The World of Disposable Emotion

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School’s out. Freedom. Pile in the car, turn up the radio and drive fast. And if you’re like me, you might have been playing some of these songs loudly from the June 17th, 1989 countdown.

40. Once Bitten Twice Shy – Great White

NAOHW – Here’s a rock band that had been around since the late 70s and finally broke through to the Pop charts in 1989 with an Ian Hunter cover from their fourth album, …Twice Shy. [Personally, I like the Shaun Cassidy version better.] They had another Top 40 hit and should have just faded out into the 80s rock reunion scene.

But on February 20, 2003, at a nightclub called The Station in Warwick, Rhode Island, pyrotechnics ignited acoustic foam during a song on both sides of the stage. Within six minutes, the club was engulfed in black smoke. 100 people died, including Great White’s guitarist Ty Longley, and a local DJ, Mike “The Doctor” Gonsalves who was the show’s MC. Over 200 were injured, many significantly. You can read many different accounts of that night as well as various documentaries on the subject. There’s also a video of it happening {watch at your own risk] as a local news station was present that night to film a piece on nightclub safety. The reporter was Jeffrey Derderian, part owner of the club.

No one should die going to a rock concert.

39. Down Boys –  Warrant

The cherry pie guys of “hair metal” or mediocre rock served up in an MTV dress, you decide. Wikipedia says it’s “one of the toughest, heaviest songs in [Warrant’s] catalog”. If you get can through this video without laughing, you need to take life less seriously. This will eventually reach #27.

38. Send Me An Angel 89 – Real Life

STA – Real Life was an Australian New Wave two-hit wonder as their first Top 40 song Send Me An Angel hit #29 in 1984. Someone had the great idea to remix it for “89” and it hit Top 40 again getting three places higher than the original.

37. Lay Your Hands On Me – Bon Jovi

When some artists have mega-successful albums, they refuse to follow it up with another copy, for example, with Bon Jovi, it would have been Slippery When Wet 2. These guys not only did that, but they somehow made a weaker version of that album. And unfortunately, many people did not care, because they sent five songs off of New Jersey into the Top 10, including this one which is on the way up.

36. My Brave Face – Paul McCartney

I almost gave up on this countdown until I remembered there were two songs written together by Paul McCartney & Elvis Costello. Here’s the first.

This collaboration between Paul & Elvis started in 1987 as Paul was writing songs for his upcoming album, Flowers In The Dirt, which would be released in 1989. Three songs were eventually released; this one and two on Elvis’ Spike. When Elvis brought his verbose style of lyric writing and matched it Paul’s knack for pop arrangements and earworms, fans of both artists were treated to some of each’s best work.

I saw him play this on his 1990 tour in Lexington, KY, which is cool because supposedly he never played this live again on any ensuing tour.

35. So Alive – Love & Rockets

OHW – Love & Rockets? In the Top 40? What the hell is happening? How do the ashes of Bauhaus record a Top 3 song? And it’s the highest Top debut this week. But as much as this song is a classic, this one’s my L&R favorite.

34. Who Do You Give Your Love To? – Michael Morales

NAOHW – From San Antonio, TX here’s Michael Morales with a pop rocker that would break the Top 20 on its way up to a peak of #15. This was one of the first CD singles that I bought, as the record industry was already trying to crush the two-year-old cassette single format. It’s a shame that this one was disappeared into the ether, but Michael has not. He won a Best Latin Pop Album Grammy in 2001 for producing Freddy Fender’s La Musica De Baldemar Huerta.

33. Everlasting Love – Howard Jones

The lead single from HoJo’s Cross That Line LP has already peaked at #12. It would also be a #1 hit on the adult contemporary charts. I bought this a 12″ import because I could not wait for his album.

I also remember Casey doing a bit on the Casey’s Top 40 show in which he told of Howard having a hard time getting the drum programming just right. As I listen to it now I can’t imagine what the issue was as it does not sound very complicated. But I’m a not a synthgeek either.

32. Real Love – Jody Watley

The first single from Jody’s Larger Than Life album matched her Looking For A New Love chart showing which was in the Top 40 exactly two years previous – #2 Pop, #1 Soul. It’s a slice of fierce, aggressive supermodel catwalk dance music. You can imagine Linda Evangelista or Christy Turlington strutting down the runway to this [or at least, I do.]

31. Be With You – The Bangles

Borrowing the hyper drum beat from Walking On Sunshine, Be With You becomes the third Top 40 hit from the band’s Everything LP. It was co-written and sung by the drummer, Debbi Peterson whose other lead vocal appearance was on the Katrina & the Waves cover of Going Down To Liverpool.

30. Crazy About Her – Rod Stewart

Out Of Order is the only Rod Stewart album in his entire career to generate four Top singles. Actually, all four singles were Top 20 singles, with this one charting fourth. It is moving up to its inevitable #11 peak. Rod was definitely seeking out a Power Station vibe or maybe something akin to Robert Palmer’s Riptide, since he enlisted some drumming help from Tony Thompson, guitar work and songwriting by Andy Taylor and production by Bernard Edwards who also plays bass on this track,

29. Rooms On Fire –  Stevie Nicks

Stevie is back in the Top 40 with a song that will reach #16 and be quite successful overseas. In fact, it was her first solo hit to chart in the UK to reach the Top 20. The lyrics were inspired by a brief romance with her producer, Rupert Hine and its Westcoast witchiness makes it one of my favorites of hers.

28. Cuddly Toy (Feel For Me) – Roachford

OHW – This was a big favorite of mine during Summer and I wore that cassette down to the wheels. Between this and The Pasadenas, I was really digging the soul-pop that the UK was turning out. This track is the only one between #s 21 & 31 that’s on the way down, having peaked at #26 the week before.

27. Into The Night – Benny Mardones

STA – The only 80’s song to become a Top 20 hit twice in the same decade. Now Yacht Rockers have claimed this as one of their own. Why do we have such a fascination with this song? This song is creepy as fuck. And if the lyrics don’t weird you out – She’s just sixteen years old. Leave her alone, they say. – watch the video, especially if you think Benny and the song are misunderstood.

The Sirius XM 80s countdown played the re-recorded version that Benny put out after this became a hit again. Don’t know why, but thanks guys for playing an even weaker version.

26. Toy Soldiers – Martika

The former Kids Incorporated star is having another hit from her debut, and this one is on its way to #1 which it will hit in late July. My daughter recently heard this song and really likes it. I have no idea how to explain to her that it’s about cocaine addiction.

FYI – Did you know that some of the Kids Incorporated stars such as Fergie & Jennifer Love Hewitt sing background vocals?

Like Johnny would say, more to come…..

KEY

OHW – One-Hit-Wonder

NAOHW – Not A One-Hit-Wonder

PFK – Perfect for Karaoke

RAR – Rite-Aid Rock

RFW – Ripped from Wikipedia

ML – Misheard Lyrics

STA – Second Time Around

 

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