“Don’t You Want Me? (single remix)” by Jody Watley (1987)

In the mid ‘80s, it became commonplace for songs to get “freshened up” for single release, so that the version played on the radio was similar but not exactly the same as the version you’d hear on the album. “Don’t You Want Me”, the third single from Jody Watley’s Grammy-winning debut album, is one song that benefitted greatly… Read More “Don’t You Want Me? (single remix)” by Jody Watley (1987)

“Don’t Shed A Tear” by Paul Carrack (1987)

Paul Carrack; you recognize the voice, may not recognize the name. Unless you’re a hardcore music nerd which is probably the only reason you’re reading this entry unless you randomly stumbled upon it. Squeeze’s “Tempted”? That’s him. Ace’s “How Long”? That’s also him. Mike & The Mechanics’ “The Living Years”? Yep, it’s him. I believe… Read More “Don’t Shed A Tear” by Paul Carrack (1987)

“Don’t Disturb This Groove” by The System (1987)

“Don’t Disturb This Groove” is so great at creating a mood; a laid back pocket of pure joy. The song’s about when something is so good you don’t want it to end. Mic Murphy is singing about his lady, but he just as easily could be singing about “Don’t Disturb This Groove”, itself. The System were… Read More “Don’t Disturb This Groove” by The System (1987)

“Devotion” by Ten City (1987)

Sylvester was still alive at the end of 1987, when Ten City’s “Devotion” broke out of the burgeoning Chicago house scene and became an international hit. The disco legend’s spirit is all over these grooves, through. Sylvester’s best work successfully merged spiritual ecstasy with sensual release, topped off by that otherworldly falsetto. Ten City’s Byron Stingily was… Read More “Devotion” by Ten City (1987)

“Criminal Minded” by Boogie Down Productions (1987)

Donald Glover did a stand up bit about old school hip-hop and how simplistic it sounds when compared to newer stuff. I can’t really argue with the guy. Even as I sit and listen to “Criminal Minded”, it’s pretty basic. I mean, not “throw your hands in the air/and wave ‘em like you just don’t care” basic. But,… Read More “Criminal Minded” by Boogie Down Productions (1987)