1990 music

# 164: 1990: Music and (Almost No) Headlines

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1990. A great year for Nelson Mandela, the Cincinnati Reds, UNLV Basketball, the Detroit Pistons, David Dinkins, and Germany. Not a great year if you were the Cleveland Browns, the Iron Lady (Margaret Thatcher), the Ohio State B*ckeyes, Marion Berry, or Milli Vanilli.

- David Dinkins is sworn in as the first Black mayor of New York City.
- Douglas Wilder of Virginia becomes the first African-American governor of any state.
- George V. Voinovich (R) is elected Governor of Ohio.
- Saddam Hussein orders Iraq to invade Kuwait, leading to the Gulf War.
- East and West Germany are re-unified. The Berlin Wall demolition officially begins.
- British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher resigns.
- Nelson Mandela is freed from prison after over 27 years in prison.
- Lech Walesa is elected President of Poland.
- The Hubble Space Telescope is launched.
- President Bush signs the Clean Air Act.
- The U.S. hits a major recession.
- OUT: "X" Rating; IN: "NC-17" Rating

"Back on the Block" - Quincy Jones, et al. (1991 Grammy Winner: Album of the Year for 1990)
"Ice Ice Baby" - Vanilla Ice (with the bass line plagiarised from Queen & David Bowie's collaboration "Under Pressure")
"Blame It On The Rain" - Milli Vanilli
"Hold On" - Wilson Phillips
"We Didn't Start the Fire" - Billy Joel
"Love Will Lead You Back" - Taylor Dayne
"Under the Gun" - Randy Newman
"The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" - DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
"U Can't Touch This" - MC Hammer (with bass line borrowed from Rick James' "Superfreak")
"The John Dunbar Theme (from Dances with Wolves)" - John Barry (1991 Academy Award Winner - Best Picture of 1990, Best Director for Kevin Costner; Best Original Score for Barry)
"Everybody Dance Now" - C.C. and the Music Factory
"Unchained Melody" - The Righteous Brothers (recorded in 1965, but charted in 1990, thanks to the film "Ghost")
"Vogue" - Madonna


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