[[caption-width-right:321:I hear your name whispered on the wind...]]
'''Shannon Rubicam''' and '''George Merrill''' found most of their success behind the scenes as songwriters. After a relatively inauspicious debut album, Rubicam and Merrill received their first big break when a song they wrote for JanetJackson found its way to [[WhitneyHouston some obscure cousin of then-famous Dionne Warwick.]] "How Will I Know" exploded to the top of the charts, and a star was born. Fittingly, a sighting of a shooting star at one of Houston's concerts sent Rubicam scrambling for her notebook, writing the lyrics to a song she intended to be Houston's next smash.
[[SignatureSong You may know this one.]]
In the meantime, the couple went through a yearlong seperation while working on their followup album, ''Reel Life''. Lyricist Rubicam turned loose many of their relationship issues as words in the many, many songs eventually culled down to the ten on the disc. Meanwhile, after Houston rejected "Waiting For A Star To Fall", studio heads, smelling a hit, passed it around to several artists including Belinda Carlisle before Boy Meets Girl finally took back their song and took it to the top of the charts, peaking at #5 stateside and the very top throughout Europe. It continuously resurfaces on eighties collections and briefly found its way back into the pop cultural spotlight via a 2006 "sample war" involving three competing songs.
Shannon and George patched up their relationship around the time of the release of ''Reel Life'' and married in the aftermath, [[ArtistDisillusionment semi-retiring]] as recording artists after [[ExecutiveMeddling the shelving]] of their 1990 followup album ''New Dream''. In 2000, they began work on their self-released comeback effort, ''The Wonderground'', but once again their personal issues found their way into their work as they worked their way to an amicable divorce. ''The Wonderground'' debuted to a warm reception as an Allmusic album pick, though a name change to [[OverlyLongName BoyMeetsGirl Music]] (apparently to avoid being buried by dating sites in search results) did the band no favors in the name recognition department.
Despite some recording, as of 2011 there are no plans for a new release.
* ''[[SelfTitledAlbum Boy Meets Girl]]'' (1984)
* ''Heartbreaker'' (1985, Japan-only single)
* ''[[GrowingTheBeard Reel Life]]'' (1988)
* ''[[ScrewedByTheNetwork New Dream]]'' (1991)
* ''[[NewSoundAlbum The Wonderground]]'' (2003)
!!Tropes associated with "Waiting For A Star To Fall"
* CoverVersion - Italian [[ArenaRock AOR]] group Lionville covered it in 2012, complete with saxophone solo.
* MelismaticVocals - ''Waiting for a staaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaar!'' It '''was''' written with WhitneyHouston in mind.
* OtherCommonMusicVideoConcepts - Hybrid "Garage Rock" and "Band From Mundania"
* SampledUp - Four times in a two year span, between 2006 and 2007. If you listened to a "mix" station playing both modern and eighties songs, it could not be escaped.
* SillyLoveSongs - On an album piled up with [[BreakupSong Breakup Songs]], no less!
* WhatMightHaveBeen - Originally submitted to WhitneyHouston, then bounced around to several potential singers before finding its way back to the original writers.
!!Other tropes associated with the duo
* AntiLoveSong - Surprisingly upbeat example in "Bring Down The Moon", which urges "finding comfort in closing the distance between your life and your dreams" and finding "the spirit of romance" in day-to-day life when love falls short of expectations.
* ArtifactTitle - At 57 and 62 respectively, they're hardly a boy and a girl at this point.
* BigNameFan - George is a downplayed example for Music/SystemOfADown.
** George and Shannon's daughter Hillary can be heard cooing near the end of "Oh Girl", the pair's first single
** Alongside the likes of Music/PhilCollins, Music/TheBeeGees and Hall & Oates on ''Reel Life'' producer Arif Mardin's [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "All My Friends Are Here"]]
** WorkingWithTheEx - ''The Wonderground''
* ExecutiveMeddling - Mere weeks before the release of "New Dream", a management shuffle led to the album being dropped from rotation. Copies already released in Europe became collector's items of a sort until the album finally saw the light of day in 2005.
* InDaClub - "Oh Girl" video, oddly for their genre, before degenerating into a BarBrawl.
* JustForPun - ''Reel Life''. [[DontExplainTheJoke Because they're Boy Meets Girl, like in the movies, geddit?]]
* LyricalDissonance - Much of ''Reel Life'' sketches out the pair's relationship issues (sometimes passive-aggressively, towards each other). The melodies themselves are quite upbeat.
* TheManBehindTheMan - The cowriters of WhitneyHouston's #1 hits "How Will I Know" and "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)"
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness - Three to four at the highest.
* OneHitWonder - In popular memory, at least; "Oh Girl" from the debut album cracked the top 40, but nearly thirty years on is mostly forgotten.
* PepTalkSong - "Be True / Soul Connection", "The Aah Song", and "Climbing".
* ProtestSong - "Bird In Hand" is an environmental protest declaring that "progress hides a vengeful lie." [[AudienceAlienatingPremise This may have helped get the plug pulled on ''New Dream''.]]
* RealitySubtext - ''Reel Life'' and especially ''The Wonderground'' - half their output! - carry the weight of George and Shannon's then-collapsing relationship.
* SignatureSong - "Waiting For A Star To Fall", of course.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent - Album closers "Premonitions" and "Everybody's Somebody's Baby" are story songs about losing one's child to violence, with the former explicitly about a 1983 terrorist attack.
* TropeNamesForABand - A middle-aged couple sings a BreakupSong album about its divorce - Boy Meets Girl!
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece - The video for "Oh Girl" is a spectacular portrait of ''MiamiVice''-era style.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic - Try and piece together what's going on in that "Bring Down The Moon" video. While some of it probably means something, WordOfGod is that they and the director [[FauxSymbolism just loved the imagery of the American Southwest at the time.]]