Don’s Top 10 From January 11, 1984
From the top of the gorilla building, these were the top 10 singles on Wednesday, January 11, 1984.
(#5 last week) Billy's homage to the 4 Seasons, this was actually written about Billy's then-girlfriend Elle Macpherson, NOT future-girlfriend and wife Christie Brinkley. Of course, Christie's in the video.
(#15 last week) A progressive rock band which had only one previous top 40 hit, 12 years earlier? Sure, why not? LOL! About as least likely a candidate for hit single-dom as you'd think of, but Yes did it. The intro makes the song, one of the most exciting ever.
(#13 last week) Culture Club's biggest hit. What the heck does it mean? According to Boy George, "the song is about the terrible fear of alienation that people have, the fear of standing up for one thing. It's about trying to suck up to everybody. Basically, if you aren't true, if you don't act like you feel, then you get Karma-justice, that's nature's way of paying you back."
(#8 last week) Much bigger locally than nationally, but honestly, I barely remember this one. "Candy Girl" I do know. This one's pretty similar.
(#9 last week) One of two new songs on "Rock 'n Soul Part 1", this is just about the catchiest hook-laden tune H&O ever did. The song's arrangement was developed in the studio with backup vocals inspired by The Flamingos version of "I Only Have Eyes For You". Really?
(#7 last week) No offense to DeBarge, but this sounded so much like their previous ballad hits I can barely tell them apart. Hey, this did pretty good.
(#4 last week) Love ya, Pat, but you were not a convincing teenager in this video. The song is hugely catchy, though! Pat's first to be remixed for clubs.
(#1 last week; was #1 for 8 weeks) This was so big that if had been entirely in 1983 instead of carrying over into '84, it would have been the local #1 hit of the year 1983, beating out The Police & Michael Jackson.
(#3 last week) This Jersey band stayed close to its roots for this video, fillming it at the colonial Diner in Lyndhurst. What a hit streak Kool & The gang were on! Every release from "Ladies Night" on in 1979 became a hit.
(#2 last week; 1st week at #1) Soon after this was filmed, Paul & Michael had a huge falling out when MJ outbid Sir Paul for the catalog rights to many of the Beatles hits. 2015: Paul will soon reclaim those songs. He's mellowed out over the years about this breach of friendship.