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Old School Fridays: New Edition or New Edition Members

6 February 2009 8 Comments

When I think about New Edition my mind goes straight to the era that I was most able to enjoy – the early to mid-nineties. By that time, the group had broken up, reformed, and remixed. I had a crush on Ricky Bell, my sister loved her some Biv for no good reason, and Johnny Gill was just an eyesore I guess. In spite of all of that there are a handful of New Edition-related songs that I consider my favorites and still rock. But I realized that there’s one thing they all have in common – they were all written by Babyface.

Thank god for Babyface. Just when Bobby Brown’s humpin’ music was getting too salacious for my tween ears, Face wrote “Good Enough,” a mid-tempo ballad on 1992’s Bobby that sounds innocent to a young girl but now that I’m grown is clearly baby-makin’ music. Lyrics like “kiss both your lips/rub-uh those thighs/taste your wine,” make me wonder what I thought he was talking about back then. Now that I get what’s going on this song is some good grimy nasty Bobby!

Again, thank God for Babyface. Bell Biv Devoe’s 1993 album Hootie Mack may have been one of the weakest follow-ups to a hot album in history (their first album, Poison, went triple platimum). Babyface was gracious enough to write “Something in Your Eyes,” a jam just raunchy enough to take advantage of Ricky’s croonin’ and new jack swing enough to give Biv something to do back there. Please take special note of their Hootie Mack spin and smoke move at the end, a gesture that never quite caught on, and black America is better for that…

Now for the third song in a row that sounds slightly like the previous two, here’s Johnny Gill with “Fairweather Friend,” also written by Babyface. I don’t know why I still enjoy this song, but seeing the 1990 video is a hoot and a half. Johnny Gill is so theatrical, so flamboyant, so…fabulous? I think you know what I’m inferring here. Paging Eddie Murphy. Oh, and cyber-props to anyone who can identify the dancer in this video.

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  • MrsGrapevine said:

    I’m not sure how you missed the lyrics, or what you thought the title of the song meant. If it ain’t good enough, I’ll try harder. Maybe our innocent minds that he was talking about our grades :~

    We definitely have something in common, with Something In Your Eyes. I still listen to this song on a daily basis, and the video just makes it cheesy, but in the car it’s mad sexy…Although Ronnie Devoe doesn’t do much, he’s still the sexiest, I think it has a lot to do with his height.

    This is one Johnny’s best songs…and videos…because he’s not dancing a lot…”flamboyant” is right. I was like this is not Fareweather Friend, never mind, you just have to wait…I like the intro song a lot, too..

  • MrsGrapevine said:

    I lied he’s still dancing too much, and it’s just not pretty, thank God his voice is…

  • ThaConnoisseur said:

    YES! “Good Enough” is my favorite song from Bobby.

    I liked your spin on the theme lady. :)

  • Kim said:

    Hmm…you got me completely off track wanting a Bobby Brown week.

  • Kim said:

    and by Bobby Brown I meant Babyface. My mind is all over the place.

  • Monica said:

    i had no clue babyface penned all those hits. the in living color flygirls sure got around too, didn’t they?

  • Malcolm said:

    I knew the face of the dancer in the Johnny Gill video, but couldn’t place it until I read Monica’s comments. I want to say that Fly Girl’s name is Lisa. Johnny’s “dance moves” made it look like he was getting ready to do some “Kung Fu Fighting”. This was the jam though. Had I thought of it, I would have posted Johnny’s “The Floor” as one of my OSF picks.

    By the way, good call on “Hootie Mack” being one of the most disappointing follow-ups to a monster album.

  • jazzfan360 said:

    No idea re: Babyface. Those songs ARE similar, aren’t they?

    Ralph Tresvant was always my favorite member, Mr. Smooth, and “Sensitivity” was my favorite N.E. member jam. You never hear that one anymore.

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