THROWBACK THURSDAY: Mint Condition’s “U Send Me Swingin’”
October 23rd, 2014
Although most fans of Mint Condition might declare their favorite song from the R&B band to either be 1991’s “Breakin’ My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes)” or 1996’s “What Kind of Man Would I Be,” there are so much more amazing songs from them. Personally, my favorite Mint Condition song is 1993’s “U Send Me Swingin’,” which is the second single from their sophomore album From the Mint Factory. The track peaked at number two on Billboard’s U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks, as well as number 33 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.
Initially formed in the mid 1980’s, Mint Condition’s original members were Stokley Williams, Homer O’Dell, Larry Waddell, Roger Lynch, Ray Coleman, and Kenny Young. All went to Central High School in Saint Paul, Minnesota and each had different roles in the band, such as O’Dell playing guitar and Waddell playing keyboards and piano. Unfortunately, Lynch, Coleman, and Young left before recording an official album and were replaced by fellow classmates Keri Lewis, who wrote “U Send Me Swingin,” and Jeffrey Allen, as well as Ricky Kinchen.
After their debut album Meant to Be Mint, Mint Condition released three more records before going on a six month hiatus. Upon their return, Lewis decided to leave the group and the five remaining members released Livin’ The Luxury Brown in 2005, which was on their own independent label Cage Bird Records. Later, 2008’s E-Life and 2011’s 7… were released, with the latter featuring the Kelly Price assisted single “Not My Daddy.” A year later, their eighth and recent album Music at the Speed of Life was released. Most recently, Mint Condition was featured on a 2013 episode of TV One’s hour-long documentary Unsung.
While there has not been any new music from Mint Condition since 2012, I am still a huge fan every time I hear “U Send Me Swingin’,” as well as other great Mint Condition tunes. You can check out the music video to Mint Condition’s “U Send Me Swingin’” below.