Bobby Brown, Don’t Be Cruel (1988)
My favourite rediscovery of 2014 – no joke, no shame, no guilty-pleasure bullshit. I mean it. I found this record in a chuck-out bin, a coupla bucks, and it was that silly, giddy rush of nostalgia that hit. Head on. Taken, straight away, back to a bus-ride home from Gisborne, as a teen. Some weird older dude sitting next to me, trying to get me to drink from his “pre-mix”. Offering to write me a cheque if he could buy some of my tapes. And I’m just sitting there trying to listen to my Bobby Brown. We had – in Gisborne, visiting a friend, been to see Ghostbusters 2 at the movies. That had (new) Bobby’s song – not on this album – as the theme tune. That was the reason I ran out to the store the next day, that store in Gisborne that was one-half sports-store/one-half music-store (a sliding door to separate the vestiges). And I bought this album – because Bobby Brown was, briefly, so damn cool. He was what I wanted to hear all summer. And for maybe one summer after. And then he wasn’t really ever anything to me. And to the world he simply became the bad guy that lead Whitney Houston astray. I snapped up this cheap LP and took it home for a laugh. Fell right back in love with the music on this album. It’s fantastic. It’s been in my crate for most of my DJ sets ever since. And it gets a spin at home now and then again too. Funny. I never expected to fall back in love with this album. But I did. True fact.
Sample Track: My Prerogative
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