1983 OXO – OXO

OXO was an American dance-rock band formed in 1983 by Ish ‘Angel’ Ledesma, the former lead singer of Foxy. He formed the band with guitarist Orlando Nuñez, bass player Frank Garcia, and drummer Freddy Alwag. The band’s only Top 40 hit was “Whirly Girl,” a song about Ish’s wife, which, according to Ledesma, was originally titled “Worldly Girl.” Despite its one-hit wonder, OXO’s success was not to last, and the band broke up a few years later.

Episode 104 of the Showtime series This American Life, based on the long-running PRI radio show, focuses on Frank Garcia and OXO.

The single “Whirly Girl” gained notoriety in the popular unreleased film, “Flim Flam”, starring Dave The Star. Whirly Girl is the inspiration for the cultural phenomenon called “Knacking”. Knacking involves extending one’s arm out, open-palmed, in fast motions synchronized with a beat or a random percussive sound in a song, while in close proximity to an observer, preferably without inadvertently hitting the observer.

Tracks

1  Whirly Girl (Ish Angel) 02:54
2  Dance All Night (Ish Angel; Orlando Nunez; Freddy Alwag; Carole Childs) 02:24
3  My Ride (Ish Angel; Orlando Nunez) 02:39
4  Wanna Be Your Love (Ish Angel; Orlando Nunez) 03:44
5  In the Stars (Ish Angel; Orlando Nunez) 04:11
6  You Make It Sound So Easy (Ish Angel; Orlando Nunez) 05:48
7  Back in Town (Ish Angel; Orlando Nunez) 02:38
8  I’ll Take You Back (Ish Angel) 03:33
9  Love I Need Her (Ish Angel; Orlando Nunez; Frank Garcia) 02:37
10  Runnin’ Low (Ish Angel; Orlando Nunez) 02:22

Media

Musicians

BassFrank Garcia
DrumsFreddy Alwag
GuitarIsh Angel
GuitarFrank Garcia
GuitarOrlando Nunez
SynthesizerIsh Angel
SynthesizerFrank Garcia
SynthesizerOrlando Nunez
PercussionIsh Angel
HornsUptown Horns
ProgrammingSteve Porcaro
ProgrammingIan Underwood

Liner Notes

Producer – Ken Mansfield (Tracks 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11)
Producer – David Thoener (Tracks 3)
Producer – Carole Childs (Tracks 4)
Arranged By – OXO
Arranged By (Horns) – Ish Angel
Engineer – Bill Bottrell, Bill Bottrell, Humberto Gatica
Engineer (Second) – Richard McKernan, Ricky DeLena, Stephen Schmitt, Steve Marcantonio
Engineer (Re-recording) – David Thoener
Mastered By – George Marino
Mixed By – David Thoener

Design – Mick Haggerty
Photography By – Aaron Rapoport

Copyright (c) – The David Geffen Company
Phonographic Copyright (p) – The David Geffen Company
Manufactured By – Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Recorded At – Sunset Sound
Recorded At – Soundcastle
Recorded At – Lion Share Recording Studios
Mixed At – Record Plant, N.Y.C.
Mastered At – Sterling Sound
Mastered At – Artisan Sound Recorders
Pressed By – Allied Record Company