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Top 40 Songs This Week (UK Edition) – July 12, 1987: Songs 30-21

Hi Everybody! Welcome back to this week’s countdown! Some things that happened around this time were:
– Martina Navratilova earns 8th Wimbledon singles title with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Steffi Graf
– Also at Wimbledon, Pat Cash of Australia scores his only Grand Slam singles success 7-6, 6-2, 7-5 over Ivan Lendl
– A’s 1st baseman Mark McGwire becomes first rookie to hit 30 HRs before the MLB All-Star Game
– Nazi Klaus Barbie, “Butcher of Lyon” sentenced to life in France
– Kitty Dukakis reveals an addiction to amphetamines for 26 years
– Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North begins public testimony at Iran-Contra hearing
– Kiwanis Clubs end men-only tradition, vote to admit women

Today’s list of songs will have some songs that you know very well, as well as other songs that you may have never heard of, or may have forgotten about. So let’s Return to the week ending July 12, 1987, and continue the UK countdown

30. “Catch” by The Cure

This song was never released in the U.S. It would go on to reach #27 on this U.K. chart. According to Wikipedia, the song’s lyrics, as written by Robert Smith, were inspired when Smith caught a broadcast of the Sylvester Stallone written film ‘Rocky 2’ in which Rocky’s wife Adrian falls into a coma during childbirth. In a desperate hope to revive his wife, Rocky writes a poem for Adrian which at one point reads “…..and you kept trying to slip so I could catch you….”

29. “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” by U2

This worldwide smash hit was the second single released from The Joshua Tree album.

28. “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” by Starship

Here is another worldwide smash hit. This song hit #1 in both the US and the UK, as well as several other countries. In addition to appearing on the Mannequin soundtrack, the song was also released on Starship’s album No Protection.

 

27. “Hooverville (And They Promised Us the World)” by The Christians

Here is a song and band I had never heard of. This song was from The Christians’ self-titled debut album, which contained their first five UK hit singles, including this one.

 

26. “A Little Boogie Woogie (In the Back of My Mind)” by Shakin’ Stevens

This is a cover of Gary Glitter’s 1977 song. Shakin’ Stevens had been recording music since the 1960’s. But, he didn’t hit it big until the ’80s. Then he would go on to be the UK’s biggest-selling singles artist of the 1980s

 

25. “Promised You a Miracle (Live)” by Simple Minds

This song was originally released in 1982, and would be Simple Minds’ first UK hit, reaching #13, and staying on the charts for 11 weeks. Then this live version would hit the charts again, coming off their 1987 album Live in the City of Light.

 

24. “If I Was Your Girlfriend” by Prince

This was the second single released from the Sign o’ the Times album. It was only a minor hit in the US, not even reaching the top 40. But it was a bigger hit here in the UK, reaching up to #20.

 

23. “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Me Now” by Samantha Fox

Nothing’s stopping ANYBODY in 1987! Earlier, Starship announced that nothing’s gonna stop us now, and now Samantha proclaims that nothing’s gonna stop me now. This is another song that did not chart very well in the US, but did better in the UK. However, I was very familiar with this song by one of my biggest 80s crushes. This song was off of Samantha Fox’s self-titled album, which also featured the hit song, “Naughty Girls (Need Love Too)”. There is not a bad song on that album.

22. “Throwing It All Away” by Genesis

Speaking of albums without a bad song, this hit was the second single released from the Invisible Touch album. That don’t make ’em like this anymore!

 

 

21. “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher (1987)” by Jackie Wilson

I am noticing that quite a few reissues are making the charts in the UK this week. And they are all great songs! I absolutely love this 1967 #1 hit by Jackie Wilson! 20 years later, it would chart again in this countdown, reaching up to #15.

 


That wraps up today’s list of songs. I think I like today’s even more than yesterday’s. What are some of your favorites this week? I hope you are enjoying this countdown. We are halfway through. Come back tomorrow as we continue the countdown.

Quote of the Day: Purple Rain

The Kid: I’d like to dedicate this to my father, Francis L. It’s a song the girls in the band wrote, Lisa and Wendy.

[the Revolution performs “Purple Rain”]

Prince would have turned 60 today.

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Remember That Song – 5/9/18

Can you name the artist and song:

Oh the sleep in your eyes is enough
Let me be there let me stay there awhile


Last Song: “Raspberry Beret” by Prince & the Revolution from the album Around the World in a Day (1985)

Great job Jim (@JimVilk)!!!

Thunder drowns out what the lightning sees
You feel like a movie star

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Top 40 Songs This Week – April 5, 1986: Songs 10-1

Well we have arrived at our Top 10 of the week. If you missed the previous songs, check out songs 40-31, 30-21, and 20-11. This has been a fun week so far. So, let’s get this going, and Return to the week ending April 5, 1986, and wrap up this week’s countdown! And as usual, if you’d like to listen to the song on YouTube, click on the song title. And if you want to listen or buy this song on Amazon, you can click on the album cover.


10. “Nikita” by Elton John

Ah, the good ole days of the Cold War. Too bad those days are over, right? Right? Well, maybe we’ll get a Nikita ’18 update version this year.
One cool thing about this song that I didn’t know, is that George Michael and Nik Kershaw are on the backing vocals.

 

9. “Addicted to Love” by Robert Palmer

This is one of the most iconic music videos ever. The five models in the video are Julie Pankhurst (keyboard), Patty Kelly (guitar), Mak Gilchrist (bass guitar), Julia Bolino (guitar), and Kathy Davies (drums). Andy Taylor of Duran Duran (and a bandmate of Palmer’s from The Power Station) provides lead guitar.

 

8. “Let’s Go All the Way” by Sly Fox

This very cool song was the only Top 40 hit for Sly Fox, making them a one-hit wonder.

7. “Manic Monday” by The Bangles

This worldwide smash hit was The Bangles’ first hit single. It was originally intended for the group Apollonia 6 in 1984. And yes, that means it was written by Prince.

 

6. “What You Need” by INXS

This was the first Top 10 hit for INXS in the U.S. At the Countdown Music and Video Awards for 1985, in Australia, this won for Best Video.

 

 

5. “These Dreams” by Heart

This was the first Heart single on which Nancy Wilson performed lead vocals instead of Ann. It would also be Heart’s first number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100.

 

4. “Secret Lovers” by Atlantic Starr

This was was Atlantic Starr’s true breakthrough hit on the pop charts in both the US and UK.

 

 

3. “Kiss” by Prince & The Revolution

I still remember listening to the radio while playing a computer game, when the DJ said that they were going to play the new Prince song, “Kiss”, for the first time. It was exciting for me to be able to catch the debut of a song on the radio. I’ve been a fan of this song ever since.

2. “R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.” by John Cougar Mellencamp

This is a fun rocker by Mellencamp, who had quite a good run of hit songs throughout the ’80s.

1. “Rock Me Amadeus” by Falco

And we have arrived at the #1 song of the week! Of course, it’s a song that will be stuck in your head the rest of the day. While Falco was wildly popular in Germany, his native Austria, and much of Europe, this was his only #1 hit in both the U.S. and U.K. With “Rock Me Amadeus”, Falco became the first German-speaking artist to be credited with a number-one single in all mainstream US pop singles charts: the Billboard Hot 100 and Cash Box Top 100 Singles. Prior to Falco, “99 Luftballons” by Nena got to number one on Cashbox, but peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100.


Well that wraps up this week’s countdown. I hope you enjoyed it. What were some of your favorite songs this week? And get your passports ready! The next time, we will go back to the U.K. to do a Top 40 there! Until then, Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars.

Remember That Song: 1/16/18

Can you name the artist and song:

I can’t get
Any rest
People say
I’m obsessed


Last Song: “When Doves Cry” by Prince from the album Purple Rain (1984)

Great job Roy (@rbutt14) and Claude (@claudeingle)!!!

Touch if you will my stomach
Feel how it trembles inside
You’ve got the butterflies all tied up
Don’t make me chase you

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Quote of the Day: Purple Rain

The Kid: I’d like to dedicate this to my father, Francis L. It’s a song the girls in the band wrote, Lisa and Wendy.

Purple Rain was released in theaters on this day (July 27) in 1984

 

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Remember That Song: 6/8/17

Can you name the artist and song:

I’ve wasted all my tears
Wasted all those years
And nothing had the chance to be good
Nothing ever could yeah


Last Song: “Alphabet St.” by Prince from the album Lovesexy (1988)
Prince would have turned 59 yesterday.

I’m gonna drive my daddy’s Thunderbird (My daddy’s Thunderbird)
A white rad ride, ’66 (’67) so glam it’s absurd

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A Visit to Prince’s Home

Hi Everybody! Return to the ’80s own Robert Mishou recently traveled to Minnesota. As they say, When in Paisley Park, do as the Prince fans do. Robert was lucky enough to check out the late Prince’s home. Here is his trip report.

 


A Visit to Prince’s Home

by Robert Mishou

paisleyChanhassen, Minnesota is a moderately sized suburb southwest of Minneapolis. It looks like most American suburbs, but as you drive west on Audubon Road and near what appears to be the end of this small town near a big city – at around the 7800 block – to your left a large white complex looms. On the adjacent block sits a daycare and, as you look back toward that white complex, you sense the true size of what can easily be called a compound. This compound is Paisley Park, the home of Minneapolis native Prince. The house is not a castle that stands out from the rest of the neighborhood; instead it is a 65,000 square foot structure that it blends well with the surrounding homes. I had the great fortune of visiting Paisley Park a week ago. There was no way that a Prince fan can (or should) stay away from this music destination.

On his album Around the World in a Day, Prince has a song titled “Paisley Park”; in it he writes:

There is a park that is known
4 the face it attracts
Colorful people whose hair
On 1 side is swept back
The smile on their faces
It speaks of profound inner peace
Ask where they’re going
They’ll tell U nowhere
They’ve taken a lifetime lease
On Paisley Park

This is exactly what I felt as I anxiously entered the complex (and house). I was nervous with excitement as I walked through the very doors that Prince did on a regular basis. The family has clearly tuned this home into a museum and memorial to Prince himself – in fact, his ashes are kept on the second floor above the foyer where the tour begins. I am absolutely fine with the family doing this – it keeps Prince’s memory and music alive.

While I wait for the tour to begin, I am able to see gold and platinum albums decorating the walls that lead to the foyer. The foyer itself is a large open space with Prince’s symbol on a large marble floor and, visible from the foyer, on the second floor balcony is a bird cage with two doves in it – yes, doves. The doves are named Divinity and Majesty and coo softly as the group looks at more gold/platinum albums by Prince, as well as those produced by Prince or recorded as Paisley Park studios. Behind this foyer is a glass walled kitchen complete with a couch and TV where Prince watched basketball games. Across from the foyer there are three rooms: Prince’s office and two that have been made into homages to Prince’s albums Controversy and Sign o’ the Times. Each of theses rooms contain pictures, excerpts of album reviews, and outfits that Prince wore on the corresponding tour. The entire foyer is decorated in a cloud filled sky, giving off a warm, peaceful feeling. After about twenty minutes of exploring and reading time, the tour starts in earnest. I am lead to the studio.

prince-symbol

Paisley Park is completely outfitted with a full fledged recording studio. The soundproof room has a state of the art control/mixing board and three rooms use to isolate instrumental sounds. Each of the three rooms are equipped with instruments: a drum kit, a piano, and a guitar respectively. Prince recorded the albums Lovesexy, Batman, Diamonds and Pearls, in this studio as well as albums by Celine Dion, R.E.M., and Madonna. The final mix of the Bangles A Different Light was also done here (remember that Prince wrote “Manic Monday” under the pen name Christopher – a fact I gladly shared with my tour members). I have not been in too many recording studios, so I am not fully qualified here, but I was very impressed with the Paisley Park studio. It becomes apparent that Prince was able to create his music in this comfortable environment just a few steps away from his living room. A Paisley Park staff member played a song that Prince was working on before he passed; it was a jazz recording and the sound in that room was incredible.

What follows after the recording studio is a series of themed rooms. These rooms are designed as memorials to Prince’s films and the first one is the Purple Rain room. Before being converted, this large room was a basketball court (yes, Dave Chappelle is not far off). Presently, the musical numbers from the film play on the wall and the center of the room has the purple jacket that Prince wore in the film, the piano he played, and the motorcycle he rode. So far, I am feeling a bit overwhelmed with what I am seeing at Paisley Park, and I find myself not wanting to leave the Purple Rain room. Hearing the music while looking at actual pieces from the film is almost too much for me to take in. Unfortunately, I am not allowed to stay and I am moved on to the next room.

purple-rain

This next room is split in half to represent the films Under a Cherry Moon and Graffiti Bridge. I am not quite as taken by this room probably because these two films did not enthrall me as much as Purple Rain. The room is full of similar items – outfits, instruments, and the music from the films is playing, but it is not the Purple Rain room. I read and bounce my head in time to the music, but the feeling is not the same. Also, I think I am taking in too much about an artist that I have loved since 1983 – a little sensory overload is happening.

After this room I am lead down the hallway that displays Prince’s awards. Grammys, Oscars, and the MTV Astronaut are all on display here. This seems like a natural spot for some stats. Here is some of what Prince has accomplished:
32 Grammy nominations (7 Grammys)
1 Oscar
1 Golden Globe
2 albums in the Grammy Hall of Fame
12 MTV Video Music Award nominations (4 awards)
5 #1 songs on Billboard charts
13 times platinum for Purple Rain
100,000,000+ albums sold worldwide
Prince is the only artist to have a #1 album, single, movie, and tour at the same time

This leads to the final room: the concert hall. The enormous room is exactly that – a concert hall. The entire film Graffiti Bridge was filmed here and it hosted many shows and parties. Now, a loop of Prince in concert runs and the sound is excellent. Placed around the hall are four small stages that commemorate Prince’s tours. Each stage has an outfit and instrument that Prince used on the tour as well as a monitor playing live performances from the tour. This hall also contains two expensive/collectable cars that Prince owned and two large high back chairs from Prince’s possessions. I wandered around this room doing my best to take it all in. I was standing in the room that Prince rehearsed in before going on tour; the room that Prince hosted parties in; the room that other renowned artist used to perfect their craft. Overwhelmed? Yes, I was.

Since Paisley Park is now really a museum, it does end with a gift shop – and I had to get SOMETHING. I did purchase the official Paisley Park photo book, mostly because no one is allowed to take picture while in Paisley Park (they even confiscate your phone upon entering). I also bought a keychain as a small memory of my visit. When Prince passed, fans left artwork and other memory keepsakes, now, all of these items are on display on a ‘fence’ around the gift shop; to me, this is a fantastic way to permanently recognize how fans feel about Prince.

paisley-2

I begrudgingly left Paisley Park. I slowly walked to my car, looking back countless times, not really wanting to leave. My experience was all I had hoped for. I was able to bask in my Prince fandom for one hour and ten minutes. No, it wasn’t perfect – I wanted more time. The $38.50 it cost to get in was worth it, but I wanted more. I wanted to take the pictures that I wanted to preserve my own memories. Note: the pictures I have included were clearly taken from the outside- after I snapped a few, a security guard asked me to stop and show my entrance ticket. The tour guides were not as knowledgeable as I had hoped (only one seemed to actually be a Prince fan). I loved being with my tour group and listening in and sharing Prince memories and tidbits of information. While I understand the personal nature of Paisley Park being Prince’s home, I wanted to see the whole thing, not just the museum-fied parts. So saying, I do not and will never regret going. Paisley Park was something I felt that I needed to see. My wife, who accompanied me, does not quite understand this, but she was a good sport and feigned a bit of interest and said she enjoyed it. I will always recommend Paisley Park to Prince fans, or even ‘80s music fans. I hope that it remains open to the public long enough so that I can take my best friends there and we can revisit our Prince memories together. In my heart I am glad I went to Paisley Park and I will never forget the experience.

If you are heading to the Minnesota area, you can get tickets and information at the following website. Paisley Park is open Thursday through Sunday and you will be able to pick your time when you purchase tickets: https://officialpaisleypark.com/


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Remember That Song: 12/14/16

Can you name the artist and song:

Even if heaven and earth collide tonight
We’ll be all alone in a different light
I don’t care what the world can’t see


Last Song: “A Love Bizarre” by Sheila E. from the album Romance 1600 (1985)

Great job Brent (@jonbrent13) and SthrnDixieCwgrl (@SthrnDixieCwgrl)!!!

We all want the stuff that’s found in our wildest dreams
It gets kinda rough in the back of our limousine

Top 10 Protest or Socially Conscious Songs from the ‘80s – Sign o’the Times by Prince

Sign o’the Times by Prince

by Robert Mishou

I love me some Prince! Return to the ‘80s has done a podcast on him and he has been written about on this very blog. In December I will be in Minneapolis for a few days and I am going to make a side trip to see Paisley Park. Prince has so many great songs, but on this one he leaves the fun behind and confronts more serious issues. What issues, you ask. These:

In France, a skinny guy died of a big disease with a little name
By chance his girlfriend came by a needle and soon she did the same
At home there are seventeen year old boys and their idea of fun
Is being in a gang called the Disciples
High on crack, totin’ a machine gun

Pretty weighty issues for the same guy who recommended that we all go crazy. Prince has definitely revealed his more serious side before this, though, in songs like the classic Purple Rain. This song continues it’s serious look at societal problems:

Hurricane Annie ripped the ceiling of a church and killed everyone inside
You turn on the telly and every other story is telling you somebody died
A sister killed her baby ’cause she couldn’t afford to feed it
And yet we’re sending people to the moon
In September, my cousin tried reefer for the very first time
Now he’s doing horse, it’s June, unh

Drugs. Violence. Hypocrisy. Prince gives us a rather scathing look at the world we live in. Not wanting to be a complete pessimist, Prince does offer us a suggestion of hope, “Let’s fall in love, get married, have a baby / We’ll call him Nate, if it’s a boy.” Prince is an excellent songwriter and Sign o’the Times is yet another example of how his songs influenced, represented, and ruled the decade.