Don’s Top 10 From August 17, 1984
Back…back…back into time, as “The Time Machine” flies to Friday, August 17, 1984 with the local survey. Here are the top 10 singles:amazon.com
“The Warrior” by Scandal Featuring Patty Smyth
(#24 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.
“I Can Dream About You” by Dan Hartman
(#12 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
(#11 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.
“Stuck On You” by Lionel Richie
(#16 last week) Smash ballad from the album “Can’t Slow Down”. An underappreciated gem from an underappreciated artist. Similar in style to his late 70s Commodores hits “Easy” & “Sail On”.
“State Of Shock” by The Jacksons (featuring Mick Jagger)
(#6 last week) Boy, was it hard to find the proper version, with Jagger, as opposed to the demo with Freddie Mercury. Wonder who doesn’t want this on youtube. 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.
“Jump (For My Love)” by The Pointer Sisters
(#4 last week) Third single from the “Break Out” album. People wrongly remember this as being from the “Beverly Hills Cop” soundtrack. No, that was another one from the ladies, “Neutron Dance”.
“Dancing In The Dark” by Bruce Springsteen
(#3 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
(#8 last week) Offered to several major artists before Tina, including Cliff Richard & Donna Summer. The Grammy winning Record & Song Of The Year. Good choice, but I would have voted for the song at #1 this week.
“Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker Jr.
(#2 last week) One of the most-loved movie comedies of all time & one of the best-remembered videos (but I’ve forgotten who a few of the then-celebs are shouting the title). 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. So luddite. Why alienate your customers? “The Revolution” has eluded you, sir. Anyhow, the biggest hit in this nutty genius’s career.