No, that isn’t a picture of a bunch of current day L.A. hipsters hanging out. It’s a picture of The Belle Stars! The Spice Girls of the 80s!
If early days Gwen Stefani had 7 of her ovary eggs fertilized with the baby batter of 80s era Boy George and members of The Specials and incubated under a pork pie hat for 9 months, out would come The Belle Stars! The Belle Stars was a British girl group from the 80s were made up of members from The Bodysnatchers and 2 Tone. The had a warm-ish hit in Britain with Hiawatha in 1981, but their biggest hit came two year slater with “Sign of the Times,” which peaked at #3 on the UK pop charts. They broke up a year after that. Five years after their break-up, their cover of “Iko Iko” was put on the Rain Man soundtrack, because Dustin Hoffman was in love with it and wanted to lick it up and down. It was their biggest hit in the US. I was reminded of The Belle Stars last night when The Clapping Song made its way into my ears. It’s now stuck there FOREVER and I can’t stop clapping.
If your free clinic doctor let you know that you’ve got gonorrhea by playing this happy song for you, you wouldn’t be that upset. The Clapping Song makes the clap seem fun! CLAP POWER!