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Sunday, March 26, 2017

How To Get Away From Mediocrity - Annalise Keating & Her Crew Are Dope MCs of This Turnt Up R&B Throwdown!


I'm Annalise Keating.

By day I get sketchy characters off the hook
in my job as a high profile defense lawyer.
By night I work as professor of R&B/Dance at
Shady-U. Today I will be teaching a course
called How To Get Away From Mediocrity.
My selfish, spoiled, entitled brats students
are with me to help introduce the coolest
def jams of the 21st century. I figure as
long as they are here co-hosting the
rave I can keep any eye on them
and they aren't likely to kill anyone.

Our throwdown begins with New York
R&B/hip hop star Mariah Carey. Mariah
burst onto the the scene in 1990 and
has since become one of the most
successful recording artists in
music history. Mariah suffered
an epic fail New Year's Eve but she
is mounting a comeback here at our
dance party. "Get Your Number," a
2005 Mariah Carey single, features
Atlanta hip hopper Jermaine Dupri.
It is derived from the 1982 European
hit single "Just an Illusion" by the
English R&B trio Imagination. Click
the vid at the 14 second mark and
get into the groove as Mariah performs
on the UK music show Top of the Pops...
but don't you dare tell Wes or Bonnie!

"Get Your Number"
Mariah Carey ft. Jermaine Dupri
(Oct. 2005, highest chart pos. #9 UK,
#7 Netherlands/#3 Finland, from
album The Emancipation of Mimi,
live performance on Top Of The Pops)


I'm Wes Gibbins.

I'm one of the law students hand picked
by Annalise Keating to attend her School
of R&B/Dance. Annalise and I have
a history and share a secret...
but don't tell the others.

In the 1990s Justin Timberlake found fame
as the youngest member of the phenomenally
popular boy band NSYNC. Justin has evolved
into one of the most successful solo artists of
the new millennium, recording pop, R&B and
neo soul and gaining maximum street cred.
In 2006 Justin logged his first #1 hit on the
Hot 100 with "Sexyback," an electro R&B
sizzler featuring guest rapper Timbaland.
Mix in this Timberlake-Timbaland joint
at the 18 second mark and you'll know
why it topped the chart for 7 weeks,
but keep your mouth shut. Annalise
cannot know about this!

"Sexyback" - Justin Timberlake
ft. Timbaland (July 2006, highest chart
pos. #1 Hot 100/#1 U.S. Dance Club Songs,
#1 UK/#1/#1 Canada/#1 Australia, from
Sept. 2006 album FutureSex/LoveSounds)


I'm Michaela Pratt.

I'm another of Annalise's law students.
Call me bronze ambition because I want
the good life and, with this face and bod,
I can get it, along with any man alive
 (...except Connor).

Kelly Rowland came to fame in the
90s as a member of the wildly popular
girl group Destiny's Child. In the early
2000s Kelly started releasing records as
a solo artist and went on to achieve hit
singles and albums. "Work," a single
released in January 2008, was a major
hit in the UK and much of Europe...
but keep it on the down low and
don't spill it to Connor, Asher,
Laurel, Bonnie or Annalise!

"Work" - Kelly Rowland
(Jan. 2008, highest chart pos. #4 UK,
#1 UK R&B/#3 Turkey/#4 France, Finland
from June 2007 album Ms. Kelly)


I'm Connor Walsh.

I'm gorgeous, gay, a law student and the most
reluctant member of Team Annalise. I used to
compete with Michaela for men, but now I'm
off the market and in a relationship with Oliver.

For ten years, Bronx/Dominican singer
Kat DeLuna has been making street smart
urban hip hop and R&B recordings including
the ultra cool house/reggaeton single you
are about to hear. Released in 2011 from
Kat's album Inside Out, "Drop It Low"
was featured in the video game
Zumba Fitness Core and is
guaranteed to spike your
metabolism... but don't tell
Oliver, Michaela or Annalise!

"Drop It Low" - Kat DeLuna
(May 2011, highest chart
pos. #7 Belgium)


I'm Oliver Hampton.

I am an I.T. specialist who fell hard and fast
for pretty boy Connor, a guy who is way out
of my league. Now I find myself roped into
the drama surrounding Annalise, her band
of social misfits and their never-ending
series of plots and schemes.

Now meet Booty Luv, an English R&B style
dance-pop duo consisting of Cherise Roberts
and Nadia Shepherd. In 2009 the irresistible
club single "Say It" became Booty Luv's 5th
consecutive top 20 hit on the UK chart...
 but please don't tell Connor!

"Say It" - Booty Luv
(Aug/Sept. 2009, highest chart
pos. #16 UK/#3 UK Dance Chart)

AT 1:21 MARK!

I'm Asher Millstone.

That's right... Asher Millstone of the rich,
Ivy League, country club Millstones. Connor
thinks he's the smartest person in the room,
but I'm the know-it-all of the group (even
though I'm always out of the loop and
clueless about their conspiracies).

At the age of 11, Danish singer Ida Corr
won a singing contest in her native country.
She became a background singer for other
artists and rose to fame in the mid 2000s
releasing records in the pop, soul, R&B,
house and dance-pop categories. In 2007
Ida's fame spread to the Netherlands and
beyond thanks to her collaboration with
Dutch house DJ and producer Fedde Le
Grand on the electro house single "Let
Me Think About It" which features an
uncredited vocal assist from Danish
R&B singer Burhan G. An international
hit, "Let Me Think About It" topped
the Dance charts in the U.S. and
the UK... but zip your lip and
don't tell Bonnie or Michaela!

"Let Me Think About It"
Ida Corr vs. Fedde Le Grand
(Sept. 2007, highest chart pos.
#1 U.S. Hot Dance Aiplay/#1 UK Dance,
#1 Hungary, from Mar. 2008 album One)


I'm Laurel Castillo.

I'm another law student, another soldier in
Annalise's Army and the most caring and
idealistic member of the Keating Coterie.

How about another dance floor filler from
Denmark diva Ida Corr? In 2009 Ida's house
single "What Goes Around Comes Around"
was released as a bonus track in Germany
from her third album Under the Sun...
but, whatever you do... don't tell
Wes or Frank!

"What Goes Around Comes Around"
Ida Corr (Mar. 2011 single from
German rel. of album Under the Sun)

AT 1:04 MARK!

I'm Frank Delfino.

I'm a tough, street smart local Philly boy who is
fiercely loyal to Annalise.  I guess you could call
me the fixer - dirty deeds done dirt cheap.
It goes like this. When somebody gives
Annalise a problem... I make it
(and them) go away.

Barbados born New Yorker Rihanna has been
making records for more than a dozen years.
She ranks as one of the best-selling artists
of all time, the youngest and fastest solo
artist to chalk up 14 #1 hit singles on the
Billboard Hot 100. In 2007 Rihanna made
a transition from innocent pop princess to
sassy, sophisticated sex symbol with the
release of her third album, the quintuple
platinum Good Girl Gone Bad.  One of
the tracks, "Push Up On Me," reveals
Rihanna's edgier style, but don't tell
Annalise, Wes, Asher or Laurel! 

"Push Up On Me" - Rihanna
(from May 2007 album
Good Girl Gone Bad)


I'm Bonnie Winterbottom.

I'm the dedicated associate attorney with
Annalise's firm. Along with Frank I pull
double duty as nursemaid to the whining,
high maintenance law students Annalise
cherry picked to be her confidants.

How's about a double dose of Rihanna?
On that same album, Good Girl Gone Bad,
Rihanna shifted gears and burned rubber
with the New Wave 70s/80s style single
"Shut Up and Drive" with lyrics seemingly
ripped from the Beach Boys/Jan & Dean
songbook. "Shut Up and Drive" was an
international hit and topped the U.S.
Dance chart, but shut up about it -
don't tell Annalise or Asher!

"Shut Up and Drive" - Rihanna
(June 2007, highest chart pos.
#1 U.S. Dance Club/#5 UK,
#6 Canada/#4 Australia,
from May 2007 album
Good Girl Gone Bad)

AT 1:45 MARK!

I'm Nate Lahey.

I'm a tough Philadelphia detective who shares
pillow talk with Annalise Keating and jumps
through hoops to save her scheming hide.

To conclude today's R&B Throwdown, let's turn
that double dose of Rihanna into a triple play
as we spin "Breakin' Dishes," another brash
and sassy number from Good Girl Gone Bad.
Keep a lid on it. Don't tell Annalise or any of
those rugrats of hers, Frank & Bonnie included!

"Breakin' Dishes" - Rihanna
(from May 2007 album
Good Girl Gone Bad)


Thanks for attending our morning blast.

I hope you learned your lesson
and got your groove on with
these R&B dance tunes.

Be sure to watch

How To Get Away

From Mediocrity

...renewed for season 4 on ABC,

and catch the entire series

from the beginning on Hulu!

(...but don't tell Nate!)


  1. There is only one word for these singers, songs and videos— hot! First of all it was fun to see the characters from another favorite TV series brought to life on your blog. I had to laugh at the “don’t tell” tags in yellow on the end of the introductions because that’s exactly how the characters interact with each other on the show.

    The music in this rave really lives up to the advance hype— driving dance beats and very exciting artists and performances. You probably won’t believe me but I don’t think I heard any of those songs before— and the only artists I knew were the first two— Mariah Carey and Justin Timberlake. The rest of them were new introductions and I very much enjoyed them. All of the songs are great— but my top favorites are Mariah’s appearance on Top Of The Pops singing Get Your Number, Shut Up and Drive— the video with the drag race that reminds you of a Beach Boys song— and the last Rihanna song, Breaking Dishes.

    What a fabulous lineup filled with the hottest club sounds imaginable. This has to be your best rave yet!

    1. Hi, Kathryn!

      Thanks for coming by to dance the morning away with Annalise and her furtive minions from How To Get Away With Murder, a TV series that is must see TV for you and me. I'm happy to know you got a kick out of the characters' intros.

      I am also excited to know that you enjoyed the red hot artists and tuneage presented in Annalise's Throwdown. It would be hard for me to pick a favorite because it is virtually a 10-way tie for first place, but I am particularly fond of Kelly Rowland's recording "Work," "Say It" by Booty Luv, the two by Ida Corr, and all three of those killers by Rihanna.

      I'm sure you recall Mariah Carey's jinxed performance on New Year's Rockin' Eve. Did you happen to notice the awkward moment at the beginning of her performance there on Top Of The Pops when she needed to force the door open? At first I thought the guy on our left missed his cue to open the door for her to enter the stage, but now I'm thinking the doorman on our right might have jumped the gun and opened his side a little too soon, requiring Mariah to make the snap decision to push the other door open and emerge a second or two earlier than rehearsed. Whatever the case, it seems like the dazzling diva has an unnerving effect on people around her. :)

      That Rihanna video for "Shut Up and Drive" is super cool, isn't it? It also seems derived from the "chickie run" scene in the 50s movie Rebel Without a Cause. As you might recall, Romanian zinger INNA used a similar scene in her video for "Club Rocker" which I used in one of my other raves. Start playing at the 55 sec. mark of INNA's official video:

      I'm so glad you enjoyed the rave, Kathryn. Thanks again for your support and enjoy the week ahead!

    2. I had more time today and just finished listening to longer segments of all of the songs. This time around— of all the artists featured in this installment— I found Ida Corr most to my liking. The alternative sound and the jazz undertones make her music unique. I also appreciated the Booty group this time through— more traditional and unencumbered than the "oh so hot chick" presence of some of the other artists, and therefore more refreshing.

    3. Well, hi again, Kathryn!

      I am surprised to see a follow-up comment from you. Thank you very much for taking time to listen to more of the songs. I find it interesting that a second run through of the playlist enabled you to appreciate artists and sounds you might have skimmed over the first time.

      You will get no argument from me about Ida Corr. I like both of her dance tunes represented here and I have in my collection her CD: Singled Out. Booty Luv is a British duo, not a full blown group, and their sizzling dance number "Say It" is one of my top favorites. I also have that song in my collection. In fact, I have all 10 of these recordings in my changer and their driving dance beats help to pace my evening workouts.

      Thanks again for reporting back in, Kathryn, and have a super weekend! (New post coming tomorrow morning.)

  2. Never watched the show I'm afraid.
    That Rihanna cover and title are a bit suggestive wouldn't you say?
    Timberlake has come a long ways since the wardrobe malfunction.

    1. Hi, Alex!

      Thanks for coming over early to join the gang from HTGAWM at Annalise's R&B Throwndown featuring the sizzling sounds of some of the hottest female artists of the millennium. You're right. Rhianna's cover art and videos are suggestive. That's par for the course in the wonderful world of modern R&B and dance-pop. Justin Timberlake has indeed come a long way and, as he reminds us, he's bringin' sexyback. :)

      If you enjoy soap opera style TV dramas spiced with mystery and humor then I urge you to watch the ABC series How To Get Away With Murder. Mrs. S and I never miss an episode.

      Thanks again for coming, good buddy Alex, and have a great week ahead!

  3. Ma guuudness, Mr Shady ... must be spring time in your neck of da wuuuds or sumthin ... smiles ... Love, cat.

    1. Hi, cat!

      Thanks for coming, dear friend!
      Yessum, it has been spring time in my neck of the woods since around mid January! :)

      So... are you gonna put on your boogie shoes and dance with me to the sounds played by Annalise and her cohorts? May I get you a cup of punch? :)

      Thanks again, dear cat, and have a great week!

    2. No boogie shoes for me yet, but ski shoes ... smiles ... still having fun in da snow over here ... i'm a lousy skier but I love it anyway ... video shows my son on snowboard and daughter in law on ski ... and me tryin to stay on track sumhow ... smiles ... enjoy the ride, friend Shady ... smiles ... Love cat.

    3. Hi again, cat!

      A. I took the entire ride and it was thrilling and captured very well on video!

      B. I am amazed that your son stayed balanced on his snowboard on those steep slopes.

      C. I was worried that you guys were gonna pull a Sonny Bono and plow into one of those larger trees near the end of the course.

      D. Annalise could have used those tunes at her rave! :)

      Thanks for coming and thanks for sharing, dear friend cat!

  4. Hi Shady! Gosh, what an interesting array of attorneys, and law students under the wing of Annalise! Competition in any profession is pretty stiff these days. You have to be on your toes, and, keep your secrets to yourself, as these students suggest!

    Some pretty good videos here. I liked Mariah's video dancers and song on "Get Your Number". She still belts them out there with her unique style. And Justin Timberlake's "Sexyback" video was pretty cool-the song has a good beat, but was not one of his best!

    The energy was ever strong on Kelly Rowland's "Work" video. I really like this one.

    I think Rihanna is a very cute girl, and, although I'm not familiar with her music, I always enjoy seeing her perform. My favorite of hers today is "Shut Up and Drive". Great costume changes, and attitude on this one.

    I kind of got a "Robert Palmer" vibe with Ida Corr's "Let Me Think About It". There's always something about girls wearing identical costumes and playing guitars that brings back his memories. I liked it!

    All in all, these entries were a perfect lineup for a fun and danceable rave. I think the law students should be more willing to share them with each other, they would have a ball. "Drop It Low" is a great song for just dancing around the room to check things out, lol!

    I had a pretty good time, Shady! There was so much entertainment, and the dancing was so exhilarating! You did a great job bringing these artists together for this event.

    We're having cooler mornings here so far for early Spring, and the days warm up in the afternoons! The weekend is coming to a close, so, have a wonderful week ahead Shady!

    1. Hi, Suzanne!

      Thank you very much for coming to the Throwdown, dear friend! (I'm glad the music didn't make you throw UP :)

      Yessum, if you aren't already watching HTGAWM, Mrs. S and I highly recommend it. It's a hoot, not strictly played for laughs, but just enough humor to offset the dark plot twists and mysteries in which the characters are involved. Secrets abound - secret alliances, secret acts of betrayal, secret love affairs, etc. It's great fun.

      Did you see Mariah push that door open to escape backstage confinement in that TOTP video? :) That diva has the worst luck when she performs in public, but this time she covered nicely and did an excellent job with her hit song, even though I'm pretty sure it was entirely lip sync.

      I'm so glad your ears match mine on Kelly Rowland's "Work." That song, the one by Booty Luv and the three by Rihanna are my favorites in this bunch. I read that some critics and fans panned Rihanna's "Shut Up and Drive" because it was too much of a departure from what they had come to expect of the artist. I say both the song and video are refreshing and kick butt all over town.

      Good eye, Suzanne! I agree that Ida Corr's "Let Me Think About It" video seems inspired by Robert Palmer's "Addicted To Love." Seems that iconic vid has been imitated by quite a few artists over the years.

      Kat Deluna is a super talented artist who has impressed me so much that I will soon be devoting an entire post to her. I have three of her CDs and they are wall-to-wall great.

      I'm sad to report that the a/c is on for the duration here at Shady's house. When you hear it coming on in the middle of the night you know that winter is over in Florida. Be thankful for your cool Texas mornings. They are a blessing and are becoming a very rare commodity in my part of Florida.

      Thank you again for coming to the rave party and for your well written comments, dear friend Suzanne. Have a terrific week ahead!

  5. Hi, Shady,

    What time does How To Get Away With Murder come on tonight? I want to see it!

    Ah, most of these songs were popular when I was in high school! I remember when my dad's friend, whom I call an uncle, sent me a Mariah Carey CD in 2000. He thought that's what all middle school girls loved. He was so wrong. I still laugh at that memory.

    I really liked the Ida Corr song. I liked her voice and style. I might have to check out more!

    Look forward to reading more! Have a great week, dear friend!

    1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

      I hope you had a super weekend, dear friend. Thanks for coming to my latest rave starring the cast of How To Get Away With Murder. I think the series is finished for the season and will return to ABC this fall for a 4th season. They might rerun episodes during the summer. Check your local listings. Mrs. Shady and I watch the series on Hulu.

      Until I did my research for this rave, I didn't realize that Mariah Carey has been dishing out her brand of sultry soul sista R&B since 1990. That's a heck of a long time! Did you see the problem she had with the doorman in that video? :)

      I'm very pleased that you singled out Ida Corr because I love her, too. In fact, the name of her CD is Singled Out and I own it!

      Thanks again for joining the party, dear friend JM, and have a wonderful week ahead!

  6. Tom,

    I'm gonna have to watch this series. Luckily, it is on Netflix, so I added it to our watch list. You have some great mewsic this morning. Mariah Carey is a fabulous artist. She makes singing look effortlessly and beautiful, except for when I try doing it and the dogs start howling. Of course, I always hiss at them but it doesn't stop the howls. They seem to intimidated by me. Don't they know I'm a Goddess? Oh wait, I'm not in Egypt. So, I can't pull that here. Oh well...NSYC was never a favorite band of mine but they did have a few good songs nor was I much of Timberlake fan but over the years I've come to enjoy this young man's talents. Not all of his mewsic grabs my ear but he has a few tunes like "Sexyback" that are just fun songs that put you in the mood to dance. My current fav is "I Can't Stop The Feeling". Other than Rhianna, your other mewsicians featured are new-to-me. Ida Corr was a nice intro. She looks a bit like Spice Girls' Mel B just a little, don't you think? I will check out more of her stuff on YouTube. I, especially enjoyed the first track you shared. Booty Luv's "Say It" is a great dance number and I'm gonna look them up on YouTube, too.

    Great fun post featuring the cast from How To Get Away With Murder! Thanks for sharing some good mewsic, my friend. Have an excellent day!

    1. Hi, Cathy!

      Thank you very much for being today's early bird and for writing this excellent comment on my latest rave post! I predict that you won't like the mewsic in my next post but:

      A. I am here to report the news and initiate a discussion of cultural phenomena.

      B. You are one of the very few friends I have who truly seems to enjoy mewsic with a beat, mewsic in the dance-pop category. You have posted your share of it on your own blog and introduced me to artists like Kat Graham. For that reason, I think you will get where I'm coming from with the post and understand the intended message. :)

      I'm thrilled to know that I have sparked your interest in How To Get Away From Mediocrity... uh, I mean... How to Get Away With Murder. If you enjoyed Damages you should love this series. There's plenty of back-stabbing, betrayals, plotting, scheming, and mysteries inside mysteries. The only thing that's missing is Ted Danson. :) Do you notice how Ted turns up as a cast member in so many TV series in recent years? Ted has a major role in the current season of Fargo and, for the first time, Mrs. S actually likes a character he plays. :)

      I am equally excited to learn that you enjoyed the mewsic played at the Throwdown. Mariah Carey does indeed make performing look effortless (even after the door sticks on her way onto stage) and she is loaded with talent, charisma and sex appeal. I'm pleased that you enjoyed Ida Corr and I agree she looks a little like Scary Spice. Your ears also match mine on "Say It," the club tune by Booty Luv. I have a couple more Booby Luv numbers embedded in future raves so stay tuned.

      Wow, again this is a wonderful comment on my long 10-song post, Cathy. It means a lot to me that you set aside time to visit, listen and comment so nicely during these busy days leading up to the A to Z. Thank you, dear friend, and have a terrific week ahead!

  7. I do believe you've outdone yourself here, Shady! The music, the images, the repartee, and the enticing character sketches were fabulous. I'm a Netflix devotee, so I see all of these series long after the excitement of renewed contracts has passed, but this series in on my list. After reading your post, I may just move it up a notch.

    1. Hi, Cheryl!

      I am very happy to see you, dear friend! Thank you very much for coming over to Annalise Keating's Rave, a dance party to end all dance parties (until my next one comes along :)

      Mrs. S and I watch HTGAWM on Hulu. I am not sure if NetFlix carries it yet, but we urge you to give the series a try because it's a hoot. Viola Davis is wonderful in her role as a defense lawyer with deep dark secrets. Annalise has a troubled past, a troubled present, and will most likely have a troubled future thanks to the illegal and immoral stunts she and her students pull. Laced with humor, the series gets you hooked (soap opera style) and keeps you hooked.

      I hope you enjoyed a tune or two that Annalise and her rugrats played at this week's gig. Hardcore ravers will enjoy cuing up all 10 vids in advance and then crossfading between songs in DJ fashion. It's a thrilling ride, believe me!

      Thanks again for joining the fun, dear friend C-Lee, and have a super week!

  8. So much packed into this post! I don't have time right now to listen to everything, but I listened to a few of the videos. Mariah Carey has a lot of talent. I've heard she's a difficult diva, though. If she is, that's too bad!

    Thanks for such a cool post! Enjoy the rest of your week.

    1. Hi, Sherry!

      Welcome back, dear friend! I'm happy to see your face here at Annalise's R&B Throwdown, a six day dance-a-thon that people will be Shirley be talking about around water coolers for, quite literally, DECADES to come. :)

      Yessum, it is a long post, 10 songs, and that's why I try to save the casual reader's time by listing the cue points on the vids. I figure if you listen to just 10 seconds of each song you'll get the gist and can be in and out of here in less than 2 minutes. That doesn't seem like too much to ask. Of course, people who actually like post-disco funk and R*B style dance-pop (all 1 or 2 of them :) might decide to stay awhile and listen to more of each video or even play club DJ by crossfading between the songs. I hope you will come back and listen to more of the tuneage when time permits. This post gets bumped off the front page Saturday morning.

      I think people get nervous and feel intimated around Mariah and that might account for her epic fail on New Year's Eve and might explain why the doormen were out of sync at the beginning of her "Get Your Number" performance.

      Thanks again for joining the fun, dear friend Sherry!

  9. Hello and good morning! I always have to take some time to listen to all the tracks:) I do like Sexy Back...original and inventive. I'm not a Mariah Carey fan so she can say bye bye bye. Kelly Rowland, Kat DeLuna and Booty Luv are all just ok to me and I may dance to them on the dance floor but they all have the same style to me and they love to show off their bodies which I think takes a step back for women over all. Speaking it, Idie?? She is in a sexy lingerie doing all these sexy movies and then the guy comes out in sweats....I just don't get it. Well, I do but I hang my head low. On the upside, I really liked Laurel Castillo with that Indian influence in her song. To me that song was a bit more original. As for Rihanna...I could not listen to her work here and will go to YouTube later but I find her a hit and miss. There are some songs I don't mind but then other songs I want to scream like that work, work, work, work song....ughhhh. You have a beautiful day Shady and looking forward to more from your hit parade

    1. Hi, Birgit!

      Thanks so much for coming over to join the fun as Annalise's rave winds through its final day. I'm glad you didn't miss the party, dear friend.

      I'm happy to know you enjoyed some of the sounds in this play list. Like you, I dig the Timbaland - Timberlake collaboration on "Sexyback." It has a fresh, hip sound that really works for me. Mariah Carey - gotta love her -
      (or not :), and I hope you noticed her having to force the door open there at the start of her performance on TOTP. :)

      Yessum, sex sells in the wonderful world of modern house/club music and dance-pop. I originally thought the trend could be traced back to the late 90s recordings and videos of Britney Spears, but then I remembered "Super Freak" and other early 80s recordings and vids by Rick James and realized it's been heading this direction much longer. I read that the sexier, nastier trends in music were part of a massive backlash against disco that finally killed off that genre at the end of the 70s and in 1980. Starting in the early 80s, post-disco funk, club music and Sunset Strip style sleazy heavy metal (Motley Crue) all rose to prominence and the innocent romance and glamour of the disco 70s was gone for good - old school and uncool.

      Thank you again for setting aside time for a visit during this very busy week when you and other bloggers are preparing for the grueling month long A To Z Challenge. I will be over to see your first post tomorrow and, as always, I look forward to talking movies with you.

      Have a great weekend, dear friend BB!

  10. Hi Shady! Sorry I missed this post. I was in Chicago last weekend and I read most of it at work but the videos don't come through on my Kindle so I couldn't listen. Then Jack had a medical emergency that required eye surgery and we've been going back and forth to Cleveland this week. This is the first chance I've had at blogging. So I'll just say hi and wish you a wonderful weekend! I'll try and catch the next party soon!

    1. Hi, YaYa!

      Thank you very much for coming over, dear friend. I've been wondering what's been going on with you all this week and I am extremely saddened to learn that Jack had a medical emergency that required eye surgery and trips back and forth to Cleveland. It sounds serious but I hope it isn't as bad as it seems. I hope and pray that Jack is alright and on the mend. I'm sure you will be blogging about the incident soon. My prayers go out to him and to you.

      You are a great friend for keeping me informed about what's going on. God bless you, Kathleen.


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