Should We Talk About The Government?


We’re pulling up the rear of the decade, 1987 to 1989, to be exact, as we review The Other Sixty from chart week twenty-three.

June 13th, 1987

82. Cyndi Lauper – Boy Blue

The fourth single release from Cyndi’s True Colors LP was a song she co-wrote about a friend who had recently died from AIDS. Proceeds from the single were donated to various AIDS organizations. It’s a shame it didn’t climb higher than #71.

89. Bruce Willis – Under The Boardwalk

When ego and coke enter a room, this is what walks out of it. Talk a knee, Bruce. Take a long knee and bow your head. His destruction of this Drifters classic somehow rose as high as #59.

90. Poison – I Want Action

I thought for sure that the inaction of this single would render these clowns a one-hit-wonder glam trash act when it hit #50. Thirty-plus years later, they’re still laughing their way to the bank.

91. 4 By Four – Want You For My Girlfriend

Here’s the Queens, NY quartet, 4 By Four (which sounds more like a Country group) trying to get some of that New Edition money with a light funk-pop selection that peaked at #79. This track and another made the R&B Top 10, but this foursome never recorded a follow-up.

92. Whitesnake – Still of The Night

Whitesnake had been around for almost a decade with not much to show for it. This was the first single from their seventh album, which was their second chart entry. It went still at #79. Their next single was Here I Go Again, which went all the way to #1.

95. Patty Smyth – Downtown Train

Two years before Rod Stewart’s Top 10 cover, the ex-lead singer of Scandal tried her hand at this Tom Waits song, featuring David Sanborn on the sax solo. It is debuting at its peak.

97. K.T.P. – Certain Things Are Likely

The band Kissing The Pink didn’t have much luck under that name (wonder why?), so they changed it to the initials instead. New name, same results, as it debuts at its peak, but became a big dance hit in the clubs. It was also a CD cut-out favorite in record stores, so I picked up a copy, and it’s better than advertised.

June 11th, 1988

86. Ice-T – Colors

Here’s a debut twosome for the ages. First, the West Coast rapper and grandparent favorite on Law & Order gets his first chart single with the title song to the Sean Penn/ Robert Duvall film, Colors. It will rise to #70.

90. Tiffany – Feelings Of Forever

And now we have shopping mall mascot, Tiffany with the fourth release from her debut, a song that shamefully rips off Bryan Adams’ Heaven. Thankfully forever ended at #50.

June 10th, 1989

93. R.E.M. – Pop Song 89

This was the third single from R.E.M.’s album, Green, mostly notable for its video of three topless women and a shirtless Michael Stipe all dancing with censor blocks on their chest. I couldn’t wait for this LP to come out and played the hell out of that cassette during the Fall of 88/89. I thought for sure this would be as big as Stand, but it only had a #86 showing.

99. Skid Row – Youth Gone Wild

Sebastian Bach (no relation to anyone talented) and his boys take advantage of metal’s MTV dominance with the first single from their debut. It will rise no higher than where it is now.


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