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There are 6 artists with the name Surface:

1) Surface was an American rhythm and blues and pop music group from the mid 1980s to the early 1990s best known for its #1 pop & R&B hit “The First Time.” The three piece soul vocal group formed in the mid-80’s by songwriter David Townsend (son of singer/songwriter Ed Townsend (Marvin Gaye “Let’s Get It On”)), multi-instrumentalist David “Pic” Conley and singer/songwriter/lead vocalist Bernard Jackson. The trio called themselves Surface and began recording their own material, releasing several Post-disco/early-80s-style tracks under the Surface name. They would find moderate success in the UK with their singles “Falling in Love” in 1983 and “When Your Ex Wants You Back” in 1984 (according to the Allmusic, “Falling in Love” also cracked the U.S. R&B chart, peaking at #84). With a sound more reminiscent of Kashif and related early 1980s soul groups, these early singles contrast significantly with the smoother, ballad-style material that would later make the group successful in the States.
The trio then moved to Los Angeles, California, searching for more mainstream success. Its song “Let’s Try Again” came to the attention of Larkin Arnold of Columbia Records, who signed the band and released this track as a single in 1986. Their self-titled debut album followed in 1987, featuring two more hit singles: “Happy,” which hit #2 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks, and “Lately,” which hit #8.

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  • marksplace2008

    R&B surface <5 [5]

    4 Feb 2013 Reply
  • visualkstation

    Japanese Surface!

    29 May 2012 Reply
  • KISSMY-a-SOUL

    For Japanese Surface: SURFACE

    23 May 2012 Reply
  • Henry90s

    R&B surface <3 [4]

    1 Apr 2012 Reply
  • RussellChap

    R&B surface <3 [3]

    27 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Eyeslam

    So this is the game? Name yourself after an established group and then try to bum rush the internet with confusion?

    8 Oct 2011 Reply
  • americocayetano

    this song is amazing i like it

    22 Apr 2011 Reply
  • newjillswing

    R&B surface <3 [2]

    3 Sep 2010 Reply
  • ZillowZollo

    Been listening to these guys a lot more lately, playing them for friends as well. Yoshiharu's vocals are so smooth!

    15 May 2010 Reply
  • Levold

    Does anybody know the 90s german SXE-HC-Band from Essen/ Bottrop? If you have the album, please let me know!

    7 Mar 2010 Reply
  • XDanielX

    the american hardcore act is awesome!

    20 Dec 2009 Reply
  • zyndarius

    is there any way to separate artist by lowercase and uppercase letters?, the Japanese band is named "surface" not Surface as the American band.

    16 Nov 2009 Reply
  • JNez

    r&b group surface can't even get a page to themselves?? hmph. people have really forgotten them, haven't they? 20 years ago, in 1989, they were on their way to a double platinum album and huge r&b pop hits in closer than friends & shower me with your love.

    15 May 2009 Reply
  • MatuBui

    again the Japnese bands messing up the last.fm

    5 Feb 2009 Reply
  • EssenceOfSoul

    R&B surface <3

    2 Feb 2009 Reply
  • joe147ch3m4

    por favor deje sus notas en en español

    15 Oct 2008 Reply
  • mandavide

    here, this video is "mine" http://it.youtube.com/watch?v=h9w1Yvf1CRU

    17 Sep 2008 Reply
  • sh0kr0k

    Last.fm really needs to figure out a better way to deal with artists of the same name. I hate that the cd for the soul group comes up when I listen to the Japanese band's self-titled album. That's just the first annoyance.

    15 May 2008 Reply
  • the0neSky

    If you combine the play counts for 夢の続きへ and all variations of its Romanization (Yume no Tsudzuki e, yume no tsuzuki e,etc....), not even counting the TV cuts, the Japanese band clearly comes on top in popularity. Not that you can't already tell that from the last.fm tags, but people keep ignoring the Bio rule that artists are to be ordered in popularity...

    9 May 2008 Reply
  • sh0kr0k

    Japanese Surface ftw :) Such a terrific band! I agree, Kawaii_YNK, I wish they were easier to find information for! Seems like a needle in a haystack sometimes :p

    21 Apr 2008 Reply
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