Soundtrack for a Rockin’ Weekends from #StreamTeam

Review it Rah-shay By Apr 22, 2014 50 Comments

My daughter and I have a not so guilty pleasure: marathons of the 80’s television show Jem and the Holograms. Sure, it’s a show that is both way ahead of it’s time and dated but the happenings of Jem/Jerrica, Aja, Shana, and Kimber has to be watched often and as much as possible.

Netflix has all seasons on the Jem and the Hologram series available!

Netflix has all seasons on the Jem and the Hologram series available!

Jem, for those NOT in the know (and where have you been that you DON’T know?) is one of the most awesome television series which ran from 1985 to 1988. Jem is the mysterious lead singer of the rock group “Jem and the Holograms.” She is really Jerrica Benton, who is the owner and manager of Starlight Music. With the help of a holographic computer named Synergy, (which was built by Jerrica’s father to be “the ultimate audio-visual entertainment synthesizer” and left to her after his death) Jerricia can be transformed into Jem, a rocker. The “Jem” Hologram is projected by the Jerrica through the Jem Star Earrings which have a remote micro projector. The holograms can disguise Jerrica’s features and clothing and she literally becomes Jem.

Yes, I realize that the premise of this show is asking you to take a wild, flying leap from reality and fall willingly into a world of unanswered crimes, (read my previous post in which I revisit the world of Jem and the Holograms), the weirdest love triangle Jem/Jerrica, Rio and and any other man who happened onto the show who wasn’t falling for Kimber, and wild 80’s rocker fashion. But the this is part of the enjoyment of an 80’s cartoon clearly created before it’s time.

The other thing that keeps me coming back is the music. Any lover of televison knows that all good television  shows have THE BEST theme songs. Jem went one better with a theme song AND at least three songs each week. Cheesy synthesizer…check! Lots of drum kits…check! Wild crazy music video (what MTV USED to play before the days of Jersey Shore) …check, check, check! All of these things are the makings for quality TV that is TOTALLY OUTRAGEOUS!


Best songs:

Too Close For Comfort

Each week it seemed that someone was almost about to find out who Jem REALLY was. The people Jem encountered were second only to Lois Lane in her refusal to see Clark Kent for really being Superman. The song was played during some kind of chase but really it is Jem telling us that we are doing too much, trying to be too many things for too many people.

Living real close to the edge, babe
Almost right on the brink
Judge the day is only moments away
Baby, you know what i think

We’re getting too close, too close
We’re living in the danger zone
Too close for our own good



Gettin’ Down to Business

Forget the Spice Girls, those Wannabees*, Jem and the Hologramas were the ultimate in Grrl Power. Sure, they were always being bullied by the Misfiots and Eric Raymond and his disposable inept thugs. Sure, they were the ultimate damsels in distress and sure they had more issues than Time Magazine but when these girls rockes, they rocked.

They`re all sayin` (ooh ooh ooh)
We don`t have a chance (ooh ooh ooh)
We don`t wanna let `em
Write us off in advance
There`s only one thing we can do (one thing)
To make our dreams come true

 She’s Got the Power

I will say that Jem and co were quite selfless, sharing their ideas, allowing others to…use them… take advantage of their good nature…they had the best outlook for everyone. Yes. That.  They knew the hand that kept them hologrammed and Synnergy was always appreciated. Shucks, she had her own song although part of me thinks this songs really was about Jem/Jerrica and all of the drama she went through to keep from being found out.


Some of Jem’s music was just hot. I know I am going ga-ga over a cartoon but years later, before I looked up all of the songs online, I was still able to hum and sing some of the words.


Let Me Take You to the Mardi Gras

An ode to Broadway shows:

Broadway Magic

The obligatory PSA song:

We Can Make a Difference

And of course because We Are the World was this thing that made rockers and Soul Singers come together on one stage, we had the

Jem Jam.


And because it’s my blog and we took it all the way back to the 80’s, let’s go a little bit farther back and end on a fairy tailish note…

I Believe in Happy Endings

I mean, are these not the best videos? Can’t you imagine being a tween, grabbing your bowl of Cap’n Crunch and rocking to these tunes on Saturday morning?

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  1. Ashley Gill says:

    I have no idea what this cartoon is. I was born in the 80s but apparently I missed this one somewhere. I think I would have enjoyed it though. Gonna have to look it up on Netlfix!

  2. Terry says:

    I am going to have to ask my Daughter if she remembers this. It was from her time so I bet she does.

  3. I don’t recall ever seeing this cartoon, I’ll share this with the hubster and see what he thinks.

  4. Sarah Bailey says:

    I have to admit I seem to recognise the characters a little but that’s about it and some did look very similar – perhaps I’ll have to have a nose for it 🙂 x

  5. This is probably the single most awesomest cartoon of the 80’s. I have the DVD set and I heard they were making a live action movie out of it (I hope not, though)! It’s truly outrageous.

  6. Oh my goodness; I seriously watched this when I was a kid! I had completely forgotten about JEM! WOW; what a flash back!

  7. Kelly says:

    I was just a little too old for Gem and the Holograms – but I remember my sister being into it. Fun stuff!

  8. Netflix has JEM?! Oh my goodness!!! (I’m way too excited over this LOL) Thank you for sharing!

  9. I grew up watching GEM and loved that show. The music, fashion and adventure those girls use to go on. Way advance for that time. So fun!

  10. Rosey says:

    That’s fun that you like the theme songs. I have a couple of CDs full of old theme songs I liked as a kid.

  11. Amanda Ripsam says:

    My hubby loves theme songs I’ll have to share this with him.

  12. Pam W says:

    I remember Jem! I had no clue that it was on Netflix now.

  13. This is so old, I feel like I have heard these songs before but I really can't remember these at all.

  14. I could come hang out with you guys as you rock out to these 80's anthems. Love 80's and 90's music

  15. I have never heard of that show. My boys love Netflix, my youngest watches it all the time. I am the only one that when I search to find something I want to watch it is never there. At least it keeps them entertained.

  16. Jem is such a blast from the past. I had all of the dolls and never missed an episode of the cartoon when I was a kid.

  17. Melanie says:

    Looks familiar , but the name doesn’t ring a bell. I may have seen this before

  18. Liz Mays says:

    Until you brought this up, I’d totally forgotten about Jem. It’s fun to think back on those classic cartoons.

  19. michelle h says:

    I had no idea these were available to watch all these years later. My sister is going to die when I tell her. She was obsessed and it still makes me laugh to this day!

  20. Brandi says:

    I used to love Jem. This post took me way back. I’m truly outrageous because somehow I am able to survive on only 3 hours of sleep each day.

  21. susan says:

    I am outrageous because I am myself, unique and fun!

  22. Amanda says:

    I am totally outrageous because my son and I are laser tag champs! 🙂

  23. triplezmom says:

    I was a little old for Jem, but I totally encouraged the kids I baby-sat to watch it!

  24. becca says:

    OMG I loved Gem and The Holograms that cartoon was so fun. Ok off to look it up on Netflix.

  25. Erica says:

    Eeeek! I so loved Gem and the Holograms when I was a kid! I’ve got to show this to my daughter!

  26. Becky says:

    I loved Jem! I am truly outrageous because I am a powerful mom who is an entrepeneur too.

  27. Sandy Gram says:

    I'm outrageous because I

  28. Sandy Gram says:

    I'm outrageous because I do my own thing and don't care who does or doesn't like it. Boom!

  29. Sandy Gram says:

    I follow on twitter, @MommyPowers

  30. Val says:

    I am outrageous because I take chances in life!

  31. Alllie says:

    I’m outrageous since I like to do my own thing and lead my own path

  32. Alllie says:

    I follow you on Facebook

  33. Alllie says:

    I follow the other Facebook too

  34. Alllie says:

    I follow on Twitter

  35. Chavonne H says:

    I am totally outrageous because I love to dance and make a fool of myself for fun and post videos online to make others smile.

  36. Chavonne H says:

    Twitter follower @saveone83

  37. Chavonne H says:

    I follow you on Facebook.

  38. Michelle says:

    I am outrageous because I live life to the fullest and enjoy the moment.

  39. KV says:

    I am outrageous because I like to be different.

  40. I am outrageous because I am 100% me and there is no one else exactly like me.

  41. I am following On twitter @sayittrashayg

  42. Tabathia B says:

    Because I like to play pranks on my kids

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