The era of Count Me Out from the All For Love album was a significant turning point for New Edition. During this time, NE was now with MCA Records (presently Geffen Records) and most of the group was content in the direction of the album and the image. However, tensions were brewing between the group’s management and Bobby Brown’s dissatisfaction with the bubblegum imagery.  While the album was certified platinum, had 3 top 10 singles on the R&B charts and received two Grammy nominations, the restlessness had already reached a boiling point and resulted in the departure of  Bobby Brown in 1985. Unfortunately, the group had to “C-O-U-N-T Bobby out” and continue to promote the album without him. Here is a clip from that period.

Hope is a music enthusiast and continual student of photography. Also known to rock out a quiet church or elevator with her current ringtone, Tom & Jerry’s Uncle Paco, “Crambone”.