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Discographic: Casanova

EVERY TUESDAY, A FORGOTTEN VIDEO CLASSIC, AND WHY YOU NEED IT IN YOUR LIFE.


BACK IN THE MID-NINETIES, there was a male singing group (not a "boyband" - "boybands" are white; singing groups are black. We know this because TV clipshows on the subject of boybands always feature the Backstreet Boys, never Blackstreet) called Ultimate Kaos.

When they first appeared around 1992, Ultimate Kaos was comprised of lead singer Haydon, together with Jomo, Jayde, Ryan, and Nico. Haydon, at the time, was just 9. When you consider some of the lyrics the boy was required to sing (the usual love'n'lust jazz), that's a bit wrong. But by the time of Casanova in 1998, Haydon had reached puberty, and it was definitely a case of boys to men.

It's probably still a bit wrong to say Haydon is hypnotically sexy in this video, but the director clearly thought he was too, with extreme close-ups of his patent UK Mixed Race® face flashing by every nanosecond. And boy, what a face... (In a parallel universe he's not a singer at all, but a model playing the barely legal son to Tyson Beckford's father in a high concept porn movie. Now that is a bit wrong).

The Kaos Theory, the second album by Ultimate Kaos, was a decent enough record, but as usual with British R&B acts at the time, creatively stifled by the record label. Four singles were released from the album, each boasting a healthy selection of thrilling B-sides that surpassed the average album tracks. Smile Some More (one of the album's weakest tracks, and the fourth single) had no less than four new songs tacked on, including the summery Southside, and truly smile worthy Could It Be Love. The poptastic My Lover featured the soaring I Didn't Know.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Casanova.



4 comments:

Sanya in España said...

Good God - 9?! And they didn't even lie to us about it? Even the Jackson Five had more discretion than taht...

ka-os said...

To be fair, if you check out their old videos on YouTube, Haydon is tiny, and clearly a child. Which he isn't in this. Gosh, you should see him getting out of bed naked on Reborn In The USA...

taylorSiluwé ..... said...

Wow ... he is clearly eye-candy in this -- wrong or not.

ka-os said...

His eye-candy worthiness in this clip isn't in question, just his earlier appearances... And I'm glad to see some Haydon-love from across the pond. ;)

 
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