Billboard Number One Modern Rock Hits 1988/1989

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Chart doesn't actually start until September 88 so I'm folding 1988 in with 1989. Big ups to Kevin Seal.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Siouxsie and the Banshees - "Peek-A-Boo" (2 weeks) 12
The Cure - "Fascination Street" (7 weeks) 10
The Replacements - "I'll Be You" (1 week) 7
The B-52s - "Love Shack" (4 weeks) 6
XTC - "The Mayor of Simpleton" (5 weeks) 6
REM - "Orange Crush" (8 weeks) 4
Hoodoo Gurus - "Come Anytime" (3 weeks) 3
Psychedelic Furs - "All That Money Wants" (3 weeks) 2
Kate Bush - "Love and Anger" (3 weeks) 2
The Jesus and Mary Chain - "Blues From A Gun" (3 weeks) 2
Julian Cope - "Charlotte Anne" (1 week) 2
Lou Reed - "Dirty Blvd" (4 weeks) 2
REM - "Stand" (2 weeks) 2
U2 - "Desire" (5 weeks) 1
Camper Van Beethoven - "Pictures of Matchstick Men" (3 weeks) 1
Elvis Costello - "Veronica" (1 week) 1
Big Audio Dynamite - "Just Play Music!" (1 week) 1
Love and Rockets - "So Alive" (5 weeks) 1
The B-52s - "Channel Z" (3 weeks) 0
Tears For Fears - "Sowing the Seeds of Love" (1 week) 0
Public Image Ltd. - "Disappointed" (1 week) 0
Ian McCulloch - "Proud to Fall" (4 weeks) 0


balls, Thursday, 16 December 2010 04:19 (eight years ago) Permalink

In order:

P-Furs
"Fascination Street"
"Blues From a Gun"
"Channel Z"

Gus Van Sotosyn (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 16 December 2010 04:21 (eight years ago) Permalink

Love Shack, baby.

some dude, Thursday, 16 December 2010 04:22 (eight years ago) Permalink

I accepted a few months ago that my love for the P-Furs knows no bounds.

Gus Van Sotosyn (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 16 December 2010 04:26 (eight years ago) Permalink

if you get the chance to see them live i actually recommend it - very professional, solid, deliver the hits. cannot say the same for happy mondays (alas).

balls, Thursday, 16 December 2010 04:34 (eight years ago) Permalink

I like "Veronica!"

timellison, Thursday, 16 December 2010 04:35 (eight years ago) Permalink

Fascination Street followed
So Alive
Veronica
All That Money Wants

ENBB, Thursday, 16 December 2010 04:37 (eight years ago) Permalink

Peek-A-Boo is such an amazing fucking song

including it for anyone who hasn't heard it

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i41W-NIjMfs

Supposedly they recorded the whole song backwards and then added vocals?!

franz kaptcha (Whiney G. Weingarten), Thursday, 16 December 2010 04:37 (eight years ago) Permalink

Oh I missed that. I <3 Peek-a-boo.

ENBB, Thursday, 16 December 2010 04:39 (eight years ago) Permalink

lol, cute original aesthetic THE KNIFE

franz kaptcha (Whiney G. Weingarten), Thursday, 16 December 2010 04:39 (eight years ago) Permalink

if you get the chance to see them live i actually recommend it

them = P-Furs?

Gus Van Sotosyn (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 16 December 2010 04:40 (eight years ago) Permalink

1988 was the year I realized music existed. stuff like siouxsie and Green-era REM just hits my nostalgia zone in the perfect, perfect way

franz kaptcha (Whiney G. Weingarten), Thursday, 16 December 2010 04:41 (eight years ago) Permalink

I think I mind "I'll Be You" more in this context (mostly post-singer-songwriter mush) than when it crossed over on the AOR chart, where at least its sensitivity registered.

Gus Van Sotosyn (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 16 December 2010 04:41 (eight years ago) Permalink

thank you Geffen Records for all the amazing sounds on the Modern Rock classic "Peek-A-Boo." I'm so glad we've come so far that we don't need major labels and can make amazing music like Ariel Pink and the Wild Nothings

franz kaptcha (Whiney G. Weingarten), Thursday, 16 December 2010 04:43 (eight years ago) Permalink

hey ENBB

franz kaptcha (Whiney G. Weingarten), Thursday, 16 December 2010 04:45 (eight years ago) Permalink

I thought you were going to thank them for the amazing sounds on this other modern rock and AOR hit, not represented here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSp1oCHvvwY

Gus Van Sotosyn (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 16 December 2010 04:45 (eight years ago) Permalink

PEEEEEEEEKAPOO
PEEEEEEEEKAPOO

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDMtIGw16pA

franz kaptcha (Whiney G. Weingarten), Thursday, 16 December 2010 04:45 (eight years ago) Permalink

where DID you get those eyes?

Gus Van Sotosyn (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 16 December 2010 04:46 (eight years ago) Permalink

actual conversation between 13 year old me and my dad, 1988, "peek-a-boo" playing on the radio.

me - "i think they play this type of music at the 40 watt club (rock club in town)"
dad - "i think they recorded this in the 40 watt bathroom" *changes station*

xpost - them = pfurs

voted "love shack"

balls, Thursday, 16 December 2010 04:46 (eight years ago) Permalink

HA THAT LITTLE GUY! :D

ENBB, Thursday, 16 December 2010 04:48 (eight years ago) Permalink

MTV had promos at the time that would play the fuck out of peekaboo iirc

franz kaptcha (Whiney G. Weingarten), Thursday, 16 December 2010 04:49 (eight years ago) Permalink

I wasn't allowed to watch MTV at that time. ;_; but I do remember dancing around to it on the radio in my friend Phoebe's room.

ENBB, Thursday, 16 December 2010 04:50 (eight years ago) Permalink

looking at this, several bands i had liked disappointed me with shitty sounds in 88/89- b52s, gurus, replacements, xtc.

peekaboo is great, thanks for that.

rhymes with a$$ange (Hunt3r), Thursday, 16 December 2010 04:50 (eight years ago) Permalink

this is actually a really hard choice for me. Watching 120 minutes (& its short-lived weekday version 'Postmodern MTV') & listening to my local college FM station at the time - this was pretty much the music I discovered when I started 'discovering music.' Tho if 'Head On' by JAMC were on here it would be no contest. How the hell did BFAG (lol) make it to #1 but not HO?

jerkstore cowboy (Pillbox), Thursday, 16 December 2010 04:52 (eight years ago) Permalink

Head On is probably in my top three fav songs of all time so if that were on here there would be no contest for me either.

ENBB, Thursday, 16 December 2010 04:53 (eight years ago) Permalink

i may be wrong but i think we will actually be getting a chance to revisit that julian lennon hit (best post-peckinpah imo) on a future album rock poll.

balls, Thursday, 16 December 2010 04:54 (eight years ago) Permalink

Through the Looking Glass was my first Siouxsie album, so by the time Peepshow came out the next year I was fully prepared to be knocked over by it. And I was. "Peek A Boo" is probably still one of my favorite three tracks they ever recorded.

Lightning Is For Babies (Johnny Fever), Thursday, 16 December 2010 04:54 (eight years ago) Permalink

I love several of these, but voting this one because it needs at least one vote.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Sg35MkDxts

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Thursday, 16 December 2010 04:54 (eight years ago) Permalink

<3 camper van too

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAkcSd5l9Qg

franz kaptcha (Whiney G. Weingarten), Thursday, 16 December 2010 04:55 (eight years ago) Permalink

How the hell did BFAG (lol) make it to #1 but not HO?

iirc "Head On" was the third (?) single from Automatic, so it probably came around in 1990.

Lightning Is For Babies (Johnny Fever), Thursday, 16 December 2010 04:55 (eight years ago) Permalink

looks like they wore their nice dress shirts for that video

franz kaptcha (Whiney G. Weingarten), Thursday, 16 December 2010 04:55 (eight years ago) Permalink

Camper Van Beethoven was an answer on Jeopardy once. I wish I could remember the question but unfortunately all I remember was it being really strange and the contestants were all stumped.

ENBB, Thursday, 16 December 2010 04:56 (eight years ago) Permalink

looking at this, several bands i had liked disappointed me with shitty sounds in 88/89

maybe not shitty but yeah, several 80s favs seem to be losing steam here

buzza, Thursday, 16 December 2010 04:56 (eight years ago) Permalink

oh man Love And Rockets So Alive too, fuck

franz kaptcha (Whiney G. Weingarten), Thursday, 16 December 2010 04:58 (eight years ago) Permalink

that video was monumentally sexy as a 9 year old iirc

franz kaptcha (Whiney G. Weingarten), Thursday, 16 December 2010 04:58 (eight years ago) Permalink

^^ leaning toward that, myself.

jerkstore cowboy (Pillbox), Thursday, 16 December 2010 04:59 (eight years ago) Permalink

Love and Rockets > Bauhaus
Camper Van > Cracker

franz kaptcha (Whiney G. Weingarten), Thursday, 16 December 2010 04:59 (eight years ago) Permalink

otm on both counts

balls, Thursday, 16 December 2010 04:59 (eight years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_idRHSBnWps

would like a calmer set (Eazy), Thursday, 16 December 2010 04:59 (eight years ago) Permalink

I went with "Fascination Street", but only slightly ahead of at least half its competition.

Lightning Is For Babies (Johnny Fever), Thursday, 16 December 2010 05:00 (eight years ago) Permalink

x-post to WGW re: Love and Rockets

RIGHT? I love that song so much.

I think I have to vote Fascination Street though because Disintegration was the first CD I ever bought (along with Wilson Phillips at the same time - waht? I was like 12!) and, at the risk of sounding completely lame, it sort of changed my life.

ENBB, Thursday, 16 December 2010 05:01 (eight years ago) Permalink

L&R s/t is easily their best LP imo

jerkstore cowboy (Pillbox), Thursday, 16 December 2010 05:02 (eight years ago) Permalink

"No New Tale To Tell" is as good as they get, though.

would like a calmer set (Eazy), Thursday, 16 December 2010 05:02 (eight years ago) Permalink

otm

Lightning Is For Babies (Johnny Fever), Thursday, 16 December 2010 05:02 (eight years ago) Permalink

re: "NNTTT" that is. I actually think Express is the best L&R lp.

Lightning Is For Babies (Johnny Fever), Thursday, 16 December 2010 05:03 (eight years ago) Permalink

My L&R opo would be "haunted when the minutes drag"

jerkstore cowboy (Pillbox), Thursday, 16 December 2010 05:04 (eight years ago) Permalink

"no new tale to tell" was the "things that make you go hmm" of 87.

balls, Thursday, 16 December 2010 05:04 (eight years ago) Permalink

I love express too, but it is sometimes hard to look past the canny production

jerkstore cowboy (Pillbox), Thursday, 16 December 2010 05:05 (eight years ago) Permalink

A lot of these bands are well past their artistic prime here but the biggest exception to that has to be So Alive (many xposts), which is really subtle and full of low-key attitude.

Fascination Street gave me brief pause too but I started looking at the length of stays at #1, and was blown away that (a lesser REM song like) Orange Crush beat out Love Shack which seemed in constant rotation for a good year.

i love you but i have chosen snarkness (Steve Shasta), Thursday, 16 December 2010 05:06 (eight years ago) Permalink

sorry but can I just . . .

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFObRusJt24

ENBB, Thursday, 16 December 2010 05:08 (eight years ago) Permalink

i srsly cant stop watching that video

O_o-O_0-o_O (jjjusten), Thursday, 16 December 2010 19:59 (eight years ago) Permalink

This must've been the thing that caused BAD to split and BADII to form.

Lightning Is For Babies (Johnny Fever), Thursday, 16 December 2010 19:59 (eight years ago) Permalink

"Rush" was MASSIVE; heard it in stores, pizza parlors, etc. Ubiquity did not accentuate its charms, though.

Gus Van Sotosyn (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 16 December 2010 20:00 (eight years ago) Permalink

Rush was fine. I actually still like that BADII album.

Lightning Is For Babies (Johnny Fever), Thursday, 16 December 2010 20:02 (eight years ago) Permalink

ok i just checked the tracklisting for "Megatop Pheonix" which I have positive feelings toward and am relieved to see that that song is nowhere on there.

O_o-O_0-o_O (jjjusten), Thursday, 16 December 2010 20:06 (eight years ago) Permalink

holy crap @ that BAD track. It's like something that missed the cut for Miami Sound Machine album filler.

I once had a copy of the "Rush" single.. on cassingle!

jerkstore cowboy (Pillbox), Thursday, 16 December 2010 20:25 (eight years ago) Permalink

'the globe' >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> 'rush'

jerkstore cowboy (Pillbox), Thursday, 16 December 2010 20:26 (eight years ago) Permalink

"Rush Rush" >>>>>>>>>> "Rush"

Gus Van Sotosyn (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 16 December 2010 20:27 (eight years ago) Permalink

NOWHERE ON YOUTUBE SO IDK:
Julian Cope - "Charlotte Anne" (1 week)

It's as meh as Copey gets and really not worth the effort but here you go:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-wix_pKEE8

Insane Clown 2 Electric Juggalo (onimo), Thursday, 16 December 2010 20:34 (eight years ago) Permalink

my iphone wont recognize that youtube but it might just be mad at me for listening to that big audio dynamite song so many times

O_o-O_0-o_O (jjjusten), Thursday, 16 December 2010 20:37 (eight years ago) Permalink

dude I'm pretty sure Megatop Phoenix is also fucking terrible

Tina Tina Cheneuse (DJP), Thursday, 16 December 2010 20:51 (eight years ago) Permalink

i remember rewind being pretty good and there being some decent cutty pasty sampling stuff going on but its uh been years so i could be really really wrong.

around the girl in 80 days was def a huge piece of shit tho

O_o-O_0-o_O (jjjusten), Thursday, 16 December 2010 20:54 (eight years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRuQOCMd2mI

does this jog yr memory

Tina Tina Cheneuse (DJP), Thursday, 16 December 2010 20:55 (eight years ago) Permalink

"Rewind" is all right though, I will grant you that

Tina Tina Cheneuse (DJP), Thursday, 16 December 2010 20:57 (eight years ago) Permalink

"This video contains content from Vevo, who has blocked it in your country on ow my head grounds."

Rage Against the Man-Cream (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 16 December 2010 21:00 (eight years ago) Permalink

hahaha

Tina Tina Cheneuse (DJP), Thursday, 16 December 2010 21:00 (eight years ago) Permalink

ok i am rapidly being convinced that an instrumental version of megatop phoenix would be awesome, but such dreams are not to be

O_o-O_0-o_O (jjjusten), Thursday, 16 December 2010 21:18 (eight years ago) Permalink

ok listened to more of this album uh just never mind

O_o-O_0-o_O (jjjusten), Thursday, 16 December 2010 21:28 (eight years ago) Permalink

lol

Tina Tina Cheneuse (DJP), Thursday, 16 December 2010 21:29 (eight years ago) Permalink

I had forgotten this Furs song and it is pretty good.

_Rudipherous_, Thursday, 16 December 2010 21:51 (eight years ago) Permalink

holy sh!t these are all untouchable

Siouxsie and the Banshees - "Peek-A-Boo" (2 weeks)
Psychedelic Furs - "All That Money Wants" (3 weeks)
The Replacements - "I'll Be You" (1 week)
The Cure - "Fascination Street" (7 weeks)
Love and Rockets - "So Alive" (5 weeks)
Tears For Fears - "Sowing the Seeds of Love" (1 week)
The Jesus and Mary Chain - "Blues From A Gun" (3 weeks)

i genuinely thought when i first joined that he was the admin (ilxor), Thursday, 16 December 2010 21:56 (eight years ago) Permalink

The only possible way to choose between these is to narrow it down to "songs that are superb and that I'm worried won't get votes," so it's "Stand" or "Come Anytime" for me. But which? The Hoodoo Gurus are way more forgotten and ignored (not even mentioned on this thread, I think!) and they represent very well this weird genre of straight-ahead rock record that was "alternative" only by virtue of being kind of unpopular (see also: The Smithereens) On the other hand, "Stand" is a masterpiece which is wrongly hated by everyone from REM themselves on down. That chugging run of decending open-E bar chords under "If wishes were trees..." -- amazing!

But I'm not going to change anybody's mind about "Stand" so I'll vote for the Gurus.

It might actually be the case that "Love Shack" is the song I most admire here.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Friday, 17 December 2010 01:49 (eight years ago) Permalink

Charlotte Anne

EZ Snappin, Friday, 17 December 2010 02:23 (eight years ago) Permalink

my Top 5 would look something like this:

The Cure - "Fascination Street" (7 weeks)
Love and Rockets - "So Alive" (5 weeks)
The Jesus and Mary Chain - "Blues From A Gun" (3 weeks)
Siouxsie and the Banshees - "Peek-A-Boo" (2 weeks)
The B-52s - "Love Shack" (4 weeks)

World Series champion San Francisco Giants (Bee OK), Friday, 17 December 2010 02:48 (eight years ago) Permalink

Screw you guys, I love "Just Play Music" (Don Letts amateur deejaying and all) and "James Brown" (West Side Story sample is genius) and "Around the Girl in 80 Ways" (Prince ska)! But not "The Globe" or "Rush." P.S. I also wore spandex shorts in 1988.

How did a boring CVB cover of "Pictures of Matchstick Men" make it to modern-rock No. 1? We will agree to disagree. "The Mayor of Simpleton" is nice but to me this list epitomizes the dullness of late-'80s "modern rock" MOR college crap except the B-52 singles, which are transcendent, and maybe "Peek-A-Boo." The rest is just the sound of programmers strenuously ignoring hip hop, metal, house, or punk. "Orange Crush" is timeless, I guess, but it's opaque to the point of seeming pro-war... which was just great for the late '80s.

Pete Scholtes, Friday, 17 December 2010 04:29 (eight years ago) Permalink

Pro-war? It's a dude who got poisoned in Vietnam! (I think.)

would like a calmer set (Eazy), Friday, 17 December 2010 04:44 (eight years ago) Permalink

Then, now, forever: Love Shack. As I said on the Cosmic Thing thread, I've adored them since their first van tour to Minneapolis in 1979. The very idea that a tacky little dance band from Georgia could parlay that first DB Records single into cult success on a major label, lose their founding member to AIDS, regroup a decade later and release a GAZILLION-selling worldwide hit still completely boggles my mind. Time (and wedding receptions) have not dimmed its luster for me. Anyone who hates Love Shack, well, I'll make like Fred and just holler "I can't HEAR you!!!"

He stayed true to what he is. Now he murders deer! (Dan Peterson), Friday, 17 December 2010 15:14 (eight years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLGsT_dEQ8U

EveningStar (Sund4r), Friday, 17 December 2010 15:36 (eight years ago) Permalink

Sund4r, I can't believe it, I was thinking of that exact Beavis & Butthead clip. I was even thinking of looking for it, although I'd forgotten it was for that particular song (but I figured it had to be from close to the same time).

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 17 December 2010 15:56 (eight years ago) Permalink

I was once told I sing like Fred Schneider, which saddened me because I thought I was going for a Jello Biafra style.

http://tinyurl.com/ccccccccccccccccc (Pleasant Plains), Friday, 17 December 2010 17:03 (eight years ago) Permalink

Now I can't hear one without thinking of the other (PS: I've long stopped singing in public.)

http://tinyurl.com/ccccccccccccccccc (Pleasant Plains), Friday, 17 December 2010 17:03 (eight years ago) Permalink

Aw man, don't let that stop you singing! Fred, Jello, Dylan, Mark E. Smith-ah... if it's in you, work with the voice you got.

He stayed true to what he is. Now he murders deer! (Dan Peterson), Friday, 17 December 2010 17:31 (eight years ago) Permalink

Haha, thanks Dan. I really stopped singing in public because I'm a homebody now. Trust me, the family gets the full brunt of my vocal stylings on a nightly basis.

But really, try to listen to "Holidays in Cambodia" and picture Just Fred.

http://tinyurl.com/ccccccccccccccccc (Pleasant Plains), Friday, 17 December 2010 17:45 (eight years ago) Permalink

Hm, that might actually help me hate the B-52s a little less.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Friday, 17 December 2010 18:03 (eight years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Monday, 20 December 2010 00:01 (eight years ago) Permalink

Inspired by this (and other) threads, I busted out Channel Z instead of the obligatory Love Shack at a Christmas party I DJ'd on Saturday. Sounded awesome, and crowd loved it.

FWIW, segued into Voodoo Cadillac Blues by Southern Culture On The Skids and the place erupted. I've never spun it at a DJ gig. Love this song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYoLGS6uzao

He stayed true to what he is. Now he murders deer! (Dan Peterson), Monday, 20 December 2010 15:12 (eight years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Tuesday, 21 December 2010 00:01 (eight years ago) Permalink

Totally agree with this top 2.

Lightning Is For Babies (Johnny Fever), Tuesday, 21 December 2010 00:06 (eight years ago) Permalink

wow i didnt foresee a siouxsie victory but can't argue!

i genuinely thought when i first joined that he was the admin (ilxor), Tuesday, 21 December 2010 03:37 (eight years ago) Permalink

Wow, can't believe I'm the only one who voted for "So Alive"! I thought it would be a contender!

i love you but i have chosen snarkness (Steve Shasta), Tuesday, 21 December 2010 03:38 (eight years ago) Permalink

Yeah, that's curious considering how much talk there was about it.

Lightning Is For Babies (Johnny Fever), Tuesday, 21 December 2010 03:42 (eight years ago) Permalink

6 ppl voted for 'mayor of simpleton' - DISAPPOINTED IN YOU PPL!

balls, Tuesday, 21 December 2010 03:59 (eight years ago) Permalink

Wow, can't believe I'm the only one who voted for "So Alive"! I thought it would be a contender!

i swear this is my true #1 but somehow i clicked on "Fasc. St." instead... slip o the finger

i genuinely thought when i first joined that he was the admin (ilxor), Tuesday, 21 December 2010 04:05 (eight years ago) Permalink

a bit sad that Veronica only got one vote.

Kim, Tuesday, 21 December 2010 13:12 (eight years ago) Permalink

The B-52s - "Channel Z" (3 weeks) 0

Shame on all of you

Tina Tina Cheneuse (DJP), Tuesday, 21 December 2010 13:25 (eight years ago) Permalink

a bit sad that Veronica only got one vote.

Was me. I like singing that one at karaoke.

lindseykai, Wednesday, 22 December 2010 05:32 (eight years ago) Permalink

Wow, can't believe I'm the only one who voted for "So Alive"! I thought it would be a contender!

i swear this is my true #1 but somehow i clicked on "Fasc. St." instead... slip o the finger

― i genuinely thought when i first joined that he was the admin (ilxor), Monday, December 20, 2010 11:05 PM (2 days ago) Bookmark

prob would have voted for this if I'd remembered to vote :|

jerkstore cowboy (Pillbox), Wednesday, 22 December 2010 05:48 (eight years ago) Permalink

Unexpectedly strong showing for Hoodoo Gurus! Worthy winner, though.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Wednesday, 22 December 2010 05:49 (eight years ago) Permalink

eight years pass...

awesome thread

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