Top 40 Songs This Week – April 29, 1989: Songs 30-21

Welcome back as we continue this week’s countdown. While there were several songs on yesterday’s list that I did not know, I know every song that is on today’s list. Let’s Return to the week ending April 29, 1989, and check them out.

30. “Your Mama Don’t Dance” by Poison

This isn’t my favorite Poison song by a long shot. It’s not bad either. Their remake of the 1972 Loggins and Messina hit was the fourth single released from the Open Up and Say…Ahh! album. My favorite Poison album, Flesh & Blood, would not come out for another year.

29. “Close My Eyes Forever” by Lita Ford & Ozzy Osbourne

I thought this song was a hit a little earlier than this. Man, what an incredible duo! I had never heard of Lita Ford until she released “Kiss Me Deadly“. I’ve been a fan ever since. Lita is also an incredible guitar player. And of course, I was always an Ozzy fan. Most male/female duets are poppy little love songs. While I do like a lot of those duets, this song was darker and edgier, and I love it!

Oh by the way, Lita Ford and Ozzy Osbourne are still putting out rockin’ music today. In 2012, Lita released her album Living Like a Runaway, which is awesome. And in 2010 Ozzy released Scream, which is really heavy and loud.

28. “I’ll Be Loving You (Forever)” by New Kids On The Block

So, we go from the rebellious Runaway Lita Ford and the Prince of Darkness Ozzy Osbourne to the New Kids on the Block! My ears just got whiplash! I was never into New Kids. They are from my neck of the woods, so I am happy for their success. But, I just can’t listen to them. “Hangin’ Tough” is somewhat bearable [editor’s note: maybe even that song isn’t bearable. I started listening to it when setting up this link, and couldn’t get halfway through it]. On the other hand, this song is just painful. I can’t listen to it. Sorry Jordan!
For the record, I love Donny on the show Blue Bloods. After seeing him in that, I cannot picture him being in a boy band.

27. “Seventeen” by Winger

Thanks to Beavis & Butt-Head, Winger (as well as Warrant) unfairly got labeled as a wuss band. I think Winger rocks. For crying out loud, he had been a guitarist for Alice Cooper! “Seventeen” is a really good rockin’ song

26. “Everlasting Love” by Howard Jones

This is one of my favorite HoJo songs. You can’t help but feel good when you hear this song.

25. “Girl You Know It’s True” by Milli Vanilli

Eeesh. Awkward! But c’mon now, if you think there have been no other lip synchers before or after Milli Vanilli, your kidding yourself. “Girl You Know It’s True”, and their debut album of the same name helped Milli Vanilli win a Grammy Award for Best New Artist. This hit song is also the one that exposed Milli Vanilli. While performing onstage live in front of an audience, the recording of the song “Girl You Know It’s True” played and began to skip, repeating the partial line “Girl, you know it’s…” over and over on the speakers. They continued to pretend to sing and dance onstage for a few more moments, then they both ran offstage (a move Ashlee Simpson would perfect some years later on Saturday Night Live).
An investigation began, and it was found that the real vocals were by Charles Shaw, John Davis, Brad Howell, and twin sisters Jodie and Linda Rocco. However Frank Farian (the creator of the band), felt that those singers lacked a marketable image. He then recruited Robert Pilatus and Fabrice Morvan, two younger model/dancers he found singing in a Munich club for a rehearsal. He felt that Pilatus and Morvan could provide the marketable image that the original singers lacked. He was correct, until it all blew up. Milli Vanilli were exposed as frauds and had their Grammy taken away.

Morvan and Pilatus moved to Los Angeles, California, and signed to the Joss Entertainment Group, where they recorded an album under the name Rob & Fab. It was only released in the U.S., which was the country most critical of them, so it flopped. They attempted another comeback in the late ’90s.

Frank Farian agreed in 1997 to produce a new Milli Vanilli album with Morvan and Pilatus on lead vocals. This all led up to the recording of the 1998 Milli Vanilli comeback album Back and in Attack. Even some of the original studio singers backed the performers in their attempt to bring back some of the fame that had been shed so quickly. However, Rob Pilatus encountered a number of personal problems during the production of the new album. He turned to drugs and crime, committing a series of robberies and ultimately serving three months in jail in California. Farian paid for Pilatus to attend six months of drug rehabilitation and plane tickets for him to fly back to Germany. On the eve of the new album’s promotional tour on April 2, 1998, Pilatus was found dead of a suspected alcohol and prescription drug overdose in a Frankfurt hotel room. Pilatus’ death was ruled accidental.

All that being said, I was never a fan of Milli Vanilli. The songs weren’t bad from that infamous album, but they weren’t great either.

24. “Eternal Flame” by The Bangles

This is a great ballad by The Bangles. This song and “Walk Like an Egyptian” are probably their most popular songs.

23. “Every Little Step” by Bobby Brown

Remember when Bobby Brown had talent? This song was off of his smash hit album, Don’t Be Cruel. It was all downhill from there, and he dragged Whitney down with him. But, in this moment in time (pardon the pun), Bobby Brown was brilliant and on the top of his game.

22. “Patience” by Guns N’ Roses

Speaking of being brilliant for a short period of time, this was a really good ballad by Guns N’ Roses.

21. “Stand” by R.E.M.

“Stand in the place where you live
Now face North”
And then you do the Hokey Pokey
Turn yourself around,
That’s what it’s all about!

“Now face West
Think about the place where you live
Wonder why you haven’t before”
And then you do the Hokey Pokey
Turn yourself around,
That’s what it’s all about!

“Now face North… ”

Did you like today’s list? I think this is going to get even better as it moves along.

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4 thoughts on “Top 40 Songs This Week – April 29, 1989: Songs 30-21”

  1. I hope the next list gets better! Howard Jones and the Bangles were the only ones that did anything for me. Bobby Brown was alright, but I liked him better in New Edition.

    I will say this much for New Kids…they made me a lot of money. They played for two days at the Coliseum, and in those two days I made almost enough to cover that year’s tuition.

    We agree on two things: Donny’s great in Blue Bloods (and it is hard to picture him in a boy band), and Beavis & Butt-Head didn’t know what they were talking about…Winger rocks.

    1. I like a bunch of the upcoming songs. I’m not so sure you will though. One good thing – this was pre-“We Didn’t Start the Fire” and “Love Shack”, so those overblown,overplayed songs will not make an appearance this week.

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