“Loathe fat people? Did that come across? I certainly don’t admire them. They are digging their graves with their own teeth. I think to be terribly overweight is incredibly unhealthy. And how do they get into a tiny lavatory on a plane? I feel sorry for them, I do.”
Forgive me for not realizing this existed yesterday but I didn’t know Madonna had such a horrible video in her catalog! Let alone for a song I actually like. I still know every word to this song, but between Madonna as a cartoon Tinkerbell, a teapot sneezing rainbows, and every animation style imaginable, I’m tempted to pretend it never existed.
Somebody must’ve done this without her permission. I refuse to believe she just let this happen of her own free will.
I know one thing though…Tiffany is singing circles around Debbie. They are so Christina and Britney. Debbie made all the money, but Tiffany had the talent. We can only hope and pray that in 2035 we’ll all be watching the Neil Patrick Harris Show and Britney & Christina will come out to do a rendition of “Ain’t No Other Toxic Man Against the Music in a Genie Bottle.”
If you’re a black person born before 1992, you know this sample. ”Who Do You Love” has been sampled by everybody from LL Cool J to Shades because it’s just hot. You can’t beat a good 80s hook, and this track from 1985, Bernard’s only hit, is addictive. Bernard is a multi-instrumentalist, specializing in jazz keyboard, who got his first touring gig when he was only 13 years old. After a few more tours and playing on albums for other people, he released a string of his own in the 80s. None of them were hits, but one did manage to yield this song which went to #6 on the R&B charts.
This is my jam and Chuckii is the man. He got a deal with Atlantic through his godfather, Barry White, and wrote, produced, sang, and played every instrument on his debut CD which included this hit. He had a few more hits between 1989 and 1993, but then his career took a different turn away from performing. Since the mid-90s, he’s been a sought after music director on tours for artists like TLC, Faith Evans, Mary J Blige and Keyshia Cole. He probably won’t make another album, but at least he’s not hiding in obscurity in some backwards corner of New Mexico.
But back to the video. The other day there was a discussion about how no matter what the artist in a music video looks like, the girls they choose are always light-skinned with some ambiguous background and long hair. Sometimes there are a few token dark-skinned girls sprinkled around with the camera usually focused on their butts or their boobs, but the light girl always gets the lead role. This is true in just about every hip-hop video that comes out. Well, “Turned Away” is a nice representation of that same trend from way back in the late 80s. Back then they weren’t video hoes shakin it at the camera, but the light-skinned girl with the long hair being prized above All Else isn’t a brand new thing. It’s as old as slavery and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon.