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Betty Boo


Country of origin:

England (though artist is of Scottish and Malaysian heritage)

Type of music generally:

Mainstream pop dance music, shading marginally into rap. (mapravat@prairienet.org)

Status:

Most recent release, Doin' the Do: the Best of Betty Boo (compilation, 1999)

See also:

Betty Boo's MySpace page

Wikipedia's entry for Betty Boo

Comparisons:

Deelite

Covers/own material:

Own

General comments:

I listened to this one when I got it on spec a couple of years ago, allowed a pile of later acquisitions to grow over it, and have never felt any great urgency about fishing it out :-). The music and lyrics, as best I remember them, are not the worst of their kind, nor the best. However, I doubt that either this or her second album, the name of which I didn't bother to note when I stumbled on it in a record-store bin, will be of much interest to ectophiles who don't maintain an independent interest in the interface between dance music and rap.
     No matter what Boo's merits (or lack thereof) on record, the interview with her in the September, 1992 issue of Q magazine, in which she is revealed to really be an ex-schoolteacher named Alison Clarkson, is recommended reading. She comes across as a far more interesting person than her records would lead one to believe. (mapravat@prairienet.org)

Recommended first album:

Boomania

Recordings:

  • Boomania (1990)
  • GRRR! It's Betty Boo (1992)
  • Doin' the Do: the Best of Betty Boo (compilation, 1999)

Boomania

Release info:

1990—Original release in the U.K.; re-released in the U.S.

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Not recommended unless you're into dance music

Comments:

Boppy dance fun. (mapravat@prairienet.org)


Thanks to Barbara Hart and Mitch Pravatiner for work on this entry

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