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Times Two – Strange But True (US 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on March 30th, 2011


Times Two was an American male duo of vocalists/keyboardists that wrote most of their own material. Times Two were Shanti Jones and Johnny Dollar, both from Point Reyes, California.Their 1988 album, X2, reached #137 on the Billboard 200. In the U.S., their biggest hit was “Strange But True”, which peaked at #21 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1988. The song was produced by Gardner Cole who has written and produced songs for Jody Watley (Most Of All) and Madonna (Open Your Heart).

Strange But True (12″ Vocal Remix) 6:49
Producer – Gardner Cole
Producer [Additional Production], Remix, Edited By – Steve Peck

Strange But True (Dub) 6:55
Edited By – Tuta Aquino
Producer – Gardner Cole

Come Over (Non-LP Track) 3:34
Co-producer – Johnny Dollar*

Vinyl: Near Mint
Cover: Near Mint


Year Single Chart Position
1988 Strange But True U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #21
1988 Strange But True U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play #12


Label: Reprise Records
Catalog#: 9 20853-0
Format: Vinyl, 12″
Country: US
Released: 1988
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop
Credits: Producer – Shanti (7) , Steve Barri , Tony Peluso

Track A additional production, remix and edit for Peck Productions.
From the Reprise album “X 2” (1-25624)

Find the 12″ on DISCOGS

Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Adobe Photoshop CS5
Playlist Creator

All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 24bit/96kHz and16bit /44kHz using iZotope RX Advanced 2
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

PW: burningtheground

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11 Responses to “Times Two – Strange But True (US 12″)”

  1. Gilbert Says:

    Nice update…is this the same group who sang “Cecilia”?


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Hi Gilbert yes it is.


  2. ric Says:

    This sound is really takes me back to 1988!
    And brings to mind The Boys Club, who also had the one sole hit with I Remember Holding You later that year.


  3. Miguel Says:

    Sweet. Late-80’s pop at its best (well, so to speak). You wouldn’t happen to have Giant Steps’ Into You and Elisa Fiorillo’s How Can I Forget You would you DJ Paul? I just happen to really love late-80’s bubblegum pop 😀


  4. Kent Says:

    Never heard of this track or group. I really like the intro but lost interest when the vocals started. Like the Dub version better. You have or find some of the most interesting music to post. Thanks Paul! 🙂


  5. JT Says:

    Thanks for this. I’ve got this record but I’m too lazy to rip it myself. I was always fond of this track.


  6. kyleongwl Says:

    thanks…tis was their debut and i luv it.
    Its a pity that it did not get wel..(too many good hits in teh late 80s , early 90s)


  7. MusicMan3 Says:

    I can’t beleive I missed this post…it is fantastic. I was a big fan of this song when it came back, so this post brings back fond memories. Thanks for sharing!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Links have been fixed. Enjoy 🙂


  8. Jonh Says:

    please re-u


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Links are fixed. Enjoy 🙂


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