Thursday, November 5, 2009

3 Play Thursday - Early 90's Girl Groups.

3 Play Thursday again. Today: Early 90's R&B Girl Groups.

The music industry has changed dramatically over the past decade. The advent of technology (read: illegal downloading) has rendered many industry staples extinct. Much like the defunct Female MC, the R&B Girl Group is also a thing of the past. Sure, Destiny's Child might reunite if Beyonce has enough pity, and Kelly and Michelle get too far behind on their mortgages. But that's about it. No, I don't consider Kannity Dames, or whatever Diddy's group is called, to count.

By contrast, the 90's had a gang of girl groups, from En Vogue, to Xscape, to SWV, to Brownstone. Not all these groups made it big though. Some were consummate one-hit wonderesses. See if you remember these ladies.

Jade - "Don't Walk Away"

This song was a pretty big hit in the early 90's, my HBCU's radio station seemed to play it every 20 minutes. With their dookie braids and hootrat attire, these chicks looked like a trio of ShehNayNays. I still can't place the song that these drums are sampled from. Can you?

Mo'Ken'Stef - "He's Mine"

Awww, man did I hate this song. And seriously, what's with that silly group name? I'm not 100% sure I even spelled it right. Can you explain this name?

Changing Faces - "Stroke You Up"

Robert Kelly didn't work with women over the legal age very often, but given how talentless these two ladies are, it's clear that he had the golden touch when it came to mid-tempo slow jams. Yeah, I just mentioned the words "Robert Kelly" and "golden" in the same sentence. And yeah, I am suddenly quite disgusted.

Question: Got any other 90's girl groups that I missed?

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