With the name of Neville, Ivan was boud to have at least one hit, which is what he had. The son of Aaron, and nephew to the members of The Neville Brothers, got off to a good start with his debut solo album, If My Ancestors Could See Me Now. His one hit song, “Not Just Another Girl”, came from that album. The song peaked at #26 on December 10, 1988.
Ivan Neville released other songs, such as “Falling Out of Love” from the soundtrack for the John Ritter film, Skin Deep in 1989, and “Why Can’t I Fall In Love” from the 1990 Soundtrack to the Christian Slater film, “Pump Up the Volume”. But, they weren’t the hits that “Not Just Another Girl” was.
Neville has stayed active in the music business, playing and appearing on several Neville Brother records, as well as his father’s solo records. He also played with the Spin Doctors touring and recording on the group’s album Here Comes The Bride in 1999–2000. When the Spin Doctors’ lead singer, Chris Barron, lost his voice, Neville took over lead vocal duty.
In 2003, he formed his own band called Dumpstaphunk. In 2005, when Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, Ivan Neville recorded a critically acclaimed version of John Fogerty’s “Fortunate Son“, which appeared on the benefit album Sing Me Back Home.
Let’s Return to 1988, and go back to Ivan Neville’s top 40 solo hit, “Not Just Another Girl”:
Question: What British trio found a replacement for founding member Siobhan Fahey, who left the group after marrying rock star Dave Stewart?
Last Question: What “family” sitcom did producers originally write with Sam Kinison and Roseanne Barr in mind?
Answer: Married… with Children
Married… with Children aired for 11 seasons, and was one of the first prime-time shows ever to air on the FOX network. The show was definitely much different than other sitcoms at the time, and helped put FOX in the same league as the big three networks.
The show was controversial when it first aired, bit imagine how much more so it would have been if the parts of Al and Peg Bundy went to Sam Kinison and Roseanne Barr instead of Ed O’Neill and Katey Sagal!? As talented as stand-up comedians Kinison and Barr were, it would have been a totally different show, and may not have been as successful.
Roseanne would go on to a very successful television career with her own unique sitecom, Roseanne. Sadly, Sam Kinison was killed by a drunk driver on April 10, 1992. But, before he died, he was able to appear in Married…With Children:
When in Rome was a British trio consisting of vocalists Clive Farrington and Andrew Mann, and keyboards player Michael Floreale. They were signed by Virgin UK subsidiary 10 Records. They released the single, “The Promise”, which went on to become a big hit, peaking at #11 on December 10, 1988. The record company ordered an album, which would be When in Rome’s self-titled debut. “The Promise” was included on the album. They did not have any more success.
When in Rome broke up in 1990. Mike Floreale moved to the United States, and now lives in Dallas, Texas, where he composes music for television and film. Interest in When in Rome was renewed when “The Promise” was featured in the 2004 movie Napoleon Dynamite. In 2006 Floreale reformed When in Rome, but without Farrington and Mann. However, Farrington and Mann reformed in 2009, under the name When in Rome UK.
But let’s Return back to 1988 with the original trio, and check out “The Promise”:
Giant Steps was a dance pop duo from England. They only released one album – 1988’s Book of Pride. The single from that album, “Another Lover” became a big hit for them, peaking at #13 on November 12, 1988. The song was also featured in the 1989 Patrick Dempsey movie, Loverboy. Giant Steps followed up with one more song – “Into You“, which was not nearly as successful.
Since they did not have Another hit, let’s Return to 1988, and listen to Giant Steps’ “Another Lover”:
Question: What animated siren explained: “I’m not bad. I’m just drawn that way”?
Last Question: What was the next Arnold Schwarzenegger movie to hit the screen after Conan the Barbarian?
Answer: Conan the Destroyer
Conan the Destroyer was the sequel to Conan the Barbarian. The movie was released on May 1984. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s next film, The Terminator was released on October of that year. Conan the Destroyer was the one that also starred Grace Jones and Wilt Chamberlain. The Conan series was supposed to be a trilogy, with Conan the Conqueror to be the third film. However, Arnold Schwarzenegger was committed to the film Predator, and there were some development problems. So the movie was never made.
Here is the movie trailer for Conan the Destroyer:
With “It Takes Two”, Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock ranked #18 on VH1’s 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the 80s, #37 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop, and #80 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of the 80s.
Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock are a duo from Harlem, New York. Rob Base (Robert Ginyard), does the rapping, and DJ E-Z Rock (Rodney “Skip” Bryce) mans the turntable.
“It Takes Two.” uses multiple samples from the James Brown and Lyn Collins 1972 song “Think (About It).” The song became a regional hit, then slowly climbed the Billboard charts, peaking at #36 on October 29, 1988, peaked at #3 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.
They followed up with some other songs, from the album It Takes Two, that were popular on the dance floor, such as “Joy and Pain,” and “Get On the Dance Floor.” This helped the album go platinum seven times over. The duo went on their own after that, with Rob Base putting out his 1989 debut solo album, The Incredible Base. It did not do nearly as well as It Takes Two. Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock had a reunion album in 1994 with Break of Dawn; however, the album did not do well commercially.
I Wanna Rock Right Now! So let’s Return to 1988, and check out “It Takes Two”: