Released today in 1989: Toy Soldiers

CBS 6550497

CBS 6550497

In the UK, Martika seemed to appear from nowhere when Toy Soldiers suddenly entered the Top 10 in the summer of 1989, but to audiences in the US she was a more familiar face. Under her birth name of Marta Marrero she had been an actress since her early teens with a handful of credits, adopting her nickname Martika in time for her most notable role as Gloria on the children’s television show ‘Kids Incorporated’. She sang the show’s theme song and starred in its first three seasons, leaving in 1986 to begin her recording career. Although geared to the pop market, Martika was not exclusively targeted at a teen audience: ‘young adult oriented’ is probably the best description of the content of her debut, eponymously-titled album, which was issued in the US in October 1988. Produced by Michael Jay, it included Martika’s version of his song Cross My Heart, which had been a hit in the UK earlier in the year for Patsy Kensit, whose band Eighth Wonder aimed at a similar demographic. The highlight of Martika was a song she co-wrote called More Than You Know, which gave her third hit in the UK when it was issued as a single for the second time at the beginning of 1990. An acting assignment for a television drama that year led to a short delay before the appearance of a second, and final, album under the name Martika. Martika’s Kitchen included several collaborations with Prince, who wrote the title track and co-wrote Love…Thy will be Done, a Top 10 hit in the UK and the US. The album was not as successful as her debut but shifted plenty of units nonetheless. There was nothing further from her though and she disappeared into obscurity.

NEW SINGLES on sale from Jul. 3
1981
DEXY’S MIDNIGHT RUNNERS (Kevin Rowland) Show Me (Mercury DEXYS6)
ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN (Ian McCulloch) A Promise (Korova KOW15)
VISAGE (Steve Strange) Visage (Polydor POSP293)
1989
Bobby BROWN On Our Own (MCA MCA1350)
MARTIKA Toy Soldiers (Epic 6550497)

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