Windy City Media Group Frontpage News

THE VOICE OF CHICAGO'S GAY, LESBIAN, BI, TRANS AND QUEER COMMUNITY SINCE 1985

home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2022-08-31
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
Donate

Sponsor
Sponsor

  NIGHTSPOTS

Dancing About Architecture
by Marc 'Moose' Moder
2015-05-27

This article shared 2805 times since Wed May 27, 2015
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


We all know La Toya Jackson, either through the Playboy covers, the psychic hotline, the tell-all book, the workout tape, or her crying her eyes out on Donahue. Though she has had more colorful TV appearances than can be counted—and has always been surrounded by intrigue­—her fame has seemingly never been because of her musical efforts. That is the La Toya Jackson we don't know. Now that Janet is making a comeback ( akin to the Second Coming ), we asked the guys reissuing her Bad Girl album: Why La Toya?

Throughout most of the 1980s, Jackson's musical output, despite being finely-crafted pop and soul, had seen a mediocre response. It wasn't until her fifth album, You're Gonna Get Rocked—largely written and produced by '80s powerhouses Full Force ( Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, Samantha Fox ) and Stock-Aitken-Waterman ( Kylie Minogue, Bananarama )—that Jackson garnered any mainstream interest in her music.

Perhaps its release alongside her top-selling Playboy pictorial helped to propel sales, but regardless, label execs were eager to put Jackson back into the studio to work on her sixth LP. The album—Bad Girl, as it came to be called—was recorded in a matter of weeks, but by the time that Jackson was ready to release its first single, her label was floundering. The single stalled, failing to garner support from radio or music TV, leaving the album's release in limbo. Immediately after, Jackson left the label, taking the new material with her.

After a successful reissue of her first Teldec album in 2013 through UK label Cherry Pop, "There was a lot of discussion about further La Toya projects," says Vibe On Records co-founder Matt Emrick. In fact, Emrick and co-founder John-Ryan Griggs were set to release a compilation of previously-unreleased La Toya recordings in 2014, including covers of Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance with Somebody" and Little Eva's "Loco-motion," but quickly pulled the plug at the personal request of Jackson herself.

Eager to oversee the release of something La Toya-related, Emrick and Griggs worked her former labels A&R man, Sherman Heinig, to compile the bonus material necessary for making Bad Girl worth reissuing. "The fact that there are probably a million different versions of this album already available didn't really do us any favors," says Griggs. "We knew we had to dig up some quality stuff to make its release noteworthy."

The team spent a few months digging through boxes of items in storage, looking for any relevant material, including alternate mixes and edits. Then they shopped the project around to different labels, and it became clear that if Emrick and Griggs wanted a definitive edition of Bad Girl to exist, they would have to take it on themselves. "Everyone we talked to wanted to go on the cheap," Emrick says, adding, "but that's the way Bad Girl had always been treated. We wanted a nice product, a sleek booklet with a cohesive design reflecting the original vinyl, and beefed-up sound. No one we talked to could offer that."

Exclusive to the Vibe On's release is Rigger's Horizon Remix of the 1990 single, "Sexual Feeling." Produced by Tommy Boy remixer DJ Otis Brown, the track Kelly Osbourne once called "the most amazing song I've ever heard in my life" got a 2015 facelift. It seemed fitting.

For those dabbling in LaToya via her little sister, "There's a version of 'Sexual Feeling' where La Toya raps about teaching a man to please his woman," details Griggs. "It's an Italo-house mix of the track, not too far removed from Janet's 'Throb,' which totally ripped off this song three years later." It was originally intended to be the album's opener, but at some point was swapped out for a tamer version.

"A lot of fans ended up overlooking it," he adds. "We had to fix that."

Though they are still hard at work packing and mailing shipments of Bad Girl, Emrick and Griggs are hard at work seeking out their next project. "We've spoken with Julie Brown ( Earth Girls Are Easy ) about doing an expanded version of her 'Trapped In the Body of a White Girl' album, as well as a couple of other '80s acts," concludes Emrick. "We've got big plans for Vibe On. John and I are all about seeing forgotten pop music treasured, treated with respect and being made available to the masses."

Vibe On Records' two-disc deluxe edition of Bad Girl is available now from vibeonrecords.com and amazon.com .


This article shared 2805 times since Wed May 27, 2015
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

THEATER Underscore to permanently close; festival gains new home 2022-09-23
- The board of directors of Underscore Theatre Company announced the company will close its doors permanently after eleven dynamic years of producing musical theatre in Chicago, including 16 world premieres. However, the company's Chicago Musical Theatr ...


Gay News

MUSIC Cabaret singer Jeff Harnar talks Sondheim, coming out 2022-09-23
- Jeff Harnar wasn't born in Chicago, but he will tell you first-hand that it is his home. Having spent his formative years in this city, Harnar discovered a passion for musical theater. Decades later, he has ...


Gay News

MUSIC 'A Boy Band Christmas' coming to Hard Rock Live on Dec. 18 2022-09-22
- A Boy Band Christmas is coming to Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana's Hard Rock Live venue in Gary, Indiana on Sunday, Dec. 18. Doors open at 6 p.m. The event will feature Jeff Timmons, Drew Lachey ...


Gay News

Artemis Singers to present 'Samhain - Encounters through the Veil' Oct. 29 2022-09-22
-- From a press release - CHICAGO─Artemis Singers, www.artemissingers.org, Chicago's lesbian feminist chorus, will present a unique, timely concert, "Samhain - Encounters through the Veil," about the time of year when we reflect on those who have gone before and honor t ...


Gay News

Riot Fest heats up (through music and controversy) in 2022 2022-09-22
- For three days, Riot Fest took rock and roll fans on a rollercoaster of a ride in Douglass Park. Located in Chicago's North Lawndale community area at 1401 S. Sacramento Dr., this loud outdoor celebration of ...


Gay News

SHOWBIZ 'Watermelon Woman,' 'Dragula,' Indigo Girls, 'Dahmer' series 2022-09-18
Video below - Cheryl Dunye shared a photo on Facebook confirming that her 1996 groundbreaking lesbian-themed film Watermelon Woman is now officially part of the National Film Registry Library. According to the library's website, some of the other movies ...


Gay News

THEATER 'Cabaret' at Metropolis through Oct. 22 2022-09-17
- Musical Broadway classic and hit film Cabaret re-creates the decadent and complicated world of 1929 Berlin at the Arlington Heights venue Metropolis Performing Arts Centre through Oct. 22. Cabaret is Kander and Ebb's legendary musical masterpiece ...


Gay News

Park district pushing change as criticisms of Chicago music festivals increase 2022-09-15
- As criticism increases over the use of public parks for large-scale events put on by private companies, leaders at the Chicago Park District are moving to change their code to mandate a board vote to sign ...


Gay News

Six Flags hosts 'Out in the Park' 2022-09-13
- Out in the Park—an annual private diversity event featuring unlimited riding of all Six Flags Great America's thrill rides—took place Sept. 10. Attendees enjoyed rides, eats and music (the latter courtesy of DJs). According to a ...


Gay News

MUSIC Raue Center to host ABBA tribute on Oct. 15 2022-09-12
- Raue Center for the Arts will welcome "Mania: The Abba Tribute," from London's West End, to downtown Crystal Lake at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15. "Mania" takes audiences back in time by recreating one of ...


Gay News

Elton John's 'last' U.S. show to air Nov. 20 on Disney+ 2022-09-12
- The show being promoted as Sir Elton John's "last" U.S. concert—a Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour gig at Los Angeles' Dodger Stadium—will livestream on Disney+ on Nov. 20, Rolling Stone reported. The streaming service officially announce ...


Gay News

SHOWBIZ Religion movie, Laverne Cox, 'Will & Grace,' Jeopardy!, Elton John 2022-09-11
- The LGBTQ+ film Wonderfully Made—LGBTQ+R(eligion) will have its New York premiere at the Woodstock Film Festival on Thursday, Sept. 29, following its world premiere at Out in Film in Atlanta on Saturday, Sept. 24, per a ...


Gay News

THEATER Chicago Shakespeare running 'The Notebook' through Oct. 16 2022-09-10
- Chicago Shakespeare Theater is running the world premiere of The Notebook, a new musical based on the best-selling novel by Nicholas Sparks that inspired the iconic film. The production will run through Oct. 16. Allie and ...


Gay News

Chicago House Music Festival to showcase national and local talent Sept. 15 - 18 2022-09-09
-- From a press release - CHICAGO—Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) announced today the full lineup and expanded dates for the annual Chicago House Music Festival and ...


Gay News

Broadway musical Chicago to open Sept. 12 with Angelica Ross as Roxie Hart 2022-09-09
-- From a press release - The Broadway company of the Tony Award-winning, record-breaking hit musical Chicago will welcome actress and human rights advocate Angelica Ross ("Pose," "American Horror Story") making her Broadway debut in the ...


 



Copyright © 2022 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 
 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS







Sponsor


 

Sponsor


Donate


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam     
Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.