Category: 80’s


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:

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:

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:

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.]

Christina

a-583545-1473890854-3747Christina was a freestyle\dance singer from the late ’80s. Not much information is given about her, but she was signed to Skyyline Records.

In 1988, she released the single “Come and Get It.” It’s unknown how or if the single made the charts at all.

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

To see a fan-made video for “Come and Get It,” go to:

super-breakerThe Sonarphonics were an electro\hip-hop music duo that consisted of James McCauley and Rick Fields. Not much information is given about them, but they released two singles during the ’80s.

In 1984, they released their first single “Super Breaker” on Bound Sound Records. It’s unknown how much impact on the song made on the charts.
attack-planet-bassAfter the release of their debut single, nothing much was heard from the Sonarphonics until 1988 when they released the single “Attack On The Planet Of Bass” on Pandisc Records. Like their first single, it’s unknown how or if the song made any impact on the charts at all.

After that, it seemed as if the Sonarphonics faded into obscurity. These days, James McCauley appears to still be active in the music business, writing & producing. As for Rick Fields, it’s unknown what he’s up to these days.

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

To see a fan-made video for “Attack On The Planet Of Bass,” go to:

street-warsPalmerforce Two were an electro\hip-hop music act from the ’80s. Not much information is given about them, but they were signed to Pandisc Records.

In 1984, they released their only single “Street Wars.” It’s unknown how or if the single made the charts at all.

After that, it seems as if the Palmerforce Two has faded into obscurity and nothing much has been heard from them since the ’80s.

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

magda-laynaMagda Layna was a female Hi-NRG\dance singer from the early ’80s. Not much information is given about her, but she was signed to Megatone Records.
r-175019-1380909290-7508In 1983, she released her only single to date, a cover version of Gamble & Huff’s song “When Will I See You Again”. It’s unknown how or if the single made any music charts at all.

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

To see a fan-made video for “When Will I See You Again,” go to:

Redd

reddRedd (born Albert Cottle) is an R&B singer who released one solo album back in the 1980s. He is a member of an R&B group called The Tams and is the brother of singer Tameka “Tiny” Cottle (who was a member of R&B group Xscape).
its-reddIn 1986, he released his only solo album “It’s Redd” on RCA Records. It’s unknown how or if it charted at all.
sexy-girlsThe only single released from the album was “Sexy Girls” which also didn’t appear to make any music charts at all.

After that, Redd didn’t release any more solo albums, but as of 2015, he continues to perform live with The Tams.

To see the fan-made video of the first half of Redd’s debut album, go to:

To see the fan-made video of the second half of Redd’s debut album, go to:

To see a fan-made video for “You Grew Up on Me” (a track from his debut album), go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Work It” (another track from his debut album), go to: