Here's something a little lighter than the last couple of entries, seeing as it's a weekend and all: Pop-music blogger Jason Hare has a regular Friday feature called "Chart Attack!" in which he posts the Top Ten songs from a past week ending on the same date, and goes through the songs. This week's entry, from February 11, 1989 is right in my wheelhouse, or ought to be:
10. Walking Away - Information Society
9. She Wants To Dance With Me - Rick Astley
8. I Wanna Have Some Fun - Samantha Fox
7. The Lover In Me - Sheena Easton
6. All This Time - Tiffany
5. When The Children Cry - White Lion
4. Born To Be My Baby - Bon Jovi
3. Wild Thing - Tone-Loc
2. When I'm With You - Sheriff
1. Straight Up - Paula Abdul
At the time, I was a senior in high school, mostly listening to Top 40 radio (because there wasn't any other kind out in the sticks), smack in the middle of the prime pop-culture imprinting years (the block of years between ages 13-21 are teh time when you're most likely to obsessively follow pop culture), so you'd think this would be prime nostalgia material for me...
You'd be wrong.
I can confidently recall only four of those ten songs, and I hate, hate, hate two of them ("When the Children Cry" by the Great White Poisonous Lion-Snakes (though I don't associate the song with 1989), and "Straight Up" by Simon Cowell). I think I might be able to place the Samantha Fox song (I haven't watched the YouTube video to see if I'm right), but the other five are a total loss. I have absolutely no recollection of any of these songs, and they were evidently big hits.
I'm not really sure whether this is a statement about the ephemeral nature of pop culture, or just an indication that I had other things on my mind (Feb. 11 would've been getting toward the end of basketball season, so I was a little preoccupied, plus I was waiting on college acceptance letters at around that time...). It's sort of weird to see a Top Ten list from right in the heart of my era, and have it look so unfamiliar, though.
(Contrast this with the previous installment, from 1985, where I'm pretty sure I could sing the chorus of eight of the ten songs. Not that you would want me to do that. Believe me, nobody wants that.)
We got caught up yesterday watching VH1's countdown of the top 100 one-hit wonders - tons from the early and mid 80s. Soft Cell's Tainted Love was #2.
Unrelatedly, how's the weather? We had almost two-tenths of an inch of rain yesterday, but it's better today - sunny, ~65.
"Straight Up" by Simon Cowell
Typo or witticism?
Reading this entry's title had me all excited for a Tufte-style gallery of bad powerpoint, and seeing late-80s pop just feels like a letdown.