Polaris, the Spanish-language Spice Girls of the 90s!
I hadn’t thought about Polaris’ cover of Blondie’s “The Tide Is High” for at least ten thousand years until reader Diana dropped a note in my box about them the other day. If someone’s going to drop something in my box, I hope that it’s a peen, but I’ll take a note, especially a note about the subtle elegance and potent talent of Polaris!
I don’t know much about Polaris, but that’s the beauty of Polaris. They put out an album titled “Oro Y Platino” in 1996 and that same year, they released a video for their Spanish cover of “The Tide Is High” called “Vuelve A Mi.” The music video truly has (and I’m not exagerrating) everything you could ever want from a music video. It has clouds, green screen extravaganza, a teddy bear in aviators, a magic carpet, hairspray for days, ~fashion~ and raw emotional moves. The video is very “Angie from down the street asked her cousin, her co-worker and her friend from high school if they want to make a music video using the camcorder her uncle just got.” I mean, it looks like one of them came directly from work and didn’t even take off her dental assistant uniform to film this masterpiece.
The video is TRUE ART and a lesson in how to be glamorous. Get the faints at the sight of a flying teddy bear in aviators, fall to the floor at the sight of the lady in red at the 1:16 mark delivering vulnerable drama, get your “time of death” read at the 1:37 mark when the beauty in the bra gives you pure modest sexiness and get buried at the 2:42 mark when they’re all dancing on the clouds.
According to the 100% accurate Google Translate, cunt in Spanish is coño, so instead of charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent, they’re giving us charisma, opulence, ñerve and oomph.
Someone claiming to be in Polaris left a YouTube comment where she said they were thrown together, lied to and only lasted a year:
The group broke up about a year after. We were told that we would do a xmas album but nothing ever happened…. soooooo… Doris and I got out… never really knew what happened to the rest of the girls.. we didn’t really keep in touch.
I think we were all brought together some with false lines and some of us just wanted the experience. I, for one had a good time.
I still stay in L.A. and work… in a top 40 band and I try to get out to do some karaoke.
I, for one, hope they reunite in 2016 for their 20th anniversary and go on a sold-out world tour, because Polaris IS glamour and talent.