Monday, January 5, 2015

80's Music: The Jets

The Jets are an American family band from Minneapolis, Minnesota, composed of brothers and sisters who specialize in pop, R&B, and dance music, particularly Latin freestyle.

The Jets are an American family band from Minneapolis, Minnesota, composed of brothers and sisters who specialize in pop, R&B, and dance music, particularly Latin freestyle.http://www.jinglejanglejungle.net/2015/01/jets.html
The group officially formed in 1985, with the original lineup fizzling out by 1990. Several members of the family stayed on throughout the 1990s, unofficially reviving the group in the mid to late 1990s as a gospel outfit with most of the original members present.

Various record companies have released collections of songs from the group's popular period, while the modern incarnation of the group continues to perform at various small venues, primarily casinos and private corporate functions.

The original band consisted of the eight oldest children of Maikeli "Mike" and Vaké Wolfgramm, who have 17 children in total, fifteen by birth and two (Eddie and Eugene) by adoption, were originally from the South Pacific island kingdom of Tonga. The family is of Tongan, British, and German ancestry.


"Rocket 2 U" was written and produced by Bobby Nunn. The single received a nomination for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals at the 31st Grammy Awards in 1989.

Released as the third single from The Jets' gold album, Magic, in 1988, the song was the second most successful single released from the album, peaking at number six on the Billboard Hot 100 and number five on the R&B chart.

http://youtu.be/d1PTuMQUu4g



"Make It Real"
Moana Wolfgramm of the Jets would recall: "'Make It Real' was given to us at the eleventh hour [ie. last minute]. We needed a slow ballad [when] we were finishing up the last tracks for the 'Magic' album. Our manager Don Powell, Linda Mallah and Rick Kelly wrote this song and it was simple yet very catchy. I remember Liz [Elizabeth Wolfgramm] recorded it on the road after one of our shows, I think somewhere in Texas." The video for "Make It Real" showed Elizabeth Wolfgramm singing in front of a basic blue screen background: although Elizabeth Wolfgramm was the only group member to sing on the track, still images of the other Jets were shown during the instrumental break.

The B-side of the 7" single is a Spanglish version of "Make It Real" titled "Allá Tu", with lyrics in both English and Spanish; the 12" single also contains a version of the song sung entirely in Spanish, which is also titled "Allá Tu". "So True" was only release as a bonus track on "Make It Real" cassette single, Not "Alla Tu".

"Make It Real" is a pop ballad that reflects back upon a past relationship one year since the singer met her lover. The singer is reminded of the happy times in their relationship and wants another opportunity to rekindle the passion:
I loved you
You didn't feel the same
Though we're apart, you're in my heart
Give me one more chance to make it real.

http://youtu.be/r9Zfw16Ctb0