So hereâ€™s my question of the week for you — what the hell is a â€œfancy dancerâ€?
Iâ€™ve been listening to a lot of â€˜80s funk and R&B lately and I keep hearing that term pop up. There’s One Wayâ€™s â€œPull 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 donâ€™t know what a fancy dancer is, though. I assume itâ€™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 Iâ€™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 itâ€™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 â€œC,â€ as we continue wading through the muck at the bottom of the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the ’80s.
â€œNatural Loveâ€ — 1982, #66 (download)
Also hitting #20 on the country charts, this was Clarkâ€™s 22nd and final Hot 100 hit.
â€œSlipstreamâ€ — 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 â€˜70s but was never really able to muster any real hits on his own.
â€œShould I Stay or Should I Goâ€ — 1982, #45 (download)
The U.S. charts certainly donâ€™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 donâ€™t tell the tale at all. Iâ€™m going to admit right here that Iâ€™m not a fan, and I think â€œShould I Stay or Should I Goâ€ is actually a pretty weak song compared to tracks like â€œThe Magnificent Sevenâ€ or â€œThis Is Radio Clash.â€ And Iâ€™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 Iâ€™m on, but hey, Iâ€™m just being honest here!
â€œYesâ€ — 1988, #45 (download)
Merry Clayton sang on â€œGimme Shelterâ€ with the Stones and background vocals on â€œSweet Home Alabama.â€ Even though this was from the soundtrack to Dirty Dancing — a record that pretty much turned everything it touched into gold — â€œYesâ€ didnâ€™t really get a lot of airplay.
â€œRed Lightâ€ — 1980, #41 (download)
A disco semi-star, her only â€˜80s hit came from the soundtrack to Fame.
Climax Blues Band
â€œGotta Have More Loveâ€ — 1980, #47 (download)
A shitty song from a shitty group, this is at least better than their massive follow-up â€œI Love You,â€ which supposedly even the band didnâ€™t like.
â€œShe Looks a Lot Like Youâ€ — 1982, #67 (download)
In the context of this post, itâ€™s hard not to like this song. In reality, itâ€™s produced pretty poorly and has underdeveloped verses. This was Clocks’ only hit.
â€œDo It Again (Medley With Billie Jean)â€ — 1983, #75 (download)
Itâ€™s amazing how Steely Danâ€™s â€œDo It Againâ€ and Michael Jacksonâ€™s â€œBillie Jeanâ€ 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.
â€œDig the Goldâ€ — 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, â€œShe Looks a Lot Like Youâ€
Worst song — Joyce Cobb, â€œDig the Goldâ€
Next week, we go back to a full-length post and meet some better artists, including my wifeâ€™s favorite of all time!