Me Myself and I – De La Soul (1989)
This ground-breaking American trio – comprised of Kelvin Mercer, David Jude Jolicoeur, and Vincent Mason – became both critical & commercial darlings with this hit from their debut album. They’ve continued to record and perform over the years, both with their own work and collaborations with others. Their 2005 collaboration with Gorillaz earned them their first Grammy. Their latest studio album (as a full trio) came out in 2004, while Mercer & Jolicoeur’s side project (using nicknames Plug1 and Plug2) released an album last year. The trio is reportedly working on a new studio album, but no release date has been announced.
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Tagged 1989, David Jude Jolicoeur, De La Soul, Gorillaz, Grammy Award, Kelvin Mercer, Plug1, Plug2, Vincent Mason
With Every Beat of my Heart – Taylor Dayne (1989)
Born Leslie Wunderman, this American singer-songwriter continued to appear on worldwide pop charts into the mid-90’s. While her subsequent releases haven’t been as commercially successful (nor as frequent), Dayne has continued to be a prolific performer, including diversifying into acting, Broadway, and reality television. And while she may no longer be appearing on pop charts, she’s recently placed several hits in – & on top of – worldwide dance charts. Her latest studio album came out in 2008, and her latest single in 2011. Dayne will be touring Australia later this year.
Funky Cold Medina – Tone Lōc (1989)
Born Anthony Smith, this American rapper made a huge splash with his debut album, which topped the US charts. In 1991 he released a sophomore effort – which turned out to be his last record – that wasn’t nearly as commercially successful. But Lōc diversified his work and became a prolific and successful voice & performance actor over the years, earning roles in numerous films and television shows. And ever so often, he’s contributed his talents to others’ music projects.
Sweet Jane – Cowboy Junkies (1989)
This Canadian band affirmed their cult status with this, their sophomore album. They’ve continued to release albums regularly over the years, despite none of them reaching the commercial acceptance of this effort. The line-up, composed of siblings Margo, Michael, and Peter Timmins, plus Alan Anton, has remained constant. In 2007, they released a re-recording of this album, adding new collaborators, in order to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the original. Their latest studio album came out early this year.
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Tagged 1989, Alan Anton, Cowboy Junkies, Margo Timmins, Michael Timmins, Peter Timmins
The Living Years – Mike + the Mechanics (1989)
Originally a side-project for Genesis guitarist Mike Rutherford, this English band reached its commercial peak (at least in the US) with this single and album. They stopped charting in the US in the early 90’s, but they continued to make substantial appearances on UK charts until 2000, when vocalist Paul Young died of a heart attack. Using remaining vocalist Paul Carrack (featured on this track), they limped along before disbanding in 2004 due to Carrack’s focus on his solo work. In 2009, Rutherford announced a new incarnation of the Mechanics with a new line-up, and they released a studio album last year. They continue to perform.
I Only Wanna be with You – Samantha Fox (1989)
This English singer-songwriter and former model’s provocative songs and videos titillated fans around the world during the 80’s. While her commercial success in the US faded as the 90’s began, she’s continued to maintain a larger fan base in Europe, thanks partly to diversifying into reality television. Her most recent studio album came out in 2005, and she’s collaborated with other artists on dance-pop singles. Her most recent single, a collaboration with Greek band Zante Dilemma, came out late last year.
Bust a Move – Young MC (1989)
Born Marvin Young, this American singer and rapper landed his first record contract while earning a degree in Economics. And he’s used his business education to survive in the music industry despite his inability to match the success of this, his debut single. In addition to regularly releasing albums over the years, he’s diversified into television and films. Young’s most recent studio album came out in 2009.