“Was It Nothing At All” was released as a single from Michael Damian’s 1989 album, Where Do We Go From Here. The single was also released in 1989, and went on to peak at #24 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. This was the last song to hit the Top 40 for Michael Damian in the United States; the only other song he had appear on the Billboard Hot 100 was 1991’s “What a Price to Pay,” which peaked at #60.
While Damian had released some singles and albums before recording “Rock On” for the Dream a Little Dream soundtrack, he was better known as a soap opera actor before “Rock On” became a big hit. He played Danny Romalotti, a struggling singer, on The Young and the Restless for 12 years.
“Was It Nothing at All” was released as the final single from Where Do We Go From Here, and it was the only ballad of the singles. I was 14 at the time the song was released as a single, and I remember really liking it at the time. Now that I’m older, I still think it’s a decent song, but I have to admit that it’s a generic sounding ballad from the late 1980s that almost anyone could have recorded and have it become a hit in some way. I’m not saying that it’s a bad song, but it’s just not as strong as it could have been. Looking back, I can see why this song wasn’t able to crack the Top 20 on the pop chart.
The music video is also pretty standard. It’s essentially telling the story of the song through the visuals. Looking at the video, it’s easy to see that it was a video with a budget that’s probably closer to the lower end for a music video. But the video does accomplish telling the story effectively.