Jheri Curl June: R.J.’s Latest Arrival’s “Off the Hook (With Your Love)”

The first time I encountered a record by R.J.’s Latest Arrival, it was in a bargain bin at 2nd & Charles in Woodbridge, Virginia. The moment I saw their 1986 album Hold On, with its mid-’80s barbershop’s assortment of jheri curls on the back cover, I knew I had to have it (it helped that it cost less than three dollars).

The second time I encountered a record by R.J.’s Latest Arrival, it was in another bargain bin at another Northern Virginia record store, CD Cellar in Falls Church. This time it was their self-titled 1985 album–their third self-titled album, just for maximum confusion–and I didn’t buy it, because does anyone really need two albums by R.J.’s Latest Arrival?

Despite my sudden financial prudence, however, I’m still sort of fascinated by R.J.’s Latest Arrival. Maybe it’s their clumsy moniker, the meaning of which I still can’t quite parse despite way too much mental energy dedicated to the subject. Or maybe it’s the fact that they’re from Detroit, which always gives me a little swell of home-state pride–even if, like their fellow Michiganders Ready for the World, they seemed hell-bent on sounding like they were from Minneapolis. Whatever the case, they’ll always have a special place in my heart. And while “Off the Hook (With Your Love),” their biggest hit single from 1988, is unlikely to blow any minds–it’s bog-standard Late Jheri Curl, complete with its proto-New Jack beat–it’s a pleasant enough way to wind down our last week of Jheri Curl June. Check it out on the playlists below.

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Wrecka Stow: CD Cellar, Falls Church, VA

A few weeks ago, I celebrated my 32nd birthday with a visit to the wrecka stow: CD Cellar in Falls Church, Virginia. Check out what I picked up in the video below, including records by Rod Stewart, Grand Funk Railroad, Spirit, Sheila E, Bootsy Collins, Stevie Wonder, and Kanye West. Video by me and Kia Matthews; music by Yeezus.

Wrecka Stow: 2nd & Charles, Woodbridge, VA

Over the weekend, Kia and I ventured down to Woodbridge, Virginia for an IKEA run, and we ended up coming home with a shitload of vinyl. Here’s a document of the trip, proving that even suburbia has some decent finds. Thanks to 2nd & Charles for not kicking us out, Kia for the help shooting, and the Beastie Boys for the music.