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How fitting, in a way, that in its final, partial year, the popstrological firmament should be ruled sweetly and benevolently by a fresh-faced young woman who applied herself to the task of achieving pop stardom with the work-ethic and unselfconscious enthusiasm of the head cheerleader she used to be. Give the kids something they can dance to and something nice to look at -- that was her credo, and God bless her for it. Any number of stars in the popstrological firmament probably saw themselves as artists or poets, but how many of them really pulled it off? How many pop stars struggling to make their music "relevant" simply ended up producing something didactic and gloppy like The Living Years, by Mike and the Mechanics, 1989's Opposing Star? That preachy song about the importance of patching things up with your aging parents before they kick the bucket certainly found an audience among baby-boomers just beginning to ponder their own mortality, but luckily for the children of 1989, their essence is more strongly defined by Forever Your Girl, Paula Abdul's sweet and irresistible statement of eternal fidelity. "I know I was forever my ex-boyfriend's girl, too," you could imagine Paula saying, "but this time's different, baby." Some would say that those born in the Year of Paula Abdul are bound to be more naive than worldly wise, and are probably prone to privileging style over substance. One could just as easily say, however, that the children of 1989 simply embrace the value of keeping things simple and of focusing more of their energy on spreading joy than on spreading any super-serious gospel. And if there is a better and truer way in which a micro-generation could reflect the fundamental power of pop music, it's hard to know what it would be.

BirthdatesBirthstar Birthsong
Jan 1-Jan 7Poison Every Rose Has Its Thorn
Jan 8-Jan 14Bobby Brown My Prerogative
Jan 15-Jan 28Phil Collins Two Hearts
Jan 29-Feb 4Sheriff When I'm With You
Feb 5-Feb 25Paula Abdul Straight Up
Feb 26-Mar 18Debbie Gibson Lost In Your Eyes
Mar 19-Mar 25Mike and the Mechanics The Living Years
Mar 26-Apr 1The Bangles Eternal Flame
Apr 2-Apr 8Roxette The Look
Apr 9-Apr 15Fine Young Cannibals She Drives Me Crazy
Apr 16-May 6Madonna Like A Prayer
May 7-May 13Bon Jovi I'll Be There For You
May 14-May 27Paula Abdul Forever Your Girl
May 28-Jun 3Michael Damian Rock On
Jun 4-Jun 10Bette Midler Wind Beneath My Wings
Jun 11-Jun 17New Kids On The Block I'll Be Loving You Forever
Jun 18-Jun 24Richard Marx Satisfied
Jun 25-Jul 1Milli Vanilli Baby Don't Forget My Number
Jul 2-Jul 8Fine Young Cannibals Good Thing
Jul 9-Jul 15Simply Red If You Don't Know Me By Now
Jul 16-Jul 29Martika Toy Soldiers
Jul 30-Aug 5Prince Batdance
Aug 6-Aug 26Richard Marx Right Here Waiting



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