Alfred Soto

Alfred Soto

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Rhythm Nation has more in common with Meat Beat Manifesto and Nine Inch Nails than new jack: it's an R&B industrial album.
With 1988 over, let me post my list: https://humanizingthevacuum.wordpress.com/2016/06/12/its-the-freeeeeeeestyyyyyyle-best-singles-of-1988/
The worst #1 of the decade.
You can't discuss radio after November '91 without mentioning Soundscan, though, which forever changed programming.
Thanks for mentioning "Fading Away," another blanket airplay hit in Miami. That Mediterranean-meets-Kraftwerk hook is a beauty: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-a2y0-2GSk
"Dreamin'," quite properly beloved by Tom, was everywhere in Miami in spring and summer '87. Still a freestyle jam. "Say It's Gonna Rain" is a hair's breath less amazing.
Fortunately Bon Jovi's next #1 is one of the worst songs in recorded history.
I can't tell you how omnipresent Juan Luis Guerra was on Miami radio between 1989 and 1994. Every noche buena, Father's or Mother's Day party, birthdays -- everywhere.
New Jersey is such a dull retread of a supernova album that my cohorts in I Love Music identified other similar albums: https://www.ilxor.com/ILX/ThreadSelectedControllerServlet?action=showall&boardid=41&threadid=93237
More than that, Chris. One of the best of my life: https://humanizingthevacuum.wordpress.com/2016/06/05/you-must-have-been-stone-crazy-best-of-1991/

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