Back to the 90s: January 1990 [40-1]

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Postby Thriller » Sat Nov 11, 2017 4:30 pm

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So I've set myself a bit of a mission to become even more knowledgeable about 90s music and I'm starting right back at the beginning of the decade. In this series of charts based around each month of each year, I will listen to every track that entered the top 100 that month and collate a top 40 from them.

JANUARY 1990
31/12/89 - 03/02/90

185 tracks were eligible to make January's chart, here are the songs which missed out on the top 40:
    3rd Bass – The Gas Face
    ASAP – Down The Wire
    Adamski – N-R-G
    The Almighty – Power
    Alternations – Feel It For You
    Babyface – Tender Lover
    Big Daddy Kane – Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now
    Birdland – Sleep With Me
    By All Means – Let's Get It On
    The Call – You Run
    Claytown Troupe – Real Life
    D Mob – Put Your Hands Together
    Dan Reed Network – Come Back Baby
    Def Jef – Droppin' Rhymes On Drums (ft. Etta James)
    Depth Charge – Bounty Killers
    E-Zee Possee – Love On Love (ft. Dr Mouthquake)
    Energy Orchard – Belfast
    Eurythmics – The King & Queen Of America
    The Fall – Telephone Thing
    Flowmasters – Let It Take Control
    The Gap Band – All Of My Love
    Gino Latino – Welcome
    Gwen Dickey – Car Wash
    Hi Tek 3 – Spin That Wheel (Turtles Get Real) (ft. Ya Kid K)
    The House Of Love – Shine On
    Intense – Garage Movement EP
    K. Tronics Ensemble – House Of Calypso (ft. Double J. Flash)
    Kaoma – Dancando Lambada
    Kiss AMC – My Docs
    Kylie Minogue – Tears On My Pillow
    Lea Salonga & Simon Bowman – The Last Night Of The World
    Lloyd Cole – No Blue Skies
    Luther Vandross – Here And Now
    M-D-Emm – Get Hip To This! (ft. Nasih)
    Marshall Jefferson – Move Your Body
    Megadeth – No More Mr Nice Guy
    Mikki Bleu – I Promise
    New Kids On The Block – Hangin' Tough
    Public Enemy – Welcome To The Terrordome
    Quincy Jones – I'll Be Good To You (ft. Ray Charles & Chaka Khan)
    Ride – Chelsea Girl
    The River Detectives – You Don't Know A Thing About Her
    Roxanne Shante – Independent Woman
    Ruby Turner – It's Gonna Be Alright
    Seduction – Two To Make It Right
    She Rockers – Jam It Jam
    Shy – Money
    Sterling Void – Set Me Free (ft. Paris Brightledge)
    Sybil – Walk On By
    Terence Trent D'Arby – To Know Someone Deeply Is To Know Someone Softly
    Tribal House – Motherland A-fri-ca
    Various – Further Adventures Of North EP
    Westbam – Hold Me Back
    Wreckx-N-Effect – Juicy
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Postby Thriller » Sat Nov 11, 2017 5:10 pm

40: Seven – Inside Love

Seven was an AOR band formed in Bournemouth who recorded two singles, both having minor success within the UK.
39: Da Posse – Searchin' Hard (ft. Martell)

Chicago-based house production trio, one of which went on to have success as one half of The Outhere Brothers.
38: Lil Louis And The World – I Called U (But You Weren't There)

Lil Louis is the stage name used by Chicago-born house-music producer and DJ Marvin Burns.
37: Smokie – Boulevard Of Broken Dreams

Smokie (originally spelt as Smokey) are an English rock band from Bradford, Yorkshire.
36: Raze – All 4 Love (Break 4 Love) (ft. Lady J & The Secretary Of Ent)

Raze was an American electronic dance music group, assembled by the multi-instrumentalist and producer Vaughan Mason.
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Postby Thriller » Wed Nov 15, 2017 12:07 pm

35: Phil Collins – I Wish It Would Rain Down

Collins felt that it was as close as he had ever gotten at the time to writing a blues song; Eric Clapton plays lead guitar.
34: The Beloved – Hello

The Beloved (originally called The Journey Through) are an English electronic group formed by Jon Marsh.
33: Eric Clapton – Bad Love

This rock composition also features singer Phil Collins, who plays drums and sings harmony background vocals.
32: The Psychedelic Furs – House

The Psychedelic Furs are an English rock band founded in London in February 1977.
31: Skid Row – 18 And Life

Skid Row is an American heavy metal band, formed in 1986 in Toms River, New Jersey.
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Postby leomedar » Sat Nov 18, 2017 1:56 am

Amazing! Found this as I was preparing this week's ukmix hot100!
Good job!

Phil Collins is so good here, the video was something! And Eric Clapton's is one of my fav. Nominated it as Best Rock Song in my own Leo Awards 1990 (finished 4th) but the album Journeyman was Silver Medal.

I'll def be checking this! Thanks
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Postby heppolo » Sat Nov 18, 2017 9:08 am

Psychedelic Furs had a good song with "House"
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Postby Thriller » Sat Nov 18, 2017 2:52 pm

Thanks for the comments, I didn't think anyone would :lol: another update coming later.
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Postby Thriller » Wed Nov 22, 2017 4:20 pm

30: Fidelfatti with Ronnette – Just Wanna Touch Me

Fidelfatti is an Italian DJ and producer, this track samples Ecstasy, Passion & Pain by Touch & Go - familiar from JX's Son Of A Gun.
29: The Alarm – Love Don't Come Easy

The Alarm are a Welsh alternative rock/new wave band that formed in Rhyl, Wales, in 1981.
28: Deskee – Let There Be House

Deskee is the stage name for Derrick Crumpley, an American house music artist.
27: Quireboys – Hey You

Quireboys (originally Queerboys) are an English hard rock band formed in 1984 in London, with strong ties to Newcastle.
26: Renegade Soundwave – Probably A Robbery

Renegade Soundwave (sometimes shortened to RSW) was an electronic music group from London.
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Postby Thriller » Mon Nov 27, 2017 9:37 am

25: Carmel – You Can Have Him

Carmel McCourt is an English singer, best known for her eponymous band Carmel with bassist Jim Parris, and drummer Gerry Darby.
24: Tanita Tikaram – We Almost Got It Together

Tanita Tikaram is a British pop/folk singer-songwriter, known for her powerful, husky voice, and poetic and somewhat obscure lyrics.
23: Yell! - Instant Replay

Yell! were a British pop duo, consisting of singers Daniel James and Paul Varney. They were signed by Simon Cowell.
22: The Mission – Butterfly On A Wheel

The Mission (known as The Mission UK in the United States) are an English gothic rock band formed in 1986.
21: Kym Mazelle – Was That All It Was

Kym Mazelle (born Kymberly Grigsby) is an American singer-songwriter. She is regarded as a pioneer of house music in the UK.
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Postby SummerPeur » Wed Nov 29, 2017 12:31 am

The Beloved – Hello - LOVED THIS

Fidelfatti with Ronnette – Just Wanna Touch Me - Thriller I tried so hard to get into this one, but I just couldnt :lol:

Tanita Tikaram – We Almost Got It Together - Was not expecting that voice! Unsure if I liked it or not.
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Postby Thriller » Wed Nov 29, 2017 1:57 pm

Thanks for the comments!
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Postby biscuits » Wed Nov 29, 2017 1:58 pm

Don't know any of these songs.
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Postby Thriller » Wed Nov 29, 2017 2:00 pm

biscuits wrote:Don't know any of these songs.
Listen to some! You'll know some coming up... one for sure.
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Postby heppolo » Wed Nov 29, 2017 2:04 pm

22: The Mission – Butterfly On A Wheel - good one, one of my favourite The Mission songs actually
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Postby Thriller » Wed Nov 29, 2017 2:37 pm

20: Hijack – The Badman Is Robbin'

Hijack were a hip hop group from Brixton, London, featuring Kamanchi Sly, DJ Supreme, DJ Undercover, Ulysses, Agent Fritz and Agent Clueso. This track was famously sampled by DJ Supreme himself on Tha Wildstyle and a further remix by Porn Kings in 1999. Kamanchi Sly is the brother of DJ Pied Piper and worked with him on 2001 #1 Do You Really Like It? This track is a great example of late 80s British rap - gritty but listenable.
19: Basia – Baby You're Mine

Barbara Trzetrzelewska, known simply as Basia, is a Polish singer-songwriter and record producer. After finding initial success in the mid-1980s as a singer for the British sophisti-pop trio Matt Bianco, Basia established a solo career in 1986 and subsequently enjoyed a successful recording career featuring characteristically Latin-flavoured jazz-pop crossover songs. Think Emma Bunton's second album! Cute and laidback.
18: Martika – More Than You Know

Marta Marrero, known as Martika, is an American singer-songwriter and actress, who released two internationally successful albums in the late 1980s and early 1990s, selling over four million copies worldwide. This was Martika's debut single, released over a year earlier in the States and peaking at #18 there. She walked away from fame in 1992 after becoming burnt-out and overwhelmed. This song is VERY Madonna circa 1985, not just in production but also vocal.
17: Age Of Chance – Higher Than Heaven

Age of Chance were a British alternative rock-dance crossover band from Leeds, England, active from 1985 to 1991. They were perhaps most known for their mutant metallic cover of Prince's Kiss which topped the UK Indie Chart in 1986. Despite signing for major label Virgin, and being favourites with the UK music press, they never enjoyed a major hit in the UK. This single was the first to feature new vocalist Charles Hutchinson and is an uplifting soul/pop/rock number.
16: Lonnie Gordon – Happenin' All Over Again

Lonnie Gordon is an American female dance, pop and R&B singer and songwriter from New York's Bronx. After relocating to the UK in the late 80s, Gordon spent two years collaborating with producers on club records until she worked with British hitmaking team Stock Aitken & Waterman. This song had originally been written for Donna Summer but Gordon was offered the track as they had a long association with her record label dating back to 1985 and SAW had fallen out with Donna Summer!
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Postby SummerPeur » Thu Nov 30, 2017 12:55 pm

BASIA is the standout from this group!

Just listened to More Than You Know - quite a nice time and I get what you mean about the Madge vibes.
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15: Del Amitri – Nothing Ever Happens

Del Amitri are a Scottish alternative rock band, formed in Glasgow, Scotland in 1983. The band grew out of Justin Currie's Jordanhill College School band and came together after a teenage Currie placed an advertisement in the window of a music store asking for people who could play to contact him. This single became their highest peaking UK hit and is a piece of social commentary discussing the sanity and monotony of many of society’s norms, albeit with an upbeat guitar riff.
14: Mantronix – Got To Have Your Love (ft. Wondress)

Mantronix was an influential 1980s hip hop and electro funk music group from New York City. The band was formed by DJ Kurtis Mantronik (Kurtis el Khaleel) and rapper MC Tee (Touré Embden). Got To Have Your Love featured vocals from American singer Wondress and became their biggest hit, later to be covered by Liberty X in 2002, who out-peaked this original by two places. Kurtis Mantronik states he created it because he "wanted to get a song on the radio".
13: Deacon Blue – Queen Of The New Year

Taking their name from the Steely Dan song Deacon Blues, Deacon Blue were formed in 1985 following vocalist Ricky Ross's move from Dundee to Glasgow where he met co-vocalist Lorraine McIntosh, who he married in 1990. This was the fifth and final single from their second album and was released, uncoincidentally, to tie in with New Year's Eve. It's a typical upbeat, fun Deacon Blue track and managed to chart at #4 in Ireland where they were more successful.
12: UB40 – Here I Am (Come And Take Me)

UB40 are an English reggae and pop band, formed in December 1978 in Birmingham, England. The ethnic make-up of the band's original line-up was diverse, with musicians of English, Irish, Jamaican, Scottish and Yemeni parentage. The name "UB40" was selected in reference to the signing-on document issued to people claiming unemployment benefit. This cute reggae track is a cover of a 1973 Al Green song andn was a much bigger hit in the US, reaching #7.
11: Terry, Blair & Anouchka – Ultra Modern Nursery Rhyme

Terry, Blair & Anouchka were a musical group, active in the early 1990s. They were formed by Coventry-born singer Terry Hall, American actress Blair Booth and jeweller Anouchka Grose. Hall is most famous for being the lead singer of The Specials. All three members shared a love for '60s pop, as well as kitschy mainstream pop - this is a great little ditty that I'd never heard before. It's very 90s and very quirky, think Mike Flowers Pops but cooler!
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Postby Benny » Sun Dec 03, 2017 7:54 pm

Del Amitri are so underrated, they had some great songs, 'Nothing Ever Happens' being one of them. Love the lyrics.
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Postby SummerPeur » Sun Dec 03, 2017 11:15 pm

So sorry Thriller, I didn’t enjoy any of these songs from the most recent batch :lol:

Though in saying that the Deacon Blue song wasn’t as bad as the rest and I didn’t mind it :).
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Postby Thriller » Mon Dec 04, 2017 7:07 pm

Aw thanks for listening anyway!
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Postby JakeP » Tue Dec 05, 2017 8:17 pm

Ohh i love the Lonnie Gordon song. I have such a soft spot for those dance inspired pop songs that were popular around that time.

Also love Got to have your love although that was thanks to Liberty X recording their own version, and as such brought the original to my attention. :D

I recognise some of the acts so far but not those particular songs. I shall give a couple of them a listen, i might even recognise them. :lol: I'm intrigued in seeing which songs make up your top 10. Is a certain australian female singer coming up? :P
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Postby Thriller » Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:10 pm

Check the first post, you may be disappointed!
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Postby JakeP » Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:50 pm

Thriller wrote:Check the first post, you may be disappointed!
Observation fail. :oops:

My knowledge of music from January 1990 is so poor, although i was 18 months old at the time. :lol: That said i'm sure of one other #1 that hasn't appeared yet, an excellent example of a cover becoming more well known than the original. :wink: It's one of my favourite songs of the 90s.
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Postby Thriller » Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:53 pm

10: Rod Stewart – Downtown Train



Sir Roderick David "Rod" Stewart, CBE, is a British rock singer and songwriter. Born and raised in London, he is of Scottish and English ancestry. Stewart is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold over 100 million records worldwide. This classic 80s AC track is a song originally recorded and released by Tom Waits in 1985 - five years later, Rod released his version (the most successful) and reached #3 in the US.
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Postby Thriller » Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:54 pm

9: And Why Not? - The Face



And Why Not? were a short-lived British pop trio, from Birmingham, West Midlands, England. Their style was a mix of reggae with pop. And Why Not? played as supporting act to UB40 at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham in 1990, and they supported Transvision Vamp at the Hammersmith Odeon in the same year. This track was their biggest hit and it contains influences of Prince, UB40 and Terence Trent D'Arby, I love how funky and cool it is - especially from a British act, as it sounds very American!
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Postby JSparksFan » Sat Dec 09, 2017 12:01 am

The Martika song does indeed sound like something Madonna would have recorded around the mid-80s!
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