Waiting for the New Jack Swing revival: A Bell Biv DeVoe video primer

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The next time you catch yourself pining for the days of New Jack Swing, just remember there’s at least one group out there that’s keeping the pre-Kanye Roland 808 synth-clap sounds alive.

Yes, the members of Bell Biv DeVoe parted with their flat tops decades ago. But there’s no question that watching the crisp dance moves and high-top fades in videos like “B.B. D. (I Thought It Was Me)” and “Poison” can rekindle the memories of ‘90s R&B with one click of a mouse.

So with that in mind, what better way to waste 30 minutes of your workday than by amping up for BBD’s L.A. House of Blues show Tuesday night and watching this trio of smooth singing Lotharios in a You Tube train of music videos. In the meantime, continue waiting patiently for that whole New Jack revival to come around. You know how cyclical pop music trends are. It’s only a matter of time.

Poison performs at House of Blues Tuesday at 9 p.m. $22.50 advance, $25 day of show. All ages. 8430 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069. (323) 848-5100,


-- Nate Jackson