Originally written September 7, 2013.
Good evening, and welcome to the Saturday edition of Top 10 Flashback! On Saturdays we feature flashbacks for Generations X and Y, with commentary from some over-50 old fart.
Tonight we will go back to this week in 1989 and look at the playlist of one of the few stations I could find still publishing their own surveys, 101.3 WKCI in New Haven, Connecticut, a/k/a KC101. Their Top 40 format has been around since 1979, and it was the continuation of the old Lucky 13, WAVZ, so they have close to a half century of Top 40 heritage. They’re still doing it today, which means they play “Blurred Lines” incessantly. Let’s see what they played incessantly 24 years ago. Survey dated September 8, 1989.
Here we go!
Madonna – Cherish
Madonna had quite a few songs that became dance floor classics, and she had some that were totally generic and forgettable. Guess which side this one falls on.
Cher – If I Could Turn Back Time
Cher was a busy woman in the late 80’s; not only was her music career rebounding nicely, but she had become an accomplished actress as well. This isn’t a song I reach for, but when it comes on the oldies/classic hits station, I don’t automatically change it in disgust. How’s that for a ringing endorsement?
Skid Row – 18 And Life
Oh, dear. Here come the hair bands. This must be a good song, because even though I hate hair bands, and I REALLY hate power ballads by hair bands, I kinda like this. So score one for Sebastian Bach.
Jeff Healey Band – Angel Eyes
If you’ve been to a wedding reception in the past 20-odd years, I guarantee the DJ played this song. It’s timeless. Jeff Healey was only 41 when he died in 2008 – I never knew he was blind until I read his obituary.
Paula Abdul – Cold Hearted
Paula Abdul is now 51 and still looks great. The songs that made her a superstar around this time have not held up as well as she has. You won’t be hearing this song at a wedding; maybe a class of ’89 reunion.
Richard Marx – Right Here Waiting
This song sucks.
Soul II Soul – Keep On Movin’
Decent mid-tempo dance song. I prefer “Back To Life” myself.
Surface – Shower Me With Your Love
Gloria Estefan – Don’t Wanna Lose You
This was just before the tour bus crash that almost killed her; the tour was to support this album. This song did make it to #1.
All right, the moment you’ve all been waiting for, the #1 song this week in 1989 on KC101 in New Haven is:
Ass, dick, monkey balls – you name it and this song sucks it. On the other hand, when was the last time any kind of rock song made #1?
There you go. Thank you for looking through this little window into the past, and remember to watch this space next Friday night for a T10FB from the 60’s or 70’s. Now let’s hear from you!