One Hit Wonders of the ’80s: 1983 – Moving Pictures

“What About Me” by Moving Pictures

Moving Pictures was formed in Sydney, Australia in 1980. In 1982, “What About Me” was released off of their debut album, Days of Innocence. It was the band’s first number-one single in Australia spending six consecutive weeks on the top. The song’s success led the band to the U.S., where the song also became a hit. The song spent 26 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #29 on February 12, 1983.

Moving Pictures were then signed to the Elektra distribution label in the America. Unfortunately, just after they signed, the record label collapsed.

Their second album, Matinee, was released in October 1983, which reached number 16 in Australia. They released four singles from the album, but only “Back To The Streets” was able to crack the Australian Top 40, and none charted in the U.S.
There was friction in the group, and guitarist Garry Frost left the group in 1984. This occured the same year that Footloose came out. What about me may have been Moving Pictures’ only top 40 hit in the U.S., but Footloose fans also know Moving Pictures from these scene with Ren’s “angry dance”:

The band continued to tour in Australia and gained a strong, loyal following but it wasn’t until 1987 that they released their next album, The Last Picture Show, based on their ‘Live Picture Show’ tour that took place earlier in May 1987, at the end of that year. Soon after the group disbanded.

“What About Me” was also covered by Australian Idol series one runner-up Shannon Noll. The song was released in 2004 and debuted at number-one and stayed there for four weeks.

Here is the original “What About Me” by Moving Pictures:

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