Wednesday, November 30, 2011

80's Guilt #14: Teena Marie “Lovergirl” (1984)

Much like many other listeners, we were surprised to learn that she's not black. We've heard "Lovergirl" used in a few movies. But when Teena Marie's death was reported a few months ago (followed by sad RIP tweets from Tyler The Creator), we didn't realize she was the same singer. Throwing together this 80's Guilt Mix has helped us with officially falling in love with her for the first time, making her death seem all the more depressing and tragic.

We were also initially confused as to whether or not she was one of Prince's proteges. She was definitely talented and pretty enough where that would have made sense. Towards the end of "Lovergirl," there's an amazing little section with some off-beat/dissonant vocal harmonies that could have been pulled straight from "1999." We also recall seeing posts on Wendy & Lisa's twitter where they expressed bereavement, so a Prince/Teena Marie affiliation wouldn't surprise us... (Edit: Wikipedia says she was actually discovered by Rick James.)

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