The legendary first album Whatever presented a Doughboys that had a definite hardcore punk edge, instead of the hard rock sheen they later adopted for their breakthrough album, Crush. There are definitely glimpses of the band's keen knack for melody here, but the tempo is generally cranked too high to sustain it for any length of time. A few of the tracks are absolutely wonderful, though, like the turbocharged "You're Related and the more melodic "I Remember." After original label Cargo went out of business, the band reissued it on their own Spahn Ranch label.
The once-dominant disco group Change enjoyed its final hit with this 1985 album.
The lineup had changed radically from the days when Luther Vandross or James Robinson were providing exciting, soulful leads. The leads throughout this session, even on the lone successful single, "Let's Go Together," were more efficient than distinctive. The group's founder, Jacques Fred Petrus, returned to the production helm and recycled the arrangements that once made the group a major act.