March 23, 1986 |
"SKIN ON SKIN." Vanity. Motown. Rate this one DD: Dumb and Dirty. The one-time Prince protege continues to offer herself as a filthy-talking, submissive plaything. This time out, though, the soft core consists of bubble gum, with some of the silliest lyrics this side of "Yummy, Yummy, Yummy." The songs--all written by men--play to male fantasies, the worst case being "Ouch," in which the singer begs for pain from her sex partner.
November 22, 1992 |
"When I met these guys they weren't hip, they were real lame--real pitiful," laughs Treston Irby, a native New Yorker and the only member of the R&B vocal quintet Hi-Five not from Waco, Tex. "I'm from the big city, so I (figured I) could help them get hip. I was surprised that these well-known singers were such hicks." That was the least of their problems.
January 28, 1988 |
One boy at Miss Paula's School invented a bubble gum tree. The invention didn't work because you can't grow bubble gum--a mere technicality, the boy's teacher said. "I don't care how silly an idea you think it might be," said Catherine Holst. "Nothing is wrong with your invention. Nothing is stupid when you are creating." The children at the private Northridge school recently participated in a national contest. They were told to become inventors.
November 18, 2001 |
Call him the King of Retro, ruling over a bygone era of Googie-style coffee shops, ranch-style tract homes and classic Caddies. Having written several books on mid-century pop culture, Charles Phoenix knows a thing or two about vintage relics. His latest work, "Southern California in the '50s: Sun, Fun and Fantasy," mines the landscape from Santa Barbara to San Diego for all things nostalgic.
January 27, 1995 |
Don't feel out of it if you've never heard of the Emotions. Hardly anybody knows who this female R&B vocal trio is, except for some hard-core R&B fans with very, very long memories. It's not as if they were the Supremes. Back in the late '70s, they had a short run at the top, mainly riding one huge 1978 hit single, "Best of My Love," By the early 1980s, they were history. Doesn't sound like much on which to build a musical life story, does it?
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October 27, 1988 |
Dukakis got the the bubble gum vote Wednesday. As the band played "Happy Days Are Here Again" and 2,000 delegates at the Kids Convention '88 cheered, credentials manager David Ford, 11, announced that the Democratic presidential nominee, Michael S. Dukakis, had bested Republican candidate George Bush, 53% to 47%. "We as children want to set an example for adults," David told his fellow delegates gathered at Universal Studios. "There is no excuse not to vote."