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At some point in this whole debacle, the Attorney General of Durham, NC decided to rule the album obscene as well. At this time, I was working in a warehouse for a local chain of CD stores (they were the first stores in the area to specialize in CDs. We didn't sell any cassettes or vinyl.) The order was set to go into effect at midnight. So with that day's deliveries, we asked all of the stores to pack up all of their copies of Nasty As They Wanna Be and send them to the warehouse. After the stores were closed, I bought one of the copies out of the warehouse just before I went home. So I believe I bought the last legal copy of Two Live Crew's album in Durham County, NC.
I remember hearing "Head Like A Hole" at an end-of-the-semester party at my dorm in December of 1989, and thinking "Well, that's it. The '80s are over."
That was my soundtrack for some serious teenage relationship angst and my first breakup.
I may make a few extra accounts so that I can upvote this multiple times. Probably the first time anyone has ever connected either NKOTB or the Power Rangers with Sondheim.
I love the song (this should be the Sondheim song everyone knows, not "Send in the Clowns) and I love the PSBs, but the combo comes off as rushed and thin to me.
That's not entirely true - American Horror Story goes off the rails in the middle of each season!
I think Lambada would be much more remembered and mocked (or re-appraised) today if the Macarena hadn't come along to replace it with a Latin dance craze that drunk people at weddings could actually do.
9, 7, 9 Jewel - The song is a 7, but it gets two bonus points for...reasons. Jaynetts - Nice, but not much more. Alan Sherman - A comedy classic of my childhood that still gets referenced today. Hugely influential, even if the humor has worn thin.
I've always imagined at some point around 1977 Paul Mccartney must have uttered the sentence "I don't have to. I'm a Beatle." I just don't know what the circumstances were.
My High School yearbook quote came from this song. But I still could only give it an 8 today.
Though by all rights Kitchens of Distinction should be a Fountains of Wayne cover band.
It's weird - a Bobby Brown song, or another song performed by someone odious or known for odious behavior, will almost always lose at least a point or two from me. But despite "Be My Baby" being as much a Phil Spector song as a Ronettes song, I can't give it less than a 10, and the same would be true of any Phil Spector-produced song.
That may be true of the specific choreography for the Fosse video, because it was designed for film, but Fosse, when choreographing for the stage, could absolutely make the audience focus exactly where he wanted, even with amazing things going on to the sides, in the back, etc. You may have the rest of the dancers at the edge of your awareness, but unless you're putting conscious effort into fighting it, you're watching what he wants you to watch.
The Kinks built the fucking room.
My younger child has been obsessed with the Jagged Little Pill Original Broadway Cast Album, and I find no reason to listen to any of those versions of the songs over the Alannis originals (which I love.) Kind of drives me crazy. It's almost...ironic.
Oh Mercy was the first new album to come out from Bob after I was introduced to him in college, and it's still one of my favorites. It is now, chronologically, part of the first half of his recording career.
TNOCS are a superstitious and cowardly lot!
And the video is an 11.
It is often the first album I play on any new sound system.
CDAN? The comments are much worse than the items, but the items aren't that great. (And the ads are worse than either.)
A (blind item) gossip site I am inexplicably devoted to has strongly implied that a lot of ugly shit went down behind the scenes of Kids Incorporated, and that the producers were far more devoted to making that ugly shit go down than to making a TV show.
Either one gets a 10 from me.
I think the guy that Connie Stevens is singing to wants to give her an Interocitor: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0047577/mediaviewer/rm3014074880/
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And given what has happened in the intervening years with MMA, I'd say he was right about kickboxing.
One more piece of "Bangkok" trivia that must be brought up when the song is discussed - Murray Head is Anthony Stewart Head's brother.
Chess is one of my favorite musicals of all time, and One Night in Bangkok is probably my least favorite song in the show. But as a single, I still gave it a 9.
I've always heard a lot of "Cool Jerk" in this song - especially the Go Go's cover of it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9V7tAlpzoY
I think that's a highly underrated video, as well. Maybe it came out too long after the Golden Age of MTV to get the "all-time classic" status that it deserves.
I just ran through the entire '90s, and the strength of the trends is fascinating. Most interesting is that from the perspective of The Number Ones, Grunge never happens.
9, 6, 8, 8 Only previously really familiar with the Bangles song. We're deep into my college years and me being cut off from pop music.
7, 7, 9, 8 Every Little Step: If there's such a thing as a generic New Jack Swing song, this is it. Sounds like the autopilot version of what he'd been doing for the last couple of years. Lowdown: Again, kind of generic '70s white-boy-blooz/R&B chart filler. Luka: I always loved Suzanne Vega's alt.folk sound and persona, and this was her breakthrough. An original, iconic song. Spill the Wine: A song that's burned in my brain, perhaps more from TV commercials than airplay, but a ton of fun when I actually listen to it.
Just this week I was on a Leonard Cohen kick, and decided that no one had a worse mismatch between songwriting and production than Mr. Cohen in the '80s. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTTC_fD598A
The video makes it look like being choreographed by her would be a ton of fun.
I don't know if I would be physically capable of going to a Doobie Brothers show without trying to sneak in a tape recorder.
I was going to give "Nasty" a 9. Then I decided to listen to it (mostly because I wanted to hear "Miss Jackson if you're nasty" and bumped it up to a 10.
6, 7, 7. The Boys 2 Men song has some nice harmonies, but seems like it really should be building to a soaring chorus, but never takes off. Rainy Day Women is 2 points higher for me on the album (first CD I ever bought) than it is as a single. On the album, I the studio-party atmosphere comes into focus, on the radio it just feels centered on the sophomoric pot joke - probably Dylan's least inspired lyrics of his mid-60s Imperial phase. (And no one had a more Imperial Imperial phase than Dylan Newport-to-motorcycle-crash. The sun never set on the Zimmerman Empire.)
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