Saturday, December 9, 2017

Dancin' December:

We can't be dancin' in the 80's without some Rick James! He scored his biggest hit in 1981 with "Super Freak." This dance number hit #16 on the Billboard Hot 100, #1 on the Hot Dance Club Play, and #3 on the Hot Soul Singles. The song was nominated for a Grammy for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance in 1982.

So does the music video measure up to this classic song? Well, it appears that cocaine is a hell of drug! The music video does a decent job trying to match the lyrics to what is happening on screen, even if the budget for this is severely limited. His getup and style is hilarious, but his approach with the women in the video oozes player. This isn't a great video, but for 1981 it is serviceable. His previous single "Give It to Me Baby" scores a better music video.
** Stars out of ****

Dancin' December: Salt-n-Pepa - Push It

Salt-n-Pepa scored a very danceable number in 1987 with their single "Push It." The song hit #19 on the Billboard Hot 100, #28 on the Hot R&B Charts, #18 on the Hot Dance Club Songs, and #2 on the UK Singles charts. The song was also nominated for a Grammy Award.

This fun dance number is conjoined with a very uneventful music video. It is your standard concert performance, except it is so uneventful.

* 1/2 Stars out of ****

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Dancin' December: Midnight Star - Freak-A-Zoid

Midnight Star brought the grooves in 1983 with their single "Freak-A-Zoid." The single hit #66 on the Billboard Hot 100, #2 on the R&B Charts, and #44 on the Hot Dance Club Songs.

A song like "Freak-A-Zoid" deserves a great music video. Imagine a robot dancing to this groove. Unfortunately we have an absolute mess of a video. Lame and uninspiring.  Embarrassingly bad.

1/2 Star out of ****

Dancin' December: Alisha - Baby Talk

This month we look at some of the hottest dance numbers that came out of the 80's! We begin with Alisha's "Baby Talk." This 1985 single hit #1 on the Hot Dance Club Songs and #68 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The music video features Alisha wondering if her boyfriend will show up at a banquet hall to see her sing. She then goes on to sings while he looks at her from the audience. Very basic video with some silly clips showing babies and people talking. Clearly done with a limited budget.

* 1/2 Stars out of ****

Monday, October 30, 2017

Halloween Mania "American Pscyho" Editon: Simply Red - If You Don't Know Me By Now

Our Final Song for the American Psycho Halloween Special is Simply Red's "If You Don't Know Me By Now." The song appeared while Christie was taking a bath in preparation of some late night activities with Patrick Bateman. The song hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, #1 on the Adult Contemporary Charts, and #2 on the UK Singles chart in 1989.

The music video features Mick Hucknail and the band playing in an abandoned auditorium of sorts. Filmed in black & white, the gloomy and desolate atmosphere complement the song's depressive state. Throughout the video we catch glimpses of Mick's past love through a film projector. Though not the most creative music video, it does a decent job keeping the mood sully and complementing the song.

** 1/2 Stars out of ****

Halloween Mania "American Psycho" Edition: Whitney Houston - Greatest Love of All

Patrick Bateman loves Whitney Houston. The song "Greatest Love of All" appears in another Bateman monologue, this time at Paul Allen's apartment, with two ladies making out. The song hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, #1 on the Adult Contemporary Charts, #3 on the Hot R&B Charts, and #8 on the UK Singles charts in 1986.

The music video features Whitney Houston preparing to sing on stage at Harlem's Apollo Theater. She spends time thinking about her youth and all the encouragement she received from her mom. The past memories and the present collide in such a wonderful conclusion. What begins as an average video really pulls the heart strings by the end. The video did a good job honoring her mom and all highlighting the strength she had given her. Maybe not the most memorable 80's video, but a cute
and satisfying one to say the least.

*** Stars out of ****

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Halloween Mania "American Psycho" Edition: Information Society - What's On Your Mind? (Pure Energy)

Another song featured in the film American Psycho was the Information Society dance hit "What's On Your Mind? (Pure Energy)." The song played in the club while Patrick Bateman and his friend were talking to girls. The 1985 single hit #3 on the Billboard Hot 100, #2 on the Hot Dance Singles, and #10 on the Modern Rock Tracks.

The music video can be best described as a live action coloring book. The visuals are bright, but the set and goofy instruments are childishly big. The band doesn't do much, but look silly. The cartoon visuals and fast paced editing help when the dance groove is at its fastest. I give the video plenty of credit for originality, but find it too silly to recommend it as something great.

** 1/2 Stars out of ****