Don’s Top 10 From May 24, 1985
Back into time on a “Summer at The Shore weekend” to Friday, May 24, 1985! Here are the local top 10 singles.
“Just A Gigolo/I Ain’t Got Nobody” by David Lee Roth
(#12 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……
“Fresh” by Kool & The Gang
(#9 last week) How many hit songs change the language? This one did! For the first time, “Fresh” meant “good”.
“Don’t You (Forget About Me)” by Simple Minds
(#7 last week) The OTHER Jim Kerr & company, from the soundtrack to “The Breakfast Club”. Simple Minds were the fourth recording act to be offered the song (the others were Cy Curnin of The Fixx, Bryan Ferry & Billy Idol), & even they initially turned down producer Keith Forsey. Good thing they changed their minds.
“Everybody Wants To Rule The World” by Tears For Fears
(#8 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.
“Everything She Wants” by Wham!
(#6 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).
“Suddenly” by Billy Ocean
(#11 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!
“Rhythm Of The Night” by DeBarge
(#3 last week) Yet ANOTHER movie song (“The Last Dragon”)–4 this week, plus a Broadway tune. Where have all the soundtrack hits gone in the 2010s?
“We Are The World” by USA For Africa
(#1 last week; was #1 for 9 weeks) I’m a little stunned at how much I’ve missed hearing this song, considering how sick I was of it after 9 weeks at #1 in 1985. And watching the video is very emotional (loved hearing Stevie & Bruce trade verses); seeing all those great artists together in one room, some no longer with us. A magnificent moment in pop music history.
“Smooth Operator” by Sade
(#4 last week) It cracks me up that 29 years later, I STILL hear DJs pronounce this group’s name as “Sayd” or “Sa-d”. Um…no. It’s “Shar-day”.
“Crazy For You” by Madonna
(#2 last week; 1st week at #1) Music from “Vision Quest” (quick–who starred?). A very important hit for Madonna: it was her first ballad, which meant it was her first biggie on Adult Contemporary radio. Interestingly, she was hired to perform this before she had had any hits on the radio. Oh, the movie starred Matthew Modine. Whatever happened to him?