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    by » 30-05-18, 22:48

    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!

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    by » 30-05-18, 22:52

    60. LOVE & PRIDE by King

    Written by: Paul King/Mick Roberts
    Produced by: Richard James Burgess
    Country of origin: UK
    Release date: April 1984

    Australia
    1 April 1985 - #8 - 15 weeks

    Austria
    Ö3-Hitparade: 7 April 1985 - #11 - 4 weeks
    Der Musikmarkt: 15 April 1985 - #21 - 6 weeks

    Belgium
    BRT Top 30: 9 March 1985 - #2 - 10 weeks
    Belgie Super 30: 9 March 1985 - #3 - 9 weeks

    (West) Germany
    4 March 1985 - #8 - 13 weeks

    Ireland
    20 January 1985 - #3 - 9 weeks

    Israel
    #2

    Italy
    Musica e Dischi: 4 May 1985 - #15 - 7 weeks
    TV Sorrisi e Canzoni: 2 June 1985 - #14 - 18 weeks
    RAI Hit Parade: 16 June 1985 - #12 - 5 weeks

    The Netherlands
    Nationale Hitparade: 23 February 1985 - #2 - 12 weeks
    De Nederlandse Top 40: 2 March 1985 - #2 - 12 weeks

    New Zealand
    19 May 1985 - #24 - 7 weeks

    South Africa
    5 April 1985 - #7 - 17 weeks

    Sweden
    Trackslistan: 23 February 1985 - #9 - 4 weeks

    Switzerland
    17 March 1985 - #3 - 10 weeks

    UK
    Music Week: 26 May 1984 - #84 - 3 weeks / 5 January 1985 - #2 - 15 weeks
    Melody Maker: 19 January 1985 - #1 (2) - 11 weeks
    New Musical Express: 19 January 1985 - #1 (1) - 10 weeks

    USA
    Cash Box: 13 July 1985 - #49 - 14 weeks
    Billboard: 20 July 1985 - #55 - 11 weeks

    Zimbabwe
    27 April 1985 - #15 - 5 weeks

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    by » 31-05-18, 12:51

    It had to be in here. I still like 'Love And Pride' although thinking about it now it sounded perhaps a little dated even by the time it became a hit; if it had been issued in 1983 it would've sounded more contemporary to my ears and it's odd that it took until Jan '85 to catch-on. Still, a minor observation in the scheme of things that wouldn't have mattered a jot to the band when they were hitting the big time. The saddest aspect of King is that they clearly could play; Paul King had a genuinely-distinctive strong voice, yet 'L & P' stands-out so obviously as their only major hit. It isn't as if their talent for tunesmithery dried-up entirely after that; one of the follow-up singles, the excellent 'Taste Of Your Tears', is possibly a better-composed and less-dated song than 'L & P' but only scraped the Top 20, and their only other top-tenner, 'Alone Without You', was reasonable enough, although very very '1985' in its production and stylisation which I guess didn't help its - or the artist's - longer-term fortunes.

    Hear hear on your Richard Burgess comments. 'Einstein-A-Go-Go' is still, after 37 years, one of the very few singles that actually can raise a chuckle every time I listen to it. His contributions are as you say better-known in the field of pioneering electronics and producing other artists' work, but lyrically, he clearly had talent and managed to keep his tongue firmly in his cheek amidst a raft of what were often rather glum-looking self-absorbed image-conscious pop-tarts!

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    by » 31-05-18, 14:01

    'Love & Pride' by King still sounds like a great song. It hasn't gone down too well on the TOTP 1985 DigitalSpy thread but it still sounds good to me.

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    by » 10-06-18, 22:37

    It may be Summer, but work has its way, as usual, and it's a bit hard to resist At this rate my planned shedule to end this thread by September may be a little overoptimistic - but we shall see. In the meantime, let's close the sixth ten with one of the biggest hits of the mid 1980s, the one that became a staple of dance music worldwide. Won't say much as its story is already well-known and little can be added.

    The main thing is that the name of the band now is not a question - Pete Burns died in 2016 and recently the news came that his musical and business partner Steve Coy passed away :( So to their memory this entry is dedicated.

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    by » 10-06-18, 22:38

    61. YOU SPIN ME ROUND by Dead or Alive

    Written by: Dead or Alive (Pete Burns/Steve Coy/Mike Percy/Tim Lever)
    Produced by: Pete Waterman (directed by Mike Stock & Matt Aitken)
    Country of origin: UK
    Release date: November 1984

    Australia
    18 February 1985 - #3 - 25 weeks

    Austria
    Der Musikmarkt: 15 April 1985 - #10 - 12 weeks

    Belgium
    BRT Top 30: 30 March 1985 - #3 - 9 weeks
    Belgie Super 30: 30 March 1985 - #3 - 9 weeks

    Canada
    22 June 1985 - #1 (2) - 23 weeks

    France
    28 September 1985 - #29 - 10 weeks

    (West) Germany
    25 March 1985 - #2 - 16 weeks

    Ireland
    24 February 1985 - #1 (1) - 5 weeks

    Israel
    #1 (3)

    Italy
    Musica e Dischi: 24 April 1985 - #2 - 21 weeks
    TV Sorrisi e Canzoni: 5 May 1985 - #3 - 25 weeks
    RAI Hit Parade: 19 May 1985 - #2 - 19 weeks

    Japan
    21 June 1985 - #54 - 15 weeks

    The Netherlands
    Nationale Hitparade: 23 March 1985 - #4 - 9 weeks
    De Nederlandse Top 40: 23 March 1985 - #6 - 9 weeks

    New Zealand
    12 May 1985 - #6 - 15 weeks

    Norway
    24 April 1985 - #6 - 6 weeks

    Poland
    9 March 1985 - #6 - 8 weeks

    Portugal
    25 May 1985 - #6 - 8 weeks

    Sweden
    Trackslistan: 2 February 1985 - #5 - 8 weeks

    Switzerland
    7 April 1985 - #1 (3) - 14 weeks

    UK
    Music Week: 17 November 1984 - #1 (2) - 25 weeks
    New Musical Express: 8 December 1984 - #1 (2) - 17 weeks
    Melody Maker: 15 December 1984 - #1 (3) - 16 weeks

    USA
    Billboard: 1 June 1985 - #11 - 18 weeks
    Cash Box: 1 June 1985 - #13 - 20 weeks
    Radio & Records: 28 June 1985 - #13 - 9 weeks

    Zimbabwe
    15 June 1985 - #7 - 8 weeks

    61.1. You Spin Me Round ('96 remix) by Dead or Alive

    Australia
    13 October 1996 - #28 - 20 weeks

    61.2. You Spin Me Round (2003 mixes) by Dead or Alive

    Australia
    28 July 2003 - #62 - 3 weeks

    Germany
    16 June 2003 - #96 - 2 weeks

    UK
    17 May 2003 - #23 - 3 weeks

    61.3. You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) by Dead or Alive

    Ireland
    16 February 2006 - #26 - 1 week

    UK
    11 February 2006 - #5 - 11 weeks

    61.4. You Spin Me Round by Sally Can Dance

    Italy
    FIMI: 23 November 2000 - #36 - 1 week

    61.5. You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) by Gemini Five

    Sweden
    22 May 2003 - #19 - 5 weeks

    61.6. You Spin Me 'Round by Queer

    Norway
    11 May 2005 - #3 - 3 weeks

    61.7. You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) by Danzel

    Belgium
    Flemish Ultratop: 18 August 2007 - #32 - 7 weeks

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    by » 11-06-18, 08:39

    'You Spin Me Round' set a UK chart record when it reached number 1 in the UK charts as it took the longest time a single to that date had taken to reach the top in one consecutive chart run (14 weeks). The record only lasted a few months as Jennifer Rush beat the record when her single 'The Power Of Love' took 16 weeks to hit the top. The record has since been beaten when Ed Sheeran's 'Thinking Out Loud' hit number 1 on its 19th week on the chart.

    As for 'You Spin Me Round', it's a great track. I'd bought the single in December 1984 when it had just started its meandering run below the top 40. At the time the track was being played in every nightclub I went to in Newcastle. It was the first SAW song to hit the top though it wasn't Pete Waterman's first number 1 he had been involved in. That was 'Jealous Mind' by Alvin Stardust, all the way back in 1974. Pete was the A&R guy for Magnet Records at the time and it was he who had signed Alvin to the Magnet Records label.

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    by » 11-06-18, 15:24

    Interesting about Alvin and 'Uncle' Pete! Fascinating fun fact of the day. I have nothing interesting to report on the latter, although the former's son is headmaster of our local grammar school! Not sure whether he's pleased or sad that most kids in his current charge will not have even heard of his old dad, let alone know his music!

    I daresay I've pointed this out before, but in terms of "number of weeks on single release before hitting No 1", 'You Spin Me Round' and 'The Power Of Love' both had longer waits to arrive at the peak of their chart performance - the former was I think issued on 5 Nov '84 and so took 17 weeks, and the latter I believe was released on 27 May '85, taking 19 weeks all-told, equalling 'Thinking Out Loud's efforts. Mind you, by my reckoning, technically even that track had been made available in the week before it charted, as I think it had been released on 18 Jun '14 as an 'instant grat' for pre-orders of the parent album 'X' which was released until 23 Jun '14 in the UK, when I assume it became chart-eligible under contemporaneous rules and so made its maiden appearance on 29 Jun at No 26. So on its 19th week on chart it finally made No 1, but it had been available for 20 - well; 19 and a half! None of that pettiness really matters though when one remembers that the key difference with the latter track was that it spent every one of its 19 full weeks on release on the published official chart, and within the Top 40 to boot, and without any regular rotation as a single per se until Oct that year.

    'You Spin Me Round' is a classic of its kind; it seems its datedness is what brings it its apparently enduring appeal well into the 21st century, along with the ever-more crazy but colourful lifestyle of Pete Burns, a very noticeable gap in the media scene in general since his untimely demise. I still like it, though listening to any other D or A singles even with the most nostalgic of ears is a bit of a stretch now - 'In Too Deep' is about the only other one I'd bother with!

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    by » 11-06-18, 17:36

    --You Spin Me Round

    ::large number of versions is another sign of success of a song

    Indochine - 2008, Thalia - 2002, Jessica Simpson - 2007, Alvin and the Chipmunks - 2009 (those didn't chart)

    ::samples important for the success of a song

    "Begin to Spin Me Round" Dannii Minogue - 2003 (top 40 in germany)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXJ2fMDh-_M

    "Right Round" Flo Rida - 2009
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcCw1ggftuQ

    --Neverending Story

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E-girls_discography - 2013 (Top 10 / Japan)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1qs_rqdBNE

    --True

    Set Adrift (...)

    --Break My Stride

    No Te Preocupes - El Simbolo (1994)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNxj0lbtZKA

    Can't Nobody Hold Me Down - Puff Daddy (1997)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can%27t_N ... ld_Me_Down

    Jerusalém - Matisyahu (2006)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerusalem ... omes_Light)

    --Somebody's Watching Me

    DJ BoBo version: "Somebody Dance With Me (The single peaked at #1 in Portugal, Sweden and Switzerland, #3 in Austria, Netherlands and Norway, at #4 in Germany and #13 in Austrália)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAnmLLRphqo

    Beatfreakz version [Top 10 hit in Belgium, Finland, Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.]
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lh8_4qqX5bo

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    61. YOU SPIN ME ROUND by Dead or Alive

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    by » 22-06-18, 15:20

    anpt, thank you for all these versions - when I have more time I'll look further into them and add what I'll find to correspronding entries

    "You Spin Me Round"'s long chart run may, I guess, be attributed to "Frankie effect" of issuing different mixes of a song from time to time - I seem to remember there were at least three 12" mixes available (nothing compared to Frankie, of course, or at least one future lister, but still). First signs of a now commonplace practice.

    Next one is the first and biggest (at least at home) hit by the band that seems to be a bigger deal across the Atlantic - while in the UK they were, as I understand, always looked upon as late contenders to the "duo with synths" game and never had much respect (I may be wrong but just don't see their name mentioned with any sort of approval - even in "Smash Hits" of the day!). Still, a great dance song is nothing to sneeze at

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    by » 22-06-18, 15:24

    62. WE CLOSE OUR EYES by Go West

    Written by: Peter Cox/Richard Drummie
    Produced by: Gary Stevenson
    Country of origin: UK
    Release date: February 1985

    Australia
    6 May 1985 - #8 - 18 weeks

    Belgium
    Belgie Super 30: 13 April 1985 - #11 - 6 weeks
    BRT Top 30: 20 April 1985 - #13 - 6 weeks

    Canada
    16 March 1985 - #95 - 8 weeks

    France
    TMP France: 2 June 1985 - #39 - 12 weeks

    (West) Germany
    6 May 1985 - #14 - 15 weeks

    Ireland
    17 March 1985 - #11 - 7 weeks

    Israel
    #8

    Italy
    Musica e Dischi: 20 April 1985 - #6 - 16 weeks
    TV Sorrisi e Canzoni: 19 May 1985 - #10 - 13 weeks
    RAI Hit Parade: 7 July 1985 - #19 - 2 weeks

    The Netherlands
    De Nederlandse Top 40: 6 April 1985 - #22 - 6 weeks
    Nationale Hitparade: 13 April 1985 - #22 - 5 weeks

    New Zealand
    2 June 1985 - #4 - 17 weeks

    Poland
    8 June 1985 - #31 - 6 weeks

    Portugal
    7 May 1985 - #12 - 6 weeks

    Sweden
    Trackslistan: 20 April 1985 - #5 - 7 weeks

    Switzerland
    12 May 1985 - #19 - 5 weeks

    UK
    Music Week: 23 February 1985 - #5 - 14 weeks
    Melody Maker: 9 March 1985 - #5 - 10 weeks
    New Musical Express: 9 March 1985 - #5 - 10 weeks

    USA
    Billboard: 23 February 1985 - #41 - 15 weeks
    Cash Box: 2 March 1985 - #33 - 13 weeks

    Zimbabwe
    30 November 1985 - #5 - 9 weeks

    62.1. WE CLOSE OUR EYES '93 by Go West

    UK
    4 December 1993 - #40 - 3 weeks

    62.2. We Close Our Eyes by Groove Cutters

    The Netherlands
    Mega Top 100: 7 May 2005 - #69 - 3 weeks

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    by » 22-06-18, 19:44

    I do like 'We Close Our Eyes' by Go West. I could have seen them live back in February 1985 but the snow stopped me! I had tickets for the UK TV show The Tube which was broadcast from Newcastle late on a Friday afternoon and was all set to go - when we had the biggest snowfall you'll ever see. The buses went off the road and by the time I got to the old Tyne Tees studios on City Road in Newcastle the programme was already halfway through. So I went to the pub instead ;)

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    by » 14-10-18, 13:20

    Life can be absolutely unpredictable and my work made sure I wasn't able to continue this thread for quite some time. But recently I got some more free time to return to, among other things, this thread. So let's hope by the end of the year we'll get to No. 100 and move on to other things

    No. 63, meanwhile, is one of the most famous love songs of the era, maybe even all time. Not the stuff New Wave is made of, but it qualifies (to me at least) by being a near rip-off (or an affectionate hommage) of (to) "Vienna" - which is always heartening to this unrepentant Ultravox fan One can also marvel at the magnitude of the song's success - and, of course, it completely overshadowed its performer's carrier (though of course she had more hits afterwards). Still a great song and its success is justified.

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    by » 14-10-18, 13:21

    63. THE POWER OF LOVE by Jennifer Rush

    Written by: Candy De Rouge/Gunther Mende/Jennifer Rush/Mary Susan Applegate
    Produced by: Candy De Rouge/Gunther Mende
    Country of origin: West Germany
    Release date: December 1984

    Australia
    14 October 1985 - #1 (3) - 29 weeks

    Austria
    Ö3-Hitparade: 3 November 1985 - #2 - 12 weeks
    Der Musikmarkt: 1 December 1985 - #1 (2) - 12 weeks

    Belgium
    BRT Top 30: 2 November 1985 - #3 - 13 weeks
    Belgie Super 30: 2 November 1985 - #4 - 11 weeks

    Canada
    RPM: 8 February 1986 - #1 (2) - 30 weeks
    The Record: ? 1986 - #9 - 21 weeks

    Finland
    27 October 1985 - #6 - 15 weeks

    France
    18 January 1986 - #32 - 14 weeks

    (West) Germany
    28 January 1985 - #9 - 28 weeks

    Ireland
    26 September 1985 - #1 (4) - 16 weeks

    Israel
    #1 (4)

    The Netherlands
    Nationale Hitparade: 2 November 1985 - #4 - 12 weeks
    De Nederlandse Top 40: 2 November 1985 - #7 - 11 weeks

    New Zealand
    27 October 1985 - #1 (4) - 13 weeks

    Norway
    6 November 1985 - #1 (4) - 13 weeks

    Poland
    7 December 1985 - #1 (1) - 20 weeks

    Portugal
    7 December 1985 - #1 (13) - 39 weeks

    South Africa
    17 August 1985 - #1 (9) - 34 weeks

    Spain
    15 February 1986 - #2 - 21 weeks (English version)
    15 March 1986 - #1 (6) - 29 weeks (Spanish version)

    Sweden
    Topplistan: 1 November 1985 - #3 - 22 weeks

    Switzerland
    1 December 1985 - #3 - 12 weeks

    UK
    Music Week: 22 June 1985 - #1 (5) - 33 weeks / 9 August 1986 - #55 - 7 weeks (remix)
    New Musical Express: 6 July 1985 - #1 (4) - 23 weeks
    Melody Maker: 13 July 1985 - #1 (3) - 24 weeks

    USA
    Billboard: 8 February 1986 - #57 - 13 weeks
    Cash Box: 15 February 1986 - #64 - 11 weeks

    Zimbabwe
    23 November 1985 - #4 - 14 weeks

    P.S. Too many charting covers. Not really have time or inclination to do all of them. Maybe sometime later...

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    by » 15-10-18, 16:01

    I might be unusual in this, but 'The Power Of Love' is one of those few songs that to my mind was improved-upon, musically at least, by a cover version, which still managed to keep the original sentiment of the track intact - as PassingStrang hasn't listed the multitudinous covers here (fair enough!) then for the avoidance of doubt, I refer to Celine Dion's hit version from 1994. She had more-than-enough power vocally to match Rush's original and do it justice, while the instrumental backing track picked out various additional counter-melodies that built on the rather sparse original, building it into a more engrossing recording to my ears.

    Whenever I compare those two versions of this song, I'm always reminded of the curious coincidence of chart performance that links the two artists: in the UK Rush's original was charted for 16 weeks before reaching No 1 - a record at that time that wasn't broken for 29 years - however, it was matched by none-other than Dion 9 years later, who took the same time to climb to the top with 'Think Twice', which was a follow-up to her version of 'The Power Of Love'.

    New wave? Of course not! But full marks for the Ultravox reference (oddly I'd never seen a connection between this and 'Vienna') and on the basis that anything remotely similar to that has a link to this genre, I agree we should let this one pass!

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    by » 15-10-18, 17:45

    I bought 'The Power Of Love' weeks before it finally made the UK Top 40. It was one of a number of records that a chart return shop in Newcastle used to get for free and which the shop would sell for 25 pence. I only really bought the single because it was so cheap. By the time the record made the top 40 I had totally gone off the track.

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    by » 15-10-18, 18:49

    Quote Originally Posted by Passing_Strang
    No. 63, meanwhile, is one of the most famous love songs of the era, maybe even all time. Not the stuff New Wave is made of, but it qualifies (to me at least) by being a near rip-off (or an affectionate hommage) of (to) "Vienna" - which is always heartening to this unrepentant Ultravox fan One can also marvel at the magnitude of the song's success - and, of course, it completely overshadowed its performer's carrier (though of course she had more hits afterwards). Still a great song and its success is completely justified.
    I'm glad you explained why you think of it as New-Wave and I can accept it as your reality, but no

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    by » 16-10-18, 11:19

    Quote Originally Posted by Robbie
    I bought 'The Power Of Love' weeks before it finally made the UK Top 40. It was one of a number of records that a chart return shop in Newcastle used to get for free and which the shop would sell for 25 pence. I only really bought the single because it was so cheap. By the time the record made the top 40 I had totally gone off the track.
    A good deal though really. Even digital downloads 20-30 years later never got that cheap (I don't think?)!

    It was a record it wasn't cool to say you enjoyed if you were a schoolboy at the time. My mum bought it - which wasn't necessarily indicative of naffness because she bought quite a few decent records back then that carried genuine cred among younger audiences. But it was a 'Mum' or 'Gran' record essentially, or possibly 'Older Sister' if you were unlucky enough to have one (I wasn't). I remember absent-mindedly saying to a chum around Oct '85 that I quite liked 'The Power Of Love', but sensing the sneer in his face before he even opened his mouth, I hurriedly blurted-out that I was talking about the Huey Lewis song, which happened to be climbing the charts (for the first time) simultaneously, and mercifully that seemed to pass muster and so I lived to fight another day in the playground. Of course, had Huey's tune of the same name not been around, I could've got away with saying I meant Frankie's, which was still recent-enough at that point to have passed-off! There was a lot of Power and a lot of Love to go around in the mid '80s.

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    by » 17-10-18, 15:24

    This "Power of Love" doesn't seem to get much love from the British public (online at least) - while at the same time being the biggest-selling single by a female performer (or one of those at least) in the UK. That's an interesting point, though I'm not quite sure what it should mean...

    Fun fact: Midge Ure files the song as "the worst song of 1985" in the "Smash Hits" poll at the end of the year. One can say it was because it pushed him from No. 1 - but similarities with "Vienna" surely didn't pass unnoticed to him

    Oh and of course the song didn't let "Take on Me" by A-ha top the UK charts! Some may say it is its biggest crime (though I won't as these things happen and it surely wasn't a "Vienna" vs "Shaddap You face" situation).

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    by » 17-10-18, 16:01

    Quote Originally Posted by Robbie
    one of a number of records that a chart return shop in Newcastle used to get for free and which the shop would sell for 25 pence.
    That's interesting. Was that some kind of promotion from record companies, strictly for chart return shops, or those were simply discounted records?

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    by » 17-10-18, 17:24

    Quote Originally Posted by Passing_Strang
    Quote Originally Posted by Robbie
    one of a number of records that a chart return shop in Newcastle used to get for free and which the shop would sell for 25 pence.
    That's interesting. Was that some kind of promotion from record companies, strictly for chart return shops, or those were simply discounted records?
    It was a practice that was common place in shops which supplied sales figures to Gallup in the early to mid 80s. The label would either give away free copies or would sell them on a 2 for 1 basis. It wasn't every single - guaranteed hits by established acts wouldn't attract such a promotion though the label might ensure that chart return shops were given priority for limited releases such as picture discs.

    The idea with unknown or high priority acts was simply to get the record into the charts and hopefully into the top 40 where the single would then be stocked by mainstream record shops and of course the single would then come to the attention of the general record buying public. The chart return shop in Newcastle that I mentioned specialised in dance / electro / hip-hop etc music so the owner wasn't bothered about new releases by mainstream music acts. He simply put into a box all his free and discounted singles that he had been given by record pluggers that week and sold them cheap to shift the stock. He gained extra footfall of customers who might not otherwise have ventured into the shop and the label gained by the singles selling enough to get a foothold in the charts. A win-win you could say.

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    by » 17-10-18, 22:40

    Thank you, Robbie! Always interesting to know the practices of the day - I imagine it was quite a task to break a new act then, as during the mid 1980s there was such a turnaround of acts (and most had very short shelf life).

    Such new act is the next entry, by the way. His label seems to have had faith in him - as while he failed to break through in 1985 it finally happened next year, after the wide European success. Still, all this trouble - and he practically only had one big hit (and a couple of minor ones). Seemingly nothing terribly special about him - still I have a soft spot for his music for some reason and would love at least some modern act to sound more like this.

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    by » 17-10-18, 22:40

    64. IMAGINATION by Belouis Some

    Written by: Belouis Some
    Produced by: Steve Thompson/Michael Barbiero
    Country of origin: UK
    Release date: March 1985

    Australia
    19 August 1985 - #90 - 7 weeks

    Belgium
    Het Belgisch Hitboek: 27 April 1985 - #40 - 2 weeks

    France
    TMP France: 21 July 1985 - #24 - 18 weeks
    InfoDisc: 20 October 1985 - #70 - 5 weeks

    (West) Germany
    27 May 1985 - #48 - 9 weeks

    Ireland
    23 January 1986 - #16 - 6 weeks

    Israel
    #5

    Italy
    Musica & Dischi: 4 May 1985 - #7 - 15 weeks
    TV Sorrisi & Canzoni: 26 May 1985 - #8 - 18 weeks
    RAI Hit Parade: 9 June 1985 - #6 - 11 weeks

    New Zealand
    13 April 1986 - #38 - 3 weeks

    Portugal
    27 May 1986 - #18 - 1 week

    South Africa
    27 July 1985 - #13 - 10 weeks

    Switzerland
    23 June 1985 - #30 - 1 week

    UK
    Music Week: 30 March 1985 - #50 - 11 weeks / 18 January 1986 - #17 - 13 weeks
    New Musical Express: 4 May 1985 - #48 - 2 weeks / 25 January 1986 - #19 - 8 weeks
    The Network Chart: 4 May 1985 - #49 - 6 weeks / ?
    Melody Maker: 1 June 1985 - #48 - 1 week / 25 January 1986 - #13 - 8 weeks

    USA
    Billboard: 20 April 1985 - #88 - 7 weeks

    64.1. IMAGINATION '95 by Belouis Some

    UK
    4 March 1995 - #95 - 1 week

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    by » 18-10-18, 14:25

    I always liked the Jennifer Rush version (and also "Si Tu Eres Mi Home" in spanish).

    You must include the versions of Air Supply, Laura Branigan (the first top 30 in USA) and Rosana.

    The Power of Love (You Are My Lady) - Air Supply - USA#68 (1985) Canada #35 NZ#21
    Power of Love - Laura Branigan - USA#26 (1987)
    O Amor e o Poder - Rosana - Brasil #1 (1987/1988)

    I'm not a big fan of Celine Dion but it was important for the success of the song in the 90s.

    The Power of Love - Celine Dion - USA#1Canada#1 etc (1993/1994)

    Quote Originally Posted by Passing_Strang
    63. THE POWER OF LOVE by Jennifer Rush

    P.S. Too many charting covers. Not really have time or inclination to do all of them. Maybe sometime later...

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    by » 18-10-18, 15:29

    Quote Originally Posted by Robbie
    The label would either give away free copies or would sell them on a 2 for 1 basis.
    Interesting to see an example of where that sort of deal would be done at that time, as it wasn't such a well-trodden path as it was to become. The above tactic - the "2 for 1" deal - is most-associated with the mid '90s-early '00s era in the UK when it became a standardised practice in labels' marketing strategy for front-loading key singles, where it became the norm to offer stores vast numbers of singles in their first week of release on this basis which enabled them to offer that single at a cut price (usually 99p for a cassette and maybe Ł1.50-1.99 for a CD). That in turn would encourage even more people to buy it in its first week (as the price would likely rise the week after and stay at the higher range until perhaps it ended up in a bargain bin ten weeks later), and so that would translate into a better initial chart entry position, which would normally be expected to be the peak of the product's sales life. Obviously such ploys were not new and doubtless had their genesis as far back as the 1960s when hyping possibilities were first fully-realised, but by my reckoning it wasn't until the '90s that this went mainstream to the point where most savvy consumers knew what was going on, and what's more, labels saw no reason to disguise it, as long as maybe six-figure returns and instant No 1s kept being registered with big releases. It was no longer seen as a 'hyping' practice, although by most measures of course, it was - the whole artificial shifting of consumers towards buying songs in their maiden week of issue was one big hype, and it worked like a dream.

    'Imagination' is a corker! Still sounds delightfully sultry and cleanly-produced today, if inevitably somewhat dated. Despite the merits of the song though, I seem to remember it was a certain promo clip that helped reignite its fortunes and finally get it noticed...

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