Heatwave – Too Hot To Handle

Heatwave offers, “If you can’t afford to move to England, you can at least afford to move to the English disco sound,” and I guess that’s true. The Rod Temperton-composed album features him playing keyboards while Johnnie and Keith Wilder of Dayton, OH provide the vocals. Heatwave began when Johnnie Wilder, Jr. responded to an ad placed by British songwriter Temperton and then released Too Hot To Handle in The UK in 1976 and the U.S. in 1977. Their debut album went platinum in the U.S. and features the single Boogie Nights, which reached #2 in the UK and U.S. Other songs run the funk/disco gamut that Temperton would bring to Michael Jackson two years later in Off the Wall while the vocals of Johnny Wilder, Jr. make a difference in these songs. Heatwave’s debut is a good example of the protean music that would ultimately reach its culmination when Rod Temperton, Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson combined their magical powers.