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FlinterFile: Brenda Russell- Piano In The Dark

Brenda Russell had her biggest pop hit in the US in 1988. Read the rest of this entry


FlinterFile: Godley & Creme- Little Piece Of Heaven

Godley & Creme released their last album in 1988. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Toto- Stop Loving You


This was one of the biggest hits of Toto in the Netherlands. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Toto- Pamela


This song was the last hit in the US for Toto. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Paula Abdul- Straight Up


In 1988, Paula Abdul released her third single and breakthrough hit. She started her career as a cheerleader and dancer, worked with Janet Jackson on some dances for MTV (such as Nasty and What Have You Done For Me Lately), went on to work for ZZ Top and Duran Duran, and then started her own singing career. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Traveling Wilburys- End Of The Line

end of the line traveling wilburys

In 1988, the Traveling Wilburys released their second single, after Handle With Care. The song features Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, George Harrison and Tom Petty on vocals, Bob Dylan doesn’t sing in this song. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Tanita Tikaram- Good Tradition


In 1988, Tanita Tikaram released her debut album. There were two big hits on the album, Twist In My Sobriety and Good Tradition. Tanita was only 18 years old when writing and recording the songs. Its lyrics are about a family, which runs on two extremes: love and hate. Good Tradition was her debut single, but Twist In My Sobriety had the honour of charting first. The song was a number 10 hit in the UK. Enjoy

Tanita Tikaram- Good Tradition

FlinterFile: The Proclaimers- I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)


In 1988, Craig and Charlie Reid had their only hit in America. The twins from Scotland had a lot of luck with the song. It was written in 45 minutes, as the chords came just as if they had always been around. The song, about being in love with a woman for the rest of your life, was sung in a Scottish accent, which probably helped in its success. It was used in a movie, Benny & Joon, which helped it to become a hit in America. The funny thing is that the brothers did not know it was used in the movie. However, it was a number 11 hit in the UK and number 3 in the US. Enjoy

The Proclaimers- I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)

Song of the day: Guns N’ Roses- Sweet Child O’Mine


In 1988, Guns N’ Roses released the song Sweet Child O’Mine. According to Slash, the song started as a joke, when he was making funny faces and pulling the strings of his guitar a bit. He was asked to play the melody again, and then a bassline and beat were invented. The exercise soon changed into a song. When recording it, the producer said they should add a melody breakdown, but Axl Rose started asking “Where do we go? Where do we go now?” These were used as the lyrics in the breakdown. Released as a single, it came to number 6 in the UK and number 1 in the US. Enjoy

Guns N’ Roses- Sweet Child O’Mine

Song of the day: Traveling Wilburys- Handle With Care

traveling wilburys handle with care

In 1988, George Harrison was recording some songs. One of these songs would be This Is Love, which needed a b-side. When Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne joined him for some jamming, the song was written quickly. The inspiration came from a box with the text handle with care on it. They went into the studio of Bob Dylan to record a basic song. The record compagny of George Harrison thought it to be too good as a b-side, and encouraged the group to record an album. Of that album, Handle With Care was the main single. The song became a number 45 hit in the US and a number 21 in the UK. Roy Orbison died shortly after the recording. Enjoy

Traveling Wilburys- Handle With Care

Song of the day: Paco- Amor De Mis Amores

paco amor de mis amoris

When moving with the music to other countries like Italy or France, it proves to be difficult to find information. However, I had to look for another song to find information about this song. It’s a cover of a song, which was written in 1936. It was then known as Que nadie sepa mi sufrir, though it was no big success. Edith Piaf recorded it in French and not much later another version, called Amor de Mis Amores appeared. This version was recorded and released in 1988 by an artist called Paco, who had a small hit with the song. Enjoy

Paco- Amor De Mis Amores

Song of the day: Tracy Chapman- Fast Car

tracy chapman fast car

Most of the people I know, who heard this song for the first time, say it’s a man singing. I now know better: it’s a woman. And it’s a beautiful song, although the lyrics are a bit different. It’s about poverty over several generations… It starts with the singer, who is the daughter of a mother, who divorces from her alcoholic husband. After a lot of problems at home, she leaves town and starts to work in the city. However, her life takes the same road as her mothers life: her husband is alcoholic too, and the story starts all over again. And yes, she too tells her husband to leave. Listen to this beautiful song from 1988:

Tracy Chapman- Fast Car

Song of the day: Boy Meets Girl- Waiting For A Star To Fall

boy meets girl waiting for a star to fall

In the end of the eighties, when the nineties were lurking around the corner, a song became a hit. Nothing new, because more songs become hits, the end of the eighties is no exception to that. This song was inspired by a falling star (actually a meteorite, if I understood it all correctly), which was seen at a concert by Whitney Houston. The song was written and handed to someone for Whitney to record it. She refused. Then it was offered to Belinda Carlisle, who recorded it and hated it. In 1988, the writers decided to do it themselves, which was not a bad decision. It went up in the charts to the highest positions. Later, the Cabin Crew took the song and remixed it, making another big hit out of it. Enjoy

Boy Meets Girl- Waiting For A Star To Fall

Song of the day: Soulsister- The Way To Your Heart


A Belgian band today. They played a mix of soul and pop, and had one big hit in their career in the Netherlands and Germany. They did not come further than these countries, and the rest of their songs were only hits in Belgium. Now, I know what you’re thinking: they’re Belgians, can they make anything good? Oh yes, they can. This song was a big hit, and with a reason: it is a great and happy song, and the music is good. Enjoy

Soulsister- The Way To Your Heart

Song of the day: The Pasadenas- Tribute (Right On)


Yes! 1988! And one of the hits in this year is one of my favourite dance tracks, since there are lots of references to old music in there, and because I’ve got the single (found it in some box, I said: I keep it!). It’s one of the records I have to hear if I’m down to get happy again. Enjoy

The Pasadenas- Tribute

Song of the day: Four Tops- Loco In Acapulco


Some songs come around every summer, but are 1) not played on the radio in other seasons (or I miss them) and 2) nevertheless good.
This is one of these songs. And that’s quite strange, since it was a song made in 1988, so it is quite recently if you compare it with their other songs, which are all made around the sixties/seventies.
So what went wrong? I couldn’t tell: it isn’t the melody, not the text (partly written by Phil Collins), and not the purpose as soundtrack.
Nothing seems wrong, but you only hear it in summer. However, it’s a perfect summer song, so we should enjoy it now…


The Four Tops- Loco In Acapulco