Jheri Curl June: Full Force’s “Old Flames Never Die”

Okay, so we covered Full Force back in our very first year of Jheri Curl June, but the song I picked wasn’t their best by any means and I got in some jabs at the group. Though I still stand by those jabs, Full Force deserves better. Every time I watch the House Party movies, I’m struck by the fact that their role as the bullies is one of the best parts of the films (seriously, try to watch House Party 3, 4, or 5 and tell me I’m wrong,) and their “Ain’t My Type of Hype” is THE most memorable song in the first movie, appearing during the iconic dance-off scene.

But even before House Party, Full Force were successful producers and hitmakers in their own right. And their second album, Full Force Get Busy 1 Time, is wall to wall late-era Jheri Curl bangers. “Old Flames Never Die” even sounds a bit like, dare I say, an unreleased Prince track from the early ’80s, or a song that would feel at home on the Time‘s first album. It’s simple and funky, with a little New Wave-y flare and a fun interpolation of Sly and the Family Stone‘s “Everyday People.”

So, there you go, I’ve managed to finally write something about Full Force without roasting them because, despite all appearances, I actually love Full Force. I mean, they are an ’80s R&B group with Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure character bodies who all dress like “Macho Man” Randy Savage and have Jheri curls. What is there NOT to love?

We’ll be back tomorrow to wrap up week three of Jheri Curl June 2K23! In the meantime, check out the rest of our picks this year in the playlists below:





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