Before I begin, after my throwback posts on Neneh Cherry and Lisa Stansfield some hardcore fans (who knew they were still around!) emailed me. Looks like they were a little frustrated that I didn't detail the artists current accomplishments and felt as if it was unfair to sum their careers to a few hits. Shugahs... I'm not saying these artists no longer perform or hasn't released any albums since their hits. However, I am focusing on their biggest hits and, especially for Stansfield, wondering why she didn't have the career of Celine Dion. I have no idea if Lisa Stansfield is performing at a local pub in Brixton -- so in my fake Madonna British accent, "Stop being a wanker!" Isn't it a shame I received emails about Neneh Cherry and Lisa Stansfield, but none on Grace Jones! Lawwwwd -- it's racism I tell you -- racism!
You can't tell me to this day when "All Night Long" starts in the club that you don't immediately sing along and hit the dance floor. Mary Jane Girls delivered some classic '80's hits that still sound fresh today, thanks to the creative genius of the late-great Rick James.
Rumor has it Prince stole the idea of Vanity 6 from Rick James' Mary Jane Girls, which Rick named after his love for weed. Only difference from Vanity 6 was the Mary Jane Girls could actually sing. The diverse quartet featured Cheri, Maxi, Candi and JoJo (the girl in those judy beads) on lead.
The group only recorded two albums, their self-titled album in 1983 and Only Four You in 1985. However, just like Vanity/Apollnia 6, the group never recorded a third album due to the poor vision of the men who created them (Prince and Rick James). Supposedly, after a following out with Motown Records, James dropped the Mary Jane Girls.
Check out their most famous 1983 hit "All Night Long", which never even hit the pop charts. I think I would've liked Mary J. Blige's remix more if she would've rocked these beaded braids!
"In My House" hit #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1985. I know you just can't take the cheroegraphy! Especially when Tina from the jungle emotes on the motorcycle!
Labels: Old School
Posted by Clay ::
10:30 AM ::