It’s been far too long. At long last, we Return to the Top 40 countdown. This week, we’ll go back 30 years, and see what the 40 most popular songs were. At this time, I was getting ready to start my senior year of high school. I have a ton of great memories, and I loved the music back then. So, let’s Return to August 8, 1987, and check out songs 40-31 today. You can click on the song title to watch the video, and you can click on the album cover to buy/listen to the song from Amazon.
Future candidate of the Return to the ’80s podcast’s segment, ‘Play This, Not That.’ Sure, “Your Love” is a great song, but The Outfield has many other great songs, which never get played. This was one of them. It reached #11 and never gets played.
Question: What Major League Baseball team began the 1988 season with a record 21 straight losses?
Last Question: What three-man rap group starred in Disorderlies?
Answer: The Fat Boys
The Brooklyn rap group, The Fat Boys, came out with their self titled debut album in 1984. They were an instant hit. The trio consisted of Mark Morales a.k.a. “Prince Markie Dee”, Damon Wimbley a.k.a. “Kool Rock-Ski”, and Darren Robinson a.k.a. “Buff Love” a.k.a. “The Human Beat Box”.
Their popularity exploded in 1987 with their album, Crushin’. It had the cover version of “Wipe Out” with The Beach Boys singing back-up vocals.
The single made it to #12 on the Billboard chart, and #10 on the R&B chart.
That same year, The Fat Boys starred in the movie Disorderlies. Here is the summary from wikipedia:
Winslow Lowry, the no-good, indebted nephew of elderly, infirm billionaire Albert Dennison seeks to speed his uncle’s demise by hiring three of the most inept orderlies he can possibly find. The trio, Markie, Buffy and Kool, only mean well, however, and their good-natured antics actually help re-energize the ailing Albert. They find out about Winslow’s scheme and try to stop it from taking place.
Here is a clip from the movie:
In the early ’90s, Prince Markie Dee left the group and went on to produce early tracks for Mariah Carey and Mary J Blige. In 1991, the remaining two members, Kool Rock Ski and Buff Love, carried on as a duo and released Mack Daddy (1991), but broke up not long after that.
On December 10, 1995, Buff Love died of a heart attack in Rosedale, Queens, New York. He was 28 years old and reportedly weighed 450 lbs. Prince Markie Dee was a radio host for WMIB 103.5 FM the Beat in Miami, Florida on its afternoon drive-time show, until the station changed formats in May 2010. Kool Rock-ski resides in New York.
The surviving members of the Fat Boys launched OriginalFatBoys.com its first official homepage on November 5, 2008.