Tuesday, November 22, 2011

80's Guilt #36: New Edition “Candy Girl” (1983)

A year before he formed NKOTB, Maurice Starr wrote and produced "Candy Girl" as a obvious intentional ripoff of Jackson Five's "ABC." We were saddened to learn that the pre-pubescent MJ-wannabe lead vox belong to Ralph Tresvant, the most boring and least famous member of New Edition, instead of a young Bobby Brown or Johnny Gill, or one of the members of Bel Biv Devoe.

NKOTB turned into Starr's major focus from 1984-onward, which worked out much better, since New Edition probably wouldn't have been remembered as fondly had they been associated with "Hangin' Tough" and "Please Don't Go Girl."

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