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Fire on Blonde

fire-on-blondeFire on Blonde was a pop\dance music duo from Los Angeles, California that originally consisted of singer Suzie Benson and keyboardist Jim Vukovich.
stop-and-thinkThe duo formed in 1985 and a year later in 1986, they released their debut single “Stop and Think” which didn’t appear to generate any success. Due to creative differences with Suzie Benson, Jim Vukovich left Fire on Blonde in 1987 and was replaced by Swedish keyboardist Scott Rudgress.
bounce-backDuring that same year, Fire on Blonde released their second single “Bounce Back” which also failed to gain any success, but three years later in 1990, pop\dance singer Alisha covered the song which became a moderate hit on the Billboard Hot 100.
wrong-numberFire on Blonde’s last single “Wrong Number” was released, but didn’t chart. It also covered in 1990 by pop\dance singer Alisha for her album “Bounce Back.” In 1988, Fire on Blonde disbanded.

These days, Suzie Benson continues to sing along with doing voice over & writing songs for television & movie placements, vocal producing in-studio for artists and teaches voice & acting. It’s unknown what Jim Vukovich and Scott Rundgress are up to these days.

To see a fan-made video for “Bounce Back,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Stop and Think,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Wrong Number,” go to:

Linsey

linseyLinsey was a husband & wife R&B duo from the ’90s that consisted of keyboardist\songwriter\producer Wayne Linsey and his then-wife, Lynne Fiddmont.

Prior to the formation of the duo, both Lynne and Wayne built up quite a career in the music business, each working with various artists such as Starpoint, the Emotions, George Howard, Brenda Russell, The Jacksons, Anita Baker, Ray Parker Jr., Phil Collins and Stevie Wonder.
perfect-loveIn 1991, they released their only album “Perfect Love” on the Virgin Records America record label. It’s unknown how or if the album made the charts at all.

The only singles released from the album were “Sweet Talk” and “Searchin'”. Like the album, it’s unknown how or if the single managed to chart at all.

After that, not much was heard from Linsey and they later divorced. Since then, both Wayne and Lynne have continued to remain active in the music business with their respective careers.

Lynne Fiddmont went on to become an in-demand & touring singer, working with artists such as Diana Ross, Whitney Houston, Kenny Loggins, Iggy Pop, Burt Bacharach, Stanley Clarke and Babyface. She has released three solo albums and is planning to release her upcoming album “Power of Love.”

Wayne Linsey is also active in the music business as a musician, producer, arranger and songwriter along with working as a touring musician, spending many years with R&B act Maze featuring Frankie Beverly. He has also worked in TV, film and award ceremonies (such as the Grammys, the Billboard Awards, the NAACP Image Awards and the Essence Awards) as well.

To see Lynne Fiddmont’s official website, go to:
http://www.lynnefiddmont.com

To see Wayne Linsey’s official website, go to:
http://www.waynelinseymusic.com

To see the music video for “Sweet Talk,” go to:

To see fan-made video for “Searchin’,” go to:

Cristina

cristina-monetCristina (born Cristina Monet-Palaci on January 2, 1959) is a former female pop singer who was best known for her “no wave” recordings back in the ’80s. She is the daughter of a French psychoanalyst and an American illustrator-novelist-playwright and attended Harvard, but later dropped out.

Cristina was working as a writer for the Village Voice when she met Michael Zikha (a wealthy heir to England’s Mothercare retail empire), who was starting his own record label, ZE Records and convinced her to record a song called “Disco Clone.”
disco-cloneIn 1978, “Disco Clone” was released as a single which gained some cult success and encouraged ZE Records to release a full-length album.
cristinaIn 1980, Cristina released her self-titled debut album on ZE Records. It was produced by August Darnell (from Kid Creole & the Coconuts). It’s unknown how or if the album charted at all.

During the same year, she released two singles: a cover version of the Beatles’ song “Drive My Car” (also released as “Baby, You Can Drive My Car”) and a cover of Peggy Lee’s song “Is That All There Is?” Like the album, it’s unknown how or if the songs made any impact on any music charts at all.

la-poupee-qui-fait-non Another single from the album “La Poupée qui fait non” was released, but didn’t appear to generate a lot of success.
things-fall-apart
In 1981, Cristina released the single “Things Fall Apart” on ZE’s Christmas Record. It was produced by Was (Not Was), but it’s unknown if it charted at all. In 1983, she got married to Michael Zilkha.

In 1984, she released her follow-up album “Sleep it Off”. Despite receiving some moderate reception by critics, the album flopped along the only single released from the album “Ticket to the Tropics”.

After that, Cristina left the music business and went on to lead a more domestic life in Texas.

In 1990, Cristina and Michael Zilkha divorced & Cristina returned to New York where she continued to work as a writer, contributing reviews & essays to various publications such as London’s Times Literary Supplement and has also made demos for books on tape.

In 2005, Cristina’s two albums were re-issued and her debut album was re-issued under the name “Doll in the Box.”

To see a fan-made video for “Disco Clone,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Is That All There Is?,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Baby, You Can Drive My Car,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “La Poupée qui fait non,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Things Fall Apart,” go to:

To see the music video for “Ticket to the Tropics,” go to:

breakfast-club-bandThe Breakfast Club was a pop music band from New York City, New York. The band formed in 1979 and underwent several line-ups, including one where pop singer Madonna (yes, the Madonna) was the drummer.

In the early ’80s, the Breakfast Club included brothers Dan (who sang lead vocals & played guitar) & Ed (who played guitar as well) Gilroy, Madonna (who also sang lead vocals) and bassist Angie Smit. Madonna ended up leaving the Breakfast Club to create a new band called Emmy and the Emmys.

In the mid-’80s, the band consisted of the Gilroy brothers (with Dan as the vocalist and Ed as the guitarist, bassist Gary Burke, keyboardist Paul Kauk and drummer Stephen Bray. The Breakfast Club were first signed to ZE Records, but they later signed with MCA Records and two new members: bassist Randy Jackson and percussionist E. Doctor Smith joined the band.
rico-mamboIn 1984, the Breakfast Club released their debut single “Rico Mambo” which didn’t appear to make the charts at all. A re-recorded version of the song was released as a single in 1986, but once again, it didn’t chart.
right-on-trackTheir second single “Right on Track” became a hit, peaking at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100, #7 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart and #64 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart (staying on the chart for 8 weeks) in 1987. The song was also moderately successful in the United Kingdom & Australia.
breakfast-club-albumIn 1987, the band released their debut (and only) self-titled album which peaked at #43 on the Billboard 200 chart.

The third single from the album “Kiss and Tell” peaked at #48 on the Billboard Hot 100. The fourth single “Never Be the Same” peaked at #8 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart, but missed the Hot 100.
expressway-to-your-heartThe last single released from the album “Expressway to Your Heart” peaked at #30 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart and also missed the Billboard Hot 100.
drive-my-carIn 1988, the Breakfast Club were featured on the soundtrack to the film “License to Drive” with a cover version of the Beatles’ song “Drive My Car” which was released as a single, but didn’t chart. During that same year, they were also nominated for “Best New Artist” at the Grammy Awards, but lost to Jody Watley.

The band recorded a second album, but it was never released and after that, the Breakfast Club disbanded.

Since then, Stephen Bray went on to co-write songs for Madonna and in 2005, he made his Broadway debut as the composer & lyricist for the play “The Color Purple” in which he was nominated for a Tony Award for his work on the show.

Dan Gilroy briefly dabbled in acting, appearing in children’s TV programs such as “Mother Goose Rock ‘n’ Rhyme” and “Mrs. Piggle Wiggle.”
percolateIn April of 2016, the Breakfast Club released an EP called “Percolate” which features songs from their unreleased sophomore album.

To see a fan-made video for “Rico Mambo,” go to:

To see the music video for “Right on Track,” go to:

To see the music video for “Kiss and Tell,” go to:

To see the music video for “Never Be the Same,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Expressway to Your Heart,” go to:

To see the music video for “Drive My Car,” go to:

Vision

visionVision was an R&B duo from the ’80s that consisted of members Brandon McLaughlin and Leni Law. Not much information is given about them, but they were signed to the Wilbe Recording Corporation record label.
vision-albumIn 1986, they released their only album to date, “Exposed.” It’s unknown how or if the album made the charts at all. The title song was released as the first single, but it didn’t appear to chart at all.
do-it-tonightThe follow-up single from the album “Do It Tonight” also failed to make any impact on any music charts at all.

After that, it seems as if Vision has faded into obscurity, but according to the Soul and Funk Music website, they now reside in Atlanta, Georgia, but it’s unknown if they’re still active in the music business.

To see a fan-made video for “Do It Tonight,” go to:

stefanie-boltonStefanie Bolton (from Memphis, Tennessee) is an R&B\jazz singer & songwriter that released her debut album in the ’90s.

She has performed as a background singer & worked as a songwriter, working with artists such as Angie Stone, Howard Hewett, TLC, Lenny Kravitz, OutKast, Luther Vandross, Lyfe Jennings, Angela Bofill, Anthony Hamilton, Goodie Mob and Marvin Sapp.
stefanie-albumIn 1996, Stefanie released her debut album “Stefanie” on Bellmark Records. It’s unknown how or if the album made the charts.

Two singles were released from the album “Wrap My’celf Around You” and “Why”, but it’s unknown if either of them made any music charts at all.
cling-to-meSince then, Stefanie has continued to stay active with her music career and currently works as a singer for Edwin Hawkins along with being a cruise entertainer for the Holland American Cruise Line. In 2016, she released a single called “Cling to Me.”

To see Stefanie Bolton’s official website, go to:
http://stefaniebolton.com

To see a fan-made video for “Wrap My’celf Around You,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Why,” go to:

To see the music video for “Cling to Me,” go to:

N.T.C.

ntcN.T.C. (short for Nathan & T.C.) were a hip-hop\R&B duo from the ’90s. Not much information is given about them, but they were signed to Bellmark Records & DCT Productions.
try-my-loveIn 1993, they released their debut single “Try My Luv.” It’s unknown how or if the single appeared on the music charts at all.
the-journeyIn 1994, N.T.C. released their debut (and only) album ” The Journey (A Quest 4 Luv).” It’s unknown how or if the song made any impact on the charts.
saving-my-luv-4-youThe follow-up single from the album “Saving My Luv 4 U” also didn’t chart, but a music video was made for the single.

After that, it seems as if N.T.C. has faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what the members of the duo are up to these days.

To see a fan-made video for “Try My Luv,” go to:

To see the music video for “Saving My Luv 4 U,” go to:

Koffie

and-im-telling-youKoffie was a female dance music singer from the ’80s. Not much information is given about her, but she was signed to Pandisc Records.

In 1983, she released a cover version of Jennifer Holliday’s song “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going.” It’s unknown how or if the song made any impact on the charts.
total-eclipseA year later in 1984, Koffie released her second single, a cover version of Bonnie Tyler’s hit song “Total Eclipse of the Heart.” Like her previous single, it’s unknown how or if this song made the charts at all.

After that, it seems as if Koffie has faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from her since the ’80s.

To see a fan-made video for “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going,” go to:

To see a fan-made video of “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” go to:

AmerAsia

amerasiaAmerAsia was an R&B music artist from the early ’80s. Not much information is given about this artist, but AmerAsia was signed to Honey Records.

In 1980, AmerAsia released the single “Dragon Lady / Right Direction.” It’s unknown how or if the song made any music charts at all. After that, it seems as if AmerAsia has faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what this artist is up to these days.

[Note: There are no videos available for this blog entry.]

Thunderbugs

thunderbugs
Thunderbugs were a British pop girl group that consisted of lead singer Jane Vaughn, backing vocalist\bass player Stef Maillard, backing vocalist\drummer Nicky Shaw and guitarist Brigitta Jansen.
friends-foreverIn 1999, they released their debut single “Friends Forever” which peaked at #5 on the U.K. Singles chart, becoming their only highest charting song to date. The song was also featured on the soundtrack to the film “Center Stage”.
its-about-time-you-were-mineThunderbugs’ follow-up single “It’s About Time You Were Mine” didn’t match the same success as their debut single, peaking at #43 on the U.K. Singles chart.
deliciousAfter the group’s follow-up single flopped, their debut album “Delicious” ended up getting postponed at first, but it was eventually released in Europe and the U.K. (which was released on mini-disc) in 2000.

After that, it seemed as if Thunderbugs faded into obscurity. Nicky Shaw went on to work on writing & programming songs and working with artists such as BB King, Eric Clapton, Lulu, Michael McDonald, Lara Fabian and Taylor Hicks. She also composed tracks for the film “Rag Tale.”

As for Jane Vaughan, Stef Maillard and Brigitta Jansen, it seems as if they have faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what each of them are up to these days.

To see a fan-made video for “Friends Forever,” go to:

To see the music video for “It’s About Time You Were Mine,” go to: