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Interview:
Morris Day knows what Time it is
 

By GARY GRAFF
for Journal Register Newspapers

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Morris Day & the Time may hail from Minneapolis, but rest assured that the singer keeps a special place in his heart for Detroit.

“Detroit was the first city (where) our singles broke loose in a big way,” notes Day, 54. In the early ’80s, Motor City DJ the Electrifying Mojo put his broadcast muscle behind the Prince-formed group when its first albums came out. “Mojo was ingenious. He teased with our record, played it without announcing who it was. By the time he did, he created a frenzy.

“Then we showed up at the radio station and we couldn’t even get out of there, so many people showed up. There was a mob outside. It was crazy.”

Things have been a little crazy for the Time over the years, too. The group split in 1984 after three albums and hits such as “The Walk,” “Jungle Love” and “The Bird,” then reunited for the 1990 reunion album “Pandemonium.”

Day, who had started a solo career, began performing as Morris Day & the Time during the late ’90s and continues to do that, even though the founding members, rechristianed the Original 7ven, regrouped to release a new album, “Condensate,” last year.

“We all have busy careers and lives and families and (stuff) like that now, so it’s hard to get all the guys together,” Day notes. “We’ll definitely do what we can when we can, but in the meantime I’ll always be out there with my guys doing the music, and people love it.

“I think people appreciate a live performance these days, and we don’t just deliver a live performance — we put on a great show. We bring the personality and the humor, and it’s fun. People walk away from us feeling like they experienced something as opposed to, like, a grade-school talent show or something. We deliver the total package.”

Morris Day & the Time perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at Andiamo Celebrity Showroom, 7096 E. 14 Mile Road, Warren. Tickets are $25-$65. Call 586-268-3200 or visit www.andiamoshowroom.com.

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