"New Wave" one-hit wonders and biggest hits - 1979-1988

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Postby Gambo » Wed May 30, 2018 12:49 pm

It's a jolly, melodic sort of tune isn't it? Very much of its time, which will render it irrelevant to some, but all the more-enjoyable for others - like myself! I also didn't know it had emerged in '84 although its polished production and synth sounds could on reflection have indicated a track laid-down by a US artist anywhere from '82 to '87, early Madonna included I suppose. Very much summer of '85 for me as are the other tracks Robbie mentions, although I did become aware later that they'd been out the year before and underperformed commercially; indeed, quite a few hits of that year had been released the previous, either in an original or the same version - King's 'Love And Pride', Trans-X's 'Living On Video', and the yet-to-be featured 'West End Girls' by The Pet Shop Boys can all be added to the list below.

The TOTP re-runs are a joy, as I probably saw more of that during the mid-'80s period than tuned-in to the Top 40. We're still being robbed of various episodes thanks to having been hosted by one or more sexual deviants who are now understandably no longer given any air time following their respective public falls from grace, although the one that most-aggrieves me is the omission of Mike Smith-featured episodes. Apparently the Beeb decided to honour some ancient chitty he signed back in the '80s that did not permit eps with him in it to be repeated. You'd think a quick call to Sarah Greene might have led to a sensible conclusion there as surely such repeats would act as a well-meant celebration of the late DJ's work for those who appreciated it at the time (happily Mr Smith is one of the few UK presenters not to be subject of any child sex allegations!). Like it or not, TOTP was probably Mike's greatest legacy for most.

Fun factoid: Maria Vidal is now married to Rick Nowels, who's written numerous hits for major artists over the decades - including, I believe, Madonna!
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Postby Passing_Strang » Wed May 30, 2018 10:48 pm

Have to say that while "Body Rock" is not the type of song I'd prefer to listen to that often when it comes to 1980s music (while it certainly is a very good track and has its considerable merits), I much prefer it to almost anything Madonna released in the 1980s (or 1990s, or ever) - both musically and vocally. My strong view is that Madonna is the last in line to qualify for the title of the most successful female perfomer of the decade (or all time), and yet here we are! Such is life, as I came to admit if not accept or respect :-?

Vidal's husband will be featured in the list later with one of his productions, by the way - and another strong contender for the title of the decade's best singer :D

I am miffed by the BBC policy to cut or scrap completely the whole episodes of TOTP - it's a strange and unwelcome decision but it's been criticized so much I have nothing new to say, just join the majority. What is interesting to me is that seemingly since 1985 the show rapidly started to lose it hit-making power - am I right? Maybe someone can shed some light?

To roll back a bit, I have to admit that "I Know Him So Well" completely escaped me when I made the clame for "One Night in Bangkok" to be the last international hit for Benny & Bjorn. But it's a great song, very touching - and it stopped the next entry from hitting the pole position in the UK! Well, in the Gallup charts at least. I first hard it when I saw the video - and for a long time didn't think much of it, just a run of a mill pop-funk, token late New Wave. Still, some songs just need time to grow on you. This one did so and I've changed my mind about it :D

Also, a shout-out for Richard Burgess - a great musical figure of the decade, a man at the forefront of music technology and an immence influence for his co-creation of the famous hexagonal Symmons synth drum and early work with music computers. From this list so far he drummed for Buggles, did computer programming for Visage, produced first two albums by Spandau Ballet and even worked with Adam Ant. He also had more hits after this one - but this is the closest he came to No. 1 in the UK! :( Now almost forgotten but a worthy and notable man who simply must be mentioned. Thank you, Mr Burgess!
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Postby Passing_Strang » Wed May 30, 2018 10:52 pm

60. LOVE & PRIDE by King

Written by: Paul King/Mick Roberts
Produced by: Richard James Burgess
Country of origin: UK
Release date: April 1984

Australia
1 April 1985 - #8 - 15 weeks

Austria
Ö3-Hitparade: 7 April 1985 - #11 - 4 weeks
Der Musikmarkt: 15 April 1985 - #21 - 6 weeks

Belgium
BRT Top 30: 9 March 1985 - #2 - 10 weeks
Belgie Super 30: 9 March 1985 - #3 - 9 weeks

(West) Germany
4 March 1985 - #8 - 13 weeks

Ireland
20 January 1985 - #3 - 9 weeks

Israel
#2

Italy
Musica e Dischi: 4 May 1985 - #15 - 7 weeks
TV Sorrisi e Canzoni: 2 June 1985 - #14 - 18 weeks
RAI Hit Parade: 16 June 1985 - #12 - 5 weeks

The Netherlands
Nationale Hitparade: 23 February 1985 - #2 - 12 weeks
De Nederlandse Top 40: 2 March 1985 - #2 - 12 weeks

New Zealand
19 May 1985 - #24 - 7 weeks

South Africa
5 April 1985 - #7 - 17 weeks

Sweden
Trackslistan: 23 February 1985 - #9 - 4 weeks

Switzerland
17 March 1985 - #3 - 10 weeks

UK
Music Week: 26 May 1984 - #84 - 3 weeks / 5 January 1985 - #2 - 15 weeks
Melody Maker: 19 January 1985 - #1 (2) - 11 weeks
New Musical Express: 19 January 1985 - #1 (1) - 10 weeks

USA
Cash Box: 13 July 1985 - #49 - 14 weeks
Billboard: 20 July 1985 - #55 - 11 weeks

Zimbabwe
27 April 1985 - #15 - 5 weeks
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Postby Gambo » Thu May 31, 2018 12:51 pm

It had to be in here. I still like 'Love And Pride' although thinking about it now it sounded perhaps a little dated even by the time it became a hit; if it had been issued in 1983 it would've sounded more contemporary to my ears and it's odd that it took until Jan '85 to catch-on. Still, a minor observation in the scheme of things that wouldn't have mattered a jot to the band when they were hitting the big time. The saddest aspect of King is that they clearly could play; Paul King had a genuinely-distinctive strong voice, yet 'L & P' stands-out so obviously as their only major hit. It isn't as if their talent for tunesmithery dried-up entirely after that; one of the follow-up singles, the excellent 'Taste Of Your Tears', is possibly a better-composed and less-dated song than 'L & P' but only scraped the Top 20, and their only other top-tenner, 'Alone Without You', was reasonable enough, although very very '1985' in its production and stylisation which I guess didn't help its - or the artist's - longer-term fortunes.

Hear hear on your Richard Burgess comments. 'Einstein-A-Go-Go' is still, after 37 years, one of the very few singles that actually can raise a chuckle every time I listen to it. His contributions are as you say better-known in the field of pioneering electronics and producing other artists' work, but lyrically, he clearly had talent and managed to keep his tongue firmly in his cheek amidst a raft of what were often rather glum-looking self-absorbed image-conscious pop-tarts!
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Postby Robbie » Thu May 31, 2018 2:01 pm

'Love & Pride' by King still sounds like a great song. It hasn't gone down too well on the TOTP 1985 DigitalSpy thread but it still sounds good to me.
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Postby Passing_Strang » Sun Jun 10, 2018 10:37 pm

It may be Summer, but work has its way, as usual, and it's a bit hard to resist :lol: At this rate my planned shedule to end this thread by September may be a little overoptimistic - but we shall see. In the meantime, let's close the sixth ten with one of the biggest hits of the mid 1980s, the one that became a staple of dance music worldwide. Won't say much as its story is already well-known and little can be added.

The main thing is that the name of the band now is not a question - Pete Burns died in 2016 and recently the news came that his musical and business partner Steve Coy passed away :( So to their memory this entry is dedicated.
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Postby Passing_Strang » Sun Jun 10, 2018 10:38 pm

61. YOU SPIN ME ROUND by Dead or Alive

Written by: Dead or Alive (Pete Burns/Steve Coy/Mike Percy/Tim Lever)
Produced by: Pete Waterman (directed by Mike Stock & Matt Aitken)
Country of origin: UK
Release date: November 1984

Australia
18 February 1985 - #3 - 25 weeks

Austria
Der Musikmarkt: 15 April 1985 - #10 - 12 weeks

Belgium
BRT Top 30: 30 March 1985 - #3 - 9 weeks
Belgie Super 30: 30 March 1985 - #3 - 9 weeks

Canada
22 June 1985 - #1 (2) - 23 weeks

France
28 September 1985 - #29 - 10 weeks

(West) Germany
25 March 1985 - #2 - 16 weeks

Ireland
24 February 1985 - #1 (1) - 5 weeks

Israel
#1 (3)

Italy
Musica e Dischi: 24 April 1985 - #2 - 21 weeks
TV Sorrisi e Canzoni: 5 May 1985 - #3 - 25 weeks
RAI Hit Parade: 19 May 1985 - #2 - 19 weeks

Japan
21 June 1985 - #54 - 15 weeks

The Netherlands
Nationale Hitparade: 23 March 1985 - #4 - 9 weeks
De Nederlandse Top 40: 23 March 1985 - #6 - 9 weeks

New Zealand
12 May 1985 - #6 - 15 weeks

Norway
24 April 1985 - #6 - 6 weeks

Poland
9 March 1985 - #6 - 8 weeks

Portugal
25 May 1985 - #6 - 8 weeks

Sweden
Trackslistan: 2 February 1985 - #5 - 8 weeks

Switzerland
7 April 1985 - #1 (3) - 14 weeks

UK
Music Week: 17 November 1984 - #1 (2) - 25 weeks
New Musical Express: 8 December 1984 - #1 (2) - 17 weeks
Melody Maker: 15 December 1984 - #1 (3) - 16 weeks

USA
Billboard: 1 June 1985 - #11 - 18 weeks
Cash Box: 1 June 1985 - #13 - 20 weeks
Radio & Records: 28 June 1985 - #13 - 9 weeks

Zimbabwe
15 June 1985 - #7 - 8 weeks

61.1. You Spin Me Round ('96 remix) by Dead or Alive

Australia
13 October 1996 - #28 - 20 weeks

61.2. You Spin Me Round (2003 mixes) by Dead or Alive

Australia
28 July 2003 - #62 - 3 weeks

Germany
16 June 2003 - #96 - 2 weeks

UK
17 May 2003 - #23 - 3 weeks

61.3. You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) by Dead or Alive

Ireland
16 February 2006 - #26 - 1 week

UK
11 February 2006 - #5 - 11 weeks

61.4. You Spin Me Round by Sally Can Dance

Italy
FIMI: 23 November 2000 - #36 - 1 week

61.5. You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) by Gemini Five

Sweden
22 May 2003 - #19 - 5 weeks

61.6. You Spin Me 'Round by Queer

Norway
11 May 2005 - #3 - 3 weeks

61.7. You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) by Danzel

Belgium
Flemish Ultratop: 18 August 2007 - #32 - 7 weeks
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Postby Robbie » Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:39 am

'You Spin Me Round' set a UK chart record when it reached number 1 in the UK charts as it took the longest time a single to that date had taken to reach the top in one consecutive chart run (14 weeks). The record only lasted a few months as Jennifer Rush beat the record when her single 'The Power Of Love' took 16 weeks to hit the top. The record has since been beaten when Ed Sheeran's 'Thinking Out Loud' hit number 1 on its 19th week on the chart.

As for 'You Spin Me Round', it's a great track. I'd bought the single in December 1984 when it had just started its meandering run below the top 40. At the time the track was being played in every nightclub I went to in Newcastle. It was the first SAW song to hit the top though it wasn't Pete Waterman's first number 1 he had been involved in. That was 'Jealous Mind' by Alvin Stardust, all the way back in 1974. Pete was the A&R guy for Magnet Records at the time and it was he who had signed Alvin to the Magnet Records label.
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Postby Gambo » Mon Jun 11, 2018 3:24 pm

Interesting about Alvin and 'Uncle' Pete! Fascinating fun fact of the day. I have nothing interesting to report on the latter, although the former's son is headmaster of our local grammar school! Not sure whether he's pleased or sad that most kids in his current charge will not have even heard of his old dad, let alone know his music!

I daresay I've pointed this out before, but in terms of "number of weeks on single release before hitting No 1", 'You Spin Me Round' and 'The Power Of Love' both had longer waits to arrive at the peak of their chart performance - the former was I think issued on 5 Nov '84 and so took 17 weeks, and the latter I believe was released on 27 May '85, taking 19 weeks all-told, equalling 'Thinking Out Loud's efforts. Mind you, by my reckoning, technically even that track had been made available in the week before it charted, as I think it had been released on 18 Jun '14 as an 'instant grat' for pre-orders of the parent album 'X' which was released until 23 Jun '14 in the UK, when I assume it became chart-eligible under contemporaneous rules and so made its maiden appearance on 29 Jun at No 26. So on its 19th week on chart it finally made No 1, but it had been available for 20 - well; 19 and a half! None of that pettiness really matters though when one remembers that the key difference with the latter track was that it spent every one of its 19 full weeks on release on the published official chart, and within the Top 40 to boot, and without any regular rotation as a single per se until Oct that year.

'You Spin Me Round' is a classic of its kind; it seems its datedness is what brings it its apparently enduring appeal well into the 21st century, along with the ever-more crazy but colourful lifestyle of Pete Burns, a very noticeable gap in the media scene in general since his untimely demise. I still like it, though listening to any other D or A singles even with the most nostalgic of ears is a bit of a stretch now - 'In Too Deep' is about the only other one I'd bother with!
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Postby anpt » Mon Jun 11, 2018 5:36 pm

--You Spin Me Round

::large number of versions is another sign of success of a song

Indochine - 2008, Thalia - 2002, Jessica Simpson - 2007, Alvin and the Chipmunks - 2009 (those didn't chart)

::samples important for the success of a song

"Begin to Spin Me Round" Dannii Minogue - 2003 (top 40 in germany)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXJ2fMDh-_M

"Right Round" Flo Rida - 2009
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcCw1ggftuQ

--Neverending Story

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E-girls_discography - 2013 (Top 10 / Japan)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1qs_rqdBNE

--True

Set Adrift (...)

--Break My Stride

No Te Preocupes - El Simbolo (1994)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNxj0lbtZKA

Can't Nobody Hold Me Down - Puff Daddy (1997)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can%27t_N ... ld_Me_Down

Jerusalém - Matisyahu (2006)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerusalem ... omes_Light)

--Somebody's Watching Me

DJ BoBo version: "Somebody Dance With Me (The single peaked at #1 in Portugal, Sweden and Switzerland, #3 in Austria, Netherlands and Norway, at #4 in Germany and #13 in Austrália)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAnmLLRphqo

Beatfreakz version [Top 10 hit in Belgium, Finland, Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lh8_4qqX5bo

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Postby Passing_Strang » Fri Jun 22, 2018 3:20 pm

anpt, thank you for all these versions - when I have more time I'll look further into them and add what I'll find to correspronding entries :D

"You Spin Me Round"'s long chart run may, I guess, be attributed to "Frankie effect" of issuing different mixes of a song from time to time - I seem to remember there were at least three 12" mixes available (nothing compared to Frankie, of course, or at least one future lister, but still). First signs of a now commonplace practice.

Next one is the first and biggest (at least at home) hit by the band that seems to be a bigger deal across the Atlantic - while in the UK they were, as I understand, always looked upon as late contenders to the "duo with synths" game and never had much respect (I may be wrong but just don't see their name mentioned with any sort of approval - even in "Smash Hits" of the day!). Still, a great dance song is nothing to sneeze at :D
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Postby Passing_Strang » Fri Jun 22, 2018 3:24 pm

62. WE CLOSE OUR EYES by Go West

Written by: Peter Cox/Richard Drummie
Produced by: Gary Stevenson
Country of origin: UK
Release date: February 1985

Australia
6 May 1985 - #8 - 18 weeks

Belgium
Belgie Super 30: 13 April 1985 - #11 - 6 weeks
BRT Top 30: 20 April 1985 - #13 - 6 weeks

Canada
16 March 1985 - #95 - 8 weeks

France
TMP France: 2 June 1985 - #39 - 12 weeks

(West) Germany
6 May 1985 - #14 - 15 weeks

Ireland
17 March 1985 - #11 - 7 weeks

Israel
#8

Italy
Musica e Dischi: 20 April 1985 - #6 - 16 weeks
TV Sorrisi e Canzoni: 19 May 1985 - #10 - 13 weeks
RAI Hit Parade: 7 July 1985 - #19 - 2 weeks

The Netherlands
De Nederlandse Top 40: 6 April 1985 - #22 - 6 weeks
Nationale Hitparade: 13 April 1985 - #22 - 5 weeks

New Zealand
2 June 1985 - #4 - 17 weeks

Poland
8 June 1985 - #31 - 6 weeks

Portugal
7 May 1985 - #12 - 6 weeks

Sweden
Trackslistan: 20 April 1985 - #5 - 7 weeks

Switzerland
12 May 1985 - #19 - 5 weeks

UK
Music Week: 23 February 1985 - #5 - 14 weeks
Melody Maker: 9 March 1985 - #5 - 10 weeks
New Musical Express: 9 March 1985 - #5 - 10 weeks

USA
Billboard: 23 February 1985 - #41 - 15 weeks
Cash Box: 2 March 1985 - #33 - 13 weeks

Zimbabwe
30 November 1985 - #5 - 9 weeks

62.1. WE CLOSE OUR EYES '93 by Go West

UK
4 December 1993 - #40 - 3 weeks

62.2. We Close Our Eyes by Groove Cutters

The Netherlands
Mega Top 100: 7 May 2005 - #69 - 3 weeks
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Postby Robbie » Fri Jun 22, 2018 7:44 pm

I do like 'We Close Our Eyes' by Go West. I could have seen them live back in February 1985 but the snow stopped me! I had tickets for the UK TV show The Tube which was broadcast from Newcastle late on a Friday afternoon and was all set to go - when we had the biggest snowfall you'll ever see. The buses went off the road and by the time I got to the old Tyne Tees studios on City Road in Newcastle the programme was already halfway through. So I went to the pub instead ;)
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