An Ode To “Kids Incorporated”

I found this clip of Stacy Ferguson (aka Fergie) when she was on “Kids Incorporated,” the show that was only like the most major inspiration of my childhood. I know you remember it, too. The plot was a little bit sketchy—a bunch of kids were in a rock band together and somehow were forced to face important issues each week like violence or drugs. All of this was interspersed with cheesy performances. But it didn’t matter that it made no sense—it was totally genius. Now I’m kind of laughing my ass off at this hee-haw version of Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” but at the time that it came out, it provided me weeks of entertainment in front of the mirror with my hairbrush. It was even the first CD I ever purchased. When I was 12, my childhood dream came true when I actually got to audition for “Kids Incorporated.” Naturally I chose to sing “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.” I didn’t get the part … that vajazzling b**ch Jennifer Love Hewitt nabbed the role, but I eventually got over it and remained a loyal fan. After the jump a few more of my favorite clips from “Kids Incorporated.” Oh, the memories. [BuzzFeed]

I was obsessed with Martika’s version of Patty Smyth’s “The Warrior.” I was also obsessed with Martika when she went on to make a solo album with a single called “Toy Soldier.” Don’t pretend like you didn’t own the cassette tape.

Check out 10-year-old Fergie killing the song “Gloria” from the movie “Flashdance.”

Clearly this song inspired me. Can anyone explain what’s up with the Arabian princess spin?

Before Jennifer Love Hewitt shot cupid, she still believed in love … and ballet.