Lost but not least! Trussel – Love Injection (Elektra)
Standing on the Top 200 Disco records of all time is where is to be found ‘Love Injection’. A status that says a lot about the impact this infectious phonky jam had back in the day. And even more considering this was Trussel‘s debut-single! A group which had all of a super group in the becoming. Beginning with their obvious sense of the groove. But also some firing horns along with an outstanding lead vocalist by the likes of Larry Tynes. Then, last but not least, the production work courtesy of Fred Wesley and Allen Richardson…
Released in the fall of 1979, ‘Love Injection’ became a NY Disco hit and eventually an anthem in the Gay community. Alas, management problems added to some ongoing restructuration on their label back then took them away from capitalizing on their obvious impact…
Such a mess at the end. Somehow reminding what happened to Columbus Circle around the release of the vibrant ‘If You Read My Mind’. And this, on the same label: Elektra!
Trussel saw the light in the first half of the 70’s at the Virginia State College. Known as the Snack Shop Band, they took their new name from a train trestle located near the VSC.
Formed by lead vocalist Larry Tynes and drummer Ronald Smith, they launched their own record label – Under Bridge The Gap Records – in 1975. They eventually released four singles at the time which failed to get real following because of a poor promo.
The group break would come soon after when offered to backup for a then 15 years old Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King. Both of them topping the charts with ‘Shame’. RCA where King was signed eventually offered them to join, but they finally went to Elektra. They scored their biggest success with ‘Love Injection’ which became a Disco hit.
Surrounded by a guy who happened to be a swindler, they totally mismanaged the release of their album. In addition to this, Elektra changed company presidents by the time ‘Love Injection’ got released, and the new guy in charge froze all of the album budget. The album – also named ‘Love Injection’ – finally appeared a few months after, failing to jump on the hype created by the single release. On top of that, Elektra refused to put the group’s pic on the cover. And, as a result/reaction, Trussel refused the offer of the second album. Something which they acknowledged in hind sight was a mistake.