So hereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s my question of the week for you — what the hell is a Ã¢â‚¬Å“fancy dancerÃ¢â‚¬Â?
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been listening to a lot of Ã¢â‚¬Ëœ80s funk and R&B lately and I keep hearing that term pop up. There’s One WayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬Å“Pull Fancy Dancer/Pull,” Twennynine and Lenny White’s “Fancy Dancer,” and before those two there was the Commodores’ own song from 1976 called “Fancy Dancer.” I still donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know what a fancy dancer is, though. I assume itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s someone who dances in a non-boring fashion — maybe a person who wears some attention-grabbing clothing or is simply superfly.
However, I do know that IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been talking about fancy dancers for the past three weeks now, and every time my unborn child starts kicking my wife, she calls him a fancy dancer. So itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s about time I figured out what the true definition is. Can anyone help? Better yet, were any of you a fancy dancer in the ’80s?
NEW MUSIC FOR THE COLLECTION:
Mai Tai, Mai Tai
Curtis Mayfield, Love Is the Place
House of Freaks, Tantilla
This week, an abbreviated edition centering on the letter Ã¢â‚¬Å“C,Ã¢â‚¬Â as we continue wading through the muck at the bottom of the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the ’80s.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Natural LoveÃ¢â‚¬Â — 1982, #66 (download)
Also hitting #20 on the country charts, this was ClarkÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 22nd and final Hot 100 hit.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“SlipstreamÃ¢â‚¬Â — 1980, #70 (download)
Allan Clarke was the lead singer of the Hollies for a good 90 percent of their career. He started releasing solo records in the early Ã¢â‚¬Ëœ70s but was never really able to muster any real hits on his own.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Should I Stay or Should I GoÃ¢â‚¬Â — 1982, #45 (download)
The U.S. charts certainly donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t reflect the immense impact the Clash had on the music world. Twenty-two hits in the UK translated to just three in the States. But this is certainly one of those groups where charting singles really donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t tell the tale at all. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m going to admit right here that IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not a fan, and I think Ã¢â‚¬Å“Should I Stay or Should I GoÃ¢â‚¬Â is actually a pretty weak song compared to tracks like Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Magnificent SevenÃ¢â‚¬Â or Ã¢â‚¬Å“This Is Radio Clash.Ã¢â‚¬Â And IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m also going to say that I liked Mick Jones better in Big Audio Dynamite. I know many of you are going to wonder what kind of crack IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m on, but hey, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m just being honest here!
Ã¢â‚¬Å“YesÃ¢â‚¬Â — 1988, #45 (download)
Merry Clayton sang on Ã¢â‚¬Å“Gimme ShelterÃ¢â‚¬Â with the Stones and background vocals on Ã¢â‚¬Å“Sweet Home Alabama.Ã¢â‚¬Â Even though this was from the soundtrack to Dirty Dancing — a record that pretty much turned everything it touched into gold — Ã¢â‚¬Å“YesÃ¢â‚¬Â didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t really get a lot of airplay.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Red LightÃ¢â‚¬Â — 1980, #41 (download)
A disco semi-star, her only Ã¢â‚¬Ëœ80s hit came from the soundtrack to Fame.
Climax Blues Band
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Gotta Have More LoveÃ¢â‚¬Â — 1980, #47 (download)
A shitty song from a shitty group, this is at least better than their massive follow-up Ã¢â‚¬Å“I Love You,Ã¢â‚¬Â which supposedly even the band didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t like.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“She Looks a Lot Like YouÃ¢â‚¬Â — 1982, #67 (download)
In the context of this post, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s hard not to like this song. In reality, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s produced pretty poorly and has underdeveloped verses. This was Clocks’ only hit.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Do It Again (Medley With Billie Jean)Ã¢â‚¬Â — 1983, #75 (download)
ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s amazing how Steely DanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬Å“Do It AgainÃ¢â‚¬Â and Michael JacksonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬Å“Billie JeanÃ¢â‚¬Â fit so well on top of each other. Curiously enough, the same two songs appeared mashed together just a little bit later by the group Slingshot.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Dig the GoldÃ¢â‚¬Â — 1980, #42 (download)
This is such an incredibly bad song. If after listening to this you wish to hire Joyce to perform at a party, just visit her website. It’ll tell you more about her than I ever could.
Best song — Clocks, Ã¢â‚¬Å“She Looks a Lot Like YouÃ¢â‚¬Â
Worst song — Joyce Cobb, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Dig the GoldÃ¢â‚¬Â
Next week, we go back to a full-length post and meet some better artists, including my wifeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s favorite of all time!