Originally written August 24, 2013.
Well, what’s up, Saturday night shut-ins? It’s time once again for Top 10 Flashback, Saturday edition. What we’re going to do from now on is feature the 1960’s and 70’s on our Friday show, and give Saturdays to the young ‘uns with flashbacks from the 80’s, 90’s, and even 2000’s. I will admit that I stopped giving a shit after about 1985, but I feel we should get some younger people in these threads that have more to say than “music sucked back then.”
Since I’m an old fuck myself, my comments on this later pop music may be a little less than kind at times, but I’ll always try to find something to like. So with that, let’s go back to this week in 1987 by request and see what the Q’s, Z’s, and Kiss FM’s of the world were playing. Local chart data starts getting a bit skimpy around this time, so we’ll use the Billboard Hot 100 from August 22, 1987 just like Casey did. So slip on your Members Only jacket and let’s do this!
I Just Can’t Stop Loving You – Michael Jackson With Siedah Garrett
Only with Michael Jackson could you consider an album that sold 30 million copies to be a letdown. Believe it or not, “Bad” spawned more Billboard #1’s than “Thriller,” but geez, what a drop in quality. My guess is “Bad” only did as well as it did because of who it was. I barely remember this song.
Heart And Soul – T’Pau
At least I barely remember the Michael song. This one doesn’t ring a bell with me at all, probably because it’s so damn generic. Funny that a song called “Heart And Soul” has neither.
Rock Steady – The Whispers
All right, now you’re talkin’. This is a genuinely good song that still works today. One of the few that actually benefits from 80’s-style production.
Only In My Dreams – Debbie Gibson
Oh yeah, she was a little hottie back then and still pretty doable now. Here’s one from her 2005 appearance in Playboy:
Nice ass! Oh, the song. It existed. They, like, played it on the radio and stuff.
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For – U2
Pop quiz: Name an album released in 1987 that’s considered to be a true classic today besides these:
Guns N’ Roses – Appetite For Destruction
Prince – Sign O’ The Times
U2 – The Joshua Tree
Me neither. Some might say “Dirty Dancing” or “Pyromania,” but those are not so much classics as they are artifacts. “Slippery When Wet?” “Licensed To Ill?” Both released in ’86. “Bad?” See comments above. Some of you hate them, but objectively speaking, U2 fully deserves their status as one of the great bands of the last 30 years.
I Want Your Sex – George Michael
All right, I’ll admit it: I own this CD. Haven’t played it in a long time, but it’s there. There was no better pure pop artist than George Michael at the time. No, not even MJ. This song created quite a stir at the time, and Casey Kasem wouldn’t utter the title on AT40. Sounds pretty dated now, doesn’t it?
Don’t Mean Nothing – Richard Marx
Richard Marx was considered a “rock” artist. Says a lot about the state of rock then.
Luka – Suzanne Vega
This was considered to be one of the important songs of the late 80’s, but like so much of the music of the period, it just hasn’t held up. Still worth a listen, though.
La Bamba – Los Lobos
This is one of my favorite movies, and Los Lobos did a fine job with the music. Today’s oldies/classic hits stations are more likely to play this version than Ritchie Valens’s.
Now, before we unveil this week’s number one song, here’s an AT40 long distance dedication:
Always wondered how the poor guy who wrote that letter felt when he heard that.
All right, the #1 song from this week in 1987, according to the official source, Billboard magazine, is:
I’ve heard better Madonna.
All right, there you go, guy who asked for 1987. We’ll be back next Friday with another Top 10 flashback!