RIP Tony Thompson
Tony Thompson, who sang on the 1990s R&B hits "I Like The Way (The Kissing Game)" and "She's Playing Hard To Get" as part of the group Hi-Five, has died. He was 31.Anyone who was in junior high or high school when Hi-Five was poppin' knows how dope their shit was. 8th and 9th grade parties were always bumpin' "I Like The Way (The Kissing Game)" and "She's Playing Hard To Get!!!"
Thompson was found dead Friday night of an apparent drug overdose, friends told the Waco Tribune-Herald.
Thompson signed with Jive Records in 1990 as part of Hi-Five. The quintet's self-titled debut album went multi-platinum and spawned the hits "I Like The Way (The Kissing Game)," "I Can't Wait Another Minute," and "Just Another Girlfriend."
Thompson released his solo debut, Sexsational, in 1995 after Hi-Five split.
The Waco native had recently moved back to his hometown from the Dallas area and was working on new material.
I know some of you readin' this remember Gumby fades, overalls with one loop side up and the other down, pin-striped Starter hats and jerseys, etc... If I remember right, I had the bangin' Cleveland Indians pin-striped set. Listening to these old Hi-Five tracks takes me right back to that era. It's a trip.
If you weren't at that age when they dropped (or if you weren't even born yet), they probably don't even register on your radar, but man I wish we had R&B acts like Hi-Five these days.
So for my fellow old folks who might have lost their Hi-Five albums and for you young cats who have no clue who I'm talking about, here's the Hi-Five Greatest Hits album...
Hi-Five - Greatest Hits
The obvious standouts are "I Like The Way (The Kissing Game)," "She's Playing Hard To Get," "I Can't Wait Another Minute," "Quality Time" and "Unconditional Love."