Full Force

Full Force rose to prominence in the mid-'80s, writing and producing popular R&B hits for Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam before embarking on a moderately successful solo career that ultimately led them back to production work. The six-man collective -- featuring Paul Anthony, Bowlegged Lou, B-Fine, Baby Gerry, Shy Shy, and Curt-t-t -- originated in New York City's Brooklyn borough, where they originally met up with Steve Salem -- a business-savvy individual who functioned as their manager -- in the late '70s. With a manager in place and plenty of talent between the group members, Full Force struggled throughout the early '80s to find a label willing to sign them, though they did release one independent single, "Turn You On."