The Grammys are tonight, and I was going to scream, spit, slap, punch, knee, kick and stab at the Grammy people for never ever honoring the iconic Baltimora. But before I do that, I need to scream, spit, slap, punch, knee, kick and stab myself for never ever honoring the iconic Baltimora with the HSOTD stamp. But that changes today.
Baltimora was a new wave dance project that was born in 1984 in Italy. It was made up of Italian music producer Maurizio Bassi and Northern Irish singer/dancer Jimmy McShane. Jimmy was an EMT before he met Maurizio and the two birthed out Baltimora. Just a year after they joined forces, they delivered my third favorite Tarzan-related dance song (the first being Toy-Box’s Tarzan & Jane, and the second being Martika’s If You’re Tarzan, I’m Jane). Baltimora’s first single Tarzan Boy was released in 1985, and swung up charts worldwide. It hit #1 on several charts in Europe and hit #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. Their first album Living In The Background was a semi-hit, and they put out a second album Survivor In Love in 1987. But that album wasn’t even close to being a hit, and Baltimora broke up shortly after.
Jimmy McShane died at the age of 37 in 1995 from complications of AIDS. His legacy lives on forever thanks to this flawless 80s diamond of a song. Apparently, Maurizio Bassi did the main vocals for Tarzan Boy with Jimmy singing background. So in the video, Jimmy might be lip-synching his lips off while swirling out hot moves that’d make Tarzan immediately drop Jane’s ass to get with Jimmy. Prepare for your loins to scream “Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oooooh” over Jimmy’s new wave glamour:
If Jimmy was lip-synching in that video, then Baltimora was Milli Vanilli before Milli Vanilli. And yet Milli Vanilli were Grammy winners (for a minute), but Baltimora was never even nominated! Add that to your “Why You Shouldn’t Take The Grammys Seriously” list.
Pic: EMI Italiana