Category: 80’s


Eloise Whitaker

eloise whitakerEloise Whitaker was a female R&B\dance singer from the ’80s. Not much information is given about her, but she was signed to Destiny Records.
self titledIn 1981, she released her self-titled debut album. It’s unknown how or if the album charted.
don't turn your back on loveEloise’s only single “Don’t Turn Your Back On Love” peaked at #18 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.

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

To see a fan-made video for “Don’t Turn Your Back on Love,” go to:

To a fan-made video for “Fallin’ in Love” (from her debut album), go to:

Symba

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Symba was an R&B group from Washington, D.C. that was led by singers Gerald Holland & Sheryl Hawkins and featured members Michael Jones, Robert Lewis & Rodney Washington.
body baitIn 1980, the group released their only album to date “Body Bait” on Venture Records. It’s unknown how or if the album charted at all.
hold onThe first single from the album “Hold On” peaked at #70 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 5 weeks.
hey youTheir follow-up single “Hey You” fared better, peaking at #55 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks. It was also featured as one of Billboard magazine’s “Top Single Picks” in the soul music category.

After that, it seems as if Symba has faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what the members of the group are up to these days.

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

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

Lipps Inc.

Lipps IncLipps Inc. was a funk\dance music band from Minneapolis, Minnesota that was created by Steven Greenberg (born on October 24, 1950 in Saint Paul, Minnesota), who wrote & produced most of the music for the band.

The band consisted of lead singer & saxophonist Cynthia Johnson (born on April 22, 1956 in Saint Paul, Minnesota) and a changing line-up of session musicians such as guitarist David Rivkin, guitarist Tom Riopelle & bassist Terry Grant.
mouth to mouthIn November of 1979, Lipps Inc. released their debut album “Mouth to Mouth” on Casablanca Records with Cynthia on lead vocals. The album was certified Gold in the United States & Canada and Platinum in Hong Kong.
funkytownTheir first single “Funkytown” became a number-one hit, topping the Billboard Hot 100 for 4 weeks (becoming the band’s only number-one hit on the Hot 100 to date) & topping Billboard’s Hot Disco Singles chart in 1980 (along with the track “All Night Dancing”). It also peaked at #2 at Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 22 weeks.

Internationally, the song topped the charts in countries such as Australia, Canada, Europe, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, New Zealand & Switzerland.

Since the release of “Funkytown,” it has been featured in various films, TV shows, commercials & was covered in 1987 by Australian band Pseudo Pseudo.
rock itThe follow-up single from the album “Rock It” peaked at #64 on the Billboard Hot 100, #20 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart & #85 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 2 weeks.
pucker upIn 1980, Lipps Inc. released their sophomore album “Pucker Up” which appear didn’t chart in the United States, but managed to make the album charts in Sweden & Norway.
how longThey scored a minor hit with their cover version of British rock band Ace’s 1974 song “How Long” which peaked at #4 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart & #29 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks. Another single from the album “Tight Pair” peaked at #4 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.

In 1981, Lipps Inc. released their third album “Designer Music” which didn’t appear to make any album charts at all. The title song peaked at #11 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.
hold me downThe follow-up single “Hold Me Down” peaked at #70 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 8 weeks.

After the release of Lipps Inc.’s third album, Cynthia Johnson left the band & was replaced by vocalists Melanie Rosales & Margie Cox (also known as Ta Mara from Ta Mara & The Seen).

In 1983, the band released their last album “4” which flopped on the album charts. and didn’t appear to chart anywhere else.

The first single from the album “Addicted to the Night” peaked at #8 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart and #78 on Billboard’s Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 4 weeks.

The second single “Choir Practice” peaked at #8 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.
R-311475-1160024857Lipps Inc.’s last charting single “Does Anybody Know Me?” peaked at #32 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.

These days, Cynthia Johnson continues to be active in the music business, singing, performing & producing. In 2013, she released her solo album “All That I Am.”

In 1993, Steven Greenberg formed an independent music label called October Records & in 1998, he wrote & directed the documentary “Funkytown.” He later went on to pursue a career in web design and was the owner of the company, Designstein for 12 years.

In 2016, Steven released a digital collection called “The Funkytown 15” (which contains 15 versions of “Funkytown”). He is also invovled in a legal battle with Universal Music Group over the ownership of the “Funkytown” copyright.

As for the other members of the band, David Rivkin (who goes under the name “David Z”) went on to work with Prince and has produced music for other artists such as Neneh Cherry, Buddy Guy, Etta James, Elisa Fiorillo, Billy Idol & Fine Young Cannibals.

Melanie Rosales & Margie Cox have gone on to pursue separate careers in the music business.

Guitarist Tom Riopelle is still active in the music business and is part of a music act called RyvrWud. It’s unknown what bassist Terry Grant is up to these days & appears to have faded into obscurity.

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

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

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

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

To see a fan-made video for “All Night Dancing,” go to:

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

To see a fan-made video for “Addicted to the Night,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Hold Me Down,” go to:

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

Minerva

minervaMinerva was a freestyle\dance artist from the ’80s. Not much information is given about this artist, but she was signed to Blue Chip Records.

In 1985, she released her only single “Rescue Me.” It’s unknown how or if the single charted at all.

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

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

Wandra

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Wandra (real name Wandra Rawlins) was a female dance\R&B singer from the early ’80s. Not much information is given about this artist.
love attackIn 1983, she released her debut single “Love Attack” on Jamtu Records. It’s unknown how or if the single charted at all.
sex attackDuring that same year, Wandra released a follow-up single called “Sex Attack” on the THO record label. Like her previous single, it didn’t appear to chart at all.

After that, it seems as if Wandra has faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what she’s up to these days.

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

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

pure energyPure Energy was a dance music\post-disco music group that consisted of Curtis Hudson, Lisa Stevens, Raymond Hudson and Wade Hudson. Early on, Curtis, Raymond & Wade were playing in a band called The Professionals. After Lisa saw them perform at a club in Orange, New Jersey, the four of them formed a cover band.
pure energy albumIn 1980, the group signed a record deal with Prism Records. During that same year, they released their self-titled (and only) album. It’s unknown how or if the album charted at all.
party onTheir first single released from the album “Party On” became their first hit, peaking at #7 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart & managed to peak at #93 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart.
when you're dancinThe follow-up single from the album “When You’re Dancing” peaked at #35 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.
come closerAnother single from Pure Energy’s debut album “Come Closer” was released promotionally, but didn’t chart.
breakawayIn 1982, Pure Energy released the single “Breakaway” which peaked at #20 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.

During that same year, they released two more singles “Too Hot” (which peaked at #57 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart) and “You’ve Got the Power” (which peaked at #65 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart).

In 1983, Pure Energy released the singles “Love Game” (which peaked at #30 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart) and “Spaced Out” (which didn’t chart, but was listed in Billboard magazine’s “Top Singles Picks” in the “recommended” section).

During that same year, Lisa Stevens & Curtis Hudson wrote the song “Holiday” which was discovered by music producer Jellybean Benitez. It was offered to R&B singers Phyllis Hyman & Mary Wilson (of the Supremes), but they turned it down. The song was later given to Madonna which became a hit on the pop & dance music charts. They would later write another song for Madonna called “Spotlight.”
one hot nightIn 1984, Pure Energy released their last single to date “One Hot Night” which didn’t chart. After that, the group disbanded.

In 1986, Lisa & Curtis welcome a son named Eric, who has gone on to become a successful songwriter & producer, working with various artists such as Ne-Yo, Mariah Carey, Dr. Dre, John Legend, Mary J. Blige & Trey Songz.
lovemusicIn 1989, Lisa released a solo single called “Love That Music,” but it’s unknown how or if it charted at all.

These days, it’s unknown if Curtis & Lisa are still currently active in the music business, but they were interviewed in 2012 about the success of “Holiday.” It’s unknown what Raymond Hudson & Wade Hudson are up to these days.

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

To see a fan-made video for “When You’re Dancing,” go to:

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

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

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

To see a fan-made video for “You’ve Got the Power,” go to:

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

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

To see a fan-made video for “One Hot Night,” go to:

Candi

CandiCandi was a Canadian pop band from the late ’80s\early ’90s that consisted of lead singer Candita “Candy” Pennella, bassist & background vocalist Nino Milazzo, drummer & percussionist Paul Russo & keyboardist Rich Imbrogno.

The band originally performed as an Italian wedding band. They later began playing at local area clubs & dances where they attracted the attention of record executives from I.R.S. Records label who signed them to a record contract.
dancing under latin moonIn 1988, Candi released their debut single “Dancing Under a Latin Moon” which peaked at #26 on the RPM Top Singles chart in Canada. In the United States, the song became the band’s only hit song to date, peaking at #68 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #46 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.
candialbumDuring that same year, they released their self-titled debut album. It’s unknown how or if the album charted, but it was certified platinum in Canada (with sales of 100,000 units).
under your spellThe band’s follow-up single “Under Your Spell” managed to peak at #46 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart. It’s unknown how it charted in Canada.
missing youThe third single released from the album “Missing You” peaked at #18 on the RPM Top Singles chart.
love makes no promisesThe last single from the album “Love Makes No Promises” became Candi’s highest charting single in Canada, peaking at #9 on the RPM Top Singles chart.

At the 1990 Juno Awards, Candi’s songs “Under Your Spell” & “Missing You” were nominated for the award of “Best Dance Recording”. Candy Pennella was nominated for the award of “Female Vocalist of the Year,” but she lost to Rita MacNeil. She was nominated the next year, but lost to Celine Dion.
world keeps on turning albumIn 1990, Candi changed their name to Candi & the Backbeat and released their sophomore album “World Keeps On Turning.” It’s unknown how or if the album charted at all, but it was certified Gold.
friends foreverThe only single to chart was “Friends Forever” which managed to peak at #38 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart in 1991.

The other two singles released from the album “The World Just Keeps On Turning” (which was nominated at the Juno Awards for “Best Dance Recording”) and “Good Together” didn’t appear to chart.

After a North American tour in 1991, Candy Pennella decided to disband the band and members went on to pursue other projects.

Candy married Paul Russo (who began working as a session musician), attended York University where she graduated in 1992 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music, then attended the University of Toronto where she graduated in 1994, earning a Bachelor of Education degree. These days, she works as a teacher for the Toronto Catholic District School Board.

It’s unknown what Nino Milazzo & Rich Imbrogno are up to these days and it appears as if they have faded into obscurity.

To see the music video for “Dancing Under a Latin Moon,” go to:

To see the music video for “Under Your Spell,” go to:

To see the music video for “Missing You,” go to:

To see the music video for “Love Makes No Promises,” go to:

To see the music video for “The World Just Keeps on Turning,” go to:

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

To see the music video for “Good Together,” go to:

The Vapors

the vaporsThe Vapors are a new wave\power pop band from Guildford, Surrey, England who were known in the United States for being a “one-hit wonder.” The line-up consisted of lead singer-songwriter & rhythm guitarist David Fenton, drummer Howard Smith, lead guitarist Edward Bazalgette (born in London, England) and bass guitarist & vocalist Steve Smith.

The band formed in 1978 when an early version of the band was discovered by Bruce Foxton (from punk rock band The Jam) playing at the Three Lions pub in Farncombe (located in Waverley, Surrey, England) and offered the band a few gigs & agreed to jointly manage them with John Weller (the father of English musician Paul Weller). After that, they were offered a slot supporting The Jam on the “Settling Sons” tour in 1979.
prisonersAt the end of 1979, the Vapors signed a record deal with the United Artists record label and released their first single “Prisoners” which flopped on the charts.
new clear daysIn 1980, the band released their debut album “New Clear Days” which peaked at #44 on the U.K. Albums chart and #62 on the Billboard 200 chart.
turning japaneseTheir second single “Turning Japanese” became a hit, peaking at #3 on the U.K. Singles chart and topping the music charts in Australia & Canada. In the United States, the song peaked at #36 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #34 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.

The song’s lyric content was believed to euphemistically refer to masturbation, but Dave Fenton (who wrote the song) denied that claim in an interview on VH1, but however, he said wished to thank whoever first came up with that interpretation.

The follow-up single “News at Ten” peaked at #44 on the U.K. Singles chart. The last single released from the album “Waiting for the Weekend” failed to chart.
magnetsIn 1981, the Vapors released their second (and current to date) album “Magnets” which peaked at #109 on the Billboard Hot 100, #39 on the Canadian Albums chart, but missed the U.K. Albums chart.
jimmie jonesSales for the band’s follow-up album were poor and the only single to chart from the album was “Jimmie Jones” (which name-checked cult leader Jim Jones) which peaked at #44 on the U.K. Singles chart and managed to peak at #39 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

In 1982, the Vapors disbanded. According to Dave Fenton, he alleged in an interview with “Record Collector” magazine that the lack of support from their record label was the reason for the band’s break-up and that their seventh single “Red Flag” was cancelled without any explanation.

After the band broke up, Dave Fenton released a solo single in 1983 called “Fresh Air” on Razor Records, but it’s unknown how successful it was. In the early 1990s, he returned to the legal profession and spent the next 17 years in London as a in-house solicitor for the Musicians’ Union.

Meanwhile, Edward Bazalgette became a TV director, directing TV programs for the BBC such as “Doctor Who” and two BBC documentaries: “Genghis Khan” (in 2005) and “Hannibal: Rome’s Worst Nightmare” (in 2006).

Howard Smith ran an independent record shop called People Records in Guildford, Surrey, England which closed in 2016.

Steve Smith formed a music act called Shoot!Dispute in 1984. Later on, he began working in sound engineering and was even the resident engineer at venues such as The Barfly. He later became a member of music trio The Shakespearos.

In April of 2016, Dave Fenton, Ed Bazelgette & Steve Smith performed at the Half Moon in Putney, London, England and since then, it appears as if the band has reunited, but with Michael Bowes now playing drums instead of Howard Smith.

To follow the Vapors on Facebook, go to:
https://www.facebook.com/TheVaporsOfficial/

To see the music video for “Turning Japanese,” go to:

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

To see a fan-made video for “News at Ten,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Waiting For the Weekend,” go to:

To see the music video for “Jimmie Jones,” go to:

Taco

tacoTaco (born Taco Ockerse on July 21, 1955 in Jakarta, Indonesia) is a male pop\new wave singer who is known for being a one-hit wonder during the ’80s.

He spent much of his childhood moving around the world, residing in places such as the Netherlands, Singapore, the United States, Luxembourg, Germany & Belgium. While in Belgium, he attended the International School of Brussels and graduated in 1973.

After that, Taco studied interior decorating and completed acting school in Hamburg, Germany. While in school, Taco had lead roles in numerous productions such as “The Fantasticks,” “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Carousel.”

In 1975, Taco began performing professionally in theater in plays such as “Sweet Charity,” “Three Musketeers” and “Chicago.” He was also the director & choreographer for the musical “Nightchild.” In 1979, he performed “West Side Story” at the Hamburg Opera House. During that same year, he founded his first band called Taco’s Bizz.

In 1981, Taco signed his first record contract with Polydor Records in Germany. A year later in 1982, he released his debut single, a cover version of Irving Berlin’s 1929 song “Puttin’ on the Ritz” and his debut album “After Eight” (which peaked at #23 on the Billboard 200 & was moderately successful in other countries as well).

By the late summer of 1983, “Puttin’ on the Ritz” peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Cashbox magazine chart, making it his only hit in the United States to date. It was later certified Gold by the RIAA, selling over 1 million copies. It also peaked at #12 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart & #37 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.

Internationally, the song topped the charts in Sweden & New Zealand and was moderately successful in other countries such as Canada, Norway, Austria, Germany and the Netherlands.
singin in the rainTaco’s follow-up single from the album “Singin’ in the Rain” peaked at #49 on the music charts in Germany, #98 on the U.K. Singles chart and #46 on the music charts in Canada.
superphysicalIn 1983, he released a single called “Superphysical Resurrection” which was released only in countries such as Germany, France, Italy & Spain. It’s unknown how or if the song made the charts at all, but a music video was made for the song.
Let's Face The MusicIn 1984, he released his follow-up album “Let’s Face the Music” which peaked at #58 in Germany, but didn’t appear to fare well in the United States.

Throughout the ’80s, Taco continued to release albums such as “Swing Classics/In the Mood of Glenn Miller” in 1985, “Tell Me That You Like It” in 1986 and a self-titled album in 1987.

In 1989, he briefly switched to contemporary pop music, releasing the singles “Love Touch” & “Got to Be Your Lover.” Between 1989 and 1996, Taco dabbled in acting, appearing in various films & theater productions.
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These days, Taco resides in Germany where he continues to be active in the entertainment business, performing and working on various projects. In 2017, he released a new version of “Puttin’ on the Ritz” called “Puttin’ on the Ritz 2017.”

To see Taco’s official website, go to:
http://www.taco.tc

To see the music video for “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” go to:

To see the music video for “Puttin’ on the Ritz 2017,” go to:

To see the music video for “Singin’ in the Rain,” go to:

To see the music video for “Superphysical Resurrection,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Got to Be Your Lover,” go to:

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

 

 

Arli

arli can't live without you

Arli was a freestyle\dance artist from the late ’80s. Not much information is given about this artist, but Arli was signed to Best Records.

In 1989, Arli released the single “Can’t Live Without You.” It’s unknown how or if the single made the charts at all.

After that, it seems as if Arli has faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what this artist is up to these days.

To see a fan-made video for a club version of “Can’t Live Without You,” go to: