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

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Postby Passing_Strang » Thu Oct 12, 2017 5:56 pm

Thank you, LostAvenger, most interesting! Nice to see so many New Wave songs - it seems New Wave was first and foremost a college radio phenomenon in the US, with only a limited amount of artists breaking into the mainstream. So it's a small wonder this music is so known and well-remembered 30+ years since its creation. You'd think it was just a blip on the musical radar of the time - but there we are! :D
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Postby LostAvenger » Thu Oct 12, 2017 6:09 pm

Passing_Strang wrote:Thank you, LostAvenger, most interesting! Nice to see so many New Wave songs - it seems New Wave was first and foremost a college radio phenomenon in the US, with only a limited amount of artists breaking into the mainstream. So it's a small wonder this music is so known and well-remembered 30+ years since its creation. You'd think it was just a blip on the musical radar of the time - but there we are! :D
I know, we always think of new wave being so commonplace in the '80s, but it wasn't always easy for a British (or any European) new wave/synthpop/alternative artist to get a hit at the time. Which is why it was always impressive for any of them to crack America, even during the "second British invasion".

Many of these songs are either classics or "lost gems" by now.
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Postby Jerz » Thu Oct 12, 2017 11:55 pm

Wow, what a great year of new wave for 1982 for me. But I have to wait for my second new wave year, 1983.

I had to wait for one of my favorite new wave track, "Too Shy" by Kajagoogoo. Too Shy was in the Billboard Hot 100 top 5 during summer of 1983 before Taco peaked for his first and only Top 40 with this.

In case of what LostAvenger posted about the songs during the first ten years of CMJ, I have only one question that I selected the new wave acts to considered for the forthcoming and future entries:

Are General Public, Love and Rockets, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Thomas Dolby, Midnight Oil, The Church, Big Country, Sinéad O’Connor, The Psychedelic Furs, Go-Go's, The Alarm, The Smithereens, Romeo Void, Men Without Hats, Tracy Chapman, Echo & the Bunnymen, XTC, Morrissey, The Cult, Hoodoo Gurus, Timbuk3, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Violent Femmes, Kate Bush, Greg Kihn Band, The Housemartins, Bronski Beat, The Fixx, The Thompson Twins, The Stray Cats, Madness, Lloyd Cole and the Commotions, The Style Council, Ultravox, The Icicle Works, Los Lobos, Katrina and the Waves, Modern English, Squeeze, and Edie Brickell & New Bohemians considered to be the next entries?
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Postby Chartaholic » Fri Oct 13, 2017 5:51 am

I was rather shocked to not see The Ramones on the CMJ list.

While most of their best known songs were pre 1979, something like I Wanna be Sedated in 1980 was spun a ton on my local college station.

As well with them being an American band, I thought for sure going through the list I would see them.

Irregardless, awesome list and great memories!
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Postby Passing_Strang » Sat Oct 14, 2017 10:55 pm

Jerz, I'm mostly go by the original release date - which in most cases was followed by quick success. If the record charted in most countries during 1982 and in the US the following year, then I aligned it to 1982. But the songs will appear eventually, just have to wait :)

As for your list, well, as much as I like most of those bands and artists, they didn't have enough international chart exposure to feature on my list - or have at least several equally successful hits. That's why, for example, Human League are here - "Don't You" is just too heads and shoulders above the rest, even "Human" - while Ultravox, say, or Thompson Twins are not. Of course it's not to mean that the League are inferior to Vox or Twins - it's just what chart numbers tell.

Of all the others only three will appear, others just don't meet the criteria. I now think about the separate thread about minor international hits, that charted in 10 or less countries, but guess I have to finish this one first :D

Now, the next one - an interesting one as it's from the member of one of the most successful pop bands of all time (certainly thу most successful Swedish one). Still, as a solo act this lady had only one significant hit - but what a hit it was! Such a striking departure from her band's style and very modern sound for 1982, especially for mainstream music of the time. Great tune - and 22 countries to chart in! Amazing achievement.

What was it with Britain, though? You'd think with all of her band's track record this song would chartat least in Top 10! .. :-?
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Postby Passing_Strang » Sun Oct 15, 2017 1:15 pm

27. I KNOW THERE’S SOMETHING GOING ON by Frida

Written by: Russ Ballard
Produced by: Phil Collins
Country of origin: Sweden
Release date: August 1982

Australia
20 September 1982 - #5 - 18 weeks

Austria
Ö3-Hitparade: 3 October 1982 - #3 - 12 weeks
Der Musikmarkt: 15 October 1982 - #3 - 8 weeks

Belgium
4 September 1982 - #1 (3) - 8 weeks

Canada
20 November 1982 - #30 - 5 weeks

Denmark
24 September 1982 - #2 - 17 weeks

Finland
September 1982 - #6 - 5 months

France
InfoDisc: 27 August 1982 - #4 - 23 weeks
TMP France: 29 August 1982 - #1 (1) - 22 weeks
Top France: 16 October 1982 - #5 - 15 weeks

(West) Germany
6 September 1982 - #5 - 21 weeks

Iceland
17 September 1982 - #6 - 2 weeks

Ireland
22 August 1982 - #23 - 3 weeks

Israel
#3

Italy
Musica e Dischi: 23 October 1982 - #4 - 22 weeks
TV Sorrisi e Canzoni: 7 November 1982 - #7 - 27 weeks
RAI Hit Parade: 5 December 1982 - #9 - 21 weeks

The Netherlands
De Nederlandse Top 40: 21 August 1982 - #3 - 8 weeks
Nationale Hitparade: 28 August 1982 - #3 - 9 weeks

Norway
8 September 1982 - #3 - 9 weeks

Poland
25 September 1982 - #3 - 9 weeks

South Africa
22 October 1982 - #5 - 14 weeks

Spain
8 January 1983 - #29 - 4 weeks

Sweden
31 August 1982 - #3 - 18 weeks

Switzerland
DRS Hitparade: 12 September 1982 - #1 (2) - 9 weeks
Der Musikmarkt: 1 October 1982 - #4 - 12 weeks

UK
Music Week: 21 August 1982 - #43 - 7 weeks

USA
Billboard: 6 November 1982 - #13 - 29 weeks
Cash Box: 6 November 1982 - #14 - 28 weeks

Zimbabwe
22 January 1983 - #7 - 10 weeks

27.2. There's Something Going on by Co.Ro. feat. Taleesa

Austria
20 June 1993 - #21 - 7 weeks

Belgium
17 July 1993 - #44 - 2 weeks

Germany
14 June 1993 - #20 - 10 weeks

Sweden
2 June 1993 - #18 - 4 weeks

27.3. (Crack It) Something Going on by Bomfunk MCs feat. Jessica Folcker

Austria
27 October 2002 - #19 - 18 weeks

Belgium
Flemish Ultratop: 24 August 2002 - #31 - 5 weeks

Finland
16 June 2002 - #3 - 14 weeks

Germany
14 October 2002 - #10 - 17 weeks

Italy
FIMI: 19 September 2002 - #15 - 8 weeks
Musica e Dischi: 21 September 2002 - #25 - 7 weeks

Norway
14 August 2002 - #2 - 10 weeks

Sweden
22 August 2002 - #4 - 15 weeks

Switzerland
8 December 2002 - #70 - 8 weeks
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Postby LostAvenger » Sun Oct 15, 2017 3:24 pm

Great record, had Phil Collins on drums as well.
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Postby Passing_Strang » Fri Oct 20, 2017 1:49 pm

And he did a great job on it - both as performer and producer! Only recently discovered this song and like it very much!

Now, the next one - one of the biggest hits of the early 1980s - and certainly European smash No. 1 of 1982. In fact it topped the charts EVERYWHERE, in every continental European country (including Scandinavia) - with the exception of Holland, where it fell one place short. It's such a rare achievement, in fact having compiled lots of chart histories for various artists and songs I can say it's practically impossible to do so. So it'd be interesting to know what happened, why this songs was such a smash (well, maybe the answer is simply that the song is so good :D ). Oh yes, and it's currently a leader of No. 1 positions achieved on this list.

It was a big success outside Europe, too - not No. 1 most of the time but firmly at the top end of the charts. Even charted in the US! And of course it was a great big hit in the Soviet block, especially in the USSR where it's a radio evergreen still to this day. In fact, its performer is still fondly remembered in Russia and visits here regularly to play either solo shows or big stadium festivals. When of course such tremendous success put a damper on his carrier and, with the exception of certain countries, he firmly remains a one hit wonder. Which is still better than being a no hit wonder :D
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Postby Passing_Strang » Fri Oct 20, 2017 1:55 pm

28. WORDS by F.R. David

Written by: R. Fitoussi; Elli Robert Fitoussi/Marty Kupersmith/Louis S. Yaguda (different credit)
Produced by: Frederic Liebovitz/Jean-Michel Gallois-Montbrun
Country of origin: France
Release date: June 1982

Australia
31 January 1983 - #12 - 41 weeks

Austria
Der Musikmarkt: 15 October 1982 - #1 (2) - 18 weeks
Ö3-Hitparade: 24 October 1982 - #1 (12) - 14 weeks

Belgium
19 June 1982 - #1 (3) - 18 weeks

Denmark
22 October 1982 - #1 (7) - 16 weeks

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

France
InfoDisc: 2 July 1982 - #2 - 26 weeks
TMP France: 4 July 1983 - #1 (4) - 28 weeks
Top France: 31 July 1982 - #1 (6) - 20 weeks
IFOP: 21 January 2017 - #179 - 1 week

(West) Germany
6 September 1982 - #1 (11) - 28 weeks

Iceland
12 November 1982 - #1 (1) - 5 weeks

Ireland
17 April 1983 - #1 (5) - 9 weeks

Israel
6 December 1982 - #8 - 9 weeks

Italy
Musica e Dischi: 6 November 1982 - #1 (4) - 22 weeks
TV Sorrisi e Canzoni: 14 November 1982 - #1 (2) - 23 weeks
RAI Hit Parade: 15 November 1982 - #1 (1) - 21 weeks

Japan
30 October 1982 - #53 - 13 weeks

The Netherlands
Nationale Hitparade: 31 July 1982 - #2 - 12 weeks
De Nederlandse Top 40: 31 July 1982 - #2 - 11 weeks

New Zealand
13 March 1983 - #7 - 13 weeks

Norway
8 November 1982 - #1 (14) - 24 weeks

Portugal
#1 (9)

South Africa
6 November 1982 - #1 (7) - 25 weeks

Spain
30 October 1982 - #1 (7) - 25 weeks

Sweden
7 December 1982 - #1 (2) - 28 weeks

Switzerland
DRS Hitparade: 19 September 1982 - #1 (6) - 18 weeks
Der Musikmarkt: 1 October 1982 - #1 (5) - 18 weeks

UK
Music Week: 26 March 1983 - #2 - 13 weeks
New Musical Express: 9 April 1983 - #3 - 10 weeks
Melody Maker: 9 April 1983 - #3 - 9 weeks

USA
Billboard: 23 July 1983 - #62 - 9 weeks
Cash Box: 6 August 1983 - #59 - 7 weeks

28.1. WORDS (Remix) by F.R. David

Finland
7 December 1997 - #19 - 2 weeks

France
12 June 1999 - #27 - 15 weeks

28.2. Words by The Tremeloes

UK
16 April 1983 - #91 - 1 week

28.3. Words by The Sign

Austria
15 June 1997 - #15 - 12 weeks

28.4. Words by Soraya Arnelas

Spain
2007 - #6
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Postby Jerz » Sat Oct 21, 2017 5:00 am

One of my favorite record that I heard and F. R. David really faded into obscurity in the US after it didn't reach the Top 40. This record is also a great record and I wonder I don't think I heard his strumming guitar because I don't know why he use his guitar or not.

I'm not sure if he was lived or not in 'Paris', but he was born from Tunisia. Because while he was in Paris or other French cities and provinces, he continued his music career until now as well as occasional tours.

I know that 'Paris' was referred to Italian singer Ryan Paris, another early 1980s European chart-topper. I don't think for me that Ryan is not an new wave act. Is Ryan a new wave act?
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Postby yuvalzirler » Sat Oct 21, 2017 11:02 am

Israeli chart-
Taco-entered in 29.8.1983, charted for 7-9 weeks, peaked at #2 for 2 weeks behind The Police's "Wrapped around your finger" and Michael Sembello's "Maniac" (19-6-3-2-2-7-18-?-?-out)

Frida-wasn't in the chart in 14.3.1983. chart run starting 12.4.1983 (probably wasn't the first week)-6-?-3-?-10-18-29-38-out. at least 8 weeks, at least #3

F. R. David (wow, I hate this song so much)-entered in 6.12.1982, charted for 8 or 9 weeks, peaked at #8 (24-19-?-9-8-13-17-22-?-out)
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Postby Passing_Strang » Tue Oct 24, 2017 7:44 am

Hey, Yuval, why's the hate for such a harmless song? :D I must say I practically grew up with this song due to its enduring popularity - but F.R. David had some better (or should I say fresher-sounding) ones - like "Pick up the Phone" say. In fact his first two albums are very good pop music with synthesizer sheen and hold up very well.

Thank you for the info, by the way!

Jerz, actually David is a guitarist first and foremost and his album songs do feature guitar, sometimes in generous doses. Even "Words" have a guitar-based break, however brief and inoffensive :D The guy is actually a good and respected musician among collegues.

Ryan Paris will most assuredly be here as his was such a mammoth hit. But there's a story there, so let's wait for it :)
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Postby Passing_Strang » Sat Oct 28, 2017 3:42 pm

29. MAJOR TOM by Peter Schilling

Written by: Peter Schilling (music & original lyrics), David Lodge (English lyrics)
Produced by: Peter Schilling/Armin Sabol
Country of origin: West Germany
Release date: November 1982

Australia
19 September 1983 - #57 - 19 weeks

Austria
Ö3-Hitparade: 20 February 1983 - #1 (8) - 13 weeks
Der Musikmarkt: 1 March 1983 - #1 (3) - 12 weeks

Belgium
9 April 1983 - #3 - 9 weeks

Canada
29 October 1983 - #1 (1) - 19 weeks

(West) Germany
1 January 1983 - #1 (8) - 23 weeks

Iceland
13 May 1983 - #6 - 5 weeks

Ireland
20 May 1984 - #22 - 1 week

Israel
19 December 1983 - #6 - 9 weeks

The Netherlands
De Nederlandse Top 40: 19 March 1983 - #2 - 9 weeks
Nationale Hitparade: 26 March 1983 - #2 - 10 weeks

Poland
21 May 1983 - #16 - 7 weeks

South Africa
16 December 1983 - #4 - 23 weeks

Switzerland
DRS Hitparade: 6 February 1983 - #1 (5) - 12 weeks
Der Musikmarkt: 15 February 1983 - #1 (6) - 12 weeks

UK
Music Week: 28 April 1984 - #42 - 8 weeks
Melody Maker: 19 May 1984 - #48 - 1 week

USA
Billboard: 24 September 1983 - #14 - 22 weeks
Cash Box: 1 October 1983 - #10 - 22 weeks
Radio & Records: 4 November 1983 - #10 - 10 weeks

29.1. MAJOR TOM '94 by Peter Schilling & Bomm-Bastic

Germany
5 September 1994 - #29 - 15 weeks

29.2. Major Tom by Plastic Bertrand

France
TMP France: 8 January 1984 - #94 - 1 week

29.3. Space Oddity / Major Tom (Coming Home) by Jonathan King

UK
Musik Week: 5 May 1984 - #77 - 4 weeks

28.4. Major Tom 2000/Vollig Losgelost by Ground Control vs Peter Schilling

Germany
13 March 2000 - #83 - 1 week

29.5. Major Tom by Antibazz

The Netherlands
Mega Top 100: 5 June 2004 - #53 - 2 weeks
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Postby Passing_Strang » Sat Oct 28, 2017 3:50 pm

Have to say, not only "Major Tom" is a great song but Peter himself is one of my favourite performers. Well, he's not the greatest and most versatile singer but the thing that I find fascinating is that he became a big star not singing love songs - but songs about science fiction, ecology, disasters and politics. To have a hit album in the US that contains song like "Let's Play USA", which sounds vicious evem today, is quite a feat. Of his other songs I highly recommend "The Noah Plan" (English version of his GAS hit "Die Wuste Lebt") - still, after all the listens, has the hairs at the back of my neck standing up. And his second album, "10.000 Grad" / "Things to Come" is terrific, one of the best pop albums of the 1980s.

He also had a minor hit in 1989 with "The Different Story" - funny listen in a sense that you cannot help but catch all the subtle references to other 80s hits. Those who know their 80s pop should definitely try it :D
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Postby Robbie » Sat Oct 28, 2017 6:57 pm

I've been meaning to post a reply in this thread for the past fortnight but just have never got around to it! I've got more Record Business chart runs to post which I'll get around to doing in the next two or three days.

Of the most recent tracks you've posted there have been some that have been very good, some which have been good, some which have been average and one which I find to be abysmal! The latter? 'Words' by F.R. David! Yikes, I sometimes used to turn off the radio when it was played. Yet many people loved, and still love, the song. Each to their own though!

More thoughts and RB chart runs to follow in the next few days.
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Postby Passing_Strang » Sun Oct 29, 2017 2:57 pm

Robbie, welcome back, great to hear from you - and will be interesting to read what you think of the songs posted so far. Of course Record Business info will also be most welcome :D

"Words" seems to polarize opinions! By the way, have been reading the "Smash Hits" magazine not long ago and got a suspicion that F.R. David was actually expected to be not a one hit wonder but a genuinely popular performer - until that magazine gave his album 0 points out of 10 in the review :o which I thought was too harsh. Still, in retrospect it seems he was destined for only one big success.
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Postby Passing_Strang » Wed Nov 01, 2017 12:13 am

Let's now close the third dozen with one of the greatest hits of the whole decade - both artistically and commercially. An anti-nuclear smash that was equally successful as a native kanguage version and translation - and the fact that the former topped the US charts is an achievement of epic proprtions and legendary status. To have the band fronted by one of the most beautiful females in the history of pop music certainly didn't hurt - and the result is a hit with more No 1s then any other song on my list (bar one).
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Postby Passing_Strang » Wed Nov 01, 2017 12:27 am

30. 99 LUFTBALLONS / 99 RED BALLOONS by Nena

Written by: Jörn-Uwe Fahrenkrog-Petersen/Carlo Karges (English lyrics by Kevin McAlea)
Produced by: Reinhold Heil/Manne Praeker
Country of origin: West Germany
Release date: January 1983

Australia
26 March 1984 - #1 (5) - 15 weeks (English version)

Austria
Ö3-Hitparade: 6 March 1983 - #1 (1) - 14 weeks (German version)
Der Musikmarkt: 15 March 1983 - #1 (2) - 14 weeks (German version)

Belgium
26 March 1983 - #1 (4) - 8 weeks (German version)

Canada
7 January 1984 - #1 (2) - 22 weeks (English version)

Finland
March 1984 - #8 - 5 months (English version)

France
TMP France: 17 July 1983 - #1 (3) - 42 weeks (German version)
InfoDisc: 5 February 1984 - #2 - 25 weeks (German version)
Top France: 10 March 1984 - #2 - 17 weeks (German version)
IFOP: 1 November 2014 - #175 - 2 weeks

(West) Germany
24 January 1983 - #1 (1) - 32 weeks

Iceland
22 April 1983 - #9 - 1 week (German version)

Ireland
12 February 1984 - #1 (4) - 7 weeks (English version)

Israel
#1 (1) (English version)

Italy
TV Sorrisi e Canzoni: 13 November 1983 - #20 - 17 weeks (German version)
Musica e Dischi: 28 January 1984 - #23 - 2 weeks (German version)

Japan
Oricon: 25 February 1984 - #16 - 16 weeks (German version)
Oricon International: #1 (2)
Music Labo: 2 April 1984 - #15 - 4 weeks (German version)

The Netherlands
Nationale Hitparade: 12 March 1983 - #1 (4) - 12 weeks (German version)
De Nederlandse Top 40: 12 March 1983 - #1 (4) - 10 weeks (German version)

New Zealand
18 March 1984 - #1 (1) - 11 weeks (English version)

Norway
28 March 1984 - #4 - 12 weeks (German version)

Portugal
Top Música & Som/TV Top: #1 (1) (English version)
Música & Som: #2 (English version)

South Africa
16 March 1984 - #3 - 21 weeks (English version)

Spain
28 April 1984 - #10 - 20 weeks (English version)

Sweden
6 March 1984 - #1 (6) - 16 weeks (German version)

Switzerland
DRS Hitparade: 20 February 1983 - #1 (2) - 11 weeks (German version)
Der Musikmarkt: 15 March 1983 - #1 (2) - 12 weeks (German version)

UK
Music Week: 4 February 1984 - #1 (3) - 12 weeks (English version)
New Musical Express: 11 February 1984 - #1 (4) - 10 weeks (English version)
Melody Maker: 11 February 1984 - #1 (3) - 10 weeks (English version)

USA
Billboard: 10 December 1983 - #2 - 23 weeks (German version)
Cash Box: 10 December 1983 - #1 (1) - 26 weeks (German version)
Radio & Records: 13 January 1984 - #2 - 12 weeks (German version)

Zimbabwe
14 April 1984 - #1 (6) - 17 weeks (English version)

30.1. 99 LUFTBALLONS 2002 by Nena

The Netherlands
Mega Top 100: 7 February 2004 - #82 - 4 weeks

Switzerland
3 November 2002 - #77 - 5 weeks

30.2. 99 Red Balloons by Goldfinger

Germany
24 April 2000 - #39 - 10 weeks

Switzerland
4 June 2000 - #81 - 4 weeks
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Postby Passing_Strang » Fri Nov 17, 2017 2:56 pm

Sorry for the long absense, just been busy generally. But now let's continue with the fourth dozen (I've added 21-30 list and links on the first page, by the way) - and it's a good sequence of three consecutive No. 1s on the German singles chart of the early 1983. This time it's from England - and the biggest teen pop sensation of the first half of 1983. Off the back of Duran Duran, of course, and, somewhat incredibly, seen for some time as a rival for them. Intensely hated, too - I actually find it somewhat puzzling how unviersal the hatred for them was at the time. Predictably they didn't have the staying power of Duran and faded within two years - having produced only one really memorable song certainly didn't help. But what a hit it was - wiped out almost all competition on its way! Let's see:
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Postby Passing_Strang » Fri Nov 17, 2017 3:07 pm

31. TOO SHY by Kajagoogoo

Written by: Kajagoogoo (Jez, Limahl, Nick, Steve, Stuart)
Produced by: Colin Thurston/Nick Rhodes
Country of origin: UK
Release date: January 1983

Australia
21 Marсh 1983 - #6 - 14 weeks

Austria
Ö3-Hitparade: 3 April 1983 - #3 - 13 weeks
Der Musikmarkt: 15 April 1983 - #4 - 14 weeks

Belgium
19 March 1983 - #2 - 8 weeks

Canada
RPM: 14 May 1983 - #8 - 14 weeks
The Record: #11 - 10 weeks

Denmark
20 May 1983 - #3 - 9 weeks

Finland
February 1983 - #1 (4) - 5 months

France
InfoDisc: 2 April 1983 - #2 - 31 weeks
TMP France: 3 April 1983 - #1 (2) - 28 weeks
Top France: 14 May 1983 - #2 - 18 weeks

(West) Germany
21 March 1983 - #1 (5) - 20 weeks

Iceland
11 February 1983 - #2 - 9 weeks

Ireland
30 January 1983 - #1 (1) - 7 weeks

Israel
#1 (1)

Italy
Musica e Dischi: 7 May 1983 - #6 - 11 weeks
TV Sorrisi e Canzoni: 15 May 1983 - #11 - 12 weeks
RAI Hit Parade: 5 June 1983 - #9 - 8 weeks

Japan
Oricon: 21 May 1983 - #23 - ?
Oricon International: #1 (3)

The Netherlands
Nationale Hitparade: 5 March 1983 - #5 - 10 weeks
De Nederlandse Top 40: 5 March 1983 - #4 - 9 weeks

New Zealand
6 March 1983 - #2 - 16 weeks

Portugal
Top Música & Som: #1 (4)
Música & Som: May 1983 - #2 - 4 months

South Africa
25 March 1983 - #11 - 17 weeks

Spain
23 April 1983 - #20 - 4 weeks

Sweden
22 March 1983 - #4 - 16 weeks

Switzerland
DRS Hitparade: 20 March 1983 - #2 - 10 weeks
Der Musikmarkt: 15 April 1983 - #2 - 10 weeks

UK
Music Week: 22 January 1983 - #1 (2) - 13 weeks
New Musical Express: 29 January 1983 - #1 (2) - 9 weeks
Melody Maker: 29 January 1983 - #1 (1) - 9 weeks

USA
Billboard: 23 April 1983 - #5 - 19 weeks
Cash Box: 23 April 1983 - #5 - 21 weeks
Radio & Records: 6 May 1983 - #4 - 11 weeks
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Postby Gambo » Sun Nov 19, 2017 12:43 pm

While regularly-derided as boy band pop pap by many, in objective fairness I really don't consider 'Too Shy' to be a poorly-written or constructed song. Granted it was a very teenybop production, but that's the market they were aiming for and succeeded in doing so. Kajagoogoo could play and sing, though evidently had no more memorable catchy numbers in their repertoire that might've secured a longer-term or more credible career. Yet many will recall this one-off fondly and for legitimate reasons, especially if like me you were a kid at the time and enjoyed that sort of synth-funk pop that grew to become such a major influence on commercial music through the '80s.
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Postby Robbie » Sun Nov 19, 2017 8:59 pm

It was strange how it was the German original of '99 Luftballons' that became the hit version in the US. I wonder if it was just seen as something of a novelty, at least at first. Looking at the entry for the single on discogs the US release has the English version as the A side and the German version as the B side. In the UK the German version was only available on the B side of the 12" version.

I did quite like 'Too Shy', it stood out from the usual fayre that acts aimed at teen girls would normally release. I do remember that Kajagoogoo seemed to come from nowhere with the single gaining an unusually large number of plays on Radio 1 around the time the single was released, a rare event for an unknown band. I only found out later that there was a Duran Duran connection with Nick Rhodes and regular DD producer Colin Thurston both co-producing the single.
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Postby Passing_Strang » Wed Nov 22, 2017 2:26 pm

"Too Shy" is definitely a good song, no wonder it is still remembered and played. And Kaja guys did themselves both a favour and a curse debuting with it - it really stands out in almost every way but it's too good to adequately follow it. The four musicians in the band were more predisposed towards jazz-funk and prog/art - and it showed in "Too Shy" but also got them an itch after this enormous teen success. Strange though that the band split with their frontman so soon, almost immediately, only half a year passed... Everyone even then could see it was a dumb move. Still, how many chances they could've had being perceived as a Duran copycut during the DD's heyday? Perhaps it was inevitable.

We, by the way, haven't heard the last of this band yet in the context of this thread :D

As for Nena hit, I understand the English version was equally, if not more popular on MTV and in clubs as the German one. But the latter was on the "A" side so charted that high (by the 80s, I understand, the US chart compilers stopped counting popularity of the "B" side separately - maybe because such instances became very rare, - so only one song from the single could chart).

Now, the next one - and another great hit of 1983 from another UK band very popular with teens of the time. I actually had doubts about including this one because the band is not only far from being a one hit wonder, it's actually one of the emblematic of the decade (or at least the "New Wave" movement) - still, speaking of their global successes, this one is head and shoulders above their other hits (which they had plenty of in Europe, say).
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Postby Passing_Strang » Wed Nov 22, 2017 2:30 pm

32. TRUE by Spandau Ballet

Written by: Gary Kemp
Produced by: Tony Swain/Steve Jolley
Country of origin: UK
Release date: April 1983

Australia
8 August 1983 - #4 - 19 weeks

Belgium
11 June 1983 - #10 - 6 weeks

Canada
RPM: 3 September 1983 - #1 (2) - 21 weeks
The Record: 10 September 1983 - #1 (2) - 19 weeks

France
TMP France: 10 July 1983 - #2 - 21 weeks
InfoDisc: 27 August 1983 - #15 - 21 weeks
Top France: 17 September 1983 - #13 - 7 weeks

(West) Germany
6 June 1983 - #9 - 17 weeks

Iceland
6 May 1983 - #2 - 7 weeks

Ireland
24 April 1983 - #1 (1) - 7 weeks

Israel
16 May 1983 - #3 - 11 weeks

Italy
TV Sorrisi & Canzoni: 4 December 1983 - #34 - 11 weeks

The Netherlands
De Nederlandse Top 40: 28 May 1983 - #4 - 8 weeks
Nationale Hitparade: 28 May 1983 - #5 - 9 weeks

New Zealand
31 July 1983 - #4 - 18 weeks

Poland
7 May 1983 - #8 - 7 weeks

South Africa
24 June 1983 - #21 - 5 weeks

Spain
Superventas: 30 July 1983 - #3 - 20 weeks
Los 40 Principales: 10 September 1983 - #1 (2) - 5 weeks

Switzerland
DRS Hitparade: 26 June 1983 - #5 - 7 weeks
Der Musikmarkt: 15 July 1983 - #12 - 6 weeks

UK
Music Week: 23 April 1983 - #1 (4) - 15 weeks
New Musical Express: 23 April 1983 - #1 (4) - 10 weeks
Melody Maker: 23 April 1983 - #1 (3) - 9 weeks

USA
Cash Box: 30 July 1983 - #4 - 25 weeks
Billboard: 6 August 1983 - #4 - 18 weeks
Radio & Records: 12 August 1983 - #3 - 13 weeks

Zimbabwe
15 October 1983 - #15 - 4 weeks
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