Curiosity rules my brain :: VOTD

Looking For a New Love :: Jody Watley
from the album, Jody Watley

Looking for a New Love is the first single from Jody Watley’s eponymous debut album. Looking for a New Love became one of the biggest pop and R&B singles of 1987.

The single hit # 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in May 1987 and spent four weeks at number-one on the Billboard R&B chart. The song also reached # 1 on the RPM Singles Chart in Canada.

The single was kept out of the top spot of the Hot 100 by Cutting Crew’s (I Just) Died in Your Arms and U2’s With or Without You.

In 1988, the song was nominated for two Soul Train Music Awards for Best R&B/Soul or Rap Music Video, and Best R&B/Soul Single, Female. She was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.

While listening to a tape of instrumental tracks given to her by producer André Cymone, Watley reflected on a recent sour romantic breakup. Fusing her own feelings of “I’ll show you” with the feel of the track, Watley came up with the basic premise of Looking for a New Love. The released record is the eight-track demo of the song; that way the emotional urgency of Watley’s vocal was still intact.

One of the song’s key phrases became a popular saying: “Hasta la vista, baby.” It wound up on innumerable answering machines and was used by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1991 film Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

Editor’s Note: On a particular Summer in the late 80’s my boyfriend, at the time, his best friend, and I spent many a day driving up and down the Pacific Coast. We brought with us stacks of mixed tapes to play, and this was one of the songs that was among them, on more than one mix. We used to roll the windows down and sing-a-long together. At night, we would go dancing at a variety of different clubs and we used to dance to this song, often. The line, “Hasta la vista, baby” used to make us all laugh in that “shared collective feeling” kind of way.


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