The SOS Band is an American musical ensemble, founded in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1977. Originally known as Santa Monica, the "SOS" initialism in the band's name does not stand for Save Our Souls—but for Sounds of Success.
The Jam-Lewis-produced SOS Band hits are notable for popularizing the use of the Roland TR-808 drum machine (and its distinctive cowbell sound) in popular music. The group continues to tour and perform to this day.
The song "Just Be Good to Me" was remixed by Beats International (Aka Norman Cook or Fatboy Slim); the resultant song made its way to UK number one single as "Dub Be Good to Me." The song was reworked with the bass line of The Clash's "Guns of Brixton." It was also covered by Shayne Ward on his album Breathless. Also, the song "Tell Me If You Still Care" was covered in 1995 by fellow Atlanta native Monica on her debut album Miss Thang and sampled by Janet Jackson in her hit "Call On Me." The Bingoboys performed a cover of "Borrowed Love" as the follow-up single of its 1991 dance hit "How to Dance."
Lead vocalist Mary Davis left the group in the late 1980s to pursue a solo career and was replaced by Chandra Currelley beginning with the band's 1989 Diamonds in the Raw album. More recently, Currelley has been active as an actress and vocalist in plays and films.
|Year||Song||UK singles||US Hot 100||U.S. R&B||Album|
|1980||"Take Your Time (Do It Right)"||51||3||1||S.O.S.|
|1980||"S.O.S.(Dit Dit Dit Dash Dash Dash Dit Dit Dit)"||-||-||20||S.O.S.|
|1980||"What's Wrong With Our Love Affair?"||-||-||87||S.O.S.|
|1981||"Do It Now"||-||-||15||Too|
|1982||"High Hopes"||-||-||25||S.O.S. Band III|
|1983||"Have It Your Way"||-||-||49||S.O.S. Band III|
|1983||"Groovin' (That's What We're Doin')"||72||-||47||S.O.S. Band III|
|1983||"Just Be Good to Me"||13||55||2||On the Rise|
|1983||"Tell Me If You Still Care"||-||65||5||On the Rise|
|1984||"For Your Love"||-||-||34||On the Rise|
|1984||"Just The Way You Like It"||32||64||6||Just the Way You Like It|
|1984||"No One's Gonna Love You"||13||-||15||Just the Way You Like It|
|1985||"Weekend Girl"||51||-||40||Just the Way You Like It|
|1986||"Borrowed Love"||50||-||14||Sands of Time|
|1986||"Even When You Sleep"||-||-||34||Sands of Time|
|1986||"The Finest" (with Alexander O'Neal)||17||44||2||Sands of Time|
|1987||"No Lies"||64||-||43||Sands of Time|
|1989||"I'm Still Missing Your Love"||-||-||7||Diamonds in the Raw|
|1989||"Sands of Time"||20||-|
|1990||"Secret Wish"||-||-||38||Diamonds in the Raw|
|1991||"Sometimes I Wonder"||-||-||12||One of Many Nights|