Today’s Sparkle Video shows us what you get when you mix a classic by The Flirts, who look gorgeous in bedazzled black spandex, with colorful 80’s graphics: FABULOUS! The sights and sounds in this clip of “Passion” seem designed to lead up to a giant libido meltdown, which could lead to sexy body moves and quite possibly, a hot and steamy dance floor make-out. That’s just a warning Soldiers- proceed with caution.
Today’s Sparkle Video featuring A Taste of Honey appearing on Soul Train was chosen because I think this that this track is their best. It doesn’t seem to get as much play as their bigger, Grammy winning hit “Boogie Oogie Oogie” however, “Rescue Me” has such an unforgettable “bounce” and gleaming happiness that it really needs to be in heavy rotation everywhere. Radio stations and dance floors alike should be spinning this sparkling gem more often and I want to get that movement started. Because while a band fronted by two gorgeous ladies may not have been unusual in 1980, a band fronted by two gorgeous ladies like Hazel and Janice-Marie, dazzlingly dressed in sequins who also play guitar and bass, was certainly not the norm. So- let’s be sure to recognize Superstars when we see them Soldiers! Also, let’s not forget that this music is the sparkling “backbone” of the Funky Four Plus One‘s rap classic “That’s The Joint”– which it was and still is .
Today’s Sparkle Video features more from Top of the Pops in what has to be one of the most exhilarating guest appearances ever. Here, the legendary group Imagination performs their classic “Flashback” with many of the dazzling effects that Sparkle Videos require. Shimmering “half-outfits” baring much-much skin, a stage of flashing lights framed in a totally 80’s palette of purple and turqwuaz and a fancy editing style that kicks in on the chorus all adds up to make this a truly exceptional moment in time. The equally sparkling audience and gyrating hips swirls are extra details that put this one so over the top for me that I’m having a bit of trouble coming down!
I adore the stunning Madleen Kane, and once I laid eyes on this TV appearance from the early 80’s, I knew it was destined to be today’s Sparkle Video. “You Can” is not my favorite MK song, as I prefer her more disco-tastic numbers, but this clip is all about the visuals. It begins with the super-hot and glittering team of Solid Gold Dancers slinking across the stage and then it’s not long after that – KABLAM! Madleen appears in a showstopping sequin multi-sparkle outfit that has me gagging with so much jealousy, I can hardly function enough to type this. But don’t be alarmed Soldiers, because that’s the method I always use when deciding what I really need and I REALLY NEED THAT OUTFIT! (Note to self: Call personal sparkle outfit maker ASAP)
In a magical example of how rock n’ roll dazzles just as much as disco, today’s Sparkle Video is a clip of the legendary Sparks‘ appearance on Saturday Night Live from 1982. Not your average rock band, the Sparks have always been a “bit different” as they say, in musical. lyrical and vocal stylings as well as in unorthodox fashion choices and they made it work people! Here we have a stage full of men dressed in sparking sequin suits, featuring brothers Russell in a glittering lime green number and “odd-man-out” Ron, who preferred to stick with his famous 40’s Dandy look. They’re a sight for sore eyes and ears as they take hold of the audience, break dance a little bit (kind of) and sing madly about another legendary American duo, Mickey Mouse and his bride Minnie.
Today’s Sparkle Video is one of my all-time favorite songs and this clip of Raw Silk performing in the height of 80’s disco fashion is truly a rare sparkling diamond! I also chose this because we are fast approaching the most fabulous holiday of the year when everyone casts aside their inhibitions (those who have some anyway) and dazzles from head to toe with reckless abandon. However, to be honest, I can’t be sure this was a Top of The Pops Halloween special, or “fancy-dress party as the Brits like to call it, because it was 1982 and seeing a dance floor filled with supercharged freak-a-zoids was normal back then. Longing for a time machine anyone?
Today’s Sparkle Video has the super sassy Galaxy turning out the definition of “party” with this vintage appearance on Top of the Pops. This magical jam called “Dancing Tight” is being performed in a room of glorious perfection that includes all the classics: flashing lights, gobs of smoke and endless 80’s disco tarts. Now, I don’t know what “tight” dancing is, but I’m sure up for trying some- especially in this dreamy fantasy oasis!
Today marks the first time an artist has been chosen to be the Sparkle Video two weeks in a row, so let’s just say that I’ve been bitten by the “Eartha Kitt bug”. I’m completely smitten by her attitude in this clip for “I Don’t Care”, which is basically a theme song for those of us who like to do our own thing- all the time, no matter what. Here, she’s a mysterious feline female in a fabulous black catsuit with magical chiffon wings, who makes men rip off their clothes and dance around her like adoring minions. I suppose I love this song because I also “don’t care what the trendies may do” nor care “what they tell me is new” and I especially “don’t care what the people say” as I’ll always “carry on this way.” Indeed, sparkling minds really do think alike.
Today’s Sparkle Video features Italian dancer and songstress Heather Parisi, who could teach the world a thing or two about delivering a showstopping performance. This clip is from Musikladen, which means it’s already fabulous, but she works it like no other so watch and learn Soldiers!
First lesson: Bring giant-sized black and white cutouts of yourself to give the set a spaced-out Metropolis feel. Very effective! Second: Outfit. Heather’s dazzling interpretation of the tuxedo consists of a bedazzled dickie that gives the tease of side boob, but yet her naughty bits are strategically guarded by flesh colored fabric. To complete her disco-tastic formal wear style is the only choice that makes sense- black sequin hot shorts. Third: Back-up dancers. Dressed in satin, sequins and spandex. Get Some.