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  • anpt
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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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  • anpt
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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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  • anpt
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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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  • Gambo
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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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  • radcl
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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
    Last edited by radcl; Thu November 5, 2020, 17:23.

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  • radcl
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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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  • radcl
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    Fascinated - Company B

    USA, 1987



    Netherlands - 23
    UK - 89
    USA - 21

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  • radcl
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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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  • Gambo
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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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  • radcl
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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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  • anpt
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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
    Last edited by anpt; Thu October 29, 2020, 15:11.

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  • Gambo
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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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  • radcl
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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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  • radcl
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    Careless Love - Humpe & Humpe

    Gemany,1987



    Germany-24
    UK-63 (Swimming With Sharks)

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  • radcl
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    No Memory - Scarlet Fantastic

    UK, 1987



    Netherlands-35
    UK-24

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  • anpt
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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
    Last edited by anpt; Wed October 28, 2020, 15:27.

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  • anpt
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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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  • anpt
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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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  • radcl
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    YOUR LOVE - LIME

    Canada, 1981



    Belgium-#3
    Germany-#26
    Netherlands-#10


    BABE WE'RE GONNA LOVE TONITE - LIME

    Canada,1982



    Netherlands-#14
    Spain-#1

    GUILTY - LIME

    Canada,1983



    France-#60
    Portugal-#10
    Spain-#4

    UNEXPECTED LOVERS - LIME

    Canada,1985



    Netherlands-#34
    Spain-#4
    UK-#78
    Last edited by radcl; Wed October 21, 2020, 16:04.

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  • radcl
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    The Crown - Gary Byrd & The GB Experience

    USA,1983



    be-#23
    ch-#7
    de-#14
    nl-#44/#30
    Uk-#6
    USA(RB)-#69

    uk-21,6,6,6,11,18,26,33,52

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  • radcl
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    Friends - Amii Stewart

    USA/Italy,1984



    Italy-1984-#1

    Uk-1985-#12
    Last edited by radcl; Wed October 14, 2020, 20:35.

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  • Robbie
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    The Flirts was a musical project assembled by Hi-NRG pioneer Bobby "O" Orlando. In 1983 Neil Tennant, then an assistant editor at UK pop magazine Smash Hits, got in touch with Orlando while he was in New York. They became good friends and when tennant and Chris Lowe formed the Pet Shop Boys, Tennant asked Orlando to produce their first recordings including early versions of tracks such as 'West End Girls', It's A Sin' and 'Opportunities'. The song that attracted Tennat to Orlando's work was 'Passion', one of the tracks posted above.

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  • anpt
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    PASSION - THE FLIRTS

    Origin: USA
    Year: 1982



    Belgium
    -#36

    Germany
    -#4

    Netherlands
    -#22

    Switzerland
    -#4


    HELPLESS - THE FLIRTS


    Origin: USA
    Year: 1984



    Germany
    -#13

    Switzerland
    -#15

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

    DESIRE - RONI GRIFFITH

    Origin: USA
    Year: 1981



    Canada
    #34

    Germany
    -#17

    Switzerland
    -#2

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


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

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  • radcl
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    Hey DJ - World Famous Supreme Team

    USA,1984



    UK-#52

    Originally posted by DarkDaughter View Post

    Music & Media's first European Top 100 Singles chart (19 March 1984)

    Last week and the weeks on chart column numbers are positions and chart weeks from M&M test charts. Apparently there were 11 test charts from January to March 1984 because some titles have 12 weeks in the Top 100, even though it was the very first chart of Music & Media which was named Eurotipsheet back then. It changed its name in March 1986 when it became a Billboard sister publication magazine.


    TW LW WK ARTIST TITLE
    86 NE 1 THE WORLD'S FAMOUS SUPREME TEAM Hey DJ
    Last edited by radcl; Wed October 14, 2020, 20:29.

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  • radcl
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    Cheerio - The Monroes

    No,1985



    Norway-#1
    Portugal-#6
    Sweden-#11

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