Don’s Top 10 From March 23, 1989
Back…back…back into time, to Thursday, March 23, 1989, with the local top 10 singles. Rock on, Don……
“Funky Cold Medina” by Tone-Loc
(#15 last week) 2013: Tone-Loc was in the news just one week ago after collapsing during a concert on a bridge in downtown Des Moines, Iowa.The 47-year-old MC fell after finishing a song, & the show was called off several minutes later while Loc was being treated. Though paramedics arrived on the scene, police on the scene reported that Loc refused to be taken to a hospital.
“I’ll Be There For You” by Bon Jovi
(#20 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. 2013: don’t forget to register to win Bon Jovi tickets in the “Prize Club” section of nj1015.com…..
“I Wanna Be The One” by Stevie B
(#12 last week) Stevie B’s full name is Steven Bernard Hill. His biggest hit came in 1990, the #1 “Because I Llove You”. In recent years, B has found renewed success in Brasil. Perhaps this is why he relocated: On September 30, 2011, Hill was arrested by Springfield, Massachusetts police officers during one of his concerts due to him owing $420,000 in unpaid child support. Boooooooo.
“Like A Prayer” by Madonna
(#19 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).
“Lost In Your Eyes” by Debbie Gibson
(#2 last week) Is it just me? I think Ms. Gibson is more gorgeous now, in her 40s, than in her teen-dream days.
“The Living Years” by Mike & The Mechanics
(#6 last week) Boy, is it great hearing this one again. Sort of the “Cat’s In The Cradle” for a new generation, about the what-ifs in a father-son relationship. Lead singer Paul Carrack had already sung lead on “How Long” by Ace & “Tempted” from Squeeze.
“Superwoman” by Karyn White
(#5 last week) Where-are-they-now-department: Karyn White lives near Sacramento, California & runs a successful interior design & real estate business. In 2012, she released her first new music since 1995.
“Paradise City” by Guns N’ Roses
(#1 last week) Third single from “Appetite For Destruction”. Guitarist Slash has said that the song was written in the back of a rental van as they were on their way back from playing a gig. It’s ranked #453 on the Rolling Stone list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.
“Eternal Flame” by The Bangles
(#4 last week) My personal favorite 80s group with their second & final #1 single. The song was inspired by several actual “eternal flames”, including one at Elvis’s gravesite, Graceland.
“Girl You Know It’s True” by Milli Vanilli
(#3 last week; 1st week at #1) OK, take away all the controversey, all the lying, & you’re with a bunch of very catchy singles. Why judge the music on the other stuff? However, most radio stations HAVE. This, & the other Milli Vanilli hits, have completely disappeared since 1990. Except for right now. The actual vocalists here are: Charles Shaw, Brad Davis & Brad Howe.