First Hit #1: July 21, 1990
George Michael hasn’t ascended to the top of the chart in a while, and was in the midst of trying to destroy his career, so it makes sense that someone would try to become the new George Michael. So let’s bring in Glenn Medeiros, a man whose name I have already misspelled about a hundred times so far, and whose voice has a passing similarity to Michael’s. That’s a good thing, and Medeiros makes the song quite tolerable, a really pleasant sounding song about how awful the subject is. Bitter breakups do go down better when you’ve got a highly pleasant voice to sing it with.
Yet, this isn’t just aping Michael, Medeiros is trying to forge ahead with his own identity. That means we get some clear New Jack Swing influence, right down to putting Bobby Brown on a rap verse. It’s a bit of a meld between old ideas and new, and while it hasn’t aged that well, it’s the right song for the time.
Yet, for whatever reason, I think of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles when I hear this, I think it’s the synths, which sound very similar to a song used on a TMNT soundtrack at some point.