Take a look at that there. That’s what was hot… what was cool in 1990. Oh man, between the video for “Poison” and the video for “Do Me”, Bell Biv Devoe was about a Starter jacket short of the perfect period piece for the time. But the retro machine keeps rolling forward and if last year’s 80’s-made-famous sax solos were any indication, R&B could be looking like this in the near future. Heck, Norris Cole has already brought the high-top fade into the current zeitgeist (or at least he did before he went pro and cut it down). Props to Michael Bivins though for rocking some sweet old school Syracuse garb in both videos.
If the Bel Biv Devoe styles seem out of place in 2012, then what happens when you take BBD and put them on stage at a dinner theatre venue that typically hosts country, alt-country and singer songwriter types? Because that’s what happened a couple years ago when Bel Biv Devoe played at the Birchmere Music Hall, here in the DC area. The venue itself boasts (or used to boast) that “Mary Chapin Carpenter, Lyle Lovett, Shawn Colvin, Jerry Jeff Walker, Dave Matthews, Vince Gill, John Prine, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, and k.d. Lang are just a few of the artists counted as good friends of the Birchmere.” So yeah, I pretty much fell out of my chair laughing when I heard that Bel Biv Devoe was on their schedule. Even if “Poison” doesn’t really fit well anywhere anymore, it was pretty awesome 22 years ago and it’s still occasionally fun today.
Poison – Bell Biv Devoe