Thursday, March 06, 2008

Teen Dream

I really don't know much about this group. I vaguely remember seeing the album back in the day. I picked up this CD at a flea market for a mere $1...boy am I glad I did! This is a funky r&b/dance/pop girl group that should have been huge! This is what little info I could found out about the group was from the actual CD. The three ladies that made up Teen Dream were Lisa, Nikki & Terri and they hail from Columbus, Ohio. For whatever reason they are constantly referred to as bitties and phrases like throwin' down, get live, mixin' 'n' relaxin', fresh, hittin' hard & freeze it are sprinkled throughout. Basically the artwork (and even the font) looks like an 1987 issue of Seventeen magazine.

Anyhoo back to the gals. Their debut single was Let's Get Busy which featured Valentino. From what info I was able to gather, Valentino is indeed actor Michael DeLorenzo. (Source) According to Billboard.com the group never even charted w/ any of the singles released from this album (something I find a little hard to believe...so if anyone has any other chart facts let us know).


(L-R: Let's Get Busy LP; Slip-Slide 12"; Let's Get Busy 12", Toy 12")

But back to their debut album. It was executive produced by Chris Powell & Benny Medina (Medina as you may or may not know has gone on to represent people like Jennifer Lopez & Tyra Banks) and released by Warner Bros. Records. Subsequent singles were released, Slip-Slide and Toy, but failed to do anything chart wise. By 1990 the group was signed to the label Muscle Shoals Sound Records (huh?) and released a single entitled Games which spent 4 weeks on the Billboard R&B charts peaking at #90. Needless to say the label went under and so did this project. Though it seems an album did get released and is deemed very rare. Only one of the original members remained for this release with 2 new replacements. As to who stayed and who left remains a mystery. So what's become of the ladies of Teen Dream? Who knows!!! But that's why wer'e here to found out. So if you're out there ladies let us know what you're up to! BTW...they would be perfect for our sister blog, The Isle of Deserted Pop Stars run by our very own Grant.

7 comments:

Nasty G said...

What an awesome choice! I have their first album on CD, and indeed I will feature them! I also have their second album, but only on cassette. :( If I can find it, I'll see what other info it may offer... I could not believe they had no hits, as Toy and Slip Slide were played on radio even in unfunky Canada! So I found out that Toy peaked at #78 on the Billboard R&B chart, Slip Slide peaked at #21 on the Club Play chart, and Let's Get Busy peaked at #41 on the R&B chart. I still can't believe that the singles didn't do better, though, as their profile was pretty in your face, as I remember it! They used to play the Toy video! I have the Toy 12" too, and it rocks! Though I was even more enamored with the Sugar Babes. ;) Loves it!

michael said...

Did one of these girls wind up doing porn? I remember seeing an interview with a black girl who was in a pop group that fizzled and wound up doing porn. No, I'm not confusing this with the girl from Family Matters.

Kyleigh said...

check out my blog entry on this group on my music blog: Rare And Obscure Music.

Anonymous said...

I am from Columbus, Ohio and I am familiar with this group. The reason that they did not do so well is because they trusted Don King to be their manager. He OWNED everything about them! They trusted Don King to look out for their best interest. However, he took advantage of these young ladies and subsequently they were at his mercy. The group had legal difficulties with him, so the group broke up. This is my understanding as to why the group was not promoted as well as they should have. It's too bad, because they could have been very SUCCESSFUL!

Anonymous said...

Oh, by the way, none of these girls have done porno, as was suggested in someone in another comment that was made. Actually, these young ladies were very talented and did well academically...they were from very stable home environments. It's just too bad that someone in their family or friends did not assist them with legal matters related to their group.

Artie A. said...

Back in the day when their first album was released all the club DJ's I knew played the 12's that were released. They had a great sound. Also back then they did what was called Track Dates. Their label furnished music beds which they sang live over the music. The beginning of (Karaoke Anyone)!!! Because of "Poor" Management they never made it to the Club I DJ'd at in the Ohio Valley. There is a lot of Groups in the 80's that got ripped off. Unfortunately Teen Dream was one of them. What goes around, comes around. Thanks For The 80's.

Anonymous said...

I am also from Columbus. I did not know the ladies personally but I ran into one the girls mothers at a video store I worked at. They were good girls. I meet Terrie at a wedding i was working at. She was singing in a band and still had the pipes!!!I asked her if she was in the group Teen Dream and she said yes. I told I STILL listen to the album. This was 97/98. very nice lady - with a beautiful voice.

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