“I’ll tell your mama
I’ll tell your friends
I’ll tell anyone whose heart can comprehend”
Taken from the album Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814
Also released on Design Of A Decade 1986/1996 and The Best
US #1, AUS #12, UK #22
As the lead single for one of the greatest albums ever made, ‘Miss You Much’ has a lot of weight on it’s shoulders, but thankfully it more than lives up to the legend. The most immediately catchy and commercial song on Rhythm Nation, and the most powerful aside from the title track, Janet expands on the style she did so well with Control while evolving as an artist and as a force of nature.
‘Miss You Much’ rides along on an incredible beat, while Janet comes out swinging with that strong voice she never seems to use anymore. She is just bursting with charisma and just… light here. When people talk about star power this is the sort of thing they’re talking about. Her energy and lust for life in this song bursts out of the speakers, grabs you by the collar and chucks you out the door like that clip of Dorothy and Rose from the opening credit sequence of The Golden Girls.
There are a lot of little clever bits in ‘Miss You Much’, including “I really miss you much, M, I, S, S, you much” and that amazing bit where, at the song’s conclusion, Janet asks desperately “THAT’S THE END?” – she captures our feelings so well. Everytime ‘Miss You Much’ finishes, I yell “THAT’S THE END?” at whatever device happens to be playing the song. It gets extra awkward if I do so on the train, but that’s the type of thing a song this good does to you.