If "featuring" had been prevalent before 1991 Sept 4, 2013 11:57:59 GMT -5
Post by woolebull on Sept 4, 2013 11:57:59 GMT -5
On another thread we discussed some of the biggest "featuring" songs, i.e. artists getting credit for helping out on songs. That practice did not become commonplace until Martha Wash brought lawsuits against Black Box, Seduction, C & C Music Factory and others in the early 90's. After that, it became a staple to give credit to almost anyone who had anything to do with a single.
But what if that practice had been in place before that time. Who are some of the artists that should have had a featured credit on big songs. I heard two from the 8/30/86 show that I think could have merited it. One, to me, is a no brainer.
1) "Walk This Way" (#4, 1986) - Steven Tyler and Joe Perry. This one to me would be the no brainer. It was their song, they were an intricate part of the remake and their involvement in the remake, not to mention the video, put Run DMC (and rap for that matter) over the top from a pop perspective and put Aerosmith on the map again. If there ever was a win/win for all involved, it was this song.
2) "Don't Forget Me (When I'm Gone)" (#2, 1986) - Bryan Adams. I think this song would have been over without Bryan Adams singing the two lines that he sang on the song, but it didn't hurt having his voice being an intricate backing voice. I can remember DJ's making a big deal about it when the song was big. And Adams was as hot as he would ever be (until the next decade came along). Of course, it is just background vocals (for the most part), but there is something about Adams singing "my heart will break" that to me made the song.
Thoughts on others? There are tons we can go to, I know. Thought I'd start us out with two from a countdown most of us had just heard.