Don’s Top 10 For August 25, 1984
One of the best hit music surveys ever, in my opinion! “The Time Machine” takes you back to Saturday, August 25, 1984 with the local list. To the videos….
"The Warrior" by Scandal featuring Patty Smyth
(#10 last week) Kick-but rock & roll! I love lowering the car windows & blasting this one. Co-written by Nick Gilder ("Hot Child In The City") & Holly Knight, the writer of "Love Is A Battlefield". Smyth had a short-lived solo career, but soon faded into obscurity (undeservedly). She's been married to tennis great John McEnroe for many years.
"Stuck On You" by Lionel Richie
(#7 last week) An underappreciated gem from an underappreciated artist. Similar in style to his late 70s Commodores hits "Easy" & "Sail On".
"Missing You" by John Waite
(#14 last week) The former Babys lead singer with his first (& biggest) solo hit. He'd later front Bad English "(When I See You Smile").
"I Can Dream About You" by Dan Hartman
(#9 last week) What versatility in Hartman's career, going from rock ("Free Ride") to disco ("Instant Replay") to now, pop. From the soundtrack of "Streets Of Fire". Dan first offered this to Hall & Oates, who turned it down. Good for Dan.
"If Ever You're In My Arms Again" by Peabo Bryson
(#8 last week) Bryson's name was originally PeaPo, French-Indian in origin, but people had trouble pronouncing it with the P, hence the change to the letter B.
"State Of Shock" by The Jacksons (with Mick Jagger)
(#6 last week) Big hit, huge artists, totally forgotten. Amazing. Even the video has been out of circulation. Why? It originally was recorded by Michael & Freddie Mercury & was meant for (& cut from) the "Thriller" album.
"Dancing In The Dark" by Bruce Springsteen
(#4 last week) For such an incredible live performer (maybe the best live rocker ever), it's a bit ironic that more than a few of his videos have been lip-synched. Courteney Cox, this was your moment.....
"What's Love Got To Do With It" by Tina Turner
(#3 last week) Offered to several major artists before Tina, including Cliff Richard & Donna Summer. The Grammy winning Record & Song Of The Year.
"Ghostbusters" by Ray Parker Jr.
(#2 last week) One of the most-loved comedies of all time & one of the best-remembered videos. I remember when Parker was sued by Huey Lewis, claiming this was too close to "I Want A New Drug" for comfort. BTW, Lindsay Buckingham claimed he was first offered the soundtrack but turned it down.
"When Doves Cry" by Prince & The Revolution
(#1 last week; 7th week at #1) I will never understand Prince's decision to keep his music off all streaming services, including youtube (had to dig to find this). So luddite. Why alienate your customers? Anyhow, the biggest hit in this nutty genius's career.