Saturday, January 3, 2009

Not More Cowbell, but More...

While cataloguing vinyl I ran into this interesting find. It's 1989, 2 years after you were tapped to replace Bobby Brown in the most popular male group since The Jackson 5 and 1 year before you release your self titled second solo album. Janet Jackson is working on a new album, and you receive a phone call from Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis requesting your assistance on Janet's new single, Escapade. I wonder if the phone call went something like this:

Terry Lewis: Hey Johnny, we're working on Janet's new album and want your assistance on this song, Escapade. Can you help out?
Johnny Gill: Sure, I would love to sing a duet with Janet Jackson! When is the session? What studio is it at?
Jimmy Jam: Nah Johnny, that's not quite what we had in mind.
Johnny Gill: Ohhhhh, I'll be laying down background vocals? Yeah, that's much simpler. What time are we getting started?
Terry Lewis: Mmmmmm, No not quite.
Johnny Gill: You need me to teach her some precision steps like our New Edition dance moves for her video?
Jimmy Jam: Ahhhhh, nah man, what we need is some finger snaps...
And there you have it, another piece of Black Music History

Janet Jackson - Escapade

More: You can hear the fingersnaps more clearly near the end of the song


Blogger Junior Star said...

HAhaaaa! I can see this on Dave Chappelle. Jheri curls, clear fingernail polish, the whole nine..

January 3, 2009 at 6:52 PM  
Blogger ChocLitLuvJoi said...

LOL, this is hilarious! I agree, I agree.
~Shoot the Jay...

January 3, 2009 at 8:34 PM  

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