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

Moderator: kingofskiffle

 

Postby Robbie » Fri Aug 25, 2017 8:38 am

Passing_Strang wrote: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...
The poster Gezza at Haven once posted a number of threads of top 10 sales in the 1980s. The sales were estimates based on the BMRB / Gallup chart panel sales from the time and which applied the relevant multipliers in use at the time. Sales were rounded to the nearest thousand.

The following might interest you!

14 February 1981

1- WOMAN- John Lennon (130,000)
2- VIENNA- Ultravox (93,000)
3- SHADDAP YOU FACE- Joe Dolce Musical Theatre (92,000)

21 February 1981

1- SHADDAP YOU FACE- Joe Dolce Musical Theatre (126,000)
2- VIENNA- Ultravox (124,000)
3- WOMAN- John Lennon (82,000)

28 February 1981

1- SHADDAP YOU FACE- Joe Dolce Musical Theatre (154,000)
2- VIENNA- Ultravox (104,000)
3- I SURRENDER- Rainbow (84,000)

7 March 1981

1- SHADDAP YOU FACE- Joe Dolce Musical Theatre (138,000)
2- VIENNA- Ultravox (89,000)
3- JEALOUS GUY- Roxy Music (86,000)

14 March 1981

1- JEALOUS GUY- Roxy Music (122,000)
2- KINGS OF THE WILD FRONTIER- Adam & The Ants (114,000)
3- SHADDAP YOU FACE- Joe Dolce Musical Theatre (113,000)
4- VIENNA- Ultravox (62,000)
5- DO THE HUCKLEBUCK- Coast To Coast (57,000)

So Vienna was close to being number 1 on the chart dated 21 February 1981 but in every other week it was at number 2 it was well beaten...

and that chart from 7 November 1981, for 'It's My Party' and 'Happy Birthday'...

1- IT’S MY PARTY- David Stewart & Barbara Gaskin (93,000)
2- HAPPY BIRTHDAY- Altered Images (93,000)
3- EVERY LITTLE THING SHE DOES IS MAGIC- The Police (73,000)
4- LABELLED WITH LOVE- Squeeze (71,000)
5- WHEN SHE WAS MY GIRL- Four Tops (66,000)
6- GOOD YEAR FOR THE ROSES- Elvis Costello (58,000)
7- JOAN OF ARC- O.M.D (58,000)
8- ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS- The Jam (56,000)
9- THE BIRDIE SONG (THE BIRDIE DANCE)- The Tweets (53,000)
10- OPEN YOUR HEART- Human League (53,000)

but as I have posted, 'It's My Party' was number 1 by about 10 sales.

Joint positions were allowed under both BMRB and Gallup (until some point in 1987 and then again from 1991 to 1994) but the way the chart was compiled it made joint positions almost impossible to achieve. The industry chart print out rounded chart panel sales to whole numbers but the raw figures used to compile the chart measured chart panel sales down to tenths of a whole sale. The joint number 1 on the Albums chart in 1982 meant that both titles had the exact same chart panel sales down to the same decimal point.
User avatar
Robbie
Manager
 
Posts: 4883
Joined: Sun Aug 26, 2001
Location: Newcastle

Postby Passing_Strang » Fri Aug 25, 2017 9:27 pm

Thank you so much, Robbie! Finally a mystery solved (regarding Vienna/Shaddap incident) and I can rest this case knowing such details :D Must say it's really great to have you visiting this thread!

Now, finally a new entry - and the one previously mentioned in comments. Who can forget that wonderfully stoic Mr Dave Ball and, well, another one, whatshisname - and their fantastic cover of a Northern Soul classic! No way to miss it from this list - especially given how even that other one complained about it being not blessing but a curse for the whole carrier. Actually feel sorry for poor Marc - with such a prolonged carrier big hits only seemed to come from covering other people's songs (and consequently missing out on millions from copyrights!). This one is the biggest of them all, maybe the biggest cover version on the whole list!

There are quite a few charting covers of that song, I only included those that were based on Soft Cell's version.
Passing_Strang
Roadie
 
Posts: 484
Joined: Mon Oct 31, 2005
Location: Russia

Postby Passing_Strang » Fri Aug 25, 2017 9:39 pm

10. TAINTED LOVE by Soft Cell

Written by: Ed Cobb
Produced by: Mike Thorne
Country of origin: UK
Release date: 17 July 1981

Australia
30 November 1981 - #1 (3) - 26 weeks

Austria
Ö3-Hitparade: 21 September 1981 - #1 (2) - 14 weeks
Der Musikmarkt: 15 November 1981 - #2 - 14 weeks

Belgium
24 October 1981 - #1 (1) - 9 weeks

Canada
5 December 1981 - #1 (3) - 23 weeks

Denmark
29 January 1982 - #10 - 9 weeks

France
TMP France Top 100: 11 October 1981 - #1 (4) - 27 weeks
Infodisc: 23 October 1981 - #4 - 27 weeks
Top France: 12 December 1981 - #7 - 12 weeks

(West) Germany
26 October 1981 - #1 (2) - 26 weeks

Ireland
30 August 1981 - #4 - 8 weeks

Israel
14 September 1981 - #1 (2) - 13 weeks

The Netherlands
Nationale Hitparade: 3 October 1981 - #7 - 11 weeks
De Nederlandse Top 40: 3 October 1981 - #5 - 9 weeks

New Zealand
17 January 1982 - #2 - 22 weeks

South Africa
19 December 1981 - #1 (5) - 19 weeks

Spain
2 January 1982 - #2 - 20 weeks

Sweden
9 October 1981 - #4 - 22 weeks

Switzerland
DRS Hitparade: 29 November 1981 - #2 - 9 weeks
Der Musikmarkt: 15 December 1981 - #5 - 8 weeks

UK
Record Business: 27 July 1981 - #1 (2) - ?
Music Week: 1 August 1981 - #1 (2) - 30 weeks; 9 February 1985 - #43 - 6 weeks
Melody Maker: 15 August 1981 - #1 (2) - 12 weeks
New Musical Express: 22 August 1981 - #1 (1) - 11 weeks

USA
Billboard: 16 January 1982 - #8 - 43 weeks
Cash Box: 30 January 1982 - #7 - 36 weeks
Record World: 20 February 1982 - #58 - 8 weeks (chart discontinued with the song climbing)
Radio & Records: 28 May 1982 - #7 - 10 weeks

Zimbabwe
6 March 1982 - #8 - 12 weeks

10.1. TAINTED LOVE '91 by Marc Almond & Soft Cell

Australia
2 September 1991 - #92 - 3 weeks

Germany
17 June 1991 - #22 - 12 weeks

Ireland
16 May 1991 - #4 - 6 weeks

Switzerland
21 July 1991 - #22 - 5 weeks

UK
18 May 1991 - #5 - 8 weeks

10.2. Tainted Love by Marilyn Manson

Austria
14 April 2002 - #2 - 21 weeks

Belgium
Flemish Ultratop: 13 April 2002 - #11 - 15 weeks
Walloon Ultratop: 31 August 2002 - #7 - 21 weeks

Denmark
22 March 2002 - #3 - 14 weeks

Finland
7 April 2002 - #11 - 9 weeks

France
4 May 2002 - #25 - 19 weeks

Germany
15 April 2002 - #3 - 16 weeks

Ireland
21 March 2002 - #11 - 8 weeks

Italy
FIMI: 28 March 2002 - #2 - 30 weeks
Musica e Dischi: 30 March 2002 - #5 - 19 weeks
TV Sorrisi e Canzoni: 14 April 2002 - #2 - 5 weeks

The Netherlands
Mega Top 100: 27 April 2002 - #44 - 7 weeks

Norway
29 May 2002 - #7 - 17 weeks

Poland
8 February 2002 - #20 - 25 weeks

Spain
21 April 2002 - #4 - 9 weeks

Sweden
22 March 2002 - #11 - 34 weeks

Switzerland
31 March 2002 - #2 - 27 weeks

UK
30 March 2002 - #5 - 11 weeks

10.3. Tainted Love by Milk Inc.

Belgium
Flemish Ultratop: 17 June 2006 - #7 - 15 weeks

The Netherlands
Mega Top 100: 7 October 2006 - #37 - 9 weeks

10.4. Tainted Love by Richard Grey

Finland
2 July 2007 - #10 - 2 weeks

UK
23 June 2007 - #52 - 1 week

Note: Vocals by Mark Almond (treated original track).
Last edited by Passing_Strang on Sat Sep 02, 2017 8:20 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Passing_Strang
Roadie
 
Posts: 484
Joined: Mon Oct 31, 2005
Location: Russia

Postby Jerz » Sat Aug 26, 2017 2:07 am

What about other singles from Soft Cell (not Tainted Love that never charted here) in Japan?
Jerz
Groupie
 
Posts: 68
Joined: Sun Jun 18, 2017

Postby Robbie » Sat Aug 26, 2017 11:30 am

'Tainted Love' seems to have been Soft Cell's only major hit in most countries but here in the UK they had a number of hits. Their first 5 chart hits all reached the top 10 and they had 13 hits in total.

As I mentioned earlier I bought 'Tainted Love' back in August 1981. A few months earlier I had bought their previous single,'Memorablia', which sadly failed to chart.
User avatar
Robbie
Manager
 
Posts: 4883
Joined: Sun Aug 26, 2001
Location: Newcastle

Postby Satchmo76 » Sat Aug 26, 2017 5:51 pm

Tainted Love was the best-selling single in the UK in 1981. The original by Gloria Jones, recorded 1964, re-recorded in 1976, was a Northern Soul classic.

Soft Cell's five consecutive Top 10 hits, mentioned by Robbie, all reached the top 4, including arguably their best single, Say Hello, Wave Goodbye.
Satchmo76
Groupie
 
Posts: 135
Joined: Sat Jul 15, 2006

Postby Satchmo76 » Sat Aug 26, 2017 5:58 pm

Further to Gambo's post, I think it was Tommy Vance who was presenting the Top 40 in 1981, and he did play singles in full.
Satchmo76
Groupie
 
Posts: 135
Joined: Sat Jul 15, 2006

Postby Robbie » Sat Aug 26, 2017 7:45 pm

Satchmo76 wrote:Further to Gambo's post, I think it was Tommy Vance who was presenting the Top 40 in 1981, and he did play singles in full.
Tony Blackburn was the presenter of the Top 40 in 1981 - he hosted the countdown from October 1979 to December 1981 - with Tommy taking over presenting duties in January 1982.
User avatar
Robbie
Manager
 
Posts: 4883
Joined: Sun Aug 26, 2001
Location: Newcastle

Postby Passing_Strang » Sun Aug 27, 2017 12:26 pm

Jerz, the general rule with these hits I post is that if the biggest didn't chart then nothing charted at all. In Soft Cell's case no even their albums charted in Japan (on Oricon, at least).

As for other hits, I find it arther strange than almost nothing apart from "Tainted Love" caught on abroad - not even "Torch" which is my favourite by them. Such a perfect pop song - and only several unflattering "chart entries" here and there...
Passing_Strang
Roadie
 
Posts: 484
Joined: Mon Oct 31, 2005
Location: Russia

Postby Gambo » Sun Aug 27, 2017 5:47 pm

Robbie wrote:
Satchmo76 wrote:Further to Gambo's post, I think it was Tommy Vance who was presenting the Top 40 in 1981, and he did play singles in full.
Tony Blackburn was the presenter of the Top 40 in 1981 - he hosted the countdown from October 1979 to December 1981 - with Tommy taking over presenting duties in January 1982.
Thanks Robbie. Yes it was Tone presenting when I began listening in earnest, though Tommy was the presenter I have fondest memory of. Such a distinctive classic 'deejay' voice! Plus during his two years at the helm he'd make considerable efforts ahead of each week's broadcast to research the new entries and climbers so he could offer up a brief selected nugget of info after playing the track. Nowadays all he'd need to do is do a quick Google search, but in '82-'83 he had to laboriously telephone artist labels etc to establish something interesting to say. I remember him saying how rigidly the producer ran the show (Bernie Andrews I think?) so that enough time was allocated to ensure each song played would be in full, and that only left a few seconds for him to impart any detail after the song played out. Amazing when one considers the lackadaisical standards that passed for presentation of the chart show in more recent years. Vance would be turning in his grave!

Anyway, off-topic. 'Tainted Love' is still terrific. Has a feeling it'd be up next on this excellent rundown.
Gambo
Manager
 
Posts: 1128
Joined: Tue Aug 08, 2006
Location: Croydon

Postby Passing_Strang » Sun Aug 27, 2017 8:10 pm

Robbie - and all for whom it is of interest - I made a list of all songs posted so far, on the first page. Have a look! :D

Now, the next entry is rather blatantly obvious given the theme of this thread and all the consequences - such a monster hit that it overshadows the long and interesting (not to mention groundbreaking) carrier. The album from which it comes is one of my all-time favourites, in the Top 5 for sure, and a rare case when it's as successful and critically lauded as its big hit.
Passing_Strang
Roadie
 
Posts: 484
Joined: Mon Oct 31, 2005
Location: Russia

Postby Passing_Strang » Sun Aug 27, 2017 8:21 pm

11. DON'T YOU WANT ME by The Human League

Written by: Jo Callis/Philip Oakey/Philip Adrian Wright
Produced by: Martin Rushent & The Human League
Country of origin: UK
Release date: 27 November 1981

Australia
31 May 1982 - #4 - 16 weeks

Austria
Ö3-Hitparade: 24 January 1982 - #11 - 14 weeks

Belgium
30 January 1982 - #1 (1) - 9 weeks

Canada
6 March 1982 - #1 (1) - 25 weeks

Denmark
16 April 1982 - #12 - 2 weeks

Finland
February 1982 - #1 (4) - 7 months

France
24 April 1982 - #15 - 6 weeks

(West) Germany
8 February 1982 - #5 - 19 weeks

Iceland
27 November 1981 - #1 (1) - 13 weeks

Ireland
6 December 1981 - #1 (1) - 9 weeks

Israel
28 December 1981 - #1 (4) - 16 weeks

Italy
Musica e Dischi: 20 March 1982 - #7 - 25 weeks
RAI Hit Parade: 28 March 1982 - #8 - 16 weeks
TV Sorrisi e Canzoni: 11 April 1982 - #13 - 21 weeks

Japan
21 January 1982 - #97 - 1 week

The Netherlands
De Nederlandse Top 40: 16 January 1982 - #5 - 8 weeks
Nationale Hitparade: 23 January 1982 - #6 - 8 weeks

New Zealand
16 May 1982 - #1 (5) - 13 weeks

Norway
24 February 1982 - #1 (2) - 14 weeks

Portugal
July 1982 - #9 - 2 months

South Africa
27 March 1982 - #2 - 13 weeks

Spain
6 March 1982 - #2 - 20 weeks

Sweden
9 February 1982 - #3 - 14 weeks

Switzerland
DRS Hitparade: 28 March 1982 - #4 - 6 weeks
Der Musikmarkt: 1 April 1982 - #7 - 8 weeks

UK
Record Business: 5 December 1981 - #1 (5) - 16 weeks
Music Week: 5 December 1981 - #1 (5) - 13 weeks
Melody Maker: 5 December 1981 - #1 (5) - 10 weeks
New Musical Express: 12 December 1981 - #1 (3) - 10 weeks

USA
Cash Box: 6 March 1982 - #1 (4) - 30 weeks
Billboard: 6 March 1982 - #1 (3) - 28 weeks
Record World: 6 March 1982 - #42 - 6 weeks (chart discontinued with the song climbing)
Radio & Records: 9 April 1982 - #3 - 14 weeks

11.1. DON'T YOU WANT ME '95 by The Human League

UK
28 October 1995 - #16 - 3 weeks

11.2. Don't You Want Me Baby by Mandy Smith

Ireland
8 June 1989 - #30 - 1 week

UK
20 May 1989 - #59 - 2 weeks

11.3. Don't You Want Me by The Farm

Ireland
15 October 1992 - #19 - 3 weeks

UK
17 October 1992 - #18 - 5 weeks

11.4. Don't You Want Me by Alcazar

Australia
30 June 2002 - #37 - 2 weeks

Belgium
Flemish Ultratop: 1 June 2002 - #21 - 5 weeks

Finland
2 June 2002 - #18 - 1 week

Germany
15 July 2002 - #74 - 4 weeks

Italy
FIMI: 27 June 2002 - #28 - 2 weeks
Musica e Dischi: 29 June 2002 - #34 - 2 weeks

The Netherlands
Mega Top 100: 8 June 2002 - #83 - 1 week

Sweden
23 May 2002 - #30 - 6 weeks

Switzerland
23 June 2002 - #76 - 6 weeks

11.5. Don't You Want Me by Glee Cast

Australia
20 March 2011 - #44 - 1 week

UK
23 April 2011 - #47 - 2 weeks
Last edited by Passing_Strang on Sat Sep 30, 2017 3:13 pm, edited 2 times in total.
Passing_Strang
Roadie
 
Posts: 484
Joined: Mon Oct 31, 2005
Location: Russia

Postby Jerz » Mon Aug 28, 2017 12:17 am

The Human League got multiple Top 40 hits in the US and in the UK. They're not an one-hit wonder.
Jerz
Groupie
 
Posts: 68
Joined: Sun Jun 18, 2017

Postby Satchmo76 » Mon Aug 28, 2017 12:58 am

They had a second US #1 with Human, and two UK #2 hits
Satchmo76
Groupie
 
Posts: 135
Joined: Sat Jul 15, 2006

Postby Passing_Strang » Mon Aug 28, 2017 1:10 pm

I'm sorry guys but did you actually read my first post in this thread (or its title)? I thought I explained everything quite clearly (and repeated along the lines, too). I'd much rather see your thoughts on questions I post - like, should I include all available chart info from France (however reprospective they may be) or leave only (seemingly) an officially recognised source. Discuss.
Passing_Strang
Roadie
 
Posts: 484
Joined: Mon Oct 31, 2005
Location: Russia

Postby Gambo » Tue Aug 29, 2017 2:25 pm

I say if you've bothered researching it and have the info to hand, throw it in there. But as long as you're consistent in whichever approach you adopt that's the main thing.
Gambo
Manager
 
Posts: 1128
Joined: Tue Aug 08, 2006
Location: Croydon

Postby Robbie » Tue Aug 29, 2017 6:33 pm

Gambo wrote:I say if you've bothered researching it and have the info to hand, throw it in there. But as long as you're consistent in whichever approach you adopt that's the main thing.
Yup, I agree with Gambo. If you have the info to hand then it's worth posting it. I'd actually forgotten that France didn't have an official chart until 1984. Music Week, in an article published back in 1975 or 1976 (it's referenced in an article in an edition of a Rock File book), did mention that France did have a chart but that it was compiled by surveying record buyers rather than counting actual sales. I don't know what chart MW would have been referring to but would that be the chart you have?
User avatar
Robbie
Manager
 
Posts: 4883
Joined: Sun Aug 26, 2001
Location: Newcastle

Postby Passing_Strang » Tue Aug 29, 2017 7:33 pm

Thank you, guys! France is a difficult country regarding charts with not even contemporary charts being that representative and the market driven by sales not the chart positions. So the charts I have info from are recently made, based on the various charts of the time and sales estimations. That's even more complicated than in case of, say, Italy and sure much less concrete regarding positions which can vary greatly. I'll see what I can do about it :)

Now it's time for a new entry - and it's by two by that time already established artists working together and scoring their biggest international hit (one of them at the same time had his own biggest hit solo, by the way).

Actually that's the entry when I have to use the modern sources for France - and look how they differ!
Last edited by Passing_Strang on Tue Aug 29, 2017 7:44 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Passing_Strang
Roadie
 
Posts: 484
Joined: Mon Oct 31, 2005
Location: Russia

Postby Passing_Strang » Tue Aug 29, 2017 7:43 pm

12. I'LL FIND MY WAY HOME by Jon & Vangelis

Written by: Jon Anderson & Vangelis Papathanassiou
Produced: Vangelis
Country of origin: UK
Release date: 27 November 1981

Australia
22 March 1982 - #22 - 34 weeks

Austria
Der Musikmarkt: 1 July 1982 - #19 - 2 weeks

Belgium
23 January 1982 - #3 - 11 weeks

France
TMP Top 100: 7 February 1982 - #10 - 17 weeks
Infodisc: 5 March 1982 - #49 - 13 weeks

(West) Germany
22 February 1982 - #6 - 23 weeks

Ireland
3 January 1982 - #2 - 9 weeks

Israel
18 January 1982 - #5 - 11 weeks

The Netherlands
Nationale Hitparade: 2 January 1982 - #2 - 12 weeks
De Nederlandse Top 40: 9 January 1982 - #4 - 10 weeks

New Zealand
22 August 1982 - #45 - 2 weeks

Poland
24 April 1982 - #1 (1) - 6 weeks

Sweden
18 May 1982 - #9 - 8 weeks

Switzerland
DRS Hitparade: 7 March 1982 - #1 (3) - 14 weeks
Der Musikmarkt: 1 April 1982 - #1 (2) - 12 weeks

UK
Music Week: 12 December 1981 - #6 - 13 weeks
Record Business: 19 December 1981 - #6 - 13 weeks
New Musical Express: 2 January 1982 - #4 - 8 weeks
Melody Maker: 9 January 1982 - #5 - 7 weeks

USA
Billboard: 22 May 1982 - #51 - 9 weeks
Cash Box: 22 May 1982 - #54 - 10 weeks

Zimbabwe
20 March 1982 - #2 - 17 weeks
Last edited by Passing_Strang on Sat Sep 30, 2017 3:17 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Passing_Strang
Roadie
 
Posts: 484
Joined: Mon Oct 31, 2005
Location: Russia

Postby Robbie » Tue Aug 29, 2017 8:16 pm

I was never a fan of 'I'll Find My Way Home' nor their previous UK top 10 hit from 1980 'I Hear You Now'. I found the vocals to be somewhat off-putting.

Sadly, I don't have any Record Business charts beyond the week 'I'll Find My Way Home' entered the chart at number 44 in the issue dated 14 December 1981(Music Week equivalent chart dated 19 December 1981). That was the same week 'Don't You Want Me' climbed to number 1 on the RB chart, on its third week on the chart, completing a chart run of 42-5-1 to reach the top. Do you have any of the RB charts into 1982? I know Dave Taylor had them, or at least some of them, but he's no longer around to post them. 'Don't You Want Me' did spend 5 weeks at number 1 though on the RB charts.
User avatar
Robbie
Manager
 
Posts: 4883
Joined: Sun Aug 26, 2001
Location: Newcastle

Postby Jerz » Tue Aug 29, 2017 8:46 pm

Later, Vangelis would be enter his first and only Billboard Top 40 hit, ''Chariots of Fire'', a number-one hit.

Is that ''Chariots of Fire'' not a new wave song?

For Jon Anderson, he once became a member of Yes and later worked for soundtrack for 1984 re-release of ''Metropolis'' that includes Loverboy, Bonnie Tyler, Adam Ant, Freddie Mercury, Cycle V, Billy Squier, Giorgio Moroder and Pat Benatar.

I wonder why Jon Anderson still active in music business and he was an American citizen since 2009.
Jerz
Groupie
 
Posts: 68
Joined: Sun Jun 18, 2017

Postby grendizer » Wed Aug 30, 2017 11:35 am

I have more info about M in Japan.

Pop Muzik released on 79.7.25
Oricon # 66, 17 weeks, 58.520
All Japan # 4, 23 weeks

Moonlight And Muzak
All Japan # 28, 4 weeks (April 80)

New York, London, Paris, Munich released 80.1.1
Oricon # 66, 7 weeks, 11.280 LP + 3.670 CT
grendizer
Roadie
 
Posts: 384
Joined: Wed Apr 03, 2013

Postby Passing_Strang » Wed Aug 30, 2017 3:20 pm

grendizer wrote:I have more info about M in Japan.
Thank you very much, Grendizer! :D Can you please add similar info for other already posted songs on this thread? That'll be a very welcome addition and a valueable contribution. Look forward to your postings on other threads, too, by the way - you're doing a great job!
Passing_Strang
Roadie
 
Posts: 484
Joined: Mon Oct 31, 2005
Location: Russia

Postby Passing_Strang » Wed Aug 30, 2017 3:28 pm

Jerz, "Chariots of Fire" is one of my favourite instrumentals but unfortunately it didn't chart in enough countries to be included here. As for New Wave, well it's not really, it can be considered more adult contemporary in style (even with all the synths on it). Vangelis didn't really do New Wave music (except for a short period around 1980). He doesn't really belong here in solo form.

Robbie, I agree on vocals - usually have a hard time listening to Anderson, a very acquired taste.

As for Record Business, I discovered that for its last several months it was simultaneously published in Sounds too, with the date of publication in line with the other UK music papers. So I can't decide what date to use before the closure of RB in late December 1981 - that of the original publication or of Sounds.
Passing_Strang
Roadie
 
Posts: 484
Joined: Mon Oct 31, 2005
Location: Russia

Postby Robbie » Wed Aug 30, 2017 3:55 pm

Passing_Strang wrote:Jerz, "Chariots of Fire" is one of my favourite instrumentals but unfortunately it didn't chart in enough countries to be included here. As for New Wave, well it's not really, it can be considered more adult contemporary in style (even with all the synths on it). Vangelis didn't really do New Wave music (except for a short period around 1980). He doesn't really belong here in solo form.

Robbie, I agree on vocals - usually have a hard time listening to Anderson, a very acquired taste.

As for Record Business, I discovered that for its last several months it was simultaneously published in Sounds too, with the date of publication in line with the other UK music papers. So I can't decide what date to use before the closure of RB in late December 1981 - that of the original publication or of Sounds.
RB closed in February 1983. Sounds published the RB charts from 19 September 1981 until the last RB chart in February 1983 at which point Sounds then began to publish a chart compiled by HMV which was apparently based solely on sales in London.

Until you mentioned the RB chart being published in Sounds I'd forgotten that I have a scan of those charts from October 1981 to January 1983 (perhaps you may have them too?).

So using the Sounds / RB charts the chart data for 'Don't You Want Me' and 'I'll Find My Way Home' is (using the publication date of Sounds):

Don't You Want Me

5 December 1981 - #1 (5) - 16 weeks

I'll Find My Way Home

19 December 1981 - #6 - 13 weeks

The publication date of RB remained as a Monday until it ceased publication, which was 5 days prior to the publication date of Sounds. You could still quote those charts as being RB charts, you just need to move the date of entry forward by 5 days if you are using Sounds as the source of the chart information and wish to credit them as being the Record Business charts.
User avatar
Robbie
Manager
 
Posts: 4883
Joined: Sun Aug 26, 2001
Location: Newcastle

Return to Chart Analysis