Forgotten late-'80s/early-'90s pop singles

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will def participate in this thread if people label their youtube links for those of us who can't see them btw

some dude, Monday, 7 May 2012 13:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

you're really going for that early '89 period!

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 7 May 2012 13:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

I quite dig Martika's hi-NRG take on "I Feel The Earth Move."

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 7 May 2012 13:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

Ha, well I was specifically looking through a 1989 iTunes playlist. I will expand outwards from there. But it's one of my favorite pop music years, so it'll be gettin' some heavy representin' from me.

You Don't Throw Oranges On An Escalator (Deric W. Haircare), Monday, 7 May 2012 13:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

Glenn Medeiros ft. Bobby Brown, "She Ain't Worth It"

Dino, "Romeo"

sockless in moccasins (jaymc), Monday, 7 May 2012 13:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

Also, for some dude's and anyone else's sake if they can't see my YooToobz, so far I've posted:

Fine Young Cannibals - "Don't Look Back"
Bardeux - "I Love The Bass"
Martika - "More Than You Know"
Kon Kan - "I Beg Your Pardon"

You Don't Throw Oranges On An Escalator (Deric W. Haircare), Monday, 7 May 2012 14:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

I haven't heard "Romeo" in years.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 7 May 2012 14:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 7 May 2012 14:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

I can only think of totally barfy ones, like this

former personal denim advisor to the mayor, (La Lechera), Monday, 7 May 2012 14:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

Father MC, "I'll Do 4 U" (ft. an uncredited Mary J. Blige)

sockless in moccasins (jaymc), Monday, 7 May 2012 14:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

Jane Wiedlin - "Rush Hour"

Michel'le - "Nicety"

Soho - "Hippychick"

Exposé - "When I Looked At Him"

You Don't Throw Oranges On An Escalator (Deric W. Haircare), Monday, 7 May 2012 14:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Rush Hour" is dope! i bought that Wiedlin album on vinyl once but haven't listened in years

some dude, Monday, 7 May 2012 14:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

kon kan and soho not forgotten!

scott seward, Monday, 7 May 2012 14:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

weidlin singles, yes, mostly forgotten...

scott seward, Monday, 7 May 2012 14:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

This thread was (partially) prompted by finding a recorded-from-the-radio mixtape I made in 7th grade (1989, natch) and spiraling out of control in trying to track down all of the stuff I listened to back then. Such as this one (from that tape):

Radiorama - "Daddy, Daddy"

I get the impression this one never got much stateside play outside of Florida, but maybe I'm wrong?

You Don't Throw Oranges On An Escalator (Deric W. Haircare), Monday, 7 May 2012 14:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Rush Hour" is so awesome.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 7 May 2012 14:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

OOH YOU SEND MEEEE

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 7 May 2012 14:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

Full tracklisting of that awesome mix, btw:

Side 1
Paula Abdul - "Cold Hearted"
Milli Vanilli - "Girl, I'm Gonna Miss You"
Prince - "Batdance"
Radiorama - "Daddy, Daddy"
Surface - "Shower Me With Your Love"
Prince - "Scandalous"
Kevin Paige - "Don't Shut Me Out"

Side 2
Yaz - "Situation '88"
Indigo Girls - "Closer To Fine"
Rick Astley - "Ain't Too Proud To Beg"
The Cure - "Love Song"
Stevie B - "In My Eyes"
Jody Watley - "Friends"
Soul II Soul - "Keep On Movin'"

You Don't Throw Oranges On An Escalator (Deric W. Haircare), Monday, 7 May 2012 14:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

Kevin Paige's "Don't Shut Me Out" is one of the great Scritti Politti clones.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 7 May 2012 14:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

Tara Kemp - "Piece Of My Heart"

Sybil - "Don't Make Me Over"

The Boys - "Dial My Heart"

(I love how many of these YouTube videos seem to have been ripped from Night Tracks.)

You Don't Throw Oranges On An Escalator (Deric W. Haircare), Monday, 7 May 2012 14:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

Kenny Loggins - "Nobody's Fool"

Big Pig - "Breakaway"

Miami Sound Machine - "Falling In Love (Uh Oh)"

You Don't Throw Oranges On An Escalator (Deric W. Haircare), Monday, 7 May 2012 14:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

now you're posting young Alfred's American Top 40 with Shadoe Stevens listening.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 7 May 2012 14:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Falling in Love" is late '85 or '86 though.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 7 May 2012 14:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

According to my data, it was still charting in '87. A stretch, but still fair game!

You Don't Throw Oranges On An Escalator (Deric W. Haircare), Monday, 7 May 2012 14:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 7 May 2012 14:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

Betty Boo - "Doin' The Do"

Giant Steps - "(The World Don't Need) Another Lover"

Inner City - "Good Life"

Jets - "I Do You"

Chunky A - "Owww"

You Don't Throw Oranges On An Escalator (Deric W. Haircare), Monday, 7 May 2012 14:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

when people bring boxes of tapes to my store, these are the cassingles in the box. the height of cassingle-mania.

scott seward, Monday, 7 May 2012 15:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

the Sybil cover was the first top 40 hit unavailable on 7-inch.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 7 May 2012 15:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

when people bring boxes of tapes to my store, these are the cassingles in the box. the height of cassingle-mania.

Absolutley. I have a "Good Life" cassingle, but I'm not giving it up.

_Rudipherous_, Monday, 7 May 2012 15:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

I guess rap isn't really what this thread is asking for, but I want to put this here for some reason. I remember this primarily as its chorus hook, anyway. It's certainly very 1990.

_Rudipherous_, Monday, 7 May 2012 15:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

is "Good Life" forgotten? that would be outrageus!

gospodin simmel, Monday, 7 May 2012 16:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

^this

(REAL NAME) (m coleman), Monday, 7 May 2012 16:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

good life isn't forgotten. even big pig are remembered by some.

scott seward, Monday, 7 May 2012 16:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

and have people really forgotten that sybil song? man, i remember when that was on the radio all the time in philly. great single.

scott seward, Monday, 7 May 2012 16:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

good if not forgotten

londonbeat "ive been thinking about you"

(REAL NAME) (m coleman), Monday, 7 May 2012 16:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

The idea here is less about singles forgotten by you guys (as if the ILM hivemind would ever let a song fall through the cracks of history) and more about singles that had a brief moment of popularity but never really became latter-day radio staples or overused in commercials/movies or whatever. I'm way familiar with a lot of this stuff, but only because I've made the effort to remain familiar with it.

You Don't Throw Oranges On An Escalator (Deric W. Haircare), Monday, 7 May 2012 17:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

dunno if '94 counts as early '90s but:

single gun theory - "fall"

madame boo berry (donna rouge), Monday, 7 May 2012 17:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

Maxi Priest, "Close to You"

sockless in moccasins (jaymc), Monday, 7 May 2012 17:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

Terrence Trent D'Arby lite:

caro's johnson (Eazy), Monday, 7 May 2012 17:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

Forgotten is right - - - I was born in 1981, started listening to the radio around '94, '95, and don't recognize anything that's been posted to the thread yet. Are all of these indeed lost treasure? Should I listen?

Doctor Casino, Monday, 7 May 2012 18:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

Jaymc's posts itt are speaking to me.

Trip Maker, Monday, 7 May 2012 18:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

I would post that song "no myth," maybe, but everyone remembers that.

Trip Maker, Monday, 7 May 2012 18:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

he had a couple of other pretty good singles from that album iirc?

former personal denim advisor to the mayor, (La Lechera), Monday, 7 May 2012 18:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

"this and that" was ok

former personal denim advisor to the mayor, (La Lechera), Monday, 7 May 2012 18:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

When Leonard Pitts was still a music critic his mission was to proselytize on behalf of the misunderstood genius of Grayson Hugh.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 7 May 2012 18:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

Cathy Dennis, "Touch Me (All Night Long)":

sockless in moccasins (jaymc), Monday, 7 May 2012 18:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

Tracie Spencer, "This House"

sockless in moccasins (jaymc), Monday, 7 May 2012 18:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

seduction - (you're my one and only) true love

madame boo berry (donna rouge), Monday, 7 May 2012 18:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

Right Back Where We Started From - Sinitta

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 7 May 2012 21:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

Sir Mix-A-Lot - "Posse On Broadway"

Bobby Brown - "On Our Own"

MC Hammer - "Addams Groove"

You Don't Throw Oranges On An Escalator (Deric W. Haircare), Monday, 7 May 2012 21:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

the YouTubes are breaking my browser.

Jude Cole - Baby It's Tonight
Pebbles - Giving YOu The Benefit

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 7 May 2012 21:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

Efua's "Somewhere" was my favourite song of 1993 at the time. A much bigger song in Australia than in the UK, I have no idea why:

Tim F, Monday, 7 May 2012 21:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

alas, The Heights are not forgotten, my friend.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 7 May 2012 21:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

Bootsauce - Everyone's A Winner

MarkoP, Monday, 7 May 2012 21:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

Celine Dion - "If There Was Any Other Way"

(I actually liked and still like this one.)

You Don't Throw Oranges On An Escalator (Deric W. Haircare), Monday, 7 May 2012 21:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

38 Special - Second Chance

This was the first time I ever knew about 38 Special, I had no idea til I moved to the States that 38 Special had had some halfway decent songs

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 7 May 2012 21:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

Nelson - "(Can't Live Without Your) Love And Affection"

The Party - "Summer Vacation"

Kriss Kross - "I Missed The Bus"

You Don't Throw Oranges On An Escalator (Deric W. Haircare), Monday, 7 May 2012 21:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

the YouTubes are breaking my browser.

Yeah, I had to hide images.

sockless in moccasins (jaymc), Monday, 7 May 2012 21:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

Damn Yankees, "High Enough"

sockless in moccasins (jaymc), Monday, 7 May 2012 21:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

Instead of the YouTube links, you guys wanna explain briefly why they should or shouldn't be forgotten? I'd love read a few words on "Don't Shut Me Out," fer instance.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 7 May 2012 21:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

I heard "High Enough" at CVS and "Second Chance" on the easy ilstening station last week.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 7 May 2012 21:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

Can I take a moment of your time to rep for a global mindwipe of Ace of Base.

I just can't. I can't I can't I can't.
I even youtubed a link to post and then felt like a war criminal so I found something else instead.

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 7 May 2012 21:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

The Freakytrigger crew commented ably on the goodness of "The Sign."

The rest is kinda crap.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 7 May 2012 21:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

I prefer the darker "All That She Wants" to "The Sign," tbh.

sockless in moccasins (jaymc), Monday, 7 May 2012 21:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

! Wow. All That She Wants is top of my list of their worst.

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 7 May 2012 21:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

sorry -- I meant "All That She Wants"

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 7 May 2012 21:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

I thought for the longest time that "All That She Wants" was a song about trying to get pregnant.

You Don't Throw Oranges On An Escalator (Deric W. Haircare), Monday, 7 May 2012 21:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

I thought it was!

I didn't post it yet and I'm kinda youtubed out, but I hope no-one's forgotten When I See You Smile by Bad English. I think it's still one of those ballads that always ends up on a compilation every few years...I am not ashamed to say that I love love love it.
If only because Jon Waite had that not-so-hot-dude with hot-sounding-singing-voice thing going on.

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 7 May 2012 21:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

I adore a couple of John Waite solo hits but Bad English is an excrescence. A relative bought me the tape of that first album in late '89. The only I can stand is the (forgotten!) second hit "Price of Love."

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 7 May 2012 21:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

;_;

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 7 May 2012 21:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

Here's a mix I'm working on...

Sandii & The Sunsetz

Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet

Polaris

Man or Astro-Man?

heavymeddle, Monday, 7 May 2012 21:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

Good stuff on this thread so far. Firefox users: Flashblock addon is very useful for Youtube-heavy threads like this.

fit and working again, Monday, 7 May 2012 22:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

Is this considered forgotten or just not very well known in North America?
Vanessa Paradis - Be my baby

MarkoP, Monday, 7 May 2012 23:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

cf 90's Crushes - god I had totally forgotten about that song!!

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 7 May 2012 23:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

Natural Selection - Do Anything

A top ten nineties song for me: a #2 hit I don't even hear on urban radio anymore.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 7 May 2012 23:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

cosign!!!!

I totally forgot about this. Such a great jam.

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 00:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

I had such a crush on the singer, he looked like a taller Alex Desert from the Heights, lol

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 00:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

woah Alex Desert from Hepcat was on The Heights

some dude, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 00:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

Breathe - "How Can I Fall" (1988)

LeRooLeRoo, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 03:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

Danny Wilson - "Mary's Prayer" (1988)

LeRooLeRoo, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 03:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

Howard Jones - "Everlasting Love" (1989) (His last Top 10 hit I think?)

LeRooLeRoo, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 03:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

Army Of Lovers - "Crucified" (1991). Nobody I know remembers this, but it's amazing.

LeRooLeRoo, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 03:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

Master of Treacle, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 19:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

like Joe Pasquale and Gandhi (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 19:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

like Joe Pasquale and Gandhi (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 19:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

nobody else but me.

one of my fave albums.

this was one of the singles :

mark e, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 21:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

another single :

lots of cooler than thou remixers involved - 808 state, j cauty, paul oakenfold etc

mark e, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 21:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

MarkoP, Wednesday, 9 May 2012 13:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

Tevin Campbell's new-jack swing remake of "Strawberry Letter 23":

Carrie Antwoord (jaymc), Thursday, 10 May 2012 15:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

4 months pass...

Brent Bourgeois - "Dare To Fall In Love"

I don't know how I managed to completely forget this song's existence and yet still recall every note and word upon hearing it.

Old Lunch, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 14:42 (1 year ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

hears "This House" (Tracie Spencer) and Sybil's "Don't Make Me Over" on the adult R&B station this weekend.

the objections to Drake from non-REAL HIPHOP people (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 21 October 2013 02:31 (9 months ago) Permalink

was (not was) Shake Your Head

Jesus Loves You / Generations Of Love

piscesx, Monday, 21 October 2013 03:45 (9 months ago) Permalink

Rythm Syndicate - "P.A.S.S.I.O.N."

naus, Monday, 21 October 2013 05:31 (9 months ago) Permalink

The Wee Papa Girl Rappers - "Heat It Up". I used to own the 45 for this.

LeRooLeRoo, Monday, 21 October 2013 05:52 (9 months ago) Permalink

The Pursuit Of Happiness - "I'm An Adult Now". I had the 7" for this too. It went to #6 on Billboard's Modern Rock chart.

LeRooLeRoo, Monday, 21 October 2013 06:04 (9 months ago) Permalink

There was a real video for this, but I've never seen it:

PaulTMA, Monday, 21 October 2013 10:41 (9 months ago) Permalink


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