Let’s wrap up chart week seventeen with The Other Sixty from 1986 up to 1989. There’s some good ones in here.
May 3rd, 1986
Patti continued down the R&B path through the 80s with very little crossover success. This Jimmy Jam/Terry Lewis written and produced track should have easily got the Casey call. But somehow this laidback Top 20 Soul jam will only manage a #76 Pop showing.
Because of the success of their debut, Greg Giuffria and his bandmates were allowed to record a second album, Silk And Steel. This midtempo rocker, a Mink Deville cover, was the leadoff single and was awakened at #52 before sleepwalking off the charts. The band would split, and Greg would move on to his next project, House Of Lords.
May 2nd, 1987
Notorious is hands down my favorite D2 album. I may have mentioned that before. It’s partly because of Nile Rodgers production, but also his freedom to let this now trio get funky. Simon’s stream of consciousness lyrics work well when the emphasis is on moving, not thinking, and John really lets his bass fly against Steve Ferrone’s solid grooves. I’m still shocked it only reached #70.
Even though I had the album at the time, I bought the single because it was a remixed version, plus it had Vertigo on the B-side. Over time, I prefer the album version anyway.
April 30th, 1988
Because True Faith from their compilation became a surprise TYop 40 hit over the Winter, New Order decided to have Quincy Jones remix one of their cult classics and released it in early 1988. It also featured a new track on the B-side, Touched By The Hand Of God, which I really liked, so I bought the 12″ single. It will become a #1 Dance hit and peak at #68 on the Pop charts. How does it feel?
This Canadian quartet founded near Niagara Falls (get the name now?) finally got a Top 40 in
1987 1986 south of their border with Feel It Again. They felt like their next album could be a breakthrough, so they hired Ted Templeman. But the sessions were delayed, and their momentum was slowed by a bad car accident that lead singer Johnny Dee was in. By the time their new album came out, the public moved on to bands with more makeup, and they were left at the altar. It debuts at its peak.
The singles success of Jody’s debut is baffling to me. She had three Top 10s from the album, but the best songs, at least in my opinion, fell short of the Top 40. This one will only climb to #60, but I’d rather hear it a thousand times more than Don’t You Want Me? Luck and money.
Everyone made a big deal when Lil Nas X mixed being a cowboy into hip-hop. But that’s nothing new. Shoot, Cowboy was part of the Furious Five posse. And Kool Moe was kicking it to the old frontier decades before anyone was ridin’ a horse till it couldn’t ride no mo’. This is a rap classic, and even though it was gunned down at #62, it became a Top 5 R&B hit, which was a big deal. Will Smith updated this for the 1999 film of the same name, and even though it bombed, the song, which featured Kool, went to #1.
I always thought this group was from Australia, but they were Irish. I should have realized that the land they were speaking of was Ireland, and the broken part referred to the Troubles, the decades-long conflict within the country. Not that any of it mattered to programmers who ignored this well-done passionate rock track that tanked at #95.
April 29th, 1989
BulletBoys manager: Guys, your album sounds like crap. No one’s gonna buy one copy, not even your grandmas. But I’ve got an idea. (Opens up a bag and pulls out the O’Jays’ Ship Ahoy album. He flips the record to side two, places it on a nearby record player and drops the needle) Here’s your new single, mates. (He’s English. Aren’t all managers English?)
The band looks confused. They look at each other. Suddenly the guitarist asks: Can I still do this? (pulls out a guitar and makes horrible loud shrieking sounds)
BulletBoys manager: Sure. I don’t care.
The band shrugs at each other, high fives, and starts recording. One year later, the single peaks at #78, and the manager is found dead of an “OD” on the Faster Pussycat tour bus.
1986’s Skylarking is easily one of my Top 10 favorite albums of all time. That this trio could come close to topping it with the follow-up Oranges & Lemons shows how much of a roll they were on at the time. I was thrilled that they were finally getting some airplay, and this single was their one and only Hot 100 entry. It’s too good for us mere pop lover mortals, and it will dunce out at #72 while becoming a #1 Modern Rock hit. The follow-up, King For A Day, is even better.