Let’s finish out the seventh chart week with The Other Sixty from 1986, 1987, 1988 & 1989.
February 22, 1986
This is the second of three Hot 100 charting single for the “metal” band named after its leader, Don Dokken. None of them made the Top 40, with this one clipping out at #77. In 1991 a group of Mouseketeers formed The Party had a #34 hit with a dance-pop cover version of this song
February 21, 1987
I feel like I write about this band every week down here, middling around in the Other Sixty. I took a look at their chart history, and it looks they had more misses than hits – 8 Top 40s, 10 Other Sixtys – then a few Bubbling under and a handful of non-charting singles. When you bland rockers like this one, which sounds like they’re ripping off their own hits, you know why.
It is, Greg. At #56. You’re a one-hit-wonder. At least your one hit went to #1. Now go shake someone down.
Fun fact: Greg married and divorced Fred Payne in the late 70s. How do you do that to Miss Band of Gold?
92. Ratt – Dance
Glam metal bands should never write a song called dance. Have you seen your fans? They don’t dance. They only move the top half of their bodies. No foot action at all. This will mildly headbang up to #59.
Fun fact: Juan Croucier and Bobby Blotzer got their start in a band with Don Dokken in the late 70s.
No one was interested in a ballad from the Pointers in 1987, not after their string of upbeat pop hits. Which is why this single debuts at its peak. Still, they gave us this. So thank you, ladies.
The Stock Aiken Waterman machine crashes the Chicago house music party teaming up two sisters for a #1 dance track. It will top out at #76 and will be their only US chart hit, although I personally like the follow-up Respectable better. Also, the title sounds like my dad trying to use cool lingo and ends up sounding like a moron. Or this guy.
February 20th, 1988
This was the fourth single from 1987’s Bad Animals. It’s another ballad that doesn’t have the same power as Alone, even though the same folks wrote it, but it’s fine on its own. It’ll lose interest at #49.
Pepsi & Shirlie were background singers for Wham! before they decided to pursue their own career. If you enjoyed the original by Free, then don’t listen to this. You will be thoroughly annoyed. This 45 will jitterbug up to #66.
So close, yet so far. This single from the British duo of Mark Long & Marcus Bell, on hiatus from their band The Opposition, just missed the Top 40, peaking at #41. Yes, I just checked. They played this track on WDRE, so I bought the 45 and later found the CD in the cutout bin. It had a few good tracks on it, but this one was the best. Yes.
February 18th, 1989
The Tricksters of Thrift were milking their 1988 LP, Lap Of Luxury, for all it was worth. Why not? It had already provided them with three Top 40 hits, and they were gunning for a fourth. This sputtered out at #75, but it may well be the best song on the album.
Yes. Yes. Yes! I was already an L&M fan with their 1986 Prefab Sprout meets Chic debut. But this one just hit me hard. Moody and slick and produced by Steely Dan’s old producer, Gary Katz, it is one of my favorite pop albums of all time. Jeff Porcaro plays the drums throughout. Rick Derringer, Blue Lou Marini, and Timothy B Schmit guest on a few tracks. Fagen plays on something, but because it’s uncredited, I’m not sure which song. That this song even made it to #76 is a minor miracle considering all the crap it had to fight against. The album is out of print and unavailable to stream, so look out for a copy at your local used CD store.
When In Rome wrote a catchy self-help song called The Promise. It was a Top 20 hit. The rest of their debut album was built around already used New Order riffs, and third rate Depeche Mode sounds. Thus their follow-up single is already peaking in its first week. Maybe it didn’t sound the way they planned it to be.