Mary Jane Girls - In My House (1984)
- 80's score: 1.46
"In My House" is a song produced, written and arranged by American musician Rick James and recorded by his ...
"In My House" is a song produced, written and arranged by American musician Rick James and recorded by his protégées, the Mary Jane Girls, for their second studio album Only Four You (1985). It was released as the album's lead single in October 1984, by Gordy Records. In the United States, the single went to number one on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart in April 1985 and remained atop the chart for two weeks. It was also a top-ten hit on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, peaking at number seven on the Hot 100 in June 1985 and remained in the Top 40 for 12 weeks. It is the group's biggest hit and their only Top 40 hit, although they have had other singles succeed on both the R&B and Dance singles charts.
In 1984, the Parents Music Resource Center was organized in the United States to draw attention to music which the group believed contained inappropriate content for children. "In My House" was chosen on the group's "Filthy Fifteen" list due to its alleged sexual innuendo. However, during the VH1 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s program, the group went on record as saying the song is not about sex, but about love. The group's follow-up single, "Wild and Crazy Love", was even more suggestive in its lyrical content, but the PMRC was not known to have attacked it as openly as it condemned "In My House".
In 2009, VH1 ranked "In My House" number 52 on its program 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s.