Guilty Pleasures: 90s Edition
I have to admit that when I first saw this video, which premiered at the end of a Beverly Hills, 90210 episode, I went a little crazy. Jeremy Jordan was a great looking kid with a nice voice and a willingness to take off his shirt at the drop of a hat, but the grunge era was just beginning and this kind of feather-weight pop music was getting pushed out of the marketplace. Try My Love was a cute, very listenable little album, The Right Kind of Love was a platinum single, Jeremy was in all the teen magazines (and some of the grown-up ones- Bruce Weber photographed him, tastefully nude, for Interview Magazine) but MTV, which, as hard as it is to believe now, was the arbiter of all that was cool at that time, would only play his videos on their top ten request show, and even then the hipper-than-thou VJs actually took the time to denigrate him. Jeremy, who has one of the most harrowing life stories you could ever imagine (parental abandonment, child abuse, homelessness) switched to acting, but following his most high-profile role,with Drew Barrymore in Never Been Kissed (1999), he disappeared.
Wannagirl was his second, smaller hit, but the embargo on his music was so huge by then that I never saw this video until I found it on YouTube an hour ago.