Jun 10

GLENN MEDEIROS – “Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love For You”

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#612, 9th July 1988, video

Another summer hearthrob, another forgettable puddle of ice-cream and tears. Harmless Hawaiian himbo Glenn was promoted here as a kind of male Tiffany – same corn-fed origins and good-luck story. Like her, he’s not an especially good singer: unlike her, his plod through a devotional checklist doesn’t have the enthusiasm or lift to make it likeable. Maybe the arrangement can help? Nope: it’s a disaster – a key change that would shame Eurovision, greasy sax, and a session guitarist doing his freewheelin’ best to upstage Medeiros completely. A thoroughly grim experience.



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    LondonLee on 24 Jun 2010 #

    Good grief, was I in a coma in July 1988? Where did this come from?

    The video was like watching Ferris Bueller doing a Demis Roussos impersonation. 2 is very generous.

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    punctum on 24 Jun 2010 #

    To date the first of only two Hawaiian number ones (the second is half of a celebrity duo and really a technicality but hey ho), “Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love For You” is something of a Pop Idol precursor. The record had been made two years earlier, after sixteen-year-old Medeiros won a talent contest with his quavering reading of an old George Benson album track, and spread slowly and methodically through the submucosal lining of pop until it became an international hit. It begins hesitantly, as though Medeiros were a recalcitrant pupil owning up in the headmaster’s study, and doesn’t really go anywhere from there, despite the melodramatic key changes towards the end and the requisite “soulful” sax and lead guitar. His delivery is so polite that you want to take him on a pub crawl, and as with all the other polite boys and girls we are yet to encounter in this increasingly strange journey, the final question left suspended, like the sword of novelty which ensured that Medeiros’ only subsequent hit was a duet with Bobby Brown entitled “She Ain’t Worth It” a couple of years later, is: why does someone so young want to sound so old?

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    weej on 24 Jun 2010 #

    Aspires to be insipid, but too cack-handed to even achieve that. The video actually made me laugh out loud, so it’s not entirely without value.

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    lonepilgrim on 24 Jun 2010 #

    like Lee I was blissfully unaware of this – I suspect because I was visiting the USA at the time.
    By sheer coincidence I arrived in NYC just in time to get in line for the premier of ‘The Last Temptation of Christ’. I remember two American gay guys in the line asking me what was new in UK music and finding myself surprised that they were unaware of House music – given its US origins. Thankfully I didn’t have to reveal GMs then current chart success.

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    mike on 24 Jun 2010 #

    FUN GLENN MEDEIROS FACT! He has two children: Lyric and Chord!

    Hard to believe that Gerry Goffin co-composed this gloop, but there you go. Oh, and it’s a second Popular entry for Goffin & Michael Masser, after “Saving All My Love For You”.

    (Above info sourced from my mate Nick’s new book.)

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    ciaran 10 on 24 Jun 2010 #

    How on earth did this get to number one.

    Its like an American Nick Berry and almost as dull and forgetable.

    This for me represents the nadir of late 80s music and there is a bit of competition for that.


    Just seen the sleeve now.Its nearly as bad as the song.

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    23 Daves on 24 Jun 2010 #

    I’ve never met anybody who actually likes this single in my life, apart from my mother. As a result of her fandom and the very conservative, sterile, last-song-of-the-evening-down-the-supper-club arrangement, I assumed that Glenn was some kind of plastic substitute Barry Manilow/ Julio Igleseas figure for people of that age and disposition, so the information that he was supposed to be a male Tiffany is a weird bit of news for me.

    Beyond that, it’s so hard to find anything interesting to say about this, and Tom’s review sums it all up nicely. However, I’m always surprised that Glenn’s appearance on the Jools Holland-backed revival of Juke Box Jury doesn’t get dug out for clip shows at all. In it, Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer announce that his new single is “a load of old cobblers” to huge cheers from the audience, and Vic suggests that he could probably have Mr Medeiros in a fight. Naturally, of course, Glenn is the special mystery guest, Vic flinches slightly as he walks out, there’s a lot of moody strutting from the star, and he flounces off unhappily. A journalist claimed that he was later seen next to the River Thames, scowling, angrily throwing stones into the water and doubtless wondering why his present promotional trip to the UK was going so terribly.

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    Kieron Gillen on 24 Jun 2010 #

    The video for this is a thing of wonders.


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    Erithian on 24 Jun 2010 #

    Urgghh, that key change is the musical equivalent of a handbrake turn. This would fit into X Factor perfectly, although I doubt Glenn would make it as far as boot camp. Gloopy and pretty horrible. 23Daves #7: apparently it was number 50-something on “100 Greatest TV Moments From Hell”.

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    Nicole on 24 Jun 2010 #

    I am probably the only person here who is going to confess to owning a copy of this song. Yes, it’s EXTREMELY cheesy & schmaltzy, but that’s where the song’s charm lies.

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    Mike Atkinson on 24 Jun 2010 #

    #7 – “conservative, sterile, last-song-of-the-evening-down-the-supper-club arrangement” – I’m picturing lonely, numbed-out middle managers, locked in undignified embrace, security passes clanking together, in a half-empty function room, at a Holiday Inn near Gatwick Airport. Or at a Britannia near Canary Wharf.

    *shudders at both memories*

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    MikeMCSG on 24 Jun 2010 #

    #7 23 Daves – I have seen that clip on 100 TV Disasters or something (Richard Madeley’s Ali G impression was no 1) and yes it’s absolutely priceless especially Jools Holland’s embarrassment; you could see his fear as he opened the door. I keep looking for it on youtube but nothing as yet.

    BTW – was that the shortest punctum review to date ?

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    col124 on 24 Jun 2010 #

    Wow, dreadful. This got some play in the States, too. One of those songs seemingly designed to be played on loops in dentist offices (though my dentist is now playing hipper stuff than this drek). And yeah, that key change feels like it was done at gunpoint.

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    TomLane on 24 Jun 2010 #

    Don’t know about England, but he had a #1 in the States 3 years after this with a Bobby Brown duet. This was a cover of a George Benson song from1984. And it lives on even today. I heard Manny Pacquiao crooning this on TV not too long ago. Cheesy ballads have a place in my heart, but I was never a fan of this. A #12 peak in the States.

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    thefatgit on 24 Jun 2010 #

    “Greasy”,”gloopy”,”cheesy & schmaltzy”…if I didn’t know any better from reading the comments above, I’d be mistaken for believing this was one of Marna’s Cheesy Lover entries which stumbled onto Popular by mistake.

    It is the aural equivalent of toejam though. Thoroughly unpleasant.

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    vinylscot on 24 Jun 2010 #

    It’s really not very good.

    Who bought it? – Was it mums who thought he was a nice wholesome boy, or did he actually have real proper girlie fans?

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    Tom on 24 Jun 2010 #

    #16 my wife has no memory of the record OR him and she was 12 at the time, so it might well be the Mums.

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    Promethea on 24 Jun 2010 #

    Awful, a 2 is probably a bit generous, but I do think there’s some poignancy to it in retrospect – something about the contrast between the sentiments of the song, Glenn vowing that he’ll always be there for us but, sadly for him, it wasn’t reciprocal. Something did change what love there was for him and pretty damn quick, too.

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    Elsa on 24 Jun 2010 #

    I’m not surprised that the recording was two years old in ’88. It fits in best with a certain line of breezy smooth ballads of the early ’80s such as Air Supply’s “Even the Nights Are Better,” Sergio Mendes’ “Never Gonna Give You Up,” and Jeffrey Osborne’s “On the Wings of Love.” Is the term “yacht rock” used in the UK? That’s the territory we’re sailing toward here. The singer’s white beach trousers are a clue to the ambience & the fantasy this music embodies.

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    swanstep on 24 Jun 2010 #

    Jesus H. Christ. Could this be the sound of a pop chart losing the will to live?

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    Paytes on 24 Jun 2010 #

    hmmm, not sure this one sails into Yachtrock territory.

    It’s not really sophisticated enough to be in the Toto/Mr Mister/Journey/Styx bracket.

    Far too teenage romance for that and a lot less “Adult Contemporary” than Air Supply and Jeffrey Osbourne.

    Or maybe I’m missing some hidden (briny) depths?

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    Elsa on 24 Jun 2010 #

    Yvonne Elliman had a Hawaiian number one in the States with “If I Can’t Have You” and almost did in the UK where it went to #4.

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    Alan Connor on 24 Jun 2010 #

    “Could this be the sound of a pop chart losing the will to live?”

    Haha, yes! Popular has reminded me when me plus scouring the charts parted ways, and it was precisely Brosplusmedeiros. Of course I kept checking but with less enthusiasm. As with Doctor Who some years before and the Channel 4 schedules some years later, it wasn’t a must.

    Is it bad that I thought Glenn was Greek? Our GCSE History teacher Ms Marinos was, if that helps. At least I thought she was.

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    Tom on 24 Jun 2010 #

    This was pretty much the apex of my teenage anti-pop feeling too, though I don’t remember singling Medeiros out: it was around the time I’d jumped too-footed into indie after discovering The Smiths and I was busy learning that particular history. I’d decided by this point that with the dance stuff Something Was Going On even if it wasn’t a something I particularly found appealing yet, but mainstream pop was lost to me.

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    thefatgit on 24 Jun 2010 #

    The “greek” thing occurred to me at the time also. Something you’d hear in a Kavos nightclub with your “ouzo ears” and think “that’s not bad, that”.

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    Rory on 24 Jun 2010 #

    this song will keeps us alive…forever song…..

    Whoops, sorry. Channelling one of the YouTube comments there. But it’s at least partly right: it does seem like the song goes on forever.

    Unfortunately, this was one I could bring to mind instantly. Nothing’s gonna change my distaste for it, but it does burrow into the cerebral cortex like a musical tick. Number 10 in Australia, peaking in September 1987.

    Four weeks at number one in the UK? Ye gods.

    A 2 seems suitably punitive while preserving the score of 1 for more hateful fare. Yay, Hawaii, though. Lived there for half a year when I was 12. To think that the young Glenn was only an island-hop away…

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    Alan on 24 Jun 2010 #

    I remember this well enough – about this time watching ToTP at college after ‘hall’ (half-enforced communal dinner) was a regular thing. I remember Morrisey doing his solo stuff (every day is like sunday?) in the studio when this was #1.

    Nobody’s mentioned yet that SaltNPepa were pushing hard like you wished they would, at number 2 for a few weeks at this time too.

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    Venga on 24 Jun 2010 #

    I presume “Push It” would have been a 10. That’s certainly the mark I would give it.

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    anto on 25 Jun 2010 #

    “Hold me now
    Terch me now?????????”

    I haven’t heard this sonic slop in ages and within 37 seconds could feel my spine turning to hair gel.

    Why was such a superb pop year so badly represented by certain number ones??

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    Tom on 25 Jun 2010 #

    #28 it would have been in with a significant shout. Billy Smart will let us know if this actually did keep “Push It” off #1 and if so, that’s surely one of THE great pop injustices, more so than bloody “Vienna”!

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