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Forgot About Friday/soulDecision

Sigh……………………
That collective release of music life air can certainly be interpreted in many ways when it comes to today’s long since, um, faded from the Billboard music charts subjects, Canadian pop trio, soulDecision…and yes, it’s phrased out just like that. 
For one, aren’t these fine-tuned boys still just so American Eagle/frosted tips worthy and adorbs? And two, where the f@#k did they go?? 

Getting their start in Vancouver,
soulDecisionvocalist/guitarist/keyboardist Trevor Guthrie, vocalist David Bowman, and keyboardist Ken Lewko–served out their first record, No One Does It Better, in 2000 with the production help of Charles Fisher, a famed pop producer who also worked with likes of Savage Garden and Ace of Base. Yes.

Their debut ditty, the ingenious “Faded,” was a chart topping smash in Canada, and would eventually crossover on into U.S. charts thanks to the heavy rotation the accompanying video received on a little show called TRL. Hey, Carson! And admit it, you know you where there in Times Square making sure “Faded” stayed on the countdown until it was officially retired.
And that cameo rap by rapper Thrust...how’s it go? Yo, it’s priceless. 
After the success of “Faded,” soulDecision released follow-up single, “Oooh it’s Kind of Crazy,” which was just as equally delish as its predecessor. The slinky groove fared moderate on the charts and kept the group momentum going…..for just a little bit longer until soulDecision were never heard from again.

Actually, that’s not exactly true…the trio did release their sophomore set, Shady Satin Drug, in 2004, and well, after that they were basically never heard from again as they have yet to release any new material since. 
But you have to admit, “Faded” is one hell of a  TRL worthy flow that we should never, ever forget about. Actually, wait, none of us early ’00s kids and kweens never have because let’s face it, most of us are still crunching on all things soulDecision..and that makes this delightful music memory quite alright for your Forgot About Friday night. 
Happy weekend! 

For many more music memories that we’ll never be able to live without, kick back and reminisce right here and here with Philly Mixtape 

Soul Decision cover photo courtesy of Spotify 

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Forgot About Friday/98°

We all know how it went back in the day…Backstreet Boys, ‘N Sync.98°.

Sexy, sweet urban soul quartet 98° formed in Los Angeles by four Ohio-based gentlemen: brothers Nick and Drew Lachey, as well as Jeff Timmons and Justin Jeffre. Mr. Timmons was trying to make it in the music world, , so he called Jeffre and Nick Lachey — both former classmates at the Cincinnati School for Creative and Performing Artists –– and formed 98°, with Drew Lachey moving to the West Coast soon after.

During their strive to maybe, hopefully making it one day on TRL, The stud-ly quartet worked a variety of odd jobs to finance their talent show appearances. But after attracting attention by trying to crash backstage at a Boyz II Men concert, the group was offered a chance to sing on a local radio station, which in turn led to them meeting Paris d’Jon, the co-manager of Montell Jordan. Paris arranged demos for them and helped the group sign to Motown, putting out their debut single, “Invisible Man.” The sultry track became an instant hit, going on to touch the number 12 on the singles charts in ’97, leading up to the release of their self-titled debut album later that year. 

Their second album, 98° and Rising soon followed and contained the hits “The Hardest Thing, “Because of You,” and “I Do(Cherish You)” (remember that Making the Video with Screech??), and a year later, they hit holiday gold with their seasonal set, This Christmas. (“This Gift,” anyone?) When the groovy group released their third full-length, Revelation, they had us all swooning over steamy single,  “Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche),” which became the boy-band’s biggest hit, landing at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.

But, as we all know, while things with the group cooled down when they announced a hiatus in February 2002, Mr. Nick Lachey achieved great success as Jessica Simpson’s future ex husband on the reality smash, Newlyweds;Nick & Jessica, and Drew Lachey went on to win season 2 of Dancing with the Stars. Timmons eventually wound up on an MTV reality show called Mission Man Band in 2007, as well as a brief run as a Chippendales producer/singer. Only Jeffre didn’t show up on TV after he (unsuccessfully) ran for mayor of Cincinnati in 2005. Eventually, the group drifted back together, getting their biceps back into the music world for a reunion in 2012, then pursuing a reunion full-time in 2013, launching a tour with NKOTB and Boyz II Men for the aptly titled, The Package Tour

Sigh….