Friday, May 15, 2009

Forgotten Classic Video of the Week

This one is going out to the Smuggie himself, Danny Gokey. Maybe if he had sung this Terence Trent D'Arby song (instead of "Dance Little Sister"), the AI voters would have let him stay. But probably not, because he's a jerkoff regardless of what he sings.

I remember the first time I saw this video for "If You Let Me Stay" back in 1987. I loved the song so much that it prompted me to go out and buy Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby - on cassette. That was kind of a big deal because I was a vinyl lover, still buying albums even though all of my friends had switched over to tapes. So Terence's record was my first-ever cassette. Actually, it was one of my first two cassettes, because it was purchased along with Flesh for Lulu's Long Live the New Flesh. I STILL break out the Flesh for Lulu tape on a regular basis because it's one of my favorites, but I don't even know where that Terence Trent D'Arby tape is. I'm guessing that it disintegrated from non-use.


elaine said...

I still have the original LP that my grandmother bought me for my birthday.

The Imaginary Reviewer said...

Wow, Terence Trent D'Arby. He went mental, didn't he?

British comedian Harry Hill had a great joke. It went like this: "Terence Trent D'Arby? Terence Trent D'Arby? The Trent is nowhere near Derby!" This is funny because there is a river in England called the Trent and it is not in the city of Derby.

Explaining jokes makes them more funny!

Billy said...

Well you just KNOW I'm a Flesh for Lulu fan, so I had to offer a comment. Since I didn't own the D'Arby album, I'm more familiar with "Wishing Well." Didn't Terence win, like, Grammy for Best New Artist that year? Is there a bigger kiss of death on the planet than to win a Grammy for Best New Artist?

Bubs said...

ah, good times--I remember when that came out. I wondered what ever happened to him, he was the next big thing in the late 80's for while. I just found out, thanks to looking him up after seeing this video, that he changed his name to Sananda Maitreya and moved to Europe.

words...words...words... said...

Before Idol and this post, the only Terence Trent D'Arby song I knew was "Wishing Well". But it seems like he's pretty good.

I remember back in the early 00s he was supposedly offered the permanent lead singer job by INXS and turned it down. He might have saved us from that show Rock Star.

Fancy Schmancy said...

Damn, that's how I felt about Morris Day and The Time, at the time.

Candy's daily Dandy said...

Dead sexy tune.

That is if dead were sexy.
I think.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You were a vinyl lover when all your friends had switched to cassette? You were retro-cool before the word was even invented!

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater said...

I just remember Wishing Well and Sign Your Name . . .

Both those songs kind of kicked ass.

What I heard was that he had tremendous talent but was really full of himself, and he crapped out after that first album.

dguzman said...

This song and "Wishing Well" were soooo awesome, and then the rest of the album sucked out loud! So disappointing.

Malcolm said...

As much as I liked the singles on "Introducing the Hardline...", I'm surprised I never bought the album. Maybe I knew a friend who had it or something. Now I'll have to see how Danny Gokey's version of "Dance Little Sister" sounds.

In answer to Billy's question, Terence was nominated for the Best New Artis Grammy but didn't win (Jody Watley took home the trophy that year). As for winning it being the kiss of death, Bobby Darin, The Beatles, Mariah Carey, Bette Midler,Alicia Keys and several others more than did OK.


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