The Floaters, Floaters, ABC AB-1030, 1977
Yesterday, I wrote about always wanting to have the long album version of the disco classic Funkytown. From the same batch of records comes this surprisingly mint condition record from a group called The Floaters. They only ever had one hit, one cheesy cheesy hit, but their one album features 11:49 of it! It was only poor timing that had the record hit the Hot 100 at the same time as some real disco classics. The poor Floaters peaked at #2 for two weeks behind Andy Gibb (I Just Want To Be Your Everything) and The Emotions (Best Of My Love).
It’s probably a recipe for disaster to either name your group after your hit single or have a hit single titled after your group. After all, The Rolling Stones never sang Like A Rolling Stone. It just feels cheap and desperate and I really don’t know of any major act whose first big hit was named for their group. About the closest I know of is a Jefferson Airplane B-Side called Blues From An Airplane, but B-Sides don’t really count here.
The record is pretty much what you’d expect from a late 70s R&B vocal act. The genre was on it’s way out with disco ruling the airwaves and rap music about to explode onto the scene. The extra 7 1/2 minutes of Float On I’d never heard before today unfortunately don’t introduce other band member’s star signs and the physical attributes they appreciate in women, but it’s on par with a Spinners or Four Tops sound. This is one of those records that I can’t wait to pull out and play with people over. It’s absolutely a record that carries itself like…Miss Universe.
Cost: $2, $829 Remaining