There’s something that seems right about this list of The Other Sixty from 1984, 1985, and 1986. These songs aren’t bad, they aren’t great. They’re just OK and so, probably not better than the forty-plus above them. Let’s continue our review of the thirty-second chart week.
August 11th, 1984
Neicy follows up her biggest career hit, Let’s Hear It For The Boy, and her last Top 40 single with another dance track produced by George Duke and written by him and her. It will unfairly only move up two spots, but don’t tell me Madonna didn’t hear it and start writing Causing A Commotion. Someone mash those two up.
This was Judy’s last Top 40 hit before she went on a six-hit Top 10 streak on the Country charts, including two #1s. You knew her heart was already there, but there was more money in the mainstream. This pop-rocker, written by Bryan Adams & Jim Vallance, will stop waiting at #66.
Damn, another sweet funky tune from this Atlanta octet. I still can’t believe this group is a one-hit-wonder. Written and produced by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis as the title track to their 1984 LP, this Top 10 R&B hit will stall out at #64 on the Pop charts. It will also make the UK Top 40.
This is definitely a lost track in Bonnie’s catalog. Written by Giorgio Moroder and Pete Belotte for the soundtrack to the 1984 restored version of Metropolis, which also featured Freddie Mercury, Pat Benatar, and others, this track will peak at #76. Bonnie will be nominated for a Female Rock performance Grammy.
While he waited for everyone else to get sober, this alpha-male hippie decided to join the 80s with an overly processed album, Right By You. The first single was an indicator that he was out of his element, but enough old fans bought it, buoying it up to #61. His ten-year-old son received a writing credit on the song.
Liverpool was the epicenter of many popular UK bands, even into the 80s. This haircut-challenged quartet racked up three Top 40 singles. Their last chart entry espouses a philosophy that’s hard to imagine in 2020. Maybe if they switched the verbs, I’d buy into it. This 45 will hit #56 before running far away.
August 10th, 1985
While Huey & the boys had their own love power up at #5, these chaps debuted with a different one. This was the first chart hit for the Australian duo that missed the Top 40, and it’s with a song that will prove to be very popular internationally for Jennifer Rush as well as Celine Dion, who will hit #1 for four weeks in 1994. I think these dudes were tired. I mean, look at this album cover with one sitting on a milk crate and the other leaning against it. Did this take five minutes to conceptualize?
This will use a credit card, buy a ticket and ride a train up to #68 before being told it’s too dang loud.
Imagine naming yourself after a Foreigner tune, trying to sound like said band, and having a track that sounds like a Loverboy reject. The only urgency is how quickly it disappeared from hits #79 high.
Fun fact: Lead guitarist Yul Vasquez became a Tony Award-nominated actor and played Bob on a few episodes of Seinfeld.
A Peter Wolf-less J.Geils Band is like cornflakes without the milk. It also only lasted one album and a title track to a horrible horror film that starred Chris Sarandon. It moved up two notches, someone yelled “Boo!” and it ran away.
August 16th, 1986
Bob and company follow up their two Top 40 hits from their Like A Rock LP, with this mid tempo pop rocker that talks about a love affair in the present rather than twenty ago. That’s progress. It will sink like a rock after reaching #52.
[Thanks again to victorvector for catching this omission.]
The Moodies had their biggest hit in fourteen years with Your Wildest Dreams, which hit #9 in early Summer. Their follow-up with the title track, which was more proggy than pop. That should explain its halt at #58.
Movie Kenny double dips on the Top Gun soundtrack just like he did on Footloose. But the second single released did not reach as high as I’m Free did in 1984. It will get spiked into the sand at #60.
The other band that came out of Asbury Park, NJ, lived under the Boss’ shadow for their entire career. Their first chart hit, I’m So Anxious, hit #71 in 1979 and started to build up some momentum for them. But this desperate cover of the Left Banke’s 1966 Top 5 smash complete with a poorly arranged drum machine rhythm killed it. It debuts at its peak.