"New Wave" and the 1980s - one-hit wonders and biggest hits

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Postby Robbie » Mon Dec 31, 2018 10:26 am

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Happy New Year Passing_Strang. And to everyone else too!
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Postby Passing_Strang » Mon Jan 07, 2019 3:54 pm

So I'm finally back from New Year holidays (we in Russia usually have the first week or so of the year free, not only because of New Year itself but also Christmas - which is bizarrely about two weeks later than in the West. Actually Christmas here is today, so Merry Christmas, everyone! :D ).

Now, let's start the new year with a couple of absolute crackers. It's very strange how 1980s hits up until (and including) 1985 are widely known and loved - yet there is increasingly lesser recognition to the big hits of the second half of the decade. Granted lots of them were, let's say, not up to much - but even the deserving ones are often overlooked. Here's one - one of my biggest favourites of 1986, though its sentiment seems to be even more current in these times. Strangely, its performer, seemingly seen as a future force of pop, faded almost as quickly as he appeared. Or maybe its not so strange - his follow-up wasn't of the carrier-supporting kind and media may simply have lost interest. Still, his only hit is a gem and has to be preserved for posterity.
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Postby Passing_Strang » Mon Jan 07, 2019 3:56 pm

81. WHAT’S THE COLOUR OF MONEY? by Hollywood Beyond

Written by: Mark Rogers
Produced by: Stephen Hague
Country of origin: UK
Release date: June 1986

Australia
1 September 1986 - #23 - 15 weeks

Austria
Ö3-Hitparade: 28 September 1986 - #14 - 1 week
Der Musikmarkt: 1 October 1986 - #15 - 8 weeks

Belgium
20 September 1986 - #6 - 8 weeks

Denmark
Top 10

Finland
27 July 1986 - #8 - 9 weeks

(West) Germany
8 September 1986 - #21 - 15 weeks

Iceland
Rás 2: 17 July 1986 - #5 - 7 weeks

Ireland
17 July 1986 - #2 - 5 weeks

Italy
TV Sorrisi e Canzoni: 26 October 1986 - #35 - 6 weeks
Musica e Dischi: 15 November 1986 - #13 - 4 weeks

The Netherlands
Nationale Hitparade: 6 September 1986 - #8 - 9 weeks
De Nederlandse Top 40: 6 September 1986 - #9 - 9 weeks

South Africa
28 September 1986 - #25 - 8 weeks

Sweden
Trackslistan: 16 August 1986 - #9 - 4 weeks
Topplistan: 27 August 1986 - #5 - 10 weeks

Switzerland
5 October 1986 - #14 - 7 weeks

UK
Music Week: 5 July 1986 - #7 - 11 weeks
Melody Maker: 12 July 1986 - #3 - 8 weeks
The Network Chart: 12 July 1986 - #4 - 10 weeks
New Musical Express: 26 July 1986 - #8 - 7 weeks
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Postby Passing_Strang » Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:47 pm

Another of my favourites from 1986 is a single by Stan Ridgway, former frontman of the great, sadly underrated US band Wall of Voodoo. Their "Mexican Radio" is justly remembered as a quirky and off-kilter - even by New Wave standards - but deserved hit, but the band was so much more than this one song! Strongly recommend their albums to anyone interested in New Wave music for a very original take on the genre. But by 1986 Stan was off the band (who, somewhat unexpectedly, continued without him with some minor successes for several more years) anв forging a solo carrier - that kick-started with this hit. Turned out to be a one-off, but that's just how things go with such original artists. And a song to cherish - sends shivers down my spine every time I hear it (nowadays I can do it at will, but choose to do it rarely as not to make it too familiar). Great, very touching story and fantastic performance!
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Postby Passing_Strang » Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:49 pm

82. CAMOUFLAGE by Stan Ridgway

Written by: Stan Ridgway
Produced by: Louis Van Den Berg
Country of origin: USA
Release date: July 1986

Australia
6 October 1986 - #76 - 8 weeks

Austria
Der Musikmarkt: 1 October 1986 - #17 - 6 weeks

Belgium
16 August 1986 - #8 - 9 weeks

Finland
31 August 1986 - #14 - 5 weeks

France
TMP France: 7 September 1986 - #64 - 8 weeks

(West) Germany
1 September 1986 - #8 - 15 weeks

Ireland
24 July 1986 - #2 - 6 weeks

Israel
#4

The Netherlands
Nationale Hitparade: 30 August 1986 - #11 - 8 weeks
De Nederlandse Top 40: 13 September 1986 - #14 - 7 weeks

Poland
23 August 1986 - #2 - 10 weeks

Portugal
26 September 1986 - #9 - 10 weeks

Switzerland
31 August 1986 - #11 - 11 weeks

UK
Music Week: 5 July 1986 - #4 - 12 weeks
New Musical Express: 12 July 1986 - #4 - 10 weeks
Melody Maker: 12 July 1986 - #5 - 10 weeks
The Network Chart: 12 July 1986 - #6 - 12 weeks
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Postby Passing_Strang » Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:30 pm

After a couple of probably more obscure ones here's the one that's remembered very well! Rare one from Scandinavia on this list, though a very deserved one. This has to be one the most well-known "Western" songs in the former Soviet Union - and one of the most beloved. It has this hymnic and spacey quality people here just love so much. The guys were one of the first rock bands "from the West" to visit USSR and play (well, lip-synch) on the Soviet TV in 1987 which was big news for those who watched. Still, they were "metallists" so the press was harsh and rough on them. Which probably helped the song's longevity (if not the band's). One of the biggest, truly global hits on this list, too, charting in every country that had a chart then. Still a favourite and seldom fails to raise the hairs at the back of my neck :D
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Postby Passing_Strang » Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:31 pm

83. THE FINAL COUNTDOWN by Europe

Written by: Joey Tempest
Produced by: Kevin Elson
Country of origin: Sweden
Release date: May 1986

Australia
2 February 1987 - #2 - 26 weeks

Austria
Der Musikmarkt: 15 October 1986 - #1 (2) - 22 weeks
O3-Hitparade: 19 October 1986 - #1 (4) - 12 weeks

Belgium
13 September 1986 - #1 (3) - 13 weeks

Canada
RPM: 14 February 1987 - #5 - 19 weeks
The Record: 21 February 1987 - #1 (1) - 19 weeks

Finland
22 June 1986 - #1 (4) - 34 weeks

France
20 September 1986 - #1 (8) - 27 weeks

(West) Germany
8 September 1986 - #1 (4) - 23 weeks

Ireland
16 November 1986 - #1 (2) - 10 weeks

Israel
#1 (2)

Italy
Musica e Dischi: 22 November 1986 - #1 (6) - 24 weeks
TV Sorrisi e Canzoni: 7 December 1986 - #1 (9) - 24 weeks
RAI Hit Parade: #1 (9)

Japan
21 June 1986 - #69 - 5 weeks

The Netherlands
Nationale Hitparade: 9 August 1986 - #1 (6) - 20 weeks
De Nederlandse Top 40: 16 August 1986 - #1 (4) - 16 weeks

New Zealand
5 April 1987 - #12 - 14 weeks

Norway
25 June 1986 - #4 - 8 weeks

Poland
22 November 1986 - #1 (8) - 32 weeks

Portugal
18 October 1986 - #1 (13) - 23 weeks

South Africa
24 January 1987 - #1 (5) - 19 weeks

Spain
Superventas: 17 January 1987 - #1 (10) - 32 weeks
AFYVE: 29 November 1986 - #1 (8) - 46 weeks

Sweden
Topplistan: 14 May 1986 - #1 (6) - 14 weeks
Trackslistan: 3 May 1986 - #1 (5) - 8 weeks

Switzerland
7 September 1986 - #1 (7) - 19 weeks

UK
Music Week: 25 October 1986 - #1 (2) - 16 weeks
Melody Maker: 1 November 1986 - #2 - 13 weeks
The Network Chart: 1 November 1986 - #2 - 15 weeks
New Musical Express: 8 November 1986 - #1 (2) - 13 weeks

USA
Billboard: 24 January 1987 - #8 - 18 weeks
Cash Box: 24 January 1987 - #10 - 18 weeks
Radio & Records: 30 January 1987 - #7 - 10 weeks

Zimbabwe
28 February 1987 - #2 - 26 weeks

83.1. THE FINAL COUNTDOWN 2000 by Europe

Australia
9 January 2000 - #33 - 3 weeks

Finland
26 December 1999 - #12 - 2 weeks

Germany
27 December 1999 - #35 - 7 weeks

The Netherlands
Mega Top 100: 18 December 1999 - #60 - 5 weeks

Norway
22 December 1999 - #12 - 6 weeks

Sweden
16 December 1999 - #6 - 10 weeks

Switzerland
26 December 1999 - #33 - 6 weeks

UK
25 December 1999 - #36 - 4 weeks
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Postby trebor » Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:09 pm

^ Italy: RAI - 83. THE FINAL COUNTDOWN by Europe

6 December 1986
2 - 2- 1 - 1 - 2 - 1 - 1 - 1 - 1 - 1 - 1 - 1 - 2 - 3 - 5 - 3 - 3 - 3 - 3 - 11 - 11 - 20 - 16 - out

20 June 1987
RE - 17 - out
24 weeks - Peak #1
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Postby Robbie » Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:43 pm

Three decent tracks in a row: 'What' The Color Of Money' by Hollywood Beyond (which for years after I erroneously assumed was connected with the film "The Color Of Money" which is also from 1986), 'Camouflage' by Stan Ridgway (a good, quirky, song) and 'The Final Countdown' by Europe (a good song but I could never take the band's image and style seriously).
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Postby Gambo » Tue Jan 15, 2019 4:07 pm

The only vote I'd be giving for anything to do with Europe of late would be for this song! An instant catchy classic and no surprise it's a steadfast sing-along on any 1980s playlist, suiting the commercial ends of the rock and pop worlds equally-well. The band were a bunch of lame dickheads; a kind of sub-G 'n' R although admittedly just before they got going in the UK, but if this was your one and only pop legacy, you could've done far worse. I'm somewhat bored of it after such saturation exposure for over 30 years, but at the time it was one of my fave hits and it's extremely evocative of that era in my life.

'What's The Colour...' was good and as you say Passing a surprise that they never managed to follow-up with anything successful given such obvious commercial promise. Granted, the period was littered with big memorable and creditable hits from either strict or nigh-on one-hit wonders whose careers withered very quickly, but Jesus, even the likes of Red Box managed a second Top Tenner before disappearing into obscurity!

Sorry Robbie; can't agree about 'Camouflage' though I'm afraid. I hated it then and still do, and as objective as I try and be about it, I genuinely can't understand how it became to be such a hit in that era. The song's sentiment, lyric, instrumentation and the singer's image screamed 1970s and in '86 there was relatively little nostalgia for that period as I recall, barring I suppose some dodgy remixes of Real Thing and Tavares singles. It was a novelty hit really, which would've been passable at Christmas perhaps during silly season, but not in the middle of summer, and yet seemed to take itself seriously. I'm still idly-curious to know what happened to Stan Ridgway though. One to Google when I get a moment.
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Postby anpt » Tue Jan 15, 2019 6:38 pm

Not a one-hit wonder ...

... and out of Europe :)

Carrie was a top 3 in USA where "The Final Countdown " was only 8.

USA - 3 (and Canada - 9)

Carrie https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carrie_(Europe_song)

Rock The Night https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_the_Night_(song)

these two singles were medium hits in several countries

Passing_Strang wrote:83. THE FINAL COUNTDOWN by Europe

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Postby Passing_Strang » Sat Jan 19, 2019 4:14 pm

trebor, thank you very much for the RAI info! Much appreciated :D

Gambo, I'm surprised you don't like "Camouflage" though I understand how the song can be divisive. As for Red Box, I happen to like their album "Circle & Square". haven't listened to it for a long time now but remember it being quite good. My fave track from them is "Chenko" (early single version). They won't be appearing, though :D As for Europe, them being from Sweden was their undoing (one of the main things at least), as they just couldn't have been taken as seriously as the US bands of the same genre (though I'm not at all sure they're in any way inferior to the likes of Bon Jovi). Still, for European band to succeed on their scale was quite an achievement (though I'm not a fan at all), matched by very few.

Now, another global smash from the same time - and another one from Giorgio Moroder (he had a few entries here already). The band, though, was far from one trick pony musically - one of the first US bands that have taken up synthesizers as a base for their sound and made lots of great upbeat music in the first half of the 1980s. "The Metro", "No More Words", "Dancing in Berlin" - classic tunes. And them championing Ultravox and proclaiming them as the main influence warmed me to these guys immensely :D Still, by 1986 they were in trouble both musically and personally (like so many other "New Wave" bands, including Ultravox, unfortunately), so this song, seemingly made to make them big stars, completely overshadowed the band and created tensions as it wasn't being written by them and actually featured only a singer on recording (!). So they disappeared by late 1987 and only came back in late 1990s - on much lower scale, of course, and with only their singer as an original member remaining. Still going, though, releasing albums and getting a bit of respect finally for their contribution. Nice band, the first two albums are recommended without reservations :)

Haven't seen the movie, though. Is it any good and worth my time and effort?
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Postby Passing_Strang » Sat Jan 19, 2019 4:16 pm

84. TAKE MY BREATH AWAY by Berlin

Written by: Giorgio Moroder/Tom Whitlock
Produced by: Giorgio Moroder
Country of origin: USA
Release date: June 1986
Note: From the OST of the Paramount motion picture Top Gun.

Australia
18 August 1986 - #2 - 28 weeks

Austria
Ö3-Hitparade: 12 October 1986 - #4 - 12 weeks
Der Musikmarkt: 15 October 1986 - #4 - 14 weeks

Belgium
4 October 1986 - #1 (2) - 12 weeks

Canada
RPM: 12 July 1986 - #2 - 25 weeks
The Record: ? 1986 - #1 (3) - 23 weeks

Finland
17 August 1986 - #13 - 5 weeks

France
25 October 1986 - #2 - 21 weeks

(West) Germany
22 September 1986 - #3 - 19 weeks

Ireland
26 October 1986 - #1 (4) - 22 weeks
11 October 1990 - #7 - 8 weeks (reissue)

Israel
#1 (1)

Italy
Musica e Dischi: 25 October 1986 - #5 - 16 weeks
TV Sorrisi e Canzoni: 9 November 1986 - #6 - 18 weeks
RAI Hit Parade:

Japan
25 October 1986 - #63 - 12 weeks

The Netherlands
Nationale Hitparade: 20 September 1986 - #2 - 14 weeks
De Nederlandse Top 40: 27 September 1986 - #1 (1) - 12 weeks

New Zealand
31 August 1986 - #4 - 12 weeks

Norway
1 October 1986 - #4 - 6 weeks

Poland
29 November 1986 - #4 - 9 weeks

Portugal
15 November 1986 - #2 - 17 weeks

South Africa
21 September 1986 - #2 - 22 weeks

Spain
AFYVE: ? 1986 - #2 - 25 weeks

Sweden
Topplistan: 27 August 1986 - #2 - 16 weeks
Trackslistan: 6 September 1986 - #1 (2) - 7 weeks

Switzerland
5 October 1986 - #2 - 14 weeks

UK
Music Week: 25 October 1986 - #1 (4) - 15 weeks / 20 February 1988 - #52 - 3 weeks / 13 October 1990 - #3 - 12 weeks
Melody Maker: 25 October 1986 - #1 (5) - 14 weeks / 27 February 1988 - #45 - 1 week
New Musical Express: 25 October 1986 - #1 (3) - 13 weeks / 20 February 1988 - #40 - 2 weeks
The Network Chart: 25 October 1986 - #1 (4) - 16 weeks / 20 February 1988 - #48 - 3 weeks

USA
Billboard: 21 June 1986 - #1 (1) - 21 weeks
Cash Box: 21 June 1986 - #1 (1) - 22 weeks
Radio & Records: 11 July 1986 - #2 - 13 weeks

Zimbabwe
17 January 1987 - #3 - 22 weeks
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Postby Robbie » Sat Jan 19, 2019 5:05 pm

'Take My Breath Away' by Berlin is a class song. I loved the song back in 1986 and still love it now. The video takes me back to watching it on Top Of The Pops back in the day, especially the second verse, with the wind blowing through Terri Nunn's top as she walks around. Very nostalgic.
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Postby trebor » Sat Jan 19, 2019 8:06 pm

^^ Italy: RAI - 84. TAKE MY BREATH AWAY by Berlin

13 December 1986
18 - 13 - 8 - 6 - 10 - 10 - 10 - 15 - 14 - 12 - 19 - OUT
11 weeks - Peak #6

Also:
Cristiano Malgioglio: "Toglimi Il Respiro" (Pipol Recrods - PNP 667)

Italy: TV Sorrisi & Canzoni (S&G/Infratest Italiana) Week 01/1987
49 - 47 - 46 - 42 - 41 - 41 - 41 - *OUT
7* weeks - Peak #41*

* Needs to be checked

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