If Looks Could Kill, They Probably Will

We’re up to chart week thirty-three in our review of The Other Sixty. And the selections from 1980, 1981, and 1982 cover many different genres.

August 16th, 1980

82. England Dan Seals – Late At Night

One of the most successful duos of the 70s was England Dan & John Ford Coley. But even though their music was soft, it took a lot of friction and tension to create those tender ballads. Suddenly like a supernova, the twosome split, and Dan quickly began his solo career. This was his first solo chart hit from his debut, Stones (like bits of exploding meteors), and it will only reach a #57 high. Dan dropped the England part of his name and have success with Country songs by the mid-80s.

85. Jon and Vangelis – I Hear You Now

Progtronic – is that a word? It should be because that’s how I describe the music of Yes’ Jon Anderson and composer Vangelis (hard G), electronic music with a progressive mindset. This was the first single released from their debut collaborative album, Short Stories. It will reach the UK Top 10 but will fall on deaf ears at #58 in the States.

86. Mickey Gilley – True Love Ways

Now we’ve reached the country portion of our show. Mickey was livin’ large in 1980. Due to the popularity of Urban Cowboy, everyone knew about his Texas club, Gilley’s, and its mechanical bull. That soundtrack also gave him his only Top 40 hit, but it also allowed him to parlay multiple times over. The follow-up single was from his new album, That’s All That Matters To Me, which will spawn three #1 Country hits, including this one. On the Hot 100, this Buddy Holly cover will learn about love the hard way after it falls from its #66 zenith.

87. Brothers Johnson – Treasure

Want some smooth R&B? Louis & George dramatically change the tempo from the former Top 10 single, Stomp, to deliver some gentle rain for a quiet storm. The Rod Temperton treasure will get pirated at #73.

90. Peter Gabriel – Games Without Frontiers

And now, a New Wave classic and my introduction to this legendary artist. From Peter’s third album, which Atlantic refused to issue in the States, this was the first single and his second US chart entry. [Peter had Mercury Records release it and told ATCO to piss off.] It almost hit the Top 40 skidding out at #48. With great percussion by Jerry Marotta and creative synth work by Larry Fast, it became Peter’s biggest hit in the UK.

Also, I hate to admit this, but I always thought that Kate Bush was singing the line, “She’s so funky, yeah.”, in the chorus. It’s actually Jeux Sans Frontieres, the title in French.

August 22nd, 1981

89. Eric Hine – Not Fade Away

The Stones, Rush, Tanya Tucker, and The Dead all recorded versions of this (another?) Buddy Holly song. Keyboardist Eric Hine recorded his take as a synth-pop opus. It peaked at #73, which was not bigger than a Cadillac.

96. Glen Campbell – I Love My Truck

Some people love their truck so much that they won’t use it as a truck. This song is for them, a cut from the Dennis Quaid/ Kristy McNichol film, The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia. It will Glen’s last chart hit when it crashes at #94.

August 21st, 1982

80. Don Henley – Johnny Can’t Read

I always wonder what Don might have been like if he got into yoga or meditation. Maybe he wouldn’t have spent his career trying to prove that he was smarter than you all the time. Here he is with a commentary on illiteracy, making fun of jocks and talking down to the kind of guys that bought Eagles albums. Furthermore, that keyboard riff is obnoxious. It just missed the Casey call at #42. 

Also, put your shit on YouTube. If you didn’t want us to see the videos, why did you make them?

84. Ronnie Milsap – He Got You

This track followed-up his #14 hit, Any Day Now, with an intro that sounded very similar, maybe too much. And that’s why this wild, beautiful bird flies away at #59.

85. Kansas – Right Away

Kansas changed up their personnel with Steve Walsh leaving and John Elefante taking over, but they had their biggest smash in four years with Play The Game Tonight. Their follow-up sounds like a Foreigner tune, minus the overt misogyny. Nevertheless, it will reach #73 and disappear right away.

90. Josie Cotton – He Could Be The One

Was she on a vacation far away or praying like a Roman with her eyes on fire? Either way, this Josie charted with this New Wave single from her debut, Convertible Music, and it became her biggest hit on the Hot 100 peaking at #74.


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