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2-For-1: Tisha Campbell and Jasmine Guy

After reading about Debbie Allen's album over at The Isle of Failed Pop Stars (an album my mom owns, by the way), it's due time for my own installment of sitcom stars who occasionally dabbled in pop music.



When I was a little kid...this was like, early, early 90s...I remember Jasmine Guy was all over The Box. She had three big songs: "Try Me," "Just Want to Hold You" and the above "Another Like My Lover." My mom actually taped videos from the Box a lot, and while I was going through some old tapes I found a video with "Try Me" on it.

"Another Like My Lover" (#9 R&B/#66 Hot 100) and "Try Me" (#14 R&B) came out at the height of the New Jack Swing era, as you can tell by the beats. And of course "Just Want to Hold You" (#27 R&B/#34 Hot 100) was the obligatory ballad. Still, with New Jack beats and an already established reputation playing Whitley on "A Different World" (where she sang on quite a few episodes), it's weird how she never became a bigger star in the music world.


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The same thing happened with Tisha Campbell, who was already an established singer/actress who released who self-titled album a year after the premiere of "Martin," which is hands down one of the best sitcoms of the 90s. (My mom also has this one...) I remember seeing this on the Box as well, and as a grown-up I snicker at the lyric "no one-minute brotha/I need an overtime lover." Again, with a big voice, New Jack Swing beat and even a little reggae toward the end, Tisha saw little success as this song didn't even chart. Her album only hit #37 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart.

Like Jasmine, Tisha got a chance to display her vocal chops before releasing music, as in "Little Shop of Horrors" and "Heart and Soul," a short-lived sitcom starring Morris Day that came on NBC. If you've never heard of it, that's OK, but my mom had a near-obsessive habit with her VCR and taped a lot of things, including this sitcom where Morris played a record company exec and Tisha as his protege. (There were actually clips of this on YouTube but they were pulled! IMDB doesn't even have a proper listing for it! But the show wasn't that funny anyway...)

Of course we can't forget about Jasmine and Tisha sharing the spotlight in "School Daze," one of my top 10 favorite movies with an amazing soundtrack, including this gem "Be Alone Tonight":

10 comments:

doc said...

awww man! i love this song! i didnt even think to look on youtube to see if they had footage from the movie.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I loved this song too....

And Tisha also sang a lot on Wife & Kids.... anytime I hear Mustang Sally, I think of that episode.

bomitoni said...

i loooooooooooove jasmine guy, and tisha's album is a guilty pleasure of mine. hell it's not a guilty pleasure, just a pleasure!!! tish was also on some singing tv show called RAGS TO RICHES in the 80s. i don't remember much about the show, just that they may have been orphans.

adeosun78 said...

I just found your blog via C&D and I love it!!! I'm a recovering CD junkie and I own/at least heard of everyone you've blogged about.

It is really funny that this 2 for 1 is Jasmine and Tisha because I just had a conversation recently where we agreed that we always think of them in tandem when it comes to their music.

I liked both of their albums. Jasmine is weird though because she always had some off notes in her songs. I mean they were the right notes, but they weren't what you would expect. She sang in minor keys or some ish. Anyway, I guess I'm trying to say it's hard for me to sing along with her, but "More Love" and "Just Want to Hold You" and of course ALML and TM are my ish.

Tisha can just flat out sang. I still bump her album like it's 1990(?). I really wish she would release a new one.

ZACK said...

I found your blog through C&D as well. I put you on my blog roll immediately!

The funniest part is not just this post, but your banner slogan that refers to "Born Again (Broke Again)" gospel artists.

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