Don’s Top 10 From March 16, 1983
Back into time! I’m taking a “Time Machine” trip to Wednesday, March 16, 1983, with the local top 10. Blastoff!
“Baby Come To Me” by Patti Austin & James Ingram
(#9 last week) A song written by former Heatwave member Rod Temperton & produced by the great Quincy Jones, it came & went quickly in the spring of 1982 but was revived when featured on “General Hospital”.
“One On One” by Daryl Hall & John Oates
(#14 last week) Not as big a single initially as H&O’s uptempo numbers, this slow jam has slowly grown in popularity over the years. It was the centerpiece of an NBA commercial in the mid 80s.
“You & I” by Eddie Rabbitt & Crystal Gayle
(#7 last week) Big crossover hit, from country to pop. Rabbitt was born in Brooklyn & raised in New Jersey. He first gained notoriety by writing Elvis’s hit “Kentucky Rain”. Sadly, Eddie died way too young of lung cancer in 1998. Gayle, you probably know, is country queen Loretta Lynn’s little sister. Known for that, & for having the longest hair of any woman on the planet.
“Back On The Chain Gang” by The Pretenders
(#8 last week) Totally forgot this was movie music, & a great movie: Martin Scorcese’s “The King Of Comedy”, as prophetic a film as has ever been made, in terms of our society’s cult of celebrity, & boy, did it foreshadow “reality TV”. the song was originally written, though, about Chrissie Hynde’s relationship with Ray Davies of the Kinks. It then took on ANOTHER meaning when Pretenders guitarist James Honeyman-Scott died suddenly.
“Down Under” by Men At Work
(#1 last week) Do you really want to know what a vegemite sandwich is? A brewer’s yeast bread spread, hugely popular in Australia, but vile to most everyone else.
“Stray Cat Strut” by The Stray Cats
(#5 last week) When you think of the Stray Cats, you think “Rock This Town”, right? But many forget this toe-tapper, which was actually a bigger hit when first out, but has since almost been forgotten. Funny how things work out.
“You Are” by Lionel Richie
(#6 last week) As cozy & comfy as a flowing caftan. The followup to “Truly”, this uptempo number was written by Lionel with his then-wife Brenda. Singing backup vocals, a then-unknown Richard Marx.
“Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson
(#2 last week) This was #1 nationally, but we here locally were slightly slower making this second single from “Thriller” a charttopper, surprisingly.
“Hungry Like The Wolf” by Duran Duran
(#3 last week) The video for this, evoking “Raiders Of The Lost ark”, won the first Grammy for Best Short-Form Video. That’s Nick Rhodes’s girlfriend laughing at the beginning. Scary thought: All those young “Durannies”, the crazed fans of the band? They’re in their 40s, with teens of their own.
“Do You Really Want To Hurt Me” by Culture Club
(#4 last week) Peaking at #2 nationally, you made this a local charttopper. We forget how Boy George was all over the news in 1983. New wave trivia: Boy George briefly sang with Bow Wow Wow (“I Want Candy”). Culture Club was a prime example of the U.K.’s “New Romantic” movement, which was based around flamboyant, eccentric fashion & new wave music.