February 1990 – Dubvulture


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CDXLVIII – February 1990

Running total Highest chart placing The song and who did it
4053
7
I WISH IT WOULD RAIN DOWN
Phil Collins
4054
4
HAPPENIN’ ALL OVER AGAIN
Lonnie Gordon
4055
2
GET UP (BEFORE THE NIGHT IS OVER)
Technotronic featuring Ya Kid K
4056
10
INSTANT REPLAY
Yell!
4057
6
WALK ON BY
Sybil
4058
10
LIVE TOGETHER
Lisa Stansfield
4059
4
I DON’T KNOW ANYBODY ELSE
Black Box
4060
1
DUB BE GOOD TO ME
Beats International featuring Lindy Layton
4061
6
ENJOY THE SILENCE
Depeche Mode
4062
3
HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO LIVE WITHOUT YOU
Michael Bolton

 

I don’t think I’ll ever manage to wrap my head around the fact that …But Seriously was the biggest album of 1989. All I can say is that there must be some pretty bloody amazing album tracks because the singles really don’t do a lot for me at all. Take this one, for example. It shuffles along in second gear for five minutes… and that’s your lot. This song spent four weeks inside the Top Ten whilst House of Love’s Shine On (this week’s No.22) spent four weeks inside the entire Top 75. I ask you, where’s the justice? Happenin’ All Over Again is actually not bad, despite its Hit Factory origins, whilst Get Up is the slightly more light-hearted sequel to Pump Up The Jam, to the extent of using the same sounds.

The only substantial difference between Yell!’s Instant Replay and Dan Hartman’s version is the beat. To be honest, they’d have been better off remixing the original and putting that out instead, not least as this turned out to be Yell!’s only hit single. Walk On By is the fourth cover version in this week’s Top Ten and although it’s a good song, it doesn’t really do much for the British record-buying public’s confidence in new songs, does it?

There’s a definite Barry White vibe to Live Together – admittedly, Lisa Stansfield’s voice doesn’t quite have as much bass as his, but the monologue at the start and the general feel of the song leads me to believe that Mr White could’ve sung this and made it work just as well. Black Box’s new single sounds worryingly similar to their last one, but why bother taking risks when Ride On Time was so huge? Now then, Dub Be Good To Me. Am I the only person who prefers the S.O.S. Band’s Just Be Good To Me to this reworking? Probably, but I don’t care. Right then, here’s Depeche Mode’s first Top Ten single in nearly six years and by God, it was worth the wait. Enjoy The Silence is one of the greatest songs ever written (what’s more, the title isn’t even in the lyrics of the 7” version), it’s accompanied by one of the greatest videos ever made (King Dave and his deckchair) and it’s taken from one of the greatest albums ever made (Violator). There aren’t many songs that have absolutely no faults, but this is definitely one of them. It was the first time the band had chosen a song to be a single and knew that it was going to be big – usually, singles were released with a “it’d be nice if it was a hit, but let’s see what happens” attitude. Their previous single (Personal Jesus) isn’t on the list; it only got to No.13, but my goodness, this is some consolation. Next, Michael Bolton… and that’s quite enough of that, thank you.