Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Blu

Let's be blunt, the whereabouts of Icy Blue elude even us here at Milk Carton Pop Stars.

With her debut single Pump It Nice 'An Hard (sampling Salt 'N Pepa's Push It), Icy Blu had a brief chart run in the latter half of 1991. She was often called the female Vanilla Ice (though she was much younger than Mr. VanWinkle) and she looked like your average high schooler circa 1991. With her Merry-Go-Round fashions (like you don't remember that store?), and rapping "skills", this teen white girl rapper brought us the afore mentioned gem which we present to you in all its early-90s glory:



The single stalled at #78 on the Billboard Hot 100.



Her second and last single, and probably her best known, was an ode to early 90s teenage love. I Wanna Be Your Girl was a favorite on the now defunct US network, The Box (remember you'd call and for $2.99 they'd play your video choice)...Let's revisit shall we???




Wow. This song didn't fare that much better, as it peaked at #46 on the Billboard Hot 100, and after it ran its course, so did Ms. Blu :(

Both of these singles were taken from her floptastic self-titled debut album:



The album failed to chart and before we knew it Ms. Blu was all but a blip on the pop culture radar. No follow-up, no spot on VH1's Where Are They Now?.

So we turn to you, our faithful readers, anyone got a clue as to what became of Icy Blu? Was her name even Icy?

29 comments:

Nasty G said...

LOVES it!!! Perhaps I'll post her album on my other blog... She fits the qualifications. Oh Icy, we barely knew ye!

Anonymous said...

Merv the nerd in the "Pump It" video is played by Damon Sharpe from the Guys Next Door!

Jump! said...

I always wondered what this cd sounded like. It was in every bargain bin i visited.

Anonymous said...

Did security for her in Ventura, CA in 91. In a club Mogz. Last memory is her performing I wanna be your girl, going back stage to PR and then walking out of the club with a friend down a sidewalk to ? She said be cool and then disappeared.

Peter said...

The video has been taken down off youtube! I don't suppose you saved a copy?

bomitoni said...

I fixed the videos...

Anonymous said...

Billboard Top Pop Singles says "ICY BLU ... Born Laurel Urchik on 6/1/74 in Austin, Texas. White female rapper."

If you google the slightly different spelling of Laurel Yurchik, you can find a 1991 article from the Chicago Sun Times in which she explains that Pump It Hard is "not a sexual song".

I hope some resourceful person can find the whereabouts of this mystery girl.

Kyleigh said...

Was she supposed to be like the female Vanilla Ice or something?

Anonymous said...

I just met this woman, she is a mutual friend and lives here in austin texas and is no longer making music. She still looks just like she did in the video as a teenager.

Anonymous said...

Anyone who has audio or video of this CD/Videos please contace me. I've been looking for this for over two decades. Search for "atakra", that's me...

pistola said...

Another blogger (The Isle of Failed Popstars) managed to find the Myspace page of one Laurel Yurchick, who is apparently Icy Blu. Unfortunately, she appears to be in the slammer :(

Check the most recent comment on her wall...

http://www.myspace.com/laurelyurchick

Anonymous said...

Actually Laurel aka "Icy Blu" was recently released from prison in Texas. It would seem that she has a drug addiction which has also caused her have her children taken from her. But now that she has been released she has the support of her family hopefully she will stay clean and move on with her life.

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas to all that have had enough love to post a comment or be concerned. Its a little funny to read what people think they know about where you have been. Im doing wonderful and love my life today. Merry Christmas to everyone. I hope your new year brings you all you are dreaming of.
Laurel Yurchick
aka. Icy Blu

Anonymous said...

Laurel Yurchick lives in Austin Texas. & she previously worked at Goodwill up until the end of last year. Her parole/probation was amended & she now spends her weekends in jail as a part of what she must comply with. Her charge is for MAN/DEL CS PG 1>=4G <200G. Which means manufacturing & delivering a controlled substance. PG1, stands for methamphetamines. The amount was above 4 & below 200 grams. She has been dealing with the drug addiction & court & custody battles. She definitely wasn't clean that long ago (the past year), but maybe now that she is spending every weekend in jail, will leave no other option but to get clean. Can only wish the best & for her to get it together. 39 years old, it's about time to grow up & take responsibility. Prayers & best wishes her way for recovery from the addiction & for her to prosper & succeed.

Anonymous said...

Sad she couldnt.pass a drug teat for CPS 4 times to save her.own chilrdrens lives knowing that her childrens father signed for 15 years in prison on an aggrivated sexual assault of a child (his 14 yr old neice) the first time it was 4 kids. I guess its fard when your mom does the drug and your brother deala it to you and youchoose to gang around all the people who took you to prison in the first place.

Trevor Rees said...

Just thought I'd mention that she was class of '93 in Torrington, CT. I lived in a neighboring town - also class of 93. I had some girlfriends who were friends with her and, if memory serves correctly, she already had a child when I wanna Be You Girl was "popular".

Anonymous said...

I can proudly say that is my aunt but i have never met her before because i live all the way up in deer isle maine and it is quite the travel. -Desiree Yurchick

Anonymous said...

Laurel and I were in the same year at Torrington high school. She was as beautiful as she was intelligent, though she seemed to have a weakness for associating with the wrong people, which caused her some drama during senior year. It was difficult to understand why she didn't aim higher given the potential she had. Her "friends" didn't support her during the drama or when she began to get a bit of attention thru her music. She is one of those people that could be good at anything, but they lack the self-esteem to push ahead. But I wish her nothing but the best and am glad she has a following. :)

Laurel Yurchick said...

No sir

Laurel Yurchick said...

Still praying for u shannon

Laurel Yurchick said...

Thank you fellow red raider

Laurel Yurchick said...

Thank you fellow red raider

Laurel Yurchick said...

Still praying for u shannon

Laurel Yurchick said...

No sir

Brendan Scanlon said...

He Icy Blu fans Icy Blu now has her own Facebook page you can see the real videos there, message her, like and follow Keyboard warriors need not bother, go hate elsewhere address is https://www.facebook.com/Icy-Blu-228011980864582/
Enjoy, be nice!!

Unknown said...

I love u girl I wanna be your boy girl I want chu to know. I used to pump it nice n hard to the beat being young and full of energy you were so pretty and I always thought you and vanilla ice would make a nice couple cos despite what people say, mr van winkle is quite a smart man and judging by your interviews and articles, you ms icy blu weren't just a pretty face - you were very intelligent and had a very vibrant personality - you were special!

Moshe Borisoff said...

Laurel Yurchick- I'm really glad your ok. I really liked your music when I was a kid. I wish you nothing but the best. Health Happiness and Success to you and your family.

Moshe Borisoff said...

Laurel Yurchick- I'm really glad your ok. I really liked your music when I was a kid. I wish you nothing but the best. Health Happiness and Success to you and your family.

David Ford said...

In all honesty she was a young woman yet people dredge up her past to slam her. You who is without sin cast the first stone. I tell you this I am glad we still have her and I hope she overcomes all her challenges and comes out on top. All I know is she seemed to be an innocent girl who provided the world with some music that meant a lot to many just like all the other talents who unfortunately passed way to young. I say In Icy Blu we want you to succeed!

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