Computer Love (Zapp & Roger)

Computer Love (Zapp & Roger song)

Computer Love is a song by the group Zapp & Roger featuring vocals by Shirley Murdock and Charlie Wilson of the Gap Band. Zapp frontman Roger Troutman used his trademark talk box on this song, which would go on to become one of the group's many songs that appeared in the top ten (Billboard Chart). "Computer Love" and "I Want to Be Your Man" are cited as Zapp and Roger's greatest and most memorable songs. 'Computer Love' was also featured on the soundtrack of the 1993 movie Menace II Society, and was briefly heard in the movie.


In 1994, the original song was re-released to radio on a promotional CD with a remake. 'Computer Love ('94 Mix)' also featured Murdock and Wilson on vocals, but Wilson sings most of the lead vocals, the arrangement is in a different key, and includes a saxophone solo. A similar saxophone solo can be heard in the extended version of the original 1985 song.

This song was clearly sampled in 1993's Piru Love off of the Bangin' on Wax album by the Bloods & Crips. This song is also used in 2Pac's 1996 song "Thug Passion" and some of the original song's lyrics were used in Temptations from 2Pac's third album, Me Against The World. The beat and layout for the track "Wanna Make Love" from R&B group Blackstreet's eponymous debut album, was clearly inspired by "Computer Love". Donell Jones also used the background beat on his 1996 track "In the Hood" from his debut album My Heart. Also, Mario Barrett's "Music For Love" samples the song.

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