Without question, there are scores of Axel F women who held their own during the era.
But what about ladies like Jane Eugene of Loose Ends?
Much like another Axel F icon, Jody Watley, Jane was the lone woman in a trio. And like Jody, the two dudes effectively played second chair to the group's female focal point. Carl McIntosh was also key, but Jane's vocals were the center piece of their bigger tracks.
While Eugene and her colleagues hailed from the UK, folks stateside ate up the Loose Ends' sound. In 1985, "Hangin' On A String" became the first track by a British group to reach #1 on the US Billboard R&B chart. Almost off the bat, Jane asserts herself. Remember: She is not your play thing.
I'd be remiss if I didn't point out a lesser known but beautifully orchestrated Loose Ends' joint highlighting Jane: "Choose Me"
While she wasn't a stand-alone artist, Jane Eugene's vocal prowess was on par with her solo-tracking peers which allowed her to shine on every song she graced.
Given that we are observing Women’s History Month 2012, we felt it appropriate to highlight some of the Mother Pillars of Axel F in their early glory. This sisterhood, resplendent in feathers, fringes, fans, and fur; baptized us in beats, showed us how to groove, and wove the soundtracks of our youth.
We hereby present our gallery, lovingly curated.
Yvette Marie Stevens.
Rufus’ Muse. EveryWoman.
We're also in Women's History Month, which for us means that we're fortifying our crates for the Ladies of Axel F on March 24. Don't miss it! All of your favorite sister icons from the '80s, ALL NIGHT!
Let's start our homage with A Taste of Honey, the original ladies of the eighties.
Despite a mild case of asian exotification, we're loving Hazel Payne's koto skills on this Smokey Robinson cover. Show up styling like Janice-Marie Johnson in this clip and we might have to work out an Axel F VIP deal for you.