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post #271 of 1541 (permalink) Old 09-22-2012, 02:56 PM
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They really should of stayed together. I think Sisqo's ego got the best of him. I mean, they came back together after he returned to planet earth, but it just didn't seem the same.
You have to remember Dru Hill was carrying the flag for the 90s groups when Boyz II Men and Jodeci were long gone and the rest of the groups were barely hanging on. But, you're right about one thing. Dru Hill and Sisqo fell off in a matter of two years-mostly due to Sisqo's overexposure and that flopped second solo album that damn near killed all his momentum.

And let's not forget about this:





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Listening to instrumentals on repeat tonight. Blue light in the room for the win:



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You have to remember Dru Hill was carrying the flag for the 90s groups when Boyz II Men and Jodeci were long gone and the rest of the groups were barely hanging on. But, you're right about one thing. Dru Hill and Sisqo fell off in a matter of two years-mostly due to Sisqo's overexposure and that flopped second solo album that damn near killed all his momentum.

And let's not forget about this:



I still can't believe that mess was aired out like that in public.

But you could always tell that Sisqo wanted to be the star way before he broke out. I couldn't stand him back in the day. It seemed like he tried his best to steal the spotlight.
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I want to discuss Boyz II Men's "later career"that 97-2002 period where they supposedly fell off but were still an active group and not a nostalgia act(more on that in a minute), later meaning after their first two albums where they were arguably the biggest musical act in the world.

I know Evolution is generally considered a "disappointment" as it didn't sell like the first two and has always gotten mixed reviews.......but I loved that album, then and now. To me, they were vocally at their best on that. 4 Seasons of Lonliness, Doin' Just Fine, Never....they killed those. The cover of Can You Stand the Rain was amazing, A Song for Mama.....love those. And I always regarded "Girl in the Life Magazine" as a tongue in cheek, let's sing something ridiculous like we're dead serious and make it sound damn good too. Maybe they actually were dead serious, which would be very corny......but vocally, that song sounds great.

Nathan Michael Shawn Wanya was a bit uneven, but there are some great songs there too like Thank You In Advance and I Do.

And I really loved Full Circle, I thought that album was outstanding and one of their best. That's Why I Love You, Lovin You, that interlude(forget the name) starts with "Tonight will be different....", Oh Well, On The Road Again, Right On Time......that album was outstanding to me.

To me, there was NO FALLOFF in that period, they were still a great group. It's just that R&B groups weren't really hitting anymore like they were in the early-mid 90's. The fans were on some wack shit then, lots of flavor of the month B2K bullshit, the pop boy band craze, etc. But Boyz II Men were still doing their thing, making good-great R&B music.

Now they made a big career mis-step by turning themselves into a nostalgia act by making all those albums singing other people's hits and re-recording their old hits and all that......that's for groups where guys are in their 50's and shit to do, these guys were only in their 30's. Maybe ithey felt it was better financially to do that than making new albums, who knows. But to me, it presented them as a way older group than they actually were, and was a mis-step. I know they've put a few new albums of original material out since, that I haven't checked and need to at some point. Mike leaving hurt too.
That's pretty much what happened to them. It was all about the latest dance step or hottest beat. They probably figured they wouldn't sell anything if they recorded original content because their style didn't match well with mainstream so they decided to re-do others for a change of pace.

What was the reason for Mike leaving? I can't remember.

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Listening to instrumentals on repeat tonight. Blue light in the room for the win:




I still can't believe that mess was aired out like that in public.

But you could always tell that Sisqo wanted to be the star way before he broke out. I couldn't stand him back in the day. It seemed like he tried his best to steal the spotlight.

That's pretty much what happened to them. It was all about the latest dance step or hottest beat. They probably figured they wouldn't sell anything if they recorded original content because their style didn't match well with mainstream so they decided to re-do others for a change of pace.

What was the reason for Mike leaving? I can't remember.
Mike left because he has scoliosis and couldn't really perform on stage unless he was sitting down, had problems traveling, etc.
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I saw videos of them performing without him and I didn't know about the health situation. That is unfortunate to hear.

Boys II Men along with Dru Hill and TLC are actually my favorite groups of the 90s. I just wanted to give Dru Hill some love in this thread. Headliner and I discuss this a few weeks ago and I think we agreed that Boys II Men was the best male vocal group of the 90s. I have so many favorites from their classic list of emotional songs.

"One Sweet Day" was a HUGE hit in the mid-90s. I believe it was #1 for like 16 weeks straight on the Top 100. You mix my favorite singer with my favorite 90's group and the result is just heavenly:




THIS CHRISTMAS
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YOOOOOO, Sisqo's solo stuff was FAR from a joke. His first album is underrated as fuck.
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I'm not a big fan of Sisqo as a solo artist but I like this joint from his debut album:



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I'm posting this video for 2 reasons. 1) It's a fantastic song, ome of the best of the 80's. 2) The way he keeps staring into the camera makes this video hilarious. The part where he snaps awake in bed at the 3:43 mark is off the chain hilarious to me.


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post #278 of 1541 (permalink) Old 09-25-2012, 09:42 PM
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My first time ever seeing that video, I died at the 3:43 mark.

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^Same here.

That song is on my iPod though along with three or four other Alexander O'Neal songs. Shame he let drugs ruin his life.

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I know that song from the video but to be honest, I really don't know much about Alexander O'Neal other than that song and that Saturday Love song.

I do know he had a drug problem, but as far as his music goes, don't really know much of it.

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