If there ever was a Super Bowl trophy awarded to a list with the most ’80s diva prowess, it would be this one right here. So, take a look and let albums by Ms. Whitney, Ms. Debbie, Ms. Tiffany, Ms. Watley and two (underrated) albums from Ms. Madonna take you all the way into the end zone for a touchdown of diva life, honey.
Whitney Houston/Whitney As if the fact that next week marks five years since the entire world lost our beloved diva of everything, we now must accept that her stunning sophomore set will be three decades old this year. But no need to feel all emotional and wonder where your broken will go, because when it comes to this album, we must celebrate music life. So, go find that somebody and dance it out all night long….because Whitney is here to stay.
Madonna/Who’s That Girl Soundtrack/You Can Dance There are three things we must state here…..one….Who’s That Girl is the most underrated film in Madonna’s, um, body of cinema werk…..two…..the title track from its accompanying soundtrack as well and “Causin a Commotion” are the second and third most underrated grooves in her music vault, so get into them….and three….”Spotlight” from Dance is the first. Any questions? Didn’t think so.
Debbie Gibson/Out of the Blue While there are many things we can spill about here when it comes to Ms. Gibson’s Billboard owning debut opus, like how every track still hits our ’80s “G” spot and how Debbie’s perky personality for days was the real winner here. But, alas, we must give respect and attention where it’s due because to this very day, with soul destroying single, “Foolish Beat,” Gibson remains the youngest person ever to have written a Billboard number one hit. So, no need to feel sorry for her at all, she’s healed up very nicely. Well, except when it comes to the all-white outfit in the “Foolish” accompnying video. We don’t think anyone can truly get over that.
Tiffany/Self-titled While Ms. Spears owned those ’90s shopping mall tours, Ms. Tiffany certainly set the bag, er, bar extra high when she came along in the late ’80s and made us work for our Fashion Bug and Deb lives. Serving up a debut album that was full of flame haired life and Tiff’s scratchy, yet woke vocals, namely in tracks, “I Think We’re Alone Now,” “Danny,” “Spanish Eyes,” and if we really want to go there, “Could’ve Been,” that is if those dumped-on-the-playground memories have properly healed yet. Sigh..
Jody Watley/Self-titled Sass, sass, big ass gold hoops and more sass. Yes, those were all of the elements that Ms. Jody Watley served up on her debut album and then some, which was her first set after venturing out on her own from her accompanying group, Shalomar. And gurl, did it work like a charm, especially in those singles including “Still a Thrill,” “Don’t You Want Me,” “Some Kind of Lover,” and “Looking for a New Love,” all of which will make you want to hit that runway of life where Ms. Watley’s debut album is there waiting and waiting to still give it to us thirty years later.