When I lived in College Station, Texas, from 1983 to 1993, I used to hang out at Hastings Records every Friday for happy hour. Yes, a record store with a happy hour, although happy hour was from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Or was it 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.? Maybe it was noon to 7:00 p.m. Oh, I don’t know. Probably all those beers destroyed a few memory cells. Surprisingly to me, I just checked, and Hastings is still there. I bet they don’t sell actual vinyl records anymore, but being a college community, I do wonder if they still have happy hour.
Every week I would go home with at least one new record.
Album sales at that time still were driven by singles, and in looking back at the top 100 singles of 1993, at the end of 1993 I had exactly zero of those top 100 singles. Twenty-two years later, and I now have 14 of the top 100. Out of those 100 songs, the only timeless classic is #1, “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston, and I don’t even like Whitney Houston. Nonetheless, here it is:
The highest song I have on the 1993 Top 100 list comes in at #3, “Can’t Help Falling In Love” by UB40. Here it is:
That’s not my favorite song from 1993, though. For that, we have to go all the way down to #27, “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by The Proclaimers:
The Proclaimers is a Scottish band founded by identical twin brothers Charlie and Craig Reid in 1983. They released their first album in 1987, “This Is The Story.” “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” was the first song on the first side of their second album, “Sunshine On Leith,” released in August 1988. “Sunshine On Leith” peaked at #31 on the Billboard album charts.
Remember, though, that we’re talking 1993 here, and “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” was the #27 single from 1993, five years after the album was released. That was almost unprecedented but, as with other singles making it big years after being released, was due to its inclusion in a movie soundtrack, the romantic comedy “Benny & Joon.”
I’m not a big romantic comedy fan, preferring horrors, thrillers, action, and sci-fi, but I am a fan of Johnny Depp and Mary Stuart Masterson, the two stars of “Benny & Joon.” Thus, I guess you know what movie is next on my watch list.
The Proclaimers is still going strong, having released a new album, “Let’s Hear It For The Dogs,” just a couple of months ago.
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