Welcome back to this week’s Top 40 Countdown! Yesterday’s countdown had quite the variety of music. Today is no different. A lot of these songs are new to me. So, let’s Return to the week ending August 11, 1990, and continue the countdown.
Even though the New Kids are local to me, I never paid much attention to them. I do love Donnie Wahlberg in the television show, Blue Bloods. And the show, Wahlburgers is a guilty pleasure for me. But, I am not the target audience for the group. That being said, I actually like this song a little. It reminds me of the pre-disco Bee Gees. I’m not going to hurry up and buy the Step by Step album, from which this song came from, but I don’t mind this song.
Ugh! It’s songs like this that make me regret dabbling into 1990! This song, which samples Santana’s “No One To Depend On“, and “Evil Ways“, was Mellow Man Ace’s only hit (I’m shocked). It reached all the way up to #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 (I’m shocked).
[The first “I’m shocked” was sarcastic. The second one was not sarcastic]
You can’t see me, but I am beating my head against my desk as I listen to this. Oh my God, this song is so stupid! And it doesn’t help that he samples “Owner of a Lonely Heart” by Yes. Blasphemous! It’s slightly better than the last song, but it’s so stupid! Let’s put this in perspective – this song could probably be a hit today. So, if you like the music of today, you might like this song.
OK, this is a little better. Like I’ve said before, I’m a sucker for the Freestyle music of this period. I had never heard this song before. I don’t know if it’s because of the two crap songs before this, but, I’m liking this song.
FINALLY!!! Now, this is the music I was really into back then. I love Aerosmith’s album Pump way more than Permanent Vacation. There were so many great songs on that album, and this was one of my favorites. I remember buying Pump the day it came out. When my roomates and I were listening to the album, and this song came on, I told them that this would be released as a single, and would be a hit. I was right.
Brigade was another great album that I owned. Heart was on a hot streak from the mid-’80s through the early ’90s. This song was the second single released from Brigade. It was written by Diane Warren, who was one of the most successful writers of the ’80s and ’90s.
Madonna was indeed ahead of her time. Two decades before the Fifty Shades of Grey craze, Madonna was singing about spanking. This isn’t one of my favorite songs by her, but it is a fun song from the Dick Tracy soundtrack album, I’m Breathless.
Today’s list of songs is turning out to be a pretty good! This is a ballad by the supergroup (and Journey spinoff) Bad English, that is not “The Price of Love” or “When I See You Smile“. If your tired of hearing those other two songs, then “Possession” is a good alternative. If you want to know more about Bad English, and their debut album, check out the article that Robert wrote on it.
Just as they do on Casey’s American Top 40 station on iHeart Radio, let’s listen to a bonus song. I love the band Vixen. Every song, on each of their albums, is great. This week, their song “How Much Love” debuted on the Hot 100, charting at #95.
Oh man, this band was still around at this time?! Ugh! Not a fan. This would be Hornsby’s last significant hit single. It was off of the third and final album by Bruce Hornsby and the Range. Bruce Hornsby went solo after that. Well, this song isn’t as horrible as some of his other songs. I kind of like the chorus.
This is the third rap song today. And it is the third rap song that samples another song. This time, it is “Born in the U.S.A.” Bruce Springsteen actually gave the 2 Live Crew permission to use his song. Unlike the first two rap songs from today, I actually like this one. The song title refers to the decision in a court case that 2 Live Crew’s album, As Nasty As They Wanna Be, was obscene. Record store owners would actually be arrested for selling the album. The decision was eventually overturned on appeal. With all the social issues going on in the world today, I think it would be nice if some artists had the guts to sing and protest. Listening to this song makes me feel that it is nice and refreshing to hear somebody standing up for themselves and speaking out in a very cool way.
That wraps up today’s list of songs. It definitely gets mixed reviews from me. But, now that we got past this hump, the countdown is going to get better. As usual, please feel free to leave your thoughts and memories from 1990.
Hi Everybody! Welcome back to this week’s countdown! If you missed the previous songs, you can go ahead and check out songs 40-31 and 30-21. In addition to more hits from this week in 1988, we have a Long Distance Dedication today! Now, let’s Return to the week ending May 21, 1988, and move on with the countdown.
This is a cover of The Temptation’s classic 1964 hit. This was Suave’s first and biggest hit. There’s a good reason why we haven’t heard much else from him. Suave, whose real name is Waymond Anderson, was sentenced to life in prison in 1993 for arson murder. He torched a crack house near the USC campus, which resulted in the death of a drug addict. He is still in prison. However, new information has been presented that he was in Jackson, Mississippi, visiting his sister the day of the murder. A minister in Jackson also said that he saw Suave in church that day. There were witnesses that implicated Suave, but they have since changed their stories saying that they were placed under duress by the police. This sounds like it could be a Dateline special.
This was the fourth single to be released from Whiteney’s second album, Whitney. Initially, Houston did not want to record the song. But, Arista Records CEO Clive Davis believed the song would go to number one if she recorded it, so she obliged. I suppose that Clive Davis did know what he was doing pre-American Idol.
“Where Do Broken Hearts Go” did indeed become a number one hit – Houston’s seventh consecutive one in the U.S.
I feel like this is a continuation of “Never Gonna Give You Up“. The music sounds the same. And if he’s never gonna give, never gonna give, never gonna give you up [damn earworm!], then that means that you will be Together Forever. So, this all makes sense now – 27 years later! The songs ARE related!
This is a Bruce Springsteen song that was originally released on the B-side of “Dancing in the Dark“. In 1988, Natalie Cole covered the song and ran away with it, making it a Top 10 single. I was never a big fan of this song. I also get confused between this song and Aretha Franklin’s “Freeway of Love.”
Long Distance Dedication
We have now arrived at a staple of American Top 40 – The Long Distance Dedication. Most of us have had childhood friends that we have long lost touch with – either because they moved away, or we moved away. Robert sent in a letter that most of us can relate to. He says,
Good friends are important to all of us – and I have two of the best. In 1981 I moved to Frankfurt, Germany with my military family. I was nervous: no friends, a new school AND a new country. I clearly remember my first day of seventh grade. I slowly walked to the bus stop and stood away from everyone. There was not a soul I knew. As the bus pulled up I reluctantly boarded and took a seat by myself. I kept my eyes forward – scared to say anything – until I heard a voice ask me if it was alright to sit next to me. I looked up, said “Yes” and my life was changed forever. I was too nervous to notice that someone else was standing away from the group and not talking – and now he was sitting next to me. His name was LeRoyce and he had just moved to Germany as well. We continued our conversation all the way to school. As fate would have it, we had a few classes together and we got to know each other even better. We spent hours together and I met his younger brother Marvin. The three of us became inseparable. We helped each other through the hard times of growing up. We survived junior high and high school together – never letting each other down. Naturally, high school ended and we were forced to go our separate ways and create our own lives. Unfortunately, after graduation we lost touch. It was not until 12 years later that I made a good attempt to locate LeRoyce and Marvin. I was successful! I found that they were both living in Louisville, Kentucky. I got a hold of them, booked a flight and our reunion was set. I cannot describe the absolute joy of being back together with my best friends. We had a great time and vowed to not let so much time pass between our get togethers. We now meet every summer, rotating between Louisville and my home in Nebraska. In fact, they will be here in July. One bond we have always shared was music. We spent countless hours listening to our favorite songs. One of those songs never fails to remind me of them every time I hear it. Casey, would you please play When Doves Cry by Prince for LeRoyce and Marvin – it was one of our favorite songs and it always reminds me of those great times we spent together. We still listen to it every time we reunite now.
OK, Robert. Here is your long distance dedication:
I was never much of a fan of this song. Despite that fact, MTV and radio constantly played it. I don’t hate it as much now, but I’m still not a fan. “Wishing Well” was a #1 hit. It did take a while though, as it was on the charts for 17 weeks before topping the charts.
Well, this song gets my vote for song of the day. I loved this song when it came out, and I still do. “Piano in the Dark” was in heavy rotation as I was sorting mail at the post office. This would be Brenda Russell’s biggest hit, peaking at number 6 on the Hot 100. It also earned Russell two Grammy Award nominations in 1989, including one for Song of the Year.
That’s it for today. We will wrap up the countdown on Friday. As always, please let me know what you think of the countdown so far, and if you have any memories from 1988 that you’d like to share..
25 years ago, with the huge comeback album, Permanent Vacation, Aerosmith let the world know that they were back for good. The legendary band was a rock staple of the ’70s featuring hits such as “Dream On”, “Back in the Saddle”, and and “Sweet Emotion”.
Then in 1979, lead guitarist Joe Perry left the band to form The Joe Perry Project. Aerosmith’s 1979 album, Night in the Ruts, quickly fell off the charts, and the band’s popularoty faded away. In the meantime, Steven Tyler’s drug abuse continued to get worse and worse, and affected their concerts, as he was prone to collapse on stage. There was another setback in 1980 as Tyler was involved in a motorcycle accident, and was sidelined until well into 1981. In 1981, rhythm guitarist Brad Whitford also left the band to record Whitford/St. Holmes with former Ted Nugent vocalist/guitarist Derek St. Holmes.
In 1984, Joe Perry and Brad Whitford saw Aerosmith perform at Boston’s Orpheum Theater. They hung out with Steven Tyler, and were inspired to re-join the band. The reunited band tried to come back, but drug abuse continued to hold them back. They released Done with Mirrors, in what they hoped would be a huge comeback album. But there was little interest, and there wasn’t a single hit off of that album.
Then in 1986, they finally got some attention when Tyler and Perry appeared on Run D.M.C.’s cover of “Walk This Way”. This song resurrected Aerosmith’s career by introducing the band’s music to a new (aka, “our”) generation. According to the band’s tell-all autobiography, Walk This Way: The Autobiography of Aerosmith, the band’s manager, Tim Collins pledged in September 1986 he could make Aerosmith the biggest band in the world by 1990 if they all completed drug rehab. So in 1986, Tyler completed a successful drug rehabilitation program, and the rest of the band did the same over the next couple of years. Because their attempt at a comeback album, Done with Mirrors, flopped, they knew the next album would be crucial to their careers. So they worked hard on the album, and at staying clean, and the result was a legendary album.
Permanent Vacation was released in 1987, and became a smash hit, eventually selling over 5 million copies. It was the first album where Aerosmith took advantage of MTV, and received heavy airplay. The three singles they released off of the album, “Rag Doll,” “Dude (Looks Like a Lady)” and “Angel”, all became major hit singles. Each one was a Top 20 hit. In addition to those hit songs, the rest of the songs on the album were also excellent.
With that, let’s Return to 1987, and go on a Permanent Vacation:
1. Heart’s Done Time
Welcome to the new and improved Aerosmith, proving that they are rockin’ better than ever!
2. Magic Touch
The first track rolled nicely into this one. OK, two awesome songs in a row! Proving that this comeback is no fluke.
3. Rag Doll
This was the third and final single released from the album. After the radio stations and MTV played the crap out of “Dude (Looks Like a Lady)” and “Angel”, this was a welcome change – until this got overplayed as well. The song peaked at #17 on the Billboard Hot 100, #12 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, and #42 on the UK charts. Years removed from the initial release, I’m back into this song.
5. Dude (Looks Like a Lady)
Aerosmith burst back on the scene and became relevant again when they released this song. Steven Tyler says in the book Walk This Way: The Autobiography of Aerosmith, “One day we met Mötley Crüe, and they’re all going, ‘Dude!’ Dude this and Dude that, everything was Dude. ‘Dude (Looks Like a Lady)’ came out of that session.”.
According to an interview with Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe done for Swedish television, the title of the song originated from a New York bar crawl where Steven Tyler and Vince Neil had drinks at a bar where the waiters were dressed in women’s clothes. This, according to Vince Neil, prompted Tyler to comment; “Dude looks like a lady!”.
“Dude (Looks Like a Lady)” reached #14 on the Billboard Hot 100, #41 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart, #4 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, and #45 on the UK Singles Chart in 1987, but was re-released in early 1990 and reached a new peak of 20.
6. St. John
Aerosmith is considered one of the best rock bands of all time. Like most of the great ones, Aerosmith have some Blues in them. This song definitely has a Bluesy feel to it:
7. Hangman Jury
This was always one of my favorite songs on the album. I listened to this one over and over:
8. Girl Keeps Coming Apart
Lift up your lighters! This power ballad was the most successful single on the album, peaking at #3. This was always popular for dedications at school dances.
10. Permanent Vacation
Pretty good title track. I love that you can hear a steel drum in this too. Steel drums always make vacations better!
11. I’m Down
Aerosmith did a great job covering The Beatles “Come Together”, so it was fitting that they did another Beatles cover. And they did an awesome job on this very underrated Beatles song.
12. The Movie
This is the only video that I could find for this song, that I could post. Pretty good instrumental.