This article is part of a series, chronicling a foolish attempt to chronicle the history of modern pop, through the Now That’s What I Call Music series. All the previous articles, and some other fun stuff, can be found here.
Released- 14th August 1989
Bill Wyman is a dirty old man, Prince releases Batdance signalling for most people that his peak years have passed (not for me though), and small time Seattle Pixies tribute band Nirvana release their first album, Bleach. They’ll not get anywhere with that racket, mark my words.
My first Summer holiday from school. I believe I would have spent it somewhere in the South West, maybe Porthleven? I am now deep into Ghostbusters, but I think I start to become obsessed with Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles around this point. Apologies to anyone from overseas reading this, in the UK, the word Ninja was deemed too strong for children. I know. This is why the rest of the world laughs at England…
Also, my second ever single is on this edition (the first was Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal). Who doesn’t love and remember Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers? Especially when it’s played on repeat by an overenthusiastic five year old.
If I had to save one track from this album, and the remainder were to be used to trap the grease built up in your drains after Christmas feeding, that track would be… Say No Go by De La Soul. Beating off stern competition from both ex Housemartins, but both the Beautiful South and Norman cook will go on to release much better songs than their efforts here, whereas De La Soul have just recorded one of the defining records of the 20th Century.
Track by track breakdown
Queen : “I Want It All”
A throwaway, hard rock stomper, which due to being Queen, is miles better than it has any right to be.
Simple Minds : “Kick It In”
Ooh. Moody. Not awful. Lots of filters on the vocals, and interestingly wonky sounding at its best.
Fine Young Cannibals : “Good Thing”
Great. The piano and clapping snare recall the original version of Tainted Love, and the shoutbacks make this a brilliant upbeat track.