Feeling a little bogus and need a totally tubular infusion of some awesome jams to get this Monday started? Well, The Nest is ready to gag you with another spoonful of lost music we’re gonna pull out of that Trapper Keeper of forgotten faves we like to call the Dusty Vinyl Archive! DJ Scratchy’s decked out in her most gnarly neon threads and ready to throw another cassette in the boombox, while the Sponkies are both sporting some bodacious mullet manes. OK, we wouldn’t do that to them, that would be cruelty to critters…
How did the band get together, you might ask of some of your favorite acts. Well, for a number of popular groups in rock history, they were literally born that way. You can pick your bassist, and even your bassist’s nose, but you can’t pick your family. Sibling acts can be found throughout the annals of pop music, and you can probably think of a few right off the top of your head. The Jacksons, the Osmonds, those Hansen brothers who gave the middle finger to Kurt Cobain’s alternative direction of 90’s music. And of course, there were the Wolfgramms
What, you’ve never heard of them? That’s because they went by the name of The Jets, and in the 80’s….. huh? You don’t know who The Jets are either? Sheesh, for a few years in the late 80’s, these seven siblings were all the rage in the music industry… going on several world tours, singing the National Anthem at the World Series, becoming one of Nickelodeon’s favorite ambassadors… and they didn’t just do it with their charming, wholesome good looks. The Jets had five Top 10 hits on the US pop charts. FIVE! And nobody today could pick this band or any of their songs out of a lineup!
The Wolfgramms were a Minneapolis based Mormon family of Tongan descent, and like any good LDS tribe, they had seventeen kids in all. The seven eldest made up The Jets’ classic lineup that went on a late 80’s hit parade, starting with their 1986 breakout single “Crush On You,” which reached #3 and is probably the one Jets song even casual 80’s fans would remember. That was followed up with another #3 in “You Got It All,” both songs coming from their self titled debut album.
Their next album, Magic, spawned the remainder of their hits. In deciding which song to represent The Jets on the DVA, I could have gone with their 1988 #4 “Make It Real,” which is one of the most heart wrenching songs of unrequited love to ever play on the radio…. but decided to go poppy, bouncy silly instead. So here is The Jets song from 1987 that “only” made it up to #6… but is perfect for bringing a cheesy smile to your face on a Monday… “Rocket 2 U.”
Dear Lord, the 80’s were so tacky!
“Rocket 2 U” does more than borrow from fellow Minneapolisite Prince’s annoying (but prescient) texter talk… it’s a fun song with an almost horribly campy video that has the Wolfgramm clan decked out like ebony rainbow unicorns doing ridiculously choreographed dances. It was also the only one of The Jets’ recognizable hits that was sung by one of the four brothers…. in this case, Haini… the one in the bumblebee outfit.
For more proof that 80’s music was a lot better than its fashion, tune in again for the Dusty Vinyl Archive next Monday….