Reputation’s Changeable, Situation’s Tolerable

Let’s wrap up chart week forty-three with a review of The Other Sixty from the back end of the decade starting in 1986 up thru 1989.

November 1st, 1986

90. The Monkees – Daydream Believer

Surprised to see a song that was #1 in 1968 charting here in 1986? Well, Rhino Records owned the Monkees’ catalog now, and with the band’s resurgence on Nickelodeon, they wanted to make good on their investment and sell more albums. The Monkees had made a music video back in the 60s for this song, which is why it was chosen as it was MTV/VH-1 ready. It didn’t get to 7A, but it did reach #79.

98. Commodores – Goin’ To The Bank

By 1986 those trips to First Federal Savings were becoming few and far between. It’s tough to replace a dude like Lionel, who seemingly turned out one great song after another. And although he wasn’t the only writer in the band, he was definitely the one with the most talent. Most likely, that’s why they had many outside people giving them songs such as this. It makes its last withdrawal at #65

October 31st, 1987

84. Dionne & Kashif – Reservations For Two

Miss Warwick follows up her successful duet with Jeffrey Osborne, with another twosome, this time with singer/songwriter Kashif. He wrote a hit for her cousin, Whitney called You Give Good Love. No such luck here as this ballad will have a #62 zenith.

88. Beau Coup – Sweet Rachel

Here’s a rock quartet from Cleveland with an A.O.R. album and single that was slowly falling out of favor at pop radio. Seven years prior, it might have had a chance or seven years in the future, if it was used on an episode of Friends. But in 1987, their only chart hit will reach #53.

89. Glenn Jones – We’ve Only Just Begun (The Romance Is Not Over)

If you’re looking for a sequel to Gregory Abbott’s Shake You Down, here it is. (I would love to hear someone mash these two up.) Glenn was on album number four when he finally crossed over to the Hot 100. He had amassed four Top 40 hits on the R&B charts when this will climb all the way up to #2. It will be his only Hot 100 entry, reaching #66, even though he’d have a #1 Soul hit in 1991, Here I Go Again.

93. Earth, Wind & Fire – System Of Survival

It had been four years since the last E.W.F. LP, a lifetime in that universe. But it was also the first break the band had in a decade and a half. Touch the World was a pretty good album. My only complaints are the programmed drums and the new horn players. But funk was in short supply during the white-washed 80s, so I’ll take what I can get. This became a #1 hit on the R&B charts as well as the Dance Club charts. It will wash out at #60 on the Hot 100.

October 29th, 1988

80. .38 Special – Rock & Roll Strategy

If there is one, I’d like to know. But I’m sure it doesn’t include letting your lead singer and founding member walk away and pivoting towards an Adult Contemporary career. And songs like this aren’t going to win any new fans or keep the old ones. Not sure your coach had a #67 zenith in mind.

83. Traveling Wilburys – Handle With Care

Fuck Asia. This is a supergroup. There are no other supergroups that ever existed, except this one. You want to put Jeff Tweedy, Rufus Wainright, and Father John Misty together? Sure, I’ll listen to it, ya hipster. But it ain’t a supergroup. You need at start with a least one Beatle (Ringo counts), a folk icon and early rock legend, current rock legend, and a studio whiz to produce it. What started out as a recording session for a George Harrison B-side became The Wilburys. How this stalled at #45 is beyond me.

This group and album are essential for five reasons:

  • It gave Tom Petty the freedom and confidence to make Full Moon Fever and then the superior Wildflowers, five years later.
  • It will be the last studio recordings of George Harrison.
  • It will be the most accessible music Dylan records in a decade, on either side, and showcases his true collaborative spirit.
  • It will boost the production career of Jeff Lynne, who had just shut down E.L.O.
  • It will also boost the career of Roy Orbison, who will have his first hit in two decades in early 1989. Sadly, he will be gone within six weeks of this debut, which is also a reminder to do it now, not later.

88. Peter Cetera – Best of Times

Peter follow-up to his Top 10 hit, One Good Woman, which out-Cartmens his other hits, is this slice of pop-rock which has nothing to do with Styx. Maybe if it were a cover, it would have risen higher than #59.

91. Alphaville – Forever Young

Hey look who’s back? A song that has been adopted  by proms, weddings, sweet sixteens, Bar Mitzvahs and lots of other celebrations where we’re supposed to never grow up or at least remember the moment we’re experiencing for all time as if it’s the best one we’ll experience. It will be used in Napoleon Dynamite to demonstrate this to great effect. Released to promote their recent greatest hits compilation, which had a slow and fast version, this will chart higher than its 1984 entry hitting #65.

(Thank you victorvector for catching this missing re-entry.)

93. D.J. Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – Girls Ain’t Nothing But Trouble

After the success of He’s the D.J., I’m the Rapper, Jive Records decided to re-release a remixed single originally recorded on this hip hop duo’s first album, Rock The House. It’s built around a sample of the I Dream Of Jeannie theme, and it’s about as goofy stupid as you could imagine. Also, the lyrics have not aged well. Thankfully it will top out at #57.

October 28th, 1989

95. Tracy Chapman – Crossroads

Tracy co-produced her second album, taking a more active role in her sound. It pays off, and the title track illustrates the move as she tries to protect herself and art while others try to make her a commodity. This single will only move up five spots, but the album will go platinum.

98. Shirley Lewis – Realistic

Here’s a U.K. singer who had sung backup for George Michael and released a handful of singles in the mid-80s with her sisters Linda & Dee under the name Lewis Sisters. This was the first single from her solo debut, Passion, produced by Shep Pettibone. It’s a nice mix of catchy pop with some house music vibes, but it gets a dose of pragmatism at #84.

99. Grayson Hugh – Bring It All Back

Here is the pride of Hartford, CT following up his Top 20 smash, Talk It Over, from his album, Blind To Reason. This track is as soulfully mellow as the other, but for some reason, it won’t move up any higher than #89. Although I must say, I still hear it quite often rummaging around a Goodwill for vinyl or waiting in line at a Rite Aid.

All The Education That I Missed

We’re moving into the middle of the decade during chart week forty-three with some pretty big artists who fell short. You can’t have a hit with everything you release. And sometimes the numbers lie. Let’s review 1983, 1984, and 1985.

October 29th, 1983

84. Linda Ronstadt & The Nelson Riddle Orchestra – What’s New

After becoming the biggest female rock star on the planet, Linda reminded us how she got there in the first place – her taste and her voice. She starred in the opera The Pirates of Penzance on Broadway in 1981, and then after 1982’s Get Closer, she embarked on a big band trilogy with Nelson Riddle. All three albums which tackled the Great American Songbook went platinum. To understand how popular this first album was, all you need to know is that it was kept out of the #1 spot by Thriller and Lionel Richie’s Can’t Slow Down. The fact that this single, made popular by Bing Crosby in 1939, charted and reached #53 is a testament to Linda, the performance, and her artistic instincts.

87. Alabama – Lady Down On Love

The current ACM and CMA Entertainers of the year follow-up The Closer You Get with another #1 Country smash. In fact, this their eleventh #1 in the middle of a streak of 21. That’s insane. Did anyone else record Country songs in the 80s? It will peak at #76 on the Hot 100.

90. Eye To Eye – Lucky

This duo was formed from the ashes of Marshall Hain By Julian Marshall when he met singer, Deborah Berg. Their debut was produced by Steely Dan producer Gary Katz, and it nabbed them a 1982 Top 40 hit, Nice Girls. This was the leadoff single from their follow-up album, Shakespeare Stole My Baby, also produced by Katz and featuring a guitar solo by Steve Lukather. It was not as immediately catchy as their previous hit, but nevertheless, it charted, rose two more spots, then disappeared.

91. Melissa Manchester – No One Can Love You More Than Me

What a coincidence. Melissa’s last charted hit was called Nice Girls, too – different tune, though. Her leadoff single from her Arif Mardin-produced album, Emergency, eschews her theatrical balladry and delivers a solid pop performance over a moody synth track with some West Coast vibes. It will only reach #78.

93. Heart – Allies

This was the second single from the band’s last album for Epic Records called Passionworks. It was their least successful within their catalog. This power ballad, written by Journey’s Jonathan Cain and featuring piano by Toto’s David Paich, should have climbed higher than #83. But if it did, we might not have received their glorious mid-80s rebirth.

October 27th, 1984

66. The Jacksons – Body

Let’s face it. The Victory album and tour were just the Jacksons swimming in Michael’s Thriller wake. This album was a complete dud, and it ran out of hits by the third single release. It’s a blatant rip off of Wanna Be Starting Somethin‘, but at least it features a rare lead vocal by Marlon. The gangrene sets in at #47.

78. Billy Squier – All Night Long

If you know anything about Billy’s career, then you’ve heard or read about how it was killed with the cheesy video to Rock Me Tonite. I disagree. It died because of his over the top usage of synths and sound effects rather than just rocking out or writing good songs. And who hires Jim Steinman to produce and not have him give you at least one dramatic seven-minute ballad? It’s annoying, but hey, that’s his thing. This nite ends at #75.

Fun fact: Billy has been an active member of the Central Park Conservancy for almost two decades.

83. Van Halen- Hot For Teacher

1984 distilled all of the band’s metallurgy into some of the catchiest songs they ever wrote. They also expanded their image into everyone’s living rooms with videos that projected just how much fun they were having. It’s a shame that it all ended in a few short months from now. I’m sure that this song would have followed I’ll Wait and Jump into the Top 40 if not for the subject matter. Instead will get detention at #56.

If you want to know why people think Eddie is one of the best guitarists who ever lived, listen to the song’s solo. He makes something so technically difficult to seem simple and, at the same time, beautifully melodic.

October 26th, 1985

79. Christopher Cross – Charm The Snake

By the time of Chris’ third album, Every Turn Of The World, the Pop music landscape changed greatly since his 1980 Grammy-winning debut. He tried to acclimate to that with a harder sound, but his name was attached to a different time. And without an innovative video to match, his songs didn’t translate to a new audience. This single will slither up to #68. Chris has never stopped recording (his 2017 album, Take Me As I Am is quite good), nor has he stopped touring. He suffered a debilitating bout of Guillain-Barré syndrome, which was triggered by the Covid-19 flu. He recently sat down with CBS Sunday morning to discuss his ongoing recovery.

86. Jack Wagner – Too Young

This was the leadoff single from Jack’s second album, Lighting Up The Night. I can’t believe it took four people to write this ballad, but it did. Considering that this group included David Foster, Jay Graydon, and  Steve Kipner, who had a boatload of hits between them, needed to invite Donny Osmond for his two cents, and makes me wonder if this was a rehab effort or if folks just gave up. The song sounds perfect for an episode of General Hospital, pop radio pulled the plug at #52.

87. The Motels – Shock

The Motels were at the end of their line and about to be boarded up and abandoned. This pop-rocker will only scoot up three spots and will be their last chart hit. Martha Davis will go solo but will eventually open the Motels back up at the end of the 2000s.

95. Motley Crue – Home Sweet Home

This song was #1 on MTV for weeks. They played it so much, I heard it enough times for my life back in 85. The band must have been confounded on how this ultimate power ballad didn’t translate to radio and would top out at #89. It will be remixed and re-released in 1991, eventually reaching the Top 40 at #37. And, every time I hear the name Motley Crue, I think of the intro to this song.


Blowing It All With Paranoia

As we enter chart week forty-three, we’re beginning to see songs debut that will most likely peak in the Top 40 during the following year. That won’t happen for these singles in The Other Sixty pool, as their impact, if any, will be gone by Christmas, maybe even Thanksgiving. Let’s first review 1980, 1981, and 1982.

October 25th, 1980

82. Robert John – Sherry

It made sense for Robert to cover a Four Seasons tune for someone with such a high falsetto. Of course, he’s no Frankie Valli, but it’s not that bad. The original went to #1 on the Pop & R&B charts in 1962. RJ’s version will only come out tonight at #70.

88. Larry Graham – When We Get Married

The Jehovah Witness of funk follows up his Top 10 smash, One In A Million You, with another wedding ballad. While it will head into the R&B Top 10, it will end up in divorce on the Hot 100, separating at #76.

October 31st, 1981

81. The Knack – Pay The Devil (Ooo, Baby, Ooo)

The Knack leads off their third album, Round Trip, with this rock waltz ballad that’s miles away from their Sharona lust. This quartet was on top of the world two years prior, and now their writing songs about their backlash and demise. Pop is a fickle beast. Beelzebub will get his “due” fill at #67.

82. Jermaine Jackson – I’m Just Too Shy

Here’s the leadoff single off Jermaine’s new album, I Like Your Style, which like its predecessor, Jermaine, fails to build upon the success of Let’s Get Serious. I’m not sure how Motown screwed this up as this is a funky little midtempo gem. But it will barely make the R&B Top 30 and peak at #60 on the Hot 100. JJ will give a peace out to his father-in-law, Berry, and move to Arista for his next release.

84. Debbie Harry – The Jam Was Moving

The matchup of Debbie Harry with Chic should have provided big dividends. In the end, it may have ended up splitting Blondie and delayed Debbie’s solo career. This was the second release from her debut solo album, Kookoo, and it feels like the funk and the rock keep fighting each other for three minutes with neither giving in. I’ll still take this over Hooked on Classics any day. The groove stops at #82.

85. John Denver – The Cowboy And The Lady

John is running low on weed and is having trouble writing anything worth a damn. So he turns to a Bobby Goldsboro-penned song, a  Top 10 Country song for Brenda Lee in 1980 called The Cowgirl and The Dandy. He switches genders and tries his hand., but he should have left it the way it was. It would have been way more interesting. The days turn to stone for this single at #66.

91. Donnie Iris – Sweet Merrilee

Donnie leads off his second album, King Cool, with this groovy rocker that should have reached a lot higher than #80. Damn, what happened? This is awesome. At least his next two singles will reach the Top 40, but this tops both of them. I’d love to know if there are any current thirty-eight-year-old women from the Pittsburgh area named Merrillee.

92. The Kinks – Destroyer

You know what that say about paranoia, or at least what Ray Davies says? Ray decides to rip off his own hit, All Day And All of The Night, and steal a little from Lola too, for this leadoff track from Give The People What They Want. It received a lot of Rock airplay, which is why I remember it from that time, but will only inch up seven spots on the Hot 100.

October 30th, 1982

76. Charlene and Stevie Wonder – Used To Be

It’s bad enough that DJ Scott Shannon helped bring this 70s singer and her song, I’ve Never Been To Me, back from the dead. Now Motown has given this once-retired artist a chance to record another album and sing a duet with a legend. Seriously what the hell was Motown doing in the 80s besides white lines? Who thought it was OK for Stevie to sing a line like “You’re twelve years old, and sex is legal.”? That person needs to be fired into the sun along with anyone else who helped this piece of garbage get as high as #46.

81. Prince – 1999

Why is this here, you ask? Because as the first release from his new double album, Pop radio didn’t give it much of a chance, and its 12″ sales are what drove it up to its original #44 high. After realizing their stupid mistake, this classic will be re-released after Little Red Corvette and Delirious both hit the Top 10. It will climb up to #12 and make the Top 40 two more times in 2016 and, of course, in 1999.

84. The Fixx – Stand Or Fall

Here’s the third single released from this UK quintet’s debut, Shuttered Room, but the first one to chart. This tale of the effects of war on the young generation is one of my faves from this group. The Euro Theatre will close at #76.

86. Sheena Easton – I Wouldn’t Beg For Water

Sheena’s third LP, Madness, Music, and Money, didn’t bring her the latter but maybe the former. None of the singles from that album were Top 40 hits in the States or the UK. This ballad will get parched at #64 but will reach the Top 20 on the AC chart. Remember that the next time you’re in the dentist’s office and Mr. Thirsty is in your mouth, sucking you dry.

90. Luther Vandross- Bad Boy/ Having A Party

Considering Luther passed away at 54, we took way too long to realize this guy’s talents while he was here among us, knocking out tasty jams like this one. This #3 R&B smash is a medley of an LV original and the 1962 Sam Cooke classic. It’s gonna sneak out tonight at #55.


Your Pretensions Aim For Gullible Fools

Let’s round up The Other Sixty from the late 80s as we review chart week forty-two from 1986 up to 1989.

October 25th, 1986

76. The Police – Don’t Stand So Close To Me ’86

I have absolutely no idea why these guys would ruin one of their classics by re-recording it into an overly processed reverb-drenched dreck hell. Worse yet, this was the version they put on their greatest hits album rather than the original. Stewart Copeland doesn’t even drum on it. What was the point of this? [He had broken his collarbone just before they were to record a new album and uses a Fairlight CMI to program the drums.] This single still almost made the Top 40 as it had in the UK, but stalled at #46.

78. Jesse Johnson Featuring Sly Stone – Crazay

With many recording technology advances in the 80s, music became more sterile sounding as a result. A song like this one from Jesse’s second solo album, Shockadelica, stuck out because of the funk breaking pop’s plastic veneer. Still, I wonder what this would have sounded like full a band, including horns instead of synths. And it was great to get a Sly Stone appearance, who had been trying to get his career on track since the mid-70s. This will be JJ’s biggest R&B hit, reaching #2 as well as his most successful Hot 100 entry peaking at #53.

93. Berlin – Like Flames

After changing up their sound to record the #1 smash Take My Breath Away for the Top Gun soundtrack, they changed it up again with this follow-up single from their LP, Count Three And Play. The move away from a synth-pop sound to a guitar rock vibe confused fans and would lead to the band splitting up. This 45 will turn to ash at #83.

94. Andy Taylor – When The Rain Comes Down

Take It Easy was a surprise solo hit for this Duran Duran guitarist and pushed him to decide not to rejoin the band. The second single he released was from the Miami Vice II soundtrack and features a guitar solo by Andy and ex-Sex Pistol Steve Jones. It will completely miss the Casey call when it gets all wet at #73.

October 24th, 1987

90. Sammy Hagar – Eagles Fly

When Sammy joined Van Halen it should have boosted his solo career, but it did not. In fact, he only ended up with one additional Top 40 hit, Give To Live. This single was the follow-up, and there’s a reason the Philadelphia Eagles never adopted it as their theme song. It features Eddie Van Halen on bass and guitar, but its wings will get clipped at #82.

91. Simon F – American Dream

In 1983, a New Wave duo named Interferon released a few singles that made the lower reaches of the UK chart: Steamwater Sam and Get Out Of London. The twosome known as Simon F and Simon G went their separate ways and the former released a solo album in 1985 called Gun. His second album Never Never Land spawned his only US chart single. It’s a pretty good pop track with Simon’s vocals sounding like a mix of Bryan Ferry and Bowie. Unfortunately, it debuts at its peak.

Fun fact: Simon left the music industry and moved into music video directing and then journalism. He has written five novels with a new one on the way. You can follow his blog here.

96. Terence Trent D’Arby – If You Let Me Stay

There certainly was a lot of hype with this debut. I remember hearing this single and immediatley going out to the store to buy it. Sometimes an artist catches a perfect moment in time, and everything aligns. TTD’s voice was like an arrow to my soul. This former boxer’s first release from Introducing the Hardline… made the Top Ten in England but only reached #68. His next single, Wishing Well, will go all the way to #1 on the Pop and Soul charts.

Fun fact: Less than a month after 9/11, Terence Trent D’arby joined the nonexistent. In his place came Sananda Maitreya, who has gone on to release several albums, most of which sound like Terence.

October 22nd, 1988

85. Candi – Dancing Under a Latin Moon

Candi was a Canadian quartet named after their singer Candita Pennella. Oddly, their freestyle-lite debut was released on I.R.S. Records, home to R.E.M., The Alarm and Timbuk 3. That might be why it didn’t do that well, only charting this single which eclipsed at #68.

88. Georgia Satellites – Hippy Hippy Shake

Here’s an oft-covered rock song which originated in Australia before The Beatles recorded it for a BBC program and the Swinging Blue Jeans and the first hit with it, reaching #24 in 1964. This Atlanta quartet recorded their version for the Cocktail soundtrack and will shake with all its might up to #45.

94. Good Question – Got A New Love

We all know that Prince’s forte was not in being a businessman. So it should be no suprise that most of his Paisley Park Records releases did not do well. Here’s another one, a pair of brothers from Philly whose only chart hit, a prre-programmed dance track, will hit #86.

October 21st, 1989

86. After 7 – Heat Of The Moment

After 7 was a trio led by two of Babyface’s older brothers, Melvin and Kevon, This was the first single from their debut, written and produced by L.A. Reid and Babyface, and will only burn up to #74. their next two singles, Can’t Stop and Ready or Not would hit the Top 10 in 1990, so this was re-released later that year. In its second appearance, it will reach #19 in early 1991.

92. The Jets – The Same Love

The Jets were tanking hard with their new album, Believe, so they turned to their ace-in-the-hole – a prom dance ballad written by Diane Warren. No one was interested in the Wolfgramms anymore and this single will only step up five more spots.

93. Enuff Z’Nuff  – New Thing

This Chicago quartet was marketed through the glam metal door but they owed their sound more to Cheap Trick  than they did Poison. Still MTV treated them like they belonged with the Crue and played the video for their debut album lead single enuff to get it up to #67. They have been together for over thirty years and released a new album in 2020.

96. Lil Louis – French Kiss

Good luck trying to dance to this one. Marvin Burns aka Lil Louis was a Chicago DJ/producer influenced by the music coming out of the Warehouse weekend parties over the last decade. His entry into the House music arena was this track, one that chugs along before gradually slowing down to a crawl in the middle before gently speeding up again. It was huge in the clubs during the Fall reaching #1 on Dance charts and hitting #2 on the UK charts. Here in the U.S., the kiss went dry at #50.

Freedom. Love. Joy. Peace.

We’re moving into the middle of the decade during chart week forty-two with mostly veteran artists and a few icons that couldn’t break their new singles into the Top 40. Let’s review The Other Sixty from 1983 to 1985.

October 22nd, 1983

89. Jennifer Holliday – I Am Love

After her big splash with Dreamgirls, Jennifer released her solo debut. Not many people would have known what to do what a voice as big as hers, so picking Maurice White as her producer was definitely her best choice. This leadoff single was a soft yet passionate ballad, co-written by White, Alle Willis, and David Foster and climbed all the way up to #2 on the R&B charts. On the Hot 100, it will tell us it’s going at #49.

90. Bette Midler – Favourite Waste Of Time

No Frills was Bette’s first studio album since her film, The Rose, its accompanying soundtrack, and a subsequent live album. It leaned more towards New Wave rock a la Ronstadt’s Mad Love, but none of the three charting singles rose any higher than #71. Her version of a Marshall Crenshaw tune should have been played on Pop radio a lot more and carried into the Top 40 rather than having a #78 zenith.

91. Joe “Bean” Esposito – Lady, Lady, Lady

You may not know Joe Esposito by name, but I bet you’ve heard his voice before. If it wasn’t on a Brooklyn Dreams album, maybe it was on the Donna Summer 1979 hit, Heaven Knows, where he sings the male lead or some backing vocals on Brenda Russell’s Piano In the Dark. Or it could have been during the Karate championships in the Karate Kid when You’re the Best started playing. Yep, that was him. Maybe you’re a big Flashdance addict. Then you might remember this song playing in the background while Jennifer Beals is ready to get it on with her new boyfriend. Joe’s only Hot 100 entry will only climb up five steps before getting winded and falling off the charts.

93. The Four Tops – I Just Can’t Walk Away

The Tops return to Motown after being away for eleven years. Berry Gordon got Holland Dozier Holland back together to write some songs for the group, including this ballad. This tune is entirely out of step with the times, showing how far behind Motown Records was in the 80s. It’s only saved by Levi Stubbs’ voice, but even that couldn’t propel it any higher than #71.

95. Survivor – Caught In The Game

This Chicago quintet follows up their successful Eye Of The Tiger single and album with their 1983 LP, Caught In the Game. They released the title track as the first single, and it bombed, only reaching #77. Lead singer Dave Bickler needed surgery to remove vocal nodules in his throat, so the band replaced him with someone else. There are no franchise tags in rock.

98. Axe – I Think You’ll Remember Tonight

This Jacksonville, FL quintet is back with their second and final chart hit from their fourth album, Nemesis. This power ballad will be largely forgotten as it will only move up four more spots.

October 20th, 1984

69. Scandal Featuring Patty Smyth – Hands Tied

Everyone found out who Patty Smyth and the New York band, Scandal were after their Holly Knight-penned song, The Warrior, hit the Top 10 earlier in the year. They followed it up with this midtempo rocker, co-written by Holly & Mike Chapman. It just misses the Casey get roped at #41, getting leapfrogged by John Cafferty.

79. Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Two Tribes

There was nothing more entertaining in 1984 than watching this Godley & Creme-produced video – two actors, who looked like Reagan & Soviet leader Chernenko, beating each other to a bloody pulp while Holly Johnson calmly moderates in song. This song went to #1 in six countries, including the UK, and it was massive all over Europe. This Trevor Horn soundscape will only score up to #43. 

80. Twisted Sister – I Wanna Rock

I went to school with director Todd Phillips. So when I watched the film Road Trip, and the crew of guys started blasting this song during the movie, it felt like one of my bus trips home from junior high. I could tell it was inspired by something we were all a part of. Dee and the gang ain’t gonna take it any higher than #68.

83. Joe Cocker – Edge Of A Dream

This rock ballad will be the third single released from the soundtrack to the film, Teachers. But unlike the first two releases, this will not make the Top 40. And just like that movie, many will not remember it, unless they are hardcore Cocker fans. The 45 will only climb to #69, but it will feature his version of Squeeze’s Tempted on the B-side.

89. Apollonia 6 – Sex Shooter

Prince was so prolific during the mid-80s, but I never understood why he gave most of his worthless (relatively-speaking) songs to women. This trio was just a reboot of Vanity 6 after Miss Matthews spurned his advances. How bad is it? It was nominated for a Golden Raspberry for worst song…. from Purple Rain!!! [Drinkenstein by Sylvester Stallone was the winner.] This will only shoot up four notches before running out of ammo.

90. Molly Hatchet – Satisfied Man

M-Hatch was up to their sixth album, The Deed Is Done, by 1984, when Southern rock was long out of favor. In fact, we only had room for one Jacksonville band, and that was 38 Special. Not for lack of trying, these guys rode their last chart single up to #81.

October 19th, 1985

70. Prince & The Revolution – America

Oh yeah, this is what I’m talking about. Here’s some fast-paced funk that hearkens back to his Controversy days. During 1984, especially during Reagan’s re-election campaign, that jingoistic feeling was spread throughout the country. Not so for the disenfranchised, and that’s who Prince was speaking about here. Many people criticized this song and felt the message was too angry or heavy-handed, but fuck those people. Thirty-five years later, these lyrics hold up, and we’re still trying to figure out how to create equity for all. This will only get up to #46. 

84. Laura Branigan – Hold Me

The first single from Laura’s fourth album, Hold Me, was Spanish Eddie, and it barely squeezed into the Top 40 at #40. The title track follow-up wasn’t as lucky. Produced by Harold Faltermeyer, this moderate pop-rocker, which sounds like it should’ve scored an 80s teen drama scene, gently swayed up two spots before letting go.

85. KISS – Tears Are Falling

For 80s Kiss songs, this one’s not bad, and it will reach #51. But rather than talk much about it, I wanna take this time to talk about Gene Simmons’ 2001 appearance on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. It’s hilariously obvious that he doesn’t want to be there or play the game. He just keeps answering questions until he gets one wrong, shrugs, and splits. It perfectly sums up Chaim Witz’s life here on earth.

89. John Waite – Welcome To Paradise

I had to check, but, no this slow rock ballad was not used in St. Elmo’s Fire. It just sounds like it, and maybe it should have been. The follow-up to his #25 hit Every Step Of The Way will search for utopia but give up after only four steps upward.

90. Quarterflash – Talk To Me

The lead single to this Portland, OR group’s third album, Back Into Blue, signaled that the hits were all in the past when it only peaked at #83. In a month from now, Stevie Nicks will debut with a different song, same title. She’ll take hers up to #4.



Some People Wanna Die So They Can Be Free

This year is flying by as we’ve now reached chart week forty-two. Let’s take a look at the Other Sixty from 1980 up thru 1982.

October 18th, 1980

81. George Benson – Love X Love

The Quincy Jones-produced Give Me The Night LP is a West Coast classic with Benson working at the height of his soul power. With each song meticulously arranged and well-performed by the best L.A. studio musicians of the day, it stands as a shining example of breezy California soul-pop. So how come only one song off of this album became a Top 40 hit? Or the question should be, why did Pop radio give up on it? This should have easily followed the title track up into Kasemland. Instead, this R&B Top 10 would only climb to #61.

82. Eddie Money (with Valerie Carter) – Let’s Be Lovers Again

We all know how Eddie’s career turned out, but it is truly a shame that not many folks know who Valerie Carter is, even as she’s has been immortalized in song by Jackson Browne and Steve Winwood. Her two solo albums released in the late 70s are both solid affairs. She has sung backing vocals on countless albums by artists such as James Taylor, Don Henley, and Christopher Cross, to name a few. Yet this sappy duet ballad will be her only chart appearance on the Hot 100, topping out at #65.

85. The B-52’s – Private Idaho

And now to the quirky New Wave portion of our show….how the hell did this get a spot at the table back then? Because it’s frickin’ awesome, that’s why. John Lennon loved these folks and thankfully would have had the opportunity to hear this zany song, which is seemingly about nothing and everything all at once. This classic will peel its way up to #74. It will also inspire a 1991 Gus Van Zant film.

87. Mac Davis – Texas In My Rear View Mirror

Here’s the title track to Mac’s 1980 Casablanca Records LP, which will become his third straight Top 10 on the Country charts. It’s a tale about Mac leaving his home of Lubbock, Texas, back in the early sixties on his way to becoming a well-known songwriter and artist. The mirror will break at #51.

Fun fact (at least to me): Mac wrote the song, A Little Less Conversation, which became a hit for Elvis as a Junkie XL remix in  2002 and has been used in countless current commercials since.

94. Burt Reynolds – Let’s Do Something Cheap And Superficial

It’s 1980, and the biggest movie star in the world is Burt Reynolds. He teamed back up with Sheriff Buford T. Justice, the Frog, and the Snowman for the second installment of Smokey & the Bandit. And because was Burt ruling the box office, he decided to take another stab at singing a tune, if not just for fun. Even in the wake of Urban Cowboy, this Country tune failed to ignite any cowgirl’s heart, falling off the bull at #88.

95. Robbin Thompson Band – Brite Eyes

Robbin Thompson, the pride of Richmond, VA, makes his chart debut with this single from the quintet’s only album. A great slice of pop-rock with just a little bit of Country, maybe even some yachty smoothness, this single turns around after hitting #66.

October 24th, 1981

83. Kim Carnes – Mistaken Identity

Kim releases the title track to her album that spawned the massive smash, Bette Davis Eyes. This soft keyboard-driven ballad was written solely by Kim and will creep up to #60.

89. Tierra – La La Means I Love You

Tierra’s first Top 40 hit was a cover of The Intruders’ 1968 Top 20, Together, written by Gamble & Huff. They’re back with another Latin-tinged cover of a Philly Soul classic, this time by the Delfonics. It will only bounce up to #72. An aside: Maxi Priest will borrow some of the vibes for his 1991 #1 hit, Close To You.

90. Prince – Controversy

Once Prince had an across the board smash with I Wanna Be Your Lover, he could get the record company off his back and follow his vision. 1980’s Dirty Mind was a sharp left turn into some nasty New Wave funk, but 1981’s Controversy adds another layer of more thought-provoking topics into his sexual politics. This song asks the listener questions to think about and answer, rather than for Prince to reveal himself. It will only reach #70, but the 45 has When You Were Mine on the B-side. Let’s just say it took a while for people to catch up.

99. Slave – Snap Shot

From the center of the funk universe in Ohio comes this nonet from Dayton dropping their lead single from their sixth album, Showtime. Led by vocalist/drummer Steve Arrington, their voyeuristic party jam will reach #6 on the Soul charts but barely make it out of the 90s on the Hot 100, running out of flash at #91. Steve would leave after this album and form the Hall of Fame.

October 23rd, 1982

76. Chilliwack – Whatcha Gonna Do

It took this Vancouver trio over a decade to finally break through, south of their border, which they did with their album Wanna Be A Star, which nabbed them two Top 40 hits and lots of future Yacht Rock cred.  Their follow-up album, Opus X, gave us this single, which just missed the Casey call, peaking at #41. But more importantly, two of three members immediately split the group and former The Headpins, leaving founder Bill Henderson to carry on alone.

83. Donnie Iris – Tough World

Donnie and the Cruisers are back with their third album, The High And Mighty. Produced by keyboardist and former funky white boy Mark Avsec, it wasn’t as successful as the former two releases. This mid-tempo pop-rocker was the only single that charted, peaking at #57, and definitely deserves a revisit.


Passion Runs Where Passion Kills

We are wrapping up chart week forty-one with a group of mostly forgotten singles with a few exceptions. Let’s review The Other Sixty from  1987 up to 1989.

October 17th, 1987

88. Kool & The Gang – Special Way

We’ve come a long way from Jungle Boogie, or for that matter, from Celebration. But now it’s the end of the line as this becomes their last chart hit, after 23 Top 40 hits, 12 Top 10s, and 1 #1. The acoustic ballad will climb up to #72.

89. Living In A Box – So The Story Goes

In the UK soulful white boy derby that was happening in the late 80s, I way preferred this trio over folks like Rick Astley. Maybe because these guys wore suits and acted serious rather than some goofy Howdy Doody moppet. As I started to look backward by the end of the decade, companies like Rhino Records would make this point moot. Until then, I’d be pissed that this song wouldn’t rise any higher than #81.

Fun fact: The video features actress Maryam D’abo, who had just appeared in the Bond film, The Living Daylights.

90. Big Trouble – Crazy World

In the 80s, television executive Fred Silverman formed a company to sell TV shows to networks rather than run them. This became so successful he decided to expand his brand into music and assembled a group of women to be the next pop sensation. This quartet of ladies was molded in the vein of The Monkees, although they had no TV show to promote them and they were allowed to play their own instruments. It was an inorganic dance Pop version of The Bangles, and if you blinked, you would have missed their one album and only chart single. Imagine what Josie & the Pussycats would’ve sounded like in 1987, and there you have this #71 single.

October 15th, 1988 

84. John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band – Jealous Guy

1998 saw the release of the John Lennon documentary, Imagine, which I went to see in the theatres. It was narrated by John via various interview bits strung together, and it provided a stark contrast to Albert Goldman’s book, The Lives Of John Lennon, which portrayed John as a violent, ill-tempered jealous guy. John wasn’t perfect, but he’s also not the dick everyone makes him out to be. I’m not sure why they decided to release this cut from his 1973 Imagine LP because it plays up the negative image. [Also, I prefer Roxy Music’s version.] It will be his last Hot 100 entry and reach #80.

91. Gardner Cole – Live It Up

After many tries, Gardner nabbed a hit with a song he wrote, Open Your Heart which Madonna took up to #1 in early 1987. That allowed Gardner a chance to dig up new tracks for a solo album to show what else he could do, which was not much. This dance-pop single debuts at its peak. He will go on to co-write the hits, Another Lover for Giant Steps and Everything by Jody Watley.

92. Siouxsie & The Banshees – Peek-A-Boo

You can tell that Modern rock was slowly creeping into the mainstream when a group like this charts on the Hot 100. From their ninth album, Peepshow, this oddball track would be the lead single and sounds like a marching band led by all goth members. This Top 20 UK smash will blink its way up to #53.

94. Romeo’s Daughter – Don’t Break My Heart

Here’s the only chart single for this UK hard rock quartet who still performs today. If it reminds one of a female-led Def Leppard, that’s because they were both produced by Mutt Lange. Unfortunately that pedigree didn’t help its chart status and this broken heart will be stranded at #73.

95. Jon Astley – Put This Love To The Test

Producer Jon Astley gets another chance to record a solo album after 1987’s Everyone Loves The Pilot (Except the Crew). The Compleat Angler was released in 1988, with this wry track as the lead single. It will reach the Top 5 on the Modern Rock charts but only #74 on the Hot 100. Both of his albums are out of print and hard to find, but worth the journey to do so.

97. The Fat Boys – Louie Louie

This portly hip-hop trio decided to run the rap covers of oldies theme entirely in the ground with this one. But hey, who hasn’t done a version of this? This rite-of-passage will climb to #89 and then catch a ship across the sea.

October 14th, 1989

80. Regina Belle – Baby Come To Me

Regina continues to build her R&B fan base and has her first #1 Soul single with this sultry ballad. It will also become a Top 10 AC hit, but Pop programming was splintering into many factions and Top 40 radio was beginning to take sides. They made room for Anita, so why couldn’t a Quiet Storm jam like this only get onto a few playlists and peak at #60?

94. Jaya – If You Leave Me Now

Freestyle music was beginning to peak and in a short time would disappear from Pop radio or at least evolve into a different form. Jaya had a been child performer in her native Philippines before moving with her mom to the States in the mid-80s. This single will be her biggest success here, just missing out on the Shadoe call at #44.

Why We Waste Our Lives Here

It’s chart week forty-one, and we’re smack dab in the middle of the decade. Let’s review the Other sixty from 1984 to 1986.

October 13th, 1984

81. KISS – Heaven’s On Fire

I don’t know if they intentionally made the dumbest rock songs ever recorded, but I also can’t tell if they were serious. They also had a Spinal Tap-like revolving door of lead guitarists, and this was Mark St. John’s only appearance. This Desmond Child co-write will ascend to #49.

84. Stephanie Mills – The Medicine Song

Stephanie Mills as my doctor? Yes, please. I’m feeling sick with something. I might even need an overnight stay. Wait, what do you mean that doesn’t go towards my deductible? The lead song from her ninth album, I’ve Got The Cure, was produced by Rufus’ Hawk Wolinski and will be Stephanie’s first #1 Dance hit. It will also reach the R&B Top 10 and the UK Top 30 but will have its insurance rejected at #65.

85. Roger Hodgson – Had A Dream (Sleeping with The Enemy)

Roger left Supertramp in 1983, and neither party was better for it. This singer/ songwriter/ guitarist/ keyboardist still created a strong catalog of solo albums, although they haven’t been all that successful. This song was his biggest hit in America. Featuring drums by former Santana member Michael Shrieve, it will wake up at #48.

88. Al Jarreau – After All

After two successful albums on the Pop charts, his 1984 affair, High Crime, saw a decline in sales. With his usual West Coast jazz cohorts backing him up, Al took this ballad only up to #69, but it became a staple of his live shows.

90. Jeffrey Osborne – Don’t Stop

Jeffrey had a much bigger solo career on the Pop charts than he did as a drummer for L.T.D. His third album, Don’t Stop, produced by George Duke, was certified Gold within three months of its release. The title track was the first single, and although it graced many aerobic workout playlists, it actually stopped at #44.

92. Band Of Gold – Love Songs Are Back Again (medley)

The Dutch are at it again, reselling our musical history back to us. This time, rather than a medley sitting on top of a preset disco beat, they recruited producer Pete Wingfield to have session musicians sing a group 70s Soul ballads. It comes off like a bargain basement Vegas act or something that might play the Colonie Hill on Long Island. It also reminds me of this Richard Jeni bit. A #64 high. Try the veal.

October 12th, 1985

84. Wang Chung – To Live And Die In L.A.

After nabbing two Top 40 hits in 1984, including the ubiquitous Dance Hall Days, this UK duo packed their bags for sunny California to score a new William Peterson/ Willem Defoe film, produced by William Friedkin. That takes a lot of will. The atmospheric title track will just miss the Casey call, getting stuck at #41 as it’s leapfrogged by Jellybean and Billy Ocean.

85. Katrina & The Waves – Que Te Quiero

This single was released on the group’s debut in 1983. It was added to their US debut album in 1985 and released as the third single. The title roughly translates to that I love you, but there was no love shared for this 45, which only made it to #71.

88. Kenny Loggins – I’ll Be There

When Kenny isn’t scoring movie themes, he’s feeling the West Coast vibes. For the third single from Vox Humana, he teams up with El  Debarge to help him sing vocals on the chorus. Co-produced with David Foster, it takes a smooth ride nowhere as it unfairly debuts at its peak.

89. Ratt – You’re In Love

Here’s the follow-up to the L.A. quartet’s second Top 40 hit, Lay It Down. This one joins Kenny, debuting at its peak and splitting after two weeks.

October 18th, 1986

80. Elton John – Heartache All Over The World

The Captain released nine studio albums and one live album in the 80s. Leather Jackets was the only long play that did not generate a Top 40 hit and is considered one of his worst albums. But if you think this song, which is chock full of pop hooks, didn’t deserve to go any higher than #55, you are living in denial.

90. Stacy Lattisaw – Nail It To The Wall

Stacy moved over to Motown for her eighth album and scored her biggest R&B smash since her cover of Love On A Two- Way Street when it climbs to #4. Produced by Jellybean Benitez, this Top 5 Dance hit will only reach #48 on the Hot 100 and be her last chart entry.

93. James Brown – Gravity

After the Godfather’s surprise Top 10 hit, Living In America earlier in the year, he’s back with one more chart entry. It will be his 107th and last appearance on the Hot 100 as it debuts at its peak. This Top 30 R&B hit will be his 111th appearance on the Soul Hot 100, thirty years after hitting #1 with Try Me.

94. Bad Company – This Love

This band had six Top 40 hits in the 70s, three in the 90s, and zero in the 80s. The group, named after a Jeff Bridges film, was now led by Mick Ralphs as Paul Rodgers was busy with The Firm. With lead vocals by ex-Nugent vocalist Brian Howe, this faceless tune will stiff at #85.

98. Bananarama – More Than Physical

This fun-loving trio of women follow-up their smash version of The Shocking Blue’s 1970 hit, Venus, with another Stock Aiken Waterman production. That means tons of handclaps, synths, and a drum machine turned up as fast as you can dance to it. We know that the SAW team is made up of musical thieves, and for this track, they rip off the bass line of A Taste of Honey’s Boogie Oogie Oogie. This Top 5 club hit is too cool to boogie on the Pop charts and flatlines at #73.

A Con In The Land Of Milk And Honey

We’re up to chart week forty-one, and we have another full dose of debuts who missed the Top 40. Let’s review The Other Sixty from 1980 thru 1983.

October 11th, 1980

81. Meco – Love Theme From Shogun (Mariko’s Theme)

Back in the days of appointment TV, this five-part miniseries based on the best-selling James Clavell novel did back up business when it aired beginning the week of Septemeber 15th, 1980. Meco had already covered the title songs from Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, so why do a version of Maurice Jarre’s love theme. This one says sayonara at #70.

82. Pete Townshend – A Little Is Enough

Both Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend had solo Top 40 hits in 1980. Pete’s album, Empty Glass, is like a Who album that never was. While many remember Let Me Love Open The Door, this follow-up is a richer track, in my opinion. This will only move up ten spots, so I hope Pete meant what he said.

83. The Doolittle Band – Who Were You Thinking Of?

Recorded in the mold of 70s Buffett or The Dirt Band comes this Nashville band comprised of then-current Music row studio musicians. The group was originally called Dandy and the Doolittle Band, but stupid names aside, this slice of soft country-pop will only climb up to #49 as well as #54 on the Country charts.

86. 707 – I Could Be Good For You

Here’s the debut chart single from a Michigan quartet named after an airplane that was big during the Jet Age. This midtempo rock track from their debut, 707, will crash land at #52.

88. Poco – Midnight Rain

After a decade of trying, these Country-rock pioneers finally broke through into the Top 40 in 1979 and then immediately struggled through most of the decade to get back in. This was the follow-up to their new album’s title track, Under The Gun, which will do even worse, topping out at #74. With lead vocals by Paul Cotton, it should have had a better fate.

93. Wayne Massey – One Life To Live

One year before Rick Springfield hit #1 with Jessie’s Girl, a soap star on a different program was trying out that angle. Wayne was cast as Country superstar, Johnny Drummond on One Life To Live, and released this single as an unofficial theme. Even though his character would last four years on the show, this 45 will move up one spot before disappearing after a two-week showing [I assume it found out that it was its own son, father, and sister and died tragically in a lawnmower accident.]

99. Jim Hurt – I Love Women

When a baseball gets a call up from the majors only to be sent down just as quick, they call it “having a cup of coffee.” This swinging little track barely got its order in before falling off the charts after a #90 zenith. Jim recorded one 45 – an A & B side, and that was it for his recording career. He did write a few hits for other artists, including Alabama’s Love In The First Degree.

October 17th, 1981

86. Alan Parsons Project – Snake Eyes

After two Top 20 hits from The Turn Of A Friendly Card, APP released a third single, part of the sixteen-minute title track suite, sung by Chris Rainbow. This one will roll two ones at #67.

88. Pablo Cruise – Slip Away

The Cruise dubbed Pablo follows-up their fifth Top 40 hit, Cool Love, with this smooth ballad from the LP, Reflector. It will break away from the moors and float out to sea at #75 and be their last chart entry.

90. Arlan Day – I Surrender

This song from English singer Arlan Day seems tailor-made for those early 80s soft rock playlists. That’s why probably a label like Pasha, whose focus was on hard rock and metal, picked it up in the States. That’s also why it didn’t do as well as it should, giving up at #71.

October 16th, 1982

78. Steve Miller Band – Cool Magic

Steve-o nabbed his third #1 hit during the Summer of 1982 with Abracadabra. He will never write a song as catchy as that again, and this follow-up makes all of that momentum disappear without even a wave of a wand. It will peak at #57.

79. Kenny Rogers – A Love Song

This one is a sapfest, and for Kenny, that’s saying something. From his Love Will Turn You Around LP, this Lee Greenwood-penned track that will hit #3 on the Country charts, Kenny’s version will bow out at #47 on the Hot 100

84. Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five featuring Melle Mel & Duke Bootee – The Message

Rap music, committed to vinyl, was only three years old before this single took the game to a whole new level. DJ Flash was already becoming a legend, but this track made him and his crew hip-hop icons. There was no bragging, no party people, and the only battling was for one’s survival. This is considered the first successful political rap song written two years earlier as a response to a NY transit strike. The single’s innovation though are the spaces between the music, its downtempo beats almost dragging you along for the ride, and the solidification of the rapper as the star of hip-hop rather than the DJ

86. Stacy Lattisaw – Attack Of The Name Game

Stacy is trying to get back to the streets with a rap update of the 1964 Shirley Ellis classic. I’m not sure what the thinking was here for producer Narada Michael Walden and subsequently, this Top 20 R&B single will banana-banna-fo-fanna its way to #70. Mariah Carey will sample it for her 1999 hit, Heartbreaker.

90. Talk Talk – Talk Talk

This is where the legend of singer/songwriter Mark Hollis begins. Could anyone know from this New Wave classic that we would create beautiful minimalist albums such as Laughing Stock or his 1998 solo debut? I also love that this single only has one word four times on the 45. It will peak at #75.

October 15th, 1983

90. New Edition – Is This The End

It’s only the beginning for this Boston quintet, and in one year from now, they’ll be telling everyone to cool out and slow down. If this ballad reminds you a little of NKOTB’s Please Don’t Go Girl, it’s because they were both written and produced by Maurice Starr. This one would not do very well, only reaching #85.



The Point Of No Turning Back


We’re almost done reviewing The Other Sixty for chart week forty, only three more years left. Let’s take a look at what didn’t make it in 1987, 1988, and 1989.

October 10th, 1987

85. Stephanie Mills – (You’re Puttin’) A Rush On Me

Stephanie continues to rack up the R&B smashes while being ignored by Pop radio. This mid-tempo dance number will be her third #1 on the Soul charts, while it debuts at its peak on the Hot 100.

88. Pink Floyd – Learning To Fly

For the sake of understanding musical history, it’s worth noting that Pink Floyd ceased to exist after The Wall. The name was used as a way to earn more money for projects that were essential solo albums. The Final Cut was a Roger Waters album, and A Momentary Lapse of Reason was a David Gilmour solo album. This album was still widely anticipated as well as the promise of a world tour. This was the lead single, and I don’t ever think it’s left Rock radio playlists. By the time it debuts on the Hot 100, it will already have spent three weeks on top of the Mainstream Rock charts.  Pop programmers grounded it at #70.

91. Samantha Fox – Nothing’s Gonna Stop Me Now

Except seventy-nine other songs. And that was on your best day. This SAW-produced dance ditty did go to #1 in Finland, so you have that going for you.

October 8th, 1988

78. Luther Vandross – Any Love

It really took Luther a long time to have any consistency on the Pop charts and it wasn’t until the 90s when he had his first Top 10 hit. I’m not sure what programmers were thinking of, turning away a beautiful ballad like this, which will become his third R&B #1 and net him two Grammys. On the Hot 100, it will only reach #44.

90. Eric Carmen – Reason To Try

This was a track from the 1988 Summer Olympics album, One Moment In Time. Even though the summer games were late in 1988, they were already over when this single charted. Shoot,  we were into Autumn by now. This pop-rocker wasn’t given much of a chance or company push, and it will only move up three spots. It’s also never been added to any of Eric’s US greatest hits compilations.

95. Survivor – Didn’t Know It Was Love

If these guys thought that growing their hair long would sneak them through the glam metal door, they were kidding themselves. Groups like Poison, Cinderella, and the like considered these guys dinosaurs by this time, and I guess so did radio. This was the lead single from their seventh album, Too Hot To Sleep, and things were already falling apart as the bass player and the drummer had to be replaced. Somehow this song still crawled up to #61.

October 7th, 1989

86. Patti Labelle – If You Asked Me To

Miss Labelle got the call to sing the theme for the latest Bond movie, License To Kill. Unfortunately, this was a low point in that series, and the film disappeared rather quickly. It took this Diane Warren-penned song with it as it will live and be allowed to let die at #79, even as it hit the R&B Top 10. Celine Dion will cover it in 1992 and take it into the Top 5.

87. Stevie B – Girl I’m Searching For You

I have no real affinity for freestyle music, as I feel it relied too much on unimaginative drum machine selections and annoying synth sounds for its hooks. But if this is your jam, more power to you. Stevie’s third single from In Your Eyes will end its search at #56

93. Icehouse – Touch The Fire

Australian group, Icehouse try to build on their double Top 40 success off of Man Of Colours with a newly recorded single for their greatest hits compilation, Great Southern Land. It will only reach #84 and become their last chart single in America.

94. The Alarm – Sold Me Down The River

I’m still unsure why Pop radio never embraced The Alarm. This is another single of theirs that should have cracked the Top 40, especially as it was huge at Mainstream and Modern Rock radio playlists. But somehow it will drown at #50.

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