Charlie's 80s Blog

This Day In 80s Music, July 8th

On this day in 1989: Fine Young Cannibals went to #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “Good Thing.” It would spend one week in the top spot.

It was the second single from their album from ‘The Raw & The Cooked.’ The song was their second U.S. #1, topping the Billboard Hot 100 July 8, 1989. It also peaked at #7 on the UK Singles Chart.

The song made its first appearance in ‘Tin Men’ (1987). Fine Young Cannibals portrayed a nightclub band in the movie, performing this song and three others (including the single’s b-side “Social Security”). The film is set in Baltimore in 1963, and the song’s retro soul style is consistent with that setting.

Jools Holland played piano on the track, noting that it was “one of the biggest selling records I’ve ever played on.”

Here’s a look at the Top 20 on the U.S. singles chart from this day back in 1989:

1 2 GOOD THING –•– Fine Young Cannibals – 10 (1)
2 1 BABY DON’T FORGET MY NUMBER –•– Milli Vanilli – 11 (1)
3 5 IF YOU DON’T KNOW ME BY NOW –•– Simply Red – 10 (3)
4 6 EXPRESS YOURSELF –•– Madonna – 6 (4)
5 11 TOY SOLDIERS –•– Martika – 8 (5)
6 8 I DROVE ALL NIGHT –•– Cyndi Lauper – 10 (6)
7 9 MISS YOU LIKE CRAZY –•– Natalie Cole – 13 (7)
8 3 SATISFIED –•– Richard Marx – 10 (1)
9 4 BUFFALO STANCE –•– Neneh Cherry – 15 (3)
10 13 WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW –•– Expose – 8 (10)

11 14 THE DOCTOR –•– The Doobie Brothers – 8 (11)
12 22 BATDANCE –•– Prince – 4 (12)
13 12 I WON’T BACK DOWN –•– Tom Petty – 11 (12)
14 7 THIS TIME I KNOW IT’S FOR REAL –•– Donna Summer – 12 (7)
15 19 SO ALIVE –•– Love And Rockets – 8 (15)
16 23 LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME –•– Bon Jovi – 6 (16)
17 16 ROOMS ON FIRE –•– Stevie Nicks – 10 (16)
18 21 CRAZY ABOUT HER –•– Rod Stewart – 9 (18)
19 27 ON OUR OWN –•– Bobby Brown – 5 (19)
20 25 ONCE BITTEN TWICE SHY –•– Great White – 9 (20)

signature

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Top