Remember The Time: Remembering The Timex

Thursday, June 18, 2009


1986. Hip-hop meets up with soul, and the prehistoric climb to New Jack begins. The Timex Social Club were a odd group, in the sense of that they were only around for a blip second and that they were named after, of all things, the watch manufacturer. Comprised of musicians from Berkley, California, the Timex Social Club graced the charts with their lone big hit, "Rumors". The song charted at #8, and gave the group quasi-fame. In less than a year, the band morphed into Club Nouveau. "Rumors" sorta gets lost in the shuffle nowadays, which is a shame, as it is a very original tune about gossiping folks and one of the best R&B tracks from the 80's. The video embodies cartoon characters that resemble drawings from the Tom Tom Club's "Genius of Love" video and lends you to focus on why "Tina is much too loose" and why "Michael sways that way". Whoever those people are.... It's quite cute, but saying that about a rap video is an instant stripping of street cred, so I won't cuddle it any further. In honesty, I know every single word to this song. Don't ask me why, I just do and maybe one day it will come in handy. You know, like whenever I'm on that Wayne Brady lyrics game show or something.

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