Don’s Top 10 From December 28, 1989
After a hiatus for the holiday hits, my weekend midnight feature is back, starting with the historic last music survey of the 1980s. It’s combined from several local sources.amazon.com.
“Back To Life” by Soul II Soul
(#4 last week) A platinum single, this peaked at #4 nationally, but we made it a 3-week local #1 hit. The song was originally a cappella on their album, but a remixed version featuring instruments was the single.
“Just Between You & Me” by Lou Gramm
(#14 last week) Congratulations to Lou, who was inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall Of Fame in 2013. A native of upstate New York, Gramm first played with a band called Black Sheep, which actually scored a recording contract but had no hits.
“Downtown Train” by Rod Stewart
(#21 last week) Tom Waits wrote & first recorded it, many artists have covered it (Bob Seger, Everything But The Girl, Patty Smyth, Mary Chapin-Carpenter, among others), but Rod Stewart had by far the biggest. Grammy-nominated for Best Male Pop Vocal. That’s Jeff Bweck on slide guitar.
“Don’t Know Much” by Linda Ronstadt & Aaron Neville
(#5 last week) Written in 1980 by the classic songwriting team of Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil, & recorded by such artists as Bill Medley & Bette Midler, it took this version for it to become a classic. Didn’t know at the time this would be Linda’s last top 5 hit. Co-produced by Peter Asher (Peter & Gordon).
“Rhythm Nation” by Janet Jackson
(#11 last week) The second of seven top 5 national pop chart singles from the “Rhythm Nation 1814″ album. The video has been voted many awards over the years & made both MTV & VH1’s lists of the 100 Greatest Videos Of All Time..
“With Every Beat Of My Heart” by Taylor Dayne
(#8 last week) Considering how hot Dayne’s (real name: Leslie Wunderman) career was going from 1987 to 1990, it’s puzzling that she never really had a big comeback on pop radio. She has, however, never stopped getting played in dance clubs, where she had top 10 hits as recently as 2011.
“How Am I Supposed To Live Without You” by Michael Bolton
(#10 last week) In 2013, Michael Bolton’s name was on everyone’s lips again, due to those always-on Honda radio & TV commercials. Is that a good thing? I leave it to you to judge, dear reader & listener.
“We Didn’t Start The Fire” by Billy Joel
(#1 last week) Talk about a history lesson in under 4 minutes! One of Billy’s biggest hits, it’s gotten very little airplay since. Maybe radio considers this a novelty (Joel himself does). Undeniably catchy, though. Turns out Joel is a history nut who wanted to teach the subject.
“Another Day In Paradise” by Phil Collins
(#3 last week) David Crosby does backing vocals here, & joined Phil to perform it at the Grammy Awards, where it won Record Of The Year. Muisically, eh, but lyrically, an important song on the subject of homelessness.
“Pump Up The Jam” by Technotronic
(#2 last week; 1st week at #1) Here it is, the last local #1 hit of the 80s! It peaked nationally at #2, but not until mid-January of 1990. Important historically as the first “house music” song to crossover to the pop market. The group was a Belgian studio band fronted by vocalist Ya Kid K. They had two other big hits, “:Get Up!” & “Move Over”.