MIMS Forgotten Treasures

2012/08/26

Forgotten Treasure: KLYMAXX “Don’t Hide Your Love” (1982)

You could say Klymaxx was ahead of its time. The all-female band was brandishing the girl power ideology a decade before the onset of riotgrrl or the appearance of leather-clad starlets like Avril Lavigne. They released albums with titles such as “Never Underestimate the Power of a Woman” and “Girls Will Be Girls.”

Whether it was faux or not, they managed to have a successful career despite the cheesy raunchiness of their name. They released their first album in 1981 as a sextet and would later finish their career as a trio in the early 90s. Featured here is their 1982 hit, “Don’t Hide Your Love,” produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, the same R&B songwriting duo behind the successes of Prince, Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, and New Edition.

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Christine Schatz
Christine Schatz grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from UC San Diego, where she ran a radio show called "Sweet Beat Therapy." As a former club DJ, she now channels her music obsession through her blog, The Loop. Likes include cooking, photography, film, and cities with minimal traffic.