The spring of 1990 was a big moment for powerful women. Julia Roberts was melting hearts on the big screen as the titular lead in Pretty Woman, on television Roseanne was showcasing the quotidian reality of blue-collar America, Denise Huxtable was having her post-Cosby Show college experience on A Different World and the Golden Girls were making us laugh every freakin' weekend.
But for those who were spending more time in nightclubs than in front of the screen, the real heroine of the moment was Janet Jackson, who was dominating clubs, radio and charts with her era-defining LP Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814.
Released in September of 1989, by the spring of 1990, the album had already delivered a trio of singles -- “Miss You Much,” Rhythm Nation” and “Escapade" -- to the top of Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart. (A chart which, in another blast from the past, is today -- May 14, 2020 -- topped by a remix of Diana Ross' 1976 "Love Hangover.")