Well it's coming to that time of the year again where we all celebrate our favorite tracks of the year. But not so for me, I will endeavor to do some sort of BEST OF 2016 list at some point in time. So for now i'm going to be sharing some of my most favorite things of 1991 and also some other cringe worthy celebrations.
With thanks to GavinScott and his 'This week in 1991' chart blog which i've been following since 1988 and will continue to do so.
Instead of focusing on the best, i'm starting with the worst These 10 singles all charted in the Australian TOP 50 in 1991 and in my opinion are so bad, some are better left back in '91 or to of never been released at all.
Ok, well for obvious reasons we know why this was gonna be a big deal. The song parodies both Austrian actor Arnold ("Arnie") Schwarzenegger's in-film catchphrase, "I'll be back" and his role in the Terminator films, particularly Terminator 2: Judgment Day, which had been released the previous month. Many phrases from the latter film are featured, such as "I'll be back", "Hasta la vista, baby", "It's nothing personal" and "I swear I will not hurt anybody". Arnee and the Terminaters were a British novelty one-hit wonder band (no wonder).
I remember liking this a lot more in the mid 90's more than I do now. It's very cringe worthy and out of all the Snap! singles it has aged terribly. It was released as the fourth and final single from their debut studio album, World Power. The song's lyrics are based on the nineteenth century Nursery rhyme, 'Mary Had a Little Lamb'.
After all the success and accolades of their previous work on 'Pop Art' & 'Velveteen', Transvision Vamp returned 1n 1991 with this mediocre turd. It had all been said and done before by Wendy James & co. and was a really big let down and would ultimately be there last foray onto our charts or anywhere else.
In the late 80's and early 90's Cher was everywhere, some would say she was Madonna's biggest rival around this time. After the success of 1989's 'Heart Of Stone' Cher first returned in '91 with a delightful pop effort (The Shoop Shoop Song) for the film 'Mermaids' starring herself, Winona Ryder, Christina Ricci, and Bob Hoskins. Then this, the official lead single from 'Love Hurts'. Well this does hurt, it's lifeless, boring and so expected at the time from her, the total opposite of what 'The Shoop Shoop Song' is. Fortunately we didn't see Cher in our charts again until 1998 with the help of computers and a vocoder.
I still find this track highly over rated, the guitar bits are nice but it just grates my gears in all honesty.
Released from their second album 'Time's Up', it is in the style of most of the group's previous singles, a rock song with touches of R&B, especially in the vocals. It is most noted for its funk-style guitar parts that permeate throughout the entire song. It would remain to this day as their only entry into the Australian TOP 50.
This is the kind of chessy pop that at some point you admit that you liked. Fortunately C.M.B. were good at producing the goods in this department (could've featured them twice here alone). Funnily this is a former Billboard #1 (the shame) and world wide smash for this Oklahoma R&B Group. With there chessy colour clashed suits in the clip and the fun boppy video this was all over things 90210 & Melrose Place.
In August 1991, as Johnny Diesel, his solo career was launched after moderate and critically acclaimed success with The Injectors. I enjoyed all of The Injectors releases but to this day i'm still confussed as to what he was trying to achieve here? Was he trying to be a rapper? Was he trying to be cool? Or was he just trying to find his audience? Only Johnny will know but for me it's still his worst release ever! Fortunately Diesel toured Australia with Barnes during the second half of the year. He had signed with EMI Music Australia and his second single, "Come to Me", was released in November under the epithet Diesel—subsequent releases saw him billed as Diesel until 1998.
Jimmy had been a chart stayer for some years now, starting with Cold Chisel before going solo in '84. I had never been the biggest far of Barnes until 1990's 'Two Fires' was released and subsequent single 'When Your Love Is Gone'. I was actually very surprised when this turned up on the charts but also excited as at the time I was heavily listening to his back catalog. It was at this moment it all changed for me and Jimmy became a hit'n'miss artist, I did not enjoy much of the 'Soul Deep' project and this shocker (even the original by Joe Tex) will still be one of my most hated tracks of his. He just sounds so rapey and desperate, so much so it's one of few songs I rarely get through fully.
I think it was inevitable to not pick a Hammer track so it was this or the abhorrent '2 Ligit 2 Quit'. This is pretty much a self indulgent love fest about how the Hammer is gonna rip up the stage. Seriously the guy had more hype than carrot top's stage presence and a wardrobe budget that could match Prince at his best. Released as the fourth single off his debut 'Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em' fortunately it wasn't long until this silly man was no longer selling records due to financial woes.
Now if your gonna have Hammer in your list you've surely gotta have his white brother from another mother Vanilla Ice aswell. The man who's claim to fame was ripping off Queen & Bowies sample with a word to your mother! Like 'Ice Ice Baby' Vanilla found himself again in the courts for not crediting original songwriter Robert Parissi (Wild Cherry) and again was out of pocket, this time a cool half a mil. At the best of times I loath critiquing cover versions but this can't be ignored. This interpretation like the previous lacks imagination and also like his black brother Hammer is self indulgent love fest about ripping up the stage. Damn these rappers are good! Last edited:
Good thread idea. #10 doesn't actually stay in my long term memory, but I recall it as a dodgy experience when I had listened to it. #9 to #6 are all fine to me... Not of 'Top 10' class but not too much worse. An observation I'd make of #8 is that it was a different turn for Transvision Vamp. Listening to it again this year, it had me thinking the melody and style would have blended reasonably well as a cut from INXS's "X" album (barring the vocals of course) so I found some favour in the song for that reason. All later material was a disappointment however, contributing to their demise.
Critically acclaimed and very popular album due to the smash hit 'Treaty'. I never went into listening to this expecting to like it and my expectations weren't let down. There isn't enough variety to my liking and the language barrier also hinders any chance of redemption.
9.DIRE STRAITS - On Every Street
Apart from the brilliant masterpiece that is 'Calling Elvis' this really does go nowhere fast, which surprises even now considering how much I like 'Brothers In Arms'. Production wise it's faultless, I guess it just has never grabbed me and has always been a bit disappointing.
8.NATALIE COLE - Unforgettable: With Love
For a album with such admiration it leaves you feeling drained and chore like listening pleasure. Sure the girl can sing but the over production really bugs you to the point it feels like your listening to a Disney soundtrack. For one of the highest selling albums world wide in 1991 it really is a head scratcher, undoubtedly the duet with her father Nat 'King' Cole dragged a few in but nothing else comes close.
7.THE COMMITMENTS SOUNDTRACK
I swear every man and his dog owned this soundtrack and it's the main reason why I still to this day despise 'Mustang Sally'. Personally it was over exposure to this and really not getting what all the fuss was about. Maybe I should sit through the movie at some stage but then again the music will probly ruin it for me
6. KYLIE MINOGUE - Let's Get To It
By this point in her career Kylie was trying to mature as an artist and was losing the girl next door persona. Musically though I really don't think she was evolving or releasing anything of brilliance. There is absolutely not hit songs here and nothing new, in fact it was step back and felt like a lesser version of 'Rhythm Of Love'.
5.RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS - Blood Sugar Sex Magik
To be honest I didn't warm to the chili peppers until the mid 90's and I still struggle to understand why the were so huge at this time. Apart from the singles everything else here does not work for me, it's messy, noisy and most of nonsensical. Even on a few of their later releases they have this problem but this album brings it to a whole new level.
4.MARIAH CAREY - Emotions
Like the chili peppers, Mariah was again another artist I struggled to understand. After a pretty solid self titled debut I was expecting more from 'Emotions', again apart from the singles there is nothing of substance and like Kylie earlier I feel this was a step back in quality aswell. Just more Mariah wailing about love and all that other nonsense.
3.KATE CEBERANO - Think About It!
Not the most obvious of choices but I Kate really was trying way to hard on this career move into the pop world, in fact it borders on cringe worthy. It really is unfortunate because previous album 'Brave' was a really solid about with hints of pop influences but here she's gone all out Dannii/Kylie and forgot to use what is her biggest asset which the Minogue's lack (at times) her voice. Undoubtedly one of this countries greatest female voices wasted on an image desire to be frank.
2.JIMMY BARNES - Soul Deep
I'm gonna say it, this is in my opinion Jimmy's low point and what's even worse he's made a career out of it and spawned many other projects because of it. Apart from the surprisingly delightful '(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher' and duet with John Farnham 'When Something Is Wrong With My Baby' everything is blah! I don't hate it, I just can't tolerate it and does something to his vocal delivery. I prefer my Jimmy to be rocking the night away in all honesty.
1.VAN HALEN - For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge
The title alone is enough to put you off! Also known as F.U.C.K. an acronym for the phrase "for unlawful carnal knowledge" was their ninth studio album and came about because censorship at the time was at an all time high in corporate America. It was lead singer Sammy Hagar's middle finger to censorship. Lead single 'Poundcake' was pretty much the only shinning light in what can only be described as a blues record stuffed with more zigzagging guitars than a death metal album but they forgot one thing! They forgot the rock'n'roll. It's a busy, heavy unrelentingly grind of staleness. It's basically what Metallica would later call 'St. Anger' but fortunately for Metallica they had time to recover. Last edited:
Aww...poor Transvision Vamp. I actually like that song as it was different for them, and showed some progression in their sound, even if it was only subtle. The weak, breathy vocals were reminiscent of Madonna's "Justify My Love", but I admit the chorus is very basic. Unfortunately for them, and many artists, a few years break makes it hard to keep up with the shift in popular music style in the charts, and they bombed.
Cher did produce a seemingly weak track with "Love And Understanding", but it was nothing different from her album tracks from HOS. She was just kidding herself that we would by it as a single...ha ha!
I'm surprised you would find Living Colour so bad, but understand. It's definitely love or hate for that one, and while I'm in the love, I can also see the other side.
"Love Junk" was actually part of our initial Battle Of The Bands set list when I was in Year 11, as I think it was basically one chord for the verses...heh heh. We were all learning our instruments at the time, so I guess Diesel was also learning how to be a solo artist.
And one last one... Kylie's "Let's Get To It" is actually possibly my favourite Kylie album...ha ha. There's something about it that makes it more cohesive than her other albums. While the singles broke her out of the SAW sound to some extent (and yes, Word Is Out is forgettable), the album track are actually pretty good. I love that "Too Much Of A Good Thing" is really sung totally by the backing singers, with Kylie as part of that group. But maybe it's the underplaying of that album on radio that makes it easier to tolerate.
Oh, and yeah, The Commitments soundtrack would be easier to swallow after watching the movie.
Agree with the rest, and with no mention of The Simpsons anywhere, just shows how bad these all were.
During the late 80's to mid 90's I was a huge movie buff, more so than music so my knowledge for classic cheesy movie's is pretty good. For those that don't know my favorite genre would have to be a good comedy but I also like action, horror & sci-fi. To be honest i'm pretty open to anything with a good story and great acting.
BEST MOVIE RELEASES (1991) Below is what I believe were 10 of the best from the year 1991, enjoy
To start with honorable mentions go to the following movies.
THE ADDAMS FAMILY DON'T TELL MOM THE BABYSITTER'S DEAD TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TUTLES II: THE SECRET OF THE OOZE MY GIRL BEAUTY & THE BEAST
Director Steven Speilberg Starring Dustin Hoffman, Robin Williams, Julia Roberts Genre Fantasy Adventure
The story revolves around Peter Banning (aka Peter Pan) played by Robin Williams, a successful corporate lawyer living in San Francisco. As a workaholic, he spends little time with his wife, Moira, and children, 12-year-old Jack and 7-year-old Maggie. The children are then kidnapped by Hook (Dustin Hoffman) and are returned to Neverland, Peter returns to Neverland in order to save them. Along the journey he reclaims the memories of his past.
For it's time the screenplay and animations are pretty spectacular and as always Robin plays the perfect Peter Pan.
FUN FACT: Spielberg began developing the film in the early 1980s with Walt Disney Productions and Paramount Pictures, which would have followed the story line seen in the 1924 silent film and 1953 animated film. It entered pre-production in 1985, but Spielberg abandoned the project. So in essence it should've been a Disney film
9.ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES
Director Kevin Reynolds Starring Kevin Costner, Morgan Freeman, Christian Slater Genre Romantic Action Adventure
Loosely based on the fairy tale which is Robin Hood but with a more realistic approach of medieval England. Where Robin is sworn to protect the life Marian after escaping a Jerusalem prison where fellow escapee Peter is mortally wounded by an archer. Robin returns to England to find his father dead and The Sheriff Of Nottingham oppressing the people. Robin then encounters a band of outlaws in Sherwood forest and soon assumes command of the group in return he trains them to defend themselves. And so the story goes...
Again like Hook but without the magic of animation, the screenplay and cinematography is really sublime for it's time. The acting at times is a bit slap stick but doesn't degrade the movie. The late Allan Rickman plays the brilliant role of George, The Sheriff Of Nottingham.
8.FREDDY'S DEAD: THE FINAL NIGHTMARE
Director Rachel Talalay Starring Robert Englund Genre Slasher / Horror
Also known as A Nightmare on Elm Street 6: Freddy's Dead or A Nightmare on Elm Street 6: The Final Nightmare. A 3D slasher film and the sixth film in the Nightmare on Elm Street series. As the title suggests, it was intended to be the last film in the series however, the success of the film prevented the series from ending. It is the sequel to A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child and is followed by Wes Craven's New Nightmare, which takes place outside the series' canon.
In 1999 Freddy has returned and killed nearly every child and teenager except Alice Johnson and her son Jacob but have left town unbeknown to Freddy. An teenager only known as John Doe is confronted by Freddy in his dream and is knocked out of the city limits by Freddy. The rest you can view for yourself
Seriously though, my ex was the big factor in making this as she was a huge horror film buff and the Nightmare On Elm St series was always a favorite. This also (beside part 3) is my most recognized of the series.
If you can ignore the cheesiness of it all and rely only on the story line (it does help going back to part 1) you can get a lot out of this film or series.
FUN FACT: Musical score was provided by Brian May of Queen.
7.THE NAKED GUN 2½: THE SMELL OF FEAR
Director David Zucker Starring Leslie Nelson, Priscilla Presley, O.J. Simpson Genre Comedy
It is the sequel to the 1988 film The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! if your familiar with that then your sure to have a belly ache at the bumbling and sometimes coarse Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielsen).
Director Jim Abrahams Starring Charlie Sheen, Jon Cryer Genre Comedy Spoof
Beating out The Naked Gun 2½ as best comedy for the year, you just can't go this as one of Charlie Sheen's best performance. Subtly stupid and moronic at times, the gags are relevant and true to the script.
Director Kathryn Bigelow Starring Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey Genre Action Crime Thriller
FBI Agent Johnny Utah (Keanu Reeves) is assigned in investigating a string of bank robberies by the "Ex-Presidents". Pursuing Pappas' theory that the criminals are surfers, Utah goes undercover. The acting in this is intense and has a very cool storyline, was part of the reason I took up surfing as a teenager.
4.TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY
Director James Cameron Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong Genre Sci-Fi Action
The film's visual effects saw breakthroughs in computer-generated imagery, including the first use of natural human motion for a computer-generated character and the first partially computer-generated main character. Terminator 2 was a critical and commercial success and influenced popular culture, especially the use of visual effects in films.
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Director Oliver Stone Starring Val Kilmer, Meg Ryan, Billy Idol Genre Biographical Rockumentary
Basically it's the story of the famous 60's band of the same name which emphasizes the life of its lead singer, Jim Morrison (Val Kilmer). The film portrays Morrison as the larger-than-life icon of 1960s rock and roll, counterculture, and the drug-using free love hippie lifestyle. But the depiction goes beyond the iconic: his alcoholism, interest in the spiritual plane and hallucinogenic drugs as entheogens, and, particularly, his growing obsession with death are threads which weave in and out of the film.
Director Daniel Petrie Jnr Starring Sean Astin, Louis Gossett Jnr Genre Action Drama
The plot revolves around an all-male boarding school overtaken by terrorists. While the authorities remain helpless, a group of rebellious and mischievous students decide to put their resourcefulness to good use.
1.THE LAST BOY SCOUT
Director Tony Scott Starring Bruce Willis, Damon Wayans Genre Action
Private investigator and disgraced former secret service agent and a banned former NFL star team up together reluctantly to try and get to the bottom of why there paths crossed in the first place. Revolving around legalized gambling in sport and the mob. I've loved a lot of Bruce Willis films over the years and this one is always a fave of mine to watch. Damon Wayans also proves to be a great acting coup considering his comical background. But it's Darian's performance who steals it for me, Joe's (Bruce Willis) abrasive daughter. Last edited:
Often as the case with a majority of people, film clips captivate music loving audiences and will always be a selling point to a new listener. A lot of the time and especially during the 90's for me, I simply loved a song just for it's film clip, even hearing a song I still invision the film clip but may not of seen it for years. Since the inception of MTV in 1981 the promo clip (as it was once called) revolutionized the way music was marketed, iconic performers like Michael Jackson and Madoona turned it into an art form and it was the norm for people to anticipate a premier of an artists new single (video) on shows like Countdown and then RAGE. Unlike today I don't get that same instant buzz when watching the latest Youtube phenomenon or what new controversy Lady Gaga is gonna release. I still enjoy watching them I just don't get the same amount of anticipation like when singles were still being released physically at your local record store.
The following is the best videos released in 1991 (chart debut on ARIA) THE BEST VIDEOS OF 1991