Category Archives: 1989

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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Phil Collins – Another Day In Paradise

First Hit #1: December 23, 1989 Phil Collins puts on his serious pants for this one, tackling homelessness and putting together what has to be the most sarcastic chorus of 1989. In the process, he makes an issue song that … Continue reading

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Billy Joel – We Didn’t Start the Fire

First Hit #1: December 9, 1989 Recently, the schlockmeisters behind films such as Date Movie released a trailer for their newest film. Like their previous films, it does not contain jokes really, but references to pop culture, assuming that simply … Continue reading

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Milli Vanilli – Blame it on the Rain

First Hit #1: November 25, 1989 Yesterday, I wrote that Diane Warren’s songwriting tends to take over and render bands somewhat indistinct. So it’s a surprise that Milli Vanilli, of all groups, can turn Warren into something their own. It’s … Continue reading

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Bad English – When I See You Smile

First Hit #1: November 11, 1989 Some songwriters are distinctly themselves no matter who is singing their songs. Diane Warren is one of those, her songs are Diane Warren songs, no matter who is in the band or who is … Continue reading

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Roxette – Listen to your Heart

First Hit #1: November 4, 1989 According to Per Gassle, Listen to Your Heart was an attempt to out-ballad the typical American FM ballad. He said they wanted to see how far they could take it. In the process, they … Continue reading

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Janet Jackson – Miss You Much

First Hit #1: October 7, 1989 Janet Jackson has a distinct personality from her brother, especially in lyrical subject matter, but her music does have a certain Jackson sound. Perhaps that’s inevitable when your brother defined pop music for a … Continue reading

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