In 1991, I was listening to lots of dance music, probably thanks to B-94. One of the big trends of 1991 dance music was apparently songs that were 3:48 in length. Suzanne Vega’s “Tom’s Diner”, the Divinyls’ “I Touch Myself” and the Bingoboys’ “How to Dance” were all hit dance tracks that year and they all had the same running time. Londonbeat’s “I’ve Been Thinking About You”, which succeeded all three of these songs atop one chart or another was just one second longer. Snap’s “The Power”, released one year earlier, was also just a second shorter.
There were a few big dance hits that bucked the 3:48 trend in 1991. Artists like Gerardo, Cathy Denis, Deee-Lite, 2 in a Room and C&C Music Factory did well for themselves without being in the 3:47-3:49 range. When I was a kid, I had the cassette singles of many of these songs and all of them were things that I listened to pretty often. The takeaway from this little bit of my listening history is that I used to listen to a lot of awesomely bad stuff. Late in 1991, my enthusiasm for dance music faded and was replaced by… oh, I dunno… were there any big new sounds that came out around then?
Oh, and one great thing about the Bingoboys: they titled their first album, “The Best of Bingoboys.” Logically, it had to be 100% true. Well done, Bingoboys!