Backstage: Those Two Girls in the Morning's Top Five Musical Favorites

Music vet and New Times scribe Lee Zimmerman offers his insights, opinions, and observations about the local scene. This week: Two Girls, two lists... and several honorable mentions. 

More often than not, radio morning shows are the habitat of a male mouthpiece, but for the rest of us seeking some enlightenment

from a female perspective during the morning commute -- there's Those Two Girls in the

Morning -- Tamara G and Julie Guy. This dynamic duo lights up the

radio dial from 6 to 10 a.m. weekdays on Coast FM, WFLC (97.3).


pair find perfect symmetry and a refreshing rapport that comes from

years of working the airwaves. A native of Texas, Tamara G had stops in Austin,

Dallas, Tallahassee, and Miami's 99 Jamz before landing her current gig. Canada-born Julie Guy has worked at rock station

WSHE, 94.9 Zeta, Big 105.9, and landed at Coast in 2002. After being paired with Tamara,

the duo was christened Those Two Girls in the Morning, and they can

claim one of the top-five most popular morning shows in South Florida.

The two seem inseparable, but when it comes to their top five favorites (and a few honorable mentions), we'll give each their due.

Let's look at Tamara's choices first: "You're making me go WAAAAYYY back," she protested when asked. "Albums? Really? I must say, it made me think... and think... and think..." 

5. Off the Wall - Michael Jackson: "I mean, really, do I have to explain anything, being that I'm Michael Jackson's number-one fan of all time? Most people would pick Thriller, and yes, I agree that that album sent Michael into the stratosphere. Even so, Off the Wall did it for me. 'Rock With You' is still my favorite MJ song, not to mention 'Girlfriend' and 'She's out of My Life,' and of course the song that gets everyone on the dance floor, 'Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough'... especially during the breakdown. Ooooooohhhhhh..." 

4. Hotter Than July - Stevie Wonder: "Again, most folks would say Songs in the Key of Life, but I absolutely loved every song on Hotter Than July, from 'Master Blaster (Jammin),' 'Rocket Love,' and 'All I Do' (which is one of my favorite songs ever) to 'Happy Birthday,' his tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Truly a masterpiece!" 

3. The Night I Fell in Love - Luther Vandross: "Oh my goodness; where to begin? Every cut... every last one... is fantastic. 'If Only for One Night,' 'Creepin,' 'Wait for Love'... of course, I don't know one album that this man ever made that actually sucked. He is truly missed."

2. Guy's self-titled debut: "If you were around in 1988, you gotta love the song "The New Jack Swing!" Every cut on this album was bangin' - 'Groove Me,' 'Teddy's Jam,' 'I Like,' and 'Piece of My Love' are all still R&B classics -- 23 years later." 

1. Make It Last Forever - Keith Sweat:
"Yes, I know he's not the greatest singer in the world, but everyone at the University of Texas had this cassette tape -- and I played mine until I broke it! (Yes, I said tape!) The title track, along with 'I Want Her,' 'Something Just Ain't Right,' and 'How Deep Is Your Love,' 'Right and a Wrong Way to Love'... OK, I could go on and on... This album was the jam in 1987!" 

Honorable Mentions:

Faith - George Michael: "This was the first time since Teena Marie that a white artist was so widely accepted into the R&B world. I played this tape to death my freshman year of college in 1987." 

License to Ill - Beastie Boys: "It was 1986, I was in high school, and if you didn't have this cassette, you were nobody, because everybody had it and was playing it. I remember that I bought it for my best friend, Kim, and gave it to her as a Christmas present. Yes, $6.99 was a lot of money back then, but I still jam to 'Brass Monkey'..." 

Raising Hell - Run-D.M.C.: "Man, I loved 1986! 'It's Tricky,' 'Walk This Way,' 'Peter Piper,' 'My Adidas'... again, if you didn't own a pair of Adidas after this album, you were pretty much ignored at school, because it was obvious that you didn't know what was going on. LOL 

As for Julie:  "My top five albums? It's very tough to narrow them down," she admits. "Growing up, I was a top 40 pop girl, so my tastes definitely reflect that." We'll be the judge of that, Julie..." 

5. New Jersey - Bon Jovi: "Most people would choose Slippery When Wet, but I hadn't seen them in concert until this album, and all it took was Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora to walk out on that stage and thus began an obsession that has lasted throughout my life. Standouts on this album include 'Stick to Your Guns,' 'Wild as the Wind,' and the ultimate BFF song, 'Blood on Blood.'" 

4. Xanadu - soundtrack: "I love, love, loved Olivia Newton-John ever since I saw her in Grease, and I actually wanted to be her! This movie tanked at the box office, but this soundtrack was great. I loved ELO too, and I thought they never got the respect they deserved. My favorites include the title track, 'All Over the World,' and 'Whenever You're Away From Me,' a wonderful duet with Olivia and Gene Kelley." 

3. Edge of Heaven - Wham!: "I was still in the dark about George Michael at this point, but I just loved his soulful voice. My fave tracks: 'Edge of Heaven' and the holiday classic, 'Last Christmas.'" 

2. Licensed to Ill - Beastie Boys: "This tape was literally played over and over every single day at lunch in high school, after we all piled into my girlfriend's Lincoln Continental. (Yes, we all fit comfortably.) 'Brass Monkey' and 'No Sleep 'Til Brooklyn' could be heard blasting through the speakers as we cruised the Fort Lauderdale strip during spring break... Good times, good times!

1. Time Well Wasted - Brad Paisley: "Ironically, this was the last album that I bought, because it's all about downloading these days. It was also the first country album I ever bought. I was pregnant with my second child -- my daughter Lucy -- and I was naming her after my Mom, who had passed away. I had heard the song 'When I Get Where I'm Going,' which was a duet with Brad and Dolly Parton about missing those who had passed away, and so I bought the album. I listened to it my whole pregnancy and cried every time, and I fell in love with Brad Paisley. I love how he weaves humor and warmth into all of his songs, and he made me a country fan. 

Honorable Mentions:

Thriller - Michael Jackson: "Really, what can you say about this album that hasn't been said already? It's a classic!" 

Hi Infidelity - REO Speedwagon: "It's a long, and funny story, but this album holds a place in my heart." 

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Lee Zimmerman