Category Archives: 1990s

And on and on: more on Janet Jackson

Sure, I recently had some things to say about a handful of my favorite Janet Jackson songs — but when it comes to Miss Janet Privacy Control, there’s always more to be said. I especially want to spotlight some of … Continue reading

Posted in 1980s, 1990s, 2010s, R&B

Gimme a beat: on Janet Jackson

In honor of the 30th anniversary of the release of Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814, we did a career-spanning review of Janet records over at The Singles Jukebox. I highly recommend you read all of it, because it’s full of … Continue reading

Posted in 1980s, 1990s, R&B

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

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

Pop top 40 summer nights special: 7/16/94

25 years ago this week. A great summer for R&B, as “MTV Jams” proved on a daily basis. Here’s the playlist, only missing two selections (whose videos are linked below). 1 1 I SWEAR –•– All-4-One – 13 (1) — … Continue reading

Posted in 1990s, charts, pop, R&B, rock

The vibrancy of black radio, summer of ’92

At the start of 1992, I’d just turned 21 and had just moved back in with my folks, after a colossally bad 1991. Shortly thereafter I found a pair of jobs, a part-time daytime gig and a full-time overnight gig, … Continue reading

Posted in 1990s, charts, R&B

Give me your body: the best of Queen

58% on Rotten Tomatoes is frankly higher than I expected for Bohemian Rhapsody, the Queen/Freddie Mercury biopic, as most reviews I’ve heard or read have been scathing. But there’s one good thing in all this hubbub over the film: it’s making … Continue reading

Posted in 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, best of, rock

Music sounds better with you: the best of ’98

In alphabetical, unranked order. For once I went with Soto‘s rule that if an album’s on my list, no singles from that album are included. It’s been fascinating reading everyone’s 1998 lists in the wake of Pitchfork’s celebration of said … Continue reading

Posted in 1990s, best of

Do you wanna get rocked? The biggest and best of Def Leppard

No band in the ’80s sounded bigger than Def Leppard, and that wasn’t because of their riffage; that was thanks to “Mutt” Lange, sprinkling his magic studio dust over them in his pre-Shania years. On their biggest album and crowning achievement, … Continue reading

Posted in 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, best of, rock