Monthly Archives: April 2013

Michael Jackson – Dirty Diana

First Hit #1: July 2, 1988 Michael Jackson has always had a weird relationship with sexuality, and Dirty Diana is probably the best example of this in his catalog. It’s about his efforts to brush off a groupie, but it’s … Continue reading

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Debbie Gibson – Foolish Beat

First Hit #1: June 25, 1988 I expected something called Foolish Beat to be some mindless dance music, but instead it’s a pop ballad by someone who is clearly very young. Debbie Gibson was about 17 when the song was … Continue reading

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Rick Astley – Together Forever

First Hit #1: June 18, 1988 Rick Astley’s second hit is actually the Astley song I remembered best before the internet kind of messed up his legacy. Together Forever is still very much in the template of his earlier hit, … Continue reading

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George Michael – One More Try

First Hit #1: May 28, 1988 One More Try is an unexpected hit. Not because it’s bad – it is quite good, in fact – but because this is the kind of thing that radio stations tend to shy away … Continue reading

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Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine – Anything for You

First Hit #1: May 14, 1988 When I think of Gloria Estefan, I think of dance music. Stuff with a driving beat and a slight latin tinge, about rhythm going to get you or some mysterious character named Dr. Beat. … Continue reading

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Terence Trent D’Arby – Wishing Well

First Hit #1: May 7, 1988 Terence Trent D’Arby’s voice is strangely incongruous with his tiny, tiny body. He’s got a voice that sounds a bit rough, a bit deep, and a bit like it belongs to a larger, older … Continue reading

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Whitney Houston – Where Do Broken Hearts Go

First Hit #1: April 23, 1988 Now, a song that Whitney Houston just can’t redeem. Where Do Broken Hearts Go is awful, with poor production and a largely forgettable melody. Even Houston doesn’t bring her standard force of will to … Continue reading

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