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.