Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Don't You See That Love Is Free...
Does having a "gimmick" help or hurt an artist? Steps were one of the most successful pop acts of the 90's with their singles that came with the dance steps inside. With the sheer multitude of acts out there competing for a spot in the charts maybe having a "gimmick" is what sets you apart from the pack.
You see it time and time again at the Eurovision song contest as countries send novelty acts to the competition instead of real talent to try and get some attention. Silvia Night anyone? Dustin the Turkey?
Perhaps one of the most successful artists with a gimmick has to be my personal favorite novelty act - Rollergirl!
Rollergirl discovered her love of rollerskates while working at a rollerskating rink in Germany. In the late 90's Rollergirl was discovered in Spain and soon after that released her debut single - Dear Jesse a 'Madonna' cover.
In the next 3 years Rollergirl released 7 hit singles before taking off her skates for good. If you look her up on YouTube you can still see her rolling through her videos or live performances. If you're lucky enough to own her album you own a piece of history! The album comes with all her hit singles and the rare gem - "I Keep On Rolling"
Rollergirl... if you're out there somewhere please come back to Pop music. Life just isn't as fun without you. We miss your cute pink skates and your computer enchanced vocals.
I saw we start a campaign today! Rollergirl for Germanys Eurovision entry in 2009!!
Let's look back at the greatness that was 'Rollergirl.'
Remember when she gave us her take on the Japanese Geisha?
Rollergirl - Geisha Dreams
How about her take on the classic Eternal Flame. Just wait until you get to the breakdown in the middle!
Rollergirl - Close To You
Or how about her SMASH HIT!
Rollergirl - Superstar
If you liked these you'll enjoy her classic videos even more.
In this video you'll see her make a dramatic entrance but the audience doesn't seem to care.