Also, just a quick reminder that La Toya will be on The View tomorrow morning, Sept. 16th and Friday morning, Sept. 18th. Be sure to tune in!
If You Feel the Funk (1980):
Description: The music video for 'If You Feel the Funk' is simply a performance video from a European TV show. 'If You Feel the Funk' was the debut single from La Toya Jackson. It was released in 1980 on Polydor Records, and comes from Jackson's self-titled debut album La Toya Jackson (1980). It received limited airplay and many audiences believed the disco vibe in the song was outdated. The single narrowly missed the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 103. However, it peaked at number seventeen on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart and number forty on the Billboard R&B chart. It reached number forty-two in Germany and number eighteen in the Netherlands.
Heart Don't Lie (1984):
Description: It is notable that this is the first song out of four by La Toya Jackson to have an actual accompanying music video. The music video features Jackson in a very colorful and cartoon-like high school setting, despite her being in her late 20s at the time. The clip features Carnival masks designed by Joseph McLaughlin. Howard Hewett features on the song. The single reached #56 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, and is La Toya's most successful single to date. It was the second single released from her 1984 album of the same name.
Stop the Madness (1985)
Description: This music video is an anti-drug video sponsored by United States President Ronald Reagan and the Reagan administration in 1985. The video starred Claudia Wells, New Edition, La Toya Jackson, Whitney Houston, David Hasselhoff, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kim Fields, Herb Alpert, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Casey Kasem and Boogaloo Shrimp from the Breakin' franchise. Perhaps the main star of the video was Ronald Reagan's wife, Nancy Reagan, whose main cause as First Lady was speaking out against drugs, and forming the "Just Say No" anti-drug association. Mrs. Reagan appeared twice in Stop the Madness. The video was executive produced by Brian Dyak, founding president and ceo of the Entertainment Industries Council, Inc.
(Ain't Nobody Loves You) Like I Do (1987):
Description: This song is from La Toya's 1988 album La Toya. The video is similar to Jackson's 1983 music video Heart Don't Lie in its colourful, cartoon-like cinematography and dance routines. Mike Stock features on the song. The single was released in 1987 throughout Europe, excluding the United Kingdom. Despite being produced by the European trio Stock Aitken Waterman, who were big hit-producers at the time, the single failed to chart and the video received little air play. However, the single did fairly well on the German DJ charts. It debuted at No. 17 and stayed on the charts for several months.
You're Gonna Get Rocked (1988):
Description: This song is also from La Toya's 1988 album La Toya. The video shows Jackson in a gritty setting, demanding respect and making threats. The single was released throughout the U.S., Europe, and Canada. It peaked at #103, barely missing the Billboard Hot 100. It also peaked at #66 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, #90 in the United Kingdom, and #42 in New Zealand.
Description: Jackson filmed a music video for 'Home,' her first in over twenty years, on July 26, 2009 directed by Eric Bute with cinematography by Reed Smoot. The clip was shot at Disney's Golden Oak Ranch in Santa Clarita, California. It features Jackson clad in white, swinging on a swing, and climbing in a treehouse. 'Home' is a sentimental ballad by La Toya Jackson which first appeared on the 2002 promotional copy of her not-yet-released album Startin' Over. Jackson released the single in late July 2009 in dedication to her younger brother, Michael Jackson, who passed away unexpectedly on June 25, 2009. All proceeds from purchase of the song will go to AIDS Project Los Angeles. 'Home' is an autobiographical song describing life in the Jackson family and the closeness once shared among Jackson and her siblings. A press release describes the song as being "written with affection about her childhood memories and based on the premise that no matter where you are or what you are going through in your life, you can always go Home." Jackson expresses remorse over the "many years that we let pass" having been "parted by the fame we grew to only know." The song alludes also to La Toya's affectionate pet name for Michael, "Joker."