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"Rush Rush" was released on May 2, 1991, by Virgin Records as the lead single from her second studio album Spellbound. Written by Peter Lord, and produced by Peter Lord and V. Jeffrey Smith (both members of The Family Stand), the song achieved major success in the United States.

The Family Stand with Paula Abdul"Rush Rush" debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at #36 on May 11, 1991, and hit #1 five weeks later, June 15, 1991, where it remained for five consecutive weeks. At the time of its five-week stint, it was the longest running #1 since Madonna's "Like a Virgin" spent six weeks at #1 during the winter of 1984-1985. The song also spent five weeks atop the U.S. adult contemporary chart. It peaked at #6 on the UK Singles Chart.

"Rush Rush" was a departure for Abdul stylistically, as it was her first ballad released as a single, following as it did the six up-tempo singles from her debut album, and was viewed by industry insiders as a rather risky strategy in kicking off her second album of new material. The decision was vindicated, as it was very well received at retail.

Still image from the Rush Rush music videoFirst presented to Abdul as a demo by the Family Stand in 1990, she became intent on it becoming the first single. In fall of 1990 at Studio Masters, Abdul laid down a scratch vocal for the track, which was never intended to make it to the song's final mix. But the producers felt that its unpolished sound was what was needed to give the song its ingenuous tone, to match its subject matter and accompanying promotional video clip; it ended up on the final cut in March 1991.

In the biography “The Magic of Paula Abdul: From ‘Straight Up’ to ‘Spellbound” by by Devra Newberger, Paula said that while recording the high notes for “Rush Rush” she broke a meter in the recording studio. Her producers challenged her to do it again and she did.
Still image from the Rush Rush music video
The music video for “Rush Rush” was directed by Stefan Würnitzer in April 1991, and produced by Karen Rohrbacher for Lucasfilm Commercial Productions.

The music video co-starred then-teen-heartthrob Keanu Reeves and was based on the 1955 film “Rebel Without a Cause” starring James Dean and Natalie Wood, a favorite of Paula’s. While filming the video Still image from the Rush Rush music videoPaula recalls she had her first real taste of acting as she remade scenes from the story in which the music video is based.

Three versions of the video were produced including an extended version (6:18) which includes a 90-second dramatic prelude to the song that mirrors the characters from "Rebel," a shorter version without the intro, and an alternate edit made exclusively for MTV (4:48).

The video was released commercially on VHS and DVD and is also available for download on the U.S. iTunes store.

Single Releases & Tracklisting

Rush Rush

US CD Promo PRCD 3815:

1. Rush Rush - 7" Edit  [Lyrics]
2. Rush Rush - LP Version
3. Rush Rush - Dub Mix

US Cassette 99158-4:

1. Rush Rush - 7" Edit
2. Rush Rush - Dub Mix

UK 12" Record VUSTY 38:

1. Rush Rush - Dub Mix
2. Rush Rush - Album Version
3. Rush Rush - 7" Edit

UK 5" CD VUSCD 38:

1. Rush Rush - LP Version
2. Rush Rush - 7" Edit
3. Rush Rush - Dub Mix

Single Credits

Written by Peter Lord

Produced and arranged by: V. Jeffrey Smith & Peter Lord for the Neptune Factor, Inc.
Vocals arranged by: Peter Lord, Sandra St. Victor & V. Jeffrey Smith
Lead Vocals: Paula Abdul
Programming & keyboards: V. Jeffrey Smith & Peter Lord
Violin: Stuart Canin
Bass: Myra Singleton
Background vocals: Sandra St. Victor, Dee Thomas, Peter Lord
Recorded at: Greene Street Recording, N.Y.C.
Studio Masters, L.A.  Z Studio, Brooklyn, N.Y.C.
Recording engineers: Rod Hui, Greg Laney, Don Feinberg
Assistant engineers: Larry Mah, Greg Grill, Dan Wood, Wolfgang Aicholz, Chris Shaw, Sylvia Massey
Mixed by: Keith "K.C." Cohen at Larrabee Sound Studios, L.A
Published by EMI Songs Ltd.

Interview with Peter Lord

In an interview with SongFacts, songwriter and producer Peter Lord said that Paula’s single "Rush, Rush" actually began as a dare or a joke with his Family Stand bandmate, Sandra St. Victor. He recalled that Babyface was one of the top songwriters/producers at that time, and he told Sandra he could write one of Babyface’s type of hit ballads in his sleep (no disrespect).  He said he ran to the piano and playfully played the first chords that would begin "Rush, Rush" and sang "You're the whisper of a summer breeze... You're the the kiss that puts my soul at ease..." He says he looked at Sandra and said, "Wait a minute, that's not bad!" “Rush Rush” was the first ever ballad that Paula released as a single.

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