Chicago vocal group Subway's first single, "This Lil' Game We Play" with vocals by their Motown labelmates 702, was a million-seller. The group, Eric McNeal, Keith Thomas, Trerail Puckett, and Roy Jones, was signed by Michael Bivins, formerly of New Edition and Bell Biv DeVoe, to his Motown-distributed label Biv 10. Their debut album was Good Times, whose cover art and title were inspired by the same-named CBS-TV hit sitcom of the '70s that featured a preteen, pre-stardom Janet Jackson in some episodes.
Their debut single, which was produced and written by Gerald Levert and Edwin Nicholas, was billed as "Subway featuring 702," went gold, making it to number four R&B on Billboard's charts in late 1994. Another Levert and Nicholas song, "Fire," went to number 34 R&B in spring 1995 while Gerald Levert's vocals sprinkle "This Is Not a Goodbye" from fall 1995. ~ Ed Hogan