RIP Irene Cara

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by two fingers, Nov 26, 2022.

  1. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Inactive

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    What an amazing talent. Dead at 63. Cause of death not yer released.

  2. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    Fame lives forever.

  3. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    RIP Irene.
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  4. kobass

    kobass Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Outside Boston
    Damn. RIP Irene.
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  5. basscooker

    basscooker Commercial User

    Apr 11, 2010
    Northern KY
    Cab fan, hobbyist
    I thought she would live forever.
  6. MG Wolf

    MG Wolf Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2014
    Due East
    Goodnight Irene, Fly High. :atoz:
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  7. Saw this today. Kind of a shock.
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  8. chadds


    Mar 18, 2000
    Thank you Irene!!

    Your voice is literally a part of our lives.
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2022
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  9. TJH3113

    TJH3113 Supporting Member

    Jun 15, 2015
    New Windsor, NY
    I've always loved this song and its bass-line. RIP Irene
  10. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Really young too.
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  11. halcyo


    Sep 19, 2012
    Cincinnati, OH
    The keyboard player in me geeks out to “What A Feeling” from Flashdance everytime. Those Georgio Moroder keyboard arpeggios and that massive phat sunth pad sound on the chorus, and the huge dripping wet synth bass line- such a soaring jam!
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  12. Wood and Wire

    Wood and Wire

    Jul 15, 2017
    Fame was such a phenomenal hit, it was completely inescapable - and as a little kid, obsessed with NWOBHM, I absolutely detested everything about it...

    ... Then, against my will, I saw the movie, and I was kind of blown away.

    Had I been less reactionary, I would have noticed in advance that it was directed by Alan Parker - and he really delivers the goods. It not only looks, and sounds terrific, but it really has a squalid quality about it, the makes the path towards fame seem treacherous, and pretty unappealing (some of the kids, not least Coco, really don't get let off lightly).

    Irene absolutely stands out, in what is essentially the lead role, amongst an ensemble cast. She's talented, determined, naive, vulnerable, tough - needless to say, I was an instant fan.

    I was pretty bummed that she wasn't in the TV series, and the role of Coco was re-cast.

    Then she went on to have another iconic hit, and win an Oscar with the title song for Flashdance. Another terrific looking musical movie, this time directed by Adrian Lyne.

    There was something in the air in the early 80's; if you wanted a box office smash / pop culture phenomenon, you just need a British TV commercials director, some high key lighting, wetted down streets, and Irene Cara singing the theme song.

  13. 57pbass

    57pbass Supporting Member

    Aug 1, 2004
    Bayside, New York
    RIP to her.
    She leaves behind a very respectable legacy.
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  14. MegaSwing

    MegaSwing Your Obedient Bassist® Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2002
    Baltimore, MD USA
    Irene Cara could deliver the goods. There could’ve been other things that kept her from staying on top, but talent was not one of them. That girl could sing.
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  15. Yesterday's history.
    Tomorrow's a mystery.
    That's why we call today the present, a gift.

    RIP, ma'am.
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  16. Chrisk-K


    Jan 20, 2010
    Scottsdale, AZ
    She sang, “I’m gonna live forever.”

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  17. FretlessOwl


    Apr 9, 2021
    I just played for a production of Fame (the musical) a couple of months back, so I got a deep dive into all the songs. Do it if you have the opportunity; fun show. RIP Irene.
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  18. EatS1stBassist


    Apr 15, 2016
    So cal
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  19. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

    no kidding, so sad. what a talent.
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  20. Wood and Wire

    Wood and Wire

    Jul 15, 2017
    I don't remember the exact details, but I think she basically took "Hollywood" to court over unpaid royalties (can't remember if it was Fame, Flashdance, or both), and she won.

    She was awarded a couple of million dollars by the court.

    Unfortunately "Hollywood" resented that, and she was blacklisted.
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