Don’s Top 10 From September 7, 1986
Back…back…back into time! “The Time Machine” lands on Sunday, September 7, 1986. Let’s check out the local top 10 singles.amazon.com
"Friends & Lovers" by Gloria Loring & Carl Anderson
(#13 last week) Like mother, like son: Gloria's son is none other than Robin Thicke, who just spent 10 weeks at #1 in 2013 with "Blurred Lines". Robin was 9 in 1986. Yes, dad Alan was a TV star too, in "Growing Pains" & the short-lived "Thicke Of The Night" talk show. No hit songs, however.
"Words Get In The Way" by Miami Sound Machine
(#17 last week) 3rd hit in a row & first ballad for Emilio & Gloria Estefan. Soon, MSM would fade into the background as Gloria scored solo hit after solo hit. I think that was a mistake. They should have kept making English-language party jams like "Conga" under the MSM moniker..
"Take My Breath Away" by Berlin
(#8 last week) "Top Gun" soundtrack smash, co-written by Donna Summer veteran Giorgio Moroder. Won the Oscar & Golden Globe for Best Song.. Great stuff, but I've always been partial to both of their previous hits, "Sex (I'm A)" & "No More Words".
"We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off" by Jermaine Stewart
(#6 last week) Last year, I couldn't find the original video, but here it is now. If there was a video made for this in '86, you can't find it today. Not much is known about Mr. Stewart. The song was co-written by the well-known producer-writer Narada Michael Walden. It got a boost after being featured on "Miami Vice".
"All Cried Out" by Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force
(#4 last week) Lisa Lisa is Lisa Velez, from New York City. The group's first two singles were both bigger locally than nationally & so was this one.
"Two Of Hearts" by Stacey Q
(#10 last week) Infectious dance hit from one hit wonder Q (real name Stacey Lynn Swain--the Q came from a group called Q that she was in during the early 80s ). Remember when she performed this on "Facts Of Life" as "Cinnamon"?
"Dancing On The Ceiling" by Lionel Richie
(#7 last week) I like a person who can make fun of himself, & last year Lionel did just that, appearing on "Late Show with David Letterman" to sing "The Top 10 Rejected Lionel Richie Song Lyrics". #6, to the tune of "Dancing On The Ceiling": "Oh, what a feeling! They raised the national debt ceiling!"
"Higher Love" by Steve Winwood
(#3 last week) The Grammy winning Record Of The Year. How is it that I didn't know until now that it's Chaka Khan singing with Steve? The Record Handler should be all-knowing, all-seeing. Sim solla bim. Whitney Houston remade this five years later for her "I'm Your Baby Tonight" album, but it was dropped at the last second, only appearing on Japanese versions of the album, for some reason.
"Papa Don't Preach" by Madonna
(#2 last week) Madge arguably at her peak. Written by Brian Elliot, based on teen gossip he heard outside his studio, which has a large front window that doubles as a mirror where schoolgirls from North Hollywood High School in Los Angeles regularly stopped to fix their hair and chat. Remember the heated political debate it caused? I bet Madonna would love it if she could do that today, but she's probably past her final hit.
"Venus" by Bananarama
(#1 last week; 3rd week at #1) You can't keep a great song down! It was a smash for Shocking Blue in 1970, & a smash again here in '86. The girls wanted to record this badly (they had been performing it live for several years), but were met with resistance by several sets of producers. Sometimes you gotta listen to the artist!