There’s a lot of New Wave and wannabes entering the annals of The Other Sixty during the eighth chart week of 1984, 1985 & 1986.
February 24th, 1984
Jeff-O had a better solo career than his formed band LTD had. I’ve always been into the uptempo soul tracks he’s put out, but the ballads always seemed to be geared towards a first dance at a wedding. This won’t be as popular as On the Wings Of Love and will only go all the way to #48.
It’s incredible that a man this talented has only produced one hit on his own and is mostly unknown by audiences. This single, the first release from 1983’s The Flat Earth, was originally written for Michael Jackson, is a great little slice of frothy, frenetic New Wave pop, which will only spaz out up to #62.
Fun fact: Dolby played keyboards on Def Leppard’s Pyromania album
This is a very fun song, released on the Motown rock subsidiary Morocco Records. To pretend this was a New Wave outfit, the record company went to great lengths to hide the identities of the band and even had singer Fizzy Qwick use a fake British accent, just like they did with Rockwell. Unlike his success, this one will flare out at #86.
Eddie is wandering into the New Wave rock world, which is going to mean two things will happen. He will scare away all of his two-tickets-to-paradise fans, and he will creep out any young New Wavers who wondered who let the old dude in. The club will get raided by the Feds and close down at #66.
February 23rd, 1985
Santana and drum machines don’t mix. Music like this will bury him in the public concsious and label him an oldies act until his 1999 resurrection. That said, this still climbed all the way to #46, but I don’t know why. Greg Walker provides the lead vocals.
The Vels were a well-known New Wave trio on the Philly scene during the early 80s. When they signed a record deal with Mercury, they got to record their debut in the Bahamas, where the Tom Tom Club recorded theirs. Their lo-fi sound still produced their one chart hit – a quirky dance-pop number that will skate to #72.
Damn, this one gets my blood pumping. This synth-heavy in-your-face pop song is quintessential 80s material. The fact that it did not reach the Top 40 is baffling as it blinked up to #41. Somehow radio preferred Survivor’s The Search Is Over instead?!? The duo of Cox & Drummie would get their big hit in 1990 with King of Wishful Thinking. You can enjoy this as an add on.
March 1, 1986
Holy crap. The intro to this is hilarious. Actually, the entire Rocky IV soundtrack is one dramatic musical cliche after another. JC pulled an Estefan and kicked his band off of the credits, and karma made sure this single would fizzle out at #76.
Laura gives this Michael Bolton-penned track a test ride before Cher stamps her Cher spray all over it. Laura will only find two more notches before topping out at #90.
It’s not it’s a bad song. It’s just strange to see them move so far into the dance category that they forgot they had a Pop & Soul fanbase. That would explain their #83 pop & #61 Soul showings and rise to #15 on the Dance charts.
Ok we’d like to have the bridge and groom up her on the floor for their first dance as newlyweds. Here’s a song they will come to realize was a poor choice in a few years. So saith the DJ. The love will end at #92 and be Anne’s last Hot 100 entry. It will also be her final #1 Country hit.
Synch was just an unknown Northeastern Pennsylvania gaggle of dudes with a dumb band name and a weak-ass group of songs. They recorded this and a B-side at a local mom and pop recording studio, and it got enough airplay that Columbia Records swooped in and had them record it professionally with better musicians. It charted nationally and rose to #77 before fading into obscurity until its second act in 1989.