Obscure Soul:Teena Marie – A Rose By Any Other Name ft. Gerald Levert ***messymandella***

      yesOn messymandella.com I love digging through the crates of my parents music and finding beauty in hidden hits, or obscure soul ballads that the Billboard Charts missed, or didn’t give their proper due.
We have showcased Regina Belle, who of course is a Broadway Actress and she is famous for her duet, with Peabo Bryson on the song, “A Whole New World (Aladin’sTheme)” and numerous other hits that you memorized, but had no idea who the songs originated from, during the Slow Jamz period. We know that Gerald Levert has and always will be “The Voice” and “The Teddy Bear” and Teena Marie, is always and Forever “Lady T.”
It is romantic and you can you use your imagination to tell that person how you want them and need them. She wants to be in his arms and she belongs to him, and it didn’t cost anything…





I Was In Love With Love With Tony Thompson From Hi-Five***messymandella***

      I wanted to live and marry Tony Thompson and I was even wrote letters to Right On and the Hi-5 fan club, so that I could hopefully get my letter read by him.

As me and my friends would dance to all of their songs, we would argue about who would get to marry Tony Thompson.

When they were on Soul Train we recorded on VHS and took the sides off the VHS so It could never be recorded over and I would have that performance forever. Damn you DVDs!


       Later, I would also have to argue over who was the finest out of Pooh and Tony. We had all their music and posters. So when I make fun of people who love Boy Bands,I quietly understand puppy love. I understand the fandom.Girls will look at men that are almost perfection, and we are attracted to men with class,respect and talent.

Once I heard about these boys from Waco, Texas that once had dreams,but later they all endured heartache,it was breaking. Everything became more tragic as the years went by. Eventually misplaced talent and bitter friendships eventually ended HI-5.

Torien was arrested for murder.

Pooh was injured in accident and they were dealing with arrest and other personal demons.

           My first mental boyfriend of course was the lead singer.Tony departed from HI-5 and landed his own deal as a solo artist.

Of course,that did not end well.

Tony later died and of course their story didn’t end with a fairytale, but a “What If?” story.
I am actually writing this from the head. Nostalgia fuels emotional comfort and recollection, that you can not replace. You would be surprised if you just relax and think of your favorite group as a child, and recall dancing with your family and friends that are no longer here. Those moments and smiles and laughter hurt for a second, but those moments also give you clarity and only builds that inner strength. We also should pay homage to urban boy bands that did not have the marketing potential, but determination even when the Record  labels moved on to the next gimmick. It appears we seem to forget about New Edition, Blackstreet, Hi-5,H-Town,Soul 4 Real, ABC,and Boyz To Men.

       Listen to 90’s soul, the most romantic and respected genre. The music gave us so much respect. These men did not sit around and laugh about how bad they were treating the women. They actually treated us with reverence.


Bell Biv DeVoe – Poison (1990) = Smile!***messymandella***


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Nostalgia Vs New(Troop Vs Blood Orange***messymandella***

While walking inside a relatives house and glancing at a “Right On” magazine you laugh and it jogs your memory and that moment when you danced in your shiny patent leather shoes, high top fades, and reaked of “Electric Youth” perfume.
After you start flipping through that vintage magazines, you can also recollect the first time you stood with your big girl cousin to catch the bus with your brand new “first day of school clothes.” You HAD to take those clothes off, and put on “play clothes” as soon as you got home.
Grabbing your pillow and laughing with your cousin about the first day you went to New Edition concert and watched them shake their Jheri Curl juice all over the stage, at Carowinds and cried with excitement. Those nostalgic moments give you that “feel good moment” that rejuvenates your soul, even if only for a second.
No matter what you are stressing about pleasant remembrances can hyptnotize you! Those forgotten times, were the framework for you becoming you.The minimalism you buried subconciously is the frame work and the beauty that influenced your life and you.Here is Troop!

Singer Blood Orange is also using that 80’s and 90’s feeling, that refresh your mind with happier, but loving times.Even when you began to think of negativity, reach inside your side and locate that laugh,sound, or perfume that made you remember your loved ones that may have passed on, that are still dancing in their afterlife.

New Edition= Still In Love

I remember when I first heard New Edition and saw them perform.

I will never forget the harmony.

That was my first Boy Band Crush!

These men are one of the 90’s  soul groups that continue thriving.



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