A New Edition to Showtime

The year was 1984 and few things in America were hotter than New Edition and the Los Angeles Lakers. Scaling the charts the previous year with “Candy Girl”, the quintet from Boston were white hot in ’84 with “Cool It Now” and “Mr. Telephone Man”. The Lakers too were a rousing success. Their Showtime play and Magic Johnson’s million dollar smile won the hearts of millions. The pairing of these two 80s titans in the music video for “My Secret (Didja Gitit Yet?)” was only natural, if rampant cross-commercialism is your view of the jungle.

In any case, watching Larry Bird toss a full court pass to Bobby Brown just doesn’t seem very hip for 1984. Conversely, Pat Riley pleadingly begging British trio the Thompson Twins for help doesn’t seem right either. So, watch “Magic” Johnson, Bob McAdoo,  Kurt Rambis, and the goofy-faced Riley take on Clyde Drexler and the Portland Trail Blazers in New Edition’s horrendously cheesy music video. Honestly, listen to the lyrics and you’ll discover that basketball has nothing to do with the secret kept by Ralph Tresvant (New Edition’s lead singer).

 

As a bonus to everyone, revel in Bob McAdoo’s scoring touch from his Buffalo Braves days as R&B maestro Willie Hutch provides the backing track.

 

Seth Carstens