Lionel Richie, Jimmy Kimmel review old album covers
Lionel Richie may be one of the best-selling artists of all time, but he also had the luck of being a musician in the ’80s, when the standard for sartorial choices was … different. So during the musician’s Thursday night appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the titular host and Richie superfan trotted out a bunch of old album covers. The first one, Richie’s self-titled 1982 debut, featured the musician in a striking green sweater, and Kimmel asked if the outfit was still around.
“I still have the green sweater,” Richie said. “One of these days, long down the road somewhere, there’s gonna be a Lionel Richie Museum. Either that, or my son’s gonna sell it.”
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Kimmel demonstrated that Richie’s albums often had a crazy centerfold photo inside. The cover for 1983’s Can’t Slow Down, for instance, shows Richie chilling out Miami Vice-style. But the inside fold-out features an ecstatic Richie jumping on a pole, for no discernible reason.
“Of course that was the last shot of the shoot,” Richie said. “I remember that so well. A guy gave me this pole and said, ‘Just jump up on the pole.’ I didn’t think it was gonna read well for my career.”
Watch the full clip below.