80s Song of the Day: Cool It Now by New Edition

And I hope this message stays in your mind
‘Cause you almost lost a girl who is right on time
There’s one more thing that ya got to know
Just cool it down and stay in control

Cool It Now

Cool It Now by New Edition was released August 27, 1984, with Cool It Now (Sing Along Version) as the B side. It was the first single from the group’s second album New Edition. Continue reading


45 RPMs: New Edition Mr. Telephone Man

Some strange man is on the telephone
He keeps telling me my baby ain’t home

new edition phoneIn the age of smartphone technology, kids today will never experience the true satisfaction of a phone’s click as it slams down into its cradle. New Edition’s Mr. Telephone Man brings us back to a day when your phone weighed as much as the nightstand it was sitting on. Before New Kids on the Block captured the hearts of teenage girls everywhere, Ralph, Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky, and Mike were the boy band that would inspire all future boy bands.

In Mr. Telephone Man, New Edition, which would later spawn Bobby Brown’s solo career and Bell Biv Devoe, laments about what must be a faulty telephone line, “because when I dial my baby’s number, I get a click every time.” So young, so naive. We just wanted to scoop them up and hug them and promise to answer every single one of their calls. Continue reading