In the late ’80s, I religiously watched ABC’s TGIF, a block of four situational comedies (in 1988 it was “Perfect Strangers,” “Full House,” “Mr. Belvedere” and “Just the Ten of Us”). While I found the three slutty daughters on “Just the Ten of Us” appealing, and enjoyed the foreigner humor of “Perfect Strangers” and “Mr. Belvedere,” “Full House” was the favorite--with its relatable characters, it was probably every 8-year-old’s favorite.
An early episode titled “Joey Gets Tough” had the daughters convincing Uncle Joey to let them stay up late and watch a special TV appearance by Tiffany. There was laughter and young-girl excitement, as well as hair products and dancing. I think they got in trouble (probably when "Joey got tough," as the name suggests), and along the way, learned a valuable lesson. But I just remember wanting to find out more about Tiffany. How perfectly that show and the pop singer complemented one another; it was probably, for many girls, their introduction to Tiffany.
These days, nearly 20 years after her rise to fame as a teen pop star and subsequent decline after a third, poorly-selling album, the “I Think We’re Alone Now,” “Could’ve Been” and “I Saw Him Standing There” platinum hit-maker is touring and working in television as a VH1 host and the like. She also made a 2002 appearance in Playboy, which was the one and only time I, and many other then-grown girls, ever got excited about an appearance in Playboy.
Tiffany has released a handful of albums since her ill-fated third in 1990. Just this year, she released an album of dance anthems aimed at the gay community, which is admittedly better than any of her sugary, over-produced hits from the ’80s. Dust Off and Dance aptly accomplishes its goal: Just listening to it transports me to a boy’s club-like atmosphere where I imagine myself sweating in something sassy and shaking my ass. Subsequently, she will be staging a concert at Pridefest, which to me, sounds like the best possible situation in which to see a Tiffany performance.
Also performing at Pridefest is ’70s UK soul singer Maxine Nightingale, responsible for hits like “Right Back Where We Started From” and “Lead Me On.”