Friday, 1 August 2008

Back to UK Blak

Any child of the 80's will remember Jaki Graham. Big hair, an even bigger smile, with a lovable Brummie accent, she was a frequent presence on the pop charts with her easy breezy soul ditties such as ‘Mated’, ‘Round and Round’ and ‘Breaking Away’. Then in 1986 we noticed a sudden change. Ditching the girl next door image in favour of red lips and red latex, a more seemingly confident Jaki emerged in the video for her single ‘Set Me Free’. And what a choon it was… well at least it seemed that way at the time. Okay, so in essence it was incredibly cheesy, and what I mistook for confidence now screams awkwardness and slight desperation. But nonetheless Ms Graham we salute you being one of the most successful black female vocalists this country has produced, paving the way for the Mica's, Gabrielle's and Beverley Knight's of this world. 

It’s so interesting to look back and watch the likes of Jaki perform and note how different they are to today’s crop of singers who seem so at ease with the whole concept of celebrity. It’s quite heart-warming to see how unsure and vulnerable she looks, almost as if she stumbled accidentally into stardom, opposed to plotting and planning every step to red carpet and MTV glory since the age of 5. *Sigh*. Oh how I miss the eighties, we all seemed so innocent then. 


Ondo Lady said...

Wow, that certainly took me back. Oh I so remember Jaki Graham and she was certainly all hair and teeth. Do you remember her duet with David Grant who went on to do Fame Academy. Yep 80s soul was the best.

MsQuiche said...

Yup, certainly remember the duet with David Grant, the remake of 'Could it be I'm falling in love'. It's hard to believe that David was once a cool, 80's soul singer, he's such a square now, Lol.

Janice aka Miss Mad News said...

Jaki Graham.... wow memories....

A photographer friend of mine some years back told me thar Jacki went on to sell millions of records in Japan... still does.

MsQuiche said...

I find it so adorable that Japanese people are sooooo embracing of Brit 70's/80's has beens. Why is that?

Diane Corriette said...

Talk about flashback! It was good to hear that. The music, drums, clothes oh my goodness... so 80s
Where did the time go :-)

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