My Generation – Feature Year 1990
This week on My Generation Jonesy and Amanda put the big spotlight on Feature Year 1990!
The new decade began in fine style with big dance hits from Black Box, Technotronic, Young MC and Dee-Lite with Groove is In the Heart:
There were the Big Ballads like: When I See You Smile by Bad English, Elton John's Sacrifice and Nothing Compares 2 U by Sinead O'Connor.
Faith No More provided some of the great rock that year. They formed in San Francisco in 1979 as Sharp Young Men. After the release of their first official album We Care A Lot in 1985 they became Faith No Man. In 1989 Mike Patton joined as front man and songwriter and was a force to be reckoned with. The Real Thing album was written in 2 weeks and another name change to Faith No More… The album went Top 10 and was nominated for a Grammy. The music video for lead single Epic went on high rotation at MTV and caused a negative reaction from animal rights activists. They were angered over a slow motion shot of a fish flopping 'out of water' signifying the band's feelings about making a big budget music video.
This year Heart celebrate the 40th anniversary of their debut album Dreamboat Annie. In 1990 they released their 10th album Brigade. It was their last album to be dominated by outside writers. The band wanted a return to their original hard rock sound tinged with acoustic folk. Before that happened though, Brigade spawned a massive hit written by producer Robert John "Mutt" Lange. All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You was Number 1 for 4 weeks in 1990.
1990 was the year MC Hammer rapped over the bass line of Rick James' Superfreak and had a Number 1 with U Can't Touch This. (…remember the music video with those parachute pants!?) Meanwhile Hammer has sold over 50 million albums worldwide, he runs a stable of hip hop stars, hosts and judges TV shows. He became an ordained minister in 2008 and still performs live.
Catch Jonesy and Amanda on My Generation this week for Feature Year 1990!