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When I was 12 it was "Push Push in the Bush," though I was too prudish to join in.
Fleetwood Mac, "Blue Letter"! Not a single but a great deep cut, and a priceless memory for me of dancing on my chair at my first concert in 1979. Also, my sister and I thought it went "Willoughby, on the road to paradise." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DKlOD9Qs_k
I mean, as every GenXer I know has noted, the songs they play now are as old now as the songs they played then were, then. Older, in some cases. And if no one else was playing 80s music, it would be a haven. But most of the Clear Channel stations play the same stuff. Hardly anyone plays 50s/early 60s, and I miss it.
I was just looking at the list and thinking that I almost don't want to bother making my own usual year-end ranking, since there are so few 1990 #1s I care about at all. So I'll just piggyback on Pauly's list. At the top I too put "Nothing Compares 2 U." It's the only one I'll stay in the car in the driveway to hear. My second group, songs I like quite a bit and won't change the channel if they come on the radio, though I won't stay in the car- is very short. It consists of "It Must Have Been Love" and two songs on Pauly's fast-forward list, "Praying for Time" and "(Can't Live Without Your) Love and Affection." My third group, songs I might or might not leave on, consists of almost everything else! It goes from the ones I like well enough but have to be in the mood for ("Hold On," "Vogue," "Escapade," "Black Velvet") down to the ones that are to the negative side of neutral, but not offensive enough that I'd beg the driver to get rid of them if I were a passenger (Mariah, "Love Will Lead You Back" and today's #1). And at the bottom is the only song I hate enough to lunge for the radio dial from the back seat: the Michael Bolton. (He's the problem; Laura Branigan singing the same song is a moderate like.)
Yet another oldie introduced to me by Bugs Bunny!
Needless to say, I can endorse all of this. In New Jersey it always seemed you could get LIR/DRE only when the wind was blowing just right. I'd gotten heavily into CBS in college; I miss it.
It's hard not to take "Freedom 90"'s topping out at #8 personally, even if you're not a hungry little schoolgirl! That record is so great and so important.
Edith, wow. I'm horrified that an adult would say something like that to a kid, any adult, especially an adult working with kids in a professional capacity. As a similarly socially challenged kid at that age, I got some bad advice from some grownups, but not to that degree, and I really cherish the ones who assured me that I WOULD find friends and love. I suppose, perhaps, she might have been badly expressing something that IS valuable- that almost no one can live up to what many lonely, idealistic kids imagine in a friend, including themselves, and that you and your friends WILL let each other down and hurt each other at times and it doesn't mean some great existential betrayal has taken place. Or maybe that most friendships aren't the profound, eternal kind, and that's OK, again, it doesn't make them phony or bad. But that kind of thing needs to be communicated with nuance and tact.
I liked and was interested in hiphop from the Run-DMC days, but I'm no expert on or scholar of the genre; especially after I left college and the city and wasn't reading as much music press, I pretty much knew what was on the radio, nothing beyond. At that time the political stuff, above all Public Enemy, was my thing, and as lyrics became raunchier and raunchier it was a bit iffy for me. I absolutely love how "Get Low" SOUNDS; I love the sound of crunk. If it were about police shootings it would be an easy 10 for me. As it is, it's one of many songs I listen to by focusing my brain on the beat, the tones, the shape of the sound. I ended up giving it a 9, with a mental reservation. The Chingy isn't quite so dirty, but it isn't quite so catchy, either.
I do like this better than today's #1. It sounds as if Stevie was to Miami as Southside Johnny was to NJ- hardly known in the rest of the country, but guaranteed to get everyone on the dance floor on his home turf.
1. El Paso – Marty Robbins (6) 2. I’m Your Baby Tonight – Whitney Houston (9) not a bad song, so the best of a bad lot. 3. Got To Give It Up – Marvin Gaye (7) 4. No. Just no. 5. Looks Like We Made It – Barry Manilow (7) 6. Dreams – Fleetwood Mac (7) 7. New Sensation – INXS (8) 8. The Way You Do The Things You Do – UB40 (9) 9. Rush Hour – Jane Wiedlin (8) 10. Justify My Love -- Madonna (9) This was an unusually good example of multiple brackets with no really good choices, and a few brackets with too many.
Beautiful, Bix. It still surprises me that so many people missed what GM was singing about.
I was rooting for her! It annoyed me greatly when she was assigned "You Oughta Know," because I had a feeling the country fans who were already pulling for her opponents would be offended by it, even edited, and be even more likely to vote against her. I don't really go in for idol conspiracy theories, but that seemed unfair.
That's about the best summation of how I feel. I will take her upbeat dance tracks, including this one, over her ballads, but this doesn't grab me like "How Will I Know" or "I Wanna Dance...". It's not a bad song, and she's very good on it.
I couldn’t make a steady diet of them, though a number of alternative bands in the 1980s wanted me to. I could and did, and it's funny, because until you brought it up I never made any connection between that and the fact that I LOVED "Turn, Turn, Turn" as a small child. As a hippie Christian song it turned up at folk masses and other church gatherings, and I was always thrilled. Maybe that was what imprinted me for REM and all those they influenced.
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