We’re almost done reviewing The Other Sixty for chart week forty, only three more years left. Let’s take a look at what didn’t make it in 1987, 1988, and 1989.
October 10th, 1987
Stephanie continues to rack up the R&B smashes while being ignored by Pop radio. This mid-tempo dance number will be her third #1 on the Soul charts, while it debuts at its peak on the Hot 100.
For the sake of understanding musical history, it’s worth noting that Pink Floyd ceased to exist after The Wall. The name was used as a way to earn more money for projects that were essential solo albums. The Final Cut was a Roger Waters album, and A Momentary Lapse of Reason was a David Gilmour solo album. This album was still widely anticipated as well as the promise of a world tour. This was the lead single, and I don’t ever think it’s left Rock radio playlists. By the time it debuts on the Hot 100, it will already have spent three weeks on top of the Mainstream Rock charts. Pop programmers grounded it at #70.
Except seventy-nine other songs. And that was on your best day. This SAW-produced dance ditty did go to #1 in Finland, so you have that going for you.
October 8th, 1988
It really took Luther a long time to have any consistency on the Pop charts and it wasn’t until the 90s when he had his first Top 10 hit. I’m not sure what programmers were thinking of, turning away a beautiful ballad like this, which will become his third R&B #1 and net him two Grammys. On the Hot 100, it will only reach #44.
This was a track from the 1988 Summer Olympics album, One Moment In Time. Even though the summer games were late in 1988, they were already over when this single charted. Shoot, we were into Autumn by now. This pop-rocker wasn’t given much of a chance or company push, and it will only move up three spots. It’s also never been added to any of Eric’s US greatest hits compilations.
If these guys thought that growing their hair long would sneak them through the glam metal door, they were kidding themselves. Groups like Poison, Cinderella, and the like considered these guys dinosaurs by this time, and I guess so did radio. This was the lead single from their seventh album, Too Hot To Sleep, and things were already falling apart as the bass player and the drummer had to be replaced. Somehow this song still crawled up to #61.
October 7th, 1989
Miss Labelle got the call to sing the theme for the latest Bond movie, License To Kill. Unfortunately, this was a low point in that series, and the film disappeared rather quickly. It took this Diane Warren-penned song with it as it will live and be allowed to let die at #79, even as it hit the R&B Top 10. Celine Dion will cover it in 1992 and take it into the Top 5.
I have no real affinity for freestyle music, as I feel it relied too much on unimaginative drum machine selections and annoying synth sounds for its hooks. But if this is your jam, more power to you. Stevie’s third single from In Your Eyes will end its search at #56
Australian group, Icehouse try to build on their double Top 40 success off of Man Of Colours with a newly recorded single for their greatest hits compilation, Great Southern Land. It will only reach #84 and become their last chart single in America.
I’m still unsure why Pop radio never embraced The Alarm. This is another single of theirs that should have cracked the Top 40, especially as it was huge at Mainstream and Modern Rock radio playlists. But somehow it will drown at #50.