Running Wild In A Confined Space

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Time to finish up our review of The Other Sixty from the thirtieth chart week. Our debuts are from 1987, 1988, and 1989.

August 1st, 1987

88. Glenn Medeiros – Watching Over You

Hawaiian singer Glenn Medieros had an international with a George Benson cover of Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love For You. That prompted the recording of a full album full of sappy ballads such as this one. The watchdog falls asleep at #80. In three years from now, he will hit #1 with a Bobby Brown throwaway single, She Ain’t Worth It.

Fun fact: Glenn is currently the principal of a Catholic school in Honolulu.

93. Curiosity Killed The Cat – Misfit

Man, I was obsessed with this song from the first time that I heard it. Funny how that can happen, how a particular song can cut into deeply without explanation. It takes me back to the Summer of 87, carrying my boombox on the beach, sitting in the dunes playing the song which I taped off the radio, WLIR specifically, over and over. I had to go to a specific record store to order the 12″ single as an import, which took four weeks for me to receive.

This single and quartet were initially referred to as teeny-bop but also labeled as sophisti-pop, which just means they mixed jazz and soul into their pop sound, just like Sade and Swing Out Sister. This single will be their only chart hit, just missing the Casey call at #42.

Fun fact: Andy Warhol directed the video to this song when it was first released in the UK in 1986. It was his last appearance on camera. By the time it was released in the US, he had passed away.

98. Cover Girls – Spring Love

This New York freestyle trio is on the second chart single after the mild success of Show Me. It is debuting at its peak this week. Also, it has nothing to do with Stevie B.’s freestyle track of the same name.

July 30th, 1988

86. Run-D.M.C. – Mary, Mary

The Hollis, Queens threesome follow-up their breakthrough album, Raising Hell with Tougher Than Leather, which features the classics Run’s House and I Ain’t Going Out Like That. This single, which covers and samples the 1966 Monkees song, was the only one that charted. But Pop radio started buggin’ and turned away from this song as it only climbed to #75. They should have asked Peter Tork to wear a Kangol and Addidas tracksuit in their video.

90. Cher – Skin Deep

I love Cher. You never know what version of her act that you’re gonna get. In the late 80s she did some double-dipping, jumpstarting her music career yet again at the same time as her Oscar-winning performance in Moonstruck. Her 1987 self-titled album netted her two big hit ballads, but for her third single, she goes the dance-pop route. I can take this way more than I Found Someone, but radio felt differently, shedding it on the charts at #79.

94. Belinda Carlisle – I Feel Free

A 1966 Cream cover may seem like an odd choice for this Go-Gos singer. For what it’s worth, she makes it work for her. For the crowd that enjoyed her Top 10 smashes, Circle In The Sand, I Get Weak, and Heaven Is A Place On Earth, they were non-plussed and gave her a spoonful of strange brew at #88.

98. Kings Of The Sun – Black Leather

Yes, if you are kings of the sun, your skin will be black leather. But this song is not a PSA. It’a hard rock track from an Australian group that debuts at its peak with its only US chart hit.

July 29th, 1989

82.John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band – Pride & Passion

When Eddie & the Cruisers died at the theatres in 1983, I can’t imagine anyone thought there would be a sequel only six years. I’m sure any of us asked for one. Well, maybe a handful of guys from Rhode Island did. John and his cohorts decide to ride that ship until it sinks, providing music for Part II: Eddie Lives and give everyone yet another chance to hear third-rate Springsteen rockers. This will be the last chart hit for these dudes when it hits #66.

92. The Jets – You Better Dance

I’ve watched Unsung: The Jets (I sure did), so I’m guessing someone in their family pissed off their record company just enough for them to give up on this single. This Michael Jonzun cut was way better than most of the dance-pop on the charts at the time. But it bombed out everywhere. The guilty feet lost their rhythm at #59.

95. Waterfront – Nature Of Love

I never understood the point of a duo. Yes, Hall & Oates is a duo, but they need a band to make their music. So why not just be a band? Indigo Girls can play by themselves just fine. Chromeo, ditto. Those are true duos. These two British bros looked good brooding in suits, but they needed lots of production behind them. It helped them score a Top 10 hit, Cry, but their soft pop follow-up will only climb to #70.

96. Stage Dolls – Love Cries

Glam rock was a money-printing machine, and everyone wanted in on the action. This Norwegian power trio just to shoehorn their style into that genre for a few bucks. All they ended up with is one US chart single that sobbed its way up to #46.

97. Guns N’ Roses – Nightrain

Guns N Roses had four straight Top 10 hits, starting in late 1987. Their last one, Patience, was from the GNR Lies EP. Because the band was touring, they decide to release another single from Appetite For Destruction. This ode to cheap liquor passed out at #93.

 

 

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