Don’s Top 10 From June 8, 1985
Back…back…back into time, as “The Time Machine” glides to a landing on Saturday, June 8, 1985. Here are your local top 10 singles:amazon.com
“Angel” by Madonna
(#13 last week) Third single from the “Like A Virgin” album, & a catchy one, but largely forgotten. As a 12-inch single, it was released with “Into The Groove” on the other side, which became a phenomenom without every getting released on an album (then) or as a 7-inch single. Today, it’s “…Groove” that is remembered, not “Angel”.
“I Wonder If I Take You Home” by Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force
(#11 last week) A true local hit, at least on top 40 radio, peaking only at #34 nationally on the pop chart, but a #1 disco hit, #6 R&B. Certified gold single.
“Just A Gigolo/I Ain’t Got Nobody” by David Lee Roth
(#9 last week) Remake of a Louis Prima tune. Pretty funny, original video here by Diamond Dave for the 2nd single (& last hit) of his solo career. “I Ain’t Got Nobody”, indeed……
“Sussudio” by Phil Collins
(#10 last week) So what the heck does “Sussudio” mean? The main lyric came about as Collins was improvising words to a drum machine track he had programmed: “suss-sussudio” was a phrase that scanned well. After trying to find an another word to fit the rhythm, he decided to keep “Sussudio” as the song title & lyric. Collins has said that he “improvised” the lyric. Collins was just playing around with a drum machine, and the lyric “sus-sussudio” was what came out of his mouth. Collins said in an interview, “so I kinda knew I had to find something else for that word, then I went back and tried to find another word that scanned as well as ‘sussudio,’ & I couldn’t find one, so I went back to ‘sussudio,'” Collins said. He added, the lyrics are about a schoolboy crush on a girl at school.
“Heaven” by Bryan Adams
(#7 last week) It’s Journey drummer Steve Smith on the drums here, filling at the last minute when the original drummer had to back out. Recorded in June 1983 for an obscure movie soundtrack called “A Night In Heaven”, two years before it became it a hit.
“Walking On Sunshine” by Katrina & The Waves
(#12 last week) One of the best one-hit wonders of all time! Although I have to say, their followup singles were very good & deserved to be hits, too.
“Fresh” by Kool & The Gang
(#6 last week) How many hit songs change the language? This one did! For the first time, “Fresh” meant “good”.
“Everything She Wants” by Wham!
(#1 last week) The OTHER George Michael. Only I would call THIS George Michael the OTHER George Michael. LOL. (The other George was a well-known radio DJ of the 60s & 70s, later becoming a sportscaster).
“Everybody Wants To Rule The World” by Tears For Fears
(#2 last week) Ironically, considering how big this song was, recording it was almost an afterthought for the album “Songs From The Big Chair”. The producer changed their minds, arguing that it was just the right song for American chart success. He was right.
“Suddenly” by Billy Ocean
(#3 last week) A local-only #1 hit. Boy, for someone so regularly on the charts in the 80s, has he disappeared from the music scene. Google a current photo of Billy. With his snow-white hair, he looks very much like a college professor!