80's muscle


On this day in music history: September 17, 1982 - “Silk Electric”, the eighteenth album by Diana Ross is released. Produced by Diana Ross and Michael Jackson, it is recorded at The Power Station in New York City and Hollywood Sound Recorders in Hollywood, CA from April - July 1982. Following the Platinum selling success of “Why Do Fools Fall In Love”, Diana Ross’ first album for her new album RCA Records, she returns to the studio while that album is still riding the charts to record the follow up. Once again sitting in the producer’s chair, Ross will use many of the same musicians that had played on the previous album including Ray Chew (keyboards, associate producer), Jeff Mironov, Eric Gale (guitar), Neil Jason (bass), and Rob Mounsey (horn and string arrangements). As recording nears its end in the Summer of 1982, RCA hears the work in progress and feel that the project is missing a sure fire hit. Ross calls on her old friend Michael Jackson to contribute to the album. Michael responds with the song “Muscles” (#4 R&B, #10 Pop, #36 AC), named after his pet boa constrictor, with the sexy, slinky track being filled with lyrical double entendres. Jackson writes the song while flying on the Concorde from London to New York, returning from working with Paul McCartney (on the tracks “Say, Say, Say” and “The Man”). The song features many of Jackson’s favored musicians including Wonderlove bassist Nathan Watts, David Williams (guitar), Jonathan “Sugarfoot” Moffett (drums), Bill Wolfer, Ed Walsh, Greg Smith and Michael Boddicker (synthesizers). The song is a smash, earning Ross a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female in 1983. The albums striking cover artwork features a silkscreen portrait of the singer by famed pop artist Andy Warhol, on the front and back covers of the LP as well as the custom record labels. It spins off two singles including “So Close” (#40 Pop, #76 R&B, #13 AC), featuring Luther Vandross on background vocals. The album is reissued on CD in September of 2014 with four bonus tracks by Funky Town Grooves Records. “Silk Electric” peaks at number five on the Billboard R&B album chart, number twenty seven on the Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.


Representing Trinidad in 1983 and competing as Gillian Gibson-Serrette she took part in the first IFBB World Amateur Championships held in London.

Her result was less than memorable.

She placed 16th in a LW field of 17. But things changed for the better upon moving to Florida in 1985. Over a four-year period she won major events at the state, regional and international levels with overall victories at the 1985 NPC Southern States, 1987 NPC Florida, and 1988 IFBB North American Championships where she earned pro status. At the Southern States she was a MW. And at both the Florida and North American she moved up to HW.

      “EASY‘OL MAN’S GOT A SAW.” a simple, meaningless shrug. It wasn’t
very  w e l l  thought through; though rarely was anything Mark did  t h o u g h t 
t h r o u g h .
 Of course they’d have to KNICK the thing of his dad first ( if you
can grab his  g u n s  you can grab his  s a w ) .  “Avoid  c o n s u m e r i s m , 
stick it to the man, RIGHT?”              @babysitwithabat  [ x . ]