With Brown and Banks, Gaye created and co-composed an instrumental track that featured reggae overtones, recorded around December 1981.
Gaye was still working on the track when David Ritz, then a reviewer for Rolling Stone, arrived at Ostend to locate Gaye's whereabouts, despite Gaye's and Couseart's rules that no musical critic would be allowed to talk to the singer.
In different versions of the song, Gaye had added extra lyrics to the second bridge as showcased on the song's demo tape and on an alternate version of the song. In the album version, Gaye and Banks' background vocals immediately come after the second bridge ends, but in the single version, Gaye repeats the vamp he had sung at the ending of the first bridge, this time with Fuqua's whispers added. As it fades out, Gaye can be heard singing, "please don't procrastinate, it's not good to masturbate."s Hot R&B Singles chart, where it stayed for a record ten weeks before being replaced by Michael Jackson and Paul Mc Cartney's duet, "The Girl Is Mine".
The success was similar on the Hot 100 where it peaked at number three.
As Gaye sings the verses, background vocals (provided by Gaye and Gordon Banks) are heard singing, "heal me, my darlin'," while Gaye sings the lyrics.
During the chorus, sounds of a harmonious synthesizer are heard before Gaye reaches a vocal bridge, that is led by Gaye and Gordon Banks providing a rhythm guitar solo.
Fuqua whispers, "get up, wake up", four times before the sounds of a rhythmic keyboard are played.
Afterwards, Gaye is heard singing an ad-lib before the first verse.This peak at number three made Gaye the second artist in the history of the Hot 100 chart (after Aretha Franklin) to have a hit song peak at each position from one to ten on the chart.The song also was a success on Billboards other component charts, reaching number 12 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart and number 34 on the Hot Adult Contemporary chart. It also peaked at number four on the UK Singles Chart and Australia's Kent Music Report.He's smooth as hell and he ALWAYS kills it - Ne-Yo brought the SEXY to the Summertime Ball!We don't blame you if you needed a lie down after this performance - Ne-Yo ALWAYS turns up the heat with his super-sexy performances, and his turn at the Summertime Ball with Vodafone was no exception!The tour's commercial and critical success further renewed Gaye's musical confidence.