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What Is So Great About 80s Dance-Pop Singer Alisha’s One-Hit Wonder?

Welcome to another round of #SongLyricsSunday! This week’s prompt is to find a song with the words “Chat/Laugh/Rant/Scream/Talk” in the title or lyrics. I choose an obscure one-hit wonder that was released in 1985: “Baby Talk” by 80s freestyle and dance-pop singer Alisha. It is one of my favorite freestyle/dance-pop tunes from the decade of electronic music. Why is that? Let’s find out down below!

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About “Baby Talk”

Alisha
Alisha in the music video for “Baby Talk”

“Baby Talk” was the third single off Alisha’s self-titled album. Starting off in a rock/dance group called The Babysitters in the early 80s, the Brooklyn-native singer became a soloist when Vanguard Records sent a track with her vocals to producer Mark S. Berry, who was looking for a vocalist. She released her first single in 1984 entitled “All Night Passion”, which was a club hit as it reached Number 4 on the U.S. Dance charts. Her one-hit wonder was “Baby Talk”, released one year later, became a number one hit on the same dance charts. The only other hit Alisha had was “Bounce Back”, released in 1990.

Alisha’s “Baby Talk” is actually a cover. The original was released in 1984 by American funk and soul artist Gregg Brown, who shares writing credits for Alisha’s version. The other writer is Logankoya. There is not much information about the artists, it seems the only song that Brown and Logankoya ever worked on was “Baby Talk”. However, the song was mixed by Shep Pettibone who is famous for creating memorable remixes for artists like David Bowie, Belinda Carlisle, Janet Jackson, Pet Shop Boys, and Madonna.

My Opinion

Why do I love Alisha’s “Baby Talk”? There are many reasons! One of the reasons is the dreamy synthesizers mixed with a heavy dance beat featured in a mixture of a deep electronic drum sound and bass. Just listen to that intro, it is so gorgeous!

The other reason that “Baby Talk” is a pretty solid freestyle/dance-pop song. I am a big fan of both freestyle and 80s dance-pop as songs released in these genres were filled with delectable electronic melodies, had a strong dance beat, featured a strong syncopation in the bassline, and usually written in a minor key (I am a sucker for this). Because of these factors, “Baby Talk” is a wonderful textbook example of these genres and I love it!

How about you: What do you think of Alisha’s “Baby Talk”? Let me know in the comment!

Here is the original version by Gregg Brown:

It was also covered by a 80s artist named Tia. It was released as a single in 1986:

It was also updated in the 90s as it was Mona’s only single released in 1993:


Lyrics to Alisha’s “Baby Talk”

It’s too bad not to know
I don’t know, I hurt you so
Baby talk to me

I’m so sad, I can’t wait
Baby, please don’t hesitate
Baby talk to me

You never try to talk your feelings through
Communications start from me to you
We have to talk it through to clear the air
We’ve got to talk to show the love we share

Baby talk
We can work it out
Baby talk
I know without a doubt

Baby talk
We can work it out
Baby talk

Baby, please talk to me
Can’t you see you’re hurtin’ me
Baby talk to me

We can see all this through
Talk will help love [Incomprehensible]
Baby talk to me

It’s hard to tell when things start goin’ wrong
We’ll have to talk now, before too long
So, honey, let’s not throw our love away
Let’s try to work it out before too late

Baby talk
We can work it out
Baby talk
I know without a doubt

Baby talk
We can work it out
Baby talk

You don’t have to worry, baby
You don’t have to fear
Tell me all the things you feel
And I will make you care

You just need to tell me, baby
What I need to say
I need to let you love me, baby
In that special way

You just need to tell me, baby
What I need to say
I need to let you love me, baby
In that special way

Baby talk
We can work it out
Baby talk
I know without a doubt

Baby talk
We can work it out
Baby talk

Baby talk
Baby talk
Baby talk
Baby talk

Baby talk
Baby talk
Baby talk
Baby talk

Baby talk
We can work it out
Baby talk
I know without a doubt

Baby talk
We can work it out
Baby talk

Baby talk
We can work it out
Baby talk
I know without a doubt

Baby talk
We can work it out
Baby talk

Baby talk
We can work it out
Baby talk
I know without a doubt

Baby talk
We can work it out
Baby talk


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What Is So Great About 80s Dance-Pop Singer Alisha's One-Hit Wonder?

This Post Has 17 Comments

  1. Sharon

    his post is a blast from the past forgot about that adorable song. Loved how you have the other versions too. Binging now happy Sunday

  2. Fadima Mooneira

    I never heard of this singer before. Thank you for sharing some information about her. Good post.

  3. Anika

    I haven’t heard of her, which is a shame! Definitely one to look up for my throwback playlist 🙂

    Anika | chaptersofmay.com

  4. Neely

    Ahhh I totally forgot about this song! I remember it too. So fun!

  5. Stephanie

    I have heard this one because my mom loves 80s music and it’s all she listens to. I know others have covered it, but I still enjoy the original!

  6. Marjie Mare

    I am an 80s baby and can relate to this. I remember this song and haven’t heard it for a while.

  7. Agnes

    I love the 80’s style and that famous hair style! I consider myself an 80’s baby. Thanks for sharing this music with brings back memories.

  8. Luna S

    Fantastic post! I like songs that have a dance beat/techno beat to them, thanks for sharing this.

  9. Aimsy

    There is just something about 80’s music, isn’t there? I must admit though, I don’t think I have heard this song (in any version) before. It’s a great song though!

    Aimsy xoxo
    Aimsy’s Antics

  10. Renata

    Girl, where do you find these artists? This is amazing and inspiring. I can’t wait for your next post 🙂

  11. Kenneth

    not familiar with artist and her song…played it on youtube but still not familiar….but it has a good rhythm …

  12. Fransic Verso

    I never listened to 80’s music but it seems interesting that they have dance beat as well. I will check more.

  13. Monidipa

    I liked the rhythm and beats of this song!

  14. Denise

    I don’t listen much to 80’s songs but this song holds a lot more meaning than most songs nowadays. It’s great to hear a beautiful piece from the 80’s once again.

  15. Thanks for this sharing as personally am not very familiar with 80’s & am enjoying viewing each of the clip links shared here 😀 cheers, siennylovesdrawing

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