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Girl Group Black Album

Here’s the sequel to the Boy Band Black Album blog. All these ladies first gained success as singers in groups. Then they all put out solo albums of varying success. Some were bigger than their groups (Beyonce), others not so much (Dawn Robinson). So in no particular order here are the 10 tracks I would put on a Girl Group Black Album:

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  1. Melanie C. — I Turn to You. Otherwise known as Sporty Spice of the Spice Girls. She came out with a great dance song that shared one of Madonna’s producers.
  2. Belinda Carlisle — Mad About You. She is the lead singer for the Go-Go’s. But this was her first solo single, and one of her best. A fun, flirty pop song that is fun to sing along with.
  3. Emma Bunton — Maybe. She was Baby Spice in the Spice Girls. This sixties inspired dance song was a perfect fit for her sweet voice.
  4. Diana Ross — Upside Down. Yes, she is superstar. But she was once part of the Supremes. This funk song from Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers is one of her best solo numbers.
  5. Dawn Robinson — Party, Party. One of the girls from En Vogue, this song was full of funk and attitude. This will get you moving.
  6. Geri Halliwell — Look at Me. The first of the Spice Girls to go solo. She was Ginger Spice. It was nice to see her out in front, and having fun on her own.
  7. Jane Wieldlin — Rush Hour. The 2nd vocalist from the Go-Go’s. She is one of the guitarists and one of the songwriters too for the group. This cute pop song, was her biggest solo hit, other than her duet with the band Sparks (Cool Places).
  8. Beyonce — Crazy in Love. The song that started it all for her fantastic solo career. Still one of her best, and always great to see her perform it live.
  9. Michelle Williams — We Break the Dawn. The 2nd of the ladies from Destiny’s Child. She has recorded mostly gospel records as a solo artist, but when she went R&B, we got this jam.
  10. Kelly Rowland —When Love Takes Over. Recorded with DJ and producer David Guetta, her soaring vocals are what really make this song. The 3rd girl from Destiny’s Child. I am surprised she hasn’t had more solo success since she has a great voice too.

So that’s my list. Did I leave anyone out? Let me know your thoughts. I would love to hear from you. In the meantime, check out the songs on Itunes or on YouTube.

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Still Got the Beat

Go-Go’s in Concert
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Greek Theatre

Special guest: Girl in a Coma

Ladies Gone Wild Tour 2011

Songs performed: “Vacation,” “Lust to Love,” “Automatic,” “Skidmarks on my Heart,” “Tonite,” “Get Up and Go,” “Mother’s Little Helper,” “How Much More,” “Our Lips Are Sealed,” “Unforgiven,” “Mad About You,” “Cool Places,” “This Town,” “Fading Fast,” “Cool Jerk,” “We Got the Beat,” “Beatnik Beach,” “Fun with Ropes,” “Head Over Heels”

Comments: The party never stops with the Go-Go’s. Thirty years have passed since their debut album “Beauty and the Beat” came out and conquered the world. Lots has happened since 1981! They broke up and got back together a few times, had some solo hits, some kids and now here we are in 2011. They are not the most prolific group that’s for sure. They only have 4 full-length albums to their credit plus an anthology that had a few of their early punk songs plus a couple of new ones too.Go-Go's

So how does a 30+ year old group still fill the Greek Theatre after all these years? The reason being — the songs and the performance. I have seen them 8 times over the last 3 decades, and they are still one of my favorite live acts. I know I am going to have a good time, sing along with the crowd and dance like crazy. They have actually gotten better at their live shows in that time. So now, we get a sound that is harder than the first hits suggested but not as rough as their punk days. I’ll call it “Power Pop.”

In the past year, the ladies have gotten a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a Rock on the Greek Theatre’s Rock Walk. Still waiting on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame… I’m sure it is coming!

The songs came out in the 80’s for the most part, but still sound great today. They do not sound dated and their themes are timeless… lost love, teenage angst, party times, alienation, girl power, relationship problems. Sounds like an episode of “Glee” or “Gossip Girl” to me.

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