I have a (hopefully) fun set of questions for my fellow old-schoolers out there.
One of my favourite dance tracks from 1989 is Wrecks-N-Effect's "New Jack Swing." I've had the 12" single since back in '89, but I finally saw the video for the first time a few years back. Since then ,I've had a lot of questions about the song and the video.
If anyone could help me answer these questions, I would really appreciate it:
Who are the men in the very beginning - the one standing at the grill and the one in front of the jukebox? They both look extremely familiar.
**UPDATE - This part is still unknown.**
Obviously, I know who Teddy Riley is... but who is the older, shaved-headed gentleman sitting with him at the craps table, who first appears at the two-minute mark? He almost looks a little like Quincy Jones... but I don't think it's him.
**UPDATE - This part is solved - It's Gene Griffin.**
Are any of the others shown at the craps table recognizable performers?
**UPDATE - This part is solved - Most likely Redhead Kingpin and Aaron Hall.**
At 2:05, it sounds like Riley asks, "Yes, GR is movin' it, right?" As he asks this, the camera pans back over to the shaved-headed fellow. Is he "GR?" Since the verse concentrates on the accomplishments of Teddy Riley, one would think that he would say "TR is movin' it right," especially since he calls himself "TR" at the beginning of the verse. However, in every copy of the song I've ever heard, no matter how clear the audio has been, it has sounded like he's said "GR is movin' it."
**UPDATE - This part is solved. "GR Productions" was the partnership of Teddy Riley and Gene Griffin.**
Right after that point, Riley goes through a roll call of performers that he's "got," some of whom are shown on camera, some of whom are not. I obviously know a number of them, but I'm confused about a few, which I've highlighted in red:
- Keith Sweat
- Heavy D (shown with the Boyz)
- "Moe Dee" (Kool Moe Dee)
- "B. Sure" (Al B. Sure!)
- Bobby Brown
- "Zann the Man" (maybe "Cinnamon?")
**UPDATE: This is probably a reference to William "Zan" Aquart. See posts below.**
- Redhead (Redhead Kingpin)
- "Boy George" (certainly he's not talking about Culture Club's Boy George... is he?)
**UPDATE: That's the one! See posts below.**
- "James and" (???)
**UPDATE: This is most likely "James Ing," short for "James Ingram." See posts below.**
**UPDATE: Déja was a group/duo formerly known as "Aurra." See posts below.**
I know this is an odd thread... but I've been wondering these things for quite some time and I'd really like to clear them up. Thank you in advance to everyone!