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80s Album Of The Week- The Producers by The Producers (1981)

The Producers are a new wave and power pop band from Atlanta, Georgia. The original line up included Van Temple on guitar and vocals, Kyle Henderson on bass and vocals, Wayne Famous (Wayne McNatt) on keyboards, Bryan Holmes on drums and Roland Turner on vocals and keyboards.

Originally formed as a Beatles cover band named Cartoon, they changed musical directions and began performing their own material in nightclubs around the Atlanta Metro area. The response to their music was so good that they were quickly signed to Columbia Record’s subsidiary Portrait Records. 

Their 1981 self titled album “The Producers” is a true 80s gem. The album includes the song “What She Does To Me (The Diana Song)” which peaked at #61 on the Billboard Hot 100 in July of 1981. The album also includes the song “What’s He Got”, a staple on MTV in their early days. “What’s He Got” would peak at #108 on the Billboard Bubbling Under The Hot 100 chart. The album is also chock full of 80s treasures like “Certain Kind Of Girl”, “Who Do You Think You Are”, and “I Love Lucy,”

The Producers were regulars on MTV in their early days with a few of their videos in regular rotation on the brand new 24 hour a day video music channel. The Producers headlined MTV’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve broadcast back in 1982.

If you’re looking for a truly fun and amazing 80s album, look no further than “The Producers” by The Producers!