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Jade Starling, of '80s Group Pretty Poison, Is Back With Solo Album

Solo Debut, 'Captive' Includes Hit 'Insomniak'

Jad Starling from the '80s group Pretty Poison is back with her own solo album. (Photo: Courtesy Randex)

Jad Starling from the ’80s group Pretty Poison is back with her own solo album. (Photo: Courtesy Randex)

Jade Starling, who provided the vocals for Pretty Poison’s “Catch Me I’m Falling,” one of 1987’s biggest hits, is going solo after all these years with a debut album Captive, and it’s a terrific.

The initial single from the album “Insomniak” was a huge dance floor and radio hit and the new single, “Think About U” is captivating as well.

Captive (Subpoena/Universal) features collaborations with Lee Dagger of the hugely successful English remix team Bimbo Jones (Lady Gaga, Kylie Minogue, Rihanna).

Newcomer Laszlo (Selena Gomez, Kelly Clarkson, Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj) and French DJ/remixer Franck Dona also worked on the album.


“When our first single came out, the term EDM had not yet entered the public consciousness,” says Starling. “Now, that word is out there, and we fit in back then and the new album as well.”

Time has indeed caught up with Starling.

Incidentally, “Catch Me I’m Falling” was included on the soundtrack to the 1987 film “Hiding Out,” which starred Jon Cryer. The song also appeared on the group’s debut album, Catch Me I’m Falling (1988).

It peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart in late September 1987. Later that same year, the song charted inside the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at number eight and remaining in the top 40 for 14 weeks.

The single was certified gold. In the UK the song entered the Top 100 for two weeks at the end of January 1988 and peaked at number 85.

Interestingly, in 2009, VH1 ranked “Catch Me (I’m Falling)” number 47 on its program “100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders” of the ’80s.

Scott Shannon Celebrates 101st Radio Show

The Rascals' Gene Cornish, The Monkees' Micky Dolenz and Scott Shannon.  (Photo: Joe Cingrana, WCBS-FM)

The Rascals’ Gene Cornish, The Monkees’ Micky Dolenz and Scott Shannon. (Photo: Joe Cingrana, WCBS-FM)

Still hard to believe that legendary air personality Scott Shannon left WPLJ earlier this year after a brilliant run. But last week at New York City’s City Winery, he celebrated his 101th show at the station.

Mark Rivera, who has played his horn for Billy Joel and Ringo Starr, showed up to play live with his band.

Gene Cornish (The Rascals) and famed Monkees singer Micky Dolenz appeared as guests. The affable Dolenz had a morning show himself several years back at the station. Congrats Mr. Shannon!

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