They are the dangers of age. One is watching 'Cachitos' on New Year's Eve, laughing at everything and everyone, and suddenly a song makes him realize that that remote and a bit absurd Spain is his, because that success of twenty, thirty or forty years ago 'lived' to the fullest. Come on, that suddenly the viewer is before a little piece of his own biography and starts to make accounts: has he really done so much? The songs have the faculty, a little treacherous, to sharpen our awareness of the passage of time, because they date events and emotions that we often feel as more recent. So be careful with this list, because these twelve themes that turn 30 in 2020 bring with them the full weight of the years. The youngest can hear them as who sees 'Cachitos', of course. And the elders will always have the comfort of knowing that we are much better than some of their interpreters.
Sinéad O'Connor – Nothing Compares 2U
Actually, the song is even older: Prince composed it in the mid-80s and his protégés The Family included it on his first album, but Sinéad O'Connor's version was released on January 8, 1990, so it ends To turn thirty. The Irish singer conquered the entire world with her crystalline voice, her face of monastic beauty and those unforgettable tears that run down her cheek in the video. His subsequent career has been a strange adventure that includes suicide threats and his conversion to Islam by the name of Shuhada Sadaqat.
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Depeche Mode – Enjoy The Silence
It would have been very difficult to predict, upon hearing the jumping technopop of its beginnings, that Depeche Mode would become a dark, transcendent pop beast, full of disturbing and suggestive recesses. 'Enjoy The Silence' was one of the four singles of 'Violator', his seventh studio album, a major work that got the prodigy of twinning the most disparate listeners, from Melendi fans to Metallica followers. The group is still active, with a trio formation and not a quartet as then, and the liturgy of their concerts has not lost its toll.
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C + C Music Factory – Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)
It happens sometimes that the most frivolous songs are the ones that spur nostalgia the most, because they refer us directly to a lost hedonism, to places that have already disappeared and to people who would accompany us forever. Come on, they sound like youth. So, nothing, it is necessary to visualize with thirty years less, in the corresponding discotheque, while this rarely hit 'hit' of the C + C Music Factory Americans sounds. Your present? If Wikipedia is not wrong, vocalist Freedom Williams has the rights of the name since the beginning of this century.
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Gary Moore – Still Got The Blues
It was a bold bet that could not go better. Gary Moore, the guy who had played on Thin Lizzy and who had released several hard rock albums, gave a sudden bang with an electric blues disc featuring figures such as Albert King or Albert Collins. 'Still Got The Blues', both the elepe and the song, were so successful that many did not even find out that Gary had been heavy, and other media forgot. Here there is no other choice but to become serious, because the Belfast musician died in 2011 at a hotel in Estepona, at 58.
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Heroes of Silence – Between two lands
Here some have already been impatient, they have hit the 'play' and they are getting very crazy with the guitar introduction of the song, because that was the effect that used to have 'Between two lands' even among the refractories to Heroes, who always abounded . The Zaragoza group took a good leap in 1990 with their second album, 'Paths of Betrayal', which was produced by Phil Manzanera and propelled them to the German charts. The vocalist Enrique Ortiz de Landázuri, better known as Bunbury, has just announced that in 2020 he will publish his ninth solo album, a "tremendously personal" work.
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Iggy Pop – Candy
The good of Iggy is the most veteran artist of this selection: his career starts in the mid-60s and continues until today, with a few more scars on his leathery reptile skin. 'Candy', her 1990 success, with the luminous voice of Kate Pierson and dedicated to an adolescent girlfriend, surprised him even a little, not very prone to this kind of melodic subtleties: «I have written a good pop song. It's a very decent pop song itself, ”he said. The truth is that we find it less shocking from the present, because in these years Iggy has accustomed us to his essential unpredictability, which leads him to jazz arrangements than to lyrics in French.
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Judas Priest – Painkiller
The heavies also have the right to contemplate with melancholy the passage of time, even if it is with such a thunderous and amphetamine theme as the 'Painkiller' of the Judas. The change of battery gave the British band a new vigor, in tune with the metal currents of the time, while experiencing a peak of popularity for extramusical reasons: 1990 was the year of that absurd trial in which they were accused of have led to the suicide of two young Americans through a subliminal message. Rob Halford, who will turn 69 this year, has promised new material.
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MC Hammer – U Can't Touch This
Actually, this heading is the result of a long internal debate, of almost theological implications: which one do we put, the 'U Can't Touch This' by MC Hammer or the 'Ice Ice Baby' by Vanilla Ice? They are something like sister songs, or cousins, because they both razed all levels (well, critically, maybe not) and both vampirized the past shamelessly. MC Hammer sucked Rick James and his 'Superfly' blood while the white Vanilla did the same with Queen and David Bowie's 'Under Pressure'. Anyway, we go with MC Hammer, if only because his subject was published in January and he will be thirty already. By the way, Stanley Kirk Burrell, who is really called our man, is still very active in music, movies, television and whatever they throw at him, with a Renaissance talent that maybe this song did not allow intuition at all.
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Extreme – More Than Words
It is surprising to realize that 'More Than Words' was the third single from 'Pornograffitti', the Extreme album that contained it, because it should have seemed like an infallible trick from the beginning. The ballad, acoustic, delicate and sentimental, became "a blessing and a curse" for the American funk-metal band, as it guaranteed a gap in the sentimental memory of a generation but at the same time overshadowed the rest of their work. If even opera singers sing it in the dressing rooms! Extreme continue recording, turning and playing 'More Than Words', for the account that brings them.
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Pixies – Velouria
When thinking of 1990, many of them immediately light up the light bulb that says 'grunge', but in reality one would still have to wait a year for the massive success of Nirvana's 'Nevermind' to trigger that commercial explosion of guitar rock. Yes, Cobain and his people had released their first album in 1989, but, let's face it, very few found out here. What did come out in 1990 was the 'Bossanova' of the Pixies, a group that serves as a bridge between the 80s and the 90s and that provided Nirvana with a few kilos of inspiration. They are also still active, with Paz Lenchantin instead of the charismatic and year-old Kim Deal. Ah, the 'Velouria' video brings a new dimension to the concept of 'alternative'.
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The Guard – When the sun shines
Granada, 1990. There were still a couple of years before Los Planetas began recording. Antonio Arias left 091 to found Nick Lizard. But the ones that really devastated were La Guardia, the veteran group of Manuel España, with its acoustic rock related to Los Secretos and Duncan Dhu. 'When the sun shines', his third album, was placed among the best selling records of that year and continues to function today as a trigger for the nostalgic celebration: on January 19 they will be in Pamplona, within the macro tour I went to EGB.
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AC / DC – Thunderstruck
Okay, okay: AC / DC issues escape space-time coordinates and can belong to any time and place, which is a less offensive way of saying that they tend to look a little like each other. The Australian band is a rock machine in which the pieces can change and the sound remains, but even in that universe there are special themes, and 'Thunderstruck' is one of them. It is amazing that a group gets a bomb like this on their album number twelve, to the point of relegating in public presence (that is, in bars) to many of their classic 'hits'. It is already known that the last times of AC / DC have been anything but easy, but the machine will work again in 2020. Thunder!
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