Club Tunes

I got a good one for you guys this morning. Do you remember Neneh Cherry? Believe it or not, Neneh was born in Sweden, and grow up to be one of the most well known “one hit wonders” of the 80s (speaking in terms of foreign/imported music to America). I’m really not sure how her music did around the world, so I really can’t say. However, from my perspective, she sang only one song I liked which became a huge hit here. The song is called “Buffalo Stance.” The song peaked at #3 both in the U.S. and in the U.K. It stayed relevant for about 26 weeks. I really liked this pop song, and I used to listen to it all the time. Unfortunately, I didn’t like anything else she produced throughout he career. I know there’s another song that did well on the charts called “Kisses On The Wind,” which I think peaked #8, but I really wasn’t feeling that song. Neneh continues to perform, and even sometimes DJ everyone in a while.

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You know, before I decided to stop doing album reviews and focus more on individual songs, I wish I would have remembered Lisa Stansfield’s first album. Why? Almost every single song on this album I absolutely LOVE!!!! Definitely, this is one of those rare occasions where I liked an entire album, from side A to B. Now, on they day she released the original album, there was only one record. However, Spotify includes bonus tracks making it a deluxe two album set. I would have loved to have this in my record collection. But I’m also sure if a physical copy is available, it would cost an arm and a leg by now. Or probably sold as an import most likely. I used to call her Betty Boop, because this was the image she gave in almost all of her music videos when she came out. Her album “Affection,” to my understanding is still her most successful album. Lisa’s song called “All Around The World,” from the Affection album was her most popular hands down. In March 1990, the song peaked at #1, and stayed on the charts for 14 weeks.

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My other original favorite form this album, is a song called “This Is The Right Time,” and the video for this song was awesome too. This song also hit number 1, and stayed on the charts for about 9 weeks. Lisa was definitely steaming hot with her first album! Lastly, there’s a song on this album called “Live Together” which I really, really love. The song did not get as much recognition as it deserved in my opinion. Check it out and see what you think? The album has a number of cute¬† remixes, and extended mixes I’m hearing for the first time as I’m writing this article. Come relive the 90s by listening to Lisa’s classic Affection album.

Unless you were a club head back in the 80s, a good majority of you are not going to know this group. This here, is a CLASSIC in regards to club music. And happens to be one of my favorites from the 80s club era. The group is called FFWD; and it cleverly stands for the following group members; Thomas Fehlmann, Robert Fripp, Kris Weston, and Dr. Alex Paterson (in that order). In 1987, they released a unique song under the “Criminal Records” music label called “Baby Don’t Go.” This was huge in the clubs back in the day. I can’t believe that this song has less then a thousand plays on Spotify. I’m telling you guys, we’re losing our musical history. I’m so sad about this. I can barely find any information on the record label, I’m starting to think it’s been defunct. However, on Discogs, there is a list of much of their old club/freestyle vinyls if you’re interested. I’m guessing FFWD had separated, because the last album release I could find was 1994.