crucial jams


a voice in the back of his head reminding him that this is stolen, that this is not his


I cannot impress upon you just how frequently I watch this video

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On this day in music history: October 7, 1989 - “Miss You Much” by Janet Jackson hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 4 weeks, topping the Club Play chart for 2 weeks on the same date, also topping the R&B singles chart for 2 weeks on October 14, 1989. Written and produced by James Harris III and Terry Lewis, it is the second pop and fifth R&B chart topper for the youngest member of the Jacksons musical dynasty. After the huge commercial success of her third album “Control”, there is some doubt as to whether producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis will produce the crucial follow up album. Jam & Lewis go through extended contract negotiations with Jacksons’ label A&M Records before both sides come to an agreement. Finally in September of 1988, sessions begin on “Rhythm Nation 1814”. “Miss You Much” is the first song written for the sessions, inspired by Jimmy’s then girlfriend. Needing to get back in proper shape vocally after a long layoff, Janet records the background vocals for “Miss You Much” and several other songs for the album before returning to Minneapolis in December of 1988 to begin recording lead vocals. By the time sessions for the album wrap in February of 1989, all agree that “Miss You Much” is the perfect track to launch “Rhythm Nation”. Issued on August 22, 1989, it is an immediate smash. Entering the Hot 100 at #42 on September 2, 1989, it rockets to the top of the chart five weeks later. “Miss” becomes Janet Jackson’s biggest selling single at the time of its release, selling more than a million copies by the time it falls off the chart. The song also receives two Grammy nominations in 1990. “Miss You Much” is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

Million Dollar Bill
  • Million Dollar Bill
  • Middle Brother
  • Middle Brother

Million Dollar Bill // Middle Brother

When it hits me that she’s gone,
I’ll think I’ll be a movie star,
Play the finest man the world has ever seen,
So, when lovers that she’s found, 
Show her ways they’ve learned to talk to her,
Behind each perfect word will be a little bit of me


The Rock - Deer Tick

You listen here, John J. McCauley III. You go to your room and you think about what you’ve done.

The Devil
  • The Devil
  • Margot & The Nuclear So and So's
  • Rot Gut, Domestic

The Devil - Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s

Come back home, I’m sick, quick,
Make me the president of your club, kid
Please, I’m down on my rusted knee
Come back home

I ain’t afraid of the devil
I ain’t afraid of the devil
I ain’t afraid of the devil, oh no

I totally slept on the release of a handful of albums last year (only realizing this now as I read through “Best Of” lists), but I am genuinely a little upset about this one because it’s prime and I’ve been missing out. 

One of the kids brought this ball to group today, so, clearly I spent the rest of the day thinking about how much the existence of Turbo Fruits for toddlers would improve my life on a professional level.

Naptime With You
Mama’s Mad ‘Cause I Cried All Day
Want Some 'Mo (Juice)
Lotta Lotta Babies
Spit Up Get On Down 

Totally works.