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  • I know the name but I didn't know he was an American. I thought he was like Frank Duval.

    I have a compilation with "Comes The Flood"
    https://www.discogs.com/Various-ALFs...elease/1488230

    Originally posted by Benny View Post
    Tony Carey
    origin: USA
    .
    Last edited by radcl; Fri September 18, 2020, 17:24.

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    • Bandolero - Paris Latino (1983)
      Origin:France

      Italy #2
      Switzerland #2
      France #4
      Netherlands #9
      Belgium #19

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      • It's the first time I've heard 'Paris Latino' by Bandolero. In fact it's the first time I've heard of the band. Good song and I love the bass.

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        • Prospettiva Nevski - Alice (1985)

          Origin: Italy
          Year: 1985



          Austria
          #15

          Quite a sophisticated pop song (you can see the English subs in the video) by none other than Franco Battiato.
          P.S. Franco's own 1981 song "Centro di gravitą permanente" managed to enter Spanish iTunes charts in 2020 at #77 on the back of the inclusion in La Casa De Papel OST
          Last edited by heppolo; Fri September 18, 2020, 19:55.
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          • "Una notte speciale" (DE-7) and "Per Elisa" (DE-17, AT-4) were better examples.

            PER ELISA - ALICE

            1981



            Austria-4
            Germany-17
            Italy-1
            Switzerland-5

            UNA NOTTE SPECIALE - ALICE

            1982



            Germany-7

            Alice

            Originally posted by heppolo View Post
            Prospettiva Nevski - Alice (1985)
            Last edited by radcl; Fri September 18, 2020, 21:16.

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            • Originally posted by radcl View Post
              "Una notte speciale" (DE-7) and "Per Elisa" (DE-17, AT-4) were better choices.

              Alice
              In terms of popularity yes, but I followed the "more obscure tracks" tagline and critical reception.)
              Also Franco Battiato & Alice ESC-1984 entry ("I Treni Di Tozeur") was a minor hit in the Netherlands (#15) and Belgum (#30), not exactly obscure...but quite new wave-ish
              Last edited by heppolo; Fri September 18, 2020, 21:18.
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              • Love the 2 songs by Alice!
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                • Bello E Impossibile - GIANNA NANNINI
                  Origin: Italy
                  Year: 1986


                  Italy
                  #2
                  Switzerland
                  #7
                  Austria
                  #7



                  I Maschi - GIANNA NANNINI
                  Origin: Italy
                  Year: 1987



                  France
                  #2
                  Germany
                  #44
                  Sweden
                  #4
                  Belgium (Vl)
                  #9
                  Austria
                  #14
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                  • 'Bello e Impossibile' is a well-known song in Germany, despite the fact that it didn't chart at the time.
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                    • Styx - Boat on the River (1980)
                      Origin: USA

                      Switzerland #1
                      Austria #2
                      Germany #5



                      American band Styx had many chart hits in their home country. However, 'Boat on the River', a song that didn't chart in the US, became their biggest hit in the 3 German-speaking countries in 1980.
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                      • Rose Laurens - Africa (1983)
                        Origin: France

                        France #1
                        Austria #1
                        Switzlerand #2
                        Norway #2
                        Germany #3

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                        • I remember the video for 'Africa' by Rose Laurens being featured on the UK chart show Top Of The Pops in 1983. In 1983 the programme would occasionally feature the Euro top 20 and play one or two videos of songs in the chart. The track was featured on the edition broadcast on 1 September 1983

                          https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/pops....html#p2895485

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                          • France Gall - Elle elle l'a (1988)
                            Origin: France

                            Germany #1
                            Austria #1
                            France #2
                            Sweden #4
                            Switzerland #5



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                            • Originally posted by Benny View Post
                              'Bello e Impossibile' is a well-known song in Germany, despite the fact that it didn't chart at the time.
                              Apparently the single is certified "gold" in Germany.
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                              • Originally posted by heppolo View Post

                                Apparently the single is certified "gold" in Germany.
                                Do you have a source for that? In the German gold and platinum database, her only single certified gold is 'Un’estate italiana'.

                                https://www.musikindustrie.de/markt-...bank#topSearch
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                                • The Hooters
                                  origin: USA

                                  All You Zombies (1985)

                                  Australia #8
                                  New Zealand #16
                                  Germany #17
                                  USA #58



                                  Johnny B (1987)

                                  Germany #7
                                  USA #61



                                  In 1997, a cover of Johnny B by German band Down Low reached number 4 in Germany and also charted in other European countries.
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                                  • Originally posted by Benny View Post

                                    Do you have a source for that? In the German gold and platinum database, her only single certified gold is 'Un’estate italiana'.

                                    https://www.musikindustrie.de/markt-...bank#topSearch
                                    that is why I used "apparently", it's on the single's wiki page (and I wasn't too bothered to check)
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                                    • Vamos A La Playa - RIGHEIRA
                                      Origin: Italy
                                      Year: 1983


                                      Italy
                                      #1
                                      Switzerland
                                      #1
                                      Spain
                                      #6
                                      Norway
                                      #6
                                      United Kingdom
                                      #53
                                      Belgium (Vl)
                                      #2
                                      France
                                      #27
                                      Austria
                                      #11
                                      Germany
                                      #3

                                      Not sure if this can be considered an obscure one (in the English-speaking countries probably), this is an Italo disco classic.

                                      Despite its ostensibly innocuous beach theme, the song actually talks about the explosion of an atomic bomb.
                                      Last edited by heppolo; Sat September 19, 2020, 22:02.
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                                      • I love 'Vamas a la playa', it's a great 80s classic. The follow-up 'No tengo dinero' charted higher in Germany than in Italy (#12 vs. #15). They scored another number one hit in their home country with 'L'estate sta finendo' in 1985.
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                                        • Garland Jeffreys - Matador (1980)
                                          origin: USA


                                          Belgium #1
                                          Germany #2
                                          Austria #2
                                          Netherlands #4
                                          Switzerland #6



                                          In 1991, Jeffreys scored another top 20 hit in those countries with 'Hail Hail Rock N Roll'.
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                                          • Tanita Tikaram - Twist in My Sobriety (1989)
                                            origin: UK


                                            Germany #2
                                            Austria #2
                                            France #6
                                            Norway #6
                                            Switzerland #6
                                            Ireland #10
                                            UK #22
                                            Australia #23

                                            My YouTube Channel - The best songs of the 80s, 90s and 2000s

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                                            • Originally posted by Benny View Post
                                              I love 'Vamas a la playa', it's a great 80s classic. The follow-up 'No tengo dinero' charted higher in Germany than in Italy (#12 vs. #15). They scored another number one hit in their home country with 'L'estate sta finendo' in 1985.
                                              It was quite weird to choose Spanish as the language, especially for an Italian band.
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                                              • Originally posted by Benny View Post
                                                [SIZE=14px][B]Tanita Tikaram - Twist in My Sobriety (1989)
                                                It was really big in the Eastern Europe as well, achieving almost a "timeless classic" status (still getting radio airplay).
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                                                • Originally posted by Benny View Post
                                                  France Gall - Elle elle l'a (1988)
                                                  A really big hit for France all over continental Europe
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                                                  • AMOUREUX SOLITAIRES - LIO
                                                    Origin: France
                                                    Year: 1980




                                                    Germany (1981)
                                                    #11
                                                    Netherlands (1981)
                                                    #4
                                                    Austria (1981)
                                                    #6
                                                    Belgium (Vl) (1981)
                                                    #14

                                                    An interesting attempt of putting the ye-ye influenced vocal on a synthpop-based instrumental which actually sounds like something that an indie pop singer could have released now.
                                                    Last edited by heppolo; Sun September 20, 2020, 11:37.
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