Who’s Crying Now?

Like, you totally need a tissue.

Music and Monday are both connected by the letter M… and thanks to The Nest, they go together in another awesome way!  That’s because Monday’s the day we sift through the alphabet soup to yank out another lost hit that went AWOL from that bag full of blank Scrabble tiles we like to call the Dusty Vinyl Archive!  DJ Scratchy’s always ready to say her favorite F word….. Funk, of course!  While the Sponkies try to learn their cursive letters that nobody even used anymore.  Time for another song that’s A-O-K…

The latter half of the 1980’s saw a new wave of R&B singers and groups steal the spotlight away from the synth pop and hair metal bands that were all the rage.  One such group that came out of New York City was a trio headed by Lisa Velez, who you may know better by her redundant stage name Lisa Lisa.  Lisa Lisa and the Cult Jam were one of the darlings of the wild and crazy year in music that was 1987, scoring a pair of #1 hits in “Lost in Emotion” and “Head To Toe.”  Those two hits from Spanish Fly remain the only reason Lisa Lisa hasn’t been completely forgotten about today…

I said Lisa Lisa, not Pizza Pizza!

That was the band’s second album.  Their debut effort was the self-titled Lisa Lisa and the Cult Jam With Full Force from 1985.  Full Force was an existing R&B group that the other two members of Lisa Lisa had come from, and they teamed up to produce the album that got the band their first public recognition.  “I Wonder If I Take You Home” was an international dance club smash, but it’s the awesome slow ballad from that album that was its biggest hit (#8), and one that I absolutely love!

I’m not sure if I’ve ever even heard “All Cried Out” played on the radio before…. even back in its day.  But VH-1 Classic introduced me to the video, and I fell in love with the song.  Though if you ask me, I don’t think this Fabio wannabe was worth crying over in the first place, Lisa…

Hoo boy…. Vidal Sassoon isn’t looking very good today, I guess.

Don’t cry… I’ll have another lost hit for you Next Monday!


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Bored former 30-something who has nothing better to do with his life than draw cartoon squirrels.
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17 Responses to Who’s Crying Now?

  1. love his brooch and the necklace… is that a secret message? or a magic spell?

  2. Nope – not familiar with that one at all……agree Fabio, Jr. could have had a better hairdresser for this video shoot but then Lisax2 could have done without the pink tights and mini-tutu look. This was a weird time in the video world though with costuming/hairdos/etc. so in that respect they fit right in!


    • Given all the men that were wearing tights (and maybe tutus!) in 80’s videos, I’ll give Lisa Lisa a little credit at least for not looking hideous in it. There’s no excuse for that awful hair on Fake Fabio, though… it looks like a blonde mop head!

  3. ghostmmnc says:

    Don’t remember ever hearing this one before, but I like it, and the video is pretty. 🙂

  4. randomlyerin says:

    Someone needs to shave that boy’s head…

  5. Don’t think I heard this one before (or at least I don’t remember it). As I recall, Lisa Lisa and her group did “Go for Yours”, which was featured in the Caddyshack II movie. Yeah, I don’t remember that one either! 😆

  6. To give you a sense of why these posts are so obscure to me — in 1987 I was getting ready to divorce husband 2 (in Jerusalem) and go back to the US — which I did in August of that year. I don’t think I heard much music. It wasn’t that kind of year.

    • ’87 is one of my favorite music years. We had a stereo in our classroom we could listen to during winter indoors recesses. That was a big deal in the days before kids were handed a cell phone as soon as they left the womb…

  7. draliman says:

    Oh dearie me, no. I’m still waiting for your “Homage to Heavy Metal” series…

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