The 80s: ‘The Breakfast Club’

“But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain, and an athlete, and a basket case, a princess, and a criminal. Does that answer your question? Sincerely yours, The Breakfast Club.” If you remember that […]

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The 80s: DeBarge’s ‘Rhythm of the Night’

By the time DeBarge released the album Rhythm of the Night, the group of siblings from Michigan was accustomed to hitting the charts, already known


The 80s: Herb Alpert’s ‘Keep Your Eye On Me’

Herb Alpert’s 1987 album, Keep Your Eye on Me, was a perfect example of “old school” meets “new school.” On the old school side you


The 80s: Five Star’s ‘Luxury of Life’

Sibling groups were no stranger to the 1980s R&B audience.  One could take their pick of U.S.-based groups like Switch, DeBarge, The Jets, The Sylvers


The 80s: Level 42’s “Something About You”

The band Level 42 was formed in the late 1970s and hit the scene with their self-titled debut album in 1981.  Over the next few


The 80s: The Human League’s Crash

The British band The Human League had almost a decade of recording and performing under their belt when they released their album Crash in 1986. 


The 80s: ‘Janet Jackson’

It was really no surprise back in the early 1980s when Janet Jackson released her first album.  As a member of the Jackson family, it

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Classic Soul Album: Sly & and the Family Stone’s ‘Stand!’

One of the most important albums of all time of any genre is, without a doubt, Stand! by the legendary funk ensemble Sly & the


The 80s: ‘Alexander O’Neal’

It’s been almost thirty years since Natchez, Mississippi native Alexander O’Neal released his eponymous debut album.  Released in 1985 on Tabu Records and produced by


The 80s: Debbie Deb

Singer Debbie Deb was part of the freestyle movement of the 1980s, a unique combination of dance, hip-hop and electronica with a Latin influence which

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