Old School Fridays: New Edition or New Edition Members
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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