Monthly Archives: December 2016
1989 was a heady year. It was a year of decadence. A year of change. And most importantly: a year for sexy. Just look at the #1 chart toppers for that year…
1. Look Away, Chicago
2. My Prerogative, Bobby Brown
3. Every Rose Has Its Thorn, Poison
4. Straight Up, Paula Abdul
5. Miss You Much, Janet Jackson
6. Cold Hearted, Paula Abdul
7. Wind Beneath My Wings, Bette Midler
8. Girl You Know It’s True, Milli Vanilli
9. Baby, I Love Your Way / Freebird, Will To Power
10. Giving You the Best That I Got, Anita Baker
That is one seriously sexy hit list! Everything on it is “fly” like the Fly Girls from In Living Color.
On top of that we had artists like Prince, Madonna, Erasure. Rap was getting all smooth and sexy with LL Cool J and the movies like Lethal Weapon 2 were practically dripping with it.
No Sexy Left for Cars?
It seems like most of the sexy was sucked up by the time it got to cars.
Just take a look at a few of the best selling cars in 1989…
Practical sure. Economical? You bet. Sexy? Uhm….No.
What got me thinking on this was when I was polishing the front logo on my blue 1989 Geo 0Metro hatchback last weekend. From out of nowhere comes this candy apple red 1964 Ford Mustang rolling by looking all sexy…
I thought to myself, “Why do classic cars from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s have so much sex appeal while boxy 80’s cars looked like they were designed by my high school chess team?”
You might say, “Yeah well…what about those fuel efficient classics? I’m sure they weren’t so sexy!”
Listen Friend: with a 4 banger under the hood the Ford Mustang was the fuel efficient car of 1964!
Some smart-assed young co-worker of mine tried to tell me it was due to the Japanese influence on American society which favored economy over flash. I just rolled my eyes when I heard that.
I lived was 1989. I saw all the sexy being passed around. We just ran out of sexy, plain and simple.
PS – I used the word “sexy” 12 times in a 400 word article. It’s damned near impossible to use it more. Believe me, I tried for about 2 hours.