I am a pop music junkie. The music business is a tough business. You may have a few good years, and then it is over. Below is my list of groups that had their time on the charts, and the songs that made them famous.
This family act from Minneapolis via Tonga had some fun songs in the 80’s. They played their instruments as well as sang and danced. Essential songs: Crush on You, Cross My Broken Heart http://youtu.be/Oy10rRJ0Cuk
This group would best be described as ladies with attitude. They were all strong, powerful, females. Essential songs: Meeting in the Ladies Room, I Miss You http://youtu.be/_odTlZaoLCA
Another group that was predominantly a hit on the R&B charts. Their sound combined funk, soul and dance. Essential songs: Freak-A-Zoid, No Parking on the Dance Floor http://youtu.be/uRo426va26I
Fine Young Cannibals
Part of the New Wave British invasion of the 80’s and 90’s. They were led by the soulful vocals of Roland Gift. I remember going to their concert, and it was just OK. But the songs still sound good. Essentials songs: She Drives Me Crazy, Good Thing http://youtu.be/9wSn81dLK6s
They were a trio during the high-point of their fame, plus even got to be a part of the Live Aid concert. Lead singer Tom Bailey is touring the US this summer as part an 80’s flashback tour. Essential songs: Hold Me Now, Lies http://youtu.be/H9694K85Xc8
The 2nd “Star” group on my list. They had some nice slow jams as well as dance songs too. A nice mix of male and female vocals too. Essential songs: Secret Lovers, Circles http://youtu.be/Oe2UXqFo0DY
One of several dance-pop trios to emerge from the Freestyle music scene. They did mostly dance songs, but hit #1 with “If Wishes Came True”. Essential songs: Hooked on You, Take It While It’s Hot, Love Child http://youtu.be/RNEc7bJ8-9k
Gioia, Jeanette and Ann are the ladies of Exposé. These ladies had a string of Top 40 hits in the 80-90’s. They broke up for awhile, but are still on the touring scene today. Essential songs: What You Don’t Know, Come Go with Me http://youtu.be/zonMdfRff-I
I hope you enjoyed my trip down memory lane. Look for Part 2 of this topic next week. I would love to hear your thoughts.
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