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An album with two sides

Rick Astley – Hold me in your arms

Rick Astley released “Hold me in your arms” at the end of January 1989. He launched it as the third single from his album with the same title.
Rick started a transition. He realized that the previous album was clearly an project of Stock Aitken and Waterman’s.

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The strongest soldier

Martika – Toy soldiers

“Toy soldiers” shows what could happen in the late 80s. In fact, many young ladies, extremely talented, reached success with unforgettable and very deep songs. We already saw Tanita Tikaram, we will soon talk about Lisa Stansfield or Alannah Myles, for example.

One of the most successful and unexpected of them was Martika.

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Betting on Red

Simply Red – It’s only love

“Its only love” announced to the world the release of Simply Red’s new album, “A new flame”. It was January 1989.

Two years had passed since their previous album, “Men and women”, which featured great hits like “The right thing

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The look of success

Roxette – The look

“The look” is probably Roxette’s most famous song across their whole career. They released it in mid January 1989, and things immediately started going great. It is true that many songs enter the charts, and may stay some weeks in high places. In this case, this hit reached the highest position,

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A man of many decades

Roy Orbison – You got it

“You got it” and Rob Orbison probably should not be defined as 80s. In fact, his music dates back to the 60s. The american artist had surfed through the decades, actually. In the 80s he was part of Traveling Wilburys, with other big names such as Bob Dylan,

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A very glamour cover

Samantha Fox – I only wanna be with you

“I only wanna be with you” is one of the first hits released in 1989. It makes us immediately think of Samantha Fox, of course. Actually, the generation before us could say that they think of Dusty Springfield, in the mid 60’s.

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The first of the year

Debbie Gibson – Lost in your eyes

“Lost in your eyes” is probably Debbie Gibson’s greatest hit. And if I think of 1989, I think Debbie really was the first in many senses. First, because she released her second album, “Electric Youth”, in the very first days of the year.

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