It’s oleskool night

Last Friday night I engaged in a bit of #oleskool reminiscing courtesy of YouTube and my sista Gladys W (my collaborator). Hashtagged #oleskool, together we posted some songs from our nightclubbing days in Brisbane in the late eighties and early/mid nineties.

Unfortunately, we were all on Abstudy, so none of us could afford cameras (actually I had a camera but could never afford to get film developed). So sadly, we have no or very few photographs of this period. Though happily, we have no or very few photographs of this period. (No – that is NOT a typo).

All we have are our memories. As I said in Facebook comment last week –

Music has the ability to transport us to other times and to other places. Turn it up. Close your eyes. And you’re there…

By popular demand (or perhaps simply at the urging of Delvene Cockatoo on Twitter), I’m going to indulge for a second Friday in an #oleskool trip down memory lane.

In the interests of not posting all the same links again, here is the list who featured on last week’s (the inaugural) #oleskool outing:

(I could embed the videos but that’s too much drama – just click on the hyperlinks & you’ll be in YouTube in a sec)

Jimmy Cliff – Reggae Night #oleskool anthem?

Kool and the Gang – Fresh

Not eighties, and maybe a bit new for oleskool En Vogue – Free Your Mind

MARS Pump up the volume reminds me of The Homestead at Zillmere

Stevie Wonder Superstition

Billy Ocean Caribbean Queen (Is is possible to capture how much I loved this album?)

Bob Marley Could you be loved

I was skeptical that this would beat the George Benson original, but yes Taylor Dane’s Can’t get enough of your love is deeaaddlly!

The Jackson’s Can You feel it

The hair. The porn-star tash. The Commodores Night Shift

Peaches & Herb Shake Your Groove Thing

How are Earth, wind and fire NOT the ULTIMATE oleskool? Let’s Groove

I think this was the first full record I ever bought Hot Chocolate‘s Greatest Hits. Here is It started with a Kiss  though @Jo_Barnes recommended Paul Kelly’s version – – I remain unconvinced.

The first record I ever bought was the single of Eye of the tiger by Survivor.

This is a proper oldie, but still makes the oleskool cut I reckon Smokey Robinson & the Miracles’ Tracks of my tears.

Kool and the Gang’s Celebration is timeless. It still gets played.

Hues Corporation – Rock the boat

Play that funky music by Wild Cherry (the guitar at the beginning of this song is SO cool)

Chaka Khan’s Aint Nobody (Aint nobody like Chaka Khan IMO)

Lady Marmalade by Labelle

Soul II Soul Back to life (I so wanted these pants)

This clip is crazy but Malcolm McLaren’s Buffalo Gals was great

We all will always love Marvin Gaye’s I heard it through the grapevine

New Edition’s Candy Girl was soooo deadly

Deniece William’s Let’s hear it for the boy

@sgrhall added Morris Day & the Time’s Jungle Love to the collection

Hair notwithstanding, we all LOVED DeBarge’s Rhythm of the Night

Gregory (scrumptious) Abbott – Shake You Down (yes please)

Club Nouveau – Lean on Me

Colour me Badd – I wanna sex you up (okay then. yes I danced to this in public)

On Facebook we posted

Lisa Standsfield – Round the World

And the song that made the most connection was the timeless Womack & Womack’s Teardrops which I’ll embed here cause it’s so deadly and cause we went to seem W&W at Transformers in Brisbane in the 1990s.

The YouTube archives can be fickle, courtesy of the copyright police. If the links don’t work, we can find another ….

What’s your okeskool request?

Follow #oleskool on Twitter tonight. Better still, post your own #oleskool favourites on twitter …. and have a yarn …

One thought on “It’s oleskool night”

  1. Leesa Watego, that sounds like so much fun!! Thanks for sharing it up and posting all those links. I hope there's a bit of shake-a-leg incorporated in the reminisce!

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