Hands up who had a jheri curl? Come on, don’t lie now! Lol! I know I had one. I was 11 and it was the late 80s. I remember I was just starting secondary school at the time, and my best friend then, who is also my best friend now, still teases me about the fact that I always used to use my finger to flip up the fringe, as to stop the ‘jheri-juice’ from dripping into my eyes. I’ve still got my school photo sporting the style, and no, I’m not going to post it here!
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4 was a British TV show based on the hugely popular book of the same name, written by Sue Townsend in 1982. Like the title suggests the book chronicled the diary entries of a 13 year old boy called Adrian Mole, who is a bit of a geek.
Okay… So I’ve got a confession to make… I preferred Sindy over Barbie growing up. This is not something I felt particularly ashamed bad about in the past, but as I’ve gotten older I realised most of my friends (then and now) couldn’t stand Sindy and were Barbie all the way.
‘Big head’, ‘tough hair’, ‘butters’ are just some of the comments I’ve heard uttered about my beloved Sindy in recent years, LOL!
But what do they know, huh? Yeah her head was massive a little large, but so what? And yes, I still played with my friend’s Barbies from time to time, and I might have even owned one or two in my later toy-playing years, but my loyalty was always with Sindy.
So ladies, who were you repping in the days when all you had to worry about was which of your doll’s shoes to match with what outfit? Sindy or Barbie… Below is a impartial-ish case for both, from the perspective of my eight -year-old self (mostly)… You can vote your choice right at the bottom of this post!
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.
First released in 1990, House Party has become a staple piece of urban cinema over the years. The title explains what it is about in a nutshell. So yes, it is about a house party, but not just any house party. It’s the party of all parties and everyone who has seen this film has wished that they were there. From the music, the characters, the girls, the guys and the vibe – this now legendary cinematic shin-dig had it all.
I watched this Unsung episode on Heavy D and the Boyz the other night. I really like this doc series as it covers interesting acts, not usually the focus of music documentaries. Also, I like the way that this shines a light on the contributions and stories of the other members of the group, in particular Eddie F, who is an extremely accomplished and respected producer.
The loss of Heavy D is still one strongly felt in the music industry, and seemed like a genuinely nice guy.
R.I.P to the ‘overweight lover’, and to one of the ‘boyz’, Trouble T.Roy (Troy Dixon), who died at age 22 after a tragic fall back in July, 1990.
My favourite Heavy D and the Boyz tune is Got Me Waiting. I remember rinsing this in the hi-fi system back during my college days in 1994!
Now That we Found Love – Heavy D and the Boyz (1991)
They Reminisce Over You (Tribute to Trouble T.Roy) – Pete Rock and CL Smooth (1990)
Okay, I know it’s been a minute since the TLC biopic was shown on VH1 over in the US, but I’ve only just got this blog back after having it redesigned, so forgive me for being a little *ahem* late!
But back to film, I didn’t allow myself to engage that deeply with any of the information leading up to its release. I wasn’t sure how I felt about the casting for one. Maybe, as a massive fan of the group, I couldn’t imagine anyone else playing the T-Boz, Left Eye and Chilli aside from the girls themselves.
But once the film came out, of course I had to watch it. To be honest, it wasn’t that bad… For a TV movie. There weren’t a lot of things I didn’t know that ended up in the movie, but it was nice to see everything being pieced together in a movie, and the acting wasn’t that bad. Lil’ Mama surprised everybody, and actually had the standout performance of the film, as Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes.
But don’t just take my word for it, check it out below…
Love this video of Will Smith and Doug E Fresh showing the younguns how shizzle is done at actress Gabrielle Union’s 40th birthday party, over the weekend!
Doug E, who is the originator of ‘the Dougie’ dance, in case you didn’t know, clearly hasn’t lost a inch of his swagger since the 80s, as he gets down to show all imitators of the moves why no on can do it quite like he can. All this alongside spitting some lyrics. Will Smith also shows he is still super cool, rapping on the mic along to some of his old hits, as well as the Fresh Prince of Bel- Air theme tune… *Ed has a moment*. Once again people, this.is.why. I miss the old school!!!!!!!!!!
You can see Doug E getting his ‘Dougie’ on in the below video for his Guess who/Keep Rising To The Top video…
The Spice Girls – Britain’s biggest-selling (and arguably the world’s biggest-selling) female group of all time, reunited in London, UK today for the press call for their upcoming musical Viva Forever.
Melanie Brown, Melanie Chisolm, Gerri Halliwell, Emma Bunton and Victoria Beckham were photographed inside the capital’s St Pancras Hotel, the now iconic setting for the video for their 1996-released debut single Wannabe (below).
The production, which will use hits from the 90s group’s back catalogue and is based on a girl group and their friendships. It is being written by comedienne, actress and writer Jennifer Saunders, and it is set to hit the London stage in November this year!
Rumours of the girls not getting on have been ongoing for years, and today’s pictures will not help things. Mel B and Victoria, who reportedly have been feuding for two years, after Victoria allegedly refused to lend Mel one of her dresses for a TV appearance, kept their distance, standing at opposite ends during the photos, and Vicky’s familiar screw-face pout was in full effect.
But hey, girls will be girls!
I’m still very excited to see the show, as love them or loathe them, no one can deny that these girls did well to blow up so big across the world. And, they released some bloody good pop songs in the process. Wannabe, 2 Become 1, Say You’ll be There and Spice Up Your Life are just some of their tunes that still get rinsed today. By Me! They were a phenomenon and will go down in history as such!
Sidenote: Everytime I watch the Wannabe video, I wonder how comes no one was gracious enough to tell Mel B that her nips were on ‘stand-by’??? Or maybe that was the look they were going for! SMH!
It’s been three years since the undisputed King of Pop, Michael Jackson, passed away. That was a sad sad day for a lot of us, back in 25th June 2009… But *dries tears* I’m sure I am not the only one who is extremely thankful for that back catalogue he left behind, which keeps his amazing memory alive! It just about makes his absence here on earth a little easier to bear. Continue to Rest.In.Peace Michael. You are missed. xx