My sister and I took playing with our Barbie dolls very seriously. Not only did every single doll have her own name, she also possessed a detailed and complex personality and background. I say “she” because we only had two Ken dolls: a moppy haired gentleman who usually wore a fast food uniform, and the Derek doll from Barbie and the Rockers who's name in our play universe was Todd O'Neal–we even changed the lyrics of Manic Monday to “I was kissin' Todd O'Neal by a crystal blue Italian stream” when we sang it.
Our two most beloved characters, (the ones we would pitch our voices differently to act like) were Staretta Aldo (my sister) and Cheryl Phillip (myself). We were best friends, members of the Bangles, and the Frugal Gourmet was my dad, Mr Philip.
Yes, we took it very seriously. And this pink tape, which we still have somewhere, with its four amazing tracks was no less revered. I could have recommended it as album of the week, but with only four songs, each under two minutes, it's more like a medley. The most popular song, of course is “Barbie and the Rockers” a genuinely catchy tune, but my most favorite is “Born with a Mic in Our Hands” a story of how the whole gang: Barbie, Derek, Deedee, Diva, and Dana were destined to form a rock band since birth.
Many Jem fans claim Barbie and the Rockers were just a fake rip off and, well, they were–but I seriously love this tape.