed “Wait” with “Got To Get You Back” (UK No.29), “Love Strain” (UK No.52) and “Was That All It Was?” (UK No.33). A further track from the album “Don’t Scandalize My Name” was released to the US clubs and made No.22 on the dance chart there in early 1990.

1990 saw a remixed version of “Useless” hit the clubs and the charts reaching No.48 in the UK, five places higher than the original did, as well as Kym guest vocalling on dance group Soul II Soul’s single “Missing You” (UK No.22, US dance No.39).

Kym stayed with club/dance anthems at the beginning of 1993 when she provided vocals on UK duo Rapination’s smash hit “Love Me The Right Way”, and hooray, it broke the US singles chart!…if only at No.97! The song made No.22 in the UK and was remixed and reproduced in 1996, this time reaching No.20 on the US dance chart and No.55 on the UK singles chart, somewhat lower than the original version four years earlier.

1994 was a busy year for Kym when she teamed up with Jocelyn Brown for their version of “No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)” which hit No.13 in the UK as well as “Gimme All Your Lovin'” which made No.22. She recorded “Young Hearts Run Free” for Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Romeo + Juliet’ film soundtrack which made No.20 in the UK, No.11 in Australia and No.16 in New Zealand.

Since the 1990’s Kym has provided guest vocals on a number of dance tunes and has worked with some top producers including David Morales. In 2004 she released her second album “The Pleasure Is All Mine” FIFTEEN years after her debut! Her third album “Destiny” came in 2010. She has appeared on a number of reality TV shows and celebrity bake off shows. Since 2017, she has been touring with her thirty years in music show.

Kym Mazelle 2018

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!