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Ojai CA, United States (2012 – present)

There are three bands with the name Pleasure.

1) A funk/electro-funk/soul band with jazz influence, best known for 1979’s single “Glide”.

Formed in Portland, Oregon, U.S.A.

Original group members were:

Dennis Springer (Tenor and Soprano Sax)

Dan Brewster (Trombone)

Marlon ‘The Magician’ McClain (Guitars and Background Vocals)

Bruce Carter (b. Bruce Edward Carter, 28th December 1956, d. 12th August 2006, Portland, Oregan, U.S.A., Drums)

Tony Collins (Trumpet / Flugelhorn)

Donald Hepburn (Keyboards and Background Vocals)

Michael Hepburn (Keyboards and Background Vocals)

Nathaniel Phillips (Bass and Background Vocals)

Bruce Smith (Percussion and Background Vocals)

Sherman Davis (Lead Vocals and Background Vocals)

Pleasure blended soul, funk and jazz with a tough street edge and became a cult group on the underground black music scene of the late 70’s.

Bruce Edward Carter, as a teenager, formed a Portland R & B band called the Franchise with friends Marlon McClain on guitar and Nathaniel Phillips on bass.

In 1972, the band merged with a rival band, the Soul Masters, to form Pleasure.

Working closely with producer Wayne Henderson in Los Angeles, they signed to Fantasy Records for ‘Dust Yourself Off’ (1975), including ‘Midnight At The Oasis’, ‘Accept No Substitutes’ (1976), including ‘Ghettos Of The Mind’, ‘Joyous’ (1977), including ‘Sassafras Girl’, and ‘Get To The Feeling’ (1978), including ‘Ladies Night Out’, before themselves producing, ‘Future Now’ (1979), including ‘Glide’, and the album ‘Special Things’ in 1980.

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  • forgetmenot

    FUTURE NOW <3 unf unf unf

    9 Jan 2013 Reply
  • General_Elvis

    Stories....who have the lyrics ?? help!

    12 Jul 2011 Reply
  • EcstasyDrug

    Stories <3

    23 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Cali-Son

    PLEASURE: One Of The Funkiest, Jazziest Groups Of All Time, Excellent LIVE Show

    18 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Cinder_Fella

    uptown is where im in love

    11 Mar 2010 Reply
  • liOVERLOADil

    Joyous -- a masterpiece of acoustic excellence.

    25 Oct 2009 Reply
  • lutic

    I wish Last.fm treated them as different bands.

    10 May 2009 Reply
  • glasbaustein

    ey! whats that! that's NOT the Pleasure I'm listening to. where's the london-electro-dance-one??!

    5 May 2009 Reply
  • TristanDee

    Pleasure - the US Funk band of the 70s/early80s and not some bloody Norwegian dance act ...

    30 Nov 2008 Reply
  • AntBeeMomofuku

    I just love these old funk and r&b bands with their memberships of 6 or more! SOS Band, Pleasure, EW&F, The Commodores, they were all great in their excess!

    24 Oct 2008 Reply
  • chillionaire

    change picture!

    25 May 2008 Reply
  • PappaWheelie

    Thoughts of Old Flames!

    7 Apr 2008 Reply
  • satin666

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    30 Mar 2008 Reply
  • haartufs

    Am I really the only one that can't help to think that Pleasure (the fred ball one) sounds incredibly daft? I understand it's all about the late 70s-nostalgia and all that, but still. The production is just too clean and spotless. I liked Fred Ball's production on Rollerskating though.

    4 Mar 2008 Reply
  • christi74

    i..loooooove it!UPTOWN...my feet cant stop!!!yeah...

    22 Jan 2008 Reply
  • Secret_Omen

    same problem goes with funk groups like Sun, Zoom, Ozone, Shadow, Brainstorm...

    15 Dec 2007 Reply
  • fortheboys

    yeah i can't find it either, and because of the other band, it's very hard to search for. anyone want to help me out? id def appreciate it.

    11 Dec 2007 Reply
  • Mister_Tweak

    And all the time I fall out of love and I'm running away... <3

    28 Sep 2007 Reply
  • classicwar

    For those of you who saw Pleasure at øya, what did you think of the drumline at the last song (NYCSC)?

    18 Aug 2007 Reply
  • stripeteku

    Just saw them live at the Øya festival yeaterday. Haha, they were fucking amazing!

    12 Aug 2007 Reply
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