This So-Called Post-Post-Racial Life

March 13, 2009

Old School Friday: Got Me Wondering

Filed under: Old School Friday — Tags: , — pprscribe @ 9:45 am

The Old School Friday theme for this week is Child Singers.

Truly Wonderful

I’ll start with probably one of the most successful child stars of our time–especially if “success” is measured by longevity. When Stevland Hardaway Judkins first popped on the musical scene he was truly a wonder: blind from birth, self-taught on multiple instruments–and at an age too young to know it, he could sing the blues like nobody’s business. Little Stevie Wonder, then, on vocals and harmonica:

“Fingertips (Part 2)” by Stevie Wonder

"Josie and the Pussycats." Hanna-Barbera cartoon

"Josie and the Pussycats." Hanna-Barbera cartoon

Wondering Why

Next I offer one of the best kid bands of all time. Well, the rules of OSF this week said “No J-5” so they are not the best, just one of the best.

I so wanted to be Susan Dey. Of course, my hair did not cooperate. I wonder why… (LOL) But when my friends and I played Josie and the Pussycats and they told me I had to be the brown girl with the afro*, in my mind I was Laurie Partridge, jamming on the keyboards. Loooooong before Ms. Montana, these kids made it cool to sing in a band.

Oh, and their bus was the isht.

“Come On Get Happy” by The Partridge Family


Wondering Where

These little boys were too cute, tryna look hard with their backwards clothes that were so wikkity-wikkity-wikkety-wack…. Whatever happened to these two?

“Jump” by Kris Kross


One Hit Wonder

I guess this song would qualify as one of those “one hit wonders.” It was actually a remake, adapted from this reggae song by the Mighty Diamonds, “Pass the Kutchie” (about weed, as far as I know, not sex). In this case, the kids were singing about a topic more serious than what is usually tackled by wee singers. (How does it feel when you got no food?) The tune is so carefree, though, that I am not sure if many folks picked up on the message.

“Pass the Dutchie” by Musical Youth


BTW, I am linking to a different streaming music site this week, SeeqPod. I like it much better than what I was using. (Again, I do not do videos on this site. Just use your imagination and listen with your ears–you ain’t gotta see moving pictures all the time!)

Happy Old School Friday! (P.S.: Join us next week!)

*But looking at this Wikipedia entry on the character, she was the bomb! I do not remember the cartoon showing her in this light. (I never read the comic.) But had I known all this about her, I hope as a child I would have wanted to be her instead of Laurie Partridge.



  1. Hey great minds think alike. I chose a song by Musical Youth as well. I need to check with my cousins in Britain to see if they were a one hit wonder or if they got more play…because I’ve listened to their other songs and they were pretty good.
    I almost posted Kris Kross on A Different World, but for once decide to leave television shows out of my OSF posts.
    Thanks for showing the Patridge family some love.

    Fantabulous choices.

    Comment by Kim (BKQueen86) — March 13, 2009 @ 1:12 pm

  2. I keep forgetting we’re in the same age range. Maybe that’s because younger people online seem to outnumber us.

    Yeah, where did Kris Kross go? Pass the Dutchie was a one-hit wonder, but what a hit it was in the states!

    How I could forget Josie and the Pussycats. I blame that lousy remake of them recently with live girls for making me forget Josie was from my childhood. Looks like you didn’t post one of their songs. Appreciate the link about the character. Liked that touch of your past with the girls telling you that you had to be the brown one.

    The Partridge Family song that I decided not to post was “I Think I Love You.” Mostly because I couldn’t pass up the Gladys clip. 🙂 But I used to watch the show wishing I knew some kids like that.

    I mentioned David Cassidy a couple of years ago in a post on teen idols and bishonen phenomena at my Jersey blog, resurrected that entry at my zombie blog since I don’t live in Jersey anymore.

    I had fun over here today. Happy OSF!

    Comment by Verite Parlant — March 13, 2009 @ 2:14 pm

  3. Thanks to you both for stopping by!

    Kim, I am going to check out some more of Musical Youth’s music.

    VP, you know I was just messing with you. As you can see, I clearly had “issues” around my love affair with the Partridge Family! Also, my Susan Dey fantasies were probably additionally fueled by her appearance years later on one of my favorite guilty past times, “LA Law”–where she got to bed two of sexiest men on the program: Harry Hamlin and Jimmy Smits! (I don;t think she was ever with Blair–that woulda been the trifecta!)

    Comment by pprscribe — March 14, 2009 @ 10:30 am

  4. I almost went with KK this week too – but, didn’t even think about the Partridge Family.

    Great Choices! Have a great weekend!

    Comment by SjP — March 14, 2009 @ 10:33 am

  5. Kriss Kross, why didn’t I think of them. My mind is going blank, I am having a hard time remembering kid singers from my childhood. I think I listened to too much of my momma’s music….

    Stevie Wonder is the champion of longevity…

    Never really watch Josie and the Pussycats, I have probably seen three episodes in my whole life.

    Comment by MrsGrapevine — March 14, 2009 @ 12:07 pm

  6. Excellent song choices. I have to admit that when the cartoon J & the P-cats was on, I was an avid fan and regular viewer. Why you say? I was smitten by the “brown” girl. As a AA male child. Her cartoon charater was my first love. My mother didn’t like the name of the show though.


    Comment by Thomas the Great — March 15, 2009 @ 10:01 am

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