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Straight Up



Photo by Michael Loccisano

Back in the late eighties, Paula Abdul’s song Straight Up was one of those tracks that could make me jump up and dance no matter what I was doing when it came on. But though I always enjoyed it, I haven’t thought about it in many years. Until now, that is. Abdul was on The Late, Late Show with James Corden last week, and her live performance of the song was just wonderful. To be clear, I realize she is likely not singing live, and maybe she’s not dancing as hard as she did back in the day, but girlfriend is looking fierce!

Then Abdul and JC (the other one) did a really entertaining remake of the Opposites Attract music video:

Just for fun, here’s the original:

Back when her debut album Forever Your Girl first became popular, poor Paula (who was really more of a dancer than a singer) was slammed by critics who claimed her pop tracks weren’t “real music.” There was even a Milli Vanilli-type accusation by the singer of the rehearsal tracks who claimed that Abdul had used her vocals to beef up her own singing on the singles. In spite of it all, the album sold 7 million copies in the U.S. and set a record for the most number-one singles from a debut album on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.

Abdul went on to win a music video Grammy and countless other awards for her work. She’s had a robust choreography career, and in 2002, she became one of American Idol’s most memorable and iconic judges. She’s since judged on X Factor and a number of dance competition shows, and has really shown her staying power. You can watch her interview on The Late Late Show below, wherein she reveals how she managed to get her first performance job as a Laker Girl (where she was discovered by The Jacksons).

Is Paula Abdul a guilty pleasure? Maybe, but I’m still going to dance…


Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

10 thoughts on “Straight Up

  1. She is a ggod dancer dancer. My 9th grade gym teacher thought I should be a dancer ,but being so short I just never even thought about it. It is good exercise and I should do more of it . It would have to be solo of course.

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  2. What a great use of multimedia.

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  3. James Corden…love, love, love!

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  4. Paula is adorable and I love her songs, dances, and winning ways.

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  5. I’m not big on this genre of music, being more of an acoustic-blues/folk/country fan. But man can she dance!

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