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    by » 24-02-19, 19:03

    Overproduced white soul-funk pop only lasted a few years in the British public's preference, but it produced some great songs while it lasted. 'LIAB' was just one such track and I still like it - as you say PS, that bassline carried the whole thing. It was great to revisit their TOTP performance the other day. All suits and ties with jacket sleeves rolled-up etc ! Only ten tracks left? Shame; I'm going to miss this thread.

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    by » 25-02-19, 14:11

    The 7 May 1987 edition of Top Of The Pops that features 'Living In A Box' is available for download before being deleted in 4 days time.

    https://goo.gl/q4q7RT

    07/05/87 (Mike Smith)
    Living In A Box – “Living In A Box” (6)
    Fleetwood Mac – “Big Love” (13) (video)
    Depeche Mode – “Strangelove” (23)
    Spear Of Destiny – “Never Take Me Alive” (19)
    Europe – “Carrie” (27) (breaker)
    The Cult – “Lil’ Devil” (17) (breaker)
    Sly & Robbie – “Boops (Here To Go)” (22)
    Starship – “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” (1) (video)
    Kim Wilde & Junior – “Another Step (Closer To You)” (9) (video/credits)

    Overall, not a bad episode.

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    by » 25-02-19, 19:23

    I personally don't really understand that fascination with mid 1980s white funk and soul. As one of the genres it's OK, it produced some great songs. But as a nearly dominating one it's baffling. It's not like funk and soul from the US were in short supply. Have to add this genre did nothing in the former USSR, being completely swept away by Italo/Euro disco/pop and hard'n'heavy. But I don't think it would've done much better here in other circumstances - too groove-oriented for mass liking of the people (then, of course - it's not like Russians don't like groove-oriented stuff, as the current seventh wave of hip-hop will testify). On the other hand, I think suit-and-tie look isn't all that bad - yes, it made lots of people look like bankers not pop stars, and it became like a uniform, but when it did fit, it looked great. It suited Living in a Box, at least

    Yuval, thank you very much for the chart stuff on remaining songs! I think I'll finish the thread and then go through all 100 songs and add the missing bits.

    Robbie, thank you for mentioning Jesus and Mary Chain song - it really is great! I heard about them for years, but never investigated for some reason (well, for one too much of the synth stuff to go though). Now I feel I need to broaden my horizons! As for Madonna, while I'm in no way a fan and actually of a rather low opinion on her generally, she did do some great songs. And "La Isla Bonita" is one of those for me - very, very nice. In fact, that's the stuff the Russian public loves quite a bit - this song was omnipresent on radio stations for years when I listened to them, and everybody still remembers huge wave of Latino music at the turn of the centuries (in fact, Enrico Iglesias is still something of a hot commodity here).

    Now, another big radio favourite here. One of my earliest musical memories, too - I was always captivated by the video, and the song seemed very easy on the ear while rather sad. When I was able to understand the lyrics, I understood that it wasn't only from delivery. Great, great song - and I'm afraid I cannot say that about most of the other songs from the guy. Still, to write one song so great and so fondly remembered is an achievement of gigantic proportions!

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    by » 25-02-19, 19:23

    92. WONDERFUL LIFE by Black

    Written by: Colin Vearncombe
    Produced by: Dave Dix
    Country of origin: UK
    Release date: September 1986

    Australia
    29 February 1988 - #7 - 23 weeks

    Austria
    Ö3-Hitparade: 29 November 1987 - #1 (7) - 12 weeks
    Der Musikmarkt: 1 December 1987 - #1 (2) - 16 weeks

    Belgium
    17 October 1987 - #5 - 10 weeks

    France
    13 February 1988 - #2 - 20 weeks

    (West) Germany
    12 October 1987 - #2 - 23 weeks

    Ireland
    20 August 1987 - #7 - 7 weeks
    17 March 1994 - #30 - 1 week (reissue)

    Italy
    Musica e Dischi: 30 January 1988 - #9 - 27 weeks
    TV Sorrisi e Canzoni: 14 February 1988 - #9 - 33 weeks
    RAI Hit-Parade:

    The Netherlands
    Nationale Hitparade: 26 September 1987 - #10 - 12 weeks
    De Nederlandse Top 40: 10 October 1987 - #7 - 7 weeks

    Poland
    3 September 1987 - #1 (4) - 25 weeks

    Portugal
    #2

    Spain
    AFYVE: 12 December 1987 - #7 - 26 weeks
    Superventas: 9 April 1988 - #3 - 19 weeks

    Sweden
    Trackslistan: 24 October 1987 - #18 - 1 week

    Switzerland
    25 October 1987 - #2 - 16 weeks

    UK
    Music Week: 20 September 1986 - #72 - 6 weeks / 22 August 1987 - #8 - 9 weeks / 5 March 1994 - #42 - 3 weeks
    Melody Maker: 22 August 1987 - #3 - 8 weeks
    New Musical Express: 5 September 1987 - #5 - 7 weeks
    The Network Chart: 4 October 1986 - #71 - 1 week / 22 August 1987 - #6 - 9 weeks

    92.2. Wonderful Life by Mathilde Santing & The Oversoul 13

    The Netherlands
    Mega Top 100: 6 March 1999 - #5 - 20 weeks
    De Nederlandse Top 40: 20 March 1999 - #6 - 13 weeks

    92.3. Wonderful Life by Hyper Child

    Germany
    27 November 2000 - #80 - 7 weeks

    92.4. Wonderful Life by The Soundlovers

    Italy
    22 June 2000 - #24 - 2 weeks

    92.5. Wonderful Life by Tina Cousins

    Australia
    12 June 2005 - #17 - 11 weeks

    Finland
    26 June 2005 - #17 - 1 week

    UK
    10 December 2005 - #58 - 1 week

    92.6. Wonderful Life by Antibazz vs Deep Melange

    The Netherlands
    Mega Top 100: 20 May 2006 - #62 - 9 weeks

    92.7. Wonderful Life by Zucchero Sugar Fornaciari

    Italy
    3 January 2008 - #9 - 4 weeks

    92.8. Wonderful Life by Seeed

    Austria
    14 October 2011 - #19 - 8 weeks

    Germany
    14 October 2011 - #12 - 17 weeks

    92.9. Wonderful Life by Katie Melua

    France
    7 May 2016 - #32 - 14 weeks

    92.10. Wonderful Life by Kate Ryan

    Belgium
    Flemish Ultratop: 23 January 2016 - #30 - 2 weeks

    92.11. Wonderful Life by Smith & Burrows

    Austria
    11 March 2016 - #57 - 1 week

    Germany
    4 March 2016 - #47 - 1 week
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    by » 25-02-19, 20:23

    'Wonderful Life' by Black is indeed quite wonderful. It's very melancholic. The striking video was recorded in and around Southport and Wallasey, both in the Liverpool area on Merseyside. Again it's another video I saw a lot of as it was regularly featured on the video jukebox in my local pub in the Notting Hill / Kensington area of London.

    I'm guessing 'Wonderful Life' wasn't Black's biggest selling single in the UK. Although also peaking at number 8 I'm guessing that 'Sweetest Smile' probably sold more copies. Though I doubt there was much in it. I think I prefer 'Sweetest Smile'. I bought the 12" version of that one but never got around to buying 'Wonderful Life'

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    by » 26-02-19, 11:18

    - Livin' in The Box

    More Hits

    So The Story Goes UK#34 USA#81
    Room In Your Heart UK#5

    - Black

    More Hits


    Everything's Coming Up Roses" UK#72 AUS#8 GER#8

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_(singer)

    Sweetest Smile UK#8 IRE#8 SPA#29 FRA#38

    Paradise UK#38

    The Big One GER#43 UK#54

    Covers / Curiosities

    Viure És Tan Meravellós - Black (2015)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-u865BAEdE8

    Various other cover versions have been produced, by artists including Tony Hadley (1997), Lara Fabian (2004), Myslovitz (2004), The Hoosiers (2010), Kim Wilde (2011), Turin Brakes (2016)

    The version by Katie Melua was originally included on the BBC Radio 2's Sounds of the 80s compilation album, and was subsequently released as a single in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital and The Children's Hospital Charity.

    Scooter sampled the song on their single "The Sound Above My Hair" (2009)

    Um Dia Ele Vai Voltar - Onda Choc (1988)
    Con l'amore addosso - by Cristiano Malgioglio 1989
    Чудесен Свет {Čudesen svet} Arhangel 1993
    Een gelukkig mens - Rob de Nils 1996
    Wondere Reis - Levenslijn 2000
    Muistoja, muistoja vain - Kirka 2005
    Bella vida - Rosa López 2008

    (...)

    (wikipedia / SHS)

    https://secondhandsongs.com/work/735...ons#nav-entity
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    by » 01-03-19, 18:23

    Talk Talk

    The only top 10 in various countries was "Such A Shame". It's not their most famous song.

    FRA #7 GER#2 NL#9 ITA#4 CH#1 UK#49 NZ#39

    Such a Shame [1990] UK 78 01.12.1990

    Covers

    Such a Shame (Sandra)
    DE 76 08.04.2002 (5 Wo.)
    Such a Shame (Moonwalker)
    AT 35 30.06.2002 (4 Wo.)

    https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Such_a_Shame

    The single "Talk Talk" reach no. 3 in the portuguese charts. "Today" was a minor hit. "It's My Life" was top 10 in Italy.

    Mark Hollis died recently (in February 2019).
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    by » 01-03-19, 19:58

    Now another (nearly) one hit wonder, or at least a project remembered for only one tune. It comprised of two already successful songwriters, one of which, Rob Fisher, had a very good success in the USA during the "second British invasion" as part of the synth duo Naked Eyes. They are little known in their native UK or in Europe but on the other side of Atlantic they were huge and are still fondly remembered. Rob Fisher's second duo, however, is not oft-mentioned, probably because by the end of 1980s there were so many similar-sounding projects, while in 1983 the US heard very little of the synth-pop sound yet. Still, this hit is a very nice piece of music and only then-unstoppable Pet Shop Boys sidelined them in the race to the UK No. 1. It was another short-lived duo for Rob (much like in Vince Clarke's case, if we're to make comparisons) and he ventured into songwriting, continued to be quite successful - but poor health cut him short in 1998. Still he, did enough to be fondly remembered.

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    by » 01-03-19, 19:59

    93. LOVE CHANGES (EVERYTHING) by Climie Fisher

    Written by: Simon Climie/Rob Fisher/Dennis Morgan
    Produced by: Stephen Hague (original release)/Bob Clearmountain (1988 remix)
    Country of origin: UK
    Release date: 3 August 1987/March 1988

    Australia
    Australian Music Report: 15 August 1988 - #24 - 24 weeks
    ARIA: 19 September 1988 - #23 - 14 weeks

    Austria
    Der Musikmarkt: 15 February 1988 - #15 - 16 weeks

    Belgium
    14 November 1987 - #24 - 3 weeks

    Canada
    25 June 1988 - #16 - 12 weeks

    Finland
    6 March 1988 - #21 - 1 week

    (West) Germany
    23 November 1987 - #7 - 19 weeks

    Ireland
    10 March 1988 - #4 - 11 weeks

    The Netherlands
    Nationale Hitparade: 17 October 1987 - #30 - 8 weeks
    De Nederlandse Top 40: 24 October 1987 - #20 - 4 weeks

    New Zealand
    29 May 1988 - #12 - 15 weeks

    Portugal
    #1 (1)

    South Africa
    30 April 1988 - #2 - 26 weeks

    Switzerland
    7 February 1988 - #8 - 12 weeks

    UK
    The Network Chart: 15 August 1987 - #67 - 5 weeks / 12 March 1988 - #2 - 12 weeks
    Music Week: 22 August 1987 - #67 - 4 weeks / 12 March 1988 - #2 - 12 weeks
    New Musical Express: 19 March 1988 - #2 - 11 weeks
    Melody Maker: 19 March 1988 - #3 - 9 weeks

    USA
    Billboard: 14 May 1988 - #23 - 18 weeks
    Cash Box: 14 May 1988 - #27 - 20 weeks
    Radio & Records: 17 June 1988 - #23 - 7 weeks

    Zimbabwe
    18 June 1988 - #3 - 14 weeks

    93.2. Love Changes (Everything) by Musikk feat. John Rock

    Denmark
    24 December 2004 - #2 - 14 weeks

    Finland
    4 September 2005 - #13 - 1 week
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    by » 02-03-19, 10:48

    'Wonderful Life' is a timeless well-crafted tune; so reminiscent of summer for me. Such a shame that Colin Vearncombe suffered an untimely demise a few years back - similarly just recently Talk Talk's Mark Hollis - please forgive the 'such a shame' pun.

    'Love Changes' is classy, catchy pop, though I confess to having tired of it owing to saturation airplay at the time.

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    by » 02-03-19, 13:34

    'Love Changes (Everything)' is a pleasant sounding track though I prefer 'Rise To The Occasion'. Both songs are very much of their time though, especially 'Rise' which sounds so much like a 1987/88 track.

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    by » 03-03-19, 13:18

    "Rise to the Occasion" surprised me when I first heard it - apparently it was a "hip-hop remix' that became a hit, but I thought it was a later one, something from 1990s, it didn't sound very 1980s to me. But now, with more listening experience, I can tell its timeframe

    Interesting: while I doubt Black was held as a future major hit-making machine after his success, Climie Fisher were seemingly poised for big things - and yet, only two big hits back to back, and after that... Not much. It's an interesting occurrence when an artist gets his big hit - after which the public seemingly loses interest in him, perhaps deciding that nothing as good will ever come out of him. Or maybe the artist himself isn't able to do song as good...

    All right, then, next one - by a singer who for a short time was one of the biggest female pop stars in the world, but quickly lost ground, especially in her native USA, while retaining audience for quite some time in the UK (and Australia). Quite a reversal from her former band that made it big in the USA but went unnoticed in the UK. Why was that, I wonder. Her biggest hit is a great uplifting song, though I feel she did better ones on subsequent albums.

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    94. HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH by Belinda Carlisle

    Written by: Rick Nowels/Ellen Shipley
    Produced by: Rick Nowels
    Country of origin: USA
    Release date: 18 September 1987

    Australia
    11 January 1988 - #2 - 21 weeks

    Austria
    Ö3-Hitparade: 14 February 1988 - #11 - 6 weeks
    Der Musikmarkt: 1 March 1988 - #10 - 8 weeks

    Belgium
    23 January 1988 - #2 - 9 weeks

    Canada
    RPM: 3 October 1987 - #3 - 23 weeks
    The Record: ? October 1987 - #6 - 21 weeks

    Denmark
    23 January 1988 - 10-10-?

    Finland
    20 December 1987 - #3 - 16 weeks

    France
    TMP France: 7 February 1988 - #48 - 10 weeks
    InfoDisc: 6 March 1988 - #58 - 9 weeks

    (West) Germany
    11 January 1988 - #3 - 15 weeks

    Iceland
    #7

    Ireland
    17 December 1987 - #1 (1) - 7 weeks

    Israel
    #1 (2)

    Italy
    Musica e Dischi: 23 January 1988 - #6 - 18 weeks
    TV Sorrisi e Canzoni: 31 January 1988 - #7 - 23 weeks
    RAI Hit-Parade:

    The Netherlands
    Nationale Hitparade: 19 December 1987 - #7 - 14 weeks
    De Nederlandse Top 40: 9 January 1988 - #7 - 9 weeks

    New Zealand
    24 January 1988 - #1 (4) - 15 weeks

    Norway
    23 December 1987 - #1 (4) - 14 weeks

    Poland
    14 November 1987 - #15 - 15 weeks

    Portugal
    #2

    South Africa
    13 February 1988 - #1 (6) - 23 weeks

    Spain
    AFYVE: 6 February 1988 - #10 - 10 weeks
    Superventas: 12 March 1988 - #16 - 3 weeks

    Sweden
    Topplistan: 23 December 1987 - #1 (2) - 16 weeks
    Trackslistan: 16 January 1988 - #1 (1) - 6 weeks

    Switzerland
    10 January 1988 - #1 (5) - 15 weeks

    UK
    Music Week: 12 December 1987 - #1 (2) - 15 weeks
    The Network Chart: 12 December 1987 - #1 (2) - 14 weeks
    New Musical Express: 19 December 1987 - #1 (2) - 12 weeks
    Melody Maker: 19 December 1987 - #1 (2) - 10 weeks

    USA
    Cash Box: 26 September 1987 - #1 (1) - 23 weeks
    Billboard: 26 September 1987 - #1 (1) - 21 weeks
    Radio & Records: 2 October 1987 - #1 (1) - 13 weeks

    Zimbabwe
    5 March 1988 - #1 (5) - 15 weeks
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    by » 06-03-19, 20:47

    I quite liked 'Heaven Is A Place On Earth' at the gtime but it's been so overplayed over the years that I've long since stopped liking it.

    My favourite Belinda Carlisle track is 'Circle In The Sand'. It's a beautiful record and one that reminds me of being in Ibiza in June 1988 as it was played on the local radio station quite frequently. Hearing the song brings back memories of sunny and hot days. Strangely also played a lot was 'The Promise You Made' by Cock Robin which by then was a two year old record. As I can't understand a single word of Spanish I never found out why Cock Robin was being played so much.

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    by » 07-03-19, 21:23

    "Circle in the Sand" is indeed a great song - and probably Belinda's most recognized in Russia, a true radio evergreen. There are a couple more radio hits in lesser-known songs like "La Luna" and "California", while "Heaven..." isn't well-known at all, I only heard it when Russian MTV decided to air the video in mid 2000s for some reason (probably some program about the 80s videos). So to me it still sounds fresh while people "in the West", I imagine, are sick to death of it

    Now another song that may (or may not) induce the same feeling. We're back to Australia for one last time and a biggest international hit by the very well-known and well-loved Aussie band. It's the late 1980s so the song has an environmental, even political message - but set to a driving dance-rock beat it's irresistible and so well done I often get shivers down my spine while hearing it. A winning way to set politics to music! Not very famous in Russia - in the late 1980s we had a great big wave of political home-grown rock, not to mention political and economic troubles of foundations-shaking proportions, so the Western "message" songs - however moving and catchy - were put in the shade, understandably. Also, I'm afraid dance-rock is (or at least was) somewhat looked down upon as not serious enough, people seemed to prefer harder rock sounds and the thought of marrying political message and dance-type sounds seemed to be condemned (by - mostly self-appointed - music critics).

    The one thing that's strange about the chart success of this song is that it completely missed out in German-speaking countries (and in most of Europe, for that matter). It only hit there a decade and a half later as a Eurodance cover version (hardly believable - and yet!)...

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    by » 07-03-19, 21:24

    95. BEDS ARE BURNING by Midnight Oil

    Written by: Rob Hirst/Jim Moginie/Peter Garrett
    Produced by: Midnight Oil/Warne Livesey
    Country of origin: Australia
    Release date: August 1987

    Australia
    24 August 1987 - #6 - 27 weeks

    Belgium
    23 April 1988 - #2 - 7 weeks

    Canada
    2 April 1988 - #1 (1) - 24 weeks

    Finland
    7 August 1988 - #23 - 1 week

    France
    2 July 1988 - #5 - 22 weeks

    Ireland
    30 March 1989 - #11 - 9 weeks

    The Netherlands
    Nationale Hitparade: 2 April 1988 - #3 - 13 weeks
    De Nederlandse Top 40: 2 April 1988 - #3 - 11 weeks

    New Zealand
    27 September 1987 - #1 (4) - 24 weeks

    South Africa
    14 April 1988 - #1 (5) - 22 weeks

    Sweden
    Topplistan: 24 August 1988 - #17 - 2 weeks

    UK
    Music Week: 16 April 1988 - #48 - 6 weeks / 25 March 1989 - #6 - 13 weeks
    Melody Maker: 30 April 1988 - #32 - 2 weeks
    The Network Chart: 30 April 1988 - #36 - 4 weeks / 29 March 1989 - #8 - 12 weeks

    USA
    Billboard: 2 April 1988 - #17 - 16 weeks
    Cash Box: 2 April 1988 - #26 - 20 weeks
    Radio & Records: 5 June 1988 - #21 - 8 weeks

    95.2. Beds Are Burning by Novaspace

    Austria
    25 January 2004 - #2 - 19 weeks

    Germany
    26 January 2004 - #7 - 11 weeks

    Switzerland
    8 February 2004 - #42 - 7 weeks
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    by » 07-03-19, 22:42

    I bought 'Beds Are Burning' when it was re-issued in the UK in 1989. It's a great song and is one that I can still listen to today without getting bored of it.

    I'm surprised it was never a number 1 in Australia.

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    by » 10-03-19, 18:20

    Yes; still sounds good and one of the least dated productions of the era. Not sure I'd classify 'Beds' as "dance rock", but saying that, it does ring more true as where we'd got to with 'new wave' by 1988. Certainly more than Belinda, although of course I loved 'Heaven' when it first came out. Being a few years younger than Robbie, it's more reminiscent of (mostly happy) school days for me!

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    by » 10-03-19, 23:07

    "Beds Are Burning" indeed isn't Midnight Oil's biggest hit at home - perhaps it was a bit too topical. But it broke the band overseas, so it did its job. And to have the band's singer become a noted politician and statesman is surely the first for this list!

    Now an entry that may be controversial - but bear with me. Actually I unironically like the song quite a bit - for some reason it was often played during the first months of MTV Russia when it went on air in 1998 and I've always been drawn to its upbeat and catchy melody (and the lyrics ain't half bad, actually, though I didn't realize it then). Vocals a bit off, though - never liked this over-emotive style of vocalizing. This was technically not their biggest hit at home, but elsewhere it's the song this teen sensation of 1988 is remembered for. What I find strange is that the guys didn't really have a prolonged success, it was limited to the very late 1980s and then out - but that's the thing with early boy bands. New Kids on the Block, for example, too only had had a couple years of overt stardom. Such is the fate of pioneers!..

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    96. WHEN WILL I BE FAMOUS? by Bros

    Written by: Nicky Graham, Tom Watkins
    Produced by: Nicky Graham
    Country of origin: UK
    Release date: 16 November 1987

    Australia
    AMR: 7 March 1988 - #5 - 28 weeks
    ARIA: 3 July 1988 - #10 - 10 weeks

    Austria
    Ö3-Hitparade: 27 March 1988 - #7 - 11 weeks
    Der Musikmarkt: 1 May 1988 - #9 - 8 weeks

    Belgium
    27 February 1988 - #4 - 8 weeks

    Denmark
    Top 10

    France
    28 May 1988 - #7 - 19 weeks

    (West) Germany
    14 March 1988 - #4 - 16 weeks

    Ireland
    21 January 1988 - #1 (1) - 6 weeks

    Israel
    #2

    Italy
    Musica e Dischi: 28 May 1988 - #10 - 4 weeks
    TV Sorrisi e Canzoni: 19 June 1988 - #15 - 12 weeks

    The Netherlands
    Nationale Hitparade: 13 February 1988 - #5 - 12 weeks
    De Nederlandse Top 40: 13 February 1988 - #6 - 9 weeks

    New Zealand
    22 May 1988 - #43 - 3 weeks

    Norway
    10 February 1988 - #2 - 12 weeks

    Spain
    Superventas: 9 April 1988 - #14 - 16 weeks
    AFYVE: 21 May 1988 - #10 - 20 weeks

    Sweden
    Trackslistan: 20 February 1988 - #11 - 4 weeks
    Topplistan: 16 March 1988 - #20 - 4 weeks

    Switzerland
    6 March 1988 - #2 - 12 weeks

    UK
    Music Week: 28 November 1987 - #2 - 18 weeks
    The Network Chart: 12 December 1987 - #2 - 18 weeks
    Melody Maker: 16 January 1988 - #2 - 10 weeks
    New Musical Express: 23 January 1988 - #2 - 8 weeks

    USA
    Billboard: 25 June 1988 - #83 - 5 weeks
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    by » 11-03-19, 10:00

    Bros are a very good example of a band who were massive (at least in terms of how much publcity they attracted) for a while but where it all soon fizzled out and where internal tensions drove the band apart. I never cared much for them but then again I wasn't part of the audience they were targetting.

    The first time I heard 'When Will I Be Famous' I took a dislike to it and that has never changed. Musically they weren't too bad, at least for a late 80s group where it was more about production than actual musicianship. However the main thing that put me off the band is Matt Goss's voice. It's awful. Whiny and over-emotive.

    For all the publicity they attracted, page after page in Smash Hits and Number 1 magazines, as well as the fan devotion the band were never massive on the charts. One number 1 in an era where singles sales were falling fast is scant return for their popularity. By the end of 1988 they had already peaked and by the end of 1989 they were selling solely to their diminishing fanbase.

    Over Christmas 2018 a Bros documentary titled "After The Screaming Stops" aired on TV in the UK. It was an instant success. Not so much because Bros were the subject of the documentary but more what the two brothers had to say. They were often unintentionally hilarious. It left some viewers wondering if it was a mockumentary (in the style of a cross between The Office and This Is Spinal Tap) rather than a documentary.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-46700466

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    by » 15-03-19, 15:29

    Robbie, it's a very interesting point - about the falling singles sales. In late 1980s it was registered everywhere, it seems - not only UK, but in Europe too, even in African countries. Why was that? And is out there any info about the numbers of singles sold per year?

    As for Bros, "Famous" struck me as sounding not very late 1980s, more mid decade, something, say, Go West would've put out in 1985. So it's interesting that it became such a hit - but then, it was mainly due to looks, not music. Haven't heard anything else by Bros, must admit - but I went on YouTube and watched the "best bits" out of that documentary. Still wondering too if that was for real or some kind of a prank... Had lots of laughs, though, it really is something else) Their fans, though, really seem to be rather a rabid bunch - not long ago there was a poll on Twitter for the best band of the 1980s. Bros did get to finals and lost to - wait for it - Ultravox (!!!), after which "Brosettes" really went into meltdown, it was unbelieveable (to me, at least) that people can take something like this so seriously, like it's something history-changing. But it was more surprising for the discovery that Bros still had such loyal fans - after having been in the spotlight for a couple of years and out of it for a couple of decades! Now that's staying power!)))

    Now next to the next one. Pet Shop Boys simply had to be featured in some form or other - and it's with their help to a struggling band that featured one of the most publicized female newcomers of the late 1980s but had a hard time drawing attention to their records (while, interestingly, being big news in Italy and Japan). In 1988 they finally had their break with the PSB-penned and produced song - not at all a bad one, in fact I like it quite a lot - but couldn't sustain their success and faded before the year was out. Their singer did become quite famous - but it was more for her unpredictable choice of husbands than anything creative. Still, not bad for a girl who wanted fame at all costs no matter in what field.

    As for PSB, let me use this opportunity to point out their prolonged and unfailing success here in Russia. "It's a Sin" and "Always on My Mind" were routinely found on various "disco 1980s" compilations and after the "Go West" video (that was everywhere on TV at the time and for quite some time afterwards) they transitioned from an 1980s band to some kind of favourite musicians. They can still fill arenas here, I've been to two of their show (could've been more but I forgot the ticket which i found out about on my way to the show!) - masterful performances, they truly are masters in this field. As for their music, it doesn't grab me as much - I find it a bit too bland for my tastes (maybe it's not as much music as vocals which I can only take in small doses). Still, doesn't change the fact that PSB can turn out a great, grabbing song or several on every album. But enough about them, let's look at the charts!

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    by » 15-03-19, 15:38

    97. I'M NOT SCARED by Eighth Wonder

    Written by: Neil Tennant/Chris Lowe
    Produced by: Neil Tennant/Chris Lowe/Phil Harding
    Country of origin: UK
    Release date: 20 February 1988

    Austria
    Der Musikmarkt: 15 May 1988 - #20 - 8 weeks

    Belgium
    16 April 1988 - #15 - 5 weeks

    Finland
    28 February 1988 - #4 - 9 weeks

    France
    9 July 1988 - #8 - 18 weeks

    (West) Germany
    2 May 1988 - #5 - 16 weeks

    Ireland
    10 March 1988 - #14 - 7 weeks

    Italy
    Musica e Dischi: 27 February 1988 - #1 (2) - 22 weeks
    TV Sorrisi e Canzoni: 6 March 1988 - #1 (2) - 25 weeks

    Japan
    21 March 1988 - #100 - 1 week

    The Netherlands
    Nationale Hitparade: 12 March 1988 - #27 - 10 weeks

    Poland
    16 April 1988 - #12 - 6 weeks

    Portugal
    #2

    Spain
    AFYVE: 23 April 1988 - #2 - 26 weeks

    Sweden
    Trackslistan: 26 March 1988 - #10 - 3 weeks

    Switzerland
    3 April 1988 - #2 - 20 weeks

    UK
    Music Week: 20 February 1988 - #7 - 13 weeks
    The Network Chart: 27 February 1988 - #8 - 11 weeks
    Melody Maker: 5 March 1988 - #6 - 10 weeks
    New Musical Express: 5 March 1988 - #8 - 10 weeks
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    by » 15-03-19, 15:44

    I love 'I'm Not Scared'. Patsy Kensit looking lovely helped too. Her vocals weren't that good but they seemed to match the production and song to perfection. It's one of my favourite Pet Shop Boys productions and is one that I could well imagine Neil Tennant actually singing (did the PSB's ever record the song?).

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