Friday Flashback Too: It’s 1984 Again!

The second installment of this Friday Flashback double-shot. Like last time, I went with whatever first popped into my noggin’ from memory.

Like the Jackson 5 a generation before, this quintet of crooning young men were very influencial to me and the guys I was running with in elmentary school at the time. The thought was guys who could sing and dance could easily wow the girls. The dudes in New Edition sure as hell did. This is “Cool It Now” from their self-titled second album. Talk about bubblegum pop.

Prior to a couple years ago, I had gone probably two decades without hearing “Talking in Your Sleep” by The Romantics. Catchy as hell, it was always one of my faves back in the day when I spent hours in front of the tube with MTV on. Back then I thought like most of the groups on MTV then, that these cats were British. Silly me. These boys were from Detroit. They were kind of a throwback to the 60s.

“Relax (Don’t Do It)” by Frankie Goes to Hollywood is easily one of the best club songs known to man. There was a lot of 80s nostalgia going on in the clubs and bars I frequented in the mid-90s. This song was a staple. Hella fun to dance to, esepcially the extended dance remix.

Teena Marie passed away this past holiday on December 26, 2010. She was only 54 years old. I recently learned that a large picture above her bed in a hotel had fallen on her head, which led to a concussion and a series of seizures. She had a gran mal seizure a month before her death. A tragic end to the lady dubbed the Ivory Queen of Soul. “Lovergirl” was a breakout hit and my favorite of hers.

 Rest in Peace, Teena Marie(March 5, 1956 – December 26, 2010)


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Brandon L. Rucker

Brandon L. Rucker is a musician and writer of fiction, nonfiction and journalism. Armed with grammar and diction, plus an uncanny sense of rhythm and melody, he is at-large and potentially dangerous. Be wary.

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