Man, check out this list of legends. Even they are not immune to the Other Sixty. As we review the thirteenth chart week from 1987 to 1989, how many of them do you know?
April 4th, 1987
This is the song that Lloyd Dobler should have been playing from his boombox. He would have gotten Diane back faster. Yes, I know that In Your Eyes was playing on the radio when they got busy in the Malibu. But this is the superior song and deeply speaks to their relationship. This will only reach #72 because it was probably too raw and real for folks.
When you reach the status that BJ achieved, why not write duets to sing with their idols? A sweet song with a solid performance that was ignored by pop radio and left for dead at #72. By contrast, Silhouette by Kenny G debuted the same week and reached #4. Ok, yuppie.
Even though this peaked at #49, it’s a rock classic by the Allman brother and his most well-known song of the 80s, hands down. It’s also his own other Hot 100 entry to go along with his only Top 40 hit, 1973’s Midnight Rider.
We just had five veteran artists with amazing repertoires, yet the 45 from this group of four debuts that I bought was this one. A duo from Erie, PA, who released one LP, Tyranny before splintering off into different directions. This dramatic pop-rocker only climbed four notches before its drop off the charts.
April 2nd, 1988
By the late 80s, JT was done with the Top 40, as his bread and butter going forward would be Adult Contemporary. Since his last big hit Her Town Too in 1981, James has racked up sixteen Top 40 hits on the AC charts to date. This one will peak at #80 as it rolls all the way to #3 AC. That is why you might hear it as you are getting a root canal.
The first release in almost six years from the oval half of Steely Dan came in the form of a soundtrack release from the Michael J. Fox misfire, Bright Lights, Big City. [I just rewatched it last week, and boy was he miscast.] I was so psyched for this single as I had just bought A Decade of Steely Dan on CD the pervious Fall was steadily getting back into their catalog. Musically this sits somewhere between The Nightfly and 2000’s Two Against Nature but was probably most influenced by his recent work with Rosie Vela. Pop radio had dramatically changed since late ’82, which most likely accounts for its #83 zenith.
Out of the five Other Sixty debuts, this will rise up to a glorious glam metal tally of #69, fitting of its title. These Zeppelin clones ended up churning out thirteen albums all the way into this past decade, but this will be their only Hot 100 entry.
This song was a rare instance of a UK dance track that didn’t chart in England. It would be a Top 10 hit on the Dance charts due to the emerging house scene. I guess the 12″ single sales probably helped nab it a Hot 100 entry. But it is peaking at its debut.
The fifth release from Tango In The Night is a Lindsey Buckingham song that he co-wrote with Olive Oyl. It forgots to eats its spinachk so it will not be strong to thee finishk and will only make it up to #90.
April 1st, 1989
There’s a weird scene in the documentary Rattle And Hum when Bono announces from the stage that he and his band just to got to know the music of the man they will bring out on stage. Then he talks about seeing him in Dublin and how the group wrote a song for him, which they are about to play. Then it cuts to B.B. King talking about hearing the song for the first time and comments, “You’re might young to write such heavy lyrics.” It felt forced as if they were trying hard to legitimize the music they were about to play rather than just play the damn song, which is fantastic. B.B. roars like a mighty lion as Bono learns a lesson in humility. As a result, pop radio stomped it out at #68 while Debbie Gibson And NKOTB, fellow debuters were carried to the top.
I can honestly say that I am not familiar with this track. It kinda sounds like Simple Minds if they turned up their amps and kept their wandering melodies in check. Nevertheless, no bunnies were harmed in this recording as it peaks at #82.
Lead singer Patsy Kensit wasn’t sure if she wanted a singing career or an acting career. What she ended up as was the wife to rock stars Jim Kerr and Liam Gallagher. But in 1989, she had both as she was also in Lethal Weapon 2. This dance-pop track will suffer the same fate as Rika van den Haas and sink after reaching #84.
This band with a penchant for Star Trek samples was a surprise success story in pop, a dance band with a knack for catchy tunes. After two Top 10s they decided to release a dance ballad that killed their momentum as it would only step up to #76.