Let’s finish out the eleventh chart week of the year with those (mostly) gems from The Other Sixty in 1987, 1988, and 1989.
March 21st, 1987
These three songs say as much about me then as it does today. I rocked all three of those in the Spring of 1987 and will gladly blast each of them today.
Fight For Your Right (To Party) was the big hit off of Licensed To Ill. Although it was a poor representation of this hip-hop classic, it gave us a hint on where they’d been and where they would be headed in the 90s. Their follow-up told you what they were bringing to the party. The bottle ran empty at #48, but every White frat boy in the world probably knows the lyrics by heart.
I loved this song so much, I tried singing it in the band I was in at the time. My enthusiasm did not make up for the lack of vocal strength I needed to sing it. So instead, we just play this loud out of whatever hand-me-down car we were driving at the time. The former leader of The Teardrop Explodes was in his most commercial period at the time with this album, Saint Julian and his next, My Nation Underground, being the closet thing he’d ever get to the mainstream. He’ll fly in the face of fashion until #84
If you need to mellow out and smile, put on some Anita Baker. Between her and Sade, they are responsible for lots of Millenial babies. This track has a slinky groove with some classy slap bass in the chorus, courtesy of “Ready” Freddie Washington. This song will make the Soul & AC Top 10 while just missing Caseyland at #44, and it makes me feel good all over when I hear it.
March 19th, 1988
Yes, their sound seemed tailor-made for the Stock Aiken Waterman machine. It doesn’t mean they needed to join automated clowns. Because when they did, any edge they had was removed and replace with heaping loads of sugar. The song will go into insulin shock at #48, and the original trio will never be the same again.
Believe it or not, this is better than you think. Barry plays it like a Jewish Coati Mundi, and the duet is actually kinda fun. So that’s probably why his fans scoffed, and it debuts at its peak.
Here’s another band and single from Down Under, part of the Australian Invasion of the late 80s. Their sound was heavily percussed as they had at least 4 or 5 and up to 9 members playing different drum beats at once. Their only chart single is one you should play loudly, a 1973 Chuck Jackson cover of I Can’t Break Away that these folks totally tear up. It will only climb up to #60 but will be a Top 10 Dance hit.
March 18th, 1989
Robbie gets his first charting swing and miss as his follow-up to Back On Holiday with flatline at #63. I’m not sure why, as it’s a pleasantly slick slice of upbeat pop. Guess programmers needed room for the next White Lion single instead.
Steve’s trying milk his Roll With It with another single, his fourth. Alas, this will one flameout at #53. It was co-written with former Traffic member, Jim Capaldi. They should have chosen this instead.
This was the third release from Big Thing and an early single release on CD. It can also be found on the soundtrack to the film Tequila Sunrise. It will only rise up to #72. A much better choice for a single from that album would have been this one.
Glenn cleaned up his act and started lifting weights, and he wants all of you to know that’s the only way to live. So enjoy this Hip to Be Square rip-off, and he shoves it down your throat. The workout ends at #90.
I can just imagine Glenn at a health club. What a treat he must have been. “Hey, man, where the hell are the towels? Put more towels in the locker room. Do you know who I am? I’ve been paying your salary for years, fuckhead.“