Friday, September 07, 2007

A'me vs Amy

A'me Lorain burst onto the pop scene at the very end of 1989 and by early 1990 had a huge hit with Whole Wide World. The song was from the soundtrack to the film True Love and would later be featured on A'me's debut album.



It was this single that gave A'me her one-hit wonder status. There were even two videos for the song. The one most people probably remember:



And an alternate version w/ clips from True Love:



After the success of her debut single (which peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 at #9 on the Billboard Dance Chart), A'me released her debut album as A'me Lorain & The Family Affair entitled Starring In...Standing In A Monkey Sea...



Unfortunately it wasn't much of a seller and failed to chart. Probably explains why it was so readily available in the cut-out bins (remember those?) back in the day. This might have had to due w/ the fact that the majority of the album was nothing like her hit single.

But never fear, a second single was released. Like its predecessor, it was produced by Elliot Wolf.



Follow My Heartbeat was realeased in mid 1990 and peaked at #72 on the Billboard Hot 100. After this single came and went, little has been heard of from Ms. Lorain.

A few years ago while surfing the net I had come across a fan site that seems to have fallen by the wayside. It has stated that A'me was working on new material and even was recording under her given name Amy Trujillo.

She has a website up at amy-trujillo.com. Unfortunately there's been a pre-register for website launch page up for a few years now. Hmm...what's taking so long? If anything there is this photo up at least...



Not much else is known as to her whereabouts or her plans to release new music. I was able to find her brother's website, www.freddytrujillo.com, who it turns out was a member of A'me Lorain & The Family Affair. Wherever you are A'me...or is it Amy....we're waiting for your return.

UPDATE*UPDATE*UPDATE*UPDATE

I was able to track down Amy's brother via his myspace page, asked him what she was up to and here what he had to say:

Amy has been working on an album for an independent label for a while. I am not sure where she is at with it. Otherwise, she was one of the guest on a record, with DJ Muggs from Cypress Hill, a couple of years back. It has kind of a Bjork kind of vibe to it. Check it out! It is called "Dust" by DJ Muggs. I hear they have been playing "Whole Wide World" on a station in L.A.. That is cool! You take care and I will tell Amy to get a move on.

Freddy Trujillo

15 comments:

Nasty G said...

Love it! I was gonna put this album on my other blog, but since she had a couple hits (Follow My Heartbeat went to #2!!??) she didn't qualify. Great album though, and very different for the time...

bomitoni said...

It went to #2 in Canada??? Canadians have such good taste!

Nasty G said...

Oops! It says #72! I thought it said #2! LOL No, alas, it didn't chart here at all... I have the cassette single, though! :)

BOTR said...

Anyone think that she looked like the spitting image of 1999-2000 Britney?

sirtoa said...

yes botr she does look a little like britney, and she has about as much talent too, nasty g you must be joking,very different for its time? the song "whole wide world" sounds like a rejected paula abdul track. it was very generic for its time, so much so thats probably why shew failed to make an impact on any further releases.

bomitoni said...

The album NastyG is referring to did sound very different. The singles that we all know were your run of the mill pop fluff, but the rest of the album was nothing like those songs. In fact the 2 Elliot Wolf singles always felt oddly out of place on the album.

Anonymous said...

Yes, the album is almost like a "concept" album, although I've never been quite sure what the concept was. :) Some of it is really weird, some a bit stupid, and some is brilliant. I love both the singles, but as 'bomitoni' said, they are the only pop songs on the album, and do kind of stick out from the rest of it.

It's unique enough that I still play it ocassionally, which I can't say for 99% of the other CD's I own from that same time period. Would be very interested to hear what she'd sound like today if she ever does make another album.

Anonymous said...

Amy (A'me) is so beautiful and talented. She's working on a new album that should be awesome. She has the most caring heart, what a beautiful soul. I hope she makes a huge comeback.

Kyleigh said...

Her music video for "Whole Wide World" is on YouTube. When I first saw her, I thought she beared a slight resemblence to Britney Spears. How weird is that?

Hunter said...

I had just received my drivers license, and used to drive around listening to this song in my tape player. I absolutely loved this song. Just hearing this song brings back a ton of great sophomore year of highschool memories. I loved her voice, face, body.....

Please, A'me Lorain, come back to us.

MellowG said...

Is this not the Girl featured in Tom Petty's Free Fallin' music video? Mmmhh...

Anonymous said...

She now has a "My Space" under Ame!

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Michael Waterman said...

Awesome post about A'me Lorain, a completely forgotten 1990s one-hit wonder. "Whole Wide World" is brilliantly silly. Is it the best or worst one-hit wonder ever?

I and really enjoy your concept of Milk Carton "where are they now" stories. You might enjoy my site as well that is focused solely on one-hit wonders from the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s and beyond. http://toponehitwonders.com

Here is my post about A'me Lorain: http://toponehitwonders.com/pop/whole-wide-world-ame-lorain/

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