Song 11 Jermaine Stewart

Jermaine Stewart - We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off, 1986

'So come on, baby, won't you show some class! Why you wanna move so fast?' Here's one of the more frustrating aspects of being an 80s teenager: Say you're having a crisis. A break-up, a rejection, a moment of profound self-doubt. Now, if you're safe in your room, this will be happening to the bittersweet sounds of The Smiths or something equally beautiful and sad. But if you're in public, odds are that your moment of vulnerability will be played out to a soundtrack of pure, ripe cheese - like this song. In fact, 'We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off' made it into an early draft of the book, in a rejected scene where the main character and his friend face down some intimidating toughs in a bar. 'I really hoped I wasn't going to get punched in the face,' the protagonist muses, 'and have to listen to this song at the same time.' Hope you have similiar luck. As a side note, you might also remember Jermaine Stewart's anti-sex, post-AIDS awareness anthem was a particular favourite of the janitor on Scrubs, among others. 


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