Saturday, January 22, 2022

Lisa Roxanne: Cars And Motorbikes (CDS) (The Bigpockets LTD., 2005)

Lewisham's, Lisa Roxanne was only 14-year's-old when she made headlines for signing a 4-album deal reportedly worth more than 1 million pounds. Her mother, a former singer with London soul group Loose Ends, wasn't entirely convinced that she had the stamina to succeed but she eventually won her over and landed a deal with New York-based Palm Pictures LLC., a label set up by Island Records founder Chris Blackwell. The deal made it to the tabloids in 2001 with the ill-informed comparisons to fellow teen pop starlet at the time Billie Piper, but she was streets ahead of her, Jamelia, Mumba and anybody else on the UK pop music scene at the time. Her vocals were on point, she could rap like Lisa "Left-Eye" Lopez and her songs were incredibly catchy in a cheeky TLC-esque fashion. Sadly by the by the time her second single was released, she had officially become defunct despite appearances on Nickelodeon and at the MOBO Awards where she was happily posing on the red carpet with Left-Eye. Her album "Diary Of My Dreams" was never released. I don't know what happened but despite all the money pooled into her and Blackwell’s successes with such artists and groups as Bob Marley and U2, nothing happened for this girl who could’ve been amazing. 
Were her mother's doubts about her daughter's heart not entirely being in it justified after all? Or did the British public just have a dire taste in music? She performed at the Trafford Centre in Manchester where she was pretty much ignored in favor of Steps offshoot 3SL. As per a Guardian article in 2001, she was insistent on staying focused on her school work but she didn't just disappear. Following this, she had a song in the 2002 movie "Dirty Pretty Things" and then in 2004, did some work in the US for TV One’s new dating show at the time “Get the Hookup.” I was surprised to find a single for "Get The Hookup" on Amazon in the US a few years back where it had most likely been sitting unknown for years. It even had a b-side "If I Knew". Following this, she continued to record music and a mutual friend D, who had worked as a library musician in the past and had a huge haul of CDs that he'd been sent over the years to catalog, came across yet another one of her little-known releases here. Titled "Cars and Motorbikes", it was recorded in 2005 for an unknown project and in his words bore a slight similarity structurally to “Lap Dance” by N.E.R.D. It was produced by the same people behind some of her earlier songs (The Bigpockets) and is just as catchy. Once again, it was a shame she never made it beyond one single but I don't think Palm Pictures with its in reggae and alternative rock music, was the right label for her