Sat, 27 May 2017
Hello friends! Mike and Thomas are back in the groove with another episode of the Jheri Curl Chronicles, our trip through every song that hit #1 (and #2) on Billboard Magazine's Top Soul Singles chart during the '80s. We are now fully into 1985, and there's a very tangled web involving many of the five songs we focus on in this episode.
Here are the songs we'll be covering:
"Missing You" by Diana Ross (former Motown artist, song was written by Lionel Richie, dedicated to Marvin Gaye, who'd died the year before)
"Nightshift" by The Commodores (current Motown artist, formerly employed Lionel Richie as lead singer/pianist/saxophonist, dedicated to Marvin Gaye and Jackie Wilson, who'd also died the year before).
"Back In Stride" by Maze featuring Frankie Beverley (a band mentored by Marvin Gaye)
"Rhythm of the Night" by DeBarge (Motown group)
"We Are The World" by USA For Africa (co-written by Lionel Richie and former Motown artist Michael Jackson; song written and sold with the intention of preventing large groups of people from dying)
Of course, a JCC podcast wouldn't be a JCC podcast without a ton of side trips; so you'll hear plenty of stuff about...other stuff that I won't share with you right now because I want you to listen to the podcast!
Sun, 14 May 2017
After a bit of a hiatus, Thomas and Mike are back with a new episode of the Jheri Curl Chronicles podcast. This one backtracks slightly from Episode 17, and the twosome discuss the #2 R&B hits of 1984. What are those songs, you ask?
-What's Love Got To Do With It? by Tina Turner
-Somebody Else's Guy by Jocelyn Brown
-Let The Music Play by Shannon
-Automatic by The Pointer Sisters
-You, Me And He by Mtume
-Freakshow On The Dance Floor by The Bar-Kays
-Don't Look Any Further by Dennis Edwards & Siedah Garrett
-The Last Time I Made Love by Joyce Kennedy & Jeffrey Osborne
In addition to these songs, Thomas and Mike discuss quite a few ancillary details about the artists who performed them; including Angela Bassett's Oscar-nominated performance as Tina Turner, The Bar-Kays' extreme adaptability to whatever sound was popular in Black music at the time, the incredibly creepy "Don't Look Any Further" video, "Let The Music Play" leading the freestyle music vanguard, the tangential connection Morrissey and George Michael have to the movie "Breakin'" and so much more.