It’s Friday morning and I hope you have great weekend plans. For many of you, it’s a long weekend with Labor Day on Monday. Enjoy your time off and I hope you enjoy the songs, more of my favorites from the 1980s.
“We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off” — Jermaine Stewart
Jermaine Stewart was born in Columbus, Ohio, in 1957 and his family moved to Chicago in 1972. He became a regular dancer on “Soul Train”, which was filmed in Chicago. He moved to Los Angeles with fellow Chicagoans Jody Watley and Jeffrey Daniel and just missed out on becoming the lead singer of Shalamar, a dance and R&B band.
Stewart did meet Mikey Craig of Culture Club and sang back-up on the demo for “Miss Me Blind” and he was signed to Arista Records. His first single, “The Word Is Out” just missed the Billboard Top 40 in 1983, peaking at #41.
However, Stewart hit it big in 1986 when “We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off” reached #5 on the Hot 100. The follow-up single about his friend, Jody Watley of Shalamar and “Looking For A New Love” fame, “Jody”, went as high as #42 on the Hot 100, but it reached the top twenty on the R & B chart.
Stewart would have one more top 40 hit in 1987 with “Say It Again” (#27).
He died at the age of 39 in 1997 of AIDS-related liver cancer.
“Mickey” — Toni Basil
It’s hard to believe that when Antonia Christina Basilotta scored her only Top 40 hit, she was already in her late-30s.
I know that name doesn’t sound familiar, because the actress, dancer, choreographer,and singer shorted it to Toni Basil. While that name may not be a common place-name for many, Toni Basil is one of the most popular “one-hit wonders” in pop music.
“Mickey”, which was released in early 1982 shot all the way to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for one week. That would be her only hit as the follow-ups in America peaked at #77 and #82. While another Top 40 pop hit eluded Basil, she did score four top ten hits on the Billboard Dance chart from 1982-1984.
“Mickey” was also featured in one of my favorite “coming of age” movie, “Edge of Seventeen” from 1998.
“I Ran” — A Flock of Seagulls
In the early 1980s, when this country boy moved away from that musical genre, I moved quickly and it was all about “New Wave” music starting with Kim Wilde and Soft Cell.
The English band, A Flock of Seagulls, was at the top of my list, too.
I mean, seriously, Mike Score’s (the lead singer) hair was incredible.
I know if I had the nerve then, I would have been a hit in Mayfield, Kentucky, but then again, I would have probably been beat up , too.
A Flock of Seagulls’ first hit in America was also their biggest. “I Ran (So Far Away)” was released in October 1982 and it made it all the way up to #9 on the Billboard Hot 100.
While the two follow-up singles, “Space Age Love Song” and “Wishing (If I Had A Photograph of You)” both cracked the Top 40 in America, they only made it to #30 and #26, respectively.
“Wishing” was also featured in the aforementioned movie, “Edge of Seventeen”.
“Edge of Seventeen” Bonus
Since I’ve referenced the movie, “Edge of Seventeen” twice in today’s flashback, I’ll add the trailer. It is a phenomenal movie that I’ve seen countless times. I was so Eric Hunter back in the 1980s, especially the mid-and-late-1980s.