Have to say that while "Body Rock" is not the type of song I'd prefer to listen to that often when it comes to 1980s music (while it certainly is a very good track and has its considerable merits), I much prefer it to almost anything Madonna released in the 1980s (or 1990s, or ever) - both musically and vocally. My strong view is that Madonna is the last in line to qualify for the title of the most successful female perfomer of the decade (or all time), and yet here we are! Such is life, as I came to admit if not accept or respect
Vidal's husband will be featured in the list later with one of his productions, by the way - and another strong contender for the title of the decade's best singer
I am miffed by the BBC policy to cut or scrap completely the whole episodes of TOTP - it's a strange and unwelcome decision but it's been criticized so much I have nothing new to say, just join the majority. What is interesting to me is that seemingly since 1985 the show rapidly started to lose it hit-making power - am I right? Maybe someone can shed some light?
To roll back a bit, I have to admit that "I Know Him So Well" completely escaped me when I made the clame for "One Night in Bangkok" to be the last international hit for Benny & Bjorn. But it's a great song, very touching - and it stopped the next entry from hitting the pole position in the UK! Well, in the Gallup charts at least. I first hard it when I saw the video - and for a long time didn't think much of it, just a run of a mill pop-funk, token late New Wave. Still, some songs just need time to grow on you. This one did so and I've changed my mind about it
Also, a shout-out for Richard Burgess
- a great musical figure of the decade, a man at the forefront of music technology and an immence influence for his co-creation of the famous hexagonal Symmons synth drum and early work with music computers. From this list so far he drummed for Buggles, did computer programming for Visage, produced first two albums by Spandau Ballet and even worked with Adam Ant. He also had more hits after this one - but this is the closest he came to No. 1 in the UK!
Now almost forgotten but a worthy and notable man who simply must be mentioned. Thank you, Mr Burgess!