Don’s Top 10 From August 23, 1987
Back into time with the local survey from Sunday, August 23, 1987. The top 10 singles:
“Didn’t We Almost Have It Al” by Whitney Houston
(#16 last week) One of the few hits of the era not to have had a video made for it, partly because Arista Records decided to release this as the second single from “Whitney” instead of “For The Love Of You”. Had the same feel as her previous smash “The Greatest Love Of All”.
“I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” by U2
(#9 last week) The Edge didn’t particularly like this track in its beginning stage, calling it “”Eye Of The Tiger” with a reggae beat”. Like much of The Joshua Tree, the song was inspired by the group’s interest in American music. “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” exhibits influences from gospel music and its lyrics describe spiritual yearning.
“Alone” by Heart
(#5 last week) One of my favorite rock ballads, & underrated by critics. I miss Heart! Lucky enough to meet Ann & Nancy after a concert. Too bad my photo right in between them was accidentally thrown out. At least I have my memory!
“Rock Steady” by The Whispers
(#13 last week) It took this veteran R&B group 18 albums to come up with their biggest hit. Produced by the hitmaking team of L.A. Reid and Babyface.
“Heart & Soul” by T’Pau
(#7 last week) This marked the third time a song with the title “Heart & Soul” was a hit, following The Cleftones in 1861, & Huey Lewis And The News in 1983. T’Pau was a British band. They took their name from a Vulcan elder in “Star Trek”.
“I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” by Michael Jackson featuring Siedah Garrett
(#8 last week) The first single from “Bad”, the highly anticipated followup to “Thriller”. The presence of Garrett on the track was a last-minute decision by Jackson and producer Quincy Jones, after Jackson’s first two choices for the duet, Barbra Streisand & Whitney Houston, both decided against participating. Garrett, a protégé of Jones’s who co-wrote another song on Bad, “Man In The Mirror”, did not know that she would be singing the song until the day of the recording session.
“Luka” by Suzanne Vega
(#4 last week) A profound classic, one of the few popular songs to deal with the topics of child abuse & domestic violence. Nominated for all the big Grammy Awards. Vega has an interesting family tree. Her mom was of German-Swedish heritage, while her father was Scottish-English-Irish. Thery divorced soon after Vega was born in southern California. Her stepfather Ed Vega from Puerto Rico, moved the family to New York City when Suzanne was only two.
“I Want Your Sex” by George Michael
(#3 last week) This was on TWO hit albums, a rarity, both on Michael’s album “Faith” & on the “Beverly Hills Cop II” soundtrack. Surprisingly, considering the title & subject matter, there was very little censorship of the song here in the U.S. But Michael himself has rarely performed it in concert.
“Who’s That Girl” by Madonna
(#2 last week) More movie music, this one the title cut from Madonna’s movie of the same name. She basically played a variation on her “Desperately Seeking Susan” character, a hipster wild child. The single immediately followed “La Isla Bonita” on the charts. To my ears, it almost sounds like the same song. Loved ’em both, though.
“La Bamba” by Los Lobos
(#1 last week; 2nd week at #1) The top 3 this week all come from movies! Los Lobos may be a one-hit wonder to top 40 radio fans, but they’ve had a solid career, their music spanning rock, country, tex-mex, folk, R&B, blues, & traditional Mexican sounds. .