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- 25th March 1991
Michael Jackson signs for $1 billion dollars with Sony. Bear in ming, all his best albums have been and gone now. If he hadn’t died, this would have been really bad value… And speaking of profiting from death, Eric Clapton’s son falls from an apartment window, leading to the writing of Tears in Heaven.
Seven now. I know I’m reading a lot of Roald Dahl books. Of these, to this day, my favourite is The Twits, which is full of Machiavellian awfulness and beards. A lot of the rest of my time is spent playing Street Fighter 2. To this day, I will beat you at this. With Blanka.
If I had to save one track from this album, and the remainder were to have SCUD missiles dropped on them by George Bush Sr., that track would be… Unfinished Sympathy by Massive Attack. As I said below, buy Blue Lines, if you haven’t already. Listen to it. Enjoy it. Don’t Spotify it. It’s just not that kind of album.
Track by Track Breakdown
The Clash : “Should I Stay or Should I Go”
What is known as a ‘shit sandwich’ here. The Clash are on a Now compilation, and scored their only number one. BUT it’s one of their worst songs. BUT it’s still better than pretty much everything else, and it’s The Clash, one of my personal punk holy trinity, next to the Dead Kennedys and Minor Threat.
Oh no I appear to have put the wrong Clash song here and instead included a far superior song! Whoops.
Scritti Politti feat. Shabba Ranks : “She’s a Woman”
SHABBA! It’s as much a punchline as an announcement, saying here come the slightly racially offensive Sebastian the Crab impersonation. Mi still gwan say mi like it though. Jah bless. With sincere apologies to the West Indies.
The Source feat. Candi Staton : “You Got the Love”
The definitive version of this song. The Moroder style blips just accentuate the feeling. The bassline adds a faintly ominous feel to proceedings. Brilliant. PS- jumping ahead about 60 odd Now! albums, Florence and Dizzee can do one.
The KLF feat. The Children Of The Revolution : “3 a.m. Eternal”
It’s hard to be unbiased when the arty, situationist, lunatics are doing well. Great song, but I’d love their bad ones too. Dance music artists are often incredibly dull, so it’s great when the sense of mischief permeates everything they do.
C+C Music Factory featuring Freedom Williams : “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)”
It’s gym montage time! Even men with steel hearts cannot resist this song (indeed I’m sure they would just do the robot). I want to shout EVERYBODY DANCE NOW just writing this.
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