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

Moderators: AutomaticBR, kingofskiffle, Wayne, arab

 

Postby Passing_Strang » Tue Aug 15, 2017 5:57 pm

Spotify list will be an interesting idea, actually, I like it. Haven't though of listening to these songs in order - and now wonder what it'd be like :D Although my choices are a bit on a certain side while the charts, especially in the early 1980s, were wonderfully eclectic and I don't know if my list reflects that in any way... Still, nice idea!

Now finally one of my all-time faves - and ultra-modern sound for its time! :D
Passing_Strang
Roadie
 
Posts: 448
Joined: Mon Oct 31, 2005
Location: Russia

Postby Passing_Strang » Tue Aug 15, 2017 6:14 pm

6. FADE TO GREY by Visage

Written by: Billy Currie/Chris Payne/Midge Ure
Produced by: Visage & Midge Ure
Country of origin: UK
Release date: 10 November 1980

Australia
6 April 1981 - #6 - 19 weeks

Austria
Ö3-Hitparade: 29 March 1981 - #4 - 14 weeks
Der Musikmarkt: 1 April 1981 - #3 - 16 weeks

Belgium
14 February 1981 - #4 - 10 weeks

Denmark
1 May 1981 - #4 - 16 weeks

France
Infodisc: 2 January 1981 - #3 - 36 weeks
TMP France Top 40: 15 March 1981 - #1 (7) - 27 weeks
Top France: 18 April 1981 - #2 - 16 weeks

(West) Germany
23 February 1981 - #1 (7) - 30 weeks

Iceland
20 February 1981 - #6 - 1 week

Ireland
1 February 1981 - #7 - 5 weeks

Israel
2 February 1981 - #6 - 13 weeks

Italy
RAI Hit Parade: 9 August 1981 - #4 - 18 weeks
Musica e Dischi: 22 August 1981 - #6 - 15 weeks
TV Sorrisi e Canzoni: 30 August 1981 - #8 - 19 weeks

The Netherlands
De Nederlandse Top 40: 31 January 1981 - #22 - 6 weeks
Nationale Hitparade: 14 February 1981 - #24 - 5 weeks

New Zealand
29 March 1981 - #10 - 16 weeks

Spain
18 July 1981 - #25 - 4 weeks

Sweden
10 April 1981 - #12 - 8 weeks

Switzerland
DRS Hitparade: 8 March 1981 - #1 (2) - 12 weeks
Der Musikmarkt: 1 April 1981 - #2 - 12 weeks

UK
Record Business: 15 December 1980 - #7 - 16 weeks
Music Week: 20 December 1980 - #8 - 15 weeks
Melody Maker: 17 January 1981 - #4 - 8 weeks
New Musical Express: 24 January 1981 - #7 - 8 weeks

6.1. FADE TO GREY '93 by Visage

UK
28 August 1993 - #39 - 2 weeks

6.2. Fade to Grey by Datura feat. Steve Strange

Israel
1994 - #7

Italy
Musica e Dischi: 5 February 1994 - #4 - 15 weeks
TV Sorrisi e Canzoni: 27 February 1994 - #5 - 3 weeks
RAI Hit-Parade: ?

6.3. Fade to Grey by Mark 'Oh

Austria
15 September 1996 - #24 - 7 weeks

Finland
25 August 1996 - #20 - 2 weeks

Germany
26 August 1996 - #11 - 9 weeks

The Netherlands
Mega Top 100: 12 October 1996 - #24 - 5 weeks
De Nederlandse Top 40: ? October 1996 - #35 - 2 weeks

Sweden
6 September 1996 - #45 - 4 weeks

Switzerland
1 September 1996 - #15 - 4 weeks

6.4. Fade to Grey by The F.O.G. feat. Marvine G.

France
4 April 2004 - #55 - 8 weeks
Last edited by Passing_Strang on Sat Sep 02, 2017 8:05 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Passing_Strang
Roadie
 
Posts: 448
Joined: Mon Oct 31, 2005
Location: Russia

Postby trebor » Tue Aug 15, 2017 6:49 pm

Datura Featuring Steve Strange
Italy: RAI Hit-Parade: ?

If i'm not totally mistaken the last RAI charts compiled by AGB-Nielsen went on air either the last week of 1993 or first week of 1994. The charts from Musica & Dischi were used henceforth until everything disintegrated again.
User avatar
trebor
Legend
 
Posts: 10018
Joined: Fri Aug 01, 2014

Postby Robbie » Tue Aug 15, 2017 8:02 pm

I bought all Visage's singles and 'Fade To Grey' is an excellent record. I'm not sure if you know but the lyrics sung in French are a translation of the English lyrics. The video is great too.
User avatar
Robbie
Manager
 
Posts: 4805
Joined: Sun Aug 26, 2001
Location: Newcastle

Postby Jerz » Wed Aug 16, 2017 9:09 am

I cannot find the website of Oricon chart from 1967. As well as Zimbabwe chart website.

If you find the Oricon chart links, then tell you.
If you find the Zimbabwe chart links, then tell you.
Jerz
Groupie
 
Posts: 49
Joined: Sun Jun 18, 2017

Postby Passing_Strang » Thu Aug 17, 2017 7:45 pm

Jerz, if I understood correctly what you want, then Zimbabwe chart book isn't on the net. I have it photocopied. If you need info from it there a thread on this forum where one kind UKMix member posts chart information.

As for Oricon charts, I've read there is at least one site but it's in Japanese. Again, there is a thread on UKMix where you can ask for chart info.

Hope this helps!

Trebor, thank you for clarification! I find it somewhat strange that Italy waited so long to have it's official chart when every other EU country had one (and, in some cases, even cancelled them :D ). You kind of expect the 1990s chart info to be from one source, not from two or three.

Robbie, Visage is one of my favourite bands/projects so it was a pleasure to trace their chart achievents. Alas, aside from FTG there weren't many - while I expected more hits in more countries than it turned out eventually. It's interesting how one song can overshadow an interesting carrier and even become a bit of a curse.

Most of all I feel sorry for poor Steve, left out of authorship and struggling for life financially. That's sad, such a colourful individual deserved kinder fate...
Passing_Strang
Roadie
 
Posts: 448
Joined: Mon Oct 31, 2005
Location: Russia

Postby Passing_Strang » Thu Aug 17, 2017 7:58 pm

Guys, I actually would like to know what you think about the layout of the chart info - is it alright or should I change something? I just had a thought - maybe I should present chart info not by countries in alphabetical order but in chronological order by dates the song charted? I think, it'd show song's progress more clearer - what do you think?

Any thoughts and suggestions are appreciated!
Passing_Strang
Roadie
 
Posts: 448
Joined: Mon Oct 31, 2005
Location: Russia

Postby Robbie » Thu Aug 17, 2017 9:51 pm

Passing_Strang wrote:Guys, I actually would like to know what you think about the layout of the chart info - is it alright or should I change something? I just had a thought - maybe I should present chart info not by countries in alphabetical order but in chronological order by dates the song charted? I think, it'd show song's progress more clearer - what do you think?

Any thoughts and suggestions are appreciated!
I'm quite happy with the way you have presented the chart info (alphabetical by country) as it makes it easier to look up how a record performed in each territory but if other posters prefer it to be in chronological order then that wouldn't be a problem.

One feature I'd like you to add is a list of every record you feature in this thread. It's too late to add in a post so could you possibly just edit, say, post number 3 as you add each record? It will also make it easier for me to assemble a Spotify playlist if I decide to go ahead and make one.
User avatar
Robbie
Manager
 
Posts: 4805
Joined: Sun Aug 26, 2001
Location: Newcastle

Postby trebor » Thu Aug 17, 2017 10:21 pm

passing-strang wrote:Guys, I actually would like to know what you think about the layout of the chart info - is it alright or should I change something? I just had a thought - maybe I should present chart info not by countries in alphabetical order but in chronological order by dates the song charted? I think, it'd show song's progress more clearer - what do you think?

Any thoughts and suggestions are appreciated!
Agree with Robbie. It's fine as it is.
Don't forget that the records did not have a global release date and were usually marketed in staggered steps. I understand that you want to show the crossing border effect; so it would not be very telling. (Just my opinion, of course)

PS Trust you will feature the isolated Italian phenomenon of French band Rockets. Came across one track that did make the Swiss chart (when I was compiling the archive thread) and since then I have added them to my playlist; very ahead of their time, unique and never charted in their home land.
User avatar
trebor
Legend
 
Posts: 10018
Joined: Fri Aug 01, 2014

Postby Gambo » Fri Aug 18, 2017 4:09 pm

Yes; happy with this presentation and as I predicted, even happier with the song choices!

Visage's 'Fade To Grey' was one of my earliest favourite singles and still love listening to its distinctive sound and compelling melody today. The follow-ups were all good too - especially the eponymous 'Visage' - but as you say, none quite made the commercial impact of the forerunner. I relish things like this, produced in an era when people were still dancing to properly-crafted songs, which favoured not just rhythm but melody and lyrical literacy, as opposed to the slabs of bass-heavy, repetitive and simplistic headbangers that dominate the modern club scene today and have done since the end of the eighties. As you say PassingStrang, so sad about Steve, but nobody could say he didn't live his life to the absolute full when he was younger - plainly his excesses marred and ultimately curtailed his life, but is it better to have lived like him for 50-odd years, or like so many of us, could end up sputtering-out at 90-something but having barely made a mark in the world?!

Keep up the good work!
Gambo
Manager
 
Posts: 1115
Joined: Tue Aug 08, 2006
Location: Croydon

Postby Passing_Strang » Fri Aug 18, 2017 10:48 pm

Thanks for your replies!

Robbie, I'll do the list - haven't forgotten, just think I'll reach the first 10 songs and the list will appear on the first page :)

Trebor, I know about Rockets and happen to like them very much. For some reason they were a real phenomenon in the former USSR - without a single officially released record! - and even still have a fanbase here. Strange that they only had success in Italy - I thought them to be much more popular (well, at least in France too...). What song did chart in Switzerland? That's a nice surprise for me.

Gambo, I agree with what you think about modern dance stuff - most of it cannot really be called music as such. I try to be open-minded and like a few of headbangers (like that much-hyped Darude track, for example :D ), but the art of creating electronic dance music - songs not tracks - seems to be extinct (in the mainstream, at least). Strange that "Fade to Grey" is regarded as influential song, with numerous remixes and covers - but where is it's influence exactly when from the songwriting point of view it simply tramples 90% of club stuff (and that's a generous percentage)? Sad state of affairs for what once the music of the future...

As for short life vs long life I think I'd prefer the latter one, even if it comes without any serious contribution to history. Though I guess 10 years earlier I'd have answered differently :D
Passing_Strang
Roadie
 
Posts: 448
Joined: Mon Oct 31, 2005
Location: Russia

Postby Passing_Strang » Fri Aug 18, 2017 10:54 pm

So, the next installment is perhaps the biggest international hit of 1981. It can be seen as a mainstream song but is actually influenced by then-fashionable New Romantic movement as can readily be seen in the video directed by the legendary Russell Mulcahy and taking cues from the video to the near hit "Guilty" by Classix Nouveaux. As for the singer herself, she certainly took "New Music" to heart noting records by Ultravox, Duran Duran etc as her favourites of the year, and her 1982 album is one of the first by US mainstream artists to use that New Wave/Synth template. Briefly a superstar, unfortunately it didn't turn out great for her, which I think is a shame.
Passing_Strang
Roadie
 
Posts: 448
Joined: Mon Oct 31, 2005
Location: Russia

Postby trebor » Fri Aug 18, 2017 11:06 pm

Passing_Strang wrote:What song did chart in Switzerland?
Well, I double checked and it did not quite make the chart (sorry about that); but was featured in the "hot new releases section"; and since it was sponsored it was not a real "Bubbling Under" list. (Apologies)

Rockets: "Galactica" (1980) [Galaxy]

ImageImage

USSR: That's very interesting, indeed! (Very off topic, but there should be a topic for music and artists from the former Soviet Union, especially all indie and "undeground")
Last edited by trebor on Fri Aug 18, 2017 11:26 pm, edited 1 time in total.
User avatar
trebor
Legend
 
Posts: 10018
Joined: Fri Aug 01, 2014

Postby Passing_Strang » Fri Aug 18, 2017 11:11 pm

7. BETTE DAVIES EYES by Kim Carnes

Written by: Donna Weiss, Jackie DeShannon
Produced by: Val Garay
Country of origin: USA
Release date: March 1981

Australia
18 May 1981 - #1 (5) - 20 weeks

Austria
Ö3-Hitparade: 14 June 1981 - #2 - 8 weeks
Der Musikmarkt: 1 July 1981 - #2 - 14 weeks

Belgium
16 May 1981 - #6 - 10 weeks

Canada
25 April 1981 - #2 - 22 weeks

Denmark
10 July 1981 - #4 - 17 weeks
3 August 2007 - #14 - 1 week

Finland
June 1981 - #1 (4) - 22 weeks

France
Infodisc: 1 May 1981 - #1 (11) - 43 weeks
TMP France Top 100: 3 May 1981 - #1 (5) - 30 weeks
Top France: 27 June 1981 - #1 (3) - 18 weeks

(West) Germany
8 June 1981 - #1 (7) - 27 weeks

Iceland
12 June 1981 - #10 - 1 week

Ireland
17 May 1981 - #5 - 6 weeks
12 June 1997 - #21 - 3 weeks (reissue)

Israel
15 June 1981 - #1 (3) - 17 weeks

Italy
Musica e Dischi: 18 July 1981 - #1 (6) - 29 weeks
TV Sorrisi e Canzoni: 2 August 1981 - #1 (2) - 29 weeks
RAI Hit Parade: 30 August 1981 - #1 (3) - 25 weeks

Japan
Oricon: 21 June 1981 - #34 - 16 weeks
All Japan Pop 20: #1 (1) - 30 weeks

The Netherlands
Nationale Hitparade: 2 May 1981 - #17 - 12 weeks
De Nederlandse Top 40: 16 May 1981 - #16 - 8 weeks

New Zealand
24 May 1981 - #2 - 21 weeks

Norway
17 June 1981 - #1 (1) - 15 weeks

Portugal
August 1981 - #1 - 30 weeks

South Africa
19 June 1981 - #1 (6) - 16 weeks

Spain
1 August 1981 - #1 (1) - 23 weeks

Sweden
22 May 1981 - #4 - 18 weeks

Switzerland
DRS Hitparade: 28 June 1981 - #1 (7) - 12 weeks
Der Musikmarkt: 15 July 1981 - #1 (4) - 12 weeks

UK
Music Week: 9 May 1981 - #10 - 9 weeks
Melody Maker: 16 May 1981 - #6 - 6 weeks
New Musical Express: 16 May 1981 - #7 - 6 weeks

USA
Billboard: 28 March 1981 - #1 (9) - 26 weeks
Cash Box: 28 March 1981 - #1 (5) - 27 weeks
Record World: 28 March 1981 - #1 (5) - 29 weeks
Radio & Records: 3 April 1981 - #1 (5) - 16 weeks

Zimbabwe
22 August 1981 - #1 (9) - 23 weeks

7.1. BETTE DAVIES EYES 2002 by Kim Carnes

Austria
23 June 2002 - #67 - 4 weeks

7.2. Bette Davis Eyes by Gwyneth Paltrow

Australia
8 April 2001 - #3 - 14 weeks

7.3. Bette Davis Eyes by John Otti Band

Austria
27 January 2002 - #47 - 4 weeks

7.4. Bette Davis Eyes by Dean Ray

Australia
2 November 2014 - #33 - 1 week
Last edited by Passing_Strang on Sat Sep 02, 2017 8:10 pm, edited 4 times in total.
Passing_Strang
Roadie
 
Posts: 448
Joined: Mon Oct 31, 2005
Location: Russia

Postby Jerz » Sat Aug 19, 2017 9:40 pm

I knew that Kim Carnes, believe it or not, had multiple Top 40 hits in Billboard Hot 100. Before ''Bette Davis Eyes'', she had a Top Ten song ''More Love'' in 1980 and a country duet with Kenny Rogers called ''Don't Fall in Love with a Dreamer'' in the same year. I don't know if she's a country singer when in 1978, her duet with Gene Cotton became her first Top 40 hit and I think she was the country singer from the late 1960s to mid-1980s. After that, she had more Top 40 hits including trio called ''What About Me'' with Kenny Rogers (again) and James Ingram. Her final Top 40 hit was ''Crazy in the Night (Barking at Airplanes)'' in 1985. She remain active in music up to now because she began in 1967 (50 years ago).

Is Kim Carnes had only a hit in Japan?

Another question, why ''Turning Japanese'' by The Vapors did not put in this list because of their only Top 40 hit in the US? Isn't a new wave? Is it a rock?
Jerz
Groupie
 
Posts: 49
Joined: Sun Jun 18, 2017

Postby Passing_Strang » Sat Aug 19, 2017 11:34 pm

Good points. There will be artists in my list that had prolonged carriers, sometimes with multiple hits - but I include them because they have one hit that's so big and left such a lasting impression that it practically overshadowed their carrier. Especially in other countries, apart from their homeland. Kim Carnes fits this criteria perfectly. I don't mean any disrespect to her (or other artists), it's just how things are, unfortunately.

Yes, she had only this hit in Japan - and the parent album was her only charting long play there.

As for Vapors - and many other New Wave bands - I couldn't include them because of low number of countries they charted in. If you check the first post of this thread, I have drawn the line at 11 or more countries for the song to chart in. These guys simply don't count so many (I have info for six or seven), so as much as I actually like their hit, they're out. Many of my favourites from that era are like that - Echo Beach, Oh Superman, Money, Are Friends Electric, Drowning in Berlin, Ever So Lonely...
Passing_Strang
Roadie
 
Posts: 448
Joined: Mon Oct 31, 2005
Location: Russia

Postby Robbie » Sun Aug 20, 2017 9:12 am

'Bette Davis Eyes' by Kim Carnes is another great single. I had first heard of Kim back in 1978 when she charted in a duet with Gene Cotton on the Billboard Hot 100 during the summer of that year. She seemed to be carving out a career recording middle of the road, country twinged, songs so it was a massive surprise when I first heard 'Bette Davis Eyes'. The single was an immediate hit in the UK and looked set for at least being a top 5 hit when it inexplicably and suddenly ran out of steam. Its chart run at first suggested a massive hit: 51-20-10. It then stalled at number 10 the following week, dropped to 11 and was soon off the charts. I'm still not sure what happened there.

I quite liked the follow up, 'Draw Of The Cards, which was a decent sized UK radio hit but it fell short of the top 40 (peaking at number 49). Apart from one minor hit in 1982 that was it for Kim on the UK charts. She continued to chart in the US until 1986 with varying degrees of success - a mixture of some records making the top 40 and some that fell short - but 'Bette Davis Eyes' overshadows everything else she ever did.
User avatar
Robbie
Manager
 
Posts: 4805
Joined: Sun Aug 26, 2001
Location: Newcastle

Postby Passing_Strang » Sun Aug 20, 2017 8:06 pm

My fave from Kim Carnes is "Voyeur" - the song just pushes all the right buttons with me, which I find surprising from the artist considered to be mainstream, previously even associated with country! I just love this TV appearance - just perfect, even more so than the actual video for the song. The only thing this song lacks is those syndrum hits that were on every other record in the early 1980s - otherwise perfect! :D I wish I'd be a bigger hit - and sustain her carrier for longer...

Now for a couple of entries more we seem to be on a female roll, if I may put it like that - and the next entry may be a bit of a surprise, a "credibility out of the window" moment :D But what seems to written out of history is that it were as much these records as the likes of Visage etc, that drove the synthesizer revolution - and arguably were sometimes more successful in bringing the "new sound" into households around the world (not being actually labeled as this "new sound", of course, which didn't hurt), contributing to changes in the public tastes.

And speaking of success, it's one of the most widespread on my whole list, missing out only in a couple of countries (like USA, which were ever-resistant to outside fashions at that stage). So let's welcome:
Passing_Strang
Roadie
 
Posts: 448
Joined: Mon Oct 31, 2005
Location: Russia

Postby Passing_Strang » Sun Aug 20, 2017 8:14 pm

8. JAPANESE BOY by Aneka

Written by: Bobby Heatlie
Produced by: Neil Ross
Country of origin: UK
Release date: July 1981

Australia
23 November 1981 - #57 - 17 weeks

Austria
Ö3-Hitparade: 11 October 1981 - #4 - 10 weeks
Der Musikmarkt: 1 November 1981 - #4 - 14 weeks

Belgium
12 September 1981 - #1 (2) - 10 weeks

Canada
13 February 1982 - #42 - 6 weeks

Denmark
6 November 1981 - #1 (4) - 16 weeks

Finland
September 1981 - #1 (4) - 26 weeks

France
Infodisc: 4 September 1981 - #4 - 24 weeks
TMP France Top 100: 6 September 1981 - #1 (4) - 24 weeks
Top France: 10 October 1981 - #2 - 14 weeks

(West) Germany
14 September 1981 - #3 - 24 weeks

Iceland
11 September 1981 - #1 (2) - 12 weeks

Ireland
30 August 1981 - #1 (1) - 6 weeks

Israel
28 September - #2 - 11 weeks

Italy
Musica e Dischi: 5 December 1981 - #18 - 7 weeks
TV Sorrisi e Canzoni: 27 December 1981 - #18 - 17 weeks
RAI Hit Parade: 7 February 1982 - #12 - 4 weeks

The Netherlands
Nationale Hitparade: 29 August 1981 - #7 - 9 weeks
De Nederlandse Top 40: 29 August 1981 - #7 - 7 weeks

Norway
14 October 1981 - #4 - 13 weeks

Portugal
January 1982 - #5 - 16 weeks

South Africa
12 December 1981 - #19 - 1 week

Spain
20 February 1982 - #17 - 8 weeks

Sweden
25 September 1981 - #1 (2) - 20 weeks

Switzerland
DRS Hitparade: 11 October 1981 - #1 (5) - 11 weeks
Der Musikmarkt: 1 November 1981 - #1 (6) - 12 weeks

UK
Music Week: 8 August 1981 - #1 (1) - 12 weeks
Melody Maker: 15 August 1981 - #1 (1) - 8 weeks
New Musical Express: 15 August 1981 - #1 (1) - 8 weeks
Record Business: 17 August 1981 - #2 - 9 weeks

Zimbabwe
19 December 1981 - #2 - 19 weeks

8.1. Japanese Boy by Andrea Jurgens

(West) Germany
30 November 1981 - #9 - 12 weeks (sung in German)

8.2. Japanese Boy by Shanadoo

Germany
19 October 2007 - #23 - 9 weeks

8.3. Japanese Boy by Sahara Hotnights

Sweden
10 April 2009 - #51 - 3 weeks
Last edited by Passing_Strang on Sat Sep 02, 2017 8:14 pm, edited 3 times in total.
Passing_Strang
Roadie
 
Posts: 448
Joined: Mon Oct 31, 2005
Location: Russia

Postby Robbie » Sun Aug 20, 2017 9:21 pm

I have to start my reply by saying that I bought 'Japanese Boy'... but within a fortnight of buying it I'd gone off the song and never played it again! In my defence I was buying about half a dozen or so singles each week at the time so sometimes I bought a single on impulse, This was one of them!

If my memory is right - and these days it's not like it was in 1981! - I'm sure I bought it at the same time as I bought 'Tainted Love' by Soft Cell. Both were UK number 1s and indeed Soft Cell replaced Aneka at the top but only one has stood the test of time...
User avatar
Robbie
Manager
 
Posts: 4805
Joined: Sun Aug 26, 2001
Location: Newcastle

Postby Gambo » Mon Aug 21, 2017 12:19 pm

You will be correct Robbie (you always are!), but of course chart reference sources bear it out as 'Tainted Love' and 'Japanese Boy' both entered the UK Top 75 within two weeks of each other. Despite being very young, I remember this period especially vividly, as it was in July 1981 that I began recording off the weekly Top 40 show regularly, having only dipped in/out previously. The parents had just bought a new 'music centre' which my dear old dad spent a whole day assembling (it wasn't difficult; he was just useless at anything practical like that!). One of those with a glass door and storage underneath for one's vinyl LPs. Only single-deck cassette, but with those groovy needles indicating rec level! In shiny silver, natch. Mum suggested I start recording instead of just listening and so that was it - a habit that on and off stayed with me right up to the late 1990s until the show, chart turnover and the kinds of music riding high in it put paid to it for good. But it saved me a huge amount of money that I basically didn't have on buying singles in the main, as the recordings from radio were - with the arrival of FM certainly - pretty good quality and mostly were played in full, at least in their debut week. I only ever asked for a single, or in later years went to buy one myself, if the recording from the Top 40 was poor quality. Such a cheapskate!

But hit records like the two above, alongside 'Girls On Film', 'Hand Held In Black And White', 'I Don't Need This Pressure On', 'Visage', 'New Life', 'Hold On Tight', 'Love Action', 'One In Ten', 'The Thin Wall' and various others really stand out as the genesis of this dedication to the charts for me. And I would still listen to all of them today, whatever their contrasting musical merits - and yes, that includes Aneka, if only for sheer nostalgia for my lost childhood!
Gambo
Manager
 
Posts: 1115
Joined: Tue Aug 08, 2006
Location: Croydon

Postby Passing_Strang » Tue Aug 22, 2017 7:46 pm

Love you recollections, guys - especially as a person who only discovered those songs in this century and not when they came out. Sometimes I wonder what it was like to hear that stuff for the first time in context, what feelings did those sounds bring about. Must've been a real revelation-like stuff :D

Now I had to bend an order a bit to group female-sung songs together (why did I feel the need to do that God knows!), so the next one is another UK No. 1 and another one-hit wonder even in their home country (though that certainly can't be said for the male part of that duo who had a few other hits separately!). But not once I've read that this version finally did the song justice mood- and content-wise, something the original somehow failed to do.
Passing_Strang
Roadie
 
Posts: 448
Joined: Mon Oct 31, 2005
Location: Russia

Postby Passing_Strang » Tue Aug 22, 2017 7:55 pm

9. IT'S MY PARTY by Dave Stewart with Barbara Gaskin

Written by: Wally Gold, John Gluck Jr, Herb Weiner
Produced by: Dave Stewart
Country of origin: UK
Release date: 28 August 1981

Australia
30 November 1981 - #4 - 19 weeks

Austria
Ö3-Hitparade: 22 November 1981 - #2 - 14 weeks
Der Musikmarkt: 1 January 1982 - #3 - 14 weeks

Belgium
21 November 1981 - #11 - 6 weeks

Canada
13 February 1982 - #13 - 12 weeks

Denmark
12 February 1982 - #3 - 12 weeks

(West) Germany
23 November 1981 - #3 - 23 weeks

Iceland
23 October 1981 - #1 (3) - 5 weeks

Ireland
4 October 1981 - #1 (4) - 8 weeks

Israel
26 October 1981 - #8 - 6 weeks

The Netherlands
Nationale Hitparade: 7 November 1981 - #26 - 6 weeks
De Nederlandse Top 40: 14 November 1981 - #20 - 6 weeks

New Zealand
17 January 1982 - #1 (1) - 14 weeks

South Africa
14 November 1981 - #3 - 13 weeks

Spain
27 March 1982 - #24 - 15 weeks

Switzerland
DRS Hitparade: 27 December 1981 - #6 - 8 weeks
Der Musikmarkt: 15 January 1982 - #6 - 8 weeks

UK
Music Week: 19 September 1981 - #1 (4) - 13 weeks
Record Business: 26 September 1981 - #1 (3) - 14 weeks
Melody Maker: 3 October 1981 - #1 (3) - 9 weeks
New Musical Express: 10 October 1981 - #1 (2) - 8 weeks

USA
Cash Box: 5 December 1981 - #85 - 9 weeks
Billboard: 19 December 1981 - #72 - 8 weeks
Record World: 19 December 1981 - #110 - 13 weeks

Zimbabwe
30 January 1982 - #4 - 9 weeks
Last edited by Passing_Strang on Wed Aug 23, 2017 9:14 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Passing_Strang
Roadie
 
Posts: 448
Joined: Mon Oct 31, 2005
Location: Russia

Postby Robbie » Tue Aug 22, 2017 10:34 pm

'It's My Party' is another record that I bought at the time. I still like the song but it's very much of its time, even if at the time it sounded like nothing else out there! It's the production style and early 80s synths that dates it.

One interesting fact: on the UK BMRB / Music Week chart dated 7 November 1981, the last week at the top for 'It's My Party' the record was number 1 by the smallest of margins. In what was the closest battle for the top of any week in the 1980s, 'It's My Party' outsold 'Happy Birthday' by Altered Images by 1 chart panel sale. The way the charts were compiled back then (and indeed until March 1997) saw sales in shops that were sampled distilled down to sales in a hypothetical panel of 250 record shops (this was to maintain the ability to compare sales across the years as in the first few years of the BMRB chart sales from 250 record shops out of a panel of 300 chart return shops were used, by 1981 the amount of shops providing sales data was larger). For anyone who wanted to convert panel sales into estimated total sales in the entire market a multiplier was used. In 1981 this multiplier was said (in a post made a few years ago by Dave Taylor) to be only 10 which means that at a best estimate 'It's My Party' was number 1 by about 10 sales at the most with both records selling about 93,000 copies that week. And allowing for a margin of error, which was usually +/- 5% either record could have been the real best seller in the UK that week. In the end the chart books show that 'Happy Birthday' was never an official number 1.

Another fact: both Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin had previously been members of the influential rock group Hatfield and the North in the mid 1970s. The group took its name from a famous road sign on the A1 road that runs from London to Edinburgh and which runs through Hatfield to the north (including Newcastle where I live!). Both are still performing to this day, often as a duet, other times as solo acts.
User avatar
Robbie
Manager
 
Posts: 4805
Joined: Sun Aug 26, 2001
Location: Newcastle

Postby Passing_Strang » Thu Aug 24, 2017 10:58 pm

Robbie, thank you for this fascinating story! Never knew records could be so close at the top. Indeed, Altered Images topped every other chart so the race must've been pretty close. Which takes me back to Vienna vs Shaddap You Face case - is it known how big was the latter's lead? Still find it very strange that Ultravox didn't manage to sneak out even one week at the top, given how they topped other charts and eventually outsold their rival quite considerably.

Also strange that there was never such a thing as joint No. 1 in singles chart in case of such close battle - whereas I remember ABC and Kids from Fame sharing No. 1 in the LP list for a week in 1982. Surely wouldn't have hurt to award the top position to two acts...

Now just had a thought - France never had an official chart until late 1984. So I have chart info on songs from various sources. The one I use, Top France, seems to be the "legit" retrospective chart backed by authority - but there are others like Infodisc or TMP Top 100. What do you think - should I stick only to Top France or present all sources? Top France is only a Top 20 and lots of songs will lose their French info without it. So should I add those mentioned sources or not? :D
Last edited by Passing_Strang on Thu Aug 31, 2017 9:42 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Passing_Strang
Roadie
 
Posts: 448
Joined: Mon Oct 31, 2005
Location: Russia

Return to Chart Analysis