Amidst the search for Classic Coke at our local King Kullen, here are more songs from June 29th, 1985 that may or may not have been playing from the supermarket speakers.
26. The Beach Boys – Getcha Back
Mark on the Big 80s countdown mentions that this wasn’t one of their best tunes. No duh. It didn’t have to be. It was just nice to hear them on the radio and see Brian back with the guys looking semi-healthy and having a little success again. Little did we know the hell Brian was in the middle of or the kokomo that lurked around the corner.
25. Kool & The Gang – Fresh
Kool & the Gang has given us a lot of classic funky stuff- Jungle Boogie, Hollywood Swinging, and of course Funky Stuff – but this has to got to be the lamest bass line I’ve ever heard. It sounds like they hired Van Halen’s Michael Anthony, handed him a bottle of Jack and told him to go for it.
And what the hell is going on with the line “I wanna take her by the hand and pray she’ll understand.” Sounds like JT Taylor’s getting fresh.
24. Harold Faltermeyer – Axel F
OHW – Harold has already peaked in the Top 5 with this track which would help him win a 1986 Grammy for Best Motion Picture score from the movie Beverly Hills Cop. He has recorded with and produced many artists over the last few decades with the Pet Shop Boys album Behavior as one of my favorites, and of course the ultra-hummable theme music to Fletch.
23. John Cafferty & Beaver Brown Band – Tough All Over
The pride of Rhode Island almost never leftt the Worcester bars. They received a big break when they were hired as the band behind the 1983 movie Eddie & the Cruisers, but initially bombed when it was released and left theatres in three weeks. Maybe because the film which had flashback scenes to 1963 had a group that sounded like Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band. Bruce wasn’t even Bruce in 63.
One year later the movie found an audience on cable and home video, and the soundtrack was re-released with JC picking up a few hits in the process, enough to get a follow-up album from which this single comes from. It’s not a surprise that JC & the BBB had all of their hits during Bruce’s most successful on the Pop charts. When that slowed down for the Boss, it also dried up for the brown beaver.
22. Kim Carnes – Crazy In The Night (Barking At Airplanes)
This was Kim’s first Top 20 solo hit since Bette Davis Eyes but her last Top 40 hit overall. I also imagine that her name is what people in Boston say when they see this.
Also please explain the barking at airplanes bit.
21. Wham! – Everything She Wants
“My God! I don’t even think that I love you.” – the words every woman yearns to hear when they tell their partner that they’re pregnant.
Also, quick math lesson – your best needs to be good enough for three, not two. You’re having a baby! Congrats, George!
20. Night Ranger – Sentimental Street
Night Ranger’s heading back up into the Top 10 with another power ballad, one that will peak at #8, a story of love lost and one that yearns to be found again in the avenues.
19. Sting – If You Love Somebody Set Them Free
ML – Sting’s first solo single showcased a funky jazzier side from the former Police frontman and did for the tambourine what Blue Oyster Cult did for the cowbell. I hear this and I’m right back in that Summer, holding a frozen can of Hawaiian Punch, watching the video produced by Godley & Creme and trying to figure out which Shakespeare character Sting is dressed as. And yes there’s Branford Marsalis in the back playing sax rather than fake laughing at Leno’s Michael Jackson jokes.
Also, I thought he was singing just remember you aren’t after the first chorus rather than if it’s a mirror you want. Either one works.
18. Billy Ocean – Suddenly
There are more boring songs than this to dance to at a wedding or a prom, but not many. The world can’t hold the four oceans we have, let alone William J. Ocean.
Suddenly, Florida is under the sea.
17. Bruce Springsteen – Glory Days
Hey look it’s the Boss singing a tale about a lonely alcoholic who uses the excuse of bumping into old classmates as a reason to keep swigging down a bunch of drinks. This was the apex of misunderstood Bruce songs. People mistake this for some blue-collar pride of America bullshit, so much so that they love to play this at baseball games. Folks, these are three miserable people who hate their life. And the irony here is that even though their lives suck now they weren’t much better back then. And that’s what they consider their glory days which makes them even more depressed and hate their life in the present. And on and on and on. Time to take a trip down to the well.
16. Glenn Frey – Smuggler’s Blues
Somehow during 1984-1985 Glenn morphed into a character in a Miami Vice episode and he never recovered. And this was before the show even debuted. Smuggler’s Blues was written and released on the album The Allnighter in the Summer of 1984. Then the show debuted and while it was an overnight success, Glenn filmed a video for this single in early 1985 most likely inspired by the show. [Love that crummy house Glenn pulls up to in a Porsche.] When the song became a hit, it inspired an episode of Miami Vice which Glenn would star in.
15. Cyndi Lauper – The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough
Another diss by Mark Goodman. This time he mentions that he’s sure Cyndi would like to take this song back. I doubt it. Let’s not mistake her for someone she’s not. She was into creating upbeat fun pop music with a thrift store style. She wasn’t looking to create The Hissing of Summer Lawns. Besides this Top 10 theme to The Goonies will constantly reintroduce her to new generations that watch the movie. That’s good enough for her.
14. Paul Young – Everytime You Go Away
Hall & Oates were on such a streak that even their deep cuts were going to #1, this one from the 1980 Voices album. Paul turns the original, which was a sad denial of a possible relationship set against a stark gospel organ that percolates until release, into a dreamy swooning pledge of forever love. And I love that 70s throwback sitar lick. It reminds me of those beautiful Thom Bell productions of the Stylistics.
13. Whitney Houston – You Give Good Love
If Whitney made more music like this, I would have been a bigger fan of hers. Unfortunately, this was as vocally subtle as she would ever get. This single would reach the Top 3 and be the only one from her debut album, Whitney Houston not to reach #1 on the Pop charts.
OHW – One-Hit-Wonder
THW – Two-Hit-Wonder
ML – Misheard Lyrics
PFK – Perfect for Karaoke
RFW – Ripped from Wikipedia
STA – Second Time Around