Probably fed up of not making any money out of her undeniable talent Rachel signed with US label CBS for her next album, Then He Kissed Me, and scored another UK hit with a cover Everlasting Love, which showed off her slightly cleaned up image. Another highlight is Shadows of the Night, later a hit for Pat Benatar, Rachel's ever so slightly country tinged version is my favourite, although I am a big fan of Pat's version too. A further popular single was Then He Kissed Me/Be My Baby which combines the two classic 60's songs into one 80's pop gem! She recorded one further album for CBS, Blame It On Love, which included the single Voo Doo, and it did even worse!
When thinking about the music for his upcoming movie, Hairspray, in 1988, director John Waters remembered Rachel and asked her to perform the theme tune. The full version of Rachel's song can be heard at the beginning of the movie and she even made a music video for the MCA Records single. I can't for the life of me think why it didn't get used in the musical, as good as a lot of the songs that were especially written for that, the majority of them aren't anywhere near as good.
Rachel landed her own TV show shortly after, The Sweet Life, which aired on what is now Comedy Central in the US. There are quite a few clips on youtube, and Rachel seemed to have a sense of humour about her flop pop past. She was also seen in the movie Sing alongside Patti LaBelle, which I reviewed awhile ago now...
She also provided the singing voice of Alison in John Waters' Cry Baby in 1990, and can also be seen in the TV version of Gypsy in a small role alongside Bette Midler. I also read somewhere, while digging around for pictures for this post that she also wrote and performed the theme tune to Clarissa Explains It All, I'm not sure whether to take that seriously or not...
Since having her own show Rachel has become more involved behind the scenes as a producer and writer on Dharma and Greg (hey, a girl's got to eat!), for example! She was also the producer behind the ill-fated Legally Blonde: The Series! Crappy TV shows aside, her music rocks, thankfully a lot of it is available and her debut LP was re-issued last year on CD and Download with bonus tracks, I hope Protect The Innocent follows suit in 2009!
Video: B-A-B-Y (1978)
Video: Everlasting Love (1981)
Video: Hairspray (1988)