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    by » 07-01-19, 16:54

    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! ).

    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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    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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    by » 11-01-19, 18:47

    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) an? 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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    by » 11-01-19, 18:49

    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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    by » 14-01-19, 21:30

    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

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    by » 14-01-19, 21:31

    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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    by » 14-01-19, 22:09

    ^ 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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    by » 14-01-19, 22:43

    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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    by » 15-01-19, 17:07

    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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    by » 15-01-19, 19:38

    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

    Quote Originally Posted by Passing_Strang
    83. THE FINAL COUNTDOWN by Europe

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    by » 19-01-19, 17:14

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

    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 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 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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    by » 19-01-19, 17:16

    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: 13 December 1986 - #6 - 11 weeks

    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

    84.1. Toglimi Il Respiro by Cristiano Malgioglio

    Italy
    TV Sorrisi & Canzoni: 4 January 1987 - #41 - 7 weeks

    84.2. Take My Breath Away by Jessica Simpson

    Australia
    #15

    Belgium
    Flemish Ultratop: #32
    Walloon Ultratop: #16

    Canada
    #10

    France
    #18

    Italy
    FIMI: #41

    Sweden
    #43

    USA
    #20

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    by » 19-01-19, 18:05

    '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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    by » 19-01-19, 21:06

    ^^ 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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    by » 20-01-19, 13:12

    Yes; 'TMBA' stands out as a classic, and classy, performance and passes the test of time as a song that transcends the era in which it was written and the initial appeal imparted by its association with a major box office hit. Though without the 'Top Gun' connection I always worry that had the track been issued on its own merits alone, it mighn't have received the same attention and success. We'll never know, especially because each time it reentered the UK charts it was still linked to the fortunes of the film in some way - when it was released on video, shown on terrestrial TV etc. A shame that the song is remembered by more people than the artist behind it, who never managed to embed a long-term career after TMBA completely overshadowed them and their past and future material. Though Terri Nunn remains very green in my memory from that video - probably for the same reasons as Robbie!

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    by » 23-01-19, 22:24

    trebor, nice one as usual! Also like that you mentioned the Italian-language cover. I collect such concurrent covers of big hits and, while it's not among the best of them, it's still nice to have

    As for TMBA, true, it's a classic song - and may claim to be biggest all-electronic pop hit of all time (or the 1980s at least). Terri Nunn was (and actually still is) very easy on the eye - and it's a small wonder it took Berlin so long to break through in a big was with such a good-looking (and of course talented) vocalist. Truly a band with lots of unrealised potential.

    While we're at it, I'd like to draw attention to TMBA's predecessor from "Top Gun" soundtrack, "Danger Zone" by Kenny Loggins - a great driving rock tune with electronic backing that was a big hit in the US but seemingly got lost in the shuffle in the UK (that's to Gambo's thoughts about the merits of TMBA ). Pity - a very deserving "rock Moroder" track, highly recommended.

    Now, the next one is not very much to my taste, to be honest - it's one of the music genres from the 1980s I'm usually least inclined to listen to. Just freshened my memory - nope, not the tune I'd expect to have such a smash worldwide success. Still, it was just that. Probably included it as it was its performer's biggest hit (being his first solo single!) and I kept seeing it in the charts enough times to include it (maybe I was running out of entries, too). I only can see the reason of its success in that the singer looked quite a bit like Thomas Anders of Modern Talking (though how relevant was it for the UK or US? Not very, most likely). But maybe someone can say nicer things about it.

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    by » 23-01-19, 22:27

    85. C’EST LA VIE by Robbie Nevil

    Written by: Robbie Nevil/Duncan Pain/Mark Holding
    Produced by: Alex Sadkin/Philip Thornalley
    Country of origin: USA
    Release date: October 1986

    Australia
    23 February 1987 - #4 - 20 weeks

    Austria
    Der Musikmarkt: 15 February 1987 - #4 - 10 weeks

    Belgium
    10 January 1987 - #20 - 5 weeks

    Canada
    RPM: 1 November 1986 - #1 (1) - 25 weeks

    Finland
    18 January 1987 - #1 (1) - 19 weeks

    France
    TMP France: 7 December 1986 - #14 - 18 weeks
    InfoDisc: 11 January 1987 - #16 - 19 weeks

    (West) Germany
    12 January 1987 - #2 - 14 weeks

    Ireland
    18 January 1987 - #2 - 5 weeks

    Italy
    Musica e Dischi: 7 February 1987 - #13 - 8 weeks
    TV Sorrisi e Canzoni: 1 March 1987 - #23 - 13 weeks

    Japan
    Oricon: ? 1987 - #68 - 6 weeks

    The Netherlands
    De Nederlandse Top 40: 20 December 1986 - #16 - 8 weeks
    Nationale Hitparade: 20 December 1986 - #18 - 10 weeks

    New Zealand
    1 March 1987 - #2 - 13 weeks

    Norway
    28 January 1987 - #4 - 7 weeks

    South Africa
    12 April 1987 - #13 - 10 weeks

    Spain
    AFYVE: 21 February 1987 - #7 - 25 weeks
    Superventas: 7 March 1987 - #4 - 15 weeks

    Sweden
    Trackslistan: 24 January 1987 - #2 - 7 weeks
    Topplistan: 11 February 1987 - #2 - 10 weeks

    Switzerland
    25 January 1987 - #1 (2) - 10 weeks

    UK
    Music Week: 6 December 1986 - #3 - 13 weeks
    New Musical Express: 10 January 1987 - #1 (1) - 7 weeks
    The Network Chart: 10 January 1987 - #2 - 9 weeks
    Melody Maker: 10 January 1987 - #2 - 7 weeks

    USA
    Billboard: 11 October 1986 - #2 - 23 weeks
    Cash Box: 18 October 1986 - #3 - 23 weeks
    Radio & Records: 31 October 1986 - #3 - 14 weeks

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    by » 25-01-19, 15:05

    Here's some Israeli chart info for songs that don't have complete information-
    Frida-I know there's something going on-entered in 21.3.1983, 9 weeks, #3 (15-9-6-3-3-10-18-29-38-out)
    Nena-99 red balloons-entered in 20.2.1984, 10 weeks, #1 for one week in 25.3 (34-21-15-8-3-1-?-9-20-28-out)
    Men Without Hats-Safety dance-entered in 19.9.1983, 10 weeks, #5 (29-23-19-8-5-9-14-24-31-37-out)
    Trans X-Living on video-entered in 11.8.1985, 6 weeks, #8 (16-10-8-8-14-27-out)
    Ryan Paris-Dolce Vita-12 weeks, only topped the chart for one week and not two.
    Gazebo-I like Chopin-entered in 23.1.1984, 9 weeks, #6 (21-20-12-10-9-6-13-19-28-out)
    The Romantics-Talking in your sleep-entered in 9.1.1984, 9 weeks, #9 (23-17-15-9-9-15-21-28-34-out)
    Yes-Owner of a lonely heart-entered in 19.12.1983, 12 weeks, #1 for one week in 9.1.1984 (16-10-5-1-2-3-7-13-20-27-34-39)
    Fiction Factory-Feels like heaven-entered in 13.2.1984, 8 weeks, #6 (21-14-9-6-6-10-21-27-out)
    Rockwell-Somebody's watching me-entered in 5.3.1984, 10 weeks, #2 behind Nena's "99 red balloons" for one week and Art Company's "Suzanna" for 2 weeks (16-9-6-2-2-2-5-10-19-24-out)
    Break Machine-Street dance-entered in 12.3.1984, 10 weeks, #2 behind Art Company (22-14-7-?-3-2-7-18-25-30-out)
    The Cars-Drive-entered in 7.10.1984, 11 weeks, #2 behind Queen's "Hammer to fall" (20-19-14-4-2-3-?-?-18-26-30-out)
    Limahl-The neverending story-I don't have an exact entry date. chart run starting 2.12.1984- 5-2-2-6-14-22-30-out. at least 7 weeks, #2 for two weeks behind Chaka Khan's "I feel for you"
    Jermain Jackson & Pia Zadora-entered in 13.1.1985, #1 for one week in 10.2.1985, 9 weeks (20-6-3-2-1-3-8-17-27-out)
    John Waite-Missing you-entered in 2.9.1984, 3 weeks, #16 (20-16-22-out)
    Murray Head-One night in Bangkok-entered in 16.12.1984, 10 weeks, #1 for 2 weeks starting 30.12 (6-1-1-2-5-8-10-15-22-29-out)
    Maria Vidal-Body rock-entered in 27.10.1985, 5 weeks, #10 (15-10-11-18-27-out)
    King-Love and pride-entered in 10.2.1985, 9 weeks, #2 behind Alphaville's "Forever young" (14-8-5-2-6-8-18-23-28-out)
    Dead Or Alive-You spin me round-entered in 3.3.1985, 11 weeks, #1 for 3 weeks starting 17.3 (15-2-1-1-1-2-7-11-17-24-29-out)
    Go West-We close our eyes-entered in 31.3.1985, 7 weeks, #8 (19-12-10-8-14-20-26-out)
    Jennifer Rush-The power of love-entered in 27.10.1985,11 weeks, 4 weeks at #1 starting 24.11 (26-21-16-5-1-1-1-1-5-12-?-out)
    Belouise Some-Imagination-entered in 2.3.1986, 6 weeks, #5 (16-9-5-10-15-22-out)
    Katrina & The Waves-Walking on sunshine-entered in 19.5.1985, 7 weeks, #9 (20-14-?-11-9-12-20-out)
    Animotion-Obsession-entered in 14.4.1985, 7-8 weeks, #5 (21-17-12-8-5-9-22-?-out)
    Opus-Live is life-entered in 7.7.1985, 9 weeks, #1 in 21.7 (9-5-1-2-3-8-13-21-29-out)
    Baltimora-Tarzan boy-entered in 8.9.1985, 7 weeks, peaked at #4-I have the top 3 for the missing week and it's not in there (10-4-?-6-7-14-25-out)
    Paul Hardcastle-19-entered in 2.6.1985, 9 weeks in the chart, #1 for 4 weeks (and not 2) starting 16.6 (9-?-1-1-1-1-4-13-21-out)
    Harold Faltermayer-Axel F- was bubbling under in 5.5.1985, didn't enter the chart
    Jan Hammer-Miami Vice theme-entered in 24.11.1985, 5 weeks, #15 (25-18-15-24-29-out)
    Midge Ure-If I was-entered in 27.10.1985, 7 weeks, #4 (14-12-6-4-7-16-28-out)
    John Parr-St. Elmo's fire-entered in 8.9.1985, 6 weeks, at least #13 (28-20-?-13-20-27-out)
    Feargal Sharkey-A good heart-entered in 24.11.1985, 8 weeks, #4 (21-15-9-4-8-14-23-29-out)
    Grace Jones-Slave to the rhythm-entered in 10.11.1985, 3 weeks, #23 (24-23-30-out)
    Double-Captain of her heart-entered in 23.2.1986, 9 weeks, #1 for one week in 23.3 (17-8-3-2-1-4-9-16-29-out)
    Sigue Sigue Sputnik-Love missile-entered in 16.3.1986, 8 weeks, #4 (17-7-6-4-8-19-25-30-out)
    Nu Shooz-I can't wait-entered in 1.6.1986, 7 weeks, #13 (27-23-17-13-18-18-27-out)
    Sly Fox-Let's go all the way-entered in 30.3.1986, 5 weeks, #12 (23-18-12-24-29-out)
    Cutting Crew-I just died in your arms-entered in 21.9.1986, 9 weeks, #3 (25-23-5-3-3-6-10-20-29-out)
    the other songs will be added later!

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    by » 04-02-19, 14:55

    Yuval, thank you very much for this info! Much appreciated, as usual

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    by » 04-02-19, 15:14

    So here's another big hit from the same season - and the one I always have time for. Funny, I first read about it on some forum or other and it was lambasted, absolutely savaged by people there for being "sexist", "creepy", "womanizing" and lots of other grand words I didn't understand. Intrigued, I went to YouTube to check it out - and it turned out to be a great ballad with a very nice video. And then, looking through various charts, I noticed it being quite a hit in some countries and naturally decided to gather information. Not at all New Wave or anything, just a great soul ballad that reminds me of "True" for some reason (though I'm not as much a fan of soul as a casual listener). Pity, though, that its performer wasn't able to capitalize on this success - but I read somewhere he's a successful lecturer now (?). If that's true - what a way to live your life!

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    by » 04-02-19, 15:18

    86. SHAKE YOU DOWN by Gregory Abbott

    Written by: Gregory Abbott
    Produced by: Gregory Abbott
    Country of origin: USA
    Release date: August 1986

    Australia
    2 February 1987 - #12 - 18 weeks

    Austria
    Der Musikmarkt: 15 March 1987 - #18 - 4 weeks

    Belgium
    24 January 1987 - #9 - 9 weeks

    Canada
    RPM: 22 November 1986 - #2 - 24 weeks
    The Record: ? 1987 - #4 - 18 weeks

    France
    TMP France: 8 February 1987 - #43 - 16 weeks
    InfoDisc: 15 March 1987 - #61 - 14 weeks

    (West) Germany
    19 January 1987 - #13 - 15 weeks

    Ireland
    7 December 1986 - #5 - 5 weeks

    The Netherlands
    De Nederlandse Top 40: 10 January 1987 - #3 - 12 weeks
    Nationale Hitparade: 10 January 1987 - #5 - 14 weeks

    New Zealand
    25 January 1987 - #3 - 15 weeks

    South Africa
    4 April 1987 - #12 - 4 weeks

    Spain
    AFYVE: 21 February 1987 - #2 - 27 weeks
    Superventas: 28 February 1987 - #1 (1) - 19 weeks

    Switzerland
    1 February 1987 - #15 - 6 weeks

    UK
    Music Week: 15 November 1986 - #6 - 14 weeks
    The Network Chart: 29 November 1986 - #6 - 11 weeks
    Melody Maker: 6 December 1986 - #5 - 10 weeks
    New Musical Express: 6 December 1986 - #6 - 10 weeks

    USA
    Cash Box: 18 October 1986 - #1 (2) - 25 weeks
    Billboard: 18 October 1986 - #1 (1) - 22 weeks
    Radio & Records: 7 November 1986 - #1 (1) - 13 weeks

    Zimbabwe
    21 March 1987 - #1 (2) - 28 weeks

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    by » 04-02-19, 18:09

    the follow up to this was a song called the big heat which in itself was reissued from 1985 before camouflage was a hit . i cannot find any trace of it charting anywhere the reissue reached 141 in sept 1986.

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    by » 04-02-19, 18:14

    shake you down was originally released in 85 as a picture single think my ex still has it in her loft. and he did a follow up called your my angel which according to a fan site got to 103 in june 87 would love to know where fan sites get this info.

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    by » 04-02-19, 18:18

    i liked hollywood beyond and purchased the two follow ups save me early 87 and after midnight sept 87 .

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    by » 05-02-19, 13:51

    Shake You Down

    Portugal - 2 weeks - peak: 12

    03/03/1987 - 17
    10/03/1987 - 12

    Love Missile F1-11

    Portugal - 1 week - peak: 20

    20/05/1986 - 20
    Last edited by anpt; 05-02-19 at 13:57.

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