#NP: Janet Jackson


Artist: Janet Jackson
Song: Love Will Never Do
Album: Rhythm Nation 1814
Lyric: "Other guys have tried before, To replace you as my lover. "

It's Janet Jackson tribute week!!!!!!

I love me some Janet Jackson. Growing up she was my favorite "entertainer". I must make that clear because everyone knows that "The Queen" Aretha Franklin, is my favorite singer.

But my Jan... that's who I imitated in the mirror with a hair brush or the closest spray can I could find. You could not tell me that I didn't have every move down packed. I was nine years old when rhythm Nation was released in 198, and eleven when this single, Love will Never Do (Without You) was released in 1991. I had the black jacket and the 1814 cap to go with it.  I was well versed in R&B music by this time, so like the rest, I just closed my eyes, cast myself in the video, and sang and danced to Djimon like he dancing with me.


This is one of my all time favorite song and videos. I love the simplicity of the styling and videography. Originally, the styling called for Janet to wear a dress but video director, the late Herb Ritts, envisioned Janet in nothing more than a black tank and jeans. Perfect! Played alongside then, Calvin Klein underwear models, Antonio Sabato Jr. and Djimon Honsou. 
Did you know... Originally Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis toyed with the idea of making this song a duet? Johnny Gill, Ralph Tresvant, and Prince, were possible candidates, all artists the famous producers were working with at the time. 

When Jackson laid the track down singing the first verse in a lower octave, imitating a male vocal, and the second verse in one octave higher, she and producers kept the song as is.  Can you imagine if Prince did a duet on this song? No lie it would be funky. I'm imagining something like "If I Was Your Girlfriend".

What do you think? Do you think the song would have been as successful as a duet? 


Totally Obsessed, xoxo Love