Clay Cane is a New York City-based writer who is recognized for his contributions in journalism. Clay is a regular contributor for various print and online publications such as The Advocate and BET.com. He is the author of the highly anticipated novel Ball-Shaped World, which is a fictionalized account of the black and Latino ballroom scene. Also, he is the Entertainment Editor at BET.com and a member of New York Film Critics Online.
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Yeah, I know Samantha Fox isn't an "urban" artist, but I loved this trashy white chick from London. The big hair, ripped jeans, and leather jackets -- she was sotcore '80's porn meets pop.
Samantha Fox, which is her real name, got her start when her mum took some provocative pictures of when she was only 16. Mommie Dearest submitted the pics to an amateur modeling contest, the teen was soon posing topless in popular UK magazines -- with her parent's approval. In 1986, only 20 years old, Fox debuted with her first album, Touch Me, which went gold in the U.S. The following year she released her second album, Samantha Fox, produced by '80's R&B group Full Force. Her last successful album was 1988's I Wanna Have Some Fun, which marked her third consecutive gold record.
Samantha would continue a bit into the nineties with some great remix albums and many of her song surviving the house music craze of the early nineties.
Fox wasn't much of a vocalist, dancer, or innovator, but she managed to combined R&B with European pop music, which resulted in some classic campy song for the '80's. Check out her greatest hits...
"Touch Me" was Fox's first hit, which hit #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1986. This line gives one of the best lines in bad pop music "like a tramp in the night, I was begging for you to treat my body like you wanted to... ahhhh!"
*** Probably her most memorable song, which peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100. Full Force is emoting in their treacherous Jheri curls while Fox is showing the interracial love, proving this to be her last big hit. I hope she is still having fun...