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

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Postby Passing_Strang » Mon Dec 04, 2017 2:04 pm

33. JEOPARDY by Greg Kihn Band

Written by: Greg Kihn/Steve Wright
Produced by: Matthew King Kaufman
Country of origin: USA
Release date: January 1983

Australia
25 April 1983 - #11 - 19 weeks

Belgium
7 May 1983 - #24 - 4 weeks

Canada
5 March 1983 - #4 - 20 weeks

Finland
May 1983 - #27 - 1 month

France
TMP France: 6 March 1983 - #1 (1) - 26 weeks
InfoDisc: 23 April 1983 - #13 - 25 weeks
Top France: 18 June 1983 - #11 - 9 weeks

(West) Germany
23 May 1983 - #18 - 17 weeks

Iceland
13 May 1983 - #1 (3) - 5 weeks

Ireland
1 May 1983 - #17 - 2 weeks

Israel
19 April 1983 - #2 - 12 weeks

Italy
Musica e Dischi: 9 April 1983 - #8 - 14 weeks
TV Sorrisi e Canzoni: 15 May 1983 - #8 - 13 weeks
RAI Hit Parade: 15 May 1983 - #6 - 10 weeks

Japan
Oricon: 23 April 1983 - #77 - 4 weeks
All Japan Pop 20: #8 - 12 weeks

The Netherlands
De Nederlandse Top 40: 16 April 1983 - #15 - 6 weeks
Nationale Hitparade: 16 April 1983 - #21 - 7 weeks

New Zealand
12 June 1983 - #17 - 11 weeks

South Africa
27 May 1983 - #6 - 17 weeks

Sweden
5 April 1983 - #8 - 6 weeks

Switzerland
DRS Hitparade: 12 June 1983 - #4 - 5 weeks
Der Musikmarkt: 1 July 1983 - #8 - 6 weeks

UK
Music Week: 16 April 1983 - #63 - 3 weeks

USA
Billboard: 29 January 1983 - #2 - 22 weeks
Cash Box: 29 January 1983 - #5 - 23 weeks
Radio & Records: 18 February 1983 - #1 (3) - 13 weeks

33.2. I Lost on Jeopardy by "Weird Al" Yankovic

USA
Billboard: 30 June 1984 - #81 - 3 weeks
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Postby Robbie » Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:31 pm

I loved 'True' in 1983 and bought the 12" single the week the single was released. But now I can't stand it as it is so overplayed on oldies radio.

'Jeopardy' by Greg Kihn Band isn't a song that I am familiar with though as it was such a massive success in the US I must have heard it at some point. Listening to it now it sounds like a decent tune.
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Postby yuvalzirler » Mon Dec 04, 2017 10:13 pm

Wow, that Weird Al parody is hilarious! Definitely one of his best.
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Postby Passing_Strang » Wed Dec 06, 2017 3:26 pm

"Jeopardy" I discovered by chance but it's a great dance rock song, I like it a lot. But I agree the parody is great too, very funny! Al is my fave pop parodist, which helps :D

As for "True", it was the first song by them that I ever heard. Or, more prcisely, seen - the video was very popular during the first weeks of Russian MTV back in 1998. Couldn't quite place it as it sounded strange to my ears not familiar with the 1980s pop (outside of Eurodisco it's not that known in Russia, sadly). Still, it led me to discover Spandau - and to this day it's one of my favourite "New Wave"/ "New Romantic" bands, and I much prefer them to, say, Duran Duran on all levels. I even warmed to "Diamond" which for a long time has been my least favourite album by them. As for "True" the album, well, to me it's one of the peaks of 1980s pop, stellar LP with no weak song on it. But I can really understand the "overkill factor" with its title song - like "Tainted Love" or "Don't You Want Me" it just seems to trample everyrthing else they ever did (which is a shame!). That's what is bad with radio formatting - it narrows the listener's perspective and makes it hard to discover even other songs by the artist...

And speaking of such tremendously successful songs, here's another one - ironically by the artists previously more kmown as the master of instrumental music. In early 1980s, though, he decided to try working with the guest singers - and one of his first efforts becomes an immortal hit of epic proportions! It's even a long-term radio favourite in Russia - probably something to do with its folk overtones and melody. Also an example of a global hit that completely missed out (or wasn't even released?) in North America.
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Postby Passing_Strang » Wed Dec 06, 2017 3:38 pm

34. MOONLIGHT SHADOW by Mike Oldfield with Maggie Reilly

Written by: Mike Oldfield
Produced by: Mike Oldfield/Simon Phillips
Country of origin: UK
Release date: April 1983

Australia
25 July 1983 - #6 - 19 weeks

Austria
Der Musikmarkt: 15 July 1983 - #1 (3) - 26 weeks
Ö3-Hitparade: 24 July 1983 - #1 (9) - 14 weeks

Belgium
16 July 1983 - #1 (4) - 11 weeks

Denmark
3 June 1983 - #1 (4) - 22+ weeks

Finland
July 1983 - #2 - 8 months

France
InfoDisc: 7 May 1983 - #3 - 38 weeks
TMP France: 8 May 1983 - #5 - 27 weeks
Top France: 10 September 1983 - #5 - 13 weeks

(West) Germany
13 June 1983 - #2 - 31 weeks

Iceland
15 July 1983 - #3 - 3 weeks

Ireland
? June 1983 - #1 (1) - ?

Israel
11 July 83 - #1 (2) - 11 weeks

Italy
TV Sorrisi & Canzoni: 31 July 1983 - #1 (2) - 28 weeks
Musica e Dischi: 27 August 1983 - #1 (3) - 21 weeks
RAI Hit Parade: 4 September 1983 - #1 (4) - 22 weeks

The Netherlands
Nationale Hitparade: 25 June 1983 - #1 (4) - 14 weeks
De Nederlandse Top 40: 25 June 1983 - #2 - 12 weeks

New Zealand
14 August 1983 - #3 - 14 weeks

Norway
22 June 1983 - #1 (6) - 16 weeks

Poland
11 June 1983 - #1 (2) - 18 weeks

Portugal
Top Música & Som/TV Top: #1 (6)
Música & Som: September 1983 - #1 (1) - 5 months

South Africa
30 September 1983 - #7 - 15 weeks

Spain
18 June 1983 - #1 (8) - 22 weeks

Sweden
9 August 1983 - #1 (8) - 20 weeks

Switzerland
Der Musikmarkt: 15 July 1983 - #1 (4) - 20 weeks
DRS Hitparade: 17 July 1983 - #1 (4) - 17 weeks

UK
Music Week: 14 May 1983 - #4 - 19 weeks; 9 October 1993 - #52 - 2 weeks
New Musical Express: 11 June 1983 - #3 - 13 weeks
Melody Maker: 18 June 1983 - #2 - 11 weeks

Zimbabwe
19 November 1983 - #10 - 14 weeks

34.2. Moonlight Shadow by Groove Coverage

Australia
2 March 2003 - #39 - 3 weeks

Austria
30 June 2002 - #5 - 24 weeks

Belgium
Flemish Ultratop: 7 December 2002 - #50 - 1 week

Germany
1 July 2002 - #3 - 19 weeks

The Netherlands
Mega Top 100: 21 September 2002 - #68 - 3 weeks

Switzerland
21 July 2002 - #52 - 14 weeks

34.3. Moonlight Shadow by Nolwenn Leroy

Belgium
Walloon Ultratop: 19 November 2011 - #34 - 4 weeks

France
12 November 2011 - #48 - 5 weeks
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Postby grendizer » Sat Dec 09, 2017 7:30 am

In Japan , JEOPARDY by Greg Kihn Band,

Oricon # 77

All Japan # 8, 12 weeks
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Postby Passing_Strang » Mon Dec 11, 2017 1:20 pm

Thank you, grendizer! :D

Another great international hit with folk overtones - this time from the other side of Atlantic, namely Canada, country never featured in this thread before. Great hit from the great album, by the way - "Rhythm of Youth" for me is one of the finest synthpop long players of the decade, very energetic and inventive, recommend it to anyone! As for the song itself, it may not be their best song but it's instantly catchy and rare in that the instrumental section is more memorable than the vocal. Two different versions, one for radio - which was a hit on pop charts, and one for clubs - which topped the US dance chart. Both are great, though I gravitate more towards the Kraftwerkian stylings of a club version. The song achievements are really wide, only Southern Europe shied away for some reason...
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Postby Passing_Strang » Mon Dec 11, 2017 1:30 pm

35. THE SAFETY DANCE by Men Without Hats

Written by: Ivan Doroschuk
Produced by: Marc Durand
Country of origin: Canada
Release date: January 1983

Australia
29 August 1983 - #5 - 23 weeks

Austria
Ö3-Hitparade: 7 August 1983 - #7 - 14 weeks
Der Musikmarkt: 15 September 1983 - #7 - 10 weeks

Belgium
13 August 1983 - #12 - 8 weeks

Canada
RPM: 19 February 1983 - #11 - 16 weeks
The Record: #24 - 7 weeks

Denmark
19 August 1983 - #1 (3) - ?

France
TMP France:10 July 1983 - #13 - 21 weeks
InfoDisc: 22 October 1983 - #64 - 8 weeks

(West) Germany
20 August 1983 - #2 - 20 weeks

Iceland
9 September 1983 - #6 - 1 week

Ireland
25 September 1983 - #3 - 7 weeks

Israel
19 September 1983 - at least #8

Japan
21 September 1983 - #100 - 1 week

The Netherlands
Nationale Hitparade: 27 August 1983 - #23 - 7 weeks
De Nederlandse Top 40: 3 September 1983 - #29 - 6 weeks

New Zealand
23 October 1983 - #2 - 12 weeks

Norway
2 November 1983 - #3 - 11 weeks

South Africa
9 September 1983 - #1 (10) - 24 weeks

Sweden
4 October 1983 - #3 - 16 weeks

Switzerland
DRS Hitparade: 11 September 1983 - #4 - 11 weeks
Der Musikmarkt: 15 September 1983 - #6 - 12 weeks

UK
Music Week: 27 August 1983 - #6 - 16 weeks
New Musical Express: 24 September 1983 - #5 - 11 weeks
Melody Maker: 22 October 1983 - #7 - 6 weeks

USA
Billboard: 25 June 1983 - #3 - 24 weeks
Cash Box: 25 June 1983 - #1 (1) - 26 weeks
Radio & Records: 29 July 1983 - #3 - 13 weeks

Zimbabwe
10 December 1983 - #3 - 17 weeks

35.2. Safety Dance by Glee Cast

Canada
#55

UK
5 June 2010 - #88 - 1 week

USA
5 June 2010 - #81 - 1 week
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Postby anpt » Wed Dec 13, 2017 3:33 pm

"Safety Dance" was n.º 1 in the "TNT - Todos No Top" chart (popularity) on Radio Comercial with great importance on those days! The record company wasn't good enough. :) https://www.discogs.com/label/329947-Discos-MVM.

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Postby Gambo » Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:41 pm

As corny as it perhaps sounds now, it was one of my favourite records at the time, aided by a memorable video clip too. Even with an adult perspective on things, as opposed to the child I was then, I can see the merits of this as a melodic, fun and youthful catchy pop tune that was intended to be an anthemic hands-in-the-air sort of affair. Despite its North American roots, looking back it was so obviously aimed at a European sound. Simple, but effective, as folk and pop can and sometimes should be both and shouldn't lose too much credit for that, if those were the intentions. The synths on this record just stood in for guitars in order to render it a more current production that could also appeal in the clubs - which of course it did, enhanced by the instrumental and 12" versions available. Lyrically, I have to say it is a strain; rather hearty and "let's all have fun kids" for my personal taste. But then I still say, stand this up against what passes for pop now and I think an objective listener must agree that the instrumental qualities, and melodic originality, make it superior to many modern processed and derivative examples, however soft and dated the sound may be now.

More please....
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Postby Passing_Strang » Mon Dec 18, 2017 2:28 pm

Thank you, anpt! It's interesting how almost every country had a sales-based and radio charts, which sometimes influenced each other heavily and quite a few times - not so much. In fact, "Safety Dance" went Top 20 on the Spanish Los 40 Principales radio chart, so only Italy doesn't seem to be covered :D

Gambo, I agree with your assessment - and it amazes me how these "old songs" from the 1980s sound now much more convincing and inviting than the current "let's party" bangers which all come across as stiff, forced and lacking in real uniting power. Not to mention that the likes of "Safety Dance" are much easier and more pleasureable to dance to than the modern stuff.

Now the next one - from Canada, too, and as big a dance hit in some parts of the world. In fact this song stands out as it's a real slow burner (or grower, or what's the appropriate term) - it charted around the world in FOUR successive years! With varying degrees of success and aided by remixes, but still, some achievement. A true one hit wonder - and unfortunately the first song on the list that didn't get to No. 1 anywhere (performed by original artist, of course).

To me, I have to say, it's one of the peaks of "original" synthpop wave - such a rich sound full of electronic effects! Real pleasure to listen to at full volume :D
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Postby Passing_Strang » Mon Dec 18, 2017 2:34 pm

36. LIVING ON VIDEO by Trans-X

Written by: Pascal Languirand
Produced by: Daniel Bernier (or Dominique & Carmine Nicodemo)
Country of origin: Canada
Release date: 1983

Australia
21 October 1985 - #40 - 17 weeks

Austria
Ö3-Hitparade: 2 October 1983 - #9 - 12 weeks
Der Musikmarkt: 15 October 1983 - #9 - 12 weeks

Belgium
3 September 1983 - #13 - 6 weeks

(West) Germany
18 July 1983 - #4 - 21 weeks

Ireland
8 August 1985 - #17 - 2 weeks

Israel
at least #8

The Netherlands
De Nederlandse Top 40: 13 August 1983 - #12 - 5 weeks
Nationale Hitparade: 13 August 1983 - #16 - 7 weeks

Spain
19 November 1983 - #6 - 16 weeks

Switzerland
DRS Hitparade: 28 August 1983 - #2 - 10 weeks
Der Musikmarkt: 15 September 1983 - #3 - 10 weeks

UK
Music Week: 5 May 1984 - #77 - 4 weeks; 13 July 1985 - #9 - 9 weeks
New Musical Express: 20 July 1985 - #7 - 7 weeks
Melody Maker: 13 July 1985 - #11 - 8 weeks

USA
Billboard: 10 May 1986 - #61 - 12 weeks
Cash Box: 17 May 1986 - #77 - 8 weeks

36.2. Living on Video by Fidget

Sweden
16 March 2000 - #54 - 3 weeks

36.3. Living on Video by DJ Piccolo vs DJ E-MaxX

Austria
1 July 2001 - #29 - 12 weeks

36.4. Living on Video by Pakito

France
18 February 2006 - #1 (4) - 39 weeks

Belgium
Flemish Ultratop: 8 April 2006 - #25 - 12 weeks
Walloon Ultratop: 15 April 2006 - #3 - 32 weeks

The Netherlands
Mega Top 100: 6 May 2006 - #7 - 26 weeks
De Nederlandse Top 40: 20 May 2006 - #15 -

Sweden
14 September 2006 - #43 - 9 weeks

36.5. Living on Video by Lazard feat. O'Heller Project

Germany
12 May 2006 - #73 - 4 weeks
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Postby fiesta » Mon Dec 18, 2017 7:14 pm

I like this thread it is very interesting
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Postby Passing_Strang » Fri Dec 22, 2017 8:57 pm

Thank you, fiesta! :D

A new one - and another great electronic hit from 1983. Found it not long ago, actually, and it is very good, perfect example of a breakdance/electro craze of 1983-84 and a deserved worldwide smash.
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Postby Passing_Strang » Fri Dec 22, 2017 9:04 pm

37. I.O.U. by Freeez

Written by: Arthur Baker
Produced by: Arthur Baker
Country of origin: UK
Release date: June 1983

Australia
15 August 1983 - #3 - 23 weeks

Belgium
13 August 1983 - #3 - 7 weeks

Canada
1 October 1983 - #38 - 5 weeks

Finland
August 1983 - #16 - 4 months

France
TMP France: 28 August 1983 - #1 (2) - 25 weeks
InfoDisc: 1 October 1983 - #4 - 18 weeks
Top France: 22 October 1983 - #5 - 13 weeks

(West) Germany
1 August 1983 - #8 - 17 weeks

Iceland
22 July 1983 - #1 (2) - 5 weeks

Ireland
10 July 1983 - #6 - 8 weeks

Israel
25 July 1983 - #4 - 9 weeks

The Netherlands
Nationale Hitparade: 23 July 1983 - #2 - 11 weeks
De Nederlandse Top 40: 23 July 1983 - #2 - 9 weeks

New Zealand
28 August 1983 - #4 - 18 weeks

South Africa
11 November 1983 - #3 - 20 weeks

Spain
10 September 1983 - #2 - 19 weeks

Sweden
20 September 1983 - #12 - 6 weeks

Switzerland
DRS Hitparade: 4 September 1983 - #5 - 5 weeks
Der Musikmarkt: 15 September 1983 - #10 - 6 weeks

UK
Music Week: 18 June 1983 - #2 - 15 weeks
Melody Maker: 25 June 1983 - #1 (1) - 11 weeks
New Musical Express: 25 June 1983 - #2 - 12 weeks

USA
Billboard: 24 September 1983 - #108 - 3 weeks

Zimbabwe
5 May 1984 - #6 - 11 weeks

37.1. I.O.U. (The Ultimate Mixes '87) by Freeez feat. John Rocca

Ireland
8 February 1987 - #26 - 1 week

UK
Music Week: 17 January 1987 - #23 - 6 weeks
Melody Maker: 24 January 1987 - #22 - 4 weeks
New Musical Express: 24 January 1987 - #23 - 4 weeks

37.3. I.O.U. by Ghettoblasta

Germany
8 June 1998 - #65 - 4 weeks

37.3. I.O.U. by Phonkillaz

Germany
6 May 2002 - #90 - 2 weeks
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Postby Passing_Strang » Mon Dec 25, 2017 6:42 pm

And another one that's the absolute classic of breakdance. Seen the iconic video to it recently (again) and was genuinely terrified - can only imagine the reaction to it the first time people saw it. Still, judging by the charts, it didn't scare too many of the record-buying ones :D
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Postby Passing_Strang » Mon Dec 25, 2017 6:43 pm

38. ROCKIT by Herbie Hancock

Written by: Herbie Hancock/Bill Laswell/Michael Beinhorn
Produced by: Bill Laswell
Country of origin: USA
Release date: June 1983

Australia
24 October 1983 - #72 - 8 weeks
26 March 1984 - #16 - 23 weeks (re-entry)

Austria
Ö3-Hitparade: 2 October 1983 - #9 - 13 weeks
Der Musikmarkt: 1 November 1983 - #7 - 12 weeks

Belgium
1 October 1983 - #4 - 6 weeks

Canada
31 March 1984 - #9 - 14 weeks

Finland
September 1983 - #28 - 1 month

France
TMP France: 25 September 1983 - #5 - 18 weeks
InfoDisc: 12 November 1983 - #9 - 23 weeks
Top France: 14 January 1984 - #8 - 10 weeks

(West) Germany
26 September 1983 - #6 - 22 weeks

Iceland
9 September 1983 - #1 (2) - 7 weeks

Ireland
14 August 1983 - #13 - 3 weeks

Israel
29 August 1983 - #13 - 6 weeks

The Netherlands
De Nederlandse Top 40: 17 September 1983 - #8 - 7 weeks
Nationale Hitparade: 1 October 1983 - #7 - 6 weeks

New Zealand
27 November 1983 - #7 - 10 weeks

Sweden
20 September 1983 - #10 - 10 weeks

Switzerland
DRS Hitparade: 23 October 1983 - #4 - 11 weeks
Der Musikmarkt: 15 November 1983 - #4 - 6 weeks

UK
Music Week: 30 July 1983 - #8 - 12 weeks
New Musical Express: 6 August 1983 - #7 - 8 weeks
Melody Maker: 6 August 1983 - #6 - 7 weeks

USA
Billboard: 10 September 1983 - #71 - 9 weeks
Cash Box: 24 September 1983 - #64 - 10 weeks

Zimbabwe
25 February 1984 - #10 - 5 weeks
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Postby Robbie » Mon Dec 25, 2017 7:12 pm

I can remember 'Living On Video' from late 1983 when it was massive in nightclubs in Newcastle. The 1985 UK chart entry was with a remix of the record and I think the remix took away a lot of the appeal of the record. It's not a great remix.

I owned both 'IOU' and 'Rockit' on 12". Both are absolute classics. And the video to 'Rockit' is brilliant. Directed by Kevin Godley and Lol Creme it certainly did give a lot of people the shivers! The robots were made by British artist and inventor Jim Whiting and I believe the video was shot in his house in the south of England. It was said at the time that Herbie Hancock's appearance (which is via an appearance on a TV set) was deliberately kept to a minimum so that the video could be shown on MTV as, Michael Jackson and to an extent Prince aside MTV seemed to not programme tracks by black acts. I'm not sure whether the story was a myth or whether there was any truth in it. But at the time MTV was largely shown in white US households and most of the videos were from either the rock or synth genres.
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Postby Passing_Strang » Fri Dec 29, 2017 12:53 am

Agree about the 1985 version of "Living on Video". For me there's only one version and it's the original one :D By the way, forgot to mention, but "Living on Video" made waves not only commercially - it also generated a wave of soundalikes and records made by the same rules. Off the top of my head there were "Go Go Yellow Screen" by Digital Emotion (the most obvious... wanted to call it a rip off, but I like it almost as much so let's call it a homage :D ), Fun Fun's "Happy Station", "Love Spy" by Mike Mareen (fantastic track!)... even down to the recent-ish "Videodrome" by Tobias Bernstrup. But when "Living..." only started out in 1982 there was another club hit that people mistook it for, "City of Night" by fellow Canadians Rational Youth - also heartily recommended! :)

1983 seems to be quite the year for classic synthpop - along with mentioned, also "Fascination", "Sweet Dreams", "New Song", "Tour de France", "Blue Monday", "Nobody's Diary", "Love on Your Side", "Everything Counts"... And also lots of fine but, alas, not as celebrated ones. Probably my favourite year for synth music along with 1981 :D

Now, aiming to close the fourth dozen before this year's closure, here's the first entry on this list from Denmark! Maybe the most famous of their music exports (unless I'm forgetting somebody else), they had a tremendous cross-European hit during 1983. This song is one of my earlier musical memories from Russian radio, it was almost omnipresent for a long time (maybe still is). Great relaxing song, quite typical for lots of their material - though they also had more synthetic stuff up their sleeve. It's one of the few songs on this list that completely bombed in the UK and USA - though they eventually scored minor hits in both countries with other ones.
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Postby Passing_Strang » Fri Dec 29, 2017 12:54 am

39. SUNSHINE REGGAE by Laid Back

Written by: Tim Stahl/John Guldberg
Produced by: Laid Back & The Dwarfs
Country of origin: Denmark
Release date: June 1982

Australia
6 February 1984 - #56 - 9 weeks

Austria
Ö3-Hitparade: 25 September 1983 - #5 - 14 weeks
Der Musikmarkt: 1 October 1983 - #1 (1) - 14 weeks

Belgium
29 October 1983 - #6 - 9 weeks

Canada
RPM: 24 March 1984 - #46 - 4 weeks
The Record: ? April 1984 - #34 - 12 weeks

Denmark
2 July 1982 - #1 (1) - 20 weeks

Finland
April 1984 - #21 - 1 month

France
TMP France: 27 November 1983 - #3 - 19 weeks
InfoDisc: 29 January 1984 - #62 - 15 weeks
Top France: 10 March 1984 - #17 - 4 weeks

(West) Germany
29 August 1983 - #1 (6) - 22 weeks

Iceland
14 October 1983 - #1 (1) - 5 weeks

Ireland
12 August 1984 - #15 - 3 weeks

Italy
Musica e Dischi: 18 June 1983 - #3 - 21 weeks
TV Sorrisi & Canzoni: 10 July 1983 - #3 - 23 weeks
RAI Hit Parade: 24 July 1983 - #4 - 17 weeks

The Netherlands
Nationale Hitparade: 22 October 1983 - #4 - 8 weeks
De Nederlandse Top 40: 22 October 1983 - #2 - 8 weeks

Portugal
Musica & Som: November 1983 - #6 - 5 months

South Africa
24 February 1984 - #2 - 16 weeks

Spain
Los 40 Principales: 5 November 1983 - #10 - 5 weeks

Switzerland
Der Musikmarkt: 1 September 1983 - #5 - 12 weeks
DRS Hitparade: 4 September 1983 - #9 - 7 weeks

39.1. SUNSHINE REGGAE 2000 by Laid Back vs Funkstar de Luxe

Germany
3 July 2000 - #68 - 3 weeks

The Netherlands
Mega Top 100: 8 July 2000 - #35 - 9 weeks

Switzerland
14 May 2000 - #64 - 7 weeks

39.2. Sunshine Reggae by The Nips

Switzerland
DRS Hitparade: 14 August 1983 - #3 - 7 weeks

39.3. Sunshine Reggae by Allen Harris

Canada
RPM: 11 August 1984 - #87 - 3 weeks
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Postby Gambo » Sun Dec 31, 2017 10:41 am

1983 was a top year I think for pop music, both objectively and subjectively. Some corkers in the above recent entries, provided one has fondness for synth/electro-led stuff.

I'm going to be the sole voice of dissent on the preferred mix of 'Living On Video' though! I like the '85 version more; the original's good but sounds rather tinny to my ears by comparison. Then again I suspect the remix was the first edition of it that I heard, as being quite young at the time, I tended usually to only hear stuff that reached the Top 40, or 75 anyway. So I guess that's the version I invest my nostalgia in.
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Postby Passing_Strang » Sun Dec 31, 2017 7:20 pm

Yes, Gambo, 1983 is when pop and all the new technological inventions combined to start the mass production of classic stuff of worldwide renown. Almost like an explosion that lasted for several years and which to this day sounds great and relevant (not only musically, sadly).

Now, just grabbing a chance to get to No. 40 on the list, here's the first appearance of Italy. Not only that - the next couple of entries will be from this marvellous country, too. It's just curious how during the same year there were so many staggering Europe- and worldwide hits from the same country! This one was co-created and produced by La Bionda brothers - great team that came to the attention during the disco craze of late 1970s ("One for You, One for Me" is their best-known tune, though they made lots of quality material and even were one of the early adopters of electronic sounds in their country with the hit "I Wanna Be Your Lover"). Now they made the whle of Europe to dance to their music once again - and it's a rare instance where non-English language hit became such a cross-continental smash. Only one by brothers Righeira, though they had several years of stardom in their home country after that, but the song lives on.

Regarding this one, I'm somewhat surprised it charted in the UK - such a rare feat for foreign language record! And a funny instance when the original version was upstaged by the cover - in case of Sweden. Apparently, not an altogether uncommon occurence in those days.

Finally, let me take this opportunity to thank everyone who visited this thread and especially those who commented - it's all very much appreciated, happy to see any reaction to my humble digging in the past. A very happy new year to everyone! :D
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Postby Passing_Strang » Sun Dec 31, 2017 7:21 pm

40. VAMOS A LA PLAYA by Righeira

Written by: Carmelo la Bionda/Stefano Righi
Produced by: La Bionda
Country of origin: Italy
Release date: May 1983

Austria
Der Musikmarkt: 1 September 1983 - #11 - 12 weeks
Ö3-Hitparade: 11 September 1983 - #14 - 10 weeks

Belgium
27 August 1983 - #2 - 8 weeks

Denmark
#8 on 28 July

Finland
September 1983 - #6 - 21 weeks

France
TMP France: 7 August 1983 - #2 - 18 weeks
InfoDisc: 3 September 1983 - #27 - 10 weeks
Top France: 1 October 1983 - #14 - 6 weeks

(West) Germany
15 August 1983 - #3 - 18 weeks

Ireland
25 September 1983 - #23 - 2 weeks

Italy
Musica e Dischi: 11 June 1983 - #1 (10) - 23 weeks
TV Sorrisi e Canzoni: 3 July 1983 - #1 (10) - 23 weeks
RAI Hit Parade: 3 July 1983 - #1 (7) - 22 weeks

The Netherlands
De Nederlandse Top 40: 27 August 1983 - #2 - 8 weeks
Nationale Hitparade: 3 September 1983 - #6 - 7 weeks

Norway
28 September 1983 - #6 - 5 weeks

South Africa
11 May 1984 - #21 - 7 weeks

Spain
13 August 1983 - #6 - 10 weeks

Switzerland
DRS Hitparade: 7 August 1983 - #1 (2) - 9 weeks
Der Musikmarkt: 1 September 1983 - #2 - 8 weeks

UK
Music Week: 10 September 1983 - #53 - 5 weeks

40.2. Vamos a la Playa by The Miamis

Sweden
15 November 1983 - #12 - 4 weeks

40.3. Vamos a la Playa '92 by TN'T Party Zone

Germany
10 August 1992 - #29 - 10 weeks
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Postby Gambo » Tue Jan 02, 2018 1:13 pm

Ha yes; this is one I recall hearing/seeing on TV pitched as a potentially-sizeable future hit, but for some reason it never made landfall in Top 40 territory here - one might not be so surprised perhaps, yet the very-similar-sounding and equally-Europop 'Dolce Vita' managed to cruise up to our Top 10 almost at the same time 'Vamos' was sputtering-out! No accounting for chart failure sometimes any more than there necessarily is for success.

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Postby Robbie » Tue Jan 02, 2018 3:21 pm

Happy New Year to all!

'Vamos A La Playa' was one of those records that charted in the UK on the back of holidaymakers returning from their fortnight in the sun. I remember it being played countless times on my local commercial radio station, Metro Radio in Newcastle. I actually quite liked it and still do in fact. But given that there only seemed to be room for one big holiday hit at the time it lost out to 'Dolce Vita' by Ryan Paris. The other "almost" holiday hit of the time was 'I Want You' by Gary Low.
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