Monthly Archives: May 2013

Bon Jovi – I’ll Be There For You

First Hit #1: May 13, 1989 And so, hair metal descends to earth in a flurry of power ballads, and Bon Jovi makes a song that sounds as though it was tailor made to be played at weddings. That’s not … Continue reading

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Madonna – Like a Prayer

First Hit #1: April 22, 1989 The Catholic church didn’t think much of Madonna. Like a Prayer didn’t help her case. Was it all the religious imagery in the video? Maybe, there is a lot of it, with burning crosses … Continue reading

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Fine Young Cannibals – She Drives Me Crazy

First Hit #1: April 15, 1989 Did you kind of like Sledgehammer but feel it needed less sax and more falsetto? Well then Fine Young Cannibals have the song for you! That’s not completely fair, the only similarity is really … Continue reading

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Roxette – The Look

First Hit #1: April 8, 1989 Dating a model isn’t perhaps the most universal subject for a song – which is one read on The Look – but I’d argue that the song is about something that’s at least somewhat … Continue reading

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The Bangles – Eternal Flame

First Hit #1: April 1, 1989 Unexpectedly, the women behind Walk Like an Egyptian have made a country song. It’s not quite arranged like a country song, with an odd Casiotone and vocals mix that seems at odd with what … Continue reading

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Mike and the Mechanics – The Living Years

First Hit #1: March 25, 1989 Unresolved intergenerational conflict is not a particularly common pop subject. In fact, it’s pretty clear that Mike and the Mechanics have made an intensely personal song without much thought to any commercial considerations. This … Continue reading

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Debbie Gibson – Lost in your Eyes

First Hit #1: March 4, 1989 Often, when you go to a wedding, a friend of the bride and groom will write a song for the happy couple. It won’t necessarily be a good song, but because it was written … Continue reading

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