JANET JACKSON "WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY?"
by Mark Nobes, chief editor
This is one of Janet Jackson's more memorable 80s tunes, mainly because the melodic chorus reflects the title of the song so strongly. The lyrics are about a bad relationship with a man who doesn't do anything for her - pretty obvious, really!
The track was the lead single from Janet's third studio album Control, and reached #4 in the U.S. and #3 in the UK. Not wanting to be outdone by her brother, Michael Jackson, Janet also released nearly every track on the album as a single. These were; "Nasty", "When I Think Of You", "Control", "Let's Wait Awhile", "The Pleasure Principle" and "Funny How Time Flies (When You're Having Fun)" - the last rack wasn't released in America.
Janet Jackson in 1986
Janet Jackson in 2008