The #1 Hit

Posted: December 2, 2010 in Uncategorized

Janet, Miss Jackson if you’re nasty, took a hard-edged turn in 1989 with Rhythm Nation 1814, adding an industrial sound to irresistible dance beats.   The album is clearly her most innovative and the last time we get a glimpse of Janet not completely obsessed with sex. Released in 1989 it generated hit singles for almost three years, starting with “Miss You Much” in 1989 all the way through “Love Will Never Do” in 1991.  The 6th single “Black Cat” was the biggest departure as it was clearly, unequivocally a rock song. Shockingly the song made it all the way to #1 on the BIllboard Hot 100.  (The week after Ice Ice Baby was #1… hmmm black rock song followed by white rap song, weird?)  And Janet was also nominated for the Best Female Rock Vocal Award for the song.  Interestingly, it is the only song on the album that Janet wrote all be herself.  Rock on, little sister.


  1. grant says:

    i think this track was janet’s attempt at replicating an MJ style rock one-off a la ‘beat it’ or ‘dirty diana’. but snaps up to this track, always. these wordpress backgrounds put posterous’ to shame.

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