Courtesy of HelloBeautiful.com if you don’t know about this group, yall gon learn today! Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam! Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam were a popular ‘80s group credited with bringing “freestyle music”—a Latininfluenced blend of pop and R&B—to the mainstream. Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam are best known for such hits as “I Wonder If I Take You Home,” “Head to Toe,” “Lost In Emotion,” and “All Cried Out.” During their career, they scored five gold singles and twice topped the Billboard Hot 100 charts. Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam is a band everyone knows and loves, even if they don’t think they do.
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Who are Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam? That’s a question folks began asking across the country when Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam With Full Force released their debut album in 1985. The disc spawned the hits “Can You Feel the Beat” and “All Cried Out,” which climbed to No. 8 on the pop charts. Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam’s second album, “Spanish Fly,” fared even better, rocketing to No. 7 on the Billboard 200 and yielding the chart-topping singles “Head to Toe” and “Lost In Emotion.”
Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam’s next two LPs, “Straight to the Sky” (1989) and “Straight Outta Hell’s Kitchen,” didn’t soar quite as high—they peaked at No. 77 and 133, respectively—and “LL77” (1994) and “Life ‘n Love” (2009) failed to chart at all, but even so, Lisa Lisa remains popular, and if you ask in-the-know music fans, “Who are Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam?” they’ll tell you Velez and her crew were true freestyle innovators whose songs still sound fresh today.
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