Don’s Top 10 From February 9, 1985
Back…back..back into time, as I pilot “The Time Machine” through a snowstorm to a landing on Saturday, February 9, 1985. Here’s the local survey:
“Neutron Dance” by The Pointer Sisters
(#17 last week) A hit single featured on TWO albums, “Break Out”, & “Beverly Hills Cop”–Soundtrack. This was the 4th hit single in a row from “Break Out”. It actually caused a brief international incident: The Soviet government thought this was a song celebrating nuclear war! Old commie farts.
“Mr. Telephone Man” by New Edition
(#10 last week) While New Jersey 101.5 brand manager Eric Johnson was dubbing this for me, he mentioned how much it sounded like a Ray Parker Jr. & Raydio song, & lo & behold, he was correct! This was written & produced by Parker, & it sure sounds like Raydio’s 1981 hit “A Woman Needs Love (Just Like You Do)”. I guess you can’t sue yourself. Right?
“Run To You” by Bryan Adams
(#9 last week) First single released from Adams’ album “Reckless”. Adams & Jim Vallance wrote it for Blue Oyster Cult, who could have used a hit about then. They turned it down.
“Solid” by Ashford & Simpson
(#5 last week) The legendary songwriters (“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”, “I’m Every Woman”) finally come up with a big hit as performers, after more than 20 years together (they had met in a church in 1964). The duo actually charted on WABC for two weeks in ’64 with “I’ll Find You” as Valerie & Nick, peaking at #31.
“You’re The Inspiration” by Chicago
(#6 last week) Co-written by lead singer Peter Cetera with David Foster, this was actually presented to Kenny Rogers, but the bearded one turned the song down. Look in the video for a cameo from Matt Dillon.
“Misled” by Kool & The Gang
(#7 last week)The first single from the band’s 17th album “Emergency”, it was the first of three straight #1 R&B singles. Has a bit more of an edge than most Kool & The Gang Hits.
“Careless Whisper” by Wham! Featuring George Michael
(#4 last week) In most of the world, this was a George Michael solo single (&, in fact, is). But given that the duo Wham!, which consisted of Michael & the modestly talented Andrew Ridgeley, had just (finally) broken big in the U.S., Epic Records decided it was too early in the states to make Michael a solo star, so the Wham! name was added only here.
“Like A Virgin” by Madonna
(#1 last week) This FINALLY slips from #1 after a fantastic 9-week run at the top spot locally, which was 3 weeks longer than nationally. Ooh, that barely-there wedding dress inspired a lot of male fantasies……
“I Want To Know What Love Is” by Foreigner
(#3 last week) Jersey connection! The song features backing vocals from the New Jersey Mass Choir, “Dreamgirls” star Jennifer Holliday, & The Thompson Twins. “I Want to Know What Love Is” was voted #476 on Rolling Stone’s list of the “500 Greatest Songs Of All Time”.
“Easy Lover” by Philip Bailey & Phil Collins
(#2 last week; 1st week at #1) Phil Collins could do no wrong at top 40 radio in the 80s, as he lent his talents to the first single from former Earth, Wind & Fire vocalist Philip Bailey. It peaked at #2 nationally, but you guys made it a local #1 hit.