When I was a little kid, aside from my addiction to Madonna, I totally loved Cathy Dennis. I first heard of her when she did this song “Too Many Walls,” which you’ve probably heard if you’ve spent anytime in line at a bank. I saved my allowance and I bought her first album, Move to This, on cassette and spent the next several months practicing ridiculous dance moves and singing sincerely into a hairbrush to it.*
The most exciting Cathy Dennis development, however, came three years later when Cathy released Into the Skyline and performed in the 90210 prom episode where Donna Martin is like crazed and anoxeric and hammered at prom. My friend Jenny, who was an equally big Cathy fan, even came over to my house on a school night to watch the episode and we stayed absolutely glued to the screen from the time of her introduction, to her three performance numbers**, to the end credits where she inexplicably slammed herself against walls and hung out with Jason Priestley and his hypnotic sideburns.
But then it seemed, after this burst of pop culture madness, Cathy fell the hell off my raidar, never to be seen or heard from again. I mean what happened there? Did she experience some sort of Brian Wilson-esqe breakdown? Did God smite her for wearing one too many velveteen catsuits?
Where did you go Cathy Dennis? And more importantly, “Why”? I miss you and your redheaded British sass!
As a bonus: The 90210 episode she was in! Seeing this footage again made me think a number of things:
1) Shannen Doherty’s hair was huge.
2) Did Brenda go to the prom with Biff Tannen from Back to the Future?
3) Tori Spelling is a horrible actress.
4) Ian Ziering and Gabrielle Carteris were waay too old to be playing teenagers.
5) Teachers dancing is always funny.
*I, in fact, wore kicky stretch pants*** and lip synched to the song “C’mon And Get My Love” for fourth grade talent show. My friend April wore a backwards baseball cap and did the D-Mob parts.
** From what we could hear over Donna’s drunken stumbling and wretching, she sounded really good!
*** It was 1991, what do you want from me?