Flashback Friday: Alicia Keys Covering Essence

AK covering Essence magazine for the first time in March 2002.

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Flashback Friday: Jane Child meets Paramore

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As you know on Fridays I usually write a music flashback post. But, this Friday I’m doing something a little different. Instead of just looking back, today we’ll be looking at some current music and comparing it to a nice Flashback Friday cut.

The first song is by rock trio Paramore. It’s called, “Ain’t It Fun” and was released in February of 2014. The lead vocalist Hayley Williams, and the song’s chorus reminds me a lot of a 90s singer named Jane Child  and her 1990 hit song called, “Welcome To The Real World”. And, the two songs seem to even have a very similar message.

Now let’s see if you agree.

Here is Paramore’s Ain’t It Fun

Paramore lead singer Hayley Williams

Here’s Jane Child’s Welcome To The Real World

 

Did you remember Jane Child’s Welcome To The Real World?

Did you think the Paramore song and the Jane Child song were similar?

Do you think Ain’t It Fun is a nice jam?

 

Flashback Friday: Troop

Troop is a late 80s/ early 90s R&B group originally from Pasadena, California. TROOP is an acronym for “Total Respect Of Other People”. The five members were, Steve “Random” Russell, Allen McNeil, John Harreld, Rodney Benford and Reggie Warren.

The group has had five number one singles and ten top ten singles on the Billboard R&B Charts. They released five albums, which include three certified gold and one certified platinum album.

 Troop is most notable for a series of number one R&B hits, including two popular cover versions of songs such as “All I Do Is Think of You” and “Sweet November“, originally performed by, The Jackson 5 and The Deele respectively. They also had number-one hits with original songs such as “Mamacita” and “Spread My Wings”.

When people talk about the best R&B groups of the 80s/ 90s Troop is often forgotten, which is a shame because they were a very good group.

Troop – All I Do Is Think Of You

Troop – Spread My Wings

Do you remember Troop?

Val Recommends: 20 Feet From Stardom

Last week I recommended a film and so far no one seems to have liked it. So, I thought I would try, try again.

This time I’m recommending a documentary called, 20 Feet From Stardom.  It tells the story of some of the greatest background singers in the history of recorded music.

Watching the film it was amazing to be able to put faces to the voices I’ve heard on classic songs. Check this Academy Award winning doc on Netflix right now!

I hope you enjoy this! 🙂