Jheri Curl June: Jesse Johnson’s “Be Your Man”

Jesse Johnson’s birthday was Sunday, so this is a little bit of a belated birthday tribute. “Be Your Man,” from Jesse Johnson’s 1985 debut solo album Jesse Johnson’s Revue, is quintessential Minneapolis jheri curl funk: the pounding drum machine beat, heavy bassline, glossy synth “horns” (which he calls out in a James Brown-esque band leader style), and of course, the tiny funky guitar noodling.

The video showcases Jesse as basically the dark-skinned, pink version of Prince. Plus, together the members of Jesse Johnson’s group exhibit six variations of jheri curl shapes:

© A&M Records
© A&M Records

Check back tomorrow for another song, and remember to follow along with the Jheri Curl June Spotify playlist (after the jump).





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