We Wonder If You Remember?

Lisa Lisa And Cult Jam in this week's Forgotten Video
  • Lisa Velez in "I Wonder If I Take You Home"
September 23, 2010 -- 7:00 am PDT
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Welcome to Forgotten Videos. Well, for some forgotten, for others just filed away, and for others still, a totally brand-new discovery. Whichever category you fall into, each week we'll feature a video that's possibly been collecting dust when what it really deserves is a fresh look. Or, we'll be giving a fresh look at a video that deserves to be collecting dust. We're not here to judge, we just want to take you on a little trip down memory lane. Yep, you'll remember when hair was really that big, when drums were that up front in the mix, when video was young(er) and so were you.

Lisa Lisa And Cult Jam With Full Force
"I Wonder If I Take You Home"
1984

It doesn't get much more '80s than this. Featuring pink headbands, parachute pants, keytars, and Prince-inspired hairdos — including unicorn-style pigtails — "I Wonder If I Take You Home" doesn't just sound '80s, it defines the '80s in a single four-minute video clip. Maybe that's because "I Wonder…" was one of the first freestyle hits, a genre that blended mechanized funk with emotive vocals and themes. Lisa Lisa And Cult Jam were deliberately designed as an updated version of the Supremes, and "I Wonder…" is a pretty infectiously funky update. Working with the production team Full Force, Lisa Lisa And Cult Jam scored a string of hits in the mid '80s, including "Lost In Emotion" and "All Cried Out," some of which even copped melody lines from Supremes hits, which complemented Lisa Velez's Diana Ross-flavored vocals.

As for "I Wonder…" itself, it seems more like an updating of the Shirelles' "Will You Love Me Tomorrow." "Lately you've been expressing to me/Just how much you want to make love/I want it just as much as you do/But will you still keep in touch," sings Velez about the age-old teen quandary of whether to go all the way. Resonating with teen girls especially, the song went all the way to the Top 40. The group's last album came in 1991, and the involvement of hot '90s dance production team C+C Music Factory hinted that times were changing for the Lisa Lisa formula. But in the latter half of the '80s, there were few hotter R&B acts.  

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