We are back once again for “Hit Me Baby One More Time.” Tonight’s theme “Two Hit Wonders.” Vernon Kay, sounding more Scottish this week, is our host.
The last time we saw Wang Chung, they were the theme of Monday Night Football. Remember the frame stutter? Where are they now? London England still recording, like most of our artists.
Wang Chung did their hit “Everybody Have Fun Tonight”. Their look hasn’t changed at all. They catered to the crowd and sound like their good old selves. And everyone was Kung Fu fighting, I mean Wang Chung tonight. .
Their second song was “Hot in Here” by Nelly. White Boys rapping? Ice did it last week and proved he could do it better than before, but Wang Chung’s rapping sounded like a lounge act. Awful, although the crowd liked it.
Last time I saw Sophie B. Hawkins, she was in a famous photo in which she was pouring milk on herself while wearing a corset dress. Damn she was hot then. Where is she now? Venice, CA. She is riding her bike like a 12 year old girl and painting. And they said the hippie movement was dead.
She sang her hit “Damn I Wish I was Your Lover.” I wish she did “As I Lay Me Down”, but hey, it has to be upbeat. She basically looks like Sheryl Crow’s older sister. She’s mellowed, if you can believe it. Kinda weak, but she was pretty good. Mellow like Yellow.
She then did “A Hundred Years” from Five for Fighting. It was more of a jazzy rendition of the song. She had an elegant gown on, and sounded like a diva. Great job on her part—made you feel like you were in a classy bar.
Last time we saw Cameo, he was on Arsenio Hall. If only we had a late night show like that nowadays. Sorry to say cameos are out of style. When was the last time we saw someone wear one at the Oscars. Now they are in Atlanta still recording. They like astrology and do radio specials.
Cameo did their hit “Word Up”. Finally an ‘80’s flashback. They had some funky outfits and a funked out sound. They did okay, although it sounded more like a cover than the original hit. But boy, they can still dance.
Their second song was “1985” by Bowling for Soup. They funked it out again. It was awesome in my opinion, like totally. They are performers and it was a fun cover.
Last time I heard Howard Jones, I was getting my tooth drilled at the dentist. His music was soothing in between hi pitched squeeling. He now lives in Somerset, England, Out of Lond, and into the big country. He is still writing music. He is not like Madonna and actually practicing the always trendy Buddhism, like Moby.
He sang his hit, “No One is to Blame.” No more pink mohawk, just a middle aged guy and his piano. He could still hit on the Adult Contemporary charts if he wanted to—he still has the soft rock chops. He was better than ever.
His second song was Dido’s “White Flag”. Nice adult contemporary soft rock cover of the song. He could sing 50 Cent and make it sound soft rock. Weird power to have, but hey, it was a great cover.
Last time we saw Irene Cara, she was on the “Behind the Music: The Flash Dance Soundtrack.” She is now in Tampa Bay, FL. She has a group (The Hot Caramels), a production company, and the sea. No “Brandi” though.
The song has inspired a 1000 parodies, “Flashdance (What a Feeling)” was her song tonight. I am very surprised that no one on idol has done this song, but if someone did, it would be this quality. I think she was a bit nervous. But can still step her step.
She and her group the Hot Caramels then did “I’m Outta Love” by Anastasia. It sounded like the ‘80’s version of her song. I am quickly reminded of the Pointer Sisters. They did a great version of the song.
The audience voted and the winner was Irene Cara and Hot Caramels. They donated the $20,000 to “Women in the Arts”.
Next week five new artists (Vernon never announced, but I looked it up) Greg Kiln Band, Glass Tiger, Baha Men, Thelma Houston, and one tba. So for now, this is Flairmarq dimming the lights and turning off the mics.