Monday, January 25, 1999
Houston, Texas
Volume 64, Issue 78

The Food Groupie

About the Cougar

Remembering all those old-school favorites can bring back memories

By Jason Caesar Consolacion
Entertainment Co-Editor

Remember when girls were going crazy over Bobby Brown's "Gumby" haircut and guys were learning the choreography to "Every Little Step?"

Does anyone remember waiting so long for Bon Jovi's next album to come out after overplaying Slippery When Wet in the boom box?

Do you know how long it's been since that first lick from Guns 'N Roses' "Sweet Child O' Mine" was everyone's cue to roll down the windows and turn the radio up?

Believe it or not, it's been 10 years since all of these songs dominated the airwaves and fed our listening hunger. Yes, that's right, 10 years.

In the last week of January 1989, Bobby Brown's second solo album, Don't Be Cruel, was spending another week at the top of Billboard's 200 chart while Guns 'N Roses' Appetite For Destruction was staying strong at No. 2.

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(From left) Tico Torres, Jon Bon Jovi, David Bryan, Richie Sambora, and Alec John Such of Bon Jovi "laid their hand" on a new album in January 1989 after their commercial success Slippery When Wet.

Admit it. You can still jam to "My Prerogative" and "Roni." Before Brown was known as Whitney Houston's husband, he was the man on MTV and the hottest R&B artist since Michael Jackson. Unfortunately for Brown, his stardom didn't have the same impact that Jackson's did.

And I know there are hundreds of you, maybe thousands of you out there who thought Axl Rose was the second coming of Jim Morrison. I just can't believe some of you girls thought Axl was (or still is) a "babe." The coolest thing about GNR was Slash. The hair, the hat and the guitar were way cool. Of course, today he'd probably be laughed at.

Personally, I remember recording all of Bobby Brown's videos and learning all of GNR's songs on the guitar. I did a lot of silly things because of all those silly songs. Now whether I would admit to all of these things is another matter, but for this article, I'll make an exception.

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Poison(pictured here without original huitarist C.C. DeVille) made us Open Up to its hits.


Let's take you, the reader, for example. Did you ever make a phone call to Dial MTV to request Def Leppard's "Pour Some Sugar On Me" video? Because if you did, then we have something in common.

Also, I bet you glam-rock lovers were psyched about Poison's new album, Open Up And Say...Ahh!, weren't you? You remember that album, right? With the nasty model on the cover painted in black and red and sticking out its seven-inch tongue.

Poison wasn't that bad. Remember "Talk Dirty To Me" and "Every Rose Has Its Thorn?" Those were some rockin' tunes. It's just too bad they couldn't get their act together after that live album they did. At least they gave us "Something to Believe In."

You know, the last week of January 1989 was also a good time for Journey to put out a Greatest Hits album. The album shot up eight spots to finish at No. 13 that week. Other veterans still putting out records at this time included Luther Vandross, Aretha Franklin, Barbra Streisand and Crosby, Stills & Nash featuring Neil Young. All of these artists had top 25 albums at the time.

Also, Kenny G was making the scene with his Silhouette album. I still can't believe the music execs insisted on listing him as a jazz artist. That's been bothering me since he came on the scene.

The soundtrack of the time was from the Tom Cruise and Elizabeth Shue flick, Cocktail, which featured the Beach Boys' hit single, "Kokomo." All together now, "Aruba, Jamaica, oooh, I wanna take ya..."

Isn't this fun? Are you enjoying reminiscing about what was in your Walkman 10 years ago? I hope so.

Okay, I have one more thing for you. Guess who was "Hangin' Tough" in the middle of the charts? Yup, the five and only New Kids On The Block, lately known as NKOTB. It was only a couple of months later that we all figured out they had "The Right Stuff."

I hope you enjoyed taking this opportunity to blast to the past for a bit. If you have any other old school memories to share, feel free to e-mail your comments.

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