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  • #26
    Yes, Sounds were publishing a weekly Top 20 while Kerrang were publishing the full Top 30 fortnightly!
    Last edited by Metalweb; Tue March 10th, 2020, 03:05.

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    • #27
      5 Feb 83

      01(03) Silver Machine - Hawkwind
      02(02) Shadows of the Night - Pat Benatar
      03(01) Symptom of the Universe (Live) - Ozzy Osbourne
      04 ( - ) Africa - Toto
      05(06) Market Square Heroes - Marillion
      06(23) Hand To Hold Onto - John Cougar [89]
      07(04) Here I Go Again - Whitesnake
      08(10) All Right Now EP - Free
      09(05) Caroline (Live at the NEC) - Status Quo
      10 ( - ) On the Loose - Saga
      11(07) The Wanderer - Fist
      12 ( - ) Love Hurts EP - Nazareth
      13(09) Killer - Kiss
      14 ( - ) Your Love Is Driving Me Crazy - Sammy Hagar
      15(14) Fast Bikes - Le Griffe
      16(12) Talkin' 'Bout Rock'n'Roll - Spider
      17(08) C'est La Vie - Slade
      18(16) Crash Bang Wallop - Raven
      19(13) I've Been Your Fool - Lynyrd Skynyrd
      20(17) Heavy Metal Rock'n'Roll - Rock Goddess
      21(15) Making Tracks - Tygers of Pan Tang
      22 ( - ) Games - Nazareth
      23(19) Hot Lady - Dedringer
      24(18) Photographs - Stampede
      25(21) Subdivisions - Rush
      26(27) Eye of the Tiger - Survivor
      27(11) No More Lonely Nights - Wishbone Ash
      28(29) Blood Lust - Venom
      29(25) Coming Home - Val Halla
      30(26) Back to Earth - Magnum

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      • #28
        All change at the top:

        19 Feb 83

        01 (-) Cold Sweat - Thin Lizzy [28]
        02 (-) He Knows, You Know - Marillion [39]
        03(04) Africa - Toto [6]
        04 (-) Photograph - Def Leppard [66]
        05(01) Silver Machine - Hawkwind
        06(14) Your Love Is Driving Me Crazy - Sammy Hagar
        07(10) On the Loose - Saga
        08(06) Hand to Hold Onto - John Cougar
        09(12) Love Hurts EP - Nazareth
        10(02) Shadows of the Night - Pat Benatar [83]
        11(05) Market Square Heroes - Marillion
        12(03) Symptom of the Universe (Live) - Ozzy Osbourne
        13(09) Caroline (Live at the NEC) - Status Quo
        14(07) Here I Go Again - Whitesnake
        15(13) Killer - Kiss
        16(18) Crash Bang Wallop - Raven
        17(08) All Right Now EP - Free
        18(22) Games - Nazareth
        19(16) Talking 'Bout Rock'n'Roll - Spider
        20(11) The Wanderer - Fist
        21(20) Heavy Metal Rock'n'Roll - Rock Goddess
        22(26) Eye of the Tiger - Survivor
        23(15) Fast Bikes - Le Griffe
        24(24) Photographs - Stampede
        25(25) Subdivisions - Rush
        26(23) Hot Lady - Dedringer
        27(17) C'est La Vie - Slade
        28 (-) Everybody Wants You - Billy Squier
        29(21) Making Tracks - Tygers of Pan Tang
        30(19) I've Been Your Fool - Lynyrd Skynyrd

        A decade after Whiskey in the Jar, one last classic single from the mighty Lizzy...
        Last edited by Metalweb; Thu March 12th, 2020, 03:23.

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        • #29
          Static at the top!

          5 Mar 83

          01(01) Cold Sweat - Thin Lizzy [33]
          02(02) He Knows, You Know - Marillion [74]
          03(03) Africa - Toto [4]
          04(04) Photograph - Def Leppard
          05(05) Shadows of the Night - Pat Benatar [99]
          06 (-) Total Eclipse of the Heart - Bonnie Tyler [2]
          07(06) Your Love Is Driving Me crazy - Sammy Hagar
          08(07) On the Loose - Saga
          09(11) Market Square Heroes - Marillion
          10 ( - ) Falling In Love With You - Gary Moore
          11(05) Silver Machine - Hawkwind
          12 ( - ) My Angel - Rock Goddess [64]
          13(09) Love Hurts EP - Nazareth
          14(28) Everybody Wants You - Billy Squier
          15(18) Games - Nazareth
          16 ( - ) Needle in the Groove - Mama's Boys
          17(13) Caroline (Live at the NEC) - Status Quo
          18(17) All Right Now EP - Free
          19 ( - ) Your Last Chance EP - Various
          20(08) Hand To Hold Onto - John Cougar
          21(16) Crash Bang Wallop - Raven
          22(14) Here I Go Again - Whitesnake
          23(20) The Wanderer - Fist
          24(19) Talkin' 'Bout Rock'n'Roll - Spider
          25(15) Killer - Kiss
          26(12) Symptom of the Universe (Live) - Ozzy Osbourne
          27(23) Fast Bikes - Le Griffe
          28 ( - ) Shame On The Moon - Bob Seger
          29(21) Heavy Metal Rock'n'Roll - Rock Goddess
          30(22) Eye of the Tiger - Survivor

          The B-side of My Angel was yet another track titled In the Heat of the Night!
          Last edited by Metalweb; Fri March 13th, 2020, 21:15.

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          • #30
            19 Mar 83

            01(06) Total Eclipse of the Heart - Bonnie Tyler [1]
            02 ( - ) Why D'Ya Lie To Me - Spider
            03(01) Cold Sweat - Thin Lizzy
            04(10) Falling in Love With You - Gary Moore
            05(12) My Angel - Rock Goddess
            06 ( - ) Red Skies - Samson
            07 ( - ) Separate Ways - Journey
            08(02) He Knows, You Know - Marillion
            09(14) Everybody Wants You - Billy Squier
            10(03) Africa - Toto [7]
            11(19) Your Last Chance EP - Various
            12 ( - ) When It's Time To Rock - UFO [74]
            13(05) Shadows of the Night - Pat Benatar
            14(09) Market Square Heroes - Marillion
            15(16) Needle in the Groove - Mama's Boys
            16(04) Photograph - Def Leppard
            17 ( - ) Twilight Zone - Golden Earring
            18(07) Your Love Is Driving Me Crazy - Sammy Hagar
            19(08) On the Loose - Saga
            20(11) Silver Machine - Hawkwind
            21(17) Caroline (Live at the NEC) - Status Quo
            22(13) Love Hurts EP - Nazareth
            23(18) All Right Now EP - Free
            24(21) Crash Bang Wallop - Raven
            25(29) Heavy Metal Rock'n'Roll - Rock Goddess
            26(23) The Wanderer - Fist
            27 ( - ) Over, Under, Sideways, Down - Yardbirds
            28(24) Talkin' 'Bout Rock'n'Roll - Spider
            29(15) Games - Nazareth
            30(20) Hand To Hold Onto - John Cougar

            Golden Oldie from The Yardbirds...
            Last edited by Metalweb; Sat March 14th, 2020, 03:56.

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            • #31
              2 Apr 83

              01 ( - ) I Am (I'm Me) - Twisted Sister [32]
              02 ( - ) Easy Livin' - Fastway [74]
              03(01) Total Eclipse of the Heart - Bonnie Tyler [3]
              04(05) My Angel - Rock Goddess
              05(07) Separate Ways - Journey
              06(02) Why D'Ya Lie To Me - Spider
              07(12) When It's Time To Rock - UFO [70]
              08 ( - ) Stack Heel Strutt - Wrathchild
              09(04) Falling In Love With You - Gary Moore
              10(11) Your Last Chance EP - Various
              11(06) Red Skies - Samson
              12(08) He Knows, You Know - Marillion
              13(03) Cold Sweat - Thin Lizzy
              14(10) Africa - Toto [35]
              15(17) Twilight Zone - Golden Earring
              16 ( - ) A World of Fantasy - Triumph
              17(09) Everybody Wants You - Billy Squier
              18(14) Market Square Heroes - Marillion [90]
              19 ( - ) One Take No Dubs EP - Various
              20(13) Shadows of the Night - Pat Benatar
              21(18) Your Love is Driving Me Crazy - Sammy Hagar
              22(16) Photograph - Def Leppard
              23 ( - ) Even Now - Bob Seger
              24(27) Over, Under, Sideways, Down - Yardbirds
              25(15) Needle in the Groove - Mama's Boys
              26(20) Silver Machine - Hawkwind
              27(21) Caroline (Live at the NEC) - Status Quo
              28(25) Heavy Metal Rock'n'Roll - Rock Goddess
              29 ( - ) Straight From The Heart - Bryan Adams
              30(23) All Right Now EP - Free

              Artists on the Your Last Chance EP were Hawkwind, Robert Calvert and Michael Moorcock.

              The One Take No Dubs EP was a "live in the studio" mini-compilation from four NWOBHM bands: Alien, Avenger, Black Rose and Hellanbach.



              Last edited by Metalweb; Sun March 29th, 2020, 02:36.

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              • #32
                Originally posted by Metalweb View Post

                The One Take No Dubs EP was a "live in the studio" mini-compilation from four NWOBHM bands: Alien, Avenger, Black Rose and Hellanbach.



                Looking on Discogs it seems Alien never actually released anything outside of compilations - this and one other song. All the acts were from Newcastle apart from Black Rose who were/are from Teesside . They were the most successful/prolific and from listening to them you can tell why. I think i may have met one of them on a course once, though i'm not sure. I remember somebody mentioning their name.

                EDIT: this clip of them performing their earlier hit No Point Runnin' on Tyne Tees TV is rather curious - for the dancer inserted into the performance. I didn't know Tyne Tees ever did things like that. Too early for me to see it at the time.
                Last edited by Blondini; Sun March 15th, 2020, 18:21.
                Tony's Charts ft Hits / Albums (4th April 20) - Spray, Elephant Tree, Dua Lipa, Sazzie, Venus, Lizzy Farrall, Julien-K

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                • #33
                  ^ I've done a million edits on the above post so i'll just add here that the dancer in that footage - according to YT comment - is actually Andrea Wonfor, co-producer of The Tube who passed away in 2004.
                  Tony's Charts ft Hits / Albums (4th April 20) - Spray, Elephant Tree, Dua Lipa, Sazzie, Venus, Lizzy Farrall, Julien-K

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                  • #34
                    Hellanbach were a good band too. This was their track from the EP.

                    https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q...6FORM%3DHDRSC3

                    They were often (wrongly) dismissed as Van Halen clones and referred to as "Halen-bach"!

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                    • #35
                      16 Apr 83

                      01(01) I Am (I'm Me) - Twisted Sister [19]
                      02(02) Easy Livin' - Fastway
                      03(07) When It's Time To Rock - UFO
                      04 (-) Rosanna - Toto [36]
                      05(08) Stack Heel Strutt - Wrathchild
                      06(04) My Angel - Rock Goddess
                      07(16) A World of Fantasy - Triumph
                      08(03) Total Eclipse of the Heart - Bonnie Tyler [16]
                      09(23) Even Now - Bob Seger [74]
                      10(15) Twilight Zone - Golden Earring
                      11(05) Separate Ways - Journey
                      12 (-) Hey Operator - Coney Hatch
                      13(18) Market Square Heroes - Marillion [67]
                      14(06) Why D'Ya Lie To Me - Spider
                      15 (-) Bat Out Of Hell (EP) - Meat Loaf
                      16(12) He Knows, You Know - Marillion
                      17(10) Your Last Chance EP - Various
                      18 (-) I Am the Future - Alice Cooper
                      19 (-) I Survive - Terraplane
                      20(13) Cold Sweat - Thin Lizzy
                      21(09) Falling In Love With You - Gary Moore
                      22(19) One Take No Dubs EP - Various
                      23(29) Straight From the Heart - Bryan Adams
                      24(14) Africa - Toto [51]
                      25(24) Over Under Sideways Down - Yardbirds
                      26(26) Silver Machine - Hawkwind
                      27 (-) Getcha Rocks Off - Def Leppard
                      28(20) Shadows of the Night - Pat Benatar
                      29(11) Red Skies - Samson
                      30(17) Everybody Wants You - Billy Squier

                      The Fastway track isn't, as might be expected, a cover of the Uriah Heep classic from '72.
                      Last edited by Metalweb; Wed March 18th, 2020, 00:23.

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                      • #36
                        30 Apr 83

                        01 (-) Flight Of Icarus - Iron Maiden [11]
                        02(01) I Am (I'm Me) - Twisted Sister [18]
                        03(09) Even Now - Bob Seger [99]
                        04(04) Rosanna - Toto [12]
                        05(02) Easy Livin' - Fastway
                        06(12) Hey Operator - Coney Hatch
                        07(19) I Survive - Terraplane
                        08(05) Stack Heel Strutt - Wrathchild
                        09 (-) It's Gonna Work Itself Out - Rose Tattoo
                        10(07) A World Of Fantasy - Triumph
                        11(13) Market Square Heroes - Marillion [70]
                        12(06) My Angel - Rock Goddess
                        13(03) When It's Time To Rock - UFO
                        14(08) Total Eclipse of the Heart - Bonnie Tyler [34]
                        15 (-) Power and The Glory - Saxon [38]
                        16 (-) Mr Roboto - Styx [100]
                        17(18) I Am the Future - Alice Cooper
                        18(15) Bat Out Of Hell EP - Meat Loaf
                        19(16) He Knows, You Know - Marillion
                        20 (-) Change Of Heart - Tom Petty
                        21(11) Separate Ways - Journey
                        22(10) Twilight Zone - Golden Earring
                        23(23) Straight From The Heart - Bryan Adams
                        24(22) One Take No Dubs EP - Various
                        25(14) Why D'Ya Lie To Me - Spider
                        26 (-) Don't Tell Me You Love Me - Night Ranger
                        27(17) Your Last Chance EP - Various
                        28(26) Silver Machine - Hawkwind
                        29(25) Over Under Sideways Down - Yardbirds
                        30(21) Falling In Love With You - Gary Moore

                        No surprise to see Maiden straight in at Number One, but surprised Saxon entered so low - PatG was/is one of their classics.

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                        • #37
                          14 May 83

                          01(01) Flight of Icarus - Iron Maiden [23]
                          02 (-) Creatures of the Night - Kiss [34]
                          03(15) Power and the Glory - Saxon [46]
                          04(02) I Am (I'm Me) - Twisted Sister [31]
                          05 (-) Thunder and Lightning - Thin Lizzy [42]
                          06 (-) Countdown - Rush
                          07(11) Market Square Heroes - Marillion [53]
                          08 (-) Faster Than the Speed of Night - Bonnie Tyler [43]
                          09(04) Rosanna - Toto [20]
                          10(05) Easy Livin' - Fastway
                          11(03) Even Now - Bob Seger
                          12(07) I Survive - Terraplane
                          13(10) A World of Fantasy - Triumph
                          14 (-) If You Really Want To - Meat Loaf
                          15(16) Mr Roboto - Styx [94]
                          16(09) It's Gonna Work Itself Out - Rose Tattoo
                          17 (-) Ridin' High - Persian Risk
                          18 (-) Faithfully - Journey
                          19(06) Hey Operator - Coney Hatch
                          20(19) He Knows, You Know - Marillion
                          21(08) Stack Hell Strutt - Wrathchild
                          22(20) Change of Heart - Tom Petty
                          23(18) Bat Out Of Hell EP - Meat Loaf
                          24(26) Don't Tell Me You Love Me - Night Ranger
                          25(13) When It's Time to Rock -UFO
                          26 (-) Wind Him Up - Saga
                          27(12) My Angel - Rock Goddess
                          28(17) I Am The Future - Alice Cooper
                          29(14) Total Eclipse of the Heart - Bonnie Tyler
                          30(22) Twilight Zone - Golden Earring
                          Last edited by Metalweb; Sun March 22nd, 2020, 18:59.

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                          • #38
                            28 May 83

                            01 (-) I Got Mine - Motorhead [49]
                            02(01) Flight Of Icarus - Iron Maiden [67]
                            03(06) Countdown/New World Man - Rush [38]
                            04(05) Thunder and Lightning - Thin Lizzy
                            05(02) Creatures of the Night - Kiss
                            06(18) Faithfully - Journey
                            07(02) Power and the Glory - Saxon
                            08(14) If You Really Want To - Meat Loaf [59]
                            09(07) Market Square Heroes - Marillion
                            10 (-) The Kids Are Back - Twisted Sister [58]
                            11(17) Ridin' High - Persian Risk
                            12(04) I Am (I'm Me) - Twisted Sister
                            13(08) Faster Than the Speed of Night - Bonnie Tyler [73]
                            14 (-) Paris is Burning - Pallas
                            15(15) Mr Roboto - Styx
                            16(09) Rosanna - Toto [57]
                            17(10) Easy Livin' - Fastway
                            18(20) He Knows You Know - Marillion
                            19 (-) She's a Beauty - Tubes [98]
                            20(12) I Survive - Terraplane
                            21(13) A World of Fantasy - Triumph
                            22(16) It's Gonna Work Itself Out - Rose Tattoo
                            23(24) Don't Tell Me You love Me - Night Ranger
                            24(26) Wind Him Up - Saga
                            25(21) Stack Heel Strutt - Wrathchild
                            26(19) Hey Operator - Coney Hatch
                            27(30) Twilight Zone - Golden Earring
                            28 (-) Give Me What's Mine - Grand Prix
                            29(11) Even Now - Bob Seger
                            30(20) Change of Heart - Tom Petty

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                            • #39
                              11 Jun 83

                              01(10) The Kids Are Back - Twisted Sister [32]
                              02(03) Countdown/New World Man - Rush
                              03(01) I Got Mine - Motorhead
                              04 (-) Send Me An Angel - Blackfoot [76]
                              05(02) Flight Of Icarus - Iron Maiden
                              06(06) Faithfully - Journey
                              07(14) Paris is Burning - Pallas
                              08(04) Thunder and Lightning - Thin Lizzy
                              09(11) Ridin' High - Persian Risk
                              10(19) She's a Beauty - Tubes [79]
                              11(09) Market Square Heroes - Marillion
                              12(28) Give Me What's Mine - Grand Prix
                              13(05) Creatures of the Night - Kiss
                              14 (-) Gimme All Your Lovin' - ZZ Top
                              15(07) Power and the Glory - Saxon
                              16(08) If You Really Want To - Meat Loaf
                              17(15) Mr Roboto - Styx
                              18(18) He Knows, You Know - Marillion
                              19(12) I Am (I'm Me) - Twisted Sister
                              20(16) Rosanna - Toto
                              21(13) Faster Than the Speed of Night - Bonnie Tyler
                              22 (-) Lonely Nights - Uriah Heep [97]
                              23(17) Easy Livin' - Fastway
                              24(20) I Survive - Terraplane
                              25(27) Twilight Zone - Golden Earring
                              26(26) Hey Operator - Coney Hatch
                              27(21) A World of Fantasy - Triumph
                              28(25) Stack Heel Strutt - Wrathchild
                              29(22) It's Gonna Work Itself Out - Rose Tattoo
                              30(24) Wind Him Up - Saga

                              Second successive chart topper from Twisted Sister...

                              The Uriah Heep hit was a cover of a Bryan Adams song.

                              Speaking of Heep, former main-man Ken Hensley co-wrote Blackfoot's impressive new entry Send Me An Angel (not the well known Real Life song from the same year).

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                              • #40
                                25 Jun 83

                                01(01) The Kids Are Back - Twisted Sister [52]
                                02(04) Send Me An Angel - Blackfoot [83]
                                03 (-) Garden Party - Marillion [16]
                                04(14) Gimme All Your Lovin' - ZZ Top
                                05(03) I Got Mine - Motorhead
                                06(10) She's a Beauty - Tubes
                                07(22) Lonely Nights - Uriah Heep
                                08(12) Give Me What's Mine - Grand Prix
                                09 (-) I Won't Hold You Back - Toto [37]
                                10(02) Countdown/New World Man - Rush
                                11(05) Flight of Icarus - Iron Maiden
                                12 (-) Don't Let It End - Styx [56]
                                13(07) Paris is Burning - Pallas
                                14(09) Ridin' High - Persian Risk
                                15(13) Creatures of the Night - Kiss
                                16(08) Thunder and Lightning - Thin Lizzy
                                17 (-) Tyrant - Judas Priest
                                18(16) If You Really Want To - Meat Loaf
                                19 (-) Die Hard - Venom
                                20(11) Market Square Heroes - Marillion
                                21 (-) Break the Chain - Raven
                                22 (-) Malibu Beach - Hanoi Rocks [84]
                                23(19) I Am (I'm Me) - Twisted Sister
                                24(18) He Knows, You Know - Marillion
                                25(17) Mr Roboto - Styx
                                26(15) Power and the Glory - Saxon
                                27(21) Rosanna - Toto
                                28 (-) Bridges - Jess Cox
                                29(24) I Survive - Terraplane
                                30(25) Twilight Zone - Golden Earring
                                Last edited by Metalweb; Sun March 29th, 2020, 02:39.

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                                • #41
                                  9 July 83

                                  01(03) Garden Party - Marillion [33]
                                  02 (-) The Trooper - Iron Maiden [12]
                                  03(02) Send Me An Angel - Blackfoot
                                  04(09) I Won't Hold You Back - Toto [52]
                                  05(04) Gimme All Your Lovin' - ZZ Top
                                  06(22) Malibu Beach - Hanoi Rocks
                                  07(01) The Kids Are Back - Twisted Sister
                                  08(07) Lonely Nights - Uriah Heep
                                  09(12) Don't Let It End - Styx
                                  10 (-) Make It up To You - Anvil
                                  11(06) She's a Beauty - Tubes
                                  12 (-) We Become One - Fastway
                                  13(17) Tyrant - Judas Priest
                                  14(21) Break the Chain - Raven
                                  15(08) Give Me What's Mine - Grand Prix
                                  16 (-) Escape From New York - Geddes Axe
                                  17 (-) I'd Rather Go Wild - Witchfynde
                                  18(05) I Got Mine - Motorhead
                                  19 (-) The Other Side - Stampede
                                  20(19) Die Hard - Venom
                                  21(28) Bridges - Jess Cox
                                  22(10) Countdown - Rush
                                  23(11) Flight of Icarus - Iron Maiden
                                  24(20) Market Square Heroes - Marillion
                                  25(14) Ridin' High - Persian Risk
                                  26(15) Creatures of the Night - Kiss
                                  27(16) Thunder and Lightning - Thin Lizzy
                                  28(23) I Am (I'm Me) - Twisted Sister
                                  29(18) If You Really Want To - Meat Loaf
                                  30(24) He Knows, You Know - Marillion

                                  NWOBHM band Geddes Axe took their punning name from Rush vocalist/bass guitarist Geddy Lee, as well as the post World War One economy/austerity drive!

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                                  • #42
                                    Geddes Axe brings back long forgotten memories of it being part of what I was taught in O Level History!

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                                    • #43
                                      23 July 83

                                      01(02) The Trooper - Iron Maiden [19]
                                      02(01) Garden Party - Marillion
                                      03 (-) Big Log - Robert Plant [47]
                                      04(17) I'd Rather Go Wild - Witchfynde
                                      05(03) Send Me An Angel - Blackfoot
                                      06 (-) Shout - Grand Prix
                                      07(04) I Won't Hold You Back - Toto
                                      08(10) Make It Up To You - Anvil
                                      09(05) Gimme All Your Lovin' - ZZ Top
                                      10(14) Break the Chain - Raven
                                      11 (-) Razor's Edge - Meat Loaf
                                      12(06) Malibu Beach - Hanoi Rocks
                                      13(09) Don't Let It End - Styx
                                      14(07) The Kids Are Back - Twisted Sister
                                      15(12) We Become One - Fastway
                                      16(08) Lonely Nights - Uriah Heep
                                      17(19) The Other Side - Stampede
                                      18(11) She's a Beauty - Tubes
                                      19(16) Escape From New York - Geddes Axe
                                      20(15) Give Me What's Mine - Grand Prix
                                      21(21) Bridges - Jess Cox
                                      22(13) Tyrant - Judas Priest
                                      23(20) Die Hard - Venom
                                      24(23) Flight of Icarus - Iron Maiden
                                      25 (-) Hot Girls In Love - Loverboy
                                      26(25) Ridin' High - Persian Risk
                                      27(24) Market Square Heroes - Marillion
                                      28(18) I Got Mine - Motorhead
                                      29(22) Countdown - Rush
                                      30(28) I Am (I'm Me) - Twisted Sister

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                                      • #44
                                        A random, morbid thought...

                                        Is Iron Maiden's The Trooper (#12 in '83, #5 in '05) the most successful hit single in which the narrator "dies" at the end?

                                        Other examples that spring to mind are Meat Loaf's Bat Out Of Hell (#8 in '93), Down in the Tube Station at Midnight by The Jam (#15 in '78) and Maiden's own Hallowed Be Thy Name (#9 in '93).

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                                        • #45
                                          Originally posted by Metalweb View Post
                                          A random, morbid thought...

                                          Is Iron Maiden's The Trooper (#12 in '83, #5 in '05) the most successful hit single in which the narrator "dies" at the end?

                                          Other examples that spring to mind are Meat Loaf's Bat Out Of Hell (#8 in '93), Down in the Tube Station at Midnight by The Jam (#15 in '78) and Maiden's own Hallowed Be Thy Name (#9 in '93).
                                          Very morbid but very interesting! Would you consider 'Dancing With Tears In My Eyes' by Ultravox to be a song where the narrator dies at the end? The lyrics are open to interpretation though the video suggests the song is about imminent death in the aftermath of a nuclear power plant disaster. On the other hand the song could be about the end (death) of a romance.

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                                          • #46
                                            I think that one's too ambiguous to count...

                                            There are plenty of hits where the narrator is facing imminent death (Green, Green Grass of Home; Seasons in the Sun; I've Gotta Get a Message to You, I Did What I Did For Maria, etc etc) but I can't think of any more where he explicitly dies before the song concludes!

                                            I'm sure there are others though....
                                            Last edited by Metalweb; Fri March 27th, 2020, 23:37.

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                                            • #47
                                              https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q...6FORM%3DHDRSC3

                                              How could I have forgotten Pat Campbell's The Deal, only #31 back in '69 but a kitsch classic.

                                              As Oscar Wilde said, you'd need a heart of stone not to laugh...

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                                              • #48
                                                ^
                                                Yes, that record's awful!

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                                                • #49
                                                  6 Aug 83

                                                  01(03) Big Log - Robert Plant [15]
                                                  02 (-) Nightmare - Saxon [50]
                                                  03(01) The Trooper - Iron Maiden [39]
                                                  04(02) Garden Party - Marillion [97]
                                                  05 (-) Shine - Motorhead [59]
                                                  06(25) Hot Girls In Love - Loverboy
                                                  07(04) I'd Rather Go Wild - Witchfynde
                                                  08(10) Break the Chain - Raven
                                                  09(09) Gimme All Your Lovin' - ZZ Top
                                                  10(06) Shout - Grand Prix
                                                  11(08) Make It Up To You - Anvil
                                                  12(05) Send Me An Angel - Blackfoot
                                                  13(11) Razor's Edge - Meat Loaf
                                                  14(07) I Won't Hold You Back - Toto
                                                  15(15) We Become One - Fastway
                                                  16(13) Don't Let It End - Styx
                                                  17(14) The Kids Are Back - Twisted Sister
                                                  18(12) Malibu Beach - Hanoi Rocks
                                                  19(19) Escape From New York - Geddes Axe
                                                  20(23) Die Hard - Venom
                                                  21(24) Flight of Icarus - Iron Maiden
                                                  22(18) She's a Beauty - Tubes
                                                  23(16) Lonely Nights - Uriah Heep
                                                  24(20) Give Me What's Mine - Grand Prix
                                                  25 (-) Oh Baby - Xero
                                                  26(17) The Other Side - Stampede
                                                  27(27) Market Square Heroes - Marillion
                                                  28(21) Bridges - Jess Cox
                                                  29(22) Tyrant - Judas Priest
                                                  30(29) Countdown - Rush


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                                                  • #50
                                                    20 Aug 83

                                                    01(01) Big Log - Robert Plant [12]
                                                    02 (-) Guilty of Love - Whitesnake [31]
                                                    03 (-) The Sun Goes Down - Thin Lizzy [75]
                                                    04(02) Nightmare - Saxon
                                                    05 (-) Mean Streak - Y&T [41]
                                                    06(05) Shine - Motorhead
                                                    07 (-) Stay On Top - Uriah Heep [76]
                                                    08(20) Die Hard - Venom
                                                    09(06) Hot Girls in Love - Loverboy
                                                    10 (-) Don't Cry - Asia [37]
                                                    11(03) The Trooper - Iron Maiden
                                                    12(04) Garden Party - Marillion
                                                    13(08) Break the Chain - Raven
                                                    14(10) Shout - Grand Prix
                                                    15(25) Oh Baby - Xero
                                                    16(13) Razor's Edge - Meat Loaf
                                                    17(17) The Kids Are Back - Twisted Sister
                                                    18(16) Don't Let It End - Styx
                                                    19(09) Gimme All Your Lovin' - ZZ Top
                                                    20(07) I'd Rather Go Wild - Witchfynde
                                                    21(14) I Won't Hold You Back - Toto
                                                    22(12) Send Me An Angel - Blackfoot
                                                    23(11) Make It Up To You - Anvil
                                                    24(21) Flight of Icarus - Iron Maiden
                                                    25(15) We Become One - Fastway
                                                    26(18) Malibu Beach - Hanoi Rocks
                                                    27(22) She's a Beauty - Tubes
                                                    28 (-) Echoes Of A Distant Battle - Tank
                                                    29(27) Market Square Heroes - Marillion
                                                    30(24) Give Me What's Mine - Grand Prix

                                                    Strong new entries from Y(esterday) &T(oday) and Tank:

                                                    https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q...6FORM%3DHDRSC3

                                                    https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q...6FORM%3DHDRSC3

                                                    Lizzy make top three with the appropriately titled final single from their final album....

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