Welcome to this week’s edition of “Hit Me Baby One More Time.” Tonight’s theme — “So that’s who sang that song?” Vernon Kay is again our host. He lets us know that Irene Cara won last week, but Howard Jones won the online poll.
Last time we heard Greg Kiln, Ken Jennings had “Lost on Jeopardy.” Greg is a now a DJ in San Jose, CA. He also writes books. His son has a degree in guitar, literally.
Greg sings "The Break-up Song" as his first song. The back up singers were rough, but he can still rock. He kinda looked like John Goodman’s younger brother.
His next song was “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” by Green Day -- and it sounded like James Hatfield was singing it. The singing was rough, but they also ended up kicking up the speed in the middle part of it, which was good. The guitar solo was good as well.
Next up was Club Neuvo. Last time we heard from The California Raisins, I mean Club Neuvo, they were the theme song of the movie of the same name. Morgan Freeman being his strict self.
They are now operating out of Northridge, CA. Two of the members are married, which is something you would expect more groups to have. The husband wants to be world champion of dominos. No, not at pizza making, the game with the little dots.
Neuvo did their Grammy winning song “Lean on Me.” The lady singer, Natalie Watson, had a bigger role in the song this time around, but it was a soulful performance. The still can sing an upbeat soul song.
After “Lean on Me,” Neuvo did “Thank You” by Dido as their second song. It sounded just like if Club Neuvo did a cover of it, which they did. Soulful, but I liked the original better.
Last time we heard Glass Tiger, it was a commercial for “Pure Rock,” a compilation CD (or tape for $19.99). They are the token Canadian band of the week. They are now living in Toronto, Canada doing what 70% of the bands are doing -- still recording and raising a family.
Glass Tiger sang “Don’t Forget me When I’m gone.” It sounded the same, but had an added cheese factor in it. I think it was the band’s look — they were trying to be slick. The lead singer still has earrings in his ears.
As their second song, they did “Everything You want” by Vertical Horizon. Still slick looking. Copied the song and could have easily be a cover band for Vertical Horizon.
Last time you heard Billy Vera, you were probably on a dance floor dancing with a bridesmaid at a late ‘80’s wedding.
Now Billy is doing voiceover work in Los Angeles. He also re-produces old 30’s and 40’s albums. Digital quality and such.
Billy sang “What did you think?” and didn’t miss a note. He was smooth just like Howard Jones last week. He could easily still make it on the adult contemporary chart.
As his second song, he did Ryan Cabrera’s “True.” He had a tough time on the high notes, as he was straining to hit them. However, the rest of it was good.
Last time we heard Thelma Houston, it was in the movie “54” with an all star cast, who went on to do better roles. She lives in Los Angeles playing with her grandkids (first time I heard that mentioned on the show) and is very active physically. And she just launched her new clothing line online.
She did her hit “Don’t Leave Me this Way.” She still has her pipes. For being a grandmother, she still looks good. Still a diva.
Next up she did “Fallen” by Alicia Keyes. It was as if Billy Holiday was doing it. Great performance and easily the performance of the night.
And as expected, Thelma Houston won. She donated her $20,000 to the Minority AIDS project.
Next week is our last episode of the season featuring Animotion, Juice Newton, Missing Persons, Shannon and one more TBA performer. Until then, this is Flairmarq dimming the lights and turning off the mics.