Author: Zach

  • Jheri Curl June: Curtis Hairston’s “The Morning After”

    Jheri Curl June: Curtis Hairston’s “The Morning After”

    “The Morning After” wasn’t a hit in the U.S., but it did chart in the U.K., where Hairston remains better known; and the combination of the singer’s soaring tenor with those slick keyboards makes it the perfect song to slide into the weekend with.

  • Jheri Curl June: Midnight Star’s “Headlines”

    Jheri Curl June: Midnight Star’s “Headlines”

    The title track of Headlines shows that, if nothing else, Midnight Star’s signature sound was still good for a decent groove.

  • Jheri Curl June: Nile Rodgers’ “Let’s Go Out Tonight”

    Jheri Curl June: Nile Rodgers’ “Let’s Go Out Tonight”

    Even if it isn’t quite orthodox Jheri Curl, how could I refuse myself the opportunity to share this absolutely bonkers video, which features Rodgers (wearing some kind of futuristic Cosby sweater) bringing a Japanese Bunraku marionette to life, taking her out on a date, and then seemingly turning into a marionette himself?

  • Jheri Curl June: Pebbles’ “Mercedes Boy”

    Jheri Curl June: Pebbles’ “Mercedes Boy”

    We’ve spoken briefly about Perri “Pebbles” Reid before, in the context of our 2016 profile of her ex-husband and producer, L.A. Reid, as well as our 2018 profile on André Cymone, who co-wrote her contribution to the Beverly Hills Cop II soundtrack, “Love/Hate.” But part of the point of Jheri Curl June Ladies’ Week is…

  • Jheri Curl June: The Pointer Sisters’ “Automatic”

    Jheri Curl June: The Pointer Sisters’ “Automatic”

    If there’s one thing to be said about Jheri Curl Music, it’s that–much like its namesake hairstyle–it’s remarkably gender-neutral: Many of the genre’s greatest tracks were sung by women. That’s why every Jheri Curl June, we designate one week as “Ladies’ Week” to celebrate the contributions of woman artists to our most beloved style. And…

  • Jheri Curl June: The Egyptian Lover’s “I Cry (Night After Night)”

    Jheri Curl June: The Egyptian Lover’s “I Cry (Night After Night)”

    Like yesterday’s spotlight artist the Jonzun Crew, the Egyptian Lover is a pioneer of the Jheri Curl-adjacent hip-hop subgenre electro (or, as they liked to call it on the West Coast, electro-hop). Way back in our first-ever Jheri Curl June, we even called his 1986 club hit “Freak-a-holic” “the ultimate jheri curl track.” And certainly,…