Bookended by Cats was named after Milo and Otis. They are the short, orange, and furry brothers who, upon entering our lives in 2003, often bookended us on our couch. And who are we? We're a geek couple living in PA. We love music, movies, TV, comics, books, and comic cons. And, from time to time, we'll share our thoughts on these nerdy things.

Friday, February 2, 2024

Friday 80s Flashback for February 2, 2024

[Love is Still Saying: Let the Music Play] -- Forty years ago this week – on February 1, 1994 – American dance and freestyle singer Shannon released her debut studio album: Let The Music Play. The album peaked at #32 on the Billboard 200, while the title track peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 as well as #1 on the Billboard dance chart. Not only that, "Let The Music Play" snagged Shannon her first Grammy Award nomination, which was for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance (she lost to Chaka Khan's "I Feel for You" during the 27th Annual Grammy Awards, on February 26, 1985). 

Perhaps you recall "Let The Music Play" from Shannon's appearance on the TV show, Solid Gold (Season 4, Episode 23, Feb 25, 1984). Or you might remember the Breakdance Sensation '84 promo video. You might not know that she didn't see royalties from that tune for decades (I know I wasn't aware)! 

There were four singles in total released from this album. The next two singles after "Let The Music Play" – "Give Me Tonight" and "My Heart's Divided" – also enjoyed some chart success. "Give Me Tonight" charted on both the Billboard Hot 100 and dance charts, while "My Heart's Divided" charted only on the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play, but it peaked at #3. The only clunker on this record, in my opinion, is the sixth track, "It's You." But the album bounces back fiercely with "One Man," which could have been a soundtrack or TV theme contender, and then closes out strong with a remix of "Let The Music Play."

Let me know if you remember this record. And if you agree with my assessments. 

FlashbackLet The Music Play (February 1, 1984)

And that's all till next week. Dedicated 80s-philes can find more flashbacks in the Prophet or Madman archives or via Bookended's 80s Flashback tag. As always, your comments are welcome on today's, or any other, flashback post. And if you like what I'm doing here, please share the link with your friends. If, however, you don't like the flashback, feel free to share it with your enemies.

I'll see you in seven! 

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