Don’s Top 10 From May 17, 1983
A great week for music as we head back to Tuesday, May 17, 1983. Check out the local top 10 singles: amazon.com
“Always Something There To Remind Me” by Naked Eyes
(#9 last week) You can’t keep a great song down! Written by the legendary Burt Bacharach & Hal David and sung by such artists as Sandie Shaw (a #1 hit in Canada & England in 1964), Lou Johnson, Dionne Warwick & R.B. Greaves. Talk about pressure: the duo Naked Eyes recorded their version at Abbey Road Studios with Paul McCartney in the building.
“Let’s Dance” by David Bowie
(#3 last week) The Thin White Duke decided he needed a hit & put his dancing shoes back on, a smart move, because it won him back R&B radio airplay & helped push this single to million-seller status. Bowie’s biggest hit.
“Overkill” by Men At Work
(#6 last week) A forgotten favorite! Great to hear this one again, but sad to play it in memory of MAW’s Greg Ham, who passed away a little over a year ago. Amazingly, this did better chartwise in the U.S. (national peak #3) than in Australia (#5).
“Mr. Roboto” by Styx
(#10 last week) Wow, did this not sound like Styx’s previous hits. Instead, it had a definite Queen vibe. I got news for ya: someday, we will all be Mr. Roboto
“Solitaire” by Laura Branigan
(#8 last week) A very nice lady who passed on way too young. I was lucky enough to meet Laura at a radio station event at the Hyatt Regency Princeton. She was very, very sweet & humble. Always liked this song, the followup to the momnumental smash “Gloria”. The song kicked off the career of one of the world’s top songwriters, Diane Warren.
“Der Kommissar” by After The Fire
(#5 last week) One-hit wonder. First written & performed by Falco (“Rock Me Amadeus”). The station I worked at in Wilkes-Barre in 1983 split airplay between the two versions. Ironically, Laura Branigan also recorded a version. Weird.
“Jeopardy” by The Greg Kihn Band
(#4 last week) No, this had nothing to do with the game show. In fact, it was another year-and-a-half before Alex Trebek’s version of that show would debut. Kihn was known for his pun-ny album titles. Six of his eight charted efforts were plays on his last name: “Next Of Kihn”, “Rockihnroll”, “Kihntinued”, “Kihnspiracy”, “Kihntagious” & “Citizen Kihn”.
“Beat It” by Michael Jackson
(#2 last week) Former #1 hit. Eddie Van Halen was the guitarist on this song, but his record label prevented him from appearing in the video. He did join the Jacksons onstage during part of the “Victory” tour. #337 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest rock songs of all time.
“Flashdance…What A Feeling” by Irene Cara
(#13 last week) Giorgio Moroder originally recorded “Flashdance… What a Feeling” with Joe Esposito (he sang “Heaven Knows” with Donna Summer as lead singer of Brooklyn Dreams); Paramount Pictures asked Moroder to rework the song with a female artist to parallel the gender of the dancer who was the film’s protagonist.
“Come On Eileen” by Dexy’s Midnight Runners
(#1 last week; 4th week at #1) Bigger locally than nationally, where this only spent one week at #1.One of the very best singles of the 80s; always glad to see quality rewarded with a big hit. The “Johnnie Ray” referred to in the lyrics was a very popular crooner of the early & mid 50s, a sad guy who sang sad songs.