Don’s Top 10 From August 24, 1985
Back…back…back into time, as “The Time Machine” glides into Saturday, August 24, 1985. These were your local top 10 singles:amazon.com
“We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)” by Tina Turner
(#14 last week) Forgotten fave from a forgotten movie. As bombastic a hit as the 80s gave us, but compelling. I miss Tina, who is very happily retired in Europe. 2013: Ms. turner makes news twice, first for renouncing her American citizenship & becoming a Swiss one, where she’s lived for over 25 years, and for marrying her longtime boyfriend.
“Summer Of ’69” by Bryan Adams
(#11 last week) This took awhile to be a complete song, because Adams wasn’t sure it was strong enough to be on his news album “Reckless”. It was almost called “Best Days Of My Life” by Adams & co-writer Jim Vallance.
“Never Surrender” by Corey Hart
(#4 last week) First single from Hart’s second album “Boy In The Box” & a bigger hit than ’84’s “Sunglasses At Night”, but barely is remembered now. It spent nine weeks at #1 in Hart’s native Canada, where it won the Juno Award for “Single Of The Year”.
“Every Time You Go Away” by Paul Young
(#2 last week) A very soulful piece of Britpop, with distinctive electric sitar & echoed piano. Written by Daryl Hall; first recorded by Hall & Oates for their “Voices” album but not released as a single. Oh, to set the record straight, “everytime” is grammatically incorrect, based on the words to the song. It should be “every time”.
“Freeway Of Love” by Aretha Franklin
(#8 last week) This record just has an unstoppable groove! You want to stop what you’re doing & start dancing! And Clarence on the saxophone is just the icing on the cake. One of my top 10 personal 80s favorites.
“St. Elmo’s Fire (Man In Motion)” by John Parr
(#6 last week)#2, 5 & 10 were all from movies, although this was originally just called “Man In Motion”, written by Parr with mega-producer/writer David Foster for the Canadian athlete Rick Hansen, who at the time was going around the world in his wheelchair to raise awareness for spinal cord injuries. His journey was called the “Man in Motion Tour.” Several members of Toto are heard backing up Parr.
“If You Love Somebody Set Them Free” by Sting
(#3 last week) Sting said that he wrote this song (his first solo hit, from the album “The Dream Of The Blue Turtles”) as an “antidote” to the Police’s biggest hit, “Every Breath You Take”. Very distinctive musically, with heavy jazz influences.
“Cherish” by Kool & The Gang
(#7 last week) This only got to #2 nationally, but you made it a local #1 hit, the second song with the title “Cherish” to be #1 (the first was by The Association in 1966). There would be a third hit song called “Cherish”, by Madonna, & it also made it to #1 locally, in 1989. Three songs called “Cherish”, all different, all local #1 hits. Amazing.
“The Power Of Love” by Huey Lewis & The News
(#5 last week) Boy, Huey & his News were unstoppable for 3 or 4 years, & this was about his catchiest. Yes, they had a few big albums, but they were the very definition of a “singles band”. An 80s version of the Grass Roots! Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
“Shout” by Tears For Fears
(#1 last week; 5th week at #1) The second American hit from the British duo, although they had several MTV “oh wow” faves prior to 1985, such as “Mad World”. Not many realize this was written as a protest song. Lead singer/co-writer Roland Orzabal said, “A lot of people think that ‘Shout’ is just another song about primal scream theory, continuing the themes of the first album. It is actually more concerned with political protest. It came out when a lot of people were still worried about the aftermath of The Cold War and it was basically an encouragement to protest.”