Lisa Lisa just released her first album since 1994’s LL 77.  It’s called Life N Love.  And, she’s been touring non-stop for years.  Now, her shows will include not only the ’80s hits, but this new stuff, too.

San Antonio, you’re in luck (sorry, Austin 😦  ; though, it’s not like we’re miles and miles away) — Lisa Lisa is hitting your town on Thursday, September 6, 2009, at The Industry Nightclub and you have a chance to get on her personal guest list. 

Now, Lisa Lisa’s ’80s Fashion Flare Photo Contest  is open to other cities, too, but air fare is not included in the prize. You’ll have to get your own booty there if you win and don’t live in San Anto.

Check the flyer for the details and click it to go to Lisa Lisa’s Official MySpace Page Blog about the contest.  The contest ends next Tuesday, September 1, 2009, and the winner will be announced the following day, Wednesday, September 2, 2009.

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And, finally, Number 1.

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I’ve been wanting to do a countdown featuring songs about songs (you know, songs about music, dancing, and/or a certain genre).  I have my 10 songs, but even as I posted Number 10, I wasn’t sure about the order.  So, this one will form as I go.  I normally have my list ready to go before I start.  MY TOP 10 is a music video countdown, but with some songs (maybe two in  particular) occuring before the MTV era, I will  have to improvise and pull something from Dailymotion or YouTube.  Here goes.

1. Joan Jett & The Blackhearts “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll”

Joan Jett cemented her place in music history with this cover of  The Arrows’  1975 original; she could have done nothing before with The Runaways and nothing since with The Blackhearts.  As the first single of her first solo album, it jump-started her career.  Probably the greatest ode to any musical genre, you could replace “rock ‘n’ roll” with any other and it would still resonate as strongly.  The sentiment is translatable and universal.  You get the color version as a BONUS.

***BONUS*** Joan Jett & The Blackhearts “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll” (color version)

I’ve been wanting to do a countdown featuring songs about songs (you know, songs about music, dancing, and/or a certain genre).  I have my 10 songs, but even as I posted Number 10, I wasn’t sure about the order.  So, this one will form as I go.  I normally have my list ready to go before I start.  MY TOP 10 is a music video countdown, but with some songs (maybe one in particular) occuring before the MTV era, I will  have to improvise and pull something from Dailymotion or YouTube.  Here goes.

8. Shannon “Let The Music Play”

This is the one that’s credited with starting the freestyle era in the 1980s and into the 1990s.  Its producers added Latin rhythms to the pre-existing concept of electro-funk/dance and created a whole ‘nother genre.  In the modern music era you can measure a song’s staying power long after its release by how many remixes and/or covers accumulate throughout the years after. “Let The Music Play” has too many remixes to count and they continue into 2009.

I’ve been wanting to do a countdown featuring songs about songs (you know, songs about music, dancing, and/or a certain genre).  I have my 10 songs, but even as I post Number 10, I’m not sure about the order.  So, this one will form as I go.  I normally have my list ready to go before I start.  MY TOP 10 is a music video countdown, but with some songs (maybe one in particular) occuring before the MTV era, I will  have to improvise and pull something from Dailymotion or YouTube.  Here goes.

10. Cameo “Word Up!”

Cameo was that eccentric group that had the electro-funk thing going on.  “Word Up!” is their infectious signature song that gets your @$$ on the dance floor like it’s supposed to. With new wave synthesizers, jazzy flourishes, and funk all up in your face, it’s hard to forget.  It imprints on your dancing bones’ memory and stays there until the next time you hear it and you’re involuntarily moving your body once again.  Do your dance, indeed.

10. Boy Meets Girl “Bring Down the Moon”

Boy Meets Girl was made up of George Merrill and Shannon Rubicam.  Prominent producers in the late 1980s, they created hits for the likes of Whitney Houston and Deniece Williams before releasing their own material.  I discovered them on Casy Casem’s Top 40 at the time.  Sounding like easy listening; makes me think easy listening gets a bad rap.  I bought the tape and, boy, did I play it out.  I still have it.  I just haven’t played it in years.  This makes me want to go back and revisit it.

“Bring Down The Moon” was actually the second and last single from their second full release, Reel Life.  The first was “Waiting For A Star To Fall,” their only top five hit.  They sounded very much in love on this record.  Married then, they divorced later, but continued to make music together.

Luscious and balanced male/female harmonies mixed with rich instrumental and synthesized sounds created sweet songs that flowed like honey and converged like chocolate, marshmallows, and graham crackers (otherwise known as s’mores).  Reel Life was a nice collection of romantic songs that showcased emotional depth and an interesting interplay between two well-contrasted vocalists.  A romantic story unfolded through melodic vignettes that could be played beginning to end. 

I’ll admit this has a pop sensibility.  What makes it different is the boy/girl thing and the easy listening/adult contemporary angle.  With only two singles from this album, it was hard for me to choose one.  I like “Bring Down The Moon” over “Waiting For A Star To Fall,” but you’ll get them both today.  Enjoy!