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