We have now crossed into the second half of the 1980s! The 17th episode of the Jheri Curl Chronicles podcast (which does a deep dive into every song that hit Number One on Billboard’s R&B singles chart during the 1980s) finds Mike Joseph and Thomas Inskeep discussing two chart-topping songs by New Edition (“Cool It Now” and “Mr. Telephone Man), as well as smash hits by Chaka Khan, Eugene Wilde, Midnight Star, and Ashford & Simpson. As usual, there are also a million side tracks and detours (including discussions about Ray Parker Jr.’s blatant plagiarism, the two OTHER cover versions of “I Feel For You” and the queerness of Nick Ashford), but it all ties together! Thanks for listening!

Songs covered in this episode:

“I Feel For You” by Chaka Khan (original video)

“Cool It Now” by New Edition

“Mr. Telephone Man” by New Edition

“Solid” by Ashford & Simpson

Ashford & Simpson – Solid by trashfan

“Operator” by Midnight Star

“Gotta Get You Home Tonight” by Eugene Wilde

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