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Bad Girl (1990)

La Toya’s fifth studio album was her second to be recorded for the German label Teldec. Recording began in 1989 with producer Tony Monn, with songs written by the likes of Klarmann/Weber and Andi Slavik, and a working title of “On My Own.”

The first single to be lifted from the project was “Bad Girl,” released solely in Germany to little fanfare. Much like her previous label, Teldec was going through financial difficulties and the project fell through. The material was bought by Teldec’s A&R man, Sherman Heinig, and didn’t see a release until a year later.

In the meantime, La Toya recorded another two tracks in Italy in the spring of 1990. The first, a sentimental ballad called “You And Me,” was written and recorded for La Toya’s participation in the annual Sanremo Festival. Despite her off-key performance of the track, the single landed in the Top 40 – #28 to be exact – and led to her recording another single in the country. “Sexual Feeling,” a sexy, moan-and-groan Italo Disco stomper, became a hit on the club scene and has become one of her best-known songs in the digital age.

Capitalizing on La Toya’s fame in Italy, Heinig licensed the Teldec material to Ricordi International, who gave the album its first release – solely on vinyl – alongside her two recent Italian singles. The album would go on to become the most readily available portion of her catalog, after being licensed to countless budget labels all over the world. The album can be found under many titles now: “Bad Girl,” “Sexual Feeling,” “Gold,” “All The Hits,” “He’s My Brother” and many more.