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

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Postby grendizer » Wed Aug 30, 2017 6:26 pm

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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!
I'm doing so many search and translations with Japan and all takes me very long...
Nothing for : Korgis, Jona Lewie, Visage, Aneka, Dave Stewart, Soft Cell
This is strange for Soft Cell since the band seems fairly known.
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Postby grendizer » Wed Aug 30, 2017 6:30 pm

Buggles

Oricon : Video killed the radio star released 20/12/1979 # 25, 20 weeks, 130.130
Oricon LP : Video killed the radio star released 20/2/1980 # 35, 11 weeks, 22 790 LP + 1 380 CT
All Japan : Video killed the radio star # 1 (for 8 weeks), 23 weeks
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Postby Passing_Strang » Thu Aug 31, 2017 9:54 pm

Guys, thank you very much for this info - I'll add it ASAP. That's the contributions I was hoping for :D

Right, now the next entry - and the first instance where the hit was only successful on the European continent, not in "first league" countries (either US or UK). Not a one hit wonder, though - they had at least several more sizeable cross-European hits before and after. A great pop band, by the way - not really heard of in the UK, say, but deserved of wider recognition for their masterful blend of various music styles and influences. This song in particular was obviously influenced by the great success of the first wave of synth bands from the UK, like Ultravox and Visage, and helped pave the way for synth sound in Europe. It had such a widespread appeal that it even crossed the Iron Curtain, becoming a smash (if that's the right word) in the USSR - to this day it's a staple on retro-oriented radio stations and people still talk about it very fondly. Also, being from Sweden they for a long time in the 1980s were the most successful after ABBA internationally until the Swedes mastered the art of pop music later in the decade.

So here goes:
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Postby Passing_Strang » Thu Aug 31, 2017 10:01 pm

13. FLASH IN THE NIGHT by Secret Service

Written by: Tim Norell/Björn Håkanson
Produced by: Ola Håkansson/Secret Service (credits differ)
Country of origin: Sweden
Release date: December 1981

Belgium
5 June 1982 - #16 - 5 weeks

Denmark
15 January 1982 - #12 - 7 weeks

Finland
January 1982 - #8 - 21 weeks

France
Top France: 20 March 1982 - #4 - 14 weeks
Infodisc: 5 February 1982 - #7 - 30 weeks
TMP France Top 100: 27 December 1981 - #1 (5) - 26 weeks

(West) Germany
11 January 1982 - #23 - 18 weeks

Italy
Musica e Dischi: 20 March 1982 - #11 - 34 weeks
RAI Hit Parade: 6 June 1982 - #10 - 23 weeks
TV Sorrisi e Canzoni: 13 June 1982 - #14 - 23 weeks

The Netherlands
Nationale Hitparade: 5 June 1982 - #42 - 3 weeks
De Nederlandse Tip 30: #5 - 6 weeks

Norway
3 March 1982 - #6 - 9 weeks

Poland
26 June 1982 - #29 - 2 weeks

Portugal
April 1982 - #1 (5) - 26 weeks

Sweden
22 December 1981 - #12 - 14 weeks

Switzerland
Der Musikmarkt: 15 April 1982 - #14 - 8 weeks
DRS Hitparade: 2 May 1982 - #9 - 5 weeks

13.1. Flash in the Night by Ysa Ferrer

France
14 August 1999 - #61 - 8 weeks

13.2. Flash in the Night by The Attic

France
8 November 2008 - #22 - 18 weeks
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Postby grendizer » Fri Sep 01, 2017 4:48 am

LIPPS Inc - Funky Town released 25.05.1980
Oricon # 36, 18 weeks, 79.490
All Japan # 6 (9 weeks)

Kim Carnes
Bette Davis Eyes
released 21/06/81
Oricon # 34, 16 weeks, 73.680
All Japan # 1 (1 week) 30 weeks
album
81-6-21 Mistaken Identity # 25, 17 weeks , 60 060 LP + 25 500 CT
Music Labo
Mistaken Identity # 20 (2 weeks)

There is a Secret Service title in the All Japan charts.
10 O'clock Postman # 6 (9 weeks in the top 40, first ranking on 81.6.21)
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Postby Benny » Fri Sep 01, 2017 10:53 am

Secret Service had a string of hits in Germany, with 'Oh Susie', 'Ten O'Clock Postman' and 'Yes-si-ca' all reaching the top 10.
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Postby Robbie » Fri Sep 01, 2017 2:04 pm

I've never heard of Secret Service. I checked out the video for 'Flash In The Night' and it's not a bad song. You can tell they were popular in Russia as many of the comments are in Russian plus a number of them are in Polish.
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Postby Passing_Strang » Sat Sep 02, 2017 3:07 pm

14. I WON'T LET YOU DOWN by Ph.D.

Written by: Anthony Hymas/Jim Diamond
Produced by: Ph.D./Cy Langston
Country of origin: UK
Release date: 17 April 1981 / 26 February 1982 (re-release)

Australia
10 August 1981 - #5 - 19 weeks

Belgium
9 January 1982 - #1 (4) - 12 weeks

France
Infodisc: 1 January 1982 - #4 - 39 weeks
TMP France Top 100: 10 January 1982 - #1 (2) - 29 weeks
Top France: 17 April 1982 - #4 - 14 weeks

(West) Germany
1 March 1982 - #14 - 25 weeks

Ireland
25 April 1982 - #3 - 9 weeks

Israel
29 March 1982 - #37 - 3 weeks

Italy
Musica e Dischi: 22 May 1982 - #2 - 28 weeks
TV Sorrisi e Canzoni: 25 July 1982 - #4 - 29 weeks
RAI Hit Parade: 28 September 1982 - #2 - 17 weeks

The Netherlands
Nationale Hitparade: 26 December 1981 - #1 (3) - 13 weeks
De Nederlandse Top 40: 26 December 1981 - #1 (3) - 10 weeks

South Africa
24 July 1982 - #6 - 13 weeks

Switzerland
DRS Hitparade: 21 March 1982 - #2 - 10 weeks
Der Musikmarkt: 15 April 1982 - #3 - 10 weeks

UK
Music Week: 3 April 1982 - #3 - 14 weeks
Melody Maker: 1 May 1982 - #2 - 8 weeks
New Musical Express: 1 May 1982 - #1 (1) - 8 weeks

Zimbabwe
28 August 1982 - #2 - 20 weeks

14.1. I Won't Let You Down by 2 Boys

Belgium
21 November 1992 - #6 - 14 weeks

The Netherlands
Mega Top 100: 24 April 1993 - #20 - 9 weeks
De Nederlandse Top 40: 1 May 1993 - #16 - 7 weeks

14.2. I Won't Let You Down by Kate Ceberano

Australia
15 August 1999 - #50 - 1 week

14.3. I Won't Let You Down by Blue Nature pres. Natalie

Germany
6 December 1999 - #60 - 2 weeks

14.4. I Won't Let You Down by Maximus vs. Banks feat. Jason

The Netherlands
Mega Top 100: 20 January 2007 - #66 - 4 weeks

14.5. I Won't Let You Down by Jay Frog

Austria
14 May 2010 - #48 - 1 week
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Postby Robbie » Sat Sep 02, 2017 4:52 pm

'I'I Won't Let You Down' is a good song but it has one of the worst promo videos of the 1980s. It looked like there was next to no budget for the video shoot!

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29 March 1982 (Sounds: 3 April 1982) - #2 - 16 weeks
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Postby Gambo » Mon Sep 04, 2017 2:15 pm

I hadn't heard of Secret Service either at the time, but about eight years ago a fellow synth-pop/new wave friend of mine sent me the video for 'Flash In The Night' on the presumption it'd be up my alley, and sure enough I thought it was great, in a delightfully dated way! It prompted me to look at some of their other Euro-hits, but none of these seemed as compelling as this one. I can't believe it was never even a modest hit in the UK, as it contained all the classic ingredients needed for a hit at that time. Luck of the draw I suppose. I guess it was a bit Eurovision-ish and that, coupled with being a foreign act, held it back perhaps. Nice to see it in the mix here.

Yeah the PhD vid was pretty pathetic. Happily it got where it did owing to the songwriting quality and its catchy hook. Even my mother liked it. RIP Jim Diamond. God knows what happened to the other bloke.
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Postby Passing_Strang » Mon Sep 04, 2017 2:27 pm

Thank you for the RB info, Robbie! Definitely a great song that the videos hadn't done justice to - I actually had trouble watching it to the end :D A curse of many bands, apparently.

As for Secret Service, the UK success surely was in their record company's sights - here's the scan of the promo letter claiming it to actually be a hit in England!

Anyway, I feel it was quite hard for foreign acts to break through in the UK during early 1980s - only scattered examples spring to mind like ABBA, of course, and some one-two hit wonders like Ottawan or Goombay Dance Band. Even grand Euro hits like "Der Komissar" were getting no traction! Only in 1983 the situation started to change, though I don't quite understand why. Maybe some change in the airplay policy or TV coverage contributed?
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Postby Robbie » Mon Sep 04, 2017 5:50 pm

Passing_Strang wrote:Thank you for the RB info, Robbie! Definitely a great song that the videos hadn't done justice to - I actually had trouble watching it to the end :D A curse of many bands, apparently.

As for Secret Service, the UK success surely was in their record company's sights - here's the scan of the promo letter claiming it to actually be a hit in England!

Anyway, I feel it was quite hard for foreign acts to break through in the UK during early 1980s - only scattered examples spring to mind like ABBA, of course, and some one-two hit wonders like Ottawan or Goombay Dance Band. Even grand Euro hits like "Der Komissar" were getting no traction! Only in 1983 the situation started to change, though I don't quite understand why. Maybe some change in the airplay policy or TV coverage contributed?
The BBC TV weekly chart programme, Top Of The Pops, would sometimes include a Eurocharts feature in 1983 which helped with promotion. In turn this filtered through to local radio stations who began to include some Euro hits on their playlists. Eventually a number of those radio stations began to broadcast a weekly Euro chart. But the national radio station, Radio 1, always seemed reluctant to playlist Euro hits unless they were already in the charts.
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Postby yuvalzirler » Tue Sep 05, 2017 3:05 pm

It's weird that "I won't let you down" only reached #37 in Israel but still got into the year end chart...
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Postby Gambo » Tue Sep 05, 2017 4:30 pm

Robbie wrote:
Passing_Strang wrote:Thank you for the RB info, Robbie! Definitely a great song that the videos hadn't done justice to - I actually had trouble watching it to the end :D A curse of many bands, apparently.

As for Secret Service, the UK success surely was in their record company's sights - here's the scan of the promo letter claiming it to actually be a hit in England!

Anyway, I feel it was quite hard for foreign acts to break through in the UK during early 1980s - only scattered examples spring to mind like ABBA, of course, and some one-two hit wonders like Ottawan or Goombay Dance Band. Even grand Euro hits like "Der Komissar" were getting no traction! Only in 1983 the situation started to change, though I don't quite understand why. Maybe some change in the airplay policy or TV coverage contributed?
The BBC TV weekly chart programme, Top Of The Pops, would sometimes include a Eurocharts feature in 1983 which helped with promotion. In turn this filtered through to local radio stations who began to include some Euro hits on their playlists. Eventually a number of those radio stations began to broadcast a weekly Euro chart. But the national radio station, Radio 1, always seemed reluctant to playlist Euro hits unless they were already in the charts.
Ha yes a random insight into the shameless plugging of labels. Assuming that letter was dated the week of 24 Apr '82, she was at least correct with Yazoo being at No 48, albeit in the British not "English" chart!

I think the occasional and seemingly fleeting coverage of the "Euro chart" on TOTP (whose chart was it?) did help in isolated cases to catapult foreign records up the UK charts - 'Dolce Vita' by Ryan Paris standing out as my most memorable example (more of which later I suspect?!). But otherwise I'm not sure what caused gradually-greater acceptance of Euro hits over here. Maybe it was just the ever-cheapening costs of holidays to Europe which enabled more people to get over to certain countries, hear some of the hits while there, and create demand for them when they got back home. Certainly that trend was being much-capitalised-on by labels by the mid '90s ('Saturday Night' et al).
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Postby Passing_Strang » Tue Sep 05, 2017 7:56 pm

yuvalzirler wrote:It's weird that "I won't let you down" only reached #37 in Israel but still got into the year end chart...
Yuval, welcome to the thread! I understand you have more of those Israeli charts so can you please, if possible, add the information for the songs already posted? The ones currently without the full data are:

M - Pop Muzik
Buggles - Video Killed the Radio Star
Jona Lewie - Stop the Cavalry
Secret Service - Flash in the Night (this one, I'm sure, didn't chart but would be good to have this confirmed)

Thank you in advance!
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Postby Passing_Strang » Tue Sep 05, 2017 7:59 pm

I just recently read about the UK "holiday hits" from the Continent in the Eurotipsheet Robbie kindly sent to me - they traced that tradition to 1960s if I remember correctly. Still, I imagine, without the radio support those songs surely wouldn't hit big - and the Eurochart coverage on TOTP kind of completes the picture (щк at least cleares it somewhat). Actually we will see both kinds of foreign hits - the big ones (Gambo, you suspect one of them quite right :D ) and underachievers. As well as, of course, hits that were big everywhere but the UK!

Now let's continue - and leave the British islands for a while. There'll be a couple of songs not strictly New Wave but with the period styling and overtones. Though I decided to include them mainly because they are great songs I have pleasure listening to (rather recently discovered ones, by the way - for years saw them in various charts of the time but only this year actually bothered to listen to them :D ). The first one is the biggest hit for a band with a long carrier - and the hit that is said to contribute to its eventual demise.
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Postby Passing_Strang » Tue Sep 05, 2017 8:03 pm

15. CENTERFOLD by The J. Geils Band

Written by: Seth Justman
Produced by: Seth Justman
Country of origin: USA
Release date: 13 September 1981

Australia
28 December 1981 - #1 (1) - 26 weeks

Austria
Ö3-Hitparade: 7 March 1982 - #9 - 8 weeks
Der Musikmarkt: 15 April 1982 - #11 - 4 weeks

Belgium
13 March 1982 - #2 - 7 weeks

Canada
28 November 1981 - #1 (4) - 23 weeks

France
InfoDisc: 18 February 1982 - #54 - 6 weeks
TMP France Top 100: 31 January 1982 - #15 - 15 weeks

(West) Germany
22 March 1982 - #13 - 27 weeks

Iceland
12 March 1982 - #2 - 5 weeks

Ireland
21 February 1982 - #2 - 6 weeks

Israel
1 February 1982 - #3 - 12 weeks

The Netherlands
Nationale Hitparade: 20 February 1982 - #4 - 10 weeks
De Nederlandse Top 40: 20 February 1982 - #6 - 9 weeks

New Zealand
14 February 1982 - #5 - 23 weeks

Sweden
23 March 1982 - #8 - 10 weeks

Switzerland
DRS Hitparade: 14 March 1982 - #4 - 8 weeks
Der Musikmarkt: 1 April 1982 - #8 - 8 weeks

UK
Music Week: 13 February 1982 - #3 - 9 weeks
Melody Maker: 20 February 1982 - #3 - 7 weeks
New Musical Express: 20 February 1982 - #4 - 7 weeks

USA
Radio & Records: 6 November 1981 - #2 - 15 weeks
Cash Box: 7 November 1981 - #1 (6) - 28 weeks
Billboard: 7 November 1981 - #1 (6) - 25 weeks
Record World: 7 November 1981 - #1 (5) - 23 weeks

Zimbabwe
29 May 1982 - #1 (1) - 19 weeks

15.1. Centerfold by Adam Austin

UK
13 February 1999 - #41 - 1 week
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Postby yuvalzirler » Wed Sep 06, 2017 3:19 am

Passing_Strang wrote:
yuvalzirler wrote:It's weird that "I won't let you down" only reached #37 in Israel but still got into the year end chart...
Yuval, welcome to the thread! I understand you have more of those Israeli charts so can you please, if possible, add the information for the songs already posted? The ones currently without the full data are:

M - Pop Muzik
Buggles - Video Killed the Radio Star
Jona Lewie - Stop the Cavalry
Secret Service - Flash in the Night (this one, I'm sure, didn't chart but would be good to have this confirmed)

Thank you in advance!
M-Pop muzik-entered in 14.5.79, charted for 11 weeks, peaked at #4
Buggles-Video killed the radio star-entered in 5.11.1979, charted for 11 weeks, peaked at #8
Jona Lewie-Stop the cavalry-still can't help you with that one, sorry!
Secret Service-Can confirm, never seen any of their singles in the Israeli chart
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Postby grendizer » Wed Sep 06, 2017 4:36 am

In Japan the song appeared on both All Japan and Oricon in 1982.

1981-12-01- Centerfold EMI EYS-17177

All Japan # 1 (1 week) - 28 weeks
Oricon # 55, 11 weeks, 37.280
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Postby Jerz » Wed Sep 06, 2017 12:26 pm

"Centerfold" is great and timeless classic for me and I knew that The J. Geils Band had started to hit first Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 hit with 1971's "Lookin' for a Love". My another favorite The J. Geils Band hit "Freeze-Frame" went into Top 10.

Also, "Centerfold" became the number one hit in February 6, 1982 chart date just ten months before my another favorite New Wave hit "Mickey'' by Toni Basil.
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Postby Passing_Strang » Thu Sep 07, 2017 11:45 pm

Yuval and Grendizer, thank you guys for the info - keep it coming in the future, if possible :)

Jerz, agree completely on "Centerfold", as for the one you mentioned, well, just wait a bit :D

Now, another big US hit from roughly the same time period, a song I discovered completely by accident but it's so good I get immense pleasure from hearing it. Again not really New Wave, just a great bit of songwriting and all.
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Postby Passing_Strang » Thu Sep 07, 2017 11:51 pm

16. HARDEN MY HEART by Quarterflash

Written by: Marv Ross
Produced by: John Boylan
Country of origin: USA
Release date: October 1981

Australia
8 February 1982 - #6 - 19 weeks

Austria
Ö3-Hitparade: 21 February 1982 - #13 - 5 weeks
Der Musikmarkt: 15 March 1982 - #15 - 6 weeks

Canada
RPM: 14 November 1981 - #10 - 15 weeks
The Record: #9 - 13 weeks

France
TMP France Top 100: 3 January 1982 - #1 (1) - 27 weeks
InfoDisc: 22 January 1982 - #15 - 19 weeks
Top France: 13 March 1982 - #8 - 9 weeks

(West) Germany
1 March 1982 - #51 - 10 weeks

Israel
21 December 1981 - #4 - 10 weeks

Italy
Musica e Dischi: 6 March 1982 - #5 - 19 weeks
TV Sorrisi e Canzoni: 21 March 1982 - #5 - 21 weeks
RAI Hit Parade: 18 April 1982 - #5 - 13 weeks

New Zealand
14 March 1982 - #12 - 10 weeks

South Africa
2 April 1982 - #7 - 11 weeks

Switzerland
DRS Hitparade: 11 April 1982 - #5 - 5 weeks
Der Musikmarkt: 1 May 1982 - #14 - 4 weeks

UK
Music Week: 27 February 1982 - #49 - 5 weeks

USA
Billboard: 17 October 1981 - #3 - 24 weeks
Cash Box: 17 October 1981 - #4 - 24 weeks
Record World: 17 October 1981 - #5 - 25 weeks
Radio & Records: 30 October 1981 - #4 - 14 weeks

Zimbabwe
18 September 1982 - #10 - 8 weeks

16.1. HARDEN MY HEART by Seafood Mama

USA
Record World: 13 September 1980 - #115 - 8 weeks

Note: That's the first version of the song; "Seafood Mama" is the previous name of Quarterflash
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Postby Robbie » Fri Sep 08, 2017 1:13 am

I love 'Harden My Heart'. It's not only one of my favourite records of 1982 but it's also one my favourites of the 80s too. It's an excellent record.
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Postby Robbie » Fri Sep 08, 2017 1:31 am

Record Business:

Harden My Heart - 22 February 1982 - #43 - 7 weeks

Chart Run: 88-70-48-43-45-60-84
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Postby grendizer » Sat Sep 09, 2017 6:59 am

Japan,

Harden My Heart
Oricon # 39, 57.000
All Japan # 1 (1 week) entry 17.1.82, 19 weeks in the top 20.
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