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In the meantime, the couple went through a yearlong separation 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.

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In the meantime, the couple went through a yearlong separation 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 Music/BelindaCarlisle 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.

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* ObviousBeta: They recorded their own take on "[[https://youtu.be/uSZP0c1pA1g I Wanna Dance With Somebody]]" as a proof of concept for Whitney.


[[caption-width-right:321:I hear your name whispered on the wind...]]

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[[caption-width-right:321:I hear [[caption-width-right:321: Waiting for a star to fall, and carry your name whispered on the wind...heart into my arms, that's where you belong, in my arms baby, yeah...]]


* MelismaticVocals - ''Waiting for a staaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaar!'' It '''was''' written with WhitneyHouston in mind.

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* MelismaticVocals - ''Waiting for a staaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaar!'' It '''was''' written with WhitneyHouston Music/WhitneyHouston in mind.



* WhatMightHaveBeen - Originally submitted to WhitneyHouston, then bounced around to several potential singers before finding its way back to the original writers.

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* WhatMightHaveBeen - Originally submitted to WhitneyHouston, Music/WhitneyHouston, then bounced around to several potential singers before finding its way back to the original writers.



* TheManBehindTheMan - The co-writers of WhitneyHouston's #1 hits "How Will I Know" and "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)"

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* TheManBehindTheMan - The co-writers of WhitneyHouston's Music/WhitneyHouston's #1 hits "How Will I Know" and "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)"


Shannon Rubicam (born October 11, 1951) and George Merrill (born January 10, 1956) 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 Music/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.

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Shannon Rubicam (born October 11, 1951) and George Merrill (born January 10, 1956) 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 Music/JanetJackson found its way to [[WhitneyHouston [[Music/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.


'''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 Music/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.

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'''Shannon Rubicam''' Shannon Rubicam (born October 11, 1951) and '''George Merrill''' George Merrill (born January 10, 1956) 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 Music/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.


'''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.

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'''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 Music/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.


* TropeNamesForABand - A middle-aged couple sings a BreakupSong album about its divorce - Boy Meets Girl!

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* TropeNamesForABand JustForFun/TropeNamesForABand - A middle-aged couple sings a BreakupSong album about its divorce - Boy Meets Girl!



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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.

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In the meantime, the couple went through a yearlong seperation separation 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.



* ''[[GrowingTheBeard Reel Life]]'' (1988)
* ''[[ScrewedByTheNetwork New Dream]]'' (1991)

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* ''[[GrowingTheBeard Reel Life]]'' ''Reel Life'' (1988)
* ''[[ScrewedByTheNetwork New Dream]]'' ''New Dream'' (1991)



* '''EarWorm'''



* 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.



* BigNameFan - George is a downplayed example for Music/SystemOfADown.



* CreatorCouple
** 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.

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* CreatorCouple
** 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.bar brawl.



* TheManBehindTheMan - The cowriters of WhitneyHouston's #1 hits "How Will I Know" and "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)"

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* TheManBehindTheMan - The cowriters co-writers of WhitneyHouston's #1 hits "How Will I Know" and "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)"



* OneHitWonder - In popular memory, at least; "Oh Girl" from the debut album cracked the top 40, but nearly thirty years on is mostly forgotten.



* 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.



* 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.]]


* BigNameFan - George is a downplayed example for SystemOfADown.

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* BigNameFan - George is a downplayed example for SystemOfADown.Music/SystemOfADown.



** Alongside the likes of PhilCollins, TheBeeGees and Hall & Oates on ''Reel Life'' producer Arif Mardin's [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "All My Friends Are Here"]]

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** Alongside the likes of PhilCollins, TheBeeGees Music/PhilCollins, Music/TheBeeGees and Hall & Oates on ''Reel Life'' producer Arif Mardin's [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "All My Friends Are Here"]]


* NewWave

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* NewWaveNewWaveMusic


* SomethingCompletelyDifferent - Album closers "Premonitions" and "Everybody's Somebody's Baby" are story songs about losing one's child to violence; the latter may be a SequelSong to the former.

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* SomethingCompletelyDifferent - Album closers "Premonitions" and "Everybody's Somebody's Baby" are story songs about losing one's child to violence; violence, with the latter may be former explicitly about a SequelSong to the former.1983 terrorist attack.


* Melismatic Vocals - ''Waiting for a staaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaar!'' It ''was'' written with WhitneyHouston in mind.

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* Melismatic Vocals MelismaticVocals - ''Waiting for a staaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaar!'' staaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaar!'' It ''was'' '''was''' written with WhitneyHouston in mind.


* CoverVersion - Italian [[ArenaRock AOR]] group Lionville covered it in 2012, complete with saxophone solo!

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* CoverVersion - Italian [[ArenaRock AOR]] group Lionville covered it in 2012, complete with saxophone solo!solo.



* Melismatic Vocals - ''Waiting for a staaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaar!'' It ''was'' written with WhitneyHouston in mind.



* TruckDriversGearChange - Just after the second saxophone solo, with an effect "breaking" the vocals.


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* 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.]]


* CoverVersion - Italian [[ArenaRock AOR]] group Lionville covered it in 2012, leading to a rare saxophone solo in a rock song.

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* CoverVersion - Italian [[ArenaRock AOR]] group Lionville covered it in 2012, leading to a rare complete with saxophone solo in a rock song.solo!



* BigNameFan - George is a downplayed example for SystemOfADown.



* 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.
* LyricalDissonance - Much of '"Reel Life'' sketches out the pair's relationship issues (sometimes passive-aggressively, towards each other). The melodies themselves are quite upbeat.

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* 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?]]
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LyricalDissonance - Much of '"Reel ''Reel Life'' sketches out the pair's relationship issues (sometimes passive-aggressively, towards each other). The melodies themselves are quite upbeat.


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* 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''.]]

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