Cheryl Lynn: Got To Be Real (1978)

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Cheryl Lynn: Got To Be Real (1978)

If it weren't for Madonna's hit Vogue most people outside of New York wouldn't have known of this posturing late Eighties style which seemed to come with more attitude-dance than seemed healthy.

Narcissism isn't pleasant at any time.

But the music was something else and no musical style should be held to account because if its followers (or even its practitoners).

The music was full of classy grooves and spawned some genuine hits, not the least being this by Cheryl Lynn (which she cowrote with David Paich of Toto) from a decade previous which underwent a rediscovery. In 2005 it was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame. (Yes, there is one.)

This is taken from the House Ballroom Scene of NYC 1989-92 collection, a double disc on Soul Jazz which includes classics such as Diana Ross' sensual Love Hangover alongside bandwagon rider Malcolm McLaren (Deep in Vogue), beatmakers Junior Vasquez, Armand Van Helden and others.

For more oddities, one-offs or songs with an interesting backstory check the massive back-catalogue at From the Vaults.

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