Love Rachel Sweet's voice, a singer from the eighties. Never had the career she should have had. A favorite of John Waters, she sang the "Hairspray" theme and sang in his "Cry-Baby" for convicted vehicular killer Amy Locane.
So, I'm watching "Hot In Cleveland" and I see the name Rachel Sweet in the credits and lo and behold she has been a successful writer/ producer of a bunch of TV shows. Who knew?
She was also the after-school VJ on The Comedy Channel back when I was in Junior High.
I remember thinking she was so cool and funny and wanted to be her best friend. Kind of like a mix between Daria and Julie Brown.
Protect the Innocent ws a phenomenal album...
he was one of those child dynamos with a huge voice...Ive seen her several times in concert...I was always blown away that this tiny 16 year old could bring down the house and hold her own with the big boys. he was among the crop of taaalent thaat came out of Akron, Ohio in the late 70's early 80's...Chrissie Hynge, Devo, Rachel Sweet...
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Such a great singer but I don't think the record companies knew what to do with her.
She was signed to Stiff Records in the 70s and had success as a teen. She was on that great documentary about Stiff along with Tracey Ullmann.
I just checked her Wiki discography and thought she was one of the American artists that did well in the UK, but unknown in her home country. The success was really minor and she actually had her biggest hit in the US.
I used to watch her on the Comedy Channel too. I thought she was kind of fun to listen to her banter. Also saw her in concert once at the Aragon Ballroom but hardly remember it. I was wasted on beer, schnapps, pot, possibly did a hit of purple microdot. I forget who the headliners were. Head east, Southside Johnny, Nazareth possibly. Anyway, she seemed a bit out of place there. She was lucky she that the crowd left her alone to perform.
I love this vid. The song's good too. It's sounds like any number of recording artists could have recorded it. Anyone from ONJ to Cowboy Junkies and so forth.