Let’s review The Other Sixty during chart week forty from the middle of the decade by looking at the failed debuts from 1983, 1984, 1985, and 1986.
October 8th, 1983
Klique was a trio churning out electro-boogie during the early 80s, such as Pump Your Rump, but having middling success with it. Then they decided to cover a 1960 Jackie Wilson Top 20 ballad and ended up with a #2 Soul hit and #50 Pop hit. That’s not all. Lead singer Howard Huntsberry got to play Jackie in the movie La Bamba and then performed (Your Love Is Lifting Me)Higher & Higher in the movie Ghostbusters. Ride it till it dies, I say.
This Oakland trio’s album release of Break Out did not have an auspicious beginning. RCA picked the wrong lead-off single on an album full of great upbeat dance soul, a mellow mid-tempo affair that will only reach #48. It was the first time since 1979’s Priority LP that the first single was not a Top 40 hit. The next four releases will hit the Top 10, and the album will end up as the biggest selling in their catalog. Also, timing is everything.
This was the first entry on the Hot 100 of this song, which will re-enter in 1984 and hit the Top 10. I feel like I’ve written about this band and Eddie & the Cruisers’ story so much already. I can’t do it anymore. I hate you, HBO!
This is the third and last debut song during chart week forty for Sir Cliffo. He already had a song in The Other Sixty with Give A Little Bit More. Now he gives even more than he ever did, but the effort is all for naught. This will turn up its toes at #73 and be his last Hot 100 entry.
October 6th, 1984
Amazingly, someone with such a common name is in the RNRHOF. It’s also amazing that we consider people like Don Henley and Glenn Frey as dicks and never mention Steve’s name. It’s probably because you would respond with ‘you mean, my neighbor Steve or my kid’s third-grade teacher? Or the guy that wrote Dragon Ship?‘ Oh, the guy who took this song up to #57. Also, if I’m harsh, feel free to write a post about it here. You might even get a response from Steve Miller. I just don’t know which one.
Here’s a very forgotten pop-rock single from New York singer/ songwriter Janey Street, who is still active today. Produced by Jimmy Ienner, this single, in no reference to Reagan, should have made the Top 40 back then, but instead waves goodbye at #68.
This sure sounds like a romantic duet between two dudes. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but I’m not sure that’s what Stephen intended, going after that Sergio Mendes AC money only netted him a #67 finish.
Ratt finally got Out Of The Cellar with their hit, Round And Round. Then they found themselves back down there with the follow-up, which will only climb up three spots before getting caught in a trap.
October 5th, 1985
This was the closest this UK progressive rock quintet got to garnering a hit in the States, a rock ballad about a long lost love. It will be their biggest in England, reaching #2 but will stiff here at #75. It will also inspire many newborn parents who have a baby girl.
When looking to have a memorable theme song to a potential franchise, why not ask a former Styx guitarist to provide it. Also, make it a vague question, such as Who knows?, Which one or What if? Everything involved with the film, Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, was an unmitigated disaster, including this ambiguous single, which will peak at #81.
October 11th, 1986
How do you say goodbye to your fans, the ones that bought your cheery, upbeat pop music for the last few years? Of course, you do it with a cover of a 1981 Was (Not Was) song about a homeless man who drowns himself. George was crying for help in ’86, and we missed it back then. The single will reach #50 then take a train down to Mexico.
The Temps have one of their better hits in the 80s charting this week en route to a #47 finish. From the album, To Be Continued, which contains the theme to A Fine Mess, it will become only their third Top 10 hit of the decade on the Soul charts.
Joan spent the mid-80s having trouble landing any of her singles in the Top 40. Maybe collaborating with Michael J. Fox inspired her because she picked it back up with her stint in Light Of Day. This hard rock stomper will languish at #83.