Groove of the Day/Pebbles/”Mercedes Boy”

Although there’s been much, much truth, err, tea spilled about late ’80s dance diva/L.A. Reid’s ex boo-thang/bank robber, Ms. Pebbles, you have to admit it….those hits, though…

From the ready “Girlfriend” and “Giving You the Benefit” to the tender “Love Makes Things Happen” to “Always,” indeed, girlfriend had a sound that still makes us want to go out and get…it..done.

Like, more done than TLC’s 1992 LaFace contract. Now, that’s some serious shit. 

But all music tea mugs smashed on the floor, Pebbles biggest smash, “Mercedes Boy” is fired up for your spring cruisin’ pleasure, because in spite of all of the redwood forest shade inspired things she did in the music industry back-in-the-day, “Boy” will always be that ’80s jam to press play on and just… 

And of course “riiiiiide” with Ms. Pebbles 4 lyfe. 

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5 Ways to Prepare Yourself for This Weekend’s Music Nostalgia Takeover

So, who’s ready to straight up like Paula live it up like it’s 1987-2000 all over again? Looking at how 2017 has already treated us, that answer would be…everyone.

Lucky for all of us Philly peeps, we’re about to be granted that wish as Rick Astley, O-Town and the Red Hot Chili Peppers are all stopping by the City of Brotherly Love this weekend to tickle our live music fancies. Of course, the best part of all of these shows is the great music that will come along with each of them, but even greater than that is just how much of a gigantic heap of nostalgia these extravaganzas will be for all of those who are looking to escape from the here, the now and all of the “ugh” that seems to get served along with it. 

So, just how do we prepare ourselves for such a gigantic weekend of music nostalgia that’s truly like no other? First, get those tickets...second read on and get ready to check your elementary/high school lives all over again. 

1.Those Rick Astley moments, tho… There’s truly no explanation needed as ’80s life in its damn self is served up and waiting for you in Mr. Astley’s video for his smash hit, “Never Gonna Give You Up.”  (Saturday, Electric Factory, 8pm)


2.When it comes to O-Town, twice is always nice, especially when they’re serenading us at The Foundry…Call Carson Daly and get ready to gird your Making the Band loins because when it came to our “Liquid Dreams” of Ashley Parker Angel and the rest of the O-Town boys, of course it was always “All or Nothing.” But since we’re down with the funky and sentimental side of these former TRL savages, we’ll  take them both any day of the week. (Sunday, The Foundry, 6pm) 


3.Take a stroll down Red Hot Chili Peppers memory lane… If there’s one thing we can absolutely be sure of when Red Hot Chili Peppers take the Wells Fargo Center stage on both Sunday and Monday, it’s guaranteed that they’re going to be serving us with all of the hits that made them the iconic rock superstars they are today. From “Give It Away” to “Under the Bridge” to (sigh..) “Scar Tissue” to “Californication,” we all better prepare ourselves for the music truth that will not only be served up, but for that one RHCP joint that will forever hold its place in our nostalgia lovin’ hearts. What’s yours? (Sunday & Monday, Wells Fargo Center, 8pm) 

4.Take a little peek beyond this weekend… While this weekend is already one of the most nostalgic weekends to ever grace the Philly stages, it certainly doesn’t have to stop there, neither is it looking to. In fact, we betta first werk, and then brace ourselves as ZZ Top, Mariah Carey, Lionel Ritchie, Frankie Valli, Vanessa Carlton, Sting and Candlebox (yes, that Candlebox)are still on their way to Philly before winter ends. So, just when you think you’ve had your music nostalgia life checked, it just keeps on going..much like you to get those tickets for as many concerts as you possibly can all year long. Because…life. 

5.Just get ready to live…. and leave the bullshit behind. It’s truly that simple, especially when any of these almighty acts are at the helm. Let’s go. 





5 Albums Celebrating Milestones in 2017/Divas of ’87 Edition

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…….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.