80s new wave mania: "Jukebox (Don't put another dime)" The Flirts (1982)
By John Roberts
Los Angeles, California
December 13, 2017 8:59am CST
There were a number of oddities, one song wonders and puzzling songs played on 80s alternative radio. “Jukebox (Don’t put another dime)” belongs to the puzzlers. The song has a catchy bubblegum pop sound as opposed to punk and synthpop but it received alternative radio play. The Flirts are a made up group by record producer Bobby “O” Orlando who wrote the songs and played the instruments. He hired girls to be the “face” meaning they lip synced and wiggled while “performing.” Many were dancers and models. Singers were hired to lay down tracks. The original trio were a brunette, blonde and redhead and the blonde Andrea Delconte did record this song. There has been a revolving door of girls ever since. From the debut album “19 cents a Dance,” “Jukebox (Don’t put another dime)” did chart #28 on US Dance. The Flirts carry on today and current lead Christina Criscione is an actual singer.
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