Janet Jackson – Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989)
“I’m gonna file this one (The Dandy Warhols Come Down) with My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless…”
– Recent birthday celebrant Aaron @ KMA, slightly before his recent birthday!
What a brilliant notion.
Most of us probably have our own beloved sorting systems (alphabetically, chronologically, etc.) for our physical albums. But until Aaron’s comment this week, I’d never considered a filing system based on my personal experience with individual albums.
Sorting enthusiast that I am, this of course led me to the following draft categorization scheme.
I was going to borrow my wonderful wife’s label maker but my category titles are just too chatty!
A photo sample:
Janet & Whitney are two singers I wouldn’t have otherwise placed together but they seem to have some commonalities (beyond being folder buddies in my nothing-could-possibly-be-misfiled system).
I have a soft spot for their tunes about the importance of childhood education (WH’s Greatest Love of All, JJ’s The Knowledge).
Even though their music is accessible, the lyrics aren’t necessarily just fluff. Rhythm Nation 1814 certainly tackles topics that don’t always go hand in hand with pop music.
Both excel at the undeniably feel-good dance tune (WH’s I Wanna Dance With Somebody, JJ’s Escapade).
Both pair nicely with family members in a duet (Whitney with her mom in I Know Him So Well, Janet with her brother in Scream).
I don’t feel any twinges of guilt about enjoying either of these albums, in any of the formats.
But if I had to choose between these two particular albums, the tiebreaker would have to go to Janet.
Why? For a grand total of about $4 on 3 separate trips, I somehow managed to purchase Rhythm Nation 1814 on CD, Cassette, and even the title track on Cassingle!