Sunday, 8 May 2016

Top 50 of 1989

All of the preceding charts were a mixture of childhood pop reminiscence and time-travelling discovery at a later date, but by 1989 the pop had dried up.....or maybe it hasn't stood the test of time particularly well. Perhaps I was also growing out of it as the likes of Stock/Aitken/Waterman were taking over the charts.  All the songs that made it onto my pop shortlist ended up losing out including Technotronic's Pump Up the Jam, Bobby Brown's My Prerogative and On Our Own and the one that came closest, Jason Donovan's Too Many Broken Hearts (perhaps assisted by my later cover), the latter two expanding my ever growing 7" collection.

In 1989 I turned 11, so I don't think I was aware of most of the songs here in that year but I certainly became aware of most of them over the next 2 or 3 years.  Many of these songs and albums were part of my grounding in music even if it didn't necessarily take place in that year, in fact a few of the albums featured here didn't actually break over here until subsequent years, with an accompanying breakthrough single.

So with pop gone and the two bands that dominated the 80s charts, Iron Maiden and Metallica, between albums it allowed other bands to shine.  Bands like Faith No More, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nine Inch Nails, Sepultura and Soundgarden produced very good albums in 1989, in all cases they would follow it up with one even better that would further shape my tastes in years to come.  The Senseless Things' Postcard CV in particular was a huge influence on my own songwriting and was another that was to be followed up by even greater songs.

The musical landscape, as well as what would become my musical taste, was starting to change, definitely for the better with a new rock/alternative slant and a healthy dose of indie pushing its way in.  My musical awakening was beginning.....

1. Senseless Things - Too Much Kissing
2. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Higher Ground
3. Faith No More - Epic
4. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Knock Me Down
5. Nine Inch Nails - Head Like A Hole
6. Faith No More - From Out of Nowhere
7. Senseless Things - Teenage
8. Stone Roses - I Am the Resurrection
9. Senseless Things - Standing in the Rain
10. Nine Inch Nails - Sin
11. Carcass - Reek of Putrefaction
12. Nine Inch Nails- Terrible Lie
13. Faith No More - Falling to Pieces
14. Extreme - Mutha (Don't Wanna Go To School Today)
15. Faith No More - The Real Thing
16. Stone Roses - Waterfall
17. Manic Street Preachers - Suicide Alley
18. Sepultura - Inner Self
19. Sepultura - Beneath the Remains
20. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Taste the Pain
21. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Nobody Weird Like Me
22. Faith No More - Woodpecker From Mars
23. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Stone Cold Bush
24. Soundgarden - Loud Love
25. Senseless Things - Girlfriend
26. Senseless Things - Back to Nowhere
27. Carter USM - Sheriff Fatman
28. Stone Roses - I Wanna Be Adored
29. Senseless Things - Trevor
30. Stone Roses - Made of Stone
31. Nirvana - About a Girl
32. Soundgarden - Hands All Over
33. Extreme - Play With Me
34. Senseless Things - Someone in You
35. Stone Roses - She Bangs the Drums
36. Extreme - Flesh 'N' Blood
37. Nine Inch Nails - Sanctified
38. Faith No More - Zombie Eaters
39. Inspiral Carpets - Find Out Why
40. Pop Will Eat Itself - Def.Con.One
41. Wonder Stuff  - Don't Let Me Down, Gently
42. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Johnny, Kick a Hole in the Sky
43. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Subway to Venus
44. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Good Time Boys
45. Nine Inch Nails - Down In It
46. Bolt Thrower - World Eater
47. Sepultura - Mass Hypnosis
48. Extreme - Kid Ego
49. Extreme - Little Girls
50. Nine Inch Nails - Ringfinger