With Bottom Feeders we take a look at the songs on the Billboard Hot 100 that only got a little love. It’s an A-Z look at songs that charted no higher than #41 in the decade. Take a listen, enjoy and comment. And don’t forget, information on the top 40, airplay and bubbling under charts are on pages 2 and 3.
Section 1: The Ass End
â€œOnly Love Can Break Your Heartâ€ 1992, #97 (2 weeks) (download)
I wasnâ€™t familiar with these guys until my college radio station picked up on them in â€™98 with their synthpop album, Good Humor. Before then, they had a dancier sound apparently with â€œOnly Love Can Break Your Heartâ€ their only charting single. By the time Foxbase Alpha came out in 1991, Sarah Cracknell had become their singer but this tune is the only one sung by Moira Lambert.
â€œStranger To Loveâ€ 1990, #52 (11 weeks) (download)
By now you have to know how much I love Prince and by association, I have an affinity for anyone that was in his camp. Despite having very brief stays with both the Time and the Family in the â€˜80s, St. Paul Peterson has had a big impact on Minneapolis music. Prince put together the Family in â€™85 after the Time split but after just one gig, Peterson left to go solo. Prince was pissed and wrote â€œDream Factoryâ€ about him. In the end, we should be more pissed that a funky dude like St. Paul turned into Donny Osmond for â€œStranger To Love.â€
Last Tuesday night I was up until 1 am doing a football draft and still havenâ€™t recovered. “After 12, Before 6” thereâ€™s nothing I want more than for no one at all to be â€œup in my mixâ€. Guess this is what being old is like.
Both of these tunes are irrelevant in the Salt-N-Pepa catalog. â€œYou Showed Meâ€ didnâ€™t play to their strengths at all and â€œGitty Upâ€ seems a little too generic for these ladies. The bling-y video didnâ€™t help at all since that really wasnâ€™t their persona at the time. Despite these tunes, Iâ€™d argue that Salt-N-Pepa were the greatest female rappers of all time.
â€œBallad of Youthâ€ 1991, #63 (7 weeks) (download)
Every time I think about Richie Sambora now, my mind goes back to an interview he did a few years ago on the Preston and Steve show here in Philly where he must have said 20 times how great of a songwriter he is. And while I admit that I like a lot of Bon Jovi tunes that he wrote, thereâ€™s really nothing that makes such an over-the-top proclamation justified. â€œBallad of Youthâ€ is a good song but is it anything more than simply what fit in nicely in 1991?
â€œBang Bangâ€ 1992, #53 (11 weeks) (download)
I havenâ€™t listened to this in years but wow, â€œBang Bangâ€ sounds so dated.
â€œLove Desireâ€ 1991, #49 (11 weeks) (download)
â€œLove Desireâ€ is a confusing track for me and probably was the same for many radio stations as well. She was an early member of Expose and was dance/R&B artist but this one sounded more like an Enigma tune (is that a sample of â€œSadenessâ€?). Iâ€™m supposing the song was meant to be sexy but it just comes across as awkward.
â€œJealousyâ€ 1998, #89 (10 weeks) (download)
Born in Chicago but based in Germany by this point, she didnâ€™t release an album until 2003. From â€™93 to that point, she released a handful of dance tunes as singles and in 1998 became the singer of Culture Beat for their final album.
â€œThe Chanukah Songâ€ 1999, #80 (2 weeks) (download)
Câ€™mon, who doesnâ€™t know this one by now?
â€œJust Because I Love Youâ€ 1996, #78 (8 weeks) (download)
Just 16 at the time of her debut, Lina had two hits and then from what I can tell, pretty much faded away.
â€œTimeless Loveâ€ 1990, #85 (5 weeks) (download)
After two bottom feeders in â€™89, â€œTimeless Loveâ€ was their final charting single, released on the soundtrack to the movie, Shocker.â€ Three-fifths of the band left after this, probably deciding that no rock band should go this cheesy.