Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam

All Cried Out

I Wonder If I Take You Home

When one thinks of the diverse music of the 80s, one cannot overlook the importance of this band and lead singer. We here at The Big 80s Music Videos had the opportunity to see Lisa Lisa perform and it was stupendous.

Lisa Lisa (born Lisa Velez on January 15, 1967) and her band Cult Jam were one of the original American latin freestyle groups of the 1980s. Cult Jam consisted of guitarist/bassist Alex Moseley and drummer/keyboardist Mike Hughes. They were assembled and produced by Full Force.

The group released their debut album Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force in 1985. The Personal Records label had leased their single "I Wonder If I Take You Home" to the European division of CBS Records for the compilation album Breakdancing. Stateside club DJs began playing the single from the import LP, and thus the U.S. division of CBS, Columbia Records, released the record. It quickly became a chart-topper on Billboard's Hot Dance/Disco chart. It then crossed over to the R&B chart where it peaked at #6, and then to the pop chart, peaking at #34 in summer 1985. The single eventually went gold.

"I Wonder If I Take You Home" was followed by another club hit, "Can You Feel the Beat," which also went to #40 on the R&B chart in late 1985. Their third single, the ballad "All Cried Out," also went gold, going to number #3 R&B and #8 pop in summer 1986. "All Cried Out" was later covered by Allure in 1997 and was a hit in 1998. Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force went platinum.

Their second album, Spanish Fly, was a huge success in 1987. It spawned two #1 pop hits, "Head to Toe" and "Lost In Emotion," both of which went gold and both of which sported a retro Motown flavor mixed with the Freestyle sound they were known for. "Head to Toe" also parked at #1 R&B for two weeks, and with its strong Mary Wells influence, "Lost in Emotion" did as well.

Spanish Fly went platinum, peaking at #7 on the album chart. Other singles from the album were the ballad "Someone to Love Me for Me" b/w "Spanish Fly" (#7 R&B), "Everything Will B-Fine" (#9 R&B).

1989's Straight to the Sky was a moderate hit that included the Top 20 pop/#3 R&B single, "Little Jackie Wants to Be a Star," as well as the club hits "Just Git It Together" and "Go For Yours." "Go For Yours" was featured in the movie Caddyshack II and is found on its soundtrack exclusively.

Their fourth and final album, Straight Outta Hell's Kitchen, was less of a commercial success, though it did include a hit with "Let the Beat Hit 'Em," which reached the pop Top 40 and was a #1 hit on both the R&B and club charts. The group disbanded in 1991. Velez pursued both solo and acting careers, and Moseley and Hughes went on to do other projects.

Lisa Lisa released a solo album called LL 77 in 1994, which included the moderate club hit "When I Fell In Love" and the notable single "Skip To My Lu," which hit #38 on the R&B chart. She resurfaced circa 2001 on the Nickelodeon series Taina, in which she played the title character's mother.

Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force (1985)
Spanish Fly (1987)
Straight to the Sky (1989)
Straight Outta Hell's Kitchen (1991)
LL77 (1994) (Lisa Lisa)

"I Wonder If I Take You Home" (with Full Force)
"Can You Feel The Beat" (with Full Force)
"All Cried Out" (with Full Force)
"Head to Toe"
"Lost in Emotion"
"Someone To Love Me For Me"
"Everything Will B-Fine"
"Go For Yours"
"Little Jackie Wants To Be A Star"
"Just Git It Together"
"Kiss Your Tears Away"
"Let the Beat Hit 'Em"
"Where Were You When I Needed You"
"Skip To My Lu" (solo)
"When I Fell In Love" (solo)

External links
Lisa Lisa's official website


Rochelle said...

Lisa Lisa also has an official MYSPACE page!! Info on her upcoming shows, images, and new music can and will be available here:!!

101 Newsletter said...

You are correct. In fact many bands listed here do have myspace accounts. We try to list only the bands official page and encourage all our readers to search for additional information on your favorite bands.

Glad you took the time to drop us a note and hope you come back again.

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