Who are The Party?
You may not recognize the lyrics to "Summer Vacation," but your ears would certainly recognize the tune. This Dr. Dre produced (yes, West Coast chronic-lovin' Dr. Dre) song was all the rage in 1991. The Party were pop music at its finest, and five young Mickey Mouse Clubbers -- Albert Fields, Tiffini Hale, Chase Hampton, Deedee Magno and Damon Pampolina, collectively known as The Party -- were the proud artists. After the success of their smash debut "Summer Vacation," they recorded classic covers of Elvis Costello's "Peace, Love & Understanding" and Dokken's "In My Dreams," which went on to flood FM radio and MTV airwaves.
After watching The Party's incredible, high-energy performance front and center (yes, we made it to the stage!), Sue and I reported to duty. Handing out fliers wasn't the most thrilling event, but about a half hour later, we, along with about ten other lucky fans, were led by the mysterious woman to the place where dreams are made....that's right, backstage! There was a quick, empowering, shuffle past the security gate, and we were herded into a white tent behind the stage. There we were handed an 8x10 glossy photo, and politely told to sit and wait.
I could barely stand the anticipation, when suddenly...Deedee walked in. While I wasn't a big fan of the girls in the group, she was very nice, modest and Asian -- much like me. So she got my respect. But then the boys came out, and modesty -- at least for me -- went out the window. First came Chase. More than being tall and cute, Chase was funny! He mimicked Sue and I after overhearing us ooh-ing and aah-ing over catching a glimpse of Color Me Badd, which I thought was just so unpretentious of him...ya know, being such a HOT celebrity and all. Although I probably only spent about 4 and a half minutes of my life with him, Chase captured my heart forever. And then came Damon... hot diggity dog! He was wearing a plain white T-shirt, white baseball cap and jeans -- average, everyday clothes by most people's standards, but not on him! Our moment was brief, yet very beautiful. I handed him my glossy, and he put his signature on it. And then he winked at me -- ME, little ol' Michele Debreceni! Even to this day, this memory makes me gush!
(Unfortunately, Tiffini and Albert never made an appearance. But I didn't hold it against them. I'm sure they had some "biz-ness" to take care of.)
How did meeting The Party change your life?
What celebrity would you most like to have an encounter with now?