Year: 2016

  • Jheri Curl June: Patrice Rushen’s “Breakout!”

    Jheri Curl June: Patrice Rushen’s “Breakout!”

    Like several of the other artists we’ve been discussing this year, vocalist and keyboardist Patrice Rushen had a significant career before jheri curl (B.J.C.). She recorded three well-regarded albums for jazz imprint Prestige Records in the 1970s before switching over to R&B with 1978’s Patrice—a move that, perhaps understandably, alienated much of her existing fanbase. That same…

  • Jheri Curl June: René & Angela’s “I’ll Be Good”

    Jheri Curl June: René & Angela’s “I’ll Be Good”

    Musical duo René Moore and Angela Winbush had released three albums before they finally reached commercial success with 1985’s A Street Called Desire, which contained the hit single “I’ll Be Good.” Sadly, René and Angela were not good to each other, and ended their nine-year musical partnership in a mess of legal battles and physical abuse less than a…

  • Jheri Curl June: The Isley Brothers’ “Between the Sheets”

    Jheri Curl June: The Isley Brothers’ “Between the Sheets”

    Yesterday we talked about the O.G. Bootsy Collins‘ dabble in Jheri Curl. Today we’re looking at yet another Ohio group with a decades-spanning career, the Isley Brothers. Formed in 1954 as a gospel group, the Isley Brothers had been making hits since the ’60s, successfully adapting their sound to suit the changing musical scenes. By the ’80s, it…

  • Jheri Curl June: Bootsy’s Rubber Band’s “Body Slam”

    Jheri Curl June: Bootsy’s Rubber Band’s “Body Slam”

    When it comes to jheri curl music, Bootsy Collins probably isn’t the first name that comes to anyone’s mind. In fact, he and the rest of the Parliament–Funkadelic cohort were practically the antithesis of the Jheri-Curl ethos: their aesthetic was gritty, not glossy; psychedelic posters and underground comix, not neon and Patrick Nagel; weed and…

  • Our New Sister Site: dance / music / sex / romance

    Our New Sister Site: dance / music / sex / romance

    Just a brief interruption of the Jheri Curl June festivities to note that I’ve launched a new sister site for Dystopian Dance Party on its own domain (princesongs.org). The blog is called dance / music / sex / romance, and is a chronological, song-by-song exploration of the music of Prince: sort of like a much, much…

  • Jheri Curl June Special: L.A. Reid

    Jheri Curl June Special: L.A. Reid

    If you’re a regular Jheri Curl June reader, then you should already know that the first week of June holds special signifance in jheri curl music history. As we noted back in our very first Jheri Curl June Special of 2014, Prince’s birthday falls at the end of the week, on June 7. Just a…