THE A TEAM: L-R: Face, Murdock, B.A & (front) Hannibal
‘(Ten years ago / In 1972), a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire… The A-Team.’
Who remembers this song? If you grew up in the 80s, the chances are you danced to this at your school disco, dance or prom, or you actually went out to Woolworths, Our Price (remember that???) or Sam Goodys (for my American peeps) to purchase it. California-born teenager (she was 15) and redhead Tiffany Darswich released this now classic pop track on label MCA back in 1987. The song stormed to the top of the charts in the UK, US, and many other countries, with its catchy chorus and synthesised drum production.
Alfonso Ribeiro (now 38) is best known for playing preppy rich kid Carlton Banks on the hit TV show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, especially with audiences outside of the US. The show, fronted by rapper/actor Will Smith, ended back in 1996. Since then Alfonso has appeared in another TV sit-com fronted by a rapper, this time LL Cool J in In The House. Here he played a character very similar to Carlton (Maxwell Stanton) from 1995-1999.
Back in the day The Arsenio Hall Show was the hottest late night talk show on American TV. And even though we didn’t have it here in the UK, if you had friends or family in the US, you made sure they taped it for you every week!
Musical Youth were a group like no other when they came on the scene in 1982. I was only six at the time, but remember it like it was yesterday.
Originally from Birmingham the group was made up of two sets of brothers, Kelvin and Michael Grant and Junior and Patrick Waite, and lead singer Dennis Seaton. They were also all very young, I think the oldest member was about 16 and the youngest about 11!
A ‘reggae pop group’, they played instruments and were pretty adorable-looking, in their trademark denim, and trilby and beret hats. Also their songs, as catchy as they were, often had a bit of a social message to them. e.g. Youth of Today.
Miami Vice (1984-1990) is still one of the most iconic police drama series to ever hit the box. Set, as the title states, in south Florida, Miami, the show centred around Sonny Crocket (played by Don Johnson) and Ricardo Tubbs (played Philip Michael Thomas), two cops who go undercover to fight various drug trafficking and prostitution crimes.
This memorable 90s tune, by Positive K, will go down in urban music history for one reason, and one reason alone, and that is for giving men a licence to harass! Before this song came out, a woman always had the excuse ‘I got a man’, if she wasn’t interested in someone’s advances.
In fact ‘I got a man’ could mean anything from ‘You’re ugly, I don’t fancy you’, ‘Oh my God, your breath stinks, get away from me’, to… ‘I do actually have a man.’ The beauty of that line is that it was effective and inoffensive and it almost always got women out of an uncomfortable situation.
Jodeci recently made their way back onto the music scene via the song and video Knockin’ Your Heels Off, a collaboration with fellow 90s s r&b group H Town. While the song isn’t bad per se, the video has had the Internet a buzz due to the deteriorated appearance of the group, most especially Jodeci’s former resident pretty boy Mr Dalvin. Imisstheoldschool.com are surprised people are…err… surprised about his form as this is not the first time we have had a look at how the past years have treated Jodeci. Their UK show a couple of years ago, coupled with less than flattering pictures, which have been circulating the net from time, already gave us that idea.
Stacy Ann Ferguson, aka Fergie, is a member of the hit hip-pop group the Black Eyed Peas. She joined the group, which originally formed in 1995 (and had already released two albums), in 2003 to add a bit of a twist. And she certainly did that. Previously, the band featuring Will.i.am, Alp. De. Alp and Taboo, were critically acclaimed, but weren’t exactly on any top-selling artists lists.