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