Lost in the ’80s: Glamour Camp, “She Did It”

By 1989, The Cars were history and leader Ric Ocasek embarked as a full-time solo artist, flexing his Roxy Music/Iggy Pop/Suicide influences to the hilt with a more commercial pop sheen. Not surprisingly, The Cars and Ocasek had built up so much rock goodwill by the end of the ’80s that a second-generation Ocasek rocker was able to score a major-label deal.

Glamour CampChristopher Otcasek, keeping his surname’s correct spelling, formed Glamour Camp and signed to EMI Records, where they released their self-titled debut album. While there’s nary a trace of dad, Glamour Camp treaded on some similar ground, with Otcasek affecting an Iggy croon on the album’s leadoff single, “She Did It.” Anyone expecting a nepotistic train wreck were disappointed; while it was nothing too remarkable or groundbreaking, “She Did It” was perfectly serviceable, even charting on the Modern Rock charts and garnering some light rotation MTV play.

Unfortunately, “pleasant and serviceable” doesn’t necessarily always translate into “big seller,” so Glamour Camp’s debut served also as its swan song. However, the band did score somewhat the following year, when their remake of “Real Wild Child” — a song that, yes, Otcasek idol Iggy co-wrote — was featured on the Pretty Woman soundtrack, which went on to sell slightly under a gazillion copies.

So in that respect, Glamour Camp lives on in millions of CD collections, quite probably with no one even realizing it.

It’s currently out of print, but you can grab used copies of the Glamour Camp CD on Amazon for a whopping 1¢.




  • David_E

    Oh, man, not at all what I expected.

    This would have fit perfectly in my cassette rack between Diving For Pearls and Company Of Wolves.

    You know as well as I do that isn't quite a compliment.

  • thefxc

    Hate to nitpick–Iggy covered “Real Wild Child”, but he didn''t write it…

    Glamour Camp sounds so 1989…not bad, very familiar…nice choice for the revamp!

  • WHarrisBullzEye

    I, too, had this cassette single…and, God help me, I bought the entire CD as well.

    And promptly sold it.

    But, still, I loved this song…and I remember the video, too, which aired after an episode of “120 Minutes.” (I used to tape the show every week, and the tape would invariably roll over by a few minutes.)

  • JohnHughes

    Ugh…I knew that. I meant to write “Iggy covered”, not co-wrote. Thanks for the catch!

  • Martin VanNostrand

    Actually, Glamour Camp is a great “around the house” cd. It's just techno enough not to be upbeat and mello enough to make great background music. Yeah…it's late 80's…but what's wrong with that? Have you listened to the radio lately? Maybe the 80's were the last decent era for music.

  • JohnHughes

    Are you tellin' me?!?

  • Martin VanNostrand

    Actually, Glamour Camp is a great “around the house” cd. It's just techno enough not to be upbeat and mello enough to make great background music. Yeah…it's late 80's…but what's wrong with that? Have you listened to the radio lately? Maybe the 80's were the last decent era for music.

  • JohnHughes

    Are you tellin' me?!?

  • Martin VanNostrand

    Actually, Glamour Camp is a great “around the house” cd. It's just techno enough not to be upbeat and mello enough to make great background music. Yeah…it's late 80's…but what's wrong with that? Have you listened to the radio lately? Maybe the 80's were the last decent era for music.

  • JohnHughes

    Are you tellin' me?!?

  • RICH_CRANIUM

    BURN THIS PAGE!!!!

  • Roy Neary

    I have this CD and quite honestly there are some tracks on it that I absolutely love. The opener “fall for you” is sappy and simplistic, but very well done. All in all, it’s not a bad CD especially since I came across it in the $1 bin about a year or two after it came out. I’ve been listening to it off and on ever since.

  • C. Otcasek

    Thanks ; )

  • Andersencs

    I went to high school with Chris Otcasek. Back then he was known as Chris Brown. We were acquainted through a mutual friend who is a great guitarist. The funny thing was Chris played in the High School talent show. He and Chris Robbins played “Sunshine of Your Love.” The funny thing is nobody sang. I wish I could get back in touch with both Chris’