5 Songs from the 1990s that are Subtly (or Obviously) about Doing IT

The 1990s… how I respect and fear you.  My formative years were… you know, probably like yours and if you’re still working your way through the teenage process, then I weep for you because social media must make it ten times harder.  With that in mind, join me for a look at a simpler time when songs would either subtly or obviously command us to take out our junk and bump the uglies. 

In case there’s any doubt about New Kids On The Block’s “Step By Step,” just read the steps:

Step 1: We can have lots of fun
Step 2: There’s so much we can do
Step 3: It’s just you and me
Step 4: I can give you more
Step 5: Don’t you know that the time has arrived – HUH!

Still not convinced?  Let me translate.

Step 1:  Doin’ it is fun, I swear!
Step 2: There’s so many positions to try!
Step 3: We don’t have to have a threesome.
Step 4: I’m huge.
Step 5: OK, here we go – HUH!

Don’t look at me like that – I didn’t write the song!

Sometimes, you can come right out and say something and yet carefully not say exactly what you’re saying – hence, Extreme’s “More Than Words.”  I mean damn, never was there a more manipulative love song about doing it.

Saying I love you
Is not the words I want to hear from you
It’s not that I want you
Not to say, but if you only knew
How easy it would be to show me how you feel
More than words is all you have to do to make it real

It’s very “Attention groupies!  I know you say you love our band, BUT…” yeah, you know where this is going – no pun intended.

No matter who you are, you’ve got to love Akinyele’s “Just Put It In My Mouth.”  The production and performances are outstanding and frankly, this song blew (again no pun intended) my fragile little mind.  I’d never heard anything like it before – or since.  It’s so wonderfully explicit!  Genius!

Then there’s 20 Fingers “Lick It, ”  which featured Roula… yeah, I can’t remember who these people are, but the point is, this song has no dirty words in it, so it was just…  fine.  You’d hear this song on the radio at eight o’clock in the morning.  “Hey Good Morning New York City it’s time to jump out of bed with 20 Fingers and “Lick It” the time and temperature is  8 :15 and 49 degrees!”  Everyone acted like this song was about eating (and kicking?) ice cream or something.

Some guys mean what the say.  Such is Boyz II Men’s “I’ll Make Love To You.”  That’s how you be CLEAR in your language.  I don’t know why the beginning of this video is about installing a security system, but then, maybe it’s a metaphor for getting your system ready – your reproductive system.  You see what I’m saying?  You get it.


I hope you enjoyed this post because I’m probably going to have to sleep on the couch tonight because of my crassness.


About Jamie Insalaco

Jamie Insalaco is the author of CreativeJamie.com, BomberBanter.com and editor in chief of ComicBookClog.com

Posted on February 13, 2015, in lists, music review and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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