Greetings listeners! Me and Thomas Inskeep are back with the 10th episode of the Jheri Curl Chronicles podcast. Before we get started with this new episode, what say you backtrack and listen to the series’ other episodes, which you can find here and here.
While most of our episodes focus on songs that hit #1 on Billboard Magazine’s Hot R&B Singles chart in the ’80s, this is one of those “very special” episodes focusing on the #2 singles of 1982. We’ve got nine tasty treats for you this episode, so we run just a tad longer than usual. But I can virtually guarantee that you’ll enjoy every second!
Here are the nine songs covered in this latest episode:
“Truly” by Lionel Richie
“Genius of Love” by Tom Tom Club
“You Dropped A Bomb On Me” by The Gap Band
“Mirror, Mirror” by Diana Ross
“Do I Do” by Stevie Wonder
“The Other Woman” by Ray Parker Jr.
“Mama Used To Say” by Junior
“Circles” by Atlantic Starr
and “777-9311” by
Prince The Time
Along the way, we discuss:
-How schmaltzy is too schmaltzy, even for Lionel Richie? And why might Laura Branigan have harbored a grudge against Lionel?
-Did Tom Tom Club’s success take their original band, Talking Heads, to the proverbial “next level” commercially?
-“Mirror Mirror”‘s co-writer, Michael Sembello, who not only fit perfectly in with the “bear” archetype, but was no stranger to camp himself.
-Is it me, or does “The Other Woman” give you the “Jessie’s Girl” feels? (not discussed in the podcast: do you think Michael Jackson and John Landis saw this video before they made “Thriller” or nah?)
-Ray’s smoldering sex appeal and general caddishness.
-British soul arrives in the ’80s courtesy of Junior, although it really didn’t. Billy Ocean hit the Top 5 with this classic first. Oops.
-Atlantic Starr’s revolving door of female vocalists.
-Why “777-9311” might be the best punk/funk single ever recorded, and Morris Day’s legacy as a “pussy hound”
and so much more.
Please leave comments, tweet at us, and ask questions! If you have a question about ’80s R&B, hit us up and we may read your question on the air! Enjoy!