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  • Benny
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    America - The Last Unicorn (1984)
    origin: USA

    Germany #38

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  • radcl
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    SENSUS - SENSUS

    Netherlands,1984



    Germany-#21

    https://www.discogs.com/artist/155964-Sensus

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  • radcl
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    AMSTERDAM - CORA

    Germany,1985


    (english)



    (german)



    France-1985-#22

    Wikipedia

    Covers:

    Axel Fischer feat. Cora

    Germany-2008-38
    Last edited by radcl; Tue September 22, 2020, 08:58.

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  • Benny
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    Colonel Abrams - Trapped (1985)
    origin: USA

    UK #3
    Ireland #4
    Netherlands #11
    Germany #13

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  • Benny
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    Barclay James Harvest - Life Is for Living (1981)
    origin:UK

    Switzerland #1
    Germany #2
    UK #61





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  • Benny
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    I forgot to check the other thread before posting, my mistake!

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  • heppolo
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    Righeira had a few hits here and there, like "No Tengo Dinero" whilst in the UK they didn't reach the top 40 at all.

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  • anpt
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    https://www.ukmix.org/forum/chart-di...d-biggest-hits

    Originally posted by heppolo View Post
    Vamos A La Playa - RIGHEIRA
    Origin: Italy
    Year: 1983
    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.

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  • anpt
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    Laid Back - High Society Girl (DE-9)



    Laid Back - White Horse(US-26,NL-15;UK-90;NZ-49)



    Laid Back -Bakerman(DE-9,AT-1;CH-10;SE-13;NL-20)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yByP88jUQH4

    were better examples

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laid_Back

    We must choose songs that were successful in a few countries.

    https://www.ukmix.org/forum/chart-di...d-biggest-hits

    39. Laid Back - Sunshine Reggae [16 / 4]
    40. Righeira - Vamos a la Playa [14 / 2]


    Originally posted by Benny View Post
    Laid Back - Sunshine Reggae (1983)
    origin: Denmark

    The original B-side to the single, 'White Horse', became a top 40 hit in the US in 1984, peaking at number 26.
    Last edited by anpt; Mon September 21, 2020, 16:39.

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  • Benny
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    Laid Back - Sunshine Reggae (1983)
    origin: Denmark

    Germany #1
    Austria #1
    Italy #4
    Netherlands #4
    Switzerland #9



    The original B-side to the single, 'White Horse', became a top 40 hit in the US in 1984, peaking at number 26.

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  • Benny
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    Originally posted by Robbie View Post
    ^
    Benny: according to discogs.com 'Hijo De La Luna' was released in Spain on 25 July 1987

    https://www.discogs.com/Mecano-Hijo-...elease/4335899
    Thanks Robbie! According to the 'Book About Spanish Charts' thread, 'Hijo de la luna' peaked at number 29 in Spain:

    https://www.ukmix.org/forum/chart-di...12#post3068526

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  • Robbie
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    ^
    Benny: according to discogs.com 'Hijo De La Luna' was released in Spain on 25 July 1987

    https://www.discogs.com/Mecano-Hijo-...elease/4335899

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  • Gambo
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    Originally posted by Robbie View Post
    Yes, Talk Talk released a number of excellent singles and albums. They were initially marketed by EMI as a Duran Duran type band (and indeed had the same producer) but Mark Hollis had the good sense to take the band in a different direction with their second album.
    Very underrated commercially in their home country and it's refreshing to find that they were apparently appreciated a lot more abroad. Although musically some of their middle-era stuff was probably superior, I still maintain their first album had some pretty decent highlights on it. I have it on vinyl somewhere. Never thought of them in the same bracket as Duran and if that was how their label initially saw them then that was pretty short-sighted. Mind you, in Britain if they'd ploughed that furrow they might've ended up selling a lot more records! As well as 'Such A Shame', there was the excellent 'My Foolish Friend' from '83 which criminally never made the Top 40. Just love Hollis's voice - reminiscent I always thought of Justin Hayward - and it's sad that he is no longer with us.

    'Vamos A La Playa' is about an A Bomb explosion?! Well you really do learn something everyday on this thread.

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  • Benny
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    'L'Italiano' is indeed very catchy, no wonder it was a hit in several European countries. In Germany & Austria, Cutugno had a bigger hit with 1990's ESC winner 'Insieme: 1992' (#3 in Austria and #13 in Germany).

    'Hijo de la luna' is absolutely beautiful. Does anybody know if it was released as a single in Spain, and if so, how it did on the charts?

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  • radcl
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    HIJO DE LA LUNA - MECANO

    1986



    Spain-1987-#29

    Germany-Dec 1989 - #49-Jan 1990 - 45

    Netherlands-Jul 1990 - #5

    Belgium-Aug 1990 - #18

    France-May 1991 - #6

    COVERS:

    LOONA

    Austria-Jan 1999 - #3
    Germany-Dec 1998 - #1
    Netherlands-Feb 1999 - #21
    Switzerland-Dec 1998 - #2

    BELLE PEREZ & VOICE MALE

    Netherlands-Jan 2004 - #28
    Belgium-Feb 2003 - #8

    PSY 4 DE LA RIME ENFANYS DE LA LUNES
    Last edited by radcl; Mon September 21, 2020, 18:30.

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  • heppolo
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    Originally posted by Benny View Post
    Amoureux Solitaires was also a number one hit in Italy and France.
    thank you for that correction, I wasn't able to obtain French and Italian chart data for 1980-1981.

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  • heppolo
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    You all are going to hate me for doing this, since it's anything but obscure...however

    L'ITALIANO - TOTO CUTUGNO
    Origin: Italy
    Year: 1983



    Italy
    #1
    France
    #1
    Portugal
    #1
    Switzerland
    #1
    Belgium (Vl)
    #11
    West Germany
    #23

    This is probably that one song that should have actually been marketed in the English-speaking countries, it is so damn catchy and sing-a-long. It's hard to believe it, but this actually only finished 5th in SanRemo that year.

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  • heppolo
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    IDEAL WORLD - THE CHRISTIANS

    Origin: United Kingdom
    Year: 1987



    United Kingdom
    #14
    Ireland
    #11
    Netherlands
    #20
    Belgium (Vl)
    #35

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  • Benny
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    Originally posted by heppolo View Post

    "Such A Shame" and "It's My Life" could have been absolutely massive if properly marketed.
    True! 'It's My Life' reached its chart peak in the UK in 1990 (#13) when it was re-issued to promote the band's Greatest Hits album. It had only peaked at number 46 in 1984.

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  • heppolo
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    Originally posted by Robbie View Post
    Yes, Talk Talk released a number of excellent singles and albums. They were initially marketed by EMI as a Duran Duran type band (and indeed had the same producer) but Mark Hollis had the good sense to take the band in a different direction with their second album.
    "Such A Shame" and "It's My Life" could have been absolutely massive if properly marketed.

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  • radcl
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    Hitx9!

    Originally posted by heppolo View Post
    Vamos A La Playa - RIGHEIRA
    Origin: Italy

    Italy#1Switzerland#1Spain#6Norwa#6United Kingdom#53Belgium (Vl)#2France#2Austria#11Germany#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.
    "!

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  • radcl
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    Hitx7!

    [QUOTE=Benny;n10469142]Marianne Faithfull - The Ballad of Lucy Jordan (1980)
    origin: UK


    Marianne Faithfull - Broken English (1980)

    1980

    Australia-25
    France-8?
    New Zealand-#25
    Sweden-#17
    Germany-#36
    Last edited by radcl; Mon September 21, 2020, 09:31.

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  • Benny
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    Marianne Faithfull - The Ballad of Lucy Jordan (1980)
    origin: UK

    Austria #2
    Germany #5
    Switzerland #5
    France #17
    Australia #18
    Netherlands #19
    New Zealand #20
    UK #48

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  • Robbie
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    Originally posted by Metalweb View Post
    It's extraordinary to realise Talk Talk never had a Top Ten Single in the UK.

    Such A Shame was a brilliant single (as were Living In Another World, My Foolish Friend, It's My Life, etc). but minor hits, all of them....
    Yes, Talk Talk released a number of excellent singles and albums. They were initially marketed by EMI as a Duran Duran type band (and indeed had the same producer) but Mark Hollis had the good sense to take the band in a different direction with their second album.

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  • Metalweb
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    It's extraordinary to realise Talk Talk never had a Top Ten Single in the UK.

    Such A Shame was a brilliant single (as were Living In Another World, My Foolish Friend, It's My Life, etc). but minor hits, all of them....

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