First Hit #1: June 20, 1987
Lisa Lisa, a girl so nice they named her twice, and her cult jam didn’t exactly break any new ground with Head to Toe. It does have some pretty great synthesized drums, and Lisa Lisa herself has a very enjoyable voice, but the song doesn’t initially stand out from the crowd. Everyone’s doing this heavily synthesized drum sound, and while it’s a twist on an old girl band sound, everyone’s doing that too, with varying degrees of success. I was ready to dismiss it out of hand, but I’ve got to admit, Lisa Lisa charmed me. Maybe it’s because I also watched the video, where she presents a certain infectious enthusiasm, but there’s something just fun about her performance. The song isn’t anything special, but I’m charmed by her performance anyway, and her voice kind of sails above the song in a distinctly carefree manner. It’s still not an all-time classic, but it’s very possible to have some fun with it.