The Doors on “Top of the Pops”
On the keyboards and on to the eons. Love always, Ray.
TV ad for the 1968 Chevy Nova SS
There’s something about the thought of this auto’s seductively swift design and heart-racing joy of driving one which prompts an extolling on the Chevy Nova.
Imagine hitting the road in this timeless, third-generation Super Sport coupe with your loving other while revving that 375hp V8 engine—a dream. With a gem like this going 0-to-60 in 6 seconds, the whimsical ride would be none too shabby.
A car’s ornamentation or size does not always dictate it’s legend, and the Nova’s understated chrome accents and compact girth prove just that. Considered economical muscle in its heyday, it’s now a collector’s dream. This one, for sure, is a desirable get for any classic muscle enthusiast.
©1993 Virgin Records
“Like a moth to a flame burned by the fire:” an earworm etched into popular consciousness 20 years ago this month in Janet Jackson’s 1993 chart topper, “That’s the Way Love Goes.” With her silky soft voice and elegant sex appeal, Jackson is feelin’ herself in an alluring tune focused on mature intimacy.
In poetic lyric co-produced by longtime recording partners Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis for her fifth studio album janet, Ms. Jackson and her significant someone are far beyond the innocence of puppy love. Eyes wide open after the deep bites of heartbreak, Janet croons on how she and her man are just dogs doing what grown hounds do.
With accompanying visuals directed by then-husband René Elizondo, Janet, here, still possesses that girl-next-door charm which catapulted her to superstardom in the ’80s, but at this point, evokes sensual passion fraught with learned experience. Singing lines begging to her man to “go deeper, baby, deeper,” the days of Janet’s “waiting,” here, are long over—she knows what she wants and how.
Take a listen (and look) to this timeless classic. Janet, here, is at her best.