Never mind that she was 4 when the decade ended — Fefe Dobson loves the ’80s.
First she sought out none other than “Wild Thing” and “Funky Cold Medina” rapper Tone-Loc to collaborate with her on her debut album, and now she’s recorded a song heavily influenced by the pop music of that time.
“It kind of has a Cyndi Lauper, the Cars [feel],” Dobson said of her new single, “Don’t Go (Boys and Girls).” “It’s just a fun song to unite people. It’s about bringing everyone together, girls and girls, boys and boys, girls and boys, everyone just coming together and loving one another.”
Dobson recorded “Don’t Go (Boys and Girls)” a few months ago with Jay Levine, who produced her self-titled album. She’s considering re-releasing her debut with the song included, but for now it’s available online.
“When [Island Def Jam head L.A. Reid] heard it, he was like, ’Let’s do it, let’s get it out there right away,’ ” Dobson said.
The video, which debuted last week, features Dobson and a significant other running around New York as a pair of dark-suited men chase them.
Dobson has a couple of promotional events coming up, but otherwise, she’s writing for her next record. “The wheels are always turning,” she said.
Aside from singing, Dobson has also become interested in acting. She played Tina Turner on NBC’s “American Dreams” and is starting to read scripts. “I want to do more serious roles, even an independent,” she said. “I really look up to Winona Ryder, Juliette Lewis. They can do everything.”
Dobson is particularly fond of romance movies, but not the ones you might expect. “My favorite movies are, like, ’True Romance’ and ’Natural Born Killers.’ I love those love stories. I’m a hopeless romantic.”