I FORGOT I KNEW THIS SONG! I am so buggin right now.
So. A couple of weeks ago, I took the train out to Long Island to hang out with my friend that I met on tumblr (and her husband and her kid and this is a completely normal thing to do so get out my face) and we were watching VH1 Soul in the living room. Between the two of us, we knew every video they were playing, but this Five Star group was a mystery to both of us. They were fly, and the lead chick sounded like Ralph Tresvant, but still……total mystery.
Fast forward, and I’m sitting in the bed randomly reading about Tilky Jones on Wikipedia (don’t try to figure out how my mind works) and Five Star popped up in my head. Quick youtube search, and boom. This. Song. That I know every word to.
Apparently they were a really big deal in the 80s over in the UK, and are now about to be a really big deal in the 10s over in my apartment.
Why didn’t I know Hi-Five were still together? Yes…”Kissing Game” Hi-Five from when I was like 3. And this song is good too! Actual R&B music not run through a processor of Eurotrash and cheesy dance breakdowns? WHAT?! THIS IS A THING?! Shut your mouth. An actual group of 5 guys singing a well-written song with harmonies and fly dance moves?
I don’t even know what to do with myself. These old-ass dudes put this down.
One: Someone posted this on Facebook maybe a week ago and I’ve been playing it since.
Two: This video is so juicy. As in. There is jheri curl juice flinging every whichaway. I keep picturing these dudes in the salon gettin those curls done, with the rods and the cotton headband so the juice doesn’t drip in your eye. (My momma used to do hair, so I am so familiar with the whole jheri curl process.)
Three: I had this friend one time who swore up and down that this song was Prince. I wish I could remember who it was, but I think I’ve probably subconsciously blocked that memory so I can still remain friends with that person.
They are really wearing these outfits and these Halle Berry Haircuts. Can somebody bring those back? Seems like ever since Bernie cut of all her hair in Waiting to Exhale, everybody is like “ok, that’s over, let’s all get weaves now.”
One of my friends said “seduce” earlier this week so of course I had to remind myself that this video existed. It’s pretty much everything great about black entertainment in the 90s all wrapped into one:
The ladies are dressed like guys, but with really good Dark & Lovely relaxers (Oh hey, Aaliyah).
The evil tramp has corner store blonde weave (Oh hey, Player’s Club).
They are wearing bright plastic clothes (Oh hey, every Hype Williams video).
I wish somebody in the background was wearing a UCLA sweatshirt though…
I’ve pretty much been listening to Mariah Carey nonstop since that awful "Triumphant" video came out, reliving memories of greatness, mourning the music of the future that could have been.
I mean, look at this. Mariah can pretty much still hit all of these notes, but she’s too busy trynna play the Round The Way Chick to just sing a well-written song. And Michael Walden Narada could write the hell out of a song back then. Lisa Fischer “How Can I Ease the Pain” will always be his masterpiece, but Narada was doing Whitney, Aretha, Tevin Campbell, Regina Belle, and everybody else in the early 90s.
Matter of fact…I’m bout to go make a Michael Walden Narada playlist. Excuse me for a minute…
Even though I finally came around with “Put It Down” featuring excluding Chris Salmon-Nipples Brown, this is more like what I wanted from Bran.
I do hope this is the middle of the pack and not the pinnacle though, because she ain’t put enough harmony on this for me. I need some of those Afrodisiac layers again, an army of Brandys mumbling unintelligibly just behind the lead track…