Remember the days of freestyle? Ah, a simpler time with much more complicated ideas about what constituted good style. But just try to tell us that you didn't think you were the absolute shit back in the day when you were rocking a teja and some Z. Cavariccis with a Members Only jacket and a pair of Capezios.
But the freestyle era wasn't just about ugly clothes. It was about a style of music uniting heavy Latin influence with disco, rap, and electronic sounds, which celebrated love, good times, and the general excess of the '80s, right down to the use of hairspray.
And Transit Lounge is going to be celebrating the freestyle movement with a series of bookings that we'll dub "a blast from the past." So, in honor of Lisette Melendez performing this Friday, Debbie Deb next Saturday, George Lamond May 27, bust out your three-pack of RCA blank cassettes, because here's a list of ten tracks no freestyle mix cassette should be without.
10. TKA's "Maria"
9. Cover Girls' "Show Me"
8. Lisette Melendez's "Together Forever"
7. Shannon's "Let The Music Play"
6. Egyptian Lover's "Egyptian Lover"
5. Nice & Wild's "Diamond Girl"
4. Debbie Deb's "Lookout Weekend"
3. Stacy Q.'s "Two of Hearts"
2. Debbie Deb's "When I Hear Music"
1. It's a tie! A toss up between Exposé's "Point of No Return" and Freestyle's "Don't Stop the Rock"
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Lisette Melendez performs Friday, May 13, Debbie Deb performs Saturday, May 21 and George Lamond performs Friday, May 20. Transit Lounge, 729 SW 1 Ave., Miami. Cover costs $10 at the door, with an optional meet-and-greet for $50 based on limited availability. Ages 21 and up. Call 305-377-4628 or visit transitlounge.us.