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Culturally inspired writing.

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Re: CHART ATTACK!: 7/14/90

Thu, 31 Jul 2008 10:39:31 -0000

Ralph Tresvant has a new single out now called "IT MUST BE YOU." It's available on iTunes. Also, as someone posted, Ralph's last album, RIZZWAFAIRE, came out in 2006.

Re: CHART ATTACK!: 7/14/90

Tue, 15 Jul 2008 13:44:43 -0000

I'll defend "Poison," "Rub You the Right Way," "She Ain't Worth It," and "Hold On." The lyrics may be silly, but the hooks, sometimes via sampling, are solid.

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Mon, 14 Jul 2008 14:39:37 -0000

I am flinching in a massive flashback, reminded how putridly Roxette stunk.

Oooof, what a bad time to be alive and in college....also, I do believe (my Google Powers are not on today) Snap! played in a gay bar (philadelphia? new jersey?) and one of the dudes in the band (hetero) physically assaulted a patron who came on to him.

Like, he suddenly forgot where he was and who was paying his paycheck...and the band's bad pub in the dance scene (and also their lack of creativity)...good riddance.

I wonder if the Energizer batteries people know about that bad pub Snap got when they used the song for their TV comercials. I mean...the stories were all over Billboard, so it's not like it was a secret or from some qustionable Drudge Report source.

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Mon, 14 Jul 2008 13:50:27 -0000

No, this is really, really shit stuff. Not generational, not changing tastes. This stuff blows top to bottom.

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Sat, 12 Jul 2008 16:39:17 -0000

Pop music is made for young people, and radio definitely targets that audience. As people get older they lose interest in what is played on the air, since radio caters to a young crowd.

When people mature (and I hate to say this) I think many of them lose interest in wanting to hear new music because it's not something familiar. I totally don't get this point of view, because even at my age (47) I enjoy lots of new stuff and new artists. Now I grant you that I don't hear any of it on the radio since radio has become a total corporate suck-fest, but there's a lot of newer stuff out there that I do like (Spoon, Nada Surf, Weezer, Polyphonic Spree, Snow Patrol, The Kooks, SSLYBY, Albert Hammond, Jr., OK Go just to name a few). If there was a station that played indie rock/alt pop in my area, I would listen to it.

Another reason why I think people may lose interest in new music as they age is because they really weren't into it all that much to begin with, and there is no more peer pressure to like a certain group or style of music anymore. It took me years to work up enough courage to voice my opinion about Southern Rock without fear of being ostracized.

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Sat, 12 Jul 2008 15:49:14 -0000

Everybody hates what's on the radio once they reach a certain age, though, don't you think? Someone born in 1950 probably thought the Beatles and the Stones and the Temptations sucked when they became popular in the mid-'60s.

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Sat, 12 Jul 2008 15:46:28 -0000

No, I can't name any of Gill's songs past 1990, though I know he was part of LSG (Levert Sweat Gill) in the late '90s.

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Sat, 12 Jul 2008 13:52:31 -0000

I'm in total agreement with you forwardgirl. Although High School was a distant and blurry memory by 1990, I was still listening to new music and discovering good artists. This list has zilch.

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Fri, 11 Jul 2008 23:45:59 -0000

Where to start ?

Taylor is an underrated goddess with a voice like as strong as steel. She's so good she can make even a Diane Warren tune sound a little funky.

I admit "The Power" may not have aged well since I personally prefer "Rhythm Is A Dancer". But I still like them both enough to hunt down all of their various mixes.

OK, so NKOTB released mostly utter fluff. However, they did a few nice guilty-pleasure songs including "Step By Step", "Right Stuff" and . . . umm . . .

Re: CHART ATTACK!: 7/14/90

Fri, 11 Jul 2008 21:34:44 -0000

God bless this awful music - this is the stuff that drove me away from top 40 radio in high school, and led me to the treasure trove of brilliant singer-songwriters in church basements and Harvard Square coffeehouses in the early 90's. Thank you Roxette. Merci, monsieur Idol.

Re: CHART ATTACK!: 7/14/90

Fri, 11 Jul 2008 19:17:27 -0000

Let me be your sheeeelter, sheelter ... great song.

Oh ... wait ... that's Lone Justice. Never mind.

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Fri, 11 Jul 2008 17:17:51 -0000

And according to iTunes, Ralph has a new solo album coming out. I bought the last one (which came out less than two years ago)...not very good.

Brown is supposed to be touring with them again, for their 25th anniversary (and the fact that "Candy Girl" came out 25 years ago makes me feel completely geriatric).

Robert, are you familiar with Gill's stuff after that 1990 solo album? The albums themselves are inconsistent, but there are a couple of ballads that melt my face off they're so good.

Re: CHART ATTACK!: 7/14/90

Fri, 11 Jul 2008 16:34:28 -0000

If I never heard "The Power" again, I could live a thousand years. Yet the fact that (as you precisely said) the sports nets are total whores for it and it still ends up in at least 12 movie trailers each year ("Meet Dave?" Kiss my ass.) assures my 'normal' lifespan and painful demise.

Die, Snap. Die.

Re: CHART ATTACK!: 7/14/90

Fri, 11 Jul 2008 16:29:52 -0000

Apparently the line "I got the power," which is heard in waaaaaay too many movie trailers for comedies about regular schmucks gaining superpowers, is a sample from "Love Is Gonna Get You" by Jocelyn Brown, who showed up in Bottom Feeders a few weeks ago with the deserved-to-be-bigger "Somebody Else's Guy."

Re: CHART ATTACK!: 7/14/90

Fri, 11 Jul 2008 15:36:53 -0000

There is a version of "The Power" with a rap from a guy named Chill Rob G that is far, far more authentic than that crap rap from Turbo B. Chill's the guy saying "It's gettin', it's gettin', it's getting kinda hectic" in the more famous version. The production on this version isn't nearly as good, but the rap isn't the disgrace that it "or I will attack, and you don't want that." Puh-leeze.

Re: CHART ATTACK!: 7/14/90

Fri, 11 Jul 2008 14:12:01 -0000

The Medeiros-Brown matchup was odd, but I love "She Ain't Worth It." Great post, Carlos!

Re: CHART ATTACK!: 7/14/90

Fri, 11 Jul 2008 14:11:26 -0000

Tresvant's still in New Edition, along with everyone except Bobby Brown. But wait, isn't Brown coming back for the next album or tour? That must be a business decision on the other guys' part -- I'm sure they're not looking forward to dealing with him again.

Tresvant had a hit with "Sensitivity" later in 1990 after BBD and Gill had their hits, but that song's not remembered as well as "Poison" or "Rub You the Right Way" (or Gill's "Fairweather Friend," which I love). Everyone thought Ralph would be the breakout star in the '80s, not Bobby.

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Fri, 11 Jul 2008 14:07:05 -0000

I was always more of a Donnie fan myself. I haven't heard that Glen/Bobby collabo in yeeeeaaaarrrrrrssssss!

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Fri, 11 Jul 2008 11:59:39 -0000

I always thought Danny from New Kids on the Block looked liked Herman Munster. They look like twin brothers.

Re: CHART ATTACK!: 7/14/90

Fri, 11 Jul 2008 11:42:58 -0000

I saw New Edition in concert about three or four years ago, and I gotta say, they still had it. Although I think Johnny Gill gave me the stank face when he asked how many Geminis were in the audience and I screamed loudly. I think he only wanted the womenfolk to respond.

I never understood the Asian/DM connection, either. Up until I started high school in 1989, I'd pegged them for a one-hit wonder (I knew "People Are People" and nothing else...although I thought for a while that "True Faith" by New Order was them), and then I get to Brooklyn Tech (those of you who are New Yorkers are likely aware that this school is heavily Asian populated) and Depeche Mode turn out to practically be Gods in that community! Who knew??

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Fri, 11 Jul 2008 11:02:40 -0000

I totally agree about "The Power" being a sports song! Its also amazing how much influence New Edition had back then. Whatever happened to Ralph Tresvant?