The other night an En Vogue song came on the radio and I was in all my 90’s girl feels. I tweeted the following:
God. En Vogue was pure perfection. We need that sound again.
— Diana Veiga (@dianaveiga) November 6, 2014
I remember being in the fifth grade and my daddy would take us to school and pop in their “Born to Sing” tape (yes, tape!) and we would listen to it the entire ride. During a time when I was leaving childhood for teen years and trying on the musical tastes and interests of my peers, En Vogue was a terrific compromise. They could actually sing (something that mattered to my parents’ age group), but their sound was modern and fresh – something that mattered to us. Basically, everybody could listen to En Vogue and find something to love about them. Remember when they were on that “A Different World” episode as Mr. Gaines’s nieces? Classic.
By the time “Funky Divas” came out, I was in 7th grade and in the throes of adolescent angst. You couldn’t tell me I wasn’t grown as I watched the “Giving Him Something He Can Feel” video over and over again and tried out my sexy. Ha! Add En Vogue to the soundtrack of my crucial development years.
Like most 90’s songstresses and groups (Toni Braxton, Brownstone, Xscape, etc.), their music makes so much more sense now that I’m a grown ass woman. “Give It Up, Turn It Loose” was the jam back then. But now? Now it’s the ish! I totally get it – as in I can truly relate to the lyrics – since I have had my share of heartbreak or times when I should have been done with a dude who wasn’t checking for me enough.
But above all of that, can we talk about how those women could sing? No, make that – sang. Harmonize, melodies, unison and all those other musical terms I don’t know about – they had it. Flawlessly. Effortlessly. I miss that. I wish we could have it again. Plus, they were sexy yet somehow seemed down-to-earth. They each had a different look or style, but they were still a group.
I know the music industry has changed so much and maybe having talented (slightly older female leads) is no longer a feasible option when everything is about looking young forever, but man a girl can dream for some different styles of music to make it back on popular radio. Can’t she? If anything, can all the En Vogue members get along so they can be on a BET Awards one day in the near future? This needs to happen. But maybe that’s just another dream.
In the meantime, I’ll just live off the memories and play a song or too. Thanks, En Vogue for making my growing up years so great.
What 90’s groups do you miss?
Diana Veiga is a Spelman woman, a DC resident, and a freelance writer. Of course, she’s also on Twitter.