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Mixtape Monologue Monday – Radio Remix #2 – Bryan Adams: “Everything I Do (I Do It For You)”

Oh, 1991 …

Why does everyone have to be so bloody gorgeous?

And with this flashback to the blockbuster phenomenon that was Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, I begin Radio Remix #2.

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George Michael’s Listen Without Prejudice, Volume 1 at 25: “Praying for Time”

Praying for Time

The first song on Listen Without Prejudice, Volume 1 was also George Michael’s first single in almost two years. He released the song in the UK in August of 1990, where it hit the top 10. It made its way to the US a bit later on,  spending ten weeks in the Billboard Top 40 and rising to #1 on the Hot 100 list on October 13. (Just to place this in true 1990s context, it was bookended at #1 by Maxi Priest and James Ingram.) Continue reading

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Mixtape Monologue Monday – Radio Remix #1 – Robert Palmer: “Mercy, Mercy Me/I Want You”

Well.

It’s been a *long* hiatus. Last year was a little crazy. But, I’ve got my feet back underneath me, and I’m ready to wrap up the first of my old mixtapes.

So, without further ado, Robert Palmer.

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Mixtape Monologue Monday – Radio Remix #1 – UB40: “The Way You Do The Things You Do”

Making me feel alright since 1990.

UB40 first burst onto my radar in 1988 with their ubiquitous single “Red Red Wine.” Continue reading

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Mixtape Monologue Monday – Radio Remix #1 – Amy Grant: “Baby Baby”

Did you think we could get through 1991 without Amy Grant? Of course not.

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Mixtape Monologue Monday – Radio Remix #1 – Timmy T: “One More Try”

Oh, Timmy T. After all that we have been through …

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Mixtape Monologue Monday – Radio Remix #1 – Michael Bolton: “Love is a Wonderful Thing”

This song has broken some serious records, y’all. Too bad they’re for copyright infringement.

Well, what can I say? It was 1991, I was fourteen, and I seriously thought Michael Bolton had one of the greatest voices I’d ever heard.

I mean, mullet aside, the man has some chops. And at fourteen, my aural palate had not developed enough to be able to differentiate him from some of the great soul crooners in whose footsteps he followed. His rough, strained, bombastic voice was a ready foil for the other voices topping the charts at the time – the wispiness of Paula Abdul, the saccharine goodness of Amy Grant, the blue-eyed pop of Peter Cetera, the youthful virtuosity of the new star, Mariah Carey. He was simply made for the Billboard Charts in the early 90s, in that little window of opportunity between the dissipation of New Wave and the introduction of grunge.

I grew up on oldies music, but my tastes (and the radio station) ran more to Motown and the Beatles than it did to Al Green, Sam & Dave, and the Isley Brothers. Unfortunately for Mr. Bolton, while he grew up imitating the masters of soul, he didn’t listen closely enough to them either. “Love is a Wonderful Thing” climbed the charts in 1991, peaking at number four on the Billboard Hot 100. But in 1994, the Isley Brothers successfully sued Bolton for copyright infringement, claiming that his tune borrowed a leetle bit more than the title from their own non-hit, released back in 1966. Despite Bolton claiming he had never heard it (which is possible, given that the song didn’t crack the Top 100), the court ordered Bolton to pay the Isleys well over $5 million in royalties, making it at that time the single most expensive copyright case in pop music history. Oops.

Honestly, I just don’t know what to make of the guy now. He’s become the ready butt of so many jokes that it’s hard to step back and evaluate him objectively. I really don’t think the guy’s half bad, but as the years went on, his choices in repertory just couldn’t keep up with anything beyond MOR adult-oriented pop. I wonder what could have happened if he would have churned out more things like “I Said I Loved You But I Lied” and less “When A Man Loved a Woman.”

 

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