Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Pretty Fly for a Dork Guy

The Partridge Family of the 80's hit the runway ready for take off. Now I'm out of Jets metaphors, doesn't this picture remind you of the opening credits to Family Ties? Mallory!

For no apparent reason, this song has been stuck in my head for the past few days. Maybe it's the time of year, I still live in the city I grew up in and around now I suppose is the time of high school dances. The weather is right, it's dark and a bit cold at night. Perfect temperature to walk into an overheated gymnasium and wobble about in a way that mimics dancing. And this song along with their other dance single "Curiosity" was played often at the dances I went to.

I haven't heard The Jet's "Crush on You" recently, so I can't figure out why I keep humming it. The song was a stone cold 80's dance classic, well, not at the time but since then. A fantastic pop song, endlessly hooky with its busy body keyboards and whooshing beat. Shortly after graduation I saw The Jets as part of a package tour that included New Edition and Morris Day and they put on a good show. A few years later, their career had disintegrated leaving a dwindling supply of Jets (there were about four people left out of what seemed like an original eight people and only two of them came from their popular phase) to play the local county fair. Even family loyalty couldn't keep them together (the original unit were said to be all related).

So here's the latest trip to the past, when girls wore bright colored clothes, leg warmers and big hair. What would we do baby, without us? Sha la la la. Sit Ubu sit. Good dog.

The Jets "Crush on You"

9 comments:

Jeannie said...

Thank you for The Jets dance, honey. You do it quite well. How 'bout I hook up a camera and put you on YouTube??

Now that you remember I was singing this song a couple of weeks ago, hope you still keep this song in your mind. Here's a visual to help: picture me with feathered hair and Corey Hart Raybans with a Swatch watch and about 100 Madonna-style rubber bracelets all on one arm. I'm ashamed to admit it, but it's true.

Arsenette said...

O.... M... G... I hated that song.. omg omg omg now I have it stuck on my head.. gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah Eville Mr. Mike..

Some Kinda Wonderful said...

I think I was much more into Adam Ant and Bruce Hornsby and Ozzy during this time. I do recall the song, tho. Sometimes I did go 80's during that time. Mostly I was a "stoner", except I didn't smoke weed.

Mr. Mike said...

The song is like the eels from Ceti Alpha V, it burrows in your ear and stays in there.

Hey Bunny, I'll have to look for pictures with the Madonna bracelets and swatch watches. Sounds cute!

Arsenette, sorry about the musical torture. I've found once this song is in your head, even Hall & Oates can't dig it out.

SKW, great choices. Bruce Hornsby is great, I saw him once open for the Seattle Mariners of all people. He was the opening act for a baseball team! He sat at his piano and played great solo renditions of "The Valley Road", "Every Little Kiss" and "The Way it Is". Of course, it wasn't as good as Billy Squier :)

Arsenette said...

Hey Hall and Oates might be able to take that .. no wait.. nvm.. not working.. Punk..

Frontrow said...

How about Rocket 2 U? Anyways Mr Mike, season premiere of 30 Rock tonight. U are watching right?

Mr. Mike said...

Sorry Arsenette, H & O can't do it. Maybe some industrial strength Level 42. The sight of that zombie looking bass player/lead singer might work.

Hi frontrow! Rocket 2 U is a great pick and Make it Real also was really good. I'm going to check out 30 Rock tonight, should be fun!

Arsenette said...

Omg.. Level 42... LOL I've NEVER seen a music video of them.. just had their cassette..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2MfQJL98aM

Wow.. he his homely isn't he??

Mr. Mike said...

Thanks for the link, I'm going to use it for Halloween!