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For as revolutionary as the '60s were, few songs gave voice to real life concerns of young women -- especially when it came to sex. While sex isn't explicitly mentioned, the teens-fumbling-in-the-backseat subtext was clear. Naturally, some radio stations banned it, but it still shot to No.
Prior to releasing its biggest album to date CrazySexyCool , TLC gave off an image of street cool, all splashy colors and droopy wide-leg jeans. The album, released in and continuing on to sell 7. Gone were the condoms over their eyes and pinned to their pants to promote safe sex.
The trio had bid farewell to the big beats and chorus chants and embraced the next stage of adolescence. Forget girl groups for a second. It's nothing less than the heartbeat of American pop music, pumping blood and vitality into future generations: Everything from punk to techno to shoegaze to chamber pop to arena rock to Diane Warren owes a percentage of its fundamental DNA to that BOOM. OK, now remember girl groups again. As elemental as that drum intro performed by Hal Blaine, produced by Phil Spector has become, it's just another brick in the Wall of Sound without The Ronettes selling the song to follow.
Ronnie Spector's voice -- obviously thin, but still undeniably towering, like Manute Bol -- was the sound of billions of young hopes and dreams, and her note-perfect reading of Greenwich and Barry's greatest composition with Estelle Bennett and Nedra Talley serving as the perfect background subconscious grows more epochal in every second.
The song is a long head rush, a dizzying celebration of life, love and the pursuit of teenage kicks, and if it ever goes out of style, that means we've actually invented something better than pop music. Might take a while still. Wilson Phillips, "Impulsive" The only one of second-gen supergroup Wilson Phillips' first four singles not to go to No.
Lynch The Exciters, "Tell Him" "Tell Him" was certainly the right song to give to a group called The Exciters, each string stab and rushed chorus exhortation sounding like the product of a frenzied mind and rbeat-skipping heart. Apollonia 6, "Sex Shooter" Prince's mid-'80s genius was so far too prolific to be contained to his own catalog, as he spun off classic hits for nearly all his Purple Rain cast mates.
Little Mix, "Move" The U. Lipshutz Richgirl, "He Ain't Wit Me Now Tho " As fearless a debut single as a girl group has released, producer Rich Harrison coming out guns blazing with the kind of pounding piano and shredding strings you'd hear on a Kubrick score, setting the stage for Richgirl to kick down the door with their storming, "Get Me Bodied"-worthy vocal strut.
The Supremes, "Love Is Like an Itching in My Heart" The most underrated single of The Supremes' classic run, a near-Northern Soul swing built around a tensely rumbling bass line, honking guitars, and bells as sublime as only Holland and Dozier could make 'em ring. The Cookies, "Don't Say Nothin' Bad About My Baby " Find you a girl group who sings about you the way The Cookies sing about their man: A pop song of either absolute confidence or unparalleled naivete, the trio spends "Don't Say Nothin'" asserting their man's perfection and proving thoroughly unwilling to hear any talk to the contrary.
Klymaxx, "Meeting in the Ladies' Room" "I'd hate to come down to their level and become a BW -- a basic woman -- but if they don't stop, it's gonna get scandalous. Martha and the Vandellas, "Jimmy Mack" A before-she-cheats swinger, in which Martha pleads over a pounding heartbeat of handclaps and drums for her titular man to come back before she's led all the way into temptation.
Lee" The gleefully jaunty "Mr. The Jaynetts, "Sally Go 'Round the Roses" Unusually enigmatic for a girl group smash, "Sally Go 'Round the Roses" was built around a proto-psychedelic chorus that almost served as an incantation, its ambiguous chorus open to interpretations of everything from drug use to homosexuality.
Play, "I Must Not Chase the Boys" While other girl groups were singing of falling in love or getting over an ex, Swedish quartet Play declared that they were opting out of doing either.
The Marvelettes, "The Hunter Gets Captured By the Game" The kind of un-self-explanatory song title that forces you to pay attention to a song's entire lyric for proper context, "The Hunter Gets Captured By the Game" was quietly confident in its mystery, The Marvelettes slowly unfolding their pursuer-becomes-the-pursuee drama over a slow-and-low groove and dynamite faux-harmonica hook.
Red Velvet, "Dumb Dumb" There are pop hooks that grab you, and then there are hooks that strangle you and absolutely refuse to let go. Expose, "Exposed to Love" Expose was a pop superpower for at least one album in the late '80s, with their Exposure LP launching four top 10 hits, including the No.
The Ikettes, "I'm Blue The Gong-Gong Song " In between arguably inventing rock and roll and turning his wife into one of the great pop icons of the 20th century, Ike Turner found modest chart success fashioning The Ikettes, a girl group whose biggest hit came with this hypnotically melancholy mid-tempo number.
Spice Girls, "Spice Up Your Life" Besting "Wannabe" would quickly prove impossible, but the Spice Girls still managed to shoot off one of the best girl group songs of the '90s with the lead single to second album Spiceworld.
The Chantels, "Maybe" An African-American girl group made up of high school students from the Bronx, The Chantels weren't given many avenues to succeed in the late '50s, but nevertheless scored a chart hit with "Maybe," one of the girl group genre's first classics. The Ronettes, "Baby I Love You" Nobody in pop history has ever "whoa-oh" ed quite like Ronnie Spector, and likely the finest utterance of her signature non-verbal came as the lead-in to the thundering drums and and bellowing winds of "Baby I Love You.
Dixie Cups, "People Say" Those damn sideline haters, always providing their unsolicited sniping as to why girl group romances won't last -- The Dixie Cups don't wanna hear it, and on "People Say," they shake 'em off in exhilarating fashion over a snapping beat, declaring "I don't really care what the people say. The Shangri-Las, "Give Him a Great Big Kiss" The Shangri-Las were so deliriously in love on "Give Him a Great Big Kiss" they had to invent a new spelling for the word, all feet- and heartbeat-skipping giddiness as they plant one of the loudest smooches you've ever heard on their be-luv-ed.
The Cover Girls, "Show Me" One of the earliest and finest crossover hits of the freestyle era, the sparkling "Show Me" demanded love and respect through its vocals and sonic irrepressibility. The Pointer Sisters, "Fire" Bruce Springsteen was one of the biggest girl-group devotees of his era, so it's no surprise that he gave back to the tradition by giving this ever-so-slow-burning classic to the Pointer Sisters. The Supremes, "Stop!
In the Name of Love" "Stop! Dixie Cups, "Chapel of Love" A song that will live as long as people are getting ma-a-a-ried in indoor Christian buildings of worship, anyway , "Chapel of Love" thrives with a sing-song chorus that turns a vow of eternity into a veritable day at the beach.
Girls Aloud, "Biology" Girls Aloud should have been enormous in the States; by extension, multiple Girls Aloud singles should have been inescapable in the U.
The Crystals, "He's a Rebel" With three words, The Crystals -- well, t echnically The Blossoms , but who's counting -- set up ther romantic archetype that would pervade the rest of girl group history, establishing the bad boy as the forever object of good-girl obsession.
Total feat. The Notorious B. The Shangri-Las, "Remember Walking in the Sand " The Shangri-Las were one of the most ambitious girl groups of their era, with their big hits miniature melodramas that invited time-signature changes, seagull samples, and all sorts of gadgetry that Phil Spector and the Beatles would get the real credit for.
Spice Girls, "Say You'll Be There" It's all about girl power, of course, with the Spice Girls donning action-film alter egos in the "Say You'll Be There" music video and kicking ass while forever having each other's backs. The Angels, "My Boyfriend's Back" Originally intended for The Shirelles, the sparse, sneering demo from The Angels was strong enough to release as an official single and top the Hot The Pointer Sisters, "I'm So Excited" The best thing about the "I'm So Excited" music video, filmed and released in disco's waning moments in , is the ending: the dance party that the Pointer Sisters are leading simply does not end, as the attendees dance away out of the shot, seemingly leaving the club to go wreak joyful havoc in the streets.
The Pipettes, "Pull Shapes" The debut album from the Pipettes, 's We Are The Pipettes , begins with a title track that credibly positions the trio as throwback, polka-dot-wearing pop saviors beamed in from another planet. Fifth Harmony feat. Bananarama, "Cruel Summer" For at least three months out of every year, "Cruel Summer" fills a musical void no other song does -- by articulating all the ways the dog days prove an annual drag, without adding to the problems by being an outright bummer itself.
TLC, "Waterfalls" An excellent combination of sonic and lyrical ambition. The Shangri-Las, "Leader of the Pack" Teenage tragedy songs were a pre-British Invasion fad in American pop, and most are impossible to listen to without smiling at the soap opera-levels of histrionics. Lynch 8. Lynch 2. The Biz premium subscriber content has moved to Billboard. To simplify subscriber access, we have temporarily disabled the password requirement.
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