Don’s Top 10 From July 19, 1989
It’s Wednesday, July 19, 1989, & these were your local top 10 singles. Time to flash back in “The Time Machine”:
“What You Don’t Know” by Expose
(#10 last week) Consistent late 80’s hitmakers. The success of Exposé in the U.S. led to similar bands signed to major labels, such as Seduction, Sweet Sensation, The Cover Girls & Company B.
“Baby Don’t Forget My Number” by Milli Vanilli
(#8 last week) 2nd single from the fake duo’s smash album. Hey, it’s catchy. Who cares who sang it?
“Into The Night” by Benny Mardones
(#7 last week) So nice, it’s one of the rare songs that became it hit twice! Took nine years, but sounded as current in ’89 as it did in ’80. It must have been incredibly frustrating for Mardones to not come up with a followup hit both times.
“No More Rhyme” by Debbie Gibson
(#9 last week) I remember Debbie, but to be honest, I barely remember this song, bigger locally than nationally.
“If You Don’t Know Me By Now” by Simply Red
(#6 last week) Remake of the ’72 smash from Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes. Kinda pointless because the arrangement is so similar.
“Express Yourself” by Madonna
(#1 last week; was #1 for 2 weeks) The second single from Made’s fourth album, this is a propulsive, killer dance-pop record. Same title, but different song than the 1970 hit by Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band.
“Keep On Movin'” by Soul II Soul
(#5 last week) British band Soul II Soul had two U.S. hits, & both featured Caron Wheeler, who wasn’t normally with the group.
“Batdance” by Prince
(#4 last week) Bizarre record. There, I’ve said it. And the reason there is no video is because Prince will not allow them online. So self-defeating, but the man can be very stubborn. Anyway, to fill this video space, I give you…..The Batusi!
“Toy Soldiers” by Martika
(#3 last week) Two unknown-but-later-famous women are singing backup here: Fergie (from Black-Eyed Peas), & Jennifer Love Hewitt.
“Lay Your Hands On Me” by Bon Jovi
(#2 last week; 1st week at #1) Fourth single from the future Toronto Bills co-owner & his album “New Jersey”, this did better locally than nationally, where it peaked at #7.