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

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Postby Passing_Strang » Sun Jan 07, 2018 8:37 pm

"Vamos a la Playa", while seemingly a happy and carefree song, still managed to squeeze a then-current nuclear imagery into its lyrics! So much for dance rhythms and addictive choruses :D

Now, you guys really felt that coming - of course "Dalce Vita" just has to be on this list! A monster-sized hit of its season, only missing out in Northern America, and selling 5 million copies in all (Discogs claim, though). Quite an achievement! And here's the story I was talking about: it's a product of a little hit factory of a composer Pierluigi Giombini. He started out in early 1980s and for several years just pumped out Europe- and worldwide hits with little effort! The first one was "You Are a Danger" by the already mentioned Gary Low, then came "Masterpiece" by Gazebo, then "Dolce Vita" and after that "I Like Chopin", "Lunatic" and, to lesser extent, "Telephone Mama" (the latter three by Gazebo again). All had this classical/symphonic flair to them - but he was also involved with things like, ahem, "Chì Chì Chì Cò Cò Cò", an early pop-rap track by Pippo Franco which was a big Italian hit of 1983. It seemed this guy could do no wrong but since mid 1980s his credits dry up. Not really sure what happened, but seem to remember reading somewhere that there were business and legal wrangles with his record company ot something like that. A pity really, he had quite a distinctive style to his projects which the public lapped up. Still, 12 million copies of his songs sold during just two-three years is something to proud of, to say the least!

So, here's "Dolce Vita" and next - another of his songs and a concurrent superhit of the season :)
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Postby Passing_Strang » Sun Jan 07, 2018 8:41 pm

41. DOLCE VITA by Ryan Paris

Written by: Pierluigi Giombini/Paul Mazzolini
Produced by: Pierluigi Giombini
Country of origin: Italy
Release date: April 1983

Australia
16 January 1984 - #85 - 4 weeks

Austria
O3-Hitparade: 25 September 1983 - #1 (8) - 14 weeks
Der Musikmarkt: 15 October 1983 - #2 - 12 weeks

Belgium
27 August 1983 - #1 (3) - 10 weeks

Denmark
#1

Finland
October 1983 - #5 - 3 months

France
TMP France: 7 August 1983 - #2 - 26 weeks
InfoDisc: 3 September 1983 - #6 - 20 weeks
Top France: 1 October 1983 - #3 - 13 weeks

(West) Germany
29 August 1983 - #3 - 20 weeks

Iceland
16 September 1983 - #1 (2) - 8 weeks

Ireland
4 September 1983 - #2 - 5 weeks

Israel
3 October 1983 - #1 (2) - 12-15 weeks

Italy
Musica e Dischi: 14 May 1983 - #9 - 12 weeks
RAI Hit Parade: 12 June 1983 - #12 - 6 weeks
TV Sorrisi e Canzoni: 19 June 1983 - #12 - 15 weeks

The Netherlands
De Nederlandse Top 40: 13 August 1983 - #1 (2) - 11 weeks
Nationale Hitparade: 20 August 1983 - #1 (2) - 10 weeks

Norway
21 September 1983 - #2 - 12 weeks

Poland
22 October 1983 - #16 - 6 weeks

Portugal
Top Música & Som: #3
Música & Som: September 1983 - #4 - 4 months

South Africa
13 January 1984 - #3 - 20 weeks

Spain
9 July 1983 - #1 (2) - 22 weeks

Sweden
4 October 1983 - #2 - 16 weeks

Switzerland
DRS Hitparade: 28 August 1983 - #3 - 12 weeks
Der Musikmarkt: 15 September 1983 - #4 - 12 weeks

UK
Music Week: 27 August 1983 - #5 - 11 weeks
New Musical Express: 10 September 1983 - #6 - 8 weeks
Melody Maker: 10 September 1983 - #6 - 6 weeks

41.1. DOLCE VITA '90 by Ryan Paris

The Netherlands
Nationale Hitparade: 14 July 1990 - #26 - 11 weeks
De Nederlandse Top 40: 18 August 1990 - #31 - 3 weeks
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Postby Passing_Strang » Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:36 am

And now the second one, another huge cross-European hit (except for Sweden and Norway, strangely - though its parent album have charted in the former, and of course the song bombed in the UK despite being released there). But its performer, Paul Mazzolini aka Gazebo, also co-wrote "Dolce Vita" with Giombini - so, I imagine , it has still been a win-win situation :D "I Like Chopin" also crossed the Iron Curtain (unlike "Dolce Vita", it seems) and is still a radio staple in Russia. I remember it being played here and there almost on daily basis during my youth (1990s), and Gazebo is very fondly remembered despite his almost flash in the pan status - one huge selling album with the hits everyone remember, and then only occasional sparks on interest here and there (mostly in Southern Europe). That's due to record companybeing unsure of his long term perspective as a pop singer and wanting to move him in a more dancey, Italo disco field, whereas the guy had his eyes on Transatlantic market. He still performs and records to this days, but admittedly nothing as interesting as his earlier days - where he and Giombini created an interesting and very fresh for its time blend of Europop, synth and dance music. His debut album is recommended.
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Postby Passing_Strang » Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:43 am

42. I LIKE CHOPIN by Gazebo

Written by: Pierluigi Giombini/Paul Mazzolini
Produced by: Pierluigi Giombini
Country of origin: Italy
Release date: May 1983

Austria
Ö3-Hitparade: 4 September 1983 - #2 - 14 weeks
Der Musikmarkt: 15 September 1983 - #1 (3) - 20 weeks

Belgium
12 November 1983 - #4 - 8 weeks

Denmark
#1

Finland
September 1983 - #1 (4) - 31 weeks

France
InfoDisc: 4 June 1983 - #2 - 35 weeks
TMP France: 3 July 1983 - #1 (2) - 24 weeks
Top France: 26 November 1983 - #5 - 16 weeks

(West) Germany
5 September 1983 - #1 (3) - 27 weeks

Israel
23 January 1984 - #6 - at least 9 weeks

Italy
Musica e Dischi: 4 June 1983 - #1 (1) - 26 weeks
TV Sorrisi e Canzoni: 19 June 1983 - #1 (2) - 27 weeks
RAI Hit Parade: 26 June 1983 - #2 (8) - 24 weeks

Japan
Oricon: 23 March 1984 - #9 - 24 weeks
Oricon International: #1 (13)
Music Labo: 11 June 1984 - #8 - 10 weeks

The Netherlands
De Nederlandse Top 40: 22 October 1983 - #5 - 9 weeks
Nationale Hitparade: 22 October 1983 - #7 - 10 weeks

Portugal
Top Música & Som: #1 (3)
Música & Som: January 1984 - #1 (1 month) - 6 months

Spain
1 October 1983 - #1 (2) - 23 weeks

Switzerland
DRS Hitparade: 14 August 1983 - #1 (4) - 18 weeks
Der Musikmarkt: 15 September 1983 - #1 (4) - 14 weeks

42.2. I Like Chopin by Asami Kobayashi & C Point

Japan
Music Labo: 4 June 1984 - #1 (3) - 15 weeks

42.3. I Like Chopin by The Sign

Austria
12 October 1997 - #11 - 12 weeks

42.4. I Like Chopin (Rainy Daze) by DJK

Germany
3 March 2003 - #74 - 4 weeks

42.5. I Like Chopin by Marco feat. Jesse Brade

Germany
17 March 2003 - #85 - 4 weeks
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Postby yuvalzirler » Wed Jan 10, 2018 3:12 pm

Passing_Strang wrote:42. I LIKE CHOPIN by Gazebo
Israel
23 January 1984 - #6 - at least 9 weeks
entered 23.1.1984, chart run-
21-20-12-10-?-6-13-?-28-?-?-out
9-11 weeks, at least #6
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Postby Passing_Strang » Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:10 pm

Thank you, Yuval! :)

"Flashdance" as everyone knows, was such an enormously successful movie. I saw it sometime in mid-to-late 1990s - and what's prompted me to do so was this song, featured in a TV advert for the movie. It just hooked me instantly - unlike to movie which I haven't seen since and have next to no recollections about :) The song, however, is still among my favourites, never tire of listening to it. Deserved worldwide hit, of course - with the exception of the UK where it charted only modestly for some reason (maybe eclipsed by the leading hit?).
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Postby Passing_Strang » Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:15 pm

43. MANIAC by Michael Sembello

Written by: Michael Sembello/Dennis Matkosky
Produced by: Michael Sembello/Phil Ramone
Country of origin: USA
Release date: May 1983

Australia
1 August 1983 - #2 - 17 weeks

Belgium
13 August 1983 - #9 - 5 weeks

Canada
RPM: 9 July 1983 - #1 (3) - 19 weeks
The Record: 16 July 1983 - #1 (3) - 18 weeks

France
TMP France: 16 October 1983 - #1 (3) - 21 weeks
InfoDisc: 29 October 1983 - #3 - 21 weeks
Top France: 10 December 1983 - #10 - 10 weeks

(West) Germany
5 September 1983 - #6 - 20 weeks

Iceland
22 July 1983 - #2 - 8 weeks

Ireland
28 August 1983 - #28 - 2 weeks

Israel
22 August 1983 - #1 (2) - 12 weeks

Italy
Musica e Dischi: 12 November 1983 - #5 - 13 weeks
RAI Hit Parade: 3 December 1983 - #6 - 11 weeks
TV Sorrisi e Canzoni: 4 December 1983 - #5 - 12 weeks

Japan
25 August 1983 - #33 - ?

The Netherlands
De Nederlandse Top 40: 23 July 1983 - #11 - 7 weeks
Nationale Hitparade: 30 July 1983 - #10 - 8 weeks

New Zealand
11 September 1983 - #7 - 10 weeks

South Africa
4 November 1983 - #22 - 4 weeks

Spain
Superventas: 8 October 1983 - #3 - 18 weeks
Los 40 Principales: 8 October 1983 - #1 (1) - 6 weeks

Switzerland
DRS Hitparade: 2 October 1983 - #2 - 13 weeks
Der Musikmarkt: 1 November 1983 - #4 - 8 weeks

UK
Music Week: 6 August 1983 - #43 - 8 weeks

USA
Billboard: 4 June 1983 - #1 (2) - 22 weeks
Cash Box: 4 June 1983 - #3 - 25 weeks
Radio & Records: 17 June 1983 - #1 (1) - 16 weeks

Zimbabwe
5 November 1983 - #13 - 8 weeks

43.2. Maniac by L5

France
26 April 2003 - #9 - 15 weeks

Switzerland
8 June 2003 - #52 - 7 weeks

43.3. Maniac by Topmodelz

Germany
31 October 2008 - #84 - 3 weeks

43.4. Maniac by Adlicious

The Netherlands
Mega Top 100: 18 June 2011 - #35 - 1 weeks
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Postby yuvalzirler » Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:55 pm

Strangely, in Israel it was Irene Cara's "Flashdance" which charted modestly... While Maniac got the success it deserved, Flashdance peaked at #26!
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Postby Passing_Strang » Wed Jan 17, 2018 3:10 pm

Yes, amazing as it was such a gigantic hit that year almost everywhere in the world...

Next are another one hit wonder band (well, maybe a two- or even three-hit wonder, but only this one is really big) - from the US of A again. Not much to say this time, a good song which I didn't expect on first hearing to see this high up in the charts, just don't sound like a smash hit to me, but I'm clearly in the minority here :D Another instance when the main version has been eclipsed by the cover in some territories - the British islands this time, and I'm not sure what happened, but there you you go!

Video's great, by the way, reminds me of The J. Geils Band one. And those haircuts! :D
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Postby Passing_Strang » Wed Jan 17, 2018 3:14 pm

44. TALKING IN YOUR SLEEP by The Romantics

Written by: Coz Canler/Mike Skill/Wally Palmar/Peter Solley/Jimmy Marinos
Produced by: Peter Solley
Country of origin: USA
Released: September 1983

Australia
23 January 1984 - #14 - 18 weeks

Austria
Ö3-Hitparade: 18 March 1984 - #18 - 1 week

Belgium
Belgie Super 30: 11 February 1984 - #15 - 5 weeks
BRT Top 30: 25 February 1984 - #17 - 4 weeks

Canada
17 December 1983 - #1 (1) - 17 weeks

Finland
February 1984 - #15 - 1 month

France
TMP France: 12 February 1984 - #2 - 25 weeks
InfoDisc: 8 April 1984 - #30 - 8 weeks

(West) Germany
27 February 1984 - #18 - 12 weeks

Iceland
6 January 1984 - #3 - 12 weeks

Japan
21 January 1984 - #62 - 8 weeks

The Netherlands
Nationale Hitparade: 4 February 1984 - #24 - 5 weeks
De Nederlandse Top 40: 11 February 1984 - #20 - 4 weeks

New Zealand
26 February 1984 - #20 - 8 weeks

South Africa
13 April 1984 - #15 - 17 weeks

Sweden
7 February 1984 - #5 - 8 weeks

Switzerland
11 March 1984 - #20 - 5 weeks

USA
Billboard: 8 October 1983 - #3 - 26 weeks
Cash Box: 8 October 1983 - #4 - 29 weeks
Radio & Records: 18 November 1983 - #3 - 13 weeks

44.2. Talking in Your Sleep by Bucks Fizz

Ireland
9 September 1984 - #14 - 2 weeks

Poland
20 October 1984 - #22 - 3 weeks

UK
Music Week: 25 August 1984 - #15 - 9 weeks
New Musical Express: 8 September 1984 - #15 - 5 weeks
Melody Maker: 8 September 1984 - #17 - 5 weeks
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Postby Gambo » Wed Jan 17, 2018 4:58 pm

Well, you think you know your stuff, but every day's a school day: I never knew Bucks Fizz's 'Talking In Your Sleep' was a cover version.
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Postby Jerz » Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:32 am

I love this The Romantics track. But "One in a Million" is the only two songs from The Romantics that I heard.
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Postby Chartaholic » Thu Jan 18, 2018 4:32 am

Jerz wrote:I love this The Romantics track. But "One in a Million" is the only two songs from The Romantics that I heard.
I forgot about One in a Million. To me The Romantics will always be What I like About You,
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Postby yuvalzirler » Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:36 am

The Romantics-Talking in your sleep in Israel-
entered in either 2.1.1984 or 9.1.1984. chart run starting 9.1-
23-17-15-9-9-15-?-28-34-?-out. 9-11 weeks, peaked at #9

The Bucks Fizz version-
entered in 7.10.1984, chart run-
17-11-4-5-10-17-?-?-out. 6-8 weeks, peaked at #4
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