Do You Climb Into Space?

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Let’s wrap up chart week thirty-one with a wealth of singles from The Other Sixty during the years 1986 up to 1989. Are they good or bad? I’ll let you decide.

August 9th, 1986

76. The Jets – Private Number

The Minneapolis family octet follows-up their first Top 40 hit with another upbeat dance-pop number. It will be a blip on the radar as it’s number ends up at #47. The next five singles for them will hit the Top 20.

83. Paul Simon – You Can Call Me Al

The first release off of Graceland did not become an initial hit, reaching only #44 in the Fall of 1986. It will eventually be re-released as the popularity of the album increased after its Grammy win and will hit the Top 40 in the Spring of 1987. It will reach #4 in the UK in October.

86. The Fabulous Thunderbirds – Wrap It Up

It took five albums for this Texas blues-rock quartet to break through with Tuff Enuff. This was the follow-up, a cover of a Stax hit, originally recorded in 1968 by Sam And Dave as the B-side to their hit, I Thank You. The Fab Birds hit the wrap it up button at #50.

88. El DeBarge – Love Always

El made a misstep with his debut album. Most of the songs were not right for him, nor did they play to his strength, his vocal acumen. A lot of them were middle of the road AC dreck, like this one written by Burt Bacharach & Carole Bayer Sager. He just missed the Casey call when it peaked at #42, and he remains a one-hit-wonder.

95. Air Supply – Lonely Is The Night

This is where the air gets let out of the balloon. The first single from their new album, Hearts In Motion, will be the duo’s final chart entry.  Written by Albert Hammond and Diane Warren, the track will only peak at #78.

96. Isle Of Man – Am I Forgiven

Maybe. Am I forgotten? Absolutely. This quartet made up of four guys from France, Nicaragua, Italy & the US took all of that worldly knowledge and poured it into this hard to find pop-synth single that debuts at its peak.

August 8th, 1987

81. Pointer Sisters – Be There

Ruth, Anita, and June got the call to do another song for the Beverly Hills Cop sequel, but this one wasn’t as successful as Neutron Dance. I think it may have got squeezed out the other BHC2 singles like Shakedown, Cross My Broken Heart, and I Want Your Sex, even though it’s just as good, maybe even better than those. As a result, this Narada Michael Walden-produced 45 will stop burnin’ at #42. It will be the sisters’ last chart entry.

87. Level 42 – Running In The Family

Level 42 was in the middle of conquering the singles charts all over Europe, but they only got a small foothold in the States. After a second Top 20 hit, Lessons In Love, this follow-up, a pop-rock tale about kids running away and the adult realizing later that you can’t run away from family, stalled out at #83. It will be one of four UK Top 10s from the Running In The Family LP and the last with the original line-up.

88. Yello – Oh Yeah

This song was first released on the Swiss duo’s 1985 album, Stella. In the States, it was used in the 1986 film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, but its inclusion in Michael J Fox’s The Secret Of My Success caused it to be released as a single. Kinda weird, since most folks didn’t see that film. It will chicka-chicka up to #51. And if you’re Mac from It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, then you know this song as Day Bow Bow.

96. Crowded House – World Where You Live

Depending on how I feel, this may be my favorite Crowded House song. The third release from their debut album in the States was actually the first single release in the UK during the Summer of 1986. The world will shrink down at #65.

97. The Silencers – Painted Moon

Last week the Pittsburgh, PA band of the same name had their only chart hit. Now it’s time for the Scotland quartet to have their only Stateside entry. This pop-rock shuffler will almost match the other’s zenith when they top out at #82. [The 1980 Silencers will hit #81.]

August 6th, 1988

88. Midnight Oil – The Dead Heart

Kudos to this Australian quintet for sticking to their guns and letting the audience come to them. They finally broke through in the US earlier in the year with the Top 20 smash, Beds Are Burning, from their sixth album, Diesel and Dust. A lot of this album was inspired by the band’s tour playing to isolated Aboriginal communities in their homeland, witnessing their plight at the hand of the Aussie government. This single was written as a plea to return the Uluru, an area in the Northwest Territory of central Australia, back to the indigenous peoples. It will surprisingly reach #53. The song, Dreamland, would have been a good follow-up as well.

93. Al B. Sure! – Off On Your Own (Girl)

Albert Brown III remains a pop one-hit-wonder due to his hit Nite And Day and pop radio unwillingness to let his New Jack vibe proliferate their playlists. They did the same thing to Keith Sweat, but as he pushed on, Al took a behind the scenes role in the industry and discovered new acts like Jodeci and Faith Evans. R&B radio welcomed him with open arms, and four of his five Top 40 Soul hits went Top 3, including this one, which will be his second #1. I heard this single a lot that summer, so I’m surprised it only reached #45.

96. Amy Grant – Lead Me On

No, this is not a Maxine Nightengale cover, even though I’m sure you want to hear Amy sing tease me all night long. The title track to her eighth album talks about the fact that slavery and the Holocaust happened, but while though those folks had it real bad, they still turned to the Lord. This debuts at its peak.

August 5th, 1989

86. Dion – And The Night Stood Still

Where the hell did this come from? Dion’s first chart entry in thirteen years coincided with a new album, Yo Frankie, an autobiography and an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. Produced by Dave Edmunds and featuring backing vocals by Patti Smyth, this single will go still at #75.

88. Cinderella – Gypsy Road

Tom Keifer is still ripping his vocal cords out, trying to sing more hits for this Philly glam metal band. This will be the fourth single released from Long Cold Winter, and unlike the other three, it will miss out on the Top 40. The road will end at #51.

95. Adrian Belew – Oh Daddy

After a decade in the business playing with Tom Tom Club, Zappa, Bowie, King Crimson, and his own group, The Bears, this Kentucky guitarist lands his only Hot 100 entry from his fourth album, Mr. Music Head. It’s a cute yet smart duet with his 11-year-old daughter, Audie asking when her daddy will be famous one day. Creative songs like this rarely find their way into the mainstream anymore. It will peak at #58.

96. Cyndi Lauper – My First Night Without You

Is this a rewrite of Springsteen’s Fire or an ode to early 60s girl groups? Either way, it will be Cyndi’s last chart hit when it spends its final night at #62.

 

 

When It’s All Too Late

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As I take a look at The Other Sixty from the thirty-first chart week, I see a few of my faves in there. Hopefully, they outweigh the duds. Let’s review 1982 through 1985.

August 7th, 1982

81. Steve Winwood – Still In The Game

Steve was still looking for his second solo Top 40 hit when he released the first single from his third album, Talking Back To The Night. He plays all of the instruments on this song, and his then-wife, Nicole, sings backing vocals. It will peak just outside at #47.

82. Nicolette Larson – I Only Want To Be With You

This former background singer for Neil Young was carving out a steady solo career for herself in the late 70s and early 80s. This 1964 Dusty Springfield cover was from Nicolette’s fourth album, All Dressed Up and No Place To Go. Unlike the Bay City Rollers and Samantha Fox version, which hit the Top 40, this Westcoast pop-rocker will not stand a chance in rising any higher than #53. This will be her last chart single.

83. Billy Squier – Emotions In Motion

Welcome to the thud of Squier. If this music sounds like an outtake from Queen’s The Game, it’s because Billy and they were sharing the same producer, Reginald Mack. Also, Roger Taylor and Freddie sing backing vocals. It will be attacked by a dragon at #68.

89. Christopher Atkins – How Can I Live Without Her

Here’s Golden Raspberry award winner, Chris Atkins trying his hand at singing with this ballad from The Pirate Movie, in which he starred with Kristy McNichol in an update of The Pirates of Penzance. Many bombs were ignited in the process, and this one exploded at #71.

90. Toronto – Your Daddy Don’t Know

Following in the footsteps of Boston and Chicago, here’s a Canadian quintet named after the capital of Ontario with their one and only US chart hit. Released from their third album, Get It On Credit, dad gets wise at #77.

Fun fact: During the recording of their third album, two band members plus Jim Valance wrote the song, What About Love. They didn’t include it on the album, but Jim took it to Heart, who had a Top 10 hit with it in 1985.

August 6th, 1983

90. Tears For Fears – Change

Man, do I love these guys. My wife and I saw them live when she was pregnant with our first child. I’m sure a lot of the music seeped in because I find my daughter sitting on her bed, sometimes looking like the cover of The Hurting. This was the only charting single from their debut in the US and will only hit #73, although it will be a UK Top 10. Seems that we need our pain wrapped in sugar, which is why TFF’s next album was a smash here. Also, I love that bassline, just thump, thump, thump on the one and three, doing so little but still funky.

92. Lindsey Buckingham – Holiday Road

I heard this song so much as a kid from watching reruns of National Lampoon’s Vacation over and over on HBO. It never occurred to me that it was released as a single to be played on the radio. The two-minute ditty works for the movie, but it sounds like it was recorded in ten minutes. It drove up to #82 before being shut down for renovations. The moose out front should have told ya.

95. Kissing The Pink – Maybe This Day

If the idea was to make money at music or at the least, have people listen to it, this UK quartet shot themselves in the foot with their band name. Otherwise, this synth oddity is a lost pop gem that should have gone beyond its #87 zenith. It won’t do much better in England, hitting #83.

August 4th, 1984

83. Van Stephenson – What The Big Girls Do

Van follows-up his tale of the beauty salon battleax with this creepy rocker about a young girl who tries to seduce older men. Dude, you need a healthy relationship. It will reach #45 and become his last Pop chart entry.

86. The Bus Boys – Cleanin’ Up The Town

We got one! As the siren blares and the boys slide down the pole off to their first ghost bust, this L.A. sextet rolls through some 50s-inspired rock and soul. But their sound also included New Wave flourishes which garnered them spots in 48 Hrs and an opening slot on Eddie Muphy’s Delirious tour. They were also a smoking hot live band. Their one and only chart hit was from the Ghostbusters soundtrack, but gets slimed at #68.

88. Grandmaster Melle Mel & The Furious Five – Beat Street Breakdown (Pt. 1)

After royalty disputes caused Grandmaster Flash to split from the group, Melle Mel renamed their outfit and released their own album in 1984. This track was recorded after that for the Beat Street soundtrack and lyrically sounds like The Message and White Lines mixed together. It’s still a classic breakdancing track but will only move up two spots before disappearing.

94. Ronnie Milsap – She Loves My Car

I dig Ronnie’s country-pop crossover hits of the early 80s, but this one in particular. It had an MTV-ready video that rarely got played outside of CMT, even though it had a twenty-year-old Mariska Hargitay hijacking a convertible that just got a fill-up from Tattoo. It also has a high-heeled moonwalker, breakdancers with wrenches, John Doe and Exene from X and climactic dance sequence. Co-written by Bill LaBounty, it was released specifically for the pop market but crashed at #84.

August 3rd, 1985

74. Kim Carnes – Abadabadango

For every sussudio, there’s an abadabadango. I get a headache just looking at that title. Kim’s upbeat follow-up to her last Top 40 hit, Crazy In the Night, stumbles up seven spots before dropping off.

75. Julian Lennon – Jesse

Julian delivered an excellent debut album, Valotte, in 1984. I think the fascination of being John’s son as well as sounding like him, wore off quickly and the songs stood up on their own. This was the fourth single released and easily could have been another Top 40 hit. But it said its goodbyes at #54.

88. Bon Jovi – In And Out Of Love

I listen to a single like this, and I can’t believe this group is in the RNRHOF. This song has such an anonymous sound, I could tell you it was by Wyld Stallyns, and you’d believe me. It’s only a coincidence that it peaks at #69 dudes.

89. Belouis Some – Some People

B-lizzle has his second chart hit from his debut, and this one will be better than the first. It’s another NewWave classic even though this Top 10 Club hit will only reach #67. The song was also used to sell Swatches.

90. The Beach Boys – It’s Getting Late

The follow-up to the Beach Boys’ Getcha Back is, in my opinion, a better song and a valiant attempt to take their sound forward into the 80s. Because it only hit #82, I feel like everyone just rode out that early 60s vibe on future singles until it wore as thin as Eugene Landy’s patience. But it’s always great to hear Carl Wilson’s soaring tenor.

 

A Word That Anyone Can Say

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We have a lot of The Other Sixty to review for the thirty-first chart week. So let’s take a look at 1980 and 1981.

August 2nd, 1980

83. Lipps, Inc. – Rock It

This Minneapolis led outfit led by Steven Greenberg had one of the biggest hits towards the end of the first Disco era with Funkytown. It was going to be hard to scale those heights again. Their follow-up was actually the first single that was recorded and released by the group, which got them signed to Casablanca. It will reach #64 then make a move to a town that’s off the Hot 100.

84. Whitesnake – Fool For Your Loving

This British hard rock quintet started off the 80s much differently than they finished it. This was the lead single from the band’s third album, Ready an’ Willing, and will peak at #53. In 1989, a newly recorded version will make the Top 40 getting the Shadoe call at #37.

85. Foghat – Stranger In My Home Town

Foghat wraps up their chart singles career with this one from the album, Tight Shoes. This upbeat rocker was recorded at Foghat Studios on Long Island, making them strangers in their adopted home town of Port Jefferson. It will walk up four spots before running away.

87. Randy Vanwarmer – Whatever You Decide

After hitting the Top 10 in 1979 with Just When I Needed You Most, everyone expected Randy to churn out the fuzzy ballads. But that single was not representative of his style as singles like this one attest. This pop-rock 45 from his second album, Terraform, will decide to only go as high as #77.

88. Spider – Everything Is Alright

This New York quintet follows up their only Top 40 single, New Romance, with this pop-rocker from their debut album, written and sung by keyboardist Holly Knight. Holly will write tons of 80s smashes from Pat Benatar’s Invincible to Tina Turner’s Better Be Good To Me, but not this one. It will barely move two notches.

89. Yipes!! – Darlin’

Wow, what a band name. This Power pop quintet from Milwaukee, Wisconsin nabs their only chart hit with a cover of the Beach Boys 1968 hit from the 1979 debut album. It’s a pretty good version, but it will peak at #68.

August 8th, 1981

83. Art Garfunkel – A Heart In New York

Art had a respectable solo career away from his former partner, racking up five Top 40 hits and one as a trio with James Taylor & Paul Simon. The man with a Masters in math will garner his last Hot 100 solo entry with a slice from Scissors Cut. Written by Gallagher & Lyle, this folky acoustic ballad with stop beating at #66.

84. Michael Stanley Band – Falling In Love Again

This Cleveland, Ohio bunch scored a Top 40 hit earlier in 1981 with he Can’t Love You. This is the lead single from their latest album, North Coast, their sixth. Produced by Eddie Kramer, the midtempo rocker will hit #64 and start falling again.

85. Don McLean – It’s Just the Sun

Ten years after releasing American Pie, Don racks up his second to last chart single with the follow-up to the #23 single, Since I Don’t Have You as well as the #5 cover of Roy Orbison’s Crying. With backing vocals by the Jordanaires, this mellow Nashville single will burn out at #83.

86. Larry John McNally – Just Like Paradise

This is a mighty fine song and one of my faves from the Westcoast genre. I would love to see someone put this on a current show or in a movie to bring it back to life. Rod Stewart did the reverse with another LJ track, The Motown Song when he found it on the Quicksilver soundtrack and covered it with the Temptations. This debuts at its peak, and that’s a friggin’ injustice, especially in such a lax year of programmer playlists.

87. Bernadette Peters – Dedicated To The One I Love

After scoring a #31 hit with a cover of Carla Thomas’ Gee Whiz in 1980, this Tony award-winner released a remake of the Shirelles 1960 hit, also popularized by the Mamas and Papas in 1967, in 1981. She will only take hers up to #65. Should have added a trumpet solo.

88. Cheryl Lynn – Shake It Up Tonight

And now we’ve reached the part of the 80s where quality disco tracks get ignored by Pop radio. This is a stone jam, written by Mike & Brenda Sutton and produced by Ray Parker Jr. with other members of Raydio playing on it as well. It will reach the Top 5 on the Soul and Disco charts, but only #70 on the Hot 100.

89. Change – Hold Tight

Another great Disco single, given the Heisman by Pop programmers. Even though Change’s debut gave us A Lover’s Holiday and The Glow Of Love, their second album, Miracles, is even better and my favorite from this Italo-Anglo group. But, dammit, it’s debuting at its peak.

90. Nielsen/Pearson – The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore

Reed Nielsen and Mark Pearson put a hold on their Westcoast career and instead record a cover of this 1966 Walker Brothers hit, initially written by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio for Frankie Valli. It was going to be the first single from their new LP, Atomic Cafe, but the album was shelved after the sun sets on this single at #56. This duo will record one more album, Blind Luck, in 1983 before splitting up for good.

Running Wild In A Confined Space

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Time to finish up our review of The Other Sixty from the thirtieth chart week. Our debuts are from 1987, 1988, and 1989.

August 1st, 1987

88. Glenn Medeiros – Watching Over You

Hawaiian singer Glenn Medieros had an international with a George Benson cover of Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love For You. That prompted the recording of a full album full of sappy ballads such as this one. The watchdog falls asleep at #80. In three years from now, he will hit #1 with a Bobby Brown throwaway single, She Ain’t Worth It.

Fun fact: Glenn is currently the principal of a Catholic school in Honolulu.

93. Curiosity Killed The Cat – Misfit

Man, I was obsessed with this song from the first time that I heard it. Funny how that can happen, how a particular song can cut into deeply without explanation. It takes me back to the Summer of 87, carrying my boombox on the beach, sitting in the dunes playing the song which I taped off the radio, WLIR specifically, over and over. I had to go to a specific record store to order the 12″ single as an import, which took four weeks for me to receive.

This single and quartet were initially referred to as teeny-bop but also labeled as sophisti-pop, which just means they mixed jazz and soul into their pop sound, just like Sade and Swing Out Sister. This single will be their only chart hit, just missing the Casey call at #42.

Fun fact: Andy Warhol directed the video to this song when it was first released in the UK in 1986. It was his last appearance on camera. By the time it was released in the US, he had passed away.

98. Cover Girls – Spring Love

This New York freestyle trio is on the second chart single after the mild success of Show Me. It is debuting at its peak this week. Also, it has nothing to do with Stevie B.’s freestyle track of the same name.

July 30th, 1988

86. Run-D.M.C. – Mary, Mary

The Hollis, Queens threesome follow-up their breakthrough album, Raising Hell with Tougher Than Leather, which features the classics Run’s House and I Ain’t Going Out Like That. This single, which covers and samples the 1966 Monkees song, was the only one that charted. But Pop radio started buggin’ and turned away from this song as it only climbed to #75. They should have asked Peter Tork to wear a Kangol and Addidas tracksuit in their video.

90. Cher – Skin Deep

I love Cher. You never know what version of her act that you’re gonna get. In the late 80s she did some double-dipping, jumpstarting her music career yet again at the same time as her Oscar-winning performance in Moonstruck. Her 1987 self-titled album netted her two big hit ballads, but for her third single, she goes the dance-pop route. I can take this way more than I Found Someone, but radio felt differently, shedding it on the charts at #79.

94. Belinda Carlisle – I Feel Free

A 1966 Cream cover may seem like an odd choice for this Go-Gos singer. For what it’s worth, she makes it work for her. For the crowd that enjoyed her Top 10 smashes, Circle In The Sand, I Get Weak, and Heaven Is A Place On Earth, they were non-plussed and gave her a spoonful of strange brew at #88.

98. Kings Of The Sun – Black Leather

Yes, if you are kings of the sun, your skin will be black leather. But this song is not a PSA. It’a hard rock track from an Australian group that debuts at its peak with its only US chart hit.

July 29th, 1989

82.John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band – Pride & Passion

When Eddie & the Cruisers died at the theatres in 1983, I can’t imagine anyone thought there would be a sequel only six years. I’m sure any of us asked for one. Well, maybe a handful of guys from Rhode Island did. John and his cohorts decide to ride that ship until it sinks, providing music for Part II: Eddie Lives and give everyone yet another chance to hear third-rate Springsteen rockers. This will be the last chart hit for these dudes when it hits #66.

92. The Jets – You Better Dance

I’ve watched Unsung: The Jets (I sure did), so I’m guessing someone in their family pissed off their record company just enough for them to give up on this single. This Michael Jonzun cut was way better than most of the dance-pop on the charts at the time. But it bombed out everywhere. The guilty feet lost their rhythm at #59.

95. Waterfront – Nature Of Love

I never understood the point of a duo. Yes, Hall & Oates is a duo, but they need a band to make their music. So why not just be a band? Indigo Girls can play by themselves just fine. Chromeo, ditto. Those are true duos. These two British bros looked good brooding in suits, but they needed lots of production behind them. It helped them score a Top 10 hit, Cry, but their soft pop follow-up will only climb to #70.

96. Stage Dolls – Love Cries

Glam rock was a money-printing machine, and everyone wanted in on the action. This Norwegian power trio just to shoehorn their style into that genre for a few bucks. All they ended up with is one US chart single that sobbed its way up to #46.

97. Guns N’ Roses – Nightrain

Guns N Roses had four straight Top 10 hits, starting in late 1987. Their last one, Patience, was from the GNR Lies EP. Because the band was touring, they decide to release another single from Appetite For Destruction. This ode to cheap liquor passed out at #93.

 

 

Less Tender and More Tinder

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We’re smack in the middle of the decade doing our review of The Other Sixty during chart week thirty. Let’s review the years 1983 up to 1986.

July 30th, 1983

82. Doobie Brothers – You Belong To Me

Let’s start off with a live cut from The Doobies’ first farewell tour or maybe the farewell to Michael McDonald tour. [of course, if we get our shit together, we can see him perform with them sometime in 2021.] It’s a cut that Michael wrote with Carly Simon that the band recorded for their 1977 Livin’ On The Fault Line album. Carly recorded her version for Boys In The Trees, and it became a Top 10 in early 1978. The band’s live release will reach #79 and cap a prolific year run with Mike in the group.

88. The Plimsouls – A Million Miles Away

Here’s a Power pop quartet from California led by Peter Case, who formed the group after The Nerves split up in 1978. The song was released as a single and performed well regionally. After it was added to the Valley Girl soundtrack, it was re-released and charted nationally, reaching #82.

89. Aretha Franklin- Get It Right

Aretha was back in the Top 40 in 1982 after a six-year absence with the Luther Vandross/ Marcus Miller produced Jump To It. They got the gig for the follow-up album, and the title track is another burnin’ barbeque boogie. It will be her nineteenth #1 Soul hit, but for some reason, Pop radio didn’t get it right by adding to their playlists, and it faltered at #61.

90. The Manhattans – Crazy

Seven years after their monster #1 smash Kiss And Say Goodbye and three years removed from their Top 5 hit Shining Star, this Jersey City quartet is back some rare uptempo groove for a change, sounding like Jump To It performed by the Whispers. It will get them another Top 5 R&B smash while climbing to #72 before losing its mind.

July 28th, 1984

77. Queen – It’s A Hard Life

This song starts out big with a little dash of opera courtesy of Freddie before settling into a ballad that is reminiscent of Play The Game at times. Their third US single from The Works will be yet another UK top 10 but will be largely ignored in the States, only moving up another five spots.

83. Elvis Costello & The Attractions – The Only Flame In Town

I’ve always found David Lee Roth’s quote about music writers hilarious. I’m paraphrasing, but it goes something like, “Of course critics love Elvis Costello more than [Van Halen] us. That’s because they all look like him.” And while VH was crushing the charts with 1984, EC and his pals faced their harshest critical backlash upon the release of their eighth album, Goodbye Cruel World. He had previously announced he was breaking up the band and retiring from music. Surely this wasn’t the way he was going to go out? While it’s still considered a misstep mostly for its slick production, I’ve always loved this single. I never thought Elvis took it that seriously, and with his full career in review, you can look back see that maybe he was trying to blow it all up and start fresh. Big kudos to Daryl Hall, who sings backing vocals, blending his voice as much as possible rather than overtake Elvis’. The flame will die at #56, but he’ll return in five years with his second Top 40 hit, Veronica.

85. Irene Cara – You Were Made For Me

Irene had already racked up six Top 40 hits before this single release, which will be her last chart hit. This sultry ballad should have reached a higher number than #78. I wonder what would have happened if it found the right 1984 film to pair it with. It will enter the top #10 on the AC charts, so maybe your teeth got drilled to this.

88. Karen Kamon – Loverboy

One degree off from Irene is singer Karen Kamon, who sang on the Flashdance and D.C. Cab movie soundtracks. This was her only charting single debuting at its peak. She was also married to producer Phil Ramone from 1984 until his passing in 2013.

90. Coyote Sisters – Straight From The Heart (Into Your Life)

This is a lost gem. Completely buried on a Motown subsidiary label, Morrocco Records, this trio of ladies – Leah Kunkel, Renee Armand, and Marty Gwinn Townsend, all of whom had recorded previous solo albums (Marty was part of Bishop & Gwinn.) released this single and it faded into the ether at #66. With a consistant A&R push, this could have easily reached the Top 40. In 2001 they put out their second album, Woman and Other Stories, minus Armand.

July 27th, 1985

82. Billy Crystal – You Look Marvelous

Yes, that Billy Crystal, Jody from Soap. He decided to create a dance single based on his Fernando Llamas impersonations on SNL that no one watched or laughed at. The title is the catchphrase and supposed punchline. It just means if jam anything down people’s throats enough times, they might swallow. This one will choke at #58, dahlings.

88. Curtie & The Boombox – Black Kisses (Never Make You Blue)

Here’s a female Dutch quartet who release one album in 1985. This single sounds very European, as in no one told them that Disco was over, only to add more synths. Their only chart hit gets gangrene at #81.

90. Lone Justice – Sweet Sweet Baby (I’m Falling)

This is the second single from the auspicious debut of the L.A. cowpunk outfit led by Maria McKee. It was co-written by Steven Van Zandt and Benmont Tench of the Heartbreakers, so they had some friends in high places. Little Steven even plays the guitar solo on this catchy track. This unlucky single reached #73 and started falling.

93. Cheap Trick – Tonight It’s You

Here’s the Rockford, Illinois quartet trying and failing with a terrific radio-ready single. Produced by Jack Douglas, this Power Pop ballad would be stopped short at #44.

August 2nd, 1986

83. Mick Jagger – Ruthless People

I bought all four of these 1986 Other Sixty debuts on 45. I must have had a lot of Summer job money burning a hole in my shorts pocket. This was the title track to the Danny DeVito/ Bette Midler film that should have been funnier than it was. [They teamed up again for Drowning Mona, which is way better.] This debuts as the Stones’ One Hit (To The Body) disappears from the charts. It will find Ruth at #51 and walk away.

84. Sheena Easton – So Far So Good

Another soundtrack tune, this one to the Rob Lowe/Demi Moore rom-com, About Last Night. This one finds Sheena leaning more on her early 80s sweet girl image rather than her sexy dance music persona. So it confused fans a bit and only went as far as #43, which was not good.

91. Gwen Guthrie – Ain’t Nothin’ Goin’ On But The Rent

Gwen was a singer and songwriter, who got her big break when Ben E. King recorded Supernatural Thing and took it to #9 in 1975. She had a handful of solo hits on the R&B charts in the 80s. But her biggest one was this, a #1 Soul and Dance Club smash, which just missed the Casey call at #42. This song always reminds me of that Eddie Murphy sketch in Raw in which he talks about money-hungry women, and references this song.

95. Doctor & The Medics – Spirit In The Sky

Being ten years too late for glam rock didn’t stop this sextet from releasing their debut album, Laughing at the Pieces in 1986. Their faithful cover of Norman Greenbaum’s 1970 Top 10 smash was their only chart hit and peaked at #69. I guess it was going to the place that’s the best.

 

Don’t Understand The World Today

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As we start off the thirtieth chart week review of The Other Sixty, there are a few classics which have stood the test of time, some hidden gems, and those deserving of their chart fate. Let’s take a look at 1980 through 1982.

July 26th, 1980

72. Pat Benatar – You Better Run

The pride of Lindenhurst, Long Island leads off her second album, Crimes of Passion, with a cover of the Rascals 1966 Top 20 hit. It also had the notoriety of being the second video play on MTV. It will just miss out, hitting #42, but her follow-up, Hit Me With Your Best Shot, will become her first Top 10 smash.

[Somehow I missed this one in the first post. Thanks Victorvector for catching this omission.]

85. Rossington Collins Band – Don’t Misunderstand Me

We have some Southern rock here from the surviving members of the horrific 1977 plane crash that killed Ronnie Van Zant, Steve, and Cassie Gaines. Feeling unable to continue as Lynyrd Skynyrd, they reformed in late 1979 under a new moniker and a female lead singer. This was their only charting hit released from their debut album. It will peak at #55.

87. Ted Nugent – Wango Tango

This is Ted’s seventh and last Hot 100 entry as a solo artist. He had one Top 40 hit back in the Fall of 1977 called Cat Scratch Fever. This one will barely move inching up one spot before falling off the charts.

89. Touch – (Call Me) When The Spirit Moves You

This was the first single from this Long Island, New York AOR quartet’s debut album, Touch. Three of the members had been in the band American Tears, which had released three albums in the late 70s. For all of that experience, this will be their most significant chart success before the spirit dies at #65.

90. Lenore O’Malley – First…Be A Woman

This type of disco single was already out of fashion by 1980. Not sure who thought this would succeed in the post-Disco sucks, proto-New Wave era. I believe this was a Canadian release, so that might have something to do with it. This barely made the Top 50 on the Disco charts and on the Hot 100, it only climbed to #53.

92. Eric Troyer – Mirage

This one debuts at its peak but, man, Pop radio missed out big on this one. Its lack of success also kept Chrysalis Records from releasing his full album debut. What I wouldn’t give to walk into a Karaoke bar and see this one on their playlist. Eric is a good friend of Jim Steiman and is usually the person singing vocals on his demos. He has also had a long career singing backing vocals of giant hits, such as John Lennon’s Woman, Billy Joel’s Tell Her About It, and Celine Dion’s It’s All Coming Back To Me. He also joined ELO Part II with Bev Bevan.

96. The Silencers – Shiver And Shake

There were two bands of this namesake that charted in the 80s. This one was from a Power pop quintet from Pittsburgh, who only charted this one time. It would cease shivering and end shaking at #81. LEader Frank Czuri was in a previous band called Diamond Reo, and peaked at #44 in 1975 with a cover of Ain’t That Peculiar.

August 1st, 1981

82. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – A Woman In Love (It’s Not Me)

I got a feeling this one didn’t so well at the time because radio was pushing Stop Dragging Me Heart Around instead. That single moved up to #38 during the week that this one, the second release from Hard Promises, debuted. As a result, this will only slide up three more notches.

83. Squeeze – Tempted

Isn’t funny how some songs that don’t perform well initially end up becoming classics, even the defining song for a band? Squeeze has two Top 40 hits, but I bet you know this one way more than those two. Utility player Paul Carrack sang lead on this song and recorded with the band for one album, East Side Story, an LP that was originally going to be a double album producer for four different people, including Dave Edmunds, Nick Lowe, and Paul McCartney. In the end, it was mostly produced by Elvis Costello (he sings a few lines on the second verse), and it’s my second favorite album of theirs after Babylon & On. It will only reach #49 but will spawn many covers versions. Personally, I like Erykah Badu’s.

Fun fact: Paul would join Squeeze again for another album in 1993, Some Fantastic Place. And here’s the only other Squeeze song that he sings lead vocals on.

85. Santana – The Sensitive Kind

After scoring his first Top 20 hit in ten years with Winning, Santana follows it up with another slinky track, this time written by J.J. Cale. Alex “not Steve Perry” Lighterwood handles the lead vocal again on this 45, which will only reach #56.

86. Icehouse – We Can Get Together

When you think about all of the successful Australian acts of the 80s, Icehouse doesn’t get mentioned much. But they were charting in the US before Men At Work and INXS. It just took them a while to get their big hits. This one is probably a little ahead of its time, but it will still reach #62. Hey Little Girl is another great track that should have some success as well but didn’t chart.

July 31st, 1982

82. Bill Champlin – Sara

After Sons Of Champlin split up and before his turn in Chicago, Bill released two solo Westcoast albums. This single is the second release from his second solo album, Runaway, written by David Foster and Alan “Growing Pains” Thicke. This ballad is one of many potential hit singles. Unfortunately, Elektra Records had some management changes as this album was released, and subsequently, there was no push behind it. Still, this track would have a #61 zenith.

83. Queen – Calling All Girls

After having a #11 hit with Body Language, Queen follows up it up with the least disco sounding track on the album, Hot Space. Written by drummer Roger Taylor, the girls will turn a deaf ear to it at #60

85. Walter Murphy – Themes From E.T. (The Extra-Terrestrial)

Trying to get some of that Meco money, Walter leaves the classical composer alone and goes after John Williams instead. This disco medley of different themes from the movie, E.T., was his first chart hit since 1976 and his last. It will go home at #47.

87. Dolly Parton – I Will Always Love You

This may be the most important song Dolly has ever written. She wrote it as a farewell to Porter Wagoner and his show, on which Dolly was a star. Released as a single from her Jolene LP in 1974, it became a #1 Country smash. She re-recorded it for the soundtrack to The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas, and it hit #1 again as well as reaching #53 on the Pop charts. It was this incarnation which the producers of The Bodyguard heard and had Whitney Houston record it for the film. It will eventually hit #1 for 14 weeks, with the single selling four million copies. It will reach #3 in 2012 after Whitney’s death. The money Dolly made from this recording has been given back to her community, primarily through children’s book programs, many times over.

88. John Denver – Seasons Of The Heart

John was earnestly trying to keep his career going in 1982. His single Shanghai Breezes reached #31, so there was reason to hope. He released the title track to his recent album as the follow-up single, but all this ballad could manage was a #78 showing.

89. Foreigner – Luanne

Foreigner had their biggest success with their fourth album, 4, which spun off four Top 40 singles. Why not go for five? This one sounds like album filler to me, and radio agreed. Ice cold Luanne will run and ride at #75.

90. Joe Fagin – Younger Days

Here’s a singer/ songwriter from England who’s trying to get some of that Bob Seger cash, singing in a gruff voice about the past. Sorry, Joe, that’s Bob’s stock in trade. You’re gonna have to get your own schtick. This will one will peak at #80.

 

You Have To Make This Life Livable

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Let’s wrap up the twenty-ninth chart week with a review of The Other Sixty from 1987, 1988, and 1989.

July 25th, 1987

81. .38 Special – Back To Paradise

Here’s a song from the Revenge of The Nerds sequel in which the Tri-Lambs travel to a fraternity convention in Florida. And so who better to do the main theme than Jacksonville’s own .38 Special. This one just missed the Top 40 peaking at #41.

88. Depeche Mode – Strangelove

Peche follows up their superb 1986 Album, Black Celebration with the equally impressive and more mature, Music For The Masses. Focusing more on synths and songwriting than samples and sound effects, they aimed their material at the US market without sacrificing what made them unique. Although this was a #1 Dance hit, this will at Pop radio only reaching #76.

94. Amazulu – Montego Bay

I’m sure there are many versions of Bobby Bloom’s 1970 tropical hit out there, but this one by the British reggae sextet, Amazulu, is the only other one to chart on the Hot 100. I’d rather hear this a million times over than Hot Hot Hot. They lose the keys to the MG at #90.

July 23rd, 1988

82. Vanessa Williams – The Right Stuff

Vanessa starts off her singing career with the New Jack title track of her debut album. No one’s gonna mistake her voice for Aretha, but she and the album sounded better than most folks thought. It was a #1 Dance hit, #4 on the Soul charts, and just missed the Casey Shadoe call becoming un-right at #44.

84. Stryper – Always There For You

If you think that the biggest problem with heavy metal is that there are not enough Christian fans then you do what Stryper did and cater directly to them. Honestly, I think if God really wanted this, then they would’ve have been bigger than say, Guns N Roses, or even White Lion. Alas, there were smote with a #71 zenith.

87. The Cover Girls – Inside Outside

If it’s the late 80s, then Pop radio is playing freestyle somewhere. Or not, in this case. This is the fifth charting single from the trio’s debut Show Me. Man, this squeezed this lemon like it had lime juice in it. Once it got in, it was shown the outside at #55.

92. Keith Sweat with Jacci McGhee – Make It Last Forever

Keith throws down this smooth slow jam without ever leaving his 5-note range. The man’s a magician. It will slide up to #2 on the Soul charts but forever comes to an abrupt halt at #59 Pop. Jacci would release a solo album in 1992, join the Family Stand in 1998 for one album and sing back-up for Toto & Salt N Pepa

93. Freddie Jackson – Nice N Slow

Oh no, another quiet storm is riding in. If it hits Keith’s heavy rain, there could be a hurricane or a love tornado. Instead, they’ll just cancel each other out at Pop radio. This will be one of Freddie’s many #1s on the Soul chart and his last Hot 100 entry, climbing to #61.

July 22nd, 1989

85. Indigo Girls – Closer To Fine

The legend of Atlanta’s Emily Saliers and Amy Ray begins here with one of their most beloved tracks from their third album. They, along with acts such as Tracy Chapman, Suzanne Vega, and Michelle Shocked, led the resurgence of female singer-songwriters in the late 80s, culminating in their celebration at Lilith Fairs in the late 90s. The closest they’ll get to fine if fine is the Top 40 will be #52. Peter O’Toole from the Hothouse Flowers sings and plays mandolin on the track.

90. The Outfield – My Paradise

This London trio follows up their fourth Top 40 hit, Voices Of Babylon, with this rollicking rocker. Paradise will be lost at #72.

91. The Call – Let The Day Begin

Did you get the call? I never got the call. I wonder who got the call. All the fun things we used to say about this Santa Cruz quartet. This will be their second and final chart hit, and it received a lot of airplay on college radio as well as mainstream rock stations. It translated to a #51 peak, but it would be resurrected in 2000 by Al Gore as his campaign theme. I think W was more of a Bullet Boys fan.

92. Bad English – Forget Me Not

John Waite formed a new band at the end of the decade with two of his Babys plus Neil Schon of Journey. This was the first single from their debut, and its easily the best thing they recorded (Best Of What I Got wasn’t bad). This almost made the Top 40 but stalled at #45. Their next single When I See You Smile went straight to #1.

96. Bullet Boys – Smooth Up

Out of the ashes of the Carmine Appice-led, King Kobra comes these dudes. This single will be the second charting release from their debut album whose full title is Smooth Up In Ya. Their subtly skills in seduction will garner them a #71 high for their troubles.

97. Erasure – Stop!

Erasure finally broke through to the pop charts with a pair of Top 20 singles from The Innocents. To hold fans over until the next album, the duo released a 6-song EP called Crackers International. The lead single is what you’d expect from Andy and Vince, great upbeat synth-pop. Unfortunately, it debuts at its peak. They wouldn’t hit the Top 40 again until 1994 with the song, Always.

 

Music Is The Key To Set Me Free

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Damn, this is a mighty fine list of debuts during chart week twenty-nine during the mid-80s. Such a shame they fell into the forgotten stew of The Other Sixty. Let’s review and enjoy!

July 23rd, 1983

72. The Tubes – Tip Of My Tongue

The San Francisco octet, who finally scored a Top 10 hit with She’s A Beauty, followed it up with a nice slice of funky soul, co-written by Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire. It’s a great track, but the abrupt genre change might have thrown pop programmers who went silent on it after it reached #52.

80. ZZ Top – Sharp Dressed Man

After experimenting with synths on their last two albums, the Tejas trio dives in fully with a drum machine and a sequencer for their Eliminator LP. Why play the blues why you can program them? The first single, Gimme All Your Lovin’ reached #37, but this follow-up, despite its MTV airtime and rock radio airplay, returned their tux at #56.

88. Haysi Fantayzee – Shiny Shiny

Nothing like an 80s song mixing cocaine and nuclear war metaphors sung by a couple of cornrowed white folks with a fiddle solo to boot. It’s a catchy song, but I can’t tell you how many buskers I meet that sound and look like this, minus the fun. Looks like they run out of lemon Pledge at #74.

90. R.E.M. – Radio Free Europe

Within a year of meeting and forming the band, R.E.M. recorded their first single at Mitch Easter’s Drive-In Studios in Winston Salem, NC. They released it as a 45 on a local label called HibTone and immediately sold out. After recording a 5-song EP called Chronic Town in 1982, they were signed to I.R.S. Records, releasing their debut album, Murmur, in April 1983. Their lead single was a re-recorded version of their first single, which climbed to #78 on the national charts. Like all of their early work, it makes no sense, and it’s fricking awesome.

94. F.R. David – Words

One of the things that confused folks in the 80s is that if they heard synths and drum machines, they assumed it was New Wave. This song is just a product of its time – chanson with a modern arrangement. It was let into the party, then abruptly told to leave. This Frenchmen took this song to #1 in many European countries, but in the States, it had a #62 zenith.

July 21st, 1984

87. Giorgio Moroder Featuring Paul Engemann – Reach Out

Remember how jacked up we were for the 1984 Summer Olympics in L.A. with no commies around to hog our glory? We were so into it that we decided to record music to play each time we won, like this one. Written initially just for the track team, featuring lead vocals from future Device & Animotion singer Paul Engemann, it became our unofficial theme every time we kicked another countries ass. On the chart, it barely reached up to #81. Of course, it went to #2 in Switzerland.

90. INXS – I Send A Message

The Aussie sextet follows up their #58 single, Original Sin with a little bit of synth-funk. They would apply this formula on their 1987 album, Kick, by removing all the raw edges and smoothing out their sound. Until then, this message will get lost at #77.

July 20th, 1985

71. Mary Jane Girls – Wild And Crazy Love

I’m really not sure why the Mary Jane Girls didn’t have more hits on Pop radio. A funky dance track like this one, which went Top 10 on the Soul charts, should have easily surpassed its #42 peak, especially after the momentum of In My House hitting the Top 10.

77. Loose Ends – Hanging On A String (Contemplating)

This was my jam in the Summer of 1985. I loved the vibe of this London trio. They were like a funkier, synth-driven version of Sade. They recorded five albums, but this single was their only chart hit. It only reached #13 in their native UK, but was a #1 Soul hit here and just missed the Casey call along with the Mary Jane Girls, peaking at #43.

84. Limahl – Only For Love

Is it fun being a one-hit-wonder twice? Ask Limahl, who became one with Kajagoogoo in 1983 with Too Shy. When he was kicked out of the band, he became one as a solo artist two years with Never Ending Story. His second and last chart hit will sink like a horse in quicksand at #51.

87. King – Love And Pride

Here’s another key 1985 Summer song, sung by the superbly mulleted Paul King. This New Wave classic will be a #2 smash in England but will only find misery at #55.

Fun fact: In 1985, a King, a Queen, a Prince, and a Princess all had charting singles.

88. Jesse Johnson’s Revue – I Want My Girl

The former lead guitarist for the Time is back with a funk ballad, the third single from his self-titled debut. It will be the group’s third straight Top 10 Soul single but will fizzle out at #76 on the Hot 100.

89. Alison Moyet – Love Resurrection

After two albums with Vince Clarke in the duo, Yaz (or Yazoo), Alison nabbed a Top 40 hit on her own with Invisible. Her follow-up was even better, and my favorite of hers. But it will only resurrect an #82 showing.

July 26th, 1986

93. Bruce Hornsby & The Range – Every Little Kiss

This is where the Bruce Hornsby legend started, with a flop. The band’s first single from their debut The Way It Is will only reach #72. RCA only killed this band’s fortunes before they started. I mean, this was the original album cover. Thankfully the label released the title track next, and everything began to click for these guys. And, this single will be re-released next Spring and reach the Top 20

95. Thompson Twins – Nothing In Common

This newly paired down duo loved to dabble in melancholy percussive New Wave, so they were an odd choice to write and record the theme to a Tom Hanks and Jackie Gleason. Until you watch the movie and realize it’s way more sad than funny. For me, I still bought it and watched the movie a ton of times on cable. But I understand its #54 peak. It was co-produced by Geoff Downes of the Buggles and Asia fame.

96. Level 42 – Hot Water

If I didn’t express it earlier, I love these three singles from 1986 and bought them all back then. This one would definitely be my favorite of the three, a newly recorded version of a song originally found on the band’s 1984 LP, True Colours. They were in the midst of trading their jazz-funk past with a pop-funk future. After crushing it with Something About You, this one didn’t do as well in the States boiling over at #87. They’ll back in the Top 20 next year with Lessons In Love.

 

Got To Keep My Irons In The Fire

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We’re now up to the twenty-ninth chart week of the year. So let’s review The Other Sixty from 1980 to 1982.

July 19th, 1980

81. Paul Davis – Cry Just A Little

Singer/songwriter/keyboardist Paul Davis follows up his gospel-tinged Top 40 hit, Do Right with this track, which is one of my favorites of his. This easily should have been another smash but only moved up three more spots. Blame that on the fact that Bang Records was on their last legs and probably didn’t have any promotional dollars left. That’s also what killed Brick and Nigel Olssen’s career, the other two artists left on the label. Paul would switch to Arista for his next and final album, Cool Night, which spawned two of his biggest hits, the title track, and 65 Love Affair.

Fun fact: Paul McCartney owns most of Paul Davis’ songs.

86. Poco – Under The Gun

Poco finally broke through with the album Legend, and the 1979 hits Cool Love and Heart Of The Night. But ABC Records became MCA Records, and so in many ways, they had to start over. They released the title track to their new LP, but it didn’t distinguish itself on radio and peaked at #48. It took them another decade to have a Top 40 hit again.

88. Gerry Rafferty – The Royal Mile (Sweet Darlin’)

Gerry tallied five solo Top 40 records between 1978 and 1979, but he started off the 80s very differently. The only single from his 1980 Snake And Ladders release would only climb the rungs to #54 and will be his last US chart entry. As his manager once said, ” You used to think that it was so easy.”

90. Rockie Robbins – You And Me

Here’s an R&B singer from Minneapolis who scored his only Hot 100 entry from his Bobby Martin-produced second album. This one populated a lot of Quiet Storm formats back then and hit the Soul Top 10. On the Pop charts, let’s see here—nothing up on my sleeve. And…Presto! A #80 zenith.

96. Frankie Valli Introducing Chris Forde – Where Did We Go Wrong

Good question, Frankie. Let me count the ways. Two Summers ago, Frankie was letting everyone know what the word was. Now he’s singing a duet that can’t find its way out of the 90s, chart position, that is. 1980 was a rough year personally for Frankie, and after this release, he took a lot of time off. This will be his last chart hit when it hits #90. No one knows whatever happened to Chris Forde.

July 25th, 1981

82. Teena Marie – Square Biz

The vanilla child, known as Lady T, who likes Sarah Vaughn and hot water cornbread drops a serious funk bomb on us from her It Must Be Magic LP. Even though she was now producing herself, her former svengali Rick James shows up like a weirdo staring from the shadows to let everyone know to call him Slick Rick, wherein Teena tells him not to get too slick. Burn. This jam will only make it to #50 because Motown was pushing the veterans like The Commodores and Diana Ross. T would leave Motown and have her biggest hit four years later with Lovergirl.

85. Don Felder – Heavy Metal (Takin’ A Ride)

There’s a part in the Eagles documentary, History of the Eagles, where Glenn Frey talks about their manager taking Don Felder out to dinner to let him know he won’t be singing on The Long Run. As Glenn explains, why would you have a weak vocalist on a song when you can have Don Henley instead? Felder is a great guitarist, but his vocals aren’t as bad as Glenn makes them out to be. Don’s only chart hit, the theme from the movie Heavy Metal, will just miss the Top 40 reaching #43. Glenn Frey, still an asshole.

86. Pure Prairie League – You’re Mine Tonight

It’s funny to think that by adding Vince Gill to this country-rock group that they became less country. This one is leaving the marina dock for an evening sail in the Santa Monica sunset. Their final chart hit will reverse their debut numbers, and the band will split soon after.

90. The Cantina Band (Featuring Lou Christie) – Summer 81 

After the success of Stars of 45, folks searched for the next oldies act to shove down our throats. And behold, it’s Meco (and yes the cantina band is a Star Wars reference) with a medley of Beach Boys hits and a lame disco beat that sounds like it came from a Nelson Varon organ. Somehow Capitol Records heard about this and rushed out their own Beach Boys medley, which ended up debuting on the same week up at #76. Folks preferred hearing Brian, Carl and Mike sing the hits rather than Lou “Lightning Strikes” Christie, although he does a much job than some session singer in Holland. It will surf up to #81 before daddy takes the T-bird away.

July 24th, 1982

81. Roberta Flack – I’m The One

This funky little number was Miss Roberta’s follow-up to her Top 20 hit, Making Love, and in my opinion, it’s far superior. It just missed getting the Casey call when it gets caught in a Hot 100 logjam and stopped at #42.

85. Jerry Reed – She Got The Goldmine (I Got the Shaft)

The Snowman is back for one more round on the Hot 100, his first new entry in eight years. This rollicking divorce ditty ends up with Jerry eating bologna sandwiches and crying to a judge just like his 1971 smash When You’re Hot, You’re Hot. It will be his last chart hit getting the shaft at #57, but his third #1 Country hit.

87. Dayton – Hot Fun In The Summertime

Here’s a laid back boogie cover of a Sly & the Family Stone 1969 smash from a funk sextet from Ohio. It was released from their third album, Hot Fun, and will become a Top 20 R&B hit. But Fall comes around for this tune at #58.

90. Axe – Now Or Never

With a name like Axe, you may be expecting something that sounds like Iron Maiden. But this quintet from Gainesville, FL, which started life called Babyface before changing names, comes off like a bar band version of Blackfoot instead.  This will be the first of two chart entries for these guys when this hits #64. So, never.

Brothers And Sisters United All For Love

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Let’s wrap up our review of The Other Sixty from chart week twenty-eight with a look at those debuts from the second half of the decade-  1985 through 1989.

July 13th, 1985

90. Y&T – Summertime Girls

Here’s the California quartet, formerly known as Yesterday And Today (that’s true) trying to get some of that Van Halen money after very little success and six albums over a ten-year career. Their seventh album, Down For The Count, will yield their only chart single, which will also be released on the Real Genius soundtrack. But Autumn will arrive at #55.

July 19th, 1986

81. Heart – If Looks Could Kill

Heart was still trying to squeeze all the juice out of their hugely successful self-titled album. This was the fifth charting single from that LP after the first four went Top 10. This 45 got the “looks’ and died at #54.

86. Prince & The Revolution – Anotherloverholenyohead

I loved this song from Parade so much that I bought the 45 when it was released, even though I had the album. This will be the last single with The Revolution to chart when it stalls out at #63.

89. 38 Special – Somebody Like You

After a string of Top 40 hits, folks realized that this band was going to keep putting out the same single over and over again unless we do something. We stopped the momentum by keeping this 45 at #48. That also explains we ended up with a song like Second Chance three years later that sounds like no one.

July 18th, 1987

85. Rod Stewart – Twistin’ The Night Away

Rod achieved a rare feat with the release of this single. His version of the Sam Cooke classic was released in 1973 from Never a Dull Moment and hit #59. He re-recorded it for the Dennis Quaid/Martin Short movie, Innerspace, and this version will do worse, peaking at #80. He forced another Sam Cooke cover on us when he recorded Having A Party for his 1993 Unplugged and Seated album. We let it reach #36 and pleaded for mercy.

87. The Hooters – Johnny B.

This Philly quintet started moving in new folkier directions with their new album, One Way Home, and is evident on its lead single. Although it’s hard to say if it’s good or not, it will go after reaching #61.

88. Regina Belle – Show Me The Way

Columbia Records wanted some of those Anita Baker dollars and pushed Regina’s first single like she was the second coming. It’s a very good smooth-funk single suitable for any early evening Quiet Storm format, eventually hitting #2 on the Soul charts as it loses its way on the Pop charts at #68. Miss Belle will chart six times on the Hot 100 and only get one Top 40 hit, her 1993 duet with Peabo Bryson, A Whole New World, which will hit #1.

89. Kim Wilde – Say You Really Want Me

Kim went to the top of the charts with her synthpop cover of the Supremes classic, You Keep Me Hangin’ On, a #1 in its own right. That would be the end of the Wilde times as her follow-up, co-produced by Rod Tempterton & Richard Rudolph, barely misses getting the Casey call with a #44 zenith. You can find this track on the Running Scared soundtrack, which was released one year earlier.

July 16th, 1988

89. Foreigner – Heart Turns To Stone

This multi-national quartet rewrites their hit Cold As Ice from the third-person, performing an anonymous 80s rock bed for Lou Gramm to sing over. The stone will begin sinking at #56, and it will be another six years until their last chart hit.

92. Dino – Summergirls

If you can make it through this time without wanting to kill these producers for that grating sample, you’re a better man than I am. I guess this Las Vegas DJ thought the best way to be heard was to annoy the hell out of the listener. While this freestyle track will actually climb to #50, he will soften his approach when recording his debut and have two Top 40 hits in 1989.

97. Siedah Garrett – K.I.S.S.I.N.G.

Siedah’s Kiss OF Life album was a lost opportunity. She was in prime position to become successful and have a few hits, especially after her duet with Michael the year before on I Just Can’t Stop Loving You. Even with Rod Temperton & Richard Rudolph producing and the support from Quincy Jones, these songs became over-cooked, and the good stuff was lost in the reverb. This track will be a #1 Dance hit due to its remixes, but on the Hot 100, it debuts at its peak.

Fun fact: Siedah will win a Grammy in 2008 for co-writing Love You I Do from the film Dreamgirls.

July 15th, 1989

89. John Cougar Mellencamp – Jackie Brown

When I read a title like this, all I want to see is Pam Grier in a stewardess outfit hurriedly walking through LAX with Bobby Womack’s Across 110th Street playing in the background. I give a damn about Jackie Brown, just a different one than Johnny. This will be JCM’s last chart hit with a cougar in the middle when it peaks at #48.