I love her single of "When man loves a woman" with those mixes "when a man loves a man" and "when a woman loves a woman" - funky grooves and maybe quite brave to put out back then. Her track "Ecstasy" also on that cd single is ace too.
I loves me some Jody! All of her late 80's/90's albums are so underrated. I listen to all of them from start to finish and its still a thrill"! And no on gives Jody credit for that "hasta la vista,baby" line that Arnold totally stole from her song,complete with the same inflection!
Listening to Jody makes one realise what crap today's lot like Rihanna are putting out.
Ive always wondered about that Howard Hewitt guy from Shalamar... anyone got stories to tell?
Wasn't Howard married to Nia Peeples for a hot minute?
Does she still perform? Club PAs etc?
Just say Jody Whatley earrings and everybody knows which kind.
"Looking For A New Love" was the JAM.
How come she was in the "Do They Know It's Christmas" video? Was she doing promo in London at the time?
Still a Thrill is great.
I'm leaving now. Where are my keys.
Some of her songs sound good, but they are hurt by the cheesy 80s synthesizers and her very thin voice.
[quote] How come she was in the "Do They Know It's Christmas" video? Was she doing promo in London at the time?
Shalamar were quite popular in the UK at the time.
Where's the Dixie Whatley appreciation thread?
R18--she lived in London at the time.
Jeffrey Daniel of "Shalamar" also moved there and performed in "Starlight Express" on the West End.
The video of "Dead Giveaway", the last hit with the original lineup intact, was filmed in London.
Thank you OP! I can't believe DL is only now getting a Jody thread.
I loved her style and songs.
"Looking For A New Love"
"Don't You Want Me?"
"Still A Thrill"
"Some Kind of Lover"
I love all these songs...she had 2 #2 singles on the hot 100-it's a shame she never got to #1.
I also love her songs when she was in Shalamar.
R12 Hewitt was hot and a great singer but also a jerk. Jody hates him.
I want to be Jodybot!
r24 listed all my favorites. Jody Watley's songs were so fierce and danceable, and they still hold up pretty well. The girl group Expose (remember them?) had a similar sound to Jody (although Jody's jams were better) and I loved them too.
Her first two albums were great, then after that her music went to shit because she went down that "I want to be a deep artist" route a la Prince and steered away from what made her popular. She also seemed to become very stubborn and was more concerned with doing music she wanted to do rather than what her fans wanted.
My favorite was "Whatcha Gonna Do For Me?".
Her Shalamar songs were better than her solo stuff. Jody has been approached numerous times to do a reunion with Shalamar
but refuses to because she can't stand Howard Hewitt.
[quote]Her Shalamar songs were better than her solo stuff.
r27 it wasn't just that. The music scene changed dramatically overnight in the early 90s and all the dance-pop divas were suddenly passe. Only the big, big ones like Madonna and Whitney survived, but for the second-tier ones like Jody their careers were over in 1992.
Was f-ing John Taylor of Duran Duran for a while in the 80s.
What's the story with her and Howard? And wasn't Jeffrey Daniels married to Stephanie Mills for a second?
Lucky bitch. John Taylor was one hot piece back in the 80s.
[quote]"We'll light a candle, as a symbol of our love..."
That's your idea of a good lyric?
You must be Catholic.
R39 the rumor is he wanted to get with Jody, she said no, so he tried to rape her but I guess she got out of that and he also allegedly attacked her.
Watch the Unsung episode on youtube AND Jody's 3 part reaction videos to it.
Hewitt screwed himself. He had the looks and talent but a horrible personality.
I'm glad Jody succeeded as a solo artist after leaving the group with all the hell she had to put up with.
R37, I completely agree about the remix...that's the version I have on my phone. I love that song so much...it just reminds me of high school and one guy I was obsessed with at the time.
R38, Love that song!
I still can watch the "Real Love" video like it came out yesterday. I fucking loved her style...my high school girlfriends and I wanted to dress like Jody. She was too cool for school!!
One of my fav's is "Still a Thrill"... the deepness of her voice on the record is so sexy!
Jody's best friend from the 80s, Jermaine Stewart's 'Word is out'. I love this song. My friend did costume design for this video.
I agree,r43! Just watched 'Thril' and it looks like it was shot yesterday. Who was her competition for 'Best New Artist' Grammy?
I agree about Jody's style. She really rocked that late 80s look.
R45 I looked it up and Jody's competition for Best New Artist Grammy was:
Terence Trent D'Arby
Swing Out Sister
Good bunch of artists that year.
Jermaine also wrote and recorded the song "Jody" about Jody. It's FIERCE. I love the beat. Unfortunately the extended version isn't up on youtube but here's the video:
R44 was your friend a gay male? If so, did he ever hook up with Jermaine?
What was the falling out that her and Jermaine had about?
R47, Oh my goodness!! Jermaine's jacket is CRAZY!! Shoulder pads for DAYZ!!!
I saw Jody Watley perform 2 or 3 years ago at BB Kings in NYC. It was a good show. She still has great presence. She did a mix of her current indie dance/trance material, her 80s hits (fun, but the sound is very dated) and a Shalamar medley in which she spoke at length about the TVOne Unsung Documentary about the group in which Jody appeared and talked about her dissatisfaction with the group, though admitting they did record a few good songs like For the Lover in You.
I agree her chart success decline in the early 90's due partly to wanting to become a more serious artist and due to sudden shift in the pop music scene, but there are some good songs to be found on her albums Affairs of the Heart and Intimacy.
Why doesn't she record anymore? Her last album was 7 years ago, and that was just a covers/remake album.
I remember watching a story in 1990 on"20/20" concerning the then pervasive influence of MTV. They featured the then thought to be future superstars Jane Child and Allanah Myles, and then talked to 80's stars who were suddenly having trouble getting their followup singles play on the channel. They focussed on Belinda Carlisle and Jody Watley. I think Jody expressed surprise that they refused to play the followup to "Everything" because the song did not "fit in to the playlist" of the period.
Slight clarification for some here - Jody's solo debut came when she was London based in 1984 - two singles ('Where The Boys Are' and 'Girls Night Out' - the most notable thing about either was that the latters b-side, 'My House', was covered later by Paul Lekakis).
Like Janet Jackson, Jody had a 'secret marriage' (to Andre Cymone) for a number of years.
Biggest reveal of the Shalamar 'Unsung' to me? The Jeffrey/Jody relationship.
And I was a HUGE Jody/Shalamar fan.
Was Where The Boys Are the old Connie Francis song?
The late 80s and early 90s were a volatile time in the industry. From 1987 to 1992, here are the various female solo acts who all had some success and fought for supremacy in the pop and r&b world (Note-only considering the ones who had more than 1 album):
Whitney Houston-survived past 1992
Paula Abdul-life support in mid 90s then RIP
Vanessa Williams-thrived/peaked in mid 90s
Mariah Carey-dominated the 90s
Celine Dion-very successful throughout 90s
and on top of that, there were of course the groups such as En Vogue, TLC, Wilson Phillips, SWV, Xscape...there was SO much competition that after 1992 most of the top women flopped which is unfortunate. I'm a fan of most of the acts I just mentioned.
The sad part is you don't see hardly any successful female black singers these days. Beyonce and Rihanna are really the only ones, and Beyonce hasn't put out new music she might flop too. Nicki Minaj isn't a singer so I don't count her. Other than that, it's all white girls. I'd like to see the nice mix we had in the late 80s/early 90s come back.
Nope. It was a meandering hookless mess of originality.
oh and I forgot Mary J Blige-she started in 1992 but her success was very streaky (up and down) throughout the 90s.
I didn't include Toni Braxton because her first album didn't come out until 1993, when the dance craze was over. She did have a moderate first single in 1992 off the Boomerang soundtrack though.
Embarrassed to admit how much I liked "Some Kind of Lover."
Autotune is to blame for a lot. And the fact that branding has taken over alongside the decline of people actually buying music.
People attending Beyonce concerts tweet about her lipsyncing but they still go. It's about working the aspirational angle (beauty, fashion, sex) more than ever.
If you want to work the music angle (Emeli Sande, Adele), you better write your own songs, so vocalists only are screwed.
R55, you forgot to mention Brandy, Aaliyah and Monica. They were pretty successful in the late 90's, after that the invasion of the white girls happened. Britney, Christina, Jessica Simpson and Pink happened and these black female singers have been dying out ever since. Only Rihanna and Beyonce are left standing, barely.
Rihanna is barely standing? Not talking about talent here, but she's probably the premiere female hitmaker of her time.
Rihanna is barely standing because she is quickly being replaced by Miley Cyrus. This is how it always goes in the music industry with black artist being replaced by whites.
Who replaced Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey? Celine Dion? Psh.
Actually it was Mariah who was Whitney's replacement. Sony and Tommy Motolla groomed Mariah to be the white Whitney even though she is biracial.
R60 no I didn't include Brandy, Monica and Aaliyah because they came out after 1992. I was only talking about the overcrowded number of top female acts who were around either before or during 1987-1992.
and of course add in Belinda Carlisle, who actually was RIP at the beginning of the 90s, much to Madonna's joy.
Howard Hewitt ('s fine ass) was married to Nia Peeples and they have a son. He was supposedly hard to work with (his ego was out of control), and even though he was the last to join Shalamar, he wanted to always be the lead.
Jeffrey Daniel went on to choreograph for Michael Jackson. He was married to Stephanie Mills for some time. There was a rumor that he once pushed her out of a moving car.
A lot of it also had to do with radio station mergers, and Soundscan changing the way airplay and a "hit" was calculated.
When a lot of radio stations merged there was a big focus back to male singers and male bands, both in pop/R&B as well as rock. Tori Amos and Sarah McLachlan knocked a lot of other women out in the mid-to-late 90s because those stations had slots for, like, three women performers, and that was IT.
Damn I miss videos. I remember you couldn't commit to liking a song until you saw the video. LOL Here she is in Still a Thrill. One of my all-time favorite songs. She was everything Janet Jackson wished she could be.
Her sister was a PORN ACTOR? Did this received much coverage in the press? Is the sister a drug addict?
Jody was fierce without the army of back-up dancers and over-the-top costumes today's acts require. She could bust a jam and rock those heels/earrings solo. Rihanna/Katy/Gaga/Miley take note, please.
[quote]Her sister was a PORN ACTOR? Did this received much coverage in the press? Is the sister a drug addict?
I don't think there was much coverage or mention about it at all. The two women favor a great deal though. I don't think she's one of those "tragic" porn stories, either.
I only know her from the Cole Porter "red hot and blue" album, she sang "after you, who?" wonderfully.
The youngest daughter on "Family Matters" was also a porn star.
How did she die??
R79 that's because Jody was a dancer first and had plenty of practice coming up with dances to match whatever beats she heard while on Soul Train. Being a dancer on there really prepared her for Shalamar and her solo career. Jody could just go on stage and sing while improving dance moves. She didn't need anyone else to make her look good.
There was a lot of drama in Shalamar. A lot of things they didn't go into on their Unsung. In the early eighties Jody had her first child which caused a lot of tension. It was never revealed who the father was. The suspects were Howard Hewitt, Leon Sylvers (their producer) and Dick Griffey (head of SOLAR records). Jody definitely has a juicy book inside of her if she decides to write it.
Howard Hewitt was hot.
No way is Howard Hewett the father of Jody's oldest kid. She never liked his ass despite his good looks. He was a real jerk and Jody didn't care how good looking or talented he was-she wasn't going to let him get it.
Jody is back with new music! Here is her latest song "Nightlife":