Moving Out In All Directions

We’re gonna finish up our review of The Other Sixty by taking a look at the back end of the decade. So let’s see what didn’t make it during chart week thirty-six from 1984 up through 1989.

September 8th, 1984

82. Jefferson Starship – Layin’ It On The Line

Just as soon as JS released their album, Nuclear Furniture, member Paul Kantner left. They had one Top 40 hit, No Way Out, but by the release of this follow-up, it was like working a store during a going-out-of-business sale. This will lay down at #66. But in exactly one year from now, a new group with half of the name will be debuting their latest single on the Hot 100, which will be the first of three #1 singles that they’ll amass in the late 80s.

85. Honeymoon Suite – New Girl Now

The first single from the Ontario, Canada quintet’s debut hits the Hot 100 like a heart-shaped tub full of champagne and roses. It will get lots of rock airplay but will stall out at #57.

87. Vanity – Pretty Mess

Here’s another artist from the Niagara Falls area. Vanity dropped the 6, which meant dropping two people, and started her solo career in the wake of Purple Rain. She was up for the lead, but after a falling out with Prince, she concentrated on singing, focusing really hard. This was written and co-produced by her, but it will live up to its title at #75.

89. Maria Vidal – Body Rock

Here’s a former Rouge singer, the trio that backed up Desmond Child as well as Gilda Radner on Gilda Live. She’s here to sing the title track to an awful breakdancing movie starring Lorenzo Lamas. Somehow this dance track will spin all the way up to #48.

September 7th, 1985

90. Natalie Cole – A Little Bit Of Heaven

Natalie continues to work on her 80s comeback, but this ballad is not going to do the trick. She’ll get there in just a few more years, but for now, tracks like this will turn into a little bit of hell at #81.

92. Depeche Mode – Master And Servant

By the time of their fourth album, Some Great Reward, principal songwriter Martin Gore was becoming a master of writing bouncy synth-pop tunes with a dark, foreboding edge. Not many people can make a song about bondage so catchy. But with a title like this, it didn’t stand a chance at Pop radio. That’s why it moved up five spots and whipped itself away.

94. Talking Heads – And She Was

How does such a great pop song by an established group with a high rotation video not make the Top 40? I know it was not David Byrne’s intention to write a song about how it must feel the moment a woman realizes she’s pregnant. But I’ve heard from lots of women that this is what they believe the song to be about. It will spend as many weeks on the Hot 100 as Burning Down the House, a #9 smash, but will peak forty-six spots lower.

September 13th, 1986

89. Five Star – Can’t Wait Another Minute

Here we have the Pearson 5, a group of five siblings from Essex, England, doing their best to break their act in the States. All they managed was four chart singles and a mention in Eddie Murphy’s Raw. This was their best showing, a Top 10 hit in the UK and the US R&B charts, with a #41 zenith on the Pop charts.

September 12th, 1987

82. Taja Sevelle – Love Is Contagious

Here’s an artist that released her debut on the Paisley Park label, but featured minimal input from Prince. He only writes two songs on the album, and this isn’t one of them. That might be why this ballad failed on both the Soul & Pop charts. Her only chart entry will reach #62. Taja will move on to becoming a songwriter, author, and humanitarian.

94. Suzanne Vega – Solitude Standing

Suzanne had a breakout hit, Luka, from her second album, Solitude Standing, which was even better than her accomplished debut released two years prior. She released the title track as the follow-up and is unfairly debuting at its peak.

95. Newcity Rockers – Rev It Up

This Boston quartet was already delivered to us a useless cover of Led Zeppelin’s Black Dog. For the second act, they perform a version of a song released by the Scandanavian hard rock band, Treat. This one is not, and it revs down at #86.

Fun Fact: Guitarist Cliff Goodwin played with Joe Cocker from the late 70s to the mid-80s.

September 10th, 1988

95. Depeche Mode – Strangelove

After three chart entries from Music For The Masses, all members of the Other Sixty, DM’s US record label asked them for a remix of their lead single. They rearranged it a bit, slowed it down, and released it as a single, more than a year after the original charted. This will will do better, reaching #50, and it’s the version that is most played, although I prefer the original.

[I had to go back and add this one after the post published. Thanks again to victorvector.]

98. Paul Carrack – Button Off My Shirt

Not sure why radio gave up on Paul’s third album, One Good Reason. There’s a lot of great radio-ready singles on it, including this one. It won’t be able to escape the 90s, peaking at #91. Ronnie Milsap recorded a cover of this tune for his Heart & Soul LP, and it will hit #4 on the Country charts while this single debuts on the Hot 100.

September 9th, 1989

74. Vesta – Congratulations

Vesta Williams already racked up four Top 40 hits on the Soul charts before she charted with he only Hot 100 entry. This ballad is the same vein as Fred Knoblock’s Why Not Me, in that Vesta is giving someone well wishes at their wedding all the while wishing she was the bride. The cheers will end at #55.

77. Christopher Williams – Talk To Myself

Man, this dude was really after that Bobby Brown money. This New Jack jam sounds so much like My Prerogative, I’m surprised someone’s lawyers didn’t get a call. This Top 5 Soul smash will go quiet on the Pop charts at #49.

Fun fact: Christopher is Ella Fitzgerald’s nephew.

95. Paul McCartney – This One

Flowers In The Dirt wasn’t just a return to favor for Macca. I think it’s one of his best albums, and there were lots of songs that could have been follow-up singles to My Brave Face. Capitol chose this one, and it will utterly stiff at #94.

96. Texas – I Don’t Want A Lover

Formed out of the ashes of Hipsway, here’s a pop quartet from Glasgow, Scotland, led by Shaleen Spiteri. This was the debut single from their first album, Southside. It will only reach #77 and become their only chart entry. But the band has had tremendous success in the UK and is still doing it after thirty years.

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