The first to bail from the Go-gos, in 1984, rhythm guitarist Jane Wieldin was widely considered "most likely to succeed" in the pop mainstream, on the strength of her self-titled debut album. But the affections of a fickle public eluded her until this 1988 single from her second album, Fur. The cutesy stylings of singer Belinda Carlisle may have hit pay dirt quicker, but Rush Hour was the perfect setting for Wieldin's helium vocals and ebullient new wave sassiness. It's also a master-class in the kind of rounded vowel sounds that made 17-year-old boys come over all "unnecessary".
Availability: Now That's What I Call Music 1988: The Millennium Series EMI
35. RAY CHARLES: What'd I Say (Part 1)/ What'd I Say (Part 2) (1959)
What began as an on-stage jam session when Brother Ray and his band ran out of material one night resulted in a defining moment in the evolution of R&B. Atlantic chopped the original six-and-a-half minute tune in two and spread it over both sides of a 45. Part 1 features a lengthy instrumental intro, dominated by Charles' bluesy electric piano, over a propulsive Latin-tinged groove. The flipside arguably contains the most exciting segment, when Charles and The Raeletts engage in a churchy call and response vocal interplay that leads to an incendiary climax.
Availability: The Definitive Ray Charles Warners CD