Adventures In Irrelevancy: El DeBarge Wears It Well On 'The Facts Of Life'

Monday, August 24, 2009


Don't you just love it when musicians pop up in sitcoms? It seems so random and a little bit more exciting than the usual guest star fare, possibly because musicians are cooler and there is usually an opportunity for a impromptu performance or two in the episode. There have been many epic musician moments on sitcoms, like Stevie Wonder on The Cosby Show, En Vogue on A Different World , *NSYNC on Sabrina, The Teenage Witch...just to name a few golden television moments. I have been on a Facts Of Life kick lately....(don't ask me why, but I just am, so just go with the moment, okay?)....and I came across an episode from the seventh season that's probably as old as me and features the musical stylings of El DeBarge as he sings along with the Facts girls (and George Clooney) after they enter a singing contest as the fake group, Sexy Lingerie. Naming the group Sexy Lingerie has to be a nod to Prince somehow. Aside from that, my, my, look at that glorious mane of hair and that shiny gold suit El is sporting...talk about perfection. Things get rolling at about 4:06 if you are of the fast-forwarding persuasion but you're missing some funny moments so watch the whole thing if you need to waste some time. As another cheesy morsel, singer Siedah Garrett (aka Michael Jackson's duet partner and fellow songwriter) makes an appearance as a bitchy contest competitor. The gems you find on the Internet...

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