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I Spent Money On This? – Tiffany Sunday, June 29, 2008

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The newest feature to DeadOn’s Music Commentary, this is “I Spent Money On This?”, taking a self-deprecating look at my numerous bad musical purchases.

After the jump, a cassette I am almost certain I opened once, played half way through, and never touched again.

The year was 1988, and after taking the malls by storm with “I Think We’re Alone Now”, “I Saw Him Standing There”, and “Could’ve Been”, a young JB* eagerly awaited the second studio album from the red-headed sensation that every teen magazine featured prominently, always with her locks blowing to the side, for some reason… Tiffany.

Tiffany, \No, I do not know why.

Yes, I was only eleven.

The album was released November 22, 1988, and how it did not hold the #1 spot will remain a mystery to me, given the only real competition for the new releases included the “Beaches” soundtrack and Pink Floyd’s “Delicate Sounds of Thunder” live release. However, the week before contained a slew of metal (Dokken, Kiss, Manowar) and two weeks before was R.E.M.’s “Green”. Looking over the list of releases no wonder I was excited – late 1988 was crap for popular music.

In retrospect, there was some good stuff going on and coming out – “Copperhead Road” by Steve Earle, “Traveling Wilburys Volume 1”, an unknown-to-the-Midwest Soundgarden. However, Power 98.9 (“There’s only one way to spell HOT!”… now a Christian radio station) was dominated by Roxette, Was Not Was, and The Bangles.

Note: With great relief, I can say none of the above will be featured in future columns.

Anyway, Tiffany returned and this album advanced American music with just one top ten hit, “All This Time” –

I’m thinking it is something of a Bette Midler-meets-Hillary Duff vibe. But mostly I am disappointed her jeans were not rolled, and that no one realized the Charlie Chaplin marionette would give her fan base nightmares.

Four more singles were released, including “Radio Romance” and the title track, but neither made the “splash” of the first single. All of which lead to the fact that somewhere in my mother’s basement, among the baseball cards and old issues of Playboy, this tape is probably still tucked away in a place it should stay forever.

Join me next week as I continue to tally the hundreds upon thousands of dollars spent on ill-fated purchases of music. And don’t tell my mother, lest she want me to pay her back.

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1. Jerkwheat - Sunday, June 29, 2008

We saw Tiffany at a casino in Tunica, MS in the summer of 2004. It was, I’m not ashamed to admit, a good bit of fun. She’s also a very nice lady and I’ve got a picture with her somewhere around these parts.

2. Rockabye - Monday, June 30, 2008

I’m a big fan of “I Think We’re Along Now.” It’s a wonder that song hasn’t been turned into a hit single with a slower, acoustic version; Jerkwheat, did she do it there?

3. Rockabye - Monday, June 30, 2008

Really, you can’t spell “Alone,” nitwit?


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