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  • Gambo
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    'Garden Party' is a familiar and fondly-remembered jam, but 'Nova' is - aptly - a new one to me. Very corny by today's measure, with its folk melodies atop a sort of 'Hot Butter-esque' toytown synth backing. But of course, that doesn't put the likes of me off and I actually love this! Always delighted in that rich, sawtooth-edged analogue sound and it's a great instrumental that builds satisfyingly to its conclusion. Nice to see our Dutch friends embracing the trusty Sequential Circuits Pro albeit more in a Vangelis direction than Visage. Like the fuzzy fading of the film just to try and introduce some sort of dynamism to what inherently was a rather stilted and dull performance! Oh and very different to the Aurora we currently have tickling our Top 100.

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  • radcl
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    AURORA - NOVA

    1982



    Belgium - 1
    Netherlands - 1
    Portugal - 11


    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nova_(Dutch_band)

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  • radcl
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    GARDEN PARTY - MEZZOFORTE

    1983



    Belgium - 10
    Denmark -27
    Germany - 36
    Israel - 31
    Netherlands - 5
    UK - 17

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mezzoforte_(band)

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  • Metalweb
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    Flash And The Pan made some great singles - shame they didn't have more success here.

    Much of their material was surely inspired by 'The Days Of Pearly Spencer'....

    Could they get away with that 'Midnight Man' video nowadays?

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  • Robbie
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    Originally posted by Gambo View Post
    Yes Icehouse were underrated. While arguably none of the above singles quite possessed the immediacy of the beguiling 'Hey Little Girl', all are growers and with repeated listens appeal more than on just the initial spin.

    Weren't Flash & The Pan connected to The Easybeats? I remember thinking you'd never guess it given the different sounds and eras.
    The two members of Flash and the Pan (Harry Vanda and George Young) were previously members of The Easybeats. George Young is the older brother of Malcolm and Angus Young from AC/DC.

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  • Gambo
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    Yes Icehouse were underrated. While arguably none of the above singles quite possessed the immediacy of the beguiling 'Hey Little Girl', all are growers and with repeated listens appeal more than on just the initial spin.

    Weren't Flash & The Pan connected to The Easybeats? I remember thinking you'd never guess it given the different sounds and eras.

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  • radcl
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    FLASH AND THE PAN

    Waiting for a Train (1982)

    Australia-66, Belgium-15, Ireland-11,Netherlands-26, New Zealand-26, UK-7



    Midnight Man (1984)

    Australia-66, Belgium-33, Finland-27, Germany-7, Netherlands-23, South Africa-29, Sweden-20, Switzerland-16



    Ayla (1987)

    Germany-26, Netherlands-39



    https://www.musicvf.com/Flash+and+the+Pan.art

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  • radcl
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    STREET CAFÉ - ICEHOUSE

    1983



    AUS-57
    GER-28
    NZ-40
    UK-62

    NO PROMISES - ICEHOUSE

    1985



    AUS-30
    BE-34
    NZ-29
    UK-72
    USA-79

    CRAZY - ICEHOUSE

    1987



    AUS-4
    BE-20
    NL-17
    NZ-10
    UK-38
    USA-14

    ELECTRIC BLUE - ICEHOUSE

    1987



    AUS-1
    NZ-4
    NL-83
    UK-53
    USA-7

    Originally posted by Robbie View Post
    Icehouse were a band that should have been a lot more successful in the UK than they were. 'Hey Little Girl' was one of three singles I bought by them, the others being 'No Promises' and 'Crazy'.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Icehouse_(band)

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  • anpt
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    WHO WANTS TO LIVE FOREVER - QUEEN



    1986

    Germany - 52
    Netherlands - 29
    UK - 24

    1992

    Belgium - 44
    Netherlands - 6

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

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  • anpt
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    ROOF GARDEN - AL JARREAU

    1982



    Belgium - 4
    France - 134
    Netherlands - 3
    Last edited by anpt; Thu April 8, 2021, 13:28.

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  • TOMMYROCKLAND
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    Thank you very much anpt, thank you, it is very appreciated.

    RNR NEVER DIES.

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  • anpt
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    IT'S A REAL GOOD FEELING - PETER KENT

    1981



    Austria - 3
    Belgium - 8
    Germany - 1
    Netherlands - 32
    Sweden - 18
    Switzerland - 5

    https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/It%E2%80%99s_a_Real_Good_Feeling

    LOVE ME TONIGHT - LUISA FERNANDEZ

    1980



    Portugal - 15

    Produced by La Bionda - also released by DD Sound (La Bionda)

    https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luisa_Fernandez

    SOLO POR TI - PETER KENT & LUISA FERNANDEZ

    1986



    Austria - 1
    Belgium - 27
    Germany - 18
    Last edited by anpt; Mon March 22, 2021, 11:32.

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  • radcl
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    I AM A CAMERA - THE BUGGLES

    1982



    Italy - 45
    Netherlands - 46
    Portugal - 10

    INTO THE LENS - YES

    1980



    USA - 104

    "Into the Lens" is a song written by Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes. It was originally released in 1980 by progressive rock band Yes, of which Horn and Downes were a part, as a part of the album Drama, before being reworked as "I Am a Camera" for the 1981 album Adventures in Modern Recording by The Buggles, a duo consisting of Horn and Downes; both versions were released as singles, with the Yes single being re-titled "Into the Lens (I Am a Camera)"

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

    LENNY - THE BUGGLES

    1982



    Netherlands - 17

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  • radcl
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    DO IT AGAIN / BILLIE JEAN - CLUB HOUSE

    1983



    Australia - 79
    Belgium - 6
    Germany - 41
    Ireland - 7
    Nethelands - 10
    New Zealand - 33
    Portugal - 9
    UK - 11
    USA - 75

    The song combines elements of "Do It Again" by Steely Dan (1973) and "Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson (1983).

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Club_House_(band)

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  • radcl
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    I WANNA BE YOUR LOVER - LA BIONDA

    1981



    Italy - 17
    Portuga l -4

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  • TOMMYROCKLAND
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    Thank you very much, anpt, thank you all.

    fantastic works, great list.

    RNR NEVER DIE.

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  • anpt
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    Thank you for the feedback.



    Originally posted by Gambo View Post
    Thank you for continuing to unearth and remind us of these random eighties moments.

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  • Gambo
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    Thank you for continuing to unearth and remind us of these random eighties moments that mostly didn't trouble us in the UK but created more impact elsewhere. Both the Missing Persons tracks are so of their time; new wave-cum-synth pop and while not that strong compared to many similar songs put out during that period, they are fun to see now if only for their apparently tick-box presentation. Skinny guitars, clunky keyboards, racks of tape and other machinery on stage (despite the sound being quite sparse!), serious 'piece-to-camera' angular glances, big hair and - natch - excessive but sharp-looking make-up for women and men. It does come across in hindsight as the Yanks deliberately trying to copy the Brits both musically and in appearance as we tended towards being a bit more 'futuristic' - American tastes in rock were still pretty-much centred on the long-haired lead-guitar-led likes of Chilliwack and it's no shock to see they did pretty well in N American charts in '81 even though frankly it sounds pretty 1979.

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  • Metalweb
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    ^

    was #1 for 3 weeks on Canada's CBC charts.

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  • anpt
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    MY GIRL (GONE, GONE, GONE) - CHILLIWACK

    1981



    Australia- 57
    Canada - 1 (CBC Charts)
    USA - 22

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chilliwack_(band)
    Last edited by anpt; Thu March 11, 2021, 13:53.

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  • anpt
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    DESTINATION UNKNOWN - MISSING PERSONS

    1982



    Australia - 89
    USA - 42

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Destination_Unknown_(song)

    WORDS - MISSING PERSONS

    1982



    Portugal - 20

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missing_Persons_(band)

    Group formed by Warren Cuccurullo, Dale Bozzio and Terry Bozzio. All of them worked with Frank Zappa. Cuccurullo joined Duran Duran in 1986.

    The Smashing Pumpkins have covered "Destination Unknown" for their 1996 box set The Aeroplane Flies High.

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  • Thriller
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    Originally posted by Gambo View Post

    Yes, that is indeed the case in my view, though I would also say that unlike now, lots of good stuff also did register in the charts in the eighties!
    So true

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  • Gambo
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    Originally posted by Thriller View Post
    The 80s were similar to now, loads of good stuff that didn’t chart!
    Yes, that is indeed the case in my view, though I would also say that unlike now, lots of good stuff also did register in the charts in the eighties!

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  • Metalweb
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    'She Blinded Me With Science' famously featured OTT interjections from TV personality/Scientist Magnus Pyke.

    When the single took off in America and Dolby visited to promote it audiences were disappointed that the "crazy old guy" wasn't actually a member of his band....

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  • Thriller
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    I remember Thomas Dolby, my mum had one of his singles where his hair was sticking up and he had a violin, it scared me as a child

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