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#22: Mint Condition ‘Breakin’ My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes)’

There were some great male R&B groups born in the late '80s and early '90s. Whether it was New Jack Swing, new-jack swagger, well-made love songs or incredible harmonies, they all brought something different to the table. And then there was Mint Condition, a true band in every sense of the word that brought that missing element to the table--instrumentation--and could go from New Jack to smooth jazz to R&B to rock with ease. I always talk about Mint Condition as one of the baddest bands in all the land. 

After signing with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis to their Perspective Records label, the band's debut album, Meant to be Mint, was released in 1991 and went platinum on the strength of today's countdown entry, the ballad "Breakin' My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes)"--the ultimate "girl, you betta get right" song. Lead singer Stokely Williams let his lady know that she could play games if she wanted to, but there was gonna be a point when he wouldn't let her continue to break his heart. Besides his incredible runs that close the song, my favorite part is the intro, where once he whispered the word "pretty," you knew it was time to grab your partner and slow dance for the next four minutes and change. The song was certified gold, staying on the charts for 34 weeks, entering the  top five (#3) on the R&B charts and #6 on the Pop list. And now here it is on our countdown as we turn the corner toward #1. Certified classic.


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  • Sharonda

    Loveeeeee me some Mint Condition.I heart them and you can't help but to love their music.

  • YAY! always happy to see a post or news about MC! I have a mix posted for those of you who think that Pretty Brown Eyes is all there is to Mint Condition ~ http://radio.anewlis.com/?p=56

  • Thadd

    You just can't beat the MPLS sound. I was in Jr High when this song came out and what makes this a classic is the fact that it can be played at any house party, wedding, birthday party, etc and fill a dance floor (or backyard).
    Don't get me started on the instrumentation or this will turn into an essay. Let's just say that these cats can play and sang. A classic for sure.

  • missparker

    Love Mint Condition. One of my all time favorite bands. I miss that live sound.

  • dar

    Stokely is such an underrated vocalist.

  • MINT FOREVER!

    THE BEST BAND/GROUP OF THE 90'S PERIOD!!!
    THE SONG IS CLASSIC, THE VIDEO IS CLASSIC ANDTHE ALBUM WAS GREAT TOO. STOKLEY IS A PREMIER VOCALIST, LAWRENCE IS A CLASSICAL PROFESSIONALLY TRAINED PIANIST ETC. THE WHOLE BAND TOGETHER IS JUST MAGIC. I REALLY DONT KNOW HOW THESE GUYS CAN GO INTO A STUDIO AND COME UP WITH THIS MASTERPIECE AND OTHERS SUCH AS 'SOMEONE TO LOVE' 'IF U LOVE ME' 'SO FINE'...OOPS, IM STARTING TO TYPE AN ESSAY. LEMME STOP FOR NOW BEFORE I GO OVERBOARD....
    ALL IN ALL, PROPS FOR PUTTING THIS SONG IN THE TOP 100!

  • MINT FOREVER!

    ....and by the way, a mistake was made in the description. the song peaked at 3 on the R&B charts (behind a prince JOINT, and mj's 'remember the time', back in the spring of '92)..I KNOW MY MINT! 🙂

  • Madame Z

    Must agree with you. This song = CLASSIC.

  • sooo..i'm a little late in posting to this, but i absolutely LOVE Mint Condition, hands down the best of the 90's, because they had the complete, total package..live instrumentation doesn't get the props it deserves anymore with all this digital, computerized music we have nowadays (easy way out if you ask me, but who am i), but Mint Condition did it best!! Love them!!!!

  • Doug

    It is too bad many of our young r&b group's don't hane the longevity as group's like E W @ Fire , temptations et... they give us a couple of albums and then they are gone. These brother's were the one of the best in my era that made real live music too bad they didn't last.



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