"On Our Own" - Bobby Brown
from the album Ghostbusters II (Original Soundtrack) (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #2 (three weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 13
Today's song of the day comes from Bobby Brown, whose second album after leaving New Edition, Don't Be Cruel, became one of the biggest albums of 1989 with four top ten hits including "Every Little Step", "Roni", the title track, and the #1 pop hit "My Prerogative". In June of that year, the highly-anticipated sequel to the movie juggernaut Ghostbusters was released, and Bobby not only record two songs for the soundtrack, he briefly appeared as a doorman in the film. One of the songs, "On Our Own", was released as a single, and the extra-funky track written and produced by Babyface, L.A. Reid, and Daryl Simmons turned out to not only be way more "cooler" than the Ray Parker theme from the first movie, it remains one of the best 80s soundtrack songs where it's still acceptable to blare this out the car window. And with the video, he even upstaged Parker with an array of cameos including Christopher Reeve, Jane Curtin, Iman, two of the Ramones, and even a pre-Mussolini-ite Donald Trump...
"On Our Own" stuck around in the runner-up spot on the American pop chart for three weeks in August of 1989. The single also became his fourth to reach #1 on Billboard's R&B chart, while the extended remix peaked at #15 on their Dance Club Play chart. Internationally, the song topped the chart in New Zealand, made the top ten in Canada (#3), the UK (#4), and Ireland (#5), and stopped at #18 in Germany and #22 in Australia.
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Here's Bobby performing live at the MTV Video Awards show in 1989...
And finally, an MTV News (remember that?) segment about the making of the video...
Up tomorrow. A heartland rocker likes 'em young.