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Thread started 10/09/19 11:15am

alphastreet

Irene Cara appreciation thread

The first song I knew by her was Breakdance from a solid gold performance in the 80s. What a Feeling and Fame became favourites later on

Anyone else also into her and want to share some more songs by her?
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Reply #1 posted 10/09/19 1:43pm

mk456

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alphastreet said:

The first song I knew by her was Breakdance from a solid gold performance in the 80s. What a Feeling and Fame became favourites later on Anyone else also into her and want to share some more songs by her?

I like Irene Cara though never heard any more songs than the ones you mention. I was a breaker in my youth in the 80s so I remember the Breakdance song though was into all sorts of other artists/types of music and never got around to listening to more of her songs. I am going to listen to some more of her music since you sparked my curiosity.

Edit: Flashdance - what a feeling - was the big hit from the movie I really liked.

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[Edited 10/9/19 13:47pm]

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Reply #2 posted 10/09/19 1:56pm

alphastreet

Cool, let me know which ones you like so I can check them out too smile
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Reply #3 posted 10/09/19 2:05pm

SoulAlive

favorite songs by her:

"Out Here On My Own" (1980) from the Fame movie soundtrack

"Breakdance" (1984)

Image result for irene cara

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Reply #4 posted 10/09/19 5:36pm

JoeBala

Had a big crush on her as a kid. She is so talented. Too bad she doesn't do anything in a long time.
Just Music-No Categories-Enjoy It!
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Reply #5 posted 10/09/19 5:50pm

lool

I really like her 1982 album 'Anyone Can See'. That early '80s New York City production can be really hit or miss but she had some really catchy songs plus I love her vocal delivery. And it didn't hurt to have Luther Vandross arranging and singing backgrounds. The Moroder album is great but it took them too long to get it out. The title song, "What A Feelin'" was 7 months old by the time the album was released. Kind of slowed down her momentum IMO. But that song had legs and garnered a Grammy, Golden Globe, and Oscar. One of my favorite Irene songs was a cut from the 'Anyone Can See' sessions that didn't make the album called "Found It". It was later used as the b-side of the "What A Feelin'" 12-inch single. There is a late '80s album I have not really taken to. Her 2011 2-CD set 'Presenting Hot Caramel" has some nice stuff she did with her all female band.
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Reply #6 posted 10/09/19 5:52pm

alphastreet

Thanks for sharing that, maybe I will check out her other, newer tracks
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Reply #7 posted 10/09/19 5:58pm

lool

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Reply #8 posted 10/09/19 6:23pm

lool

Anyone remember Musical Chairs?
https://www.youtube.com/w...6WgxTqRUpQ
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Reply #9 posted 10/10/19 7:24am

scratchtasia

I thought she was cute on The Electric Company when I was a kid. I liked her more upbeat singles on the radio--"Flashdance," "Why Me?," and "Breakdance" from '83-'84. I know some of the earlier hits, too ("Fame," "Out Here on My Own," "Anyone Can See"), but I never dug deeper. She kind of disappeared pretty quickly.

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Reply #10 posted 10/10/19 1:07pm

SoulAlive

scratchtasia said:

She kind of disappeared pretty quickly.

Indeed.I never heard anything else from her after 1984.

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Reply #11 posted 10/10/19 1:14pm

ladygirl99

"Breakdancing, break out"

Breakdance is my favorite cut from her!

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Reply #12 posted 10/10/19 2:31pm

lool

"Be Your Number One", from her 1987 album. It wasn't the single but it should've been IMO.

https://www.youtube.com/w...VeikNrIySo
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Reply #13 posted 10/10/19 5:42pm

looby

My heart kind of skips a beat every time I see one of these type of threads, because I wonder if the person has passed.

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Reply #14 posted 10/11/19 6:00am

kitbradley

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I seem to remember hearing she sued her record company for unpaid royalties back in the mid-80's. That's why her career came to a screatching halt. I recently got a hold of her "Charsma" CD but I haven't listened to it yet. I know it flopped when it came out but I just wanted to own it since I have her first two CDs.

"It's not nice to fuck with K.B.! All you haters will see!" - Kitbradley
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Reply #15 posted 10/12/19 7:15pm

SoulAlive

kitbradley said:

I seem to remember hearing she sued her record company for unpaid royalties back in the mid-80's. That's why her career came to a screeching halt.

Oh,so that explains it.

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Reply #16 posted 10/12/19 8:14pm

Comser

she was a descent enough actress also...loved the movie she did in 1985 with Tatum O'Neal "Certain Fury"

and it is a shame her album What A Feein' didn't do anything it had some great songs from it...Why Me, The Dream. Breakdance, You Were Made For Me and of coarse Flashdance!

also love Fame, Out Here On My Own and Anyone Can See

Get A Grip & Girlfriends from her 1987 album "Carasmatic" are descent as well

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Reply #17 posted 10/13/19 5:28pm

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She was so pretty
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Reply #18 posted 10/16/19 6:11am

Moonbeam

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She has quite a few good songs. In addition to the ones mentioned, I really like "Romance '83" and "Talk Too Much" from What a Feelin'.

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Reply #19 posted 10/16/19 10:03am

JoeBala

I saw her on an episode of What's Happening just a couple of days ago. She was gonna marry Rerun. πŸ˜‚πŸ’πŸ€”
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Reply #20 posted 10/16/19 11:47am

SoulAlive

JoeBala said:

I saw her on an episode of What's Happening just a couple of days ago. She was gonna marry Rerun. πŸ˜‚πŸ’πŸ€”

I remember that episode biggrin

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Reply #21 posted 10/16/19 2:29pm

SoulAlive

she was very good in the 1976 movie 'Sparkle'.

Comser said:

she was a descent enough actress also...loved the movie she did in 1985 with Tatum O'Neal "Certain Fury"

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Reply #22 posted 10/16/19 2:31pm

SoulAlive

ladygirl99 said:

"Breakdancing, break out"

Breakdance is my favorite cut from her!

Love that song music headbang

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Reply #23 posted 10/16/19 3:14pm

alphastreet

^ me too! I had the solid gold performance of it on tape
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Reply #24 posted 10/16/19 6:11pm

SoulAlive

β€œWe used to do the Locomotion,do the Jerk and the Twist
but there just ain’t never been nothing like this”


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Reply #25 posted 10/23/19 2:03pm

Tontoman22

Fame was the first song I remember by Irene Cara 1980, then shortly after that I saw the movie Sparkle from 1976.

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Reply #26 posted 10/24/19 8:42pm

lool

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Reply #27 posted 10/26/19 6:38pm

Goddess4Real

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Why Me? (12 Inch Mix) (1984) is my jam music https://www.youtube.com/w...jFt75KtcF0

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