The Time Machine is refueled & ready to go back…back…back into time, to Friday, June 2, 1989. I'll play the songs starting just after midnight late Friday night on New Jersey 101.5. Let the countdown begin!
“Second Chance” by .38 Special
(#11 last week) This was .38 Special's biggest single, but nobody names it first when asked to name any song by the group. Usually, it's “Hold On Loosely” or “Caught Up In You”. But this song brought the band multi-format airplay, in fact, becoming Billboard's “Adult Contemporary Song Of The Year”.
“Buffalo Stance” by Nenah Cherry
(#13 last week) A song that sounded like nothing before it, & it still stands out. How many hits could say that? The “Buffalo” was an homage to Malcom McLaren's 1983 new waver “Buffalo Gals”. The “Stance” means to stand like you are posing for a London photo shoot at a fashion magazine.
“Like A Prayer” by Madonna
(#5 last week) The first single from Madonna's fourth album. A great song, & the most controversial video of 1989. Boycotts were started, & it cost Madonna her Pepsi endorsement (not that she needed the money).
“Patience” by Guns N' Roses
(#2 last week) People think of GNR as an album band, but they ripped off a streak of six straight top 10 singles, of which this was the fourth. Reminds me a bit of the Stones doing “Lady Jane”.
“Rock On” by Michael Damian
(#7 last week) Corey movie music! From the flick “Dream A Little Dream”, starring the two Coreys: Haim & Feldman. Damian played Danny Romalotti on “The Young & The Restless” from 1980 to 1998, & for two seasons on “The Facts Of Life”. He's also appeared on Broadway, & written/directed movies.
“Every Little Step” by Bobby Brown
(#8 last week) A prime example of “New Jack Swing”, which basically took over R&B for several years at the end of the 80s. Brown became a major star out of New Edition. The video was influential: it was the inspiration for Gap commercials.
“I'll Be There For You” by Bon Jovi
(#1 last week) Third single from the album “New Jersey”. it was their 4th & final #1 single. to my ears, it has a bit of the Beatles “Don't Let Me Down”. Certainly one of their signature songs.
“This Time I Know It's For Real” by Donna Summer
(#6 last week) Always loved this one. Donna's comeback, & sadly, her final hit (a certified gold single). Should have had more from this album (“Another Time & Place”), & her 2011 album. RIP to an always underrated artist.
“Real Love” by Jody Watley
(#3 last week) This video was nominated for seven MTV VMAs. Watley got her break by being a regular dancer on “Soul Train” starting at age 14! Don Cornelius selected Jody for the goup he formed, Shalamar. They had a bunch of hits in the early & mid 80s “(1980's The Second Time Around” was the biggest). Watley went solo & won the Grammy for Best New Artist in '87.
“Forever Your Girl” by Paula Abdul
(#4 last week; 1st week at #1) The album of the same name was the slowest-rising #1 album in chart history, taking over a year from first release in 1988 to reach the top. Paula has an interesting ethnic background: her dad was born in Syria, raised in Brazil & moved to the U.S. Her mom was from Canada, & had also emigrated here. Paula holds dual American & Canadian citizenship.
Countdown extras: “She Drives e Crazy”–Fine Young Cannibals (#13); “Iko Iko”–Belle Stars (#18); “Satisfied”–Richard Marx (#17)…..This week's #1 album: “Like A Prayer”–Madonna (8th week at #1)……Tomorrow night: Don's Top 10 for June 3, 1971.
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