Sunday, March 13, 2016
Throw Back Bands! DEBARGE vs. THE SYLVERS!
BIG HAIR ALERT ALONG WITH BIG SHOULDER PADS
Debarge, that group from Detroit MI with the guy with the smooth falsetto. And with just as much drama as the Jackson Five. But they had some beautiful songs. Siblings Bunny, Bobby, El, Mark, Randy, James, Tommy, Chico. Phew! I think that's all of them. Some were in a spin off act (SWITCH) and all tried their hands at solo performing. El had the biggest success. That voice. I mean I'm sure dogs fell over deaf at the notes he can hit. They had such great harmony but sadly none in the family. Drug addiction, AIDS, childhood sexual abuse, prison stints, a host of illnesses Just sad. Anyhoo, they were all that when they were together and making music. I liked their sound.
The hits: TIME WILL REVEAL, I LIKE IT, LOVE ME IN A SPECIAL WAY, RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT, WHO'S HOLDING DONNA NOW, YOU WEAR IT WELL.
When some left to form SWITCH: THERE'LL NEVER BE, I CALL YOUR NAME
Now I bet you forgot THE SILVERS.
I picked this pic for the hair alone. I. LOVE. THE. HAIR. Where is my Afro Sheen? My oil spray? Oh. Ok. I'm back. In any case, they were ALWAYS compared to the Jackson Five. ALWAYS. A family act from Watts, CA. active from '71 to '85. There were TEN of them. TEN. But only nine ever performed. They would change in and out but the constant was the one named "Ricky" that the girls screamed over forever. You can guess which one he is. They disbanded in 1985 after dance music waned but pursued work as back up singers for bigger acts like Janet Jackson. Out of the ten, eight survive.They were touched by prison, death and illness also but keep striving.
Their hits: Boogie Fever, Hot Line, Fool's Paradise.
All in all, I listened to these bands gift and watched them all on Soul Train and The Midnight Special . Remember that show with Wolfman Jack? Oh. God, I'm old.