Propriety Can Lead To Notoriety

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Let’s finish out chart week number 15 from 1987 to 1989 with a group of unlucky members of The Other Sixty.

April 18th, 1987 (None of this week’s debuts hit the Top 40)

88. Gino Vannelli – Wild Horses

I thought for sure this sultry shuffler was gonna get Gino back into the Top 40. It would have been his first in six years. As it stands, this will be his last chart hit when it climbs to #55 as it gets leapfrogged by Kenny G.

91. The Other Ones – We Are What We Are

Here’s another 45 that I bought back in 1987. I was convinced that this German-Australian sextet’s anthemic single would be much bigger than its peak of #53. They did manage a Top 40 hit on their follow-up, Holiday.

93. Newcity Rockers – Black Dog

Jesus, this is horrible. While some Led Zep fans find it offensive whenever anyone tries to sound like them or dare cover one of their songs, it doesn’t bother me in the least. But do something original with it. This crappy drum sound would make Bonham throw up in his grave. It’s a poor attempt at a cash grab, and it’s not surprising that Bob Rivers oversaw this project. This does not deserve to go any higher than it is, but a soulless big leg woman will stop it at #80.

94. Kool Moe Dee – Go See The Doctor

Kool was a member of the legendary rap trio, The Treacherous Three. When they split in the mid-80s, he got his college degree and started a solo career. This was the first single released, a cautious tale about the dangers of unprotected sex and its side effects, namely VD. Why didn’t they play this during Health class? It was also an early production effort by Teddy Riley. It will start to badly burn at #89.

April 16th, 1988

87. Nu Shooz – Should I Say Yes?

Here’s a another great song relegated to the Other Sixty ranks, a soulful laidback synth-pop jam from the folks who brought you I Can’t Wait in 1986. This ended up on the wrong side of the line when it peaked at #41, but this white-as-hell dup from Portland scored their third Top 40 on the R&B charts when this peaked at #17.

88. Underworld – Underneath The Radar

Damn, another great song, one that lives up to its title. Formed out the ashes of Freur, who had an obscure hit called Doot Doot, the newly formed electro-funk-pop band called Underworld released their debut in 1988 with this track as their lead-off single. Even with its appearance in a Miami Vice episode, this never rose any higher than #74.

89. Sting – Englishman In New York

Sting mixes some reggae with his jazz for this stately ode to writer Quentin Crisp as Branford Marsalis noodles around on his sax. I feel like this is more of a Winter song than a Spring one. Don’t know if that’s why it stiffed at #84, or we’re just not as sophisticated as Gordon as his mates. A remix will hit the UK Top 20 in 1990. Also, I still cringe every time the song reaches that fat drum beat breakdown.

94. David Lee Roth – Stand Up

For his Skyscraper album, David seems to be all in on the synth stuff, which is only a good idea if you can rise above the material. [He can’t.] Or have it be entertaining. [It’s not] This will sit down at #64. He should have spent less time rock climbing and more time songwriting.

April 15th, 1989

93. Sam Brown – Stop

This is the title track to Sam’s debut, and I had hoped to hell that it would cut through at the processed dance-pop and glam metal noise back in 1989. Unfortunately, we were all getting rick-rolled and didn’t even know it. This torch ballad will, well y’know, at #70.

95. Surface –  Closer Than Friends

Aww yeah. The quiet storm trio from New Jersey is back, keeping that Happy vibe with some chill synth soul, a track about hoping to get some from a pal. It will be the first of four #1 R&B hits for the group, but it will get turned down at #57 on the Hot 100.

Fun fact: Member David Townsend’s dad is Ed Townsend, who co-wrote Let’s Get It On with Marvin Gaye. I see the theme here. Also, member David Conley played bass with the funk band, Mandrill, from 1978 to 1981.

 

 

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