Were it not for a concert announcement that popped into my inbox earlier this week, I don’t know when I next would have thought about Paula Abdul.
Not never, but probably not soon.
Straight up now tell me: When was the last time you thought of the former pop-music star?
Northeast Ohio’s biggest home for nostalgia acts, the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park, announced the 56-year-old Abdul will take the stage Oct. 26.
Being that she was a former Laker Girl and I was a male teen in the late 1980s and early ’90s, I will admit I never minded when one of her music videos came on MTV, starting with the one for “Straight Up” in 1989.
And while Abdul and the makers of the video for “Opposites Attract,” which blended live-action and animation, earned some accolades …
… I always was a bigger fan of this, um, highly artistic piece for Abdul’s 1989 hit “Cold Hearted”:
Wow. To quote Ron Burgundy, that was “compelling and rich.”
You have to hand it to Abdul for having a varied career. Post-Laker Girl era and before and after becoming a pop star, Abdul worked as a choreographer. She is credited for working on movies including “The Running Man, “Coming to America” and “Big.” Later — and I completely forgot this because I’ve never cared one Simon Cowell insult about the show — she was an original judge on the hit talent show “American Idol.” More recently, according to a news release from the Rocksino, Abdul has worked as a producer on versions of “Dancing With the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance.”
Tickets for Abdul’s performance are $59.50, $77.50 and $95, so you’re going to need to put that kind of monetary value on hearing “Straight Up” live. Snatch ’em up here when they go on sale to the public on July 13. (At the time of this writing, there was no word on whether MC Skat Kat would be on hand for an “Opposites Attract” duet. One can dream.)
Stream of the week: It hasn’t happened yet, but I think I will come to like, if not love, “High As Hope,” the recently released album by Florence + The Machine. The voice of crazy-talented singer Florence Welch sounds wonderful, as always, and gone are the dance beats that permeated 2015’s uneven “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful.” However, I think I will have to keep waiting for an album I enjoy as much as 2011’s “Ceremonials,” which catapulted the English rock act into the mainstream on the power of infectious anthem “Shake It Out.” “High As Hopes” is a mellower affair, although songs such as “Hunger” offer a bit of energy. I think this album is going to require a few more spins than I’ve given it to be fully appreciated.
Mark Meszoros has, in the last two days, watched the video for “Cold Hearted” a few times, arguably more than was required for the writing of this post. Follow him on Twitter @MarkMeszoros. Image credit: Courtesy of Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park