I had a wonderful conversation on Facebook the other day. A FB friend of mine mentioned that her radio station had asked the question : Lisa Lisa (and Cult Jam) vs. Klymaxx. That started a thread of conversation that sent me digging through my piles of old cassettes.
Now, I do love Lisa Lisa, so much so that I have two albums on CASSETTE, as you can see to your left.
But Klymaxx was an all-girl group with the fierce Bernadette Cooper at the helm. They did the very sexy and strut-worthy “Meeting in the Ladies Room”, the know-I-got-it “The Men All Pause” and the heartfelt “I Miss You” just make me want to flip my asymmetrical hairdo and get down.
Let’s not forget our friend, introduced to us by Prince, Sheila E. An accomplished drummer, she brought her vocals to Erotic City, The Glamorous Life and A Love Bizarre. And the outfits!
Last but not least is Miss Jody Watley. She got her start as a dancer on Soul Train and from there was selected to be in the group Shalamar. I consider her to be the black Madonna because she was a dancer and a singer and set so many trends, most notably, to me, the huge hoop earrings. And yes, I did own a pair!
“Looking for a New Love” was the jam on New York Hot Tracks and I’d sit through Carlos DeJesus to watch the video. Even now, the kicking beat at the “see ya later” anthem was the 80s answer to “I Will Survive”. Remember “Don’t You Want Me”?
Now I have to find a cassette player…..