A stream of absurdities
I'm leaving my job and starting a new career. In celebration, I give you...The Pointer Sisters!
1. Neutron Dance/The Pointer Sisters (video)
Don't front. You LOVED Beverly Hills Cop. You thought it was dope and this song makes you do the robot. Ah, thick neon green bright socks of yore. You never see those in 80's revival movies, I think it's a shame. Costumers of the world, take note!
2. My favorite of the Sisters is the basso profundo Ruth Pointer. Her dark, rough edged vocal quality stands in hard contrast next to her sweeter voiced siblings. In the harmonies, her voice, subway level low, adds rumble and texture as opposed to the usual pretty.
Automatic/The Pointer Sisters (Soul Train video)
Automatic sounds like aria sung by a computer with emphysema. The fact that it's about disconnection and passion clashing makes it weirdly poignant. I picture this ancient machine whirring away, the following words popping up on the screen: I don't understand. I'm not supposed to feel anything. I'm a computer. But I am losing it...for your love! My system is down, down down! Etc...
Why no one has covered this song is beyond me.
On a side note, these outfits are out of hand. I dedicate this to my friend Marta.
3. Fire/The Pointer Sisters (video)
Best pop song about being a cold, tempestuous tease. Thank you Mr. Bruce.
4. You Can Can (Feat. Gaylord Birch)/The Pointer Sisters (video)
Four of 'em! Yes, that would be Bonnie Pointer before she left to go solo. Sweet harmonies and funk like two scoops of vanilla with cherries on top. Be sure to watch the drum solo/breakdown at 3:03. Very tasty.
5. Last but not least...
Pinball Number Count/The Pointer Sisters (Sesame Street video)
If this is how you learned how to count, I'd like to meet you.