The System

The System

The duo — vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Michael "Mic" Murphy, and keyboardist/songwriter David Frank — referred to their robotic, synthesizer-driven R&B sound as electro-soul. They recorded their first single, "It's Passion", in 1981 while augmenting the funk-band Kleeer. As the story goes, hearing the song on the radio while the Kleeer tour bus was enough to inspire them to do The System full-time. Soon Murphy and Frank were recording the album "Sweat", and in 1982 they released their first successful hit "You Are In My System". 1984 was not much of a successful year for the duo, due to Purple Rain and Thriller being in the limelight, They released "X-Periment", their second album. Around 1985, they released "The Pleasure Seekers", their third album which had hits such as "This is For You" and "The Pleasure Seekers", whom has reached in an episode of the famous 80s cop TV show "Miami Vice". In 1987, they recorded their most durable hit, "Don't Disturb The Groove" but, in 1990, after releasing "Rhythm and Romance" and having it flopped on them, they did the opposite of just that, and split up. The group conjoined again in 1999, and released "ESP" (Electro Soul Pioneers) in 2000, then went on hiatus. 2009 saw the release of "Unreleased Unleashed", a colletion of unreleased material for "E.S.P." and some B-sides from their past work. In 2012, Mic and David rejoined, and released their seventh album in 2013, "System Overload". The duo has plans on releasing new material in the near future, the system overloads with unknown and unopened databases of music. Mic lives in NYC, while David lives in LA.
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The System Discography


810950-1 The System Sweat (Album) Mirage (2) 810950-1 France 1983 Sell This Version
POLDC 5149 The System X-Periment (Album) Mirage (2) POLDC 5149 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
POLD 5182, POLD5182 The System The Pleasure Seekers (Album) Mirage (2) POLD 5182, POLD5182 UK 1985 Sell This Version
81691-2, 7 81691-2 The System Don't Disturb This Groove (Album) Atlantic 81691-2, 7 81691-2 US 1987 Sell This Version
7 81896-1 The System Rhythm And Romance (Album) Atlantic, Atlantic 7 81896-1 Germany 1989 Sell This Version
none The System ESP(CD, Album) Orpheus Music none US 2000 Sell This Version
13685 The System System Overload(CD, Album) Science Lab Music, Science Lab Records 13685 US 2013 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

DM 4837 The System It's Passion (Single) Mirage (2) DM 4837 US 1982 Sell This Version
810 951-7 The System You Are In My System / Now I Am Electric (Single, Maxi) Mirage (2), Atlantic 810 951-7 Spain 1982 Sell This Version
0-99892 The System Tu Estas En Mi Systema (You Are In My System) (Maxi) Mirage (2) 0-99892 US 1983 Sell This Version
7-99854 The System I Won't Let Go / Go For What U Know (Single) Mirage (2) 7-99854 US 1983 Sell This Version
7-99891 The System Sweat (Single) Mirage (2) 7-99891 US 1983 Sell This Version
AS 5000 648 The System / Jon And Vangelis* The System / Jon And Vangelis* - You Are In My System / And When The Night Comes(7", Promo) Polygram AS 5000 648 Italy 1983 Sell This Version
7-99751 The System Promises Can Break Mirage (2), Atlantic 7-99751 US 1984 Sell This Version
821 443-1 The System I Wanna Make You Feel Good (Maxi) Polydor 821 443-1 France 1984 Sell This Version
MCA-52659 The System Rock 'N Roll Me Again(7", Promo) MCA Records MCA-52659 US 1984 Sell This Version
883 186-1 The System The Pleasure Seekers (Maxi, Single) Mirage (2), Atlantic 883 186-1 Spain 1985 Sell This Version
DMD 919 The System I Don't Run From Danger Mirage (2) DMD 919 US 1985 Sell This Version
7-99607 The System This Is For You (Maxi) Mirage (2) 7-99607 US 1985 Sell This Version
7-89171 The System House Of Rhythm / Groove (Single) Atlantic 7-89171 US 1987 Sell This Version
A9222, A 9222, 789222-7 The System Nighttime Lover (Single) Atlantic A9222, A 9222, 789222-7 UK 1987 Sell This Version
SAM 392 The System Don't Disturb This Groove (Single, Maxi) Atlantic SAM 392 UK 1987 Sell This Version
A 9297 (T) The System Come As You Are (Superstar) (Single) Atlantic A 9297 (T) UK 1987 Sell This Version
7-89222 The System Save Me / Nighttime Lover(7") Atlantic 7-89222 US 1987 Sell This Version
A 9320 The System Coming To America (Single, Maxi) ATCO Records A 9320 UK 1988 Sell This Version