Sunday, October 07, 2007

80s Music Video Sunday #40

One day last week I had the distinct pleasure of having lunch with Benji at a small resto near my office. Over humus and salad, we discussed a variety of subjects – work, living in Israel, bloggers and blogging, writing, and so on. One of the main topics of conversation, however, was summer camp. Benji recently returned to Israel after spending his summer working at our old summer camp, and I was anxious to hear all about it. Benji was more than happy to share, and regaled me with story after story about our old stomping grounds.

I loved hearing about the activities being done these days, how things have changed, etc. Many of my fondest memories were created during my summers spent there, and to this day, random interactions, sites and smells can trigger flashbacks (the smell of wooden planks on a hot summer day reminds me of the smell of camp cabins). Seeing Benji opened a floodgate of old memories, and given that he shares my love of 80s music, I find myself remembering songs that were popular in camp. My mind drifts back to the annual talent show, and I can recall with incredibly clarity a group of my bunkmates preparing their song and dance routine. I can remember the cool arm twists, the bit where they jumped around, turning from back to front in order to face the audience. The song they chose was Deniece Williams' "Let's Hear it for the Boy", from everyone's favorite movie of 1984 – Footloose.

While I couldn't find an actual video of the original song, what you're going to see below is a clip of Williams singing the song on Solid Gold, a show that probably deserves its very own blog entry...



Let's Hear it for the Boy
Deniece Williams

My baby he don't talk sweet
He ain't got much to say
But he loves me, loves me, loves me
I know that he loves me anyway

And maybe he don't dress fine
But I don't really mind
'Cuz every time he pulls me near
I just wanna cheer

Let's hear it for the boy!
Oh, let's give the boy a hand
Let's hear it for my baby
You gotta understand
Maybe he's no Romeo
But he's my loving one-man show
Let's hear it for the boy!

My baby may not be rich
He's watching every dime
But every night he holds me
And we always have a real good time

And maybe he sings off-key
That's alright by me
But what he does he does so well
Makes me wanna yell

Let's hear it for the boy!
Oh, let's give the boy a hand
Let's hear it for my baby
You gotta understand
Maybe he's no Romeo
But he's my loving one-man show
Let's hear it for the boy!

5 comments:

jessica said...

okay, this song has such amazing sentimental value to me. i cannot believe that you just posted this, because i was in teh MIDDLE of writing an email to my best friend, referencing this song, and now i am going to make her pee in her pants with the video. awesome.

Benji Lovitt said...

Could "Solid Gold" be any more dated? To a teenager today, this might as well have been filmed in the 1800s. They've probably never seen a female singer perform with her midriff covered before.

montchan (MJ Bliss) said...

"Holding Out For a Hero" was my personal favorite from "Footloose". Now you got me singing. Damn it!

RR said...

OMG, I haven't thought of "Solid Gold" in years! And great song choice- loved "Footloose" and the whole soundtrack.

nrg said...

I always thought I had great potential to be a Solid Gold dancer... I was very, very wrong, of course.
Just bought Footloose this past winter! Excellent soundtrack!