#soon! Part Un - The 60s-00s Girl Band Debut Breakthrough Rate

Kelis isn't part of this rate!



(also not in the rate)


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With me it is around the fact I don't actually have a proper computer at HOME not phone (what Am I smoking??), just a tablet and the coding of the PopJustice website makes it tough to get the right effect at home, and takes a bit longer. I was hoping to only deal with that over the weekends but no time like the present to start, so today it is!

Great point @DJHazey - will PM myself for sure for now on!
I don’t think you can PM yourself. You could always PM me, though...

@soratami asks what we think the first number from the 60s/70s/00s will fall........

Does this elimination answer that question??




Klymaxx – I Miss You
Average Score: 5.545
Highest Score: 9 x 2 (@unnameable, @Remorque)
Lowest Score: 1 x 1 (@Empty Shoebox)​

I could copy and paste a lot from my earlier write ups here in the sense that this number didn’t really stand out enough to even warrant divisiveness among voters, so we are 3 for 3 on ambivalence. The middling scores came in hard and fast, and even when a 7 or over was thrown its way, the highest finish I Miss You could muster was still around the #50 mark.

However, I Miss You is actually quite a beautiful number to these ears. It has a sweet longing to its melody and the vocals have enough tonal range to express this sense of vulnerability that was lacking in some of the other ballads like We Can’t Go Wrong and others we are yet to eliminate.

In the end, although I am a fan of this song, it is a bit of a shame ‘Meeting In The Ladies Room’ (which still sounds fresh and unique despite being over 30 years old!!) was not their entry based on the top 20 eligibility. Meeting In The Ladies Room showcases the personality of the band members a lot better, and it is an utterly charming and fun number! Klymaxx were also a bit of a rarity in the way of Girl Bands for their era, in that they were not just vocalists but were all able to play an instrument. I Miss You was written by Lynn Malsby (the band’s keyboardist) and despite its performance here, was quite a standard in its day - it was covered by Dionne Warwick and even Boyz II Men gave it a crack. This speaks volumes to the girls’ talents too, considering how well regarded both acts who covered it are within the R&B niche.

Klymaxx are also one of the most enduring girl bands in the rate with 7 studio albums in their repertoire. Meeting In The Ladies Room (the album I Miss You is from) was their most successful and was certified Platinum in the US. A couple of members (Joyce Irby & Bernadette Cooper) also released solo projects if you’d like to check that out.

This little tidbit around a reunion from Wikipedia is quite something too – “There are now three separate Klymaxx bands: one lead by Cheryl Cooley, one lead by Bernadette Cooper, and one lead by Joyce Irby, with mixed reviews from fans after being promised a reunion album that never materialized and left fans disinterested in the three separate Klymaxx fragments.”

Overall, I’d say this is an expected finish due to the song’s lack of character and slower pace within this rate but please don’t let that deter you from checking more of Kylmaxx out. Here’s what you all had to say:

Unnameable (9) starts the positive comments with a heartfelt typo– what a sweed ballad.
ComeOnGloria (8) continues us with - Never heard this before - so cheesy, I love it! Yes, it is cheesy but the charm of Klymaxx pulls it off just enough for me. Filippa (7) momentarily abandons her rate villain persona to chime in with -What a beautiful and emotional song.

Empty Shoebox (1) & Spillett (5) make similar observations about the vocals, targeting the same family with these respectively - I hadn't heard of this group before starting this rate, and this ballad hasn't convinced me that I want to hear from them again. It sounds a bit Janet Jackson, but I don't like Janet Jackson.’ & ‘(sounds like Michael Jackson)’.

The next three are fans of the band, but not this song, starting with Iheartpoptarts (4)- Their ladies’ room song from PJOPS is amazing. I expected better. Baby Clyde (3) is a bit more blunt - (Klymaxx are amazing. This is total shit. Legit the song that should be their entry but when you have the 11 that is Meeting In The Ladies Room up ya sleeve what a disaster). Kermit_The_Frog (2) is also in the ladies room - I was first introduced to this band via PJ Song Contest and they are now a mainstay for me. Just not this song, which is so very, very bland… Further Listening: Meeting In The Ladies Room

The rest just didn’t get any excitement with their juice! DominoDancing (5) - Boring. Trouble In Paradise (5) Phew, this is a slog ain’t it? To some… Zar-Unity -This is a cute, slow moving pop ballad. Nice voices. Tech: 3 Taste: 3 = 6 points​



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Of the songs I’d never heard before this rate, this was easily my favourite. It’s not a 10/10 but it deserved a lot more than to be savaged like this at the hands of #BopJustice.

(Watch as substantially lyrically and vocally inferior songs sail into the top 20 because somebody slapped a beat on them.)