In Monday’s 80’s Mania post, I made reference to a song by Nu Shooz called “Point Of No Return.” It was a top 30 pop hit for the group, released in 1986. Down in the comments, my blogging buddy Lisa A. mentioned that she thought the song “Point Of No Return” had been done by Exposé. I replied that yes, Exposé did do a song by that name, but it wasn’t the same song. I also remarked that two different versions of the song existed by a group called Exposé. Today on the Morning Groove, I attempt to tell the convoluted story about that particular song.
The story begins in 1984, when radio DJ/producer Lewis Martineé created a dance group down in Miami, Florida. Working with his partners, they selected three girls for the group: Sandra (later to be known as Sandeé) Casañas, Alejandra (Alé) Lorenzo and Laurie Miller and called them X-Posed, which was later changed to Exposé. The three girls then recorded Martineé’s song “Point Of No Return”as their first single and it was released that year. With lead vocals by Lorenzo, the song was released on Pantera Records as a 12-inch single, it rose all the way to #1 on the dance charts. At that point, Exposé were signed by Arista Records, which picked up distribution of the song. It is the version that Arista released that I became familiar with, which occurred in 1985. Here is an edited version of that single:
A second single, “Exposed To Love,” was released in 1985, which also became a sizable dance hit. The group then went to work on its debut album, Exposure, in late 1985-1986, but personnel changes took place. The three girls were either fired or quit, depending upon which story you believe; they were replaced by Jeanette Jurado, Gioia Bruno and Ann Curless. The three new ladies finished the recording of the album, which was released in March 1987. Led by the first single, “Come Go With Me,” which reached #5 on the pop charts, the album sold well, and took the group from the dance clubs to the pop charts. The second single from the album was a re-recorded version of “Point Of No Return,” this time with Jurado on the lead vocal. That version also reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100. In an interesting quirk, the original released versions of Exposure contain the original version of “Point Of No Return,” while later versions include the remake. This re-recording might be the version that Lisa is familiar with; aside from the vocal, there isn’t a whole lot of difference between the two versions.
Exposure would go on to have four top ten pop singles, including “Let Me Be The One” (#7), and the number one hit “Seasons Change.” The success of the album and its singles found the group opening on tour for Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam. So that’s the story of how one man, two trios of singers and one song done two (somewhat) different ways became a big hit on two different charts (though I suspect the re-recorded version of “Point Of No Return” garnered some dance club action as well).
After the release of Exposé’s second album, What You Don’t Know in 1989, Gioia Bruno began having throat problems while on tour for the album. It was determined that she had a benign tumor on her vocal cords. While recuperating, Bruno was unable to sing, and had to keep talking to a minimum. She was replaced by Kelly Moneymaker. Moneymaker remained with the group through their third album, Exposé, which was released in 1992. While the group did have a few more singles successes, they were eventually dropped by Arista in 1995. After a long hiatus, the lineup of Jurado, Curless and Bruno reunited in 2006, and are still performing today.
If you remember this song, do you have a preference? I prefer the original, though I believe that’s only because it’s the version I heard first. There really isn’t much that separates the two. Leave your impressions or memories, if you have them, in the comments. As always, thanks for reading and listening.