Date: Thu, 2 May 1996
Subject: Jojo is sexier.
Ladies, please, no need to make excuses for a sexy tangent. Sexy is as sexy does. Besides, I know a whole hell of a lot of men who'd say the same. But I don't think it means that everyone wants to leave their significant others for JoJo. I think he just represents something that is very appealing to many of us. There's a frank sex appeal that just seems to be part of his personality. Maybe it's because he is down to earth and goofy. Maybe it's because he seems to share his vulnerability with his audience while still maintaining a bit of mystery. Or maybe it's the way he dances with that trademark combination of self-consciousness and oblivious-ness. In any case, I don't think you have to be a woman to appreciate that. And I do think it's worth discussing.
To stray a bit from the topic, I also find Jonathan to be strange and distant in person, like his mind is always somewhere else. Granted I've only spoken to him after shows and when he visited our offices, but still it was odd. I think that because I relate so much to his music and his style, I was expecting to relate to him one on one as well. But maybe I've just had bad timing.
p.s. I had a great time at both of the Noe Valley Ministry shows in SF. There were quite a number of kids there and highlights included "I'm a Little Airplane" complete with the dance. Friday night he did a touching version of Maurice Chevalier's "Paris Je t'aime." Actually, I am always surprised at how few people actually dance at his shows, especially considering what a dancin' man he is. The Noe Valley shows were even dubbed "a dance party" but the floor was covered with chairs. I don't get it.
Note: This is a vintage post from the old base.com list. If you spend any time at all on an email mailing list, you will assuredly come across a flame war at some point, and some of them are more interesting and less wince-inducing than others. This particular thread was an affectionate jousting over Gary Numan v. Jonathan, arising from Numan's being billed over Jonathan at a "New Wave" festival in the UK. Some of the points hashed over were: which musician was the pioneer, what is new wave music anyway, who had the better hair, and is it a UK v. USA thing? Of course the important matchup was in the sex appeal arena, where there was no question as to who had the advantage.