The Party (band)

The Party
Origin Orlando, Florida, USA
Genres Pop
Dance
R&B
Years active 1990–1993
Labels Hollywood/Elektra Records
Associated acts MMC
Past members
Albert Fields
Tiffini Hale
Chase Hampton
Deedee Magno
Damon Pampolina

The Party was an American pop band. The group was composed of Albert Fields, Tiffini Hale, Chase Hampton, Deedee Magno, and Damon Pampolina, all of whom were cast members of The All New Mickey Mouse Club.

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History

In 1990, the Disney Channel formed a pop band composed of then-current cast members of the 1989 Mickey Mouse Club (also known as MMC). As part of the promotion for the band, a name-the-band contest was held. The result was the Party, which is a backronym for "Positive Attitude Reflecting Today's Youth."[1] The group was also the first signing to the Walt Disney Company’s pop-music-oriented label Hollywood Records, which, at the time, was distributed by Elektra Records.

Success

The self-titled debut album was released in August 1990 on Hollywood Records. The first single, “Summer Vacation,” was moderately successful, peaking at #72 on the Billboard Hot 100. The following singles, "I Found Love" and "That's Why" (which brought the group into a much bigger audience), peaked at #79 and #55, respectively. The album also charted at #116 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart. During this time, the Disney Channel produced a special titled "The Party: In Concert." The group’s success landed it opening-act spots on major concert tours with the likes of Taylor Dayne and Vanilla Ice. The group also appeared on various shows, such as Live with Regis and Kathie Lee, Into the Night starring Rick Dees, and The Party Machine with Nia Peeples. In the summer of the following year, "Summer Vacation" was re-released in remixed form.

In 1991, the covers and remixes EP In the Meantime, in Between Time was released, which was supposed to have kept fans occupied until the group finished its next album, but the EP took on a life of its own. The cover of the Dokken song "In My Dreams" ended up being the band's biggest hit on the charts, peaking at #34 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #16 on R&B. The song would also score the group appearances on shows such as Club MTV, a return to MMC, a Disney Channel special titled "Go Party!" and another concert tour — this time opening for the R&B band Hi-Five.

In 1992, with the release of the group’s second studio album, Free, the band had shown growth with its changing sound and more adult-oriented lyrics. Teddy Riley wrote three songs for this album including the New Jack Swing-tinged title song, "Free," which was also remixed by house-music artists E-Smoove and Steve "Silk" Hurley. Dr. Dre produced the song "Let's Get Right Down to It," and the group itself also got involved in the writing and producing of the album, which would once again land it another concert tour — this time opening for Color Me Badd. Promotion included its last special for the Disney Channel, "All About the Party" and an appearance on the Blossom episode "The Best Laid Plans of Mice & Men" in which they performed their song "All about Love". However, the album was not as successful on the charts as previous ones, which prompted Damon Pampolina to leave the group.

In 1993, the group disbanded, and Hollywood/Elektra Records released The Party's Over...Thanks for Coming with little advance notice. This farewell album consisted of outtakes from the Free recording sessions coupled with other songs recorded prior the group's disbanding.

In 1997, Hollywood/PolyGram Records released a greatest-hits album of The Party; it had little chart success.

After the Party

Albert Fields

Albert Fields recorded a solo album under the moniker Jeune (which is half of his middle name, Jeune-Pierre), titled Back To Reality. He later married. Albert continues to perform and record on the indie circuit.

Chase Hampton

In 1994, Chase Hampton returned to host the final televised year of the 1989-era Mickey Mouse Club. After relocating residence from Orlando, Florida, to Los Angeles, California, his acting continued with roles in both television and film. He also continued to perform music, fronting the rock band Buzzfly along with musician Mike Vizcarra; incidentally, Vizcarra was one of the producers of the Party's 1993 farewell album. In May 2007, Chase released Chase Hampton: Something To Believe and, in August 2010 came Drugstore Girls (under the name Chasen Hampton); both are solo effort EP albums on which he again worked in collaboration with Vizcarra. Hampton will tour beginning February 2011 in support of the Drugstore Girls EP; early dates include the southeastern states. The album was released in late February 2011.

Deedee Magno

Deedee Magno-Hall is currently married and recently had her first child. After the Party, she went on to perform in musical theater, most notably as Kim in Miss Saigon on Broadway. After playing the role of Nessarose in the first national tour of the hit musical Wicked , Deedee went on to originate the role in the San Francisco company. Her husband, Cliffton Hall, also in the production, plays the role of Fiyero. She is rumored to be working on her first solo album.

Tiffini Hale

In 1994, Tiffini Hale returned to host the final televised year of the 1989-era Mickey Mouse Club. She has since remained out of the public eye.

Damon Pampolina

Damon Pampolina dabbled in acting for a few years. He left show business for a while to work in real estate in Southern California. According to Pampolina on the recent E! True Hollywood Story chronicling MMC, he is also behind StreetNetwork TV, a Myspace-inspired Web site for artists waiting to be discovered. He also wants to get back into acting on a network show and has appeared in several commercials. In a February 2011 interview with OK! Magazine, he revealed that he had a 10-year-long relationship with former MMC cast member Brandy Brown. He also reteamed with Albert to perform as the hip hop duo NDecent Proposal.[2] He's currently living in Texas with his wife Jennifer and son Roman Valentino Pampolina and works for PRP Entertainment, where he is a host and is a co-owner with his father.[3][4]

Discography

Albums

Title Chart positions[5]
U.S. UK CAN AUS GER FRA JPN
The Party
  • 1st studio album
  • Released: August 31, 1990
116
-
-
-
-
-
-
In the Meantime, In Between Time
  • EP/Remix album
  • Released: September 17, 1991
77
-
-
-
-
-
-
Free
  • 2nd studio album
  • Released: August 25, 1992
163
-
-
-
-
-
-
The Party's Over...Thanks for Coming
  • Outtakes/Unreleased material album
  • Released: November 23, 1993
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Greatest Hits
  • Compilation album
  • Released: August 19, 1997
-
-
-
-
-
-
-

Singles

Year Single Album Peak positions[6]
U.S. US Dance
1990 "Summer Vacation" The Party 72 21
"I Found Love" 79
"That's Why" 55
"Sugar Is Sweet"
1991 "In My Dreams" In The Meantime, In Between Time 34 35
"Private Affair"
"Peace, Love And Understanding"
1992 "Free" Free 40
1993 "All About Love"

Music videos

Year Video Director
1990 "Summer Vacation"
"I Found Love"
"That's Why"
"Sugar Is Sweet"
1991 "In My Dreams"
"Private Affair"
"Peace, Love And Understanding"
1992 "Free"
1993 "All About Love"

Footnotes

  1. ^ "This Day in Disney History: August 31". http://thisdayindisneyhistory.homestead.com/Aug31.html. Retrieved 2008-08-01. 
  2. ^ Valerie Nome (2011-02-28). "Teen Idol Reflects on His Justin Bieber Days". OK! Magazine. http://www.okmagazine.com/2011/02/teen-idol-reflects-on-his-justin-bieber-days/#more-2383532. Retrieved 2011-03-22. 
  3. ^ Valerie Nome (2011-02-28). "Teen Idol Reflects on His Justin Bieber Days". OK! Magazine. http://www.okmagazine.com/2011/02/teen-idol-reflects-on-his-justin-bieber-days/#more-2383532. Retrieved 2011-03-22. 
  4. ^ None (2011-03-22). "PRP Entertainment - About Us". PRP Entertainment Official Site. http://www.prpentertainment.com/about-us.htm. Retrieved 2011-03-22. 
  5. ^ The Party's albums chart positions:
  6. ^ The Party's singles chart positions:

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