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  • BREAK IT UP - CARL LEWIS

    Origin: USA
    Year: 1986



    Belgium
    #24

    Sweden
    #3

    https://www.discogs.com/artist/381535-Carl-Lewis
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    • OUR DARKNESS - ANNE CLARK

      Origin: UK
      Year:1984





      Germany
      1984 - #24
      1997 - #56

      https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_Clark/Diskografie
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      • DIN DAA DAA (TROMMELTANZ) - GEORGE KRANZ

        Origin: Germany
        Year:1983



        Belgium
        Dec 1983-#25

        France
        Nov 1984-#45

        Germany
        Mar 1984-#28

        UK
        Feb 1984-#88

        US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play
        #1

        Spain
        1984 - #16

        Din Daa Daa (Pulsedriver vs George Kranz)

        2001-DE-#42
        2001-AT-#42

        https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Kranz
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        • No Memory - Scarlet Fantastic

          UK, 1987



          Netherlands-35
          UK-24

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          • Careless Love - Humpe & Humpe

            Gemany,1987



            Germany-24
            UK-63 (Swimming With Sharks)

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            • Codo - DOF [Tauchen Prokopetz]

              Austria/Germany, 1983



              A big hit in several countries!

              Hitx7!

              Austria-1
              Belgium-1
              Denmark-6
              Germany - 1
              Netherlands-1
              Spain-4
              Switzerland-4


              Originally posted by CZB View Post

              Along with Inga and Annette Humpe, apparently - who I think also had some successes in their own right?

              I've now added D÷F into all the Europarade appearances of "Codo" so far, and will include it in the five more still to come.

              A very nice single it was too - its at #754 in my own all-time chart!

              Video here: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=h7woSjMPreA
              Last edited by radcl; Thu October 29, 2020, 09:26.

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              • Codo is crap! Even though it made the top in so many Euro-nations.

                Loved 'No Memory' however - total OTT pap but hugely enjoyable nonetheless and very evocative of that era, when people were still dancing to songs rather than repetitive noise. I have a feeling the singer (Maggie?) is still performing. Well, insofar as anyone is at the moment. Amazing voice.

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                • You have to listen a few more times and enter in the spirit of "codo".





                  It was very rare for European songs to be successful in so many countries.

                  Hifi Sean + Maggie K. DeMonde (2017) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UC9P-v4yGcY

                  Originally posted by Gambo View Post
                  Codo is crap! Even though it made the top in so many Euro-nations.


                  Since 2000 years the earth lives without love
                  The Lord of Hatred rules
                  Ugly, I am so ugly, so awful ugly, I am the hatred
                  Hate, absolutely hate, I can't stop it, I am the hatred

                  Attention, Attention, unknown flying object approaching the planet,
                  Identify unknown flying object!

                  Codo the Third, from the star's midst, I am the third to the left

                  Unknown flying object identifies as Codo!

                  And I pelt, pelt, pelt, pelt at dash speed and bring love with me
                  On my sky ride
                  Because the love, love, love, love, it is a lot of fun, much more fun
                  Than anything else

                  https://lyricstranslate.com
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                  • In 2006, Nerf Herder, the band that composed and performed that tune [Buffy Theme], said that they had "never heard of DŲf", and the similarity was "coincidental"





                    Originally posted by anpt View Post
                    You have to listen a few more times and enter in the spirit of "codo".

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                    • You have to listen a few more times and enter in the spirit of "codo".

                      ^ Yeah still not quite doing it for me ANPT, but hey, each to their own - seven different countries back in '83 disagreed with me enough to make it a No 1. I sent it half in jest to a mate of mine who has a strange penchant for Teutonic pop and he immediately loved it and demanded to know why it hadn't charted in the UK! I reassured him by replying that according to the Discogs site it was never apparently released here, so nobody to blame but the record company. Though I am bound to say I think they made the right choice. I mean let's face it folks, it's no 'Da Da Da'...!!

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                      • tauchenprokopetz-codo-1983-17.jpg

                        The Ideal members were also close friends of the band Trio, for whom Annette Humpe occasionally performed as a backing vocalist, most notably on the number one single "Da Da Da"



                        Originally posted by Gambo View Post
                        You have to listen a few more times and enter in the spirit of "codo".

                        ^ Yeah still not quite doing it for me ANPT, but hey, each to their own - seven different countries back in '83 disagreed with me enough to make it a No 1. I sent it half in jest to a mate of mine who has a strange penchant for Teutonic pop and he immediately loved it and demanded to know why it hadn't charted in the UK! I reassured him by replying that according to the Discogs site it was never apparently released here, so nobody to blame but the record company. Though I am bound to say I think they made the right choice. I mean let's face it folks, it's no 'Da Da Da'...!!

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                        • Fascinated - Company B

                          USA, 1987



                          Netherlands - 23
                          UK - 89
                          USA - 21

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                          • Come Go With Me - Exposť

                            USA, 1987



                            Canada - 19
                            USA - 5

                            Point Of No Return - Exposť

                            USA, 1987



                            Canada - 22
                            UK - 83
                            USA - 5

                            Seasons Change - Exposť

                            USA, 1987



                            Canada - 11
                            NZ - 36
                            UK - 97
                            USA - 1

                            When I Looked At Him - Exposť

                            USA, 1989



                            Belgium - 34
                            Canada - 18
                            Netherlands - 5
                            USA - 10


                            In 1985 Exposť had two club hits, "Point of No Return" and "Exposed to Love". Between 1985 and 1986, the three original members of Exposť left the group and were replaced by Jurado, Bruno and Curless. Lewis A. Martineť was also the producer of Domino Dancing for the Pet Shop Boys.


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                            • I Wonder If I Take You Home - Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force

                              USA, 1985



                              Netherlands - 41
                              UK - 12
                              USA - 34

                              Can You Feel The Beat - Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam

                              USA, 1985



                              UK - 97
                              USA - 69

                              All Cried Out - Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam

                              USA, 1986



                              Canada - 96
                              USA - 8

                              Covers

                              Allure https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2_A3Ia-69U
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                              • Some reasonable hi-energy and slick disco-pop among that selection from the Americans. I remember 'Fascinated' despite its lowly UK chart showing - very basic sound even then but incredibly catchy and good in clubs still alive to that hi-energy poppy sound ahead of the harder, more beat-and-noise driven house invasion that arrived from 1988. It did finally become a modest hit over here in 1993 courtesy of Lisa B, but to my ears it didn't have the magic sheer eightiesness of the original. Saying that, the melody will feel familiar to anyone who was a fan of nineties Eurobeat, with many acts from Europe using similar hooks to underpin numerous throwaway dance compositions during the first half of the decade.

                                Expose were a sort of not-quite-as-well-rehearsed Five Star, and while it may seem surprising they didn't catch on more, perhaps during the mid-'80s there was only really room for one hit act of that kind in the market. I only really heard anything from them after I became aware of their influence on The Pet Shop Boys in the 'Introspective' era, where they openly said they wanted to create that sort of sound hence the drafting in of Lewis Martinee. I have to say listening back to these singles, 'Domino Dancing' rather surpasses them as a song, even though the PSBs were aiming to ape the Expose production values.

                                'I Wonder If I Take You Home' was of course famously interpolated for the main chorus of The Black-Eyed Peas' 'Don't Phunk With My Heart' in 2005. Indeed as with many such rip-offs it was the most memorable part of the song and I hoped that people would realise not to credit Will-i-am et al and look up the original instead!

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                                • CATCH ME (I'M FALLING) - PRETTY POISON

                                  Origin:USA
                                  Year: 1987



                                  NZ-26
                                  UK-85
                                  USA-8

                                  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pretty_Poison_(group)
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                                  • DON'T TALK DIRTY TO ME - JERMAINE STEWART

                                    Origin: USA
                                    Year:1988



                                    Germany-4
                                    Switzerland-14
                                    UK-61

                                    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don%27t_Talk_Dirty_to_Me
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                                    • WATERFALL - WENDY & LISA

                                      Origin: USA
                                      Year: 1987



                                      Belgium - 15
                                      Italy - 13
                                      Netherlands -17
                                      UK - 66
                                      USA - 56


                                      LOLLY LOLLY - WENDY & LISA

                                      Origin: USA
                                      Year: 1989



                                      Belgium - 16
                                      Netherlands -8

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                                      • THANK GOD IT'S CHRISTMAS - QUEEN

                                        Origin:UK
                                        Year:1984



                                        Austria-#21
                                        Belgium-#11
                                        Germany-#57
                                        Ireland-#8
                                        Portugal-#13
                                        UK-#21
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                                        • CHRISTMAS TIME - BRYAN ADAMS

                                          Origin:Canada
                                          Year:1984



                                          Australia-#64
                                          Canada-#39
                                          Germany-#67 (#19 in 2019)
                                          Ireland-#26
                                          Netherlands-#33
                                          Norway-#2
                                          Portugal-#3
                                          Sweden-#19
                                          Switzerland-#18
                                          UK-#55

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                                          • DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS - CHRIS REA

                                            Year:1986/1988



                                            Ireland-#28
                                            UK-53

                                            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drivin..._for_Christmas

                                            (in recent years UK-11, NL-4, Germany-4,...)
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                                            • I'm surprised with all the love over the last 2-3 years for Christmas music via streaming, that Christmas Time by Bryan Adams hasn't faired a whole lot better than it has.

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                                              • 'Driving Home For Christmas' is dreadful. I didn't like it when it was out in the 1980s but at least it wasn't overplayed like it is now every December.

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                                                • DON'T STOP BELIEVIN' - JOURNEY

                                                  Origin: USA
                                                  Year: 1981



                                                  Australia-#100
                                                  Canada-#9
                                                  Netherlands-#50
                                                  UK-#62
                                                  USA-#9


                                                  Ireland (2007) - #4
                                                  UK (2010) - #6

                                                  Covers

                                                  Glee (2009/2010) UK-#2 USA-#4 Australia #5
                                                  Ladbaby (2020) UK-#1 New Zeeland-#12 Ireland-#93

                                                  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don%27t_Stop_Believin%27
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                                                  • Originally posted by Robbie View Post
                                                    'Driving Home For Christmas' is dreadful. I didn't like it when it was out in the 1980s but at least it wasn't overplayed like it is now every December.
                                                    Agreed - he's come up with plenty of good material in his time but DHFC is insufferably smug and cosy......

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