That’s Herb Ritts on thier video shoot for “Love Will Never Do Without You.” Thanks to DJ Gant Johnson for pointing this one out.
I can’t even with this track and this group. Honestly when I listen to this one I am just grateful to have been so alive through the ’80s and to have found so many loving friends while this one was on endless repeat.
Here for your collection, the 12″ vocal :
Costumes, poses…now I know where I got it from…GOALS.
Ok, so add to that the performance…
Imagination were a three piece British soul and funk band, who came to prominence in the early 1980s. They had chart hits in 28 countries, earning four platinum discs, nine gold discs and more than a dozen silver discs around the world between 1981 and 1983
Singer Leee John was working as a backing vocalist for The Delfonics, Chairmen of the Board, The Velvelettes and The Elgins when he met Ashley Ingram, a guitarist/bassist (born 27 November 1960, Northampton). John and Ingram formed a songwriting partnership, resolving to start their own ‘slinky, sexy and erotic’ group, working in a short-lived band called Fizzz. Whilstauditioning for another short-lived band, Midnight Express, they met drummer Errol Kennedy (born 9 June 1953, Montego Bay) who had learned to drum in the Boys’ Brigade and Air Training Corps.
Formed in 1981, the trio took a demo tape of a track called “Body Talk” to producers Jolley & Swain. It was released as a single in April 1981 under the group name Imagination, a name that the group chose as a tribute to John Lennon. The track reached number 4 in the UK Singles Chart in May 1981, selling 250,000 copies in the UK and spending eighteen weeks in the Top 50. They had two more hit singles that year, “In and Out of Love” (September) and “Flashback” (November), both of which peaked at number 16, all from their debut album, also called Body Talk.
Their biggest hit, “Just an Illusion”, peaked at number two in March 1982 (“Just an Illusion” would later be used as the end title song to the 1986 movie, F/X); followed by “Music and Lights” The group’s second album, 1982’s In the Heat of the Night, was their most successful, spawning a trio of chart hits in the form of “Just an Illusion” , “Music and Lights” and “Changes”. The remix collection Night Dubbing appeared the following year, as did the group’s third proper album, Scandalous.
The trio frequently appeared on BBC Television’s Top of the Pops, and other pop music TV programmes,
with a distinctive exotic style, reminiscent of Roman senators, harem orderlies and slaves. John made a guest appearance on Doctor Who in 1983. They were also known for their esoteric album sleeve notes.
Following this the success of the group in the UK waned, but they continued to perform, tour and record.
In 1987, they were signed to RCA Records and recorded two albums and seven more singles. Their last album Fascination Of The Physical, recorded in 1990, was a commercial failure. This caused the band to split in 1992.
John went back to acting, but re-surfaced as a singer in the reality television show, Reborn in the
USA.John also remains active by continuing his recording career as a solo artist and collaborator while also working on a project documenting British black music.
Ingram also enjoyed success as a songwriter for Des’ree.
Since the group split there have been several compilations released while ‘The Very Best Of Imagination’ is the best place to start.
thanks to J.D. for this UFO headsup
I’m all over Kali Uchis. Colombian-American from Virginia.
Search yourself some Kali Uchis.
My life has been changed by this recent announcement. I will be unavailable for comment for forty-eight hours while I turn inward and search for the words to describe exactly how my life has been changed.
Today our Shalamar study group examines the sacred trio’s 1982 single,”There It Is” from the album, “Friends.” This is the blessed beat and heavenly sound of Solar Records. Inside the lyrics we find a piece of true dance-floor poetry. Effective, beautiful and transporting, the poem uses a simple simile on top of a sound that seems to smile as it sways softly over it’s central yet unwritten theme, “the sometimes turbulent waters on the ocean of love.”
Here now, the standard King James 12″ version for your notes:
Composers – Nidra Beard, Dana Myers and Charmaine Elaine Sylvers
VERSE 2 –
In the sea of love we set our sails when waters were rough,
Two in search of love with no direction,
Fish were biting at the time when catching wasn’t enough,
We couldn’t make a sport of our affection.
And who would dream that we would sail into each other?
Ooh girl, I never felt the wave of love so strong,
And this love I never felt in any other,
I trust it like a lighthouse guides a ship to land,
I found it when you touched my hand.
( Extra credit and no homework work work work work to anyone who can get Rhianna to read this. )
Hey Howard Hewitt, LOOKIN GOOD ! ! ! ; )
Howard’s time tested talent is still makin’ Akron proud.
I love any song that’s asking, “How can I not be crazy yet?”
Too much thyme will ruin anything. It’s strong – you have to be careful. But I’ll tell you one thing, a little sprig right on top of a Pina Colada (virgin or not) will blow your mind – just don’t get too much of it…on your hands…because then you’d have…too much thyme…on your hands…yeah.
This is basically a straight forward disco format here. I need that boulder shoulder jumpsuit. Very nice.
I know – Hillary Duff. Wha? – I’ve been “researching” the state of pop music for a DJ gig tomorrow night in Southampton. I found this little video from Hillary Duff and I thought – panty hose – clumpy lashes – gravy boat hells – I LIKE.
Here’s another video I forgot I did the make-for. Is it Throwback Thursday again? I can’t throw that far back.
Anyhoozle, here’s Mitsou! This kid was cute. She came down from Canada and we let her have it NYC style. They wet her down and rolled her threw Pat Field’s. She painted up nice. The mug was wide and flat – that’s the face you can’t wait to paint. I think Perfidia did the hair? Jim Sonzero directed this. Jim was great to work with and he himself was often the most beautiful person on the set. Jim knew how to cast a video and there is a standard poodle appearance.
The sexy cowboys ( who said they are gay? nobody said they were gay. why would think that? ) were the sizzling-est downtown hotties of the era. Oops, I painted them up really heavy!!! …again!!!
Meet the cast:
Javier Figueroa – an early muse de Lachapelle and forever a fin example of the power of pure masculine beauty. Javier – give me ring – let’s talk.
Derrick Smit – The body beautiful musician turned fitness expert who’s smile still melts hearts from across the gym. I saw him yesterday in a cross walk and I can safely report that he looks even better now – sounds impossible but it’s true. Derrick – can you call me please?
Louis Williams – Hands down, the best smoker ever filmed. This extraordinary beauty was our doorman at The Pyramid for many years. When I say everybody was in love with Louis, what I really mean is that only those people who ever saw him or met him were in love with him… immediately. A. That’s a face. B. That’s a real smile. 3. That man has the sweetest personality in New York. Louis – if you are out there – give me ring. (meaning call me – not ask me to marry you, silly)
The Other Cowboy – I can’t remember his name but he was a choreographer and a dancer I think? He was a friend of the director and he wore that thick eyeliner very well and… well…like I said, that Jim Sonzero knew how to cast a video. To whom it may concern: please call me next week.
I gotta mention one thing before I present this underwhelming video spot. The shots of Mitsou on top of a van in front of what is now The Maritime Hotel in the flip wig? – A direct rip off of an original Lady Kier video for Deee-Lite pre superstardom. Like,exactly. : ( That’s probably why I forgot about this video for so long. Those rips made me kinda mad. Buuuuut….Time heals all wounds and I’d still do anything for Sonzero. Anything. Did you see his website? Jim?…I’m right here – plenty of free time lately – no travel plans – still got a lot of talent here, Jim. – text me.
Does any of this even matter anymore? Nobody ever heard this song in the first place…Canadian pop from 1990? I’m so sure. I’m sorry – it’s just what I have for Throwback Thursday – even though it’s Friday and this is not even instagram.