Author Archives: thomasinskeep

About thomasinskeep

I write about music.

Radio Romance: V100 Milwaukee, April 1995

In the spring of 1995, I was in my first long-distance relationship, that long distance being between North Manchester, IN (my hometown, where I was in my junior year at Manchester College, my alma mater) and Milwaukee, WI (hometown of … Continue reading

Posted in 1990s, personal, R&B, radio romance

My favorite songs: “I Could Use A Little Love (Right Now),” Freddie Jackson

Freddie Jackson’s chart stats are something else: from 1985 to 1992, he hit the R&B top 10, 18 times. Of those 18 hits, 10 made it to #1, with another three stopping at #2 — who wouldn’t want that batting … Continue reading

Posted in 1990s, my favorite songs, R&B

My favorite songs: “This Is Not America,” David Bowie with the Pat Metheny Group

From The Singles Jukebox’s David Bowie tribute, January 2016: It somehow made perfect sense that, on the heels of Tonight, Bowie should collaborate with jazz-fusion superstars the Pat Metheny Group on a single from their soundtrack to the US-USSR espionage … Continue reading

Posted in 1980s, my favorite songs

The double-digit #1s: in review

Originally written two years ago, as “Despacito” hit the 14-week mark on its way to a then-record-tying 16 weeks at #1. I’ve made some nips and tucks since. And, of course, there’s a new all-time champ you may have heard … Continue reading

Posted in charts

My favorite songs: “There’s Nothing Better Than Love,” Luther Vandross with Gregory Hines

The follow-up to Vandross’s R&B #1 “Stop to Love,” this lighter-than-air midtempo R&B number duly followed it to the top in early May ’87. (Not surprisingly, it stopped at #50 on the Hot 100.) It might feel like a bit … Continue reading

Posted in 1980s, my favorite songs, R&B

The long-running #2s: do they try harder?

With Billie Eilish’s hit spending its 8th week stuck at #2 behind “Old Town Road,” Billboard saw fit to survey the 10 songs which were forever Hot 100 bridesmaids and never brides for eight weeks or longer. (The all-time record … Continue reading

Posted in 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s, charts, hip hop, pop, R&B, rock

Moving pictures: THE QUEEN (1968)

God bless Kino Lorber, the arthouse film company responsible for the 4K restoration and re-release of 1968’s The Queen, an incredibly important documentary about the 1967 Miss All-American Camp Beauty Pageant. It’s important specifically for what it documents: a drag … Continue reading

Posted in film, queer