Category Archives: 1988

And we’re done…

When I started this project, I had two goals. One, I wanted to do a long-form project and see it to the end. With Happy wrapping up the chart, I have accomplished that goal. Two, I wanted to understand the … Continue reading

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Poison – Every Rose Has its Thorn

First Hit #1: December 24, 1988 And so 1988 ends the only way it could, with a hair metal power ballad. Which is not a knock against Every Rose Has Its Thorn, which is about as good as this kind … Continue reading

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Chicago – Look Away

First Hit #1: December 10, 1988 It’s always a bit weird when a band loses a frontman, even if the rest of the band members are eminently talented musicians who made major contributions to the band’s sound. So here we … Continue reading

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Will to Power – Baby I Love Your Way/Freebird Medley

First Hit #1: December 3, 1988 At one point in 1988, the most popular single was a medley of 70s hits performed by a group whose name was a reference to Nietzsche and whose members – according to the below … Continue reading

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The Escape Club – Wild Wild West

First Hit #1: November 12, 1988 Wild Wild West wasn’t a song that was meant to endure. That’s not really an insult, it’s just very much of 1988. There are references to current cultural events and figures that go right … Continue reading

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Beach Boys – Kokomo

First Hit #1: November 5, 1988 A lot of people hate Kokomo, and I suspect that it has something to do with expectations. If you’re from the ’60s and have fond memories of Brian Wilson’s sonic innovation, this song is … Continue reading

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Phil Collins – A Groovy Kind of Love

First Hit #1: October 22, 1988 Phil Collins might not have been the most obvious pop star, but he did many of the obvious pop star things, including starring in a film. Buster might not be well remembered today – … Continue reading

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