Rapid-Fire Questions With 80’s Pop Queen Jade Starling

“Ru absolutely slayed with his impersonation of me! I could tell he studied the original "Catch Me" video. I especially loved the fringe gloves!” - Jade Starling
Pretty Poison Lead Singer Jade Starling
Photo Credit: Jade Starling

“Catch Me I’m Falling” is one of those songs, no matter where you are when the song comes on everyone in the room is dancing, singing, or lip-syncing the words. It’s no wonder why RuPaul featured the song in his Netflix show, AJ and the Queen.

In AJ and the Queen, RuPaul’s character experiences a mishap during his performance of “Catch Me I’m Falling,” when his breastplate falls off. “Most of us in the entertainment field can relate,” Starling laughs. “I was once on stage when two glitter cannons went off and hit me right in the face. I had to perform the rest of the show with pieces of thick metal glitter in my eye! It ended up scraping my cornea but hey, that’s show biz.”

Ru is a HUGE fan of the song and used to lip-synch “Catch Me” in the bars and clubs in the East Village in the late ’80s. Ru has now introduced this song to a younger generation 32 years later.

We caught up with Pretty Poison’s lead singer Jade Starling with 8 rapid-fire questions about her smash hit being embraced 32 years later by a new generation.

“Catch Me I’m Falling” sold over a million records and certified gold in 1988 during its initial release. It’s been 30 years, and it’s still as popular as ever. Why do you think this song is such a phenomenon?

I think “Catch Me I’m Falling” continues to remain popular all these years later because it brings people back to a simpler time, a happier time.

What about “Catch Me I’m Falling” makes it a timeless track?

It captures the feeling of falling in love over what has turned out to be a timeless groove.

It was always such a magical song. When Whey and I wrote it, we knew we had something even in its raw form. We had been offered a production deal and needed a fourth song. We had to Catch Me on a demo tape and played it for the producers. They freaked out and, it became the lead single and the rest is history!

It’s been 30 years since we’ve heard “Catch Me I’m Falling” on the radio for the first time. How did you feel back then and how does it feel hearing it on the radio today?

I’ll never forget the first time I heard “Catch Me” on the radio. I was driving over the Ben Franklin Bridge heading to Philly. It came on and I felt a rush go up to my back and got teary-eyed. To this day, I feel excited wherever it’s on the radio.

How does it feel to have the world’s most famous drag queen, RuPaul love the song “Catch Me I’m Falling” so much that he included in a scene from his hit show on Netflix, AJ, and the Queen?

Over the years, many drag queens have impersonated me but seeing Ru Paul perform “Catch Me I’m Falling” was indescribable! It was obvious that she studied my videos and performances back then. Kinda makes a girl feel honored when the most popular and influential drag queen in the world imitates me!

You’ve had a successful career in music since the 80s. How has music changed from the 80s to now?

I’ve been blessed to have had success in music since the 80s. I think music has changed some since then. It’s less innocent and much more irreverent. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan of many of the current artists, there’s a lot of great music out but the era is clearly different. I think social media has changed the game forever.

Many of your fans were introduced to you and your music when you were the lead vocalist in platinum-selling duo Pretty Poison. If you could have your fans remember one thing about you, what would that be?

If there’s one thing I want my fans to remember me for, it’d be for my accessibility. I love to meet the fans and show them the respect that they show me. Especially my LGBTQ Fans!!

Of your music, do you have a favorite? If so, can you pin down why it is your favorite?

I would say “Nightime” is probably one of my favorite songs we still perform live today and people enjoy it and sing along. It was our first #1 Billboard Club Song and still feels relevant today. It was recently featured on the Emmy Award-Winning Series “Pose” starring Billy Porter. Season 2 /Episode 3

What are your musical plans for 2020?

I’m so excited for 2020! I just recorded “Gotta Love For You” which was a hit for Jomanda 25 years ago. It had always been one of my favorite songs and when Whey suggested we cover it, I was like Hell Yeah!!! It’s going to Billboard in April then everywhere else!! I’m feeling another #1!!

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