“The Glamorous Life” by Sheila E. (1984)

Prince’s demo version of “The Glamorous Life” (released on the Originals set earlier this year) is illuminating if only because it provided proof of what he brought to the table on this song, and what Sheila E. added. His soon-to-be protege shaded in what was already a monster track with her powerful percussion. The end result… Read More “The Glamorous Life” by Sheila E. (1984)

“Give It To Me Baby” by Rick James (1981)

“Give It To Me Baby” is a monster, a classic Rick James party jam. It starts off with a thunderous bass before launching into a whomping funk groove. The King of Punk Funk is in full “I’m Rick James, bitch!” mode here, bellowing “I’ll make you holler you’ve had enough!” However, considering the preceding lyrics… Read More “Give It To Me Baby” by Rick James (1981)

“Girls Just Want To Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper (1983)

“Girls Just Want To Have Fun” is an anthem for feminists and those who love them. Interestingly, it was originally written from the male point of view. Yep, Cyndi Lauper’s breakout hit was a cover, written and originally performed by Robert Hazard in 1979. Hazard might lay claim to the first version of the song,… Read More “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper (1983)

“Flashdance…What A Feeling” by Irene Cara (1983)

I’m not sure how many multi-artist soundtracks have more than one song rated five stars by me. Just writing these entries is an undertaking; I wouldn’t want to spread these even further out by crunching numbers in the interest of presenting fun yet inconsequential facts. At any rate, there will be a second Flashdance song… Read More “Flashdance…What A Feeling” by Irene Cara (1983)

“Don’t Leave Me This Way” by Thelma Houston (1976)

“Don’t Leave Me This Way” began life as a song by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes. It appeared on 1975’s Wake Up Everybody, their last album to feature Teddy Pendergrass as the lead vocalist. Motown’s staff got wind of the song, and decided to re-record it on Thelma Houston. Their recording of the song… Read More “Don’t Leave Me This Way” by Thelma Houston (1976)