Don’s Top 10 for February 11, 1986
Back…back…back into time, as “The Time Machine” makes a pit stop on Tuesday, February 11, 1986. Don Tandler the Record Handler plays 'em on New Jersey 101.5 starting just after the 12:03am fast traffic report late Friday night. Here's what Don says about each song.
“Conga” by Miami Sound Machine
(#10 last week) The first hit for Gloria & hubby Emilio Estefan, & it still gets requested at weddings, reunions, etc. If you don't move to this you got two left feet!
“Sara” by Starship
(#15 last week) In the 60s they were Jefferson Airplane. In the 70s they became Jefferson Starship, and now in the 80s they were simply Starship. Many music critics argued that as their record sales & popularity continued to go up, their quality continued to go down. Hey, they were different generations of record buyers & fans with different musical tastes.
“The Sweetest Taboo” by Sade
(#12 last week) Bossa Nova met African rhythm met sweet soul in sultry Sade. Sade has been pronounced so many ways by people it's hysterical. Most call her “Sha-day” or “Shar-day”. Oh, “Sade” is both the name of the GROUP & the name of the lead singer (sort of like Blondie's situation, although Debbie Harry never called herself “Blondie”). Her full name is Helen Folasade Adu.
“Living In America” by James Brown
(#9 last week) The last big hit in the incredible career of the Godfather Of Soul, who charted over 110 times!
“I’m Your Man” by Wham!
(#3 last week) As catchy as pop gets! After all…if you're gonna, uh, do it, do it RIGHT!
“That’s What Friends Are For” by Dionne & Friends
(#1 last week) First recorded by Rod Stewart for the movie “Night Shift” in 1982! I fully admit, I really got sick of this song in the 80s, but you know what? After not hearing it for many years, it's nice to hear it again! And in the video, the chemistry of the “friends”, even though they're lip-synching, is fun. Glad Elton lost the bolero boy outfit, though…..
“Kyrie” by Mr. Mister
(#6 last week) Mr. Mister were a short-lived band, but boy, they hit big for a few months, with “Broken Wings” & then this followup. How DO you pronounce the title? “Kayree” is how they sing it, but I've heard it called “Kere-e-A”.
“Burning Heart” by Survivor
(#2 last week) TWO songs from “Rocky IV” in the top 10 this week, “Living In America” & this one. Totally forgot this song, wow. Talk about a big hit disappearing.
“When The Going Gets Tough (Jewel Of The Nile Theme)” by Billy Ocean
(#4 last week) Forget a SONG disappearing. Where has Billy Ocean gone? One fun hit after another in the mid & late 80s, then….nothing. Not even nightclubs or nostalgia. At least not here. But Ocean (real name: Leslie Charles) does continue to record & tour in Europe. He lives in England with his wife of 27 years. Time for a comeback, Billy!
“How Will I Know” by Whitney Houston
(#5 last week; 1st week at #1) This marked only the third time that a blood relative knocked another out out of #1. Whitney & Dionne Warwick are first cousins. I will say nothing more about Ms. Houston other than to wish her well in her ongoing battle with drug addiction. It is a disease.