Dazz Band

Joystick

Composed by Bobby Harris / Eric Fearman

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With the exception of "Let It Whip" (a winner in any format), the other fast jams by the Dazz Band sound much better on CD than they did on vinyl or cassette. While the essence of the song came through on vinyl and cassette, it burns on CD. With the title symbolic of the male phallus, it caught the attention of booty shakers and dancefloor artists. A R&B chart-buster at number nine, it hung on the outside looking in on the pop chart at number 61. The Bobby Harris/Eric Fearman song was the group's last R&B Top Ten, though "Swoop" and "Heartbeat" nearly did the trick with number 12 spots.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Joystick 1983 Motown 5:20
Greatest Hits 1986 Motown 3:57
Funkology: The Definitive Dazz Band 1994 Motown 5:04
Old School, Vol. 4 1995
Various Artists
Thump Records 3:56
Motown Legends: Let It Whip/Joystick 1995 Universal Special Products / Motown 3:59
Phat Trax: The Best of Old School, Vol. 5 1995
Various Artists
Rhino 5:24
Old School, Vols. 1-5 1996
Various Artists
Thump Records 3:57
Double Exposure 1997 Intersound 5:42
Bring on Da Funk, Vol. 2 1998
Various Artists
Platinum Entertainment / Intersound 5:50
Funk from Da Old School 2001
Various Artists
DM Records 5:44
20th Century Masters-The Millennium Collection: Best of the Dazz Band 2001 Motown 5:24
Original Artist Hit List 2003 Compendia Music Group / Intersound 5:42
Funky Nights: United We Funk All Stars [DVD] 2003
Various Artists
Alpha Centauri Ent.
Funk Comes A-Live 2005
Various Artists
Intersound 5:38
Gold Seal Presents 80s Funk Classics, Vol. 2 2005
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Old School, Vol. 4 2006
Various Artists
Thump Records 3:56
No Image 2006 Prestige Elite Records 5:42
Live 2007 KRB Music 4:39
Best of Funk 2009 Sheridan Square Records 5:42
Joystick/Jukebox 2011 Funky Town Grooves 5:12
Old School Gold Box Set
Various Artists
Thump Records 3:56
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