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

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Postby Gambo » Sun Sep 24, 2017 7:04 pm

An unquestionable classic that sported notable melodic and lyrical elan, not to mention stylish performance and deft production courtesy of Mr Horn, who let the band's original writing and sound shine through while adding just enough of his own polish - unlike the Frankie hits which were really just Trevor Horn studio craftings once he'd finished with them. I was bought the parent album for my birthday in '82 and am eternally grateful; one of the few genuinely listenable works where every track could've been a single, and despite being so wholly if its time, still sounds great in '17.

I recall Martin Fry saying how liberating it felt amidst some of the starker and more avant garde new wave acts to just sing freely about love as an emotion that touches everyone sooner or later in life, rather than having to sing about something industrial or technological - "electric pylons" was his shorthand for the vibe. Maybe that's why 'Lexicon' still holds up today.
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Postby Robbie » Sun Sep 24, 2017 8:06 pm

I also bought 'The Lexicon Of Love' back in 1982. It's still a great album. Trevor Horn just about stays on the right side on his production, he let the talent of ABC shine through.
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Postby grendizer » Mon Sep 25, 2017 7:51 am

ABC, "The Look Of Love" in Japan

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1982-07-25 The Look Of Love # 53, 10 weeks

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Entry : 1982.9.04, 19-9-8-5-3-3-1-3-3-4-5-7-13-11-16-14
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Postby Passing_Strang » Thu Sep 28, 2017 8:07 pm

Hi all, sorry for disappearing, had quite a few things to settle, but now seem ready to continue. First of all, let me second all the praise about the ABC debut - such a great record from start to finish that it just seemed destined to succeed. Still a bit unusual that it had such a widespread acclaim - kind of didn't expect it. And the band didn't seem to expect it, too - and had a bit of a hard time trying to further their carrier after such a high. They didn't even seem to like to sing songs about love, going political for a couple of next albums :D Still, an interesting carrier was made of it all, with lots of twists and turns. And, of course, there was a follow-up to "Lexicon" last year that returned them into the UK Top 5 - now that was the thing to surprise eveyone!

Now let's visit an artists with carrier as long and illustrous as ABC, if not even more so. The biggest UK star of 1981 now he was at the same time having his biggest worldwide hit - and starting a slide down from the top. A great upbeat song, though, and a deserved chart topper.
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Postby Passing_Strang » Thu Sep 28, 2017 8:12 pm

21. GOODY TWO SHOES by Adam Ant

Written by: Adam Ant/Marco Pirroni
Produced by: Chris Hughes; Adam Ant/Marco Pirroni (North American release)
Country of origin: UK
Release date: 7 May 1982

Australia
19 July 1982 - #1 (2) - 14 weeks

Austria
Ö3-Hitparade: 4 July 1982 - #10 - 5 weeks

Belgium
10 July 1982 - #19 - 5 weeks

Canada
RPM: 25 December 1982 - #4 - 13 weeks
The Record: ? - #2 - 14 weeks

Denmark
10 September 1982 - #15 - 1 weeks

France
TMP France: 12 September 1982 - #81 - 1 week

(West) Germany
21 June 1982 - #5 - 20 weeks

Ireland
16 May 1982 - #2 - 9 weeks

Israel
5 July 1982 - #4 - 7 weeks

Italy
TV Sorrisi e Canzoni: 15 August 1982 - #37 - 10 weeks

The Netherlands
Nationale Hitparade: 5 June 1982 - #13 - 9 weeks
De Nederlandse Top 40: 12 June 1982 - #8 - 6 weeks

New Zealand
29 August 1982 - #29 - 11 weeks

Poland
24 July 1982 - #22 - 4 weeks

Spain
Los 40 Principales: 4 September 1982 - #5 - 4 weeks

UK
Record Business/Sounds: 22 May 1982 - #1 (2) - 12 weeks
Music Week: 22 May 1982 - #1 (2) - 11 weeks
New Musical Express: 22 May 1982 - #1 (2) - 8 weeks
Melody Maker: 22 May 1982 - #1 (1) - 8 weeks

USA
Billboard: 13 November 1982 - #12 - 21 weeks
Cash Box: 20 November 1982 - #12 - 21 weeks
Radio & Records: 10 December 1982 - #11 - 8 weeks

Zimbabwe
9 October 1982 - #16 - 2 weeks
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Postby Robbie » Thu Sep 28, 2017 8:39 pm

'Goody Two Shoes' is indeed a great, upbeat, record. The initial pressings of the record in the UK were credited to Adam & The Ants, presumably Adam had intended to keep the band name after sacking most of the band but at some point (and after a number of copies of the single had been pressed) changed his mind and decided on a solo credit.

Record Business: 22 May 1982 - #1 (2) - 12 weeks

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Postby Jerz » Fri Sep 29, 2017 1:32 am

I loved this Adam Ant song but here's my other favorite Adam Ant songs: "Stand and Deliver", "Kings of the Wild Frontier", "Prince Charming", "Ant Rap", "Strip", "Room at the Top", and "Wonderful".

Adam Ant had followed two more Top 40 Billboard Hot 100 hits after "Goody Two Shoes" that next two hits went into the 1990s: "Room at the Top" (1990) and "Wonderful" (1995).

Adam Ant became one of the first new wave acts to switch into alternative rock.

He was still active in music.
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Postby yuvalzirler » Fri Sep 29, 2017 7:06 am

Passing_Strang wrote:21. GOODY TWO SHOES by Adam Ant

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entered in 5.7.1982, charted for 7 weeks (9-4-9-12-20-28-38-out)
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Postby Gambo » Fri Sep 29, 2017 3:53 pm

Presumably, it was the same musicians backing Adam on 'Goody Two Shoes' as on his Ants records, and with whom he wrote the song - i.e. the Ants?! I always wondered at the time why the difference in billing given that it sounded exactly like how you'd have expected the next A & The A release to have sounded. Of course I have a better understanding now of the politics that were going on behind the scenes. Still a good record, though never understood why he name-checks old soulster Al Green in the lyrics!

Keep 'em coming Passing_strang.
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Postby Passing_Strang » Sat Sep 30, 2017 8:38 pm

First of all, I just had a sit down and updated the previous 20 entires with the info you guys provided - and also expanded the list of songs here. Bigger and better, as they say :D So you may want to have a look. As of now, all the featured songs were No. 1 somewhere - but there will be ones that, while international hits, did get to the pole position. Actually we'll see one of those songs in a couple of entries :)

Now, to "Goody Two Shoes". I once bought a picture disc of this song - and it indeed is credited to "Adam and the Ants"! Thought it was a mistake and I have myself a collector's item - but eventually knew the truth, of course :D

Adam I find to be a great singles artist. His albums are generally hit-and-miss for me and as an album artist he's very uneven - for every overall good one ("Kings...", "Friend or Foe", "Vive le Rock") there's a failure of almost epic proportions ("Prince Charming", "Strip"). But his hits are pure classics - and I must say I gravitate towards lesser-known ones like "Desperate But Not Serious" or "Apollo 9". His problem, I think, was that he moved a bit too quick for his own good during his years at the top. He should've taken more time to develop - though now we know it was his illness that drove him. But it would've been interesting to see The Ants competing with the likes of Spandau or Duran :)

Gambo, he namechecks Al Green because it's a dig at Kevin Rowland of Dexy's who apparently criticized Adam or maybe said something that upset him (can't remember the details now) - it's a reference to one of Rowland's songs where he sang he "felt like Al Green". So it was Adam's way of getting back to him. By the way, thank you for mentioning it because it's an uncanny lead-in to the next entry in this list :D
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22. COME ON EILEEN by Dexy's Midnight Runners & The Emerald Express

Written by: Kevin Rowland/Jim Paterson/Billy Adams
Produced by: Clive Langer/Alan Winstanley
Country of origin: UK
Release date: 25 June 1982

Australia
4 October 1982 - #1 (5) - 22 weeks

Austria
Ö3-Hitparade: 19 September 1982 - #5 - 12 weeks
Der Musikmarkt: 15 October 1982 - #9 - 8 weeks

Belgium
18 September 1982 - #1 (2) - 11 weeks

Canada
11 December 1982 - #2 - 14 weeks

Denmark
21 January 1983 - #9 - 3 weeks

Finland
September 1982 - #10 - 4 months

France
TMP France: 29 August 1982 - #3 - 30 weeks
InfoDisc: 5 February 1983 - #5 - 20 weeks

(West) Germany
20 September 1982 - #6 - 27 weeks

Iceland
20 August 1982 - #2 - 8 weeks

Ireland
25 July 1982 - #1 (4) - 11 weeks

Israel
16 August 1982 - #1 (2) - 15 weeks

Japan
5 October 1982 - #50 - 10 weeks

The Netherlands
Nationale Hitparade: 28 August 1982 - #7 - 13 weeks
De Nederlandse Top 40: 4 September 1982 - #4 - 11 weeks

New Zealand
24 October 1982 - #1 (4) - 14 weeks

Portugal
February 1983 - #10 - 4 months

South Africa
22 October 1982 - #1 (2) - 15 weeks

Spain
22 January 1983 - #10 - 10 weeks

Switzerland
DRS Hitparade: 14 November 1982 - #1 (2) - 10 weeks
Der Musikmarkt: 1 December 1982 - #3 - 10 weeks

UK
Music Week: 3 July 1982 - #1 (4) - 18 weeks
New Musical Express: 24 July 1982 - #1 (4) - 11 weeks
Melody Maker: 24 July 1982 - #1 (4) - 11 weeks

USA
Billboard: 22 January 1983 - #1 (1) - 23 weeks
Cash Box: 22 January 1983 - #1 (1) - 24 weeks
Radio & Records: 11 February 1983 - #3 - 13 weeks

Zimbabwe
13 November 1982 - #4 - 20 weeks

22.2. Come on Eileen by Save Ferris

The Netherlands
Mega Top 100: 28 February 1998 - #55 - 10 weeks

22.3. Come on Eileen by Hermes House Band

France
15 April 2006 - #22 - 13 weeks
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Postby Gambo » Sat Sep 30, 2017 9:38 pm

Ta for the additional info on that Al Green reference Passing. A nugget of pop trivia that had hitherto passed me by. One learns something every day.

As for Dexy's, I generally didn't get them at the time, and while I can perhaps appreciate more about them as an adult 35 years on, I still find Kevin Rowland utterly pretentious. Also, I just be one of the few who never really enjoyed 'Come On Eileen', then or now, though it's easy to see why its popularity was instant, and how its timelessness still makes it a consistent steady seller today. The UK's best-selling 45 of '82 and one of the best-selling catalogue tracks in the digital era.
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Postby Passing_Strang » Mon Oct 02, 2017 1:07 am

Have to agree on Dexy's hit. First heard (and saw) it on some VHS compilation of New wave videos - before it only heard about the song and its immense success. Upon firsdt (and second, and third...) hearing couldn't see why it was such a smash during the synth-heavy early 1980s (at that's how I saw those years). And I still don't really understand - though I started to have a soft spot for some of the Irish folk music in recent years. I also mellowed towards "Come on Eileen" - guess it's a matter of surroundings and circumstances, but still find it not much more than agreeable - and not a fan of Dexy's style(s) at all. But it was and is such an emblematic song, I just had to include it :)
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23. DA DA DA by Trio

Written by: Stephan Remmler/Gert "Kralle" Krawinkel
Produced by: Klaus Voormann
Country of origin: West Germany
Release date: February 1982

Australia
23 August 1982 - #4 - 23 weeks [English version]

Austria
Ö3-Hitparade: 9 May 1982 - #1 (5) - 14 weeks
Der Musikmarkt: 15 May 1982 - #1 (3) - 18 weeks

Belgium
22 May 1982 - #5 - 14 weeks [English version]

Canada
25 September 1982 - #3 - 18 weeks [English version]

Denmark
13 July 1982 - #1 (3) - 14 weeks [English version]

Finland
July 1982 - #2 - 6 months

France
TMP France: 27 June 1982 - #1 (2) - 24 weeks [English version]
InfoDisc: 30 July 1982 - #3 - 20 weeks [English version]
Top France: 14 August 1982 - #3 - 16 weeks [English version]
IFOP: 6 October 2012 - #56 - 8 weeks

(West) Germany
12 April 1982 - #2 (8) - 27 weeks

Iceland
6 August 1982 - #2 - 6 weeks

Ireland
11 July 1982 - #2 - 7 weeks [English version]

Israel
2 August 1982 - #2 - 11 weeks

Italy
Musica e Dischi: 29 May 1982 - #4 - 25 weeks
TV Sorrisi e Canzoni: 27 June 1982 - #5 - 24 weeks
RAI Hit Parade: 25 July 1982 - #4 - 17 weeks

The Netherlands
De Nederlandse Top 40: 19 June 1982 - #7 - 7 weeks [English version]
Nationale Hitparade: 26 June 1982 - #11 - 7 weeks [English version]

New Zealand
15 August 1982 - #1 (3) - 21 weeks [English version]

Norway
4 August 1982 - #2 - 13 weeks

Poland
14 August 1982 - #5 - 9 weeks

Portugal
Música & Som: October 1982 - #7 - 2 months [English version]
Top Música & Som/TV Top: #4 [English version]

South Africa
11 September 1982 - #1 (7) - 18 weeks [English version]

Spain
17 July 1982 - #6 - 14 weeks [English version]

Sweden
15 June 1982 - #2 - 18 weeks [English version]

Switzerland
DRS Hitparade: 23 May 1982 - #1 (5) - 12 weeks
Der Musikmarkt: 1 June 1982 - #1 (4) - 16 weeks

UK
Music Week: 3 July 1982 - #2 - 10 weeks [English version]
New Musical Express: 17 July 1982 - #2 - 6 weeks [English version]
Melody Maker: 17 July 1982 - #4 - 6 weeks [English version]

Zimbabwe
30 October 1982 - #10 - 10 weeks

23.2. Da Da Da (Ich weiß Bescheid, du weißt Bescheid) by Frank Zander

Australia
4 October 1982 - #48 - 11 weeks

Austria
Ö3-Hitparade: 11 July 1982 - #2 - 10 weeks
Der Musikmarkt: 15 July 1982 - #2 - 10 weeks

Denmark
10 September 1982 - #6 - 7 weeks

(West) Germany
28 June 1982 - #2 - 16 weeks

New Zealand
6 February 1983 - #25 - 5 weeks

Switzerland
DRS Hitparade: 18 July 1982 - #2 - 7 weeks
Der Musikmarkt: 1August 1982 - #1 (2) - 8 weeks

23.3. Da, Da, Da (Est-ce qu’on s’cherche ou est-ce qu’on triche) by Toss

France
TMP France: 1 August 1982 - #18 - 14 weeks
InfoDisc: 13 August 1982 - #20 - 14 weeks
Top France: 18 September 1982 - #9 - 6 weeks

23.4. Bla Bla Bla by Bob Barbeque & Willy Would-Be plus Agaath

The Netherlands
Nationale Hitparade: 24 July 1982 - #30 - 7 weeks
De Nederlandse Tip 30: July 1982 - #3 - 5 weeks

23.5. Da Da Da by Herman José

Portugal
Top 20

23.6. Da Da Da by Herbert Gronemeyer

Germany
14 February 2000 - #54 - 5 weeks
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Postby yuvalzirler » Tue Oct 03, 2017 1:02 pm

Israel:
Come on Eileen-entered 16.8.1982, charted for 15 weeks, #1 for 2 weeks starting 20.9.1982 (30-12-7-3-2-1-1-5-9-13-16-23-?-?-36-out)

Da da da-entered in 2.8.1982, charted for 11 weeks, peaked at #2 behind Steve Miller's Band's Abracadabra (10-6-3-2-2-5-9-15-15-26-33-out)
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Postby grendizer » Wed Oct 04, 2017 5:47 am

In Japan,

COME ON EILEEN by Dexy's Midnight Runners & The Emerald Express
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1982-10-05 # 50

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Postby Passing_Strang » Thu Oct 05, 2017 6:32 pm

Thank you very much for the info guys - added!

"Da Da Da" is the first so widespread and successful European-made hit of the 1980s (well, excluding ABBA, obviously) - of all the countries with charts that I know of and have info from (25 so far) it charted in 23 and went Top 10 in all of them! It has the biggest count of #2 positions on my list, by the way :D I know it divides opinions but I like it a lot. Moreover, I have to say all of Trio's music ain't that bad and their success (of course more or less limited to German-speaking territories) was justified. Perhaps the stuff the you can either take or leave - and I take it :)

Now the stuff everyone seems to hold in a very high esteem (myself included). Not just another synth duo with their most widespread hit. Ironically it didn't reach the US pop charts (unlike their other singles) but has been a smash almost everywhere else and is a deserved synth and dance classic to this day.
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Postby Passing_Strang » Thu Oct 05, 2017 6:39 pm

24. DON'T GO by Yazoo

Written by: Vince Clarke
Produced by: Vince Clarke/Daniel Miller/Eric Radcliffe
Country of origin: UK
Release date: 9 July 1982

Australia
27 September 1982 - #6 - 16 weeks

Austria
Ö3-Hitparade: 12 September 1982 - #1 (2) - 14 weeks
Der Musikmarkt: 1 November 1982 - #6 - 10 weeks

Belgium
4 September 1982 - #1 (2) - 11 weeks

Denmark
29 October 1982 - #13 - 10 weeks

Finland
October 1982 - #7 - 7 months

France
TMP France: 26 September 1982 - #1 (2) - 24 weeks
InfoDisc: 1 October 1982 - #3 - 21 weeks
Top France: 13 November 1982 - #3 - 15 weeks
SNEP: 1 January 2000 - #91 - 3 weeks

(West) Germany
23 August 1982 - #4 - 29 weeks

Iсeland
20 August 1982 - #1 (1) - 9 weeks

Ireland
11 July 1982 - #4 - 8 weeks

Israel
23 August 1982 - #1 (1) - 16 weeks

Italy
Musica e Dischi: 29 January 1983 - #22 - 2 wks

The Netherlands
De Nederlandse Top 40: 28 August 1982 - #2 - 10 weeks
Nationale Hitparade: 4 September 1982 - #6 - 10 weeks

New Zealand
7 November 1982 - #22 - 11 weeks

Poland
2 October 1982 - #12 - 8 weeks

Portugal
November 1982 - #2 - 6 months

South Africa
4 December 1982 - #9 - 16 weeks

Spain
6 November 1982 - #5 - 22 weeks

Sweden
28 September 1982 - #5 - 18 weeks

Switzerland
DRS Hitparade: 3 October 1982 - #2 - 8 weeks
Der Musikmarkt: 15 October 1982 - #4 - 8 weeks

UK
Music Week: 17 July 1982 - #3 - 11 weeks
Melody Maker: 17 July 1982 - #3 - 9 weeks
New Musical Express: 24 July 1982 - #3 - 8 weeks

Zimbabwe
6 November 1982 - #19 - 3 weeks

24.2. Don't Go by Boobytrax

The Netherlands
Mega Top 100: 9 October 1993 - #23 - 8 weeks
De Nederlandse Top 40: 16 October 1993 - #25 - 6 weeks

Sweden
8 December 1993 - #36 - 2 weeks

24.3. Don't Go by Lizzy Mack

UK
4 November 1995 - #52 - 1 week

24.4. Don't Go by André Visior

Germany
23 December 2002 - #47 - 6 weeks

24.5. Don't Go by DJ Marcky

Belgium
Flemish Ultratop: 15 April 2006 - #33 - 4 weeks

The Netherlands
Mega Top 100: 29 April 2006 - #80 - 3 weeks

24.6. Don't Go by Starting Rock feat. Diva Avari

Finland
3 December 2006 - #3 - 2 weeks

France
21 October 2006 - #24 - 26 weeks

The Netherlands
Mega Top 100: 23 December 2006 - #42 - 8 weeks
De Nederlandse Top 40: 13 January 2007 - #34 - 3 weeks
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Postby Gambo » Fri Oct 06, 2017 3:22 pm

Trio's offering does seem somewhat trying to listen to now, but inoffensive and always rather humorous really. Yazoo's is I suppose dated in its sound, but wonderfully-so to me - an era-defining single for anyone aware of modern music and the shape it was taking, whether they loved it or hated it, and a classic example of when dance music was not afraid of the traditional values of melody and song structure.

Just a couple of really picky points though - checks confirm that the Music Week chart had 'Da Da Da' listed for ten not seven weeks in their Top 75, while the release date you've given for 'Don't Go' cannot be correct as it charted at No 24 W/E Saturday 17 July 1982, indicating the earliest release date as the week before, which means - given most singles were still being issued on Fridays at that time in the UK - it was probably Friday 9 July, with the two days' initial sales sufficient to earn it a Top 30 placing on the Sunday. Then again, I'm not clear which release date you're relying on - but I'm assuming logically it's the one that applied to the country of origin.
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Postby Passing_Strang » Sun Oct 08, 2017 4:11 pm

Thank you for corrections, Gambo! Concerning the date of release, of course it's the very first release in the country of origin :)

"Da Da Da" and "Don't Go" are rare examples of songs that are really a part of cultural landscape now - not in every country, admittedly, but in their respective countries very much so. Quite a feat to achieve! Now the next one is not of the same stature, it's not even its performer's biggest hit in his country but a huge hit in continental Europe during the late part of 1982. Great song, I have to admit I like it very much - and it mentions one of the previous inductees in this list (and even shows his lookalike in the video :D ).
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Postby Passing_Strang » Sun Oct 08, 2017 4:18 pm

25. WOT! by Captain Sensible

Written by: Captain Sensible
Produced by: Tony Mansfield
Country of origin: UK
Release date: August 1982

Australia
6 December 1982 - #30 - 23 weeks

Austria
Der Musikmarkt: 1 February 1983 - #4 - 14 weeks
Ö3-Hitparade: 2 January 1983 - #3 - 14 weeks

Belgium
13 November 1982 - #3 - 11 weeks

France
InfoDisc: 1 October 1982 - #3 - 25 weeks
TMP France: 3 October 1982 - #1 (2) - 27 weeks
Top France: 13 November 1982 - #2 - 17 weeks

(West) Germany
6 December 1982 - #4 - 25 weeks

Ireland
22 August 1982 - #24 - 1 week

Italy
Musica e Dischi: 11 December 1982 - #7 - 15 weeks
RAI Hit Parade: 9 January 1983 - #6 - 12 weeks
TV Sorrisi e Canzoni: 9 January 1983 - #9 - 15 weeks

The Netherlands
Nationale Hitparade: 30 October 1982 - #14 - 10 weeks
De Nederlandse Top 40: 6 November 1982 - #10 - 8 weeks

New Zealand
5 December 1982 - #6 - 13 weeks

Spain
19 February 1983 - #25 - 6 weeks

Switzerland
DRS Hitparade: 12 December 1982 - #3 - 9 weeks
Der Musikmarkt: 1 January 1983 - #2 - 12 weeks

UK
Music Week: 14 August 1982 - #26 - 7 weeks
Melody Maker: 28 August 1982 - #26 - 3 weeks
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Postby Gambo » Sun Oct 08, 2017 5:48 pm

As a young lad I loved 'Wot' but found 'Happy Talk' a stretch even at that tender age. 'Glad It's Over' was for me the Captain's best single offering a couple of years later.

Note this was produced by one Tony Mansfield. Was he a former member of New Musik or am I wrong?
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Postby Passing_Strang » Sun Oct 08, 2017 10:30 pm

In many ways Mansfield was New Musik - writing all of their songs and playing lots of instruments and recording and producing, even having a hand in cover design. Why did he need others, I wonder :D Unfortunately New Musik, as much as I like them, couldn't be included on this list - it's often written that they have had big success in Europe but in reality only Holland and France showed any responce for a short period of time. Shame, they were awesome.

Agree about "Glad It's All Over", great song! And my! Just listened to it again - it sounds just like New Musik, especially during the verses :D In some ways all the projects of Tony seemed to be the continuation of his band. No bad thing with me!

As for "Happy Talk", still can't understand what made people buy it. A quirk of the moment, maybe, but I would've thought it to be a minor hit instead of No. 1 smash. "Wot" is much more of a hit material - and yet only scraped the Top 30. What's more, HT was Mansfeild's only No. 1 hit ever...
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Postby Passing_Strang » Wed Oct 11, 2017 5:42 pm

Now we're leaving UK for a while - there'll be a string of European-made worldwide smashes, it looks like "Da Da Da" opened lots of doors for EU hits to not only take over the Continent but also have success outside, in English-speaking world - and it happened systematically, on regular basis since then.

First is the synthed-up cover of a1920s standard that somewhat unexpectedly became a big hit in the country of its origin. Unfortunately the performer's other songs were made in the same way and style and the novelty wore off almost instantly - so a real one hit wonder this time :D Still, a great version - like it very much, and a lasting favourite on the Russian radio even to this day.
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26. PUTTIN’ ON THE RITZ by Taco

Written by: Irving Berlin
Produced by: David Parker
Country of origin: (West) Germany
Release date: August 1982

Australia
29 August 1983 - #5 - 21 weeks

Austria
Ö3-Hitparade: 9 January 1983 - #1 (3) - 12 weeks
Der Musikmarkt: 15 February 1983 - #3 - 10 weeks

Belgium
16 April 1983 - #12 - 5 weeks

Canada
30 April 1983 - #2 - 18 weeks

Denmark
10 December 1982 - #2 - 15 weeks

Finland
November 1982 - #1 (4) - 6 months

France
TMP France: 10 April 1983 - #73 - 8 weeks
InfoDisc: 16 April 1983 - #74 - 5 weeks

(West) Germany
25 October 1982 - #20 - 26 weeks

Ireland
21 August 1983 - #24 - 2 weeks

Israel
29 August 1983 - #2 - 9 weeks

The Netherlands
Nationale Hitparade: 19 March 1983 - #18 - 8 weeks
De Nederlandse Top 40: 2 April 1983 - #12 - 6 weeks

New Zealand
11 September 1983 - #1 (2) - 18 weeks

Norway
13 October 1982 - #2 - 19 weeks

South Africa
19 August 1983 - #3 - 17 weeks

Sweden
31 August 1982 - #1 (4) - 26 weeks

Switzerland
DRS Hitparade: 30 January 1983 - #6 - 6 weeks
Der Musikmarkt: 15 February 1983 - #10 - 6 weeks

USA
Billboard: 25 June 1983 - #4 - 21 weeks
Cash Box: 25 June 1983 - #1 (2) - 25 weeks
Radio & Records: 22 July 1983 - #17 - 7 weeks
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