After a recent chat filled with joyful nostalgia (the next one’s later today, by the way, although I can’t guarantee what it will be filled with), mainly of the cartoon theme tune variety it has to be said (who remembers The Moomins?), it seems logical if not shamelessly self-indulgent to now focus on 1991.
Bryan Adams, still, was selfishly hogging the UK singles chart’s top spot on this day, as he did around the world, with ‘(Everything I Do) I Do It For You’. He would continue to do so for sixteen months. (OK, so it was really sixteen weeks, but you can’t tell me that it didn’t feel like months.) Just look at what he kept off the top spot during that time: ‘You Could Be Mine’ by Guns n’ Roses, The Prodigy’s ‘Charly’, Scorpions’ ‘Wind of Change’. Sad.
Back then, the Sunday afternoon chart was exciting, something not to be missed and filled with variety – or so I thought. What happened? It used to be so incredibly diverse. Now you don’t know where one song stops and the next one starts, or, for that matter, care to listen long enough to find out. Not that you ought to bother, because it seems the DJs can barely fit that important piece of information in between all that bewildering gum-bumping that they’re so fond of doing. And would you be able to pick it out anyway, even if they did, through the constant moronic whooping and hollering that accompanies each presenter nowadays? It’s Tuesday, everybody! [Rapturous applause.] Did I miss something? Why are we celebrating the fact that it’s Tuesday?
In the main, unlike the DJs of today, I thought the songwriters had something to say which was worth listening to. Even if it was that you should always tell your Mummy before you go off somewhere. Which you should. Videos were worth watching because they weren’t quite all overblown, pretentious Hollywood productions in search of critical acclaim. Some were, it’s true, but for every ‘Black Or White’ there was a ‘Weather With You’ – and thank goodness for that.
Maybe it was just because I was younger, more easy-going, and genuinely liked more than I disliked coming out of the radio back then. Oh well, c’est la vie.
Here are a few of my favourites, most of which have something to say with a video that complements the song quite nicely, I feel. I suspect you may remember many of them, partly because I seem to recall that MTV and VH1 actually played a lot of music videos rather than the inane, vacuous reality shows that they’re so fond of broadcasting currently. If you’d care to don your rose-tinted spectacles (baggy three-quarter length shorts are optional) and take a trip with me back to the early Nineties, I’ve included links so you can enjoy the promo videos all over again. Except for Metallica’s, obviously.
Before anyone notices an omission, there are too many Guns n’ Roses songs to mention. It really was their year, wasn’t it? Hands up who was a fan. I was.
– Crowded House, ‘Weather With You’
– EMF, ‘Unbelievable’
– Extreme, ‘Hole Hearted’
– Genesis, ‘Jesus He Knows Me’
– Michael Jackson, ‘Black Or White’
– Lenny Kravitz, ‘It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over’
– Richard Marx, ‘Hazard’
– Metallica, ‘The Unforgiven’
– R.E.M., ‘Losing My Religion’
– Roxette, ‘Joyride’
A respectful tip of the hat, I haven’t forgotten, as it was the year of ‘The Stonk’.
Oh, and Monty Python’s ‘Spam Song’, which I know some past bloggers have always had something of a soft spot for. Can’t say I ever understood why, though.