Why is Egyptian Lover’s “Egypt, Egypt” this week’s selection for Jheri Curl Fridays?

-Because this is what passed for “West Coast hip-hop” before Ice-T and N.W.A. brought gangsta rap to the forefront.

-Because upon my move to Southfield, MI (a suburb of Detroit) in 1984, this was one of the first songs I remember hearing and being completely blown away by-it sounded like nothing I’d heard before, except maybe “Planet Rock.” Granted, I had no idea who Kraftwerk was back then. If I had, I might not have been as surprised.

-Because it reminds me of a local “Soul Train”-esque show called “The Scene,” which aired after school in the Detroit area. The dancers on that show would pop, lock and robot their asses off to this song.

-Because it makes me want to pop and lock and robot *my* ass off.

-Have I mentioned popping and locking yet? You should be doing this.

At any rate, “Egyptian Lover” was only a moderate hit nationally, but was huge in certain pockets of the country. Off the back of that hit, Egyptian Lover (AKA Greg Broussard) has built up a decent career for himself. He released a few albums in the Eighties (although none were super successful) and continues to perform and DJ today (at least, according to his Wikipedia page.)

Not bad for a synthesizer, a vocoder and some monotone rapping. Oh, and a wee bit of moanin’ and groanin’.

There was never a video for the song (that I know of, anyway) but after the fan made clip for “Egypt, Egypt,” check out the Lover himself hosting an instructional beat-making video from his hotel room in London.

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Mike Heyliger

Mike Heyliger spends most of his time staring longingly at the Michael Jackson circa '83 glossy photo he has right above his desk. On the rare occasion that he's not doing that, he's written for various blogs/sites over the years, including Popmatters.com, rhythmflow.net and soundslam.com. He currently serves as the bleditor-in-chief of popblerd.com and the co-host of the Blerd Radio Podcast.

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