Post by misterhamster on Jun 6, 2020 23:55:32 GMT 1
Part 8 (5-1):
5(5) CULTURE CLUB - Do You Really Want To Hurt Me? (369 points) Top 40 run: 38-15-3-2-1-1-1-4-7-18-30
Another huge debut chart hit and one that set the tone for the next couple of years as the group regularly appeared towards the top of the charts. This wasn't actually their debut single. "White Boy" failed to chart and "I'm Afraid Of Me" peaked at no.100. Rather than go back and re-release their early singles, the band forged ahead with their second album "Colour By Numbers", releasing stand-alone single "Time (Clock Of The Heart)" in the meantime. "Kissing By Numbers" produced four top 10 hits, including the massive "Karma Chameleon" but their decline started with the disappointing, rushed third album "Waking Up With The House On Fire". With tensions rife within the band after the end of Boy George's relationship with drummer Jon Moss, and the former's lapse into a much-publicised drug addiction, the band split in 1986. After an aborted reunion in 1989, the band finally returned in 1998 with the top 5 hit "I Just Wanna Be Loved" and have embarked on several tours in between George's successful career as a DJ.
4(4) TIGHT FIT - The Lion Sleeps Tonight (386 points) Top 40 run: 29-8-6-2-1-1-1-2-6-20-31
Tight Fit was initially an attempt to cash in on 1981's medley craze with producer Ken Gold hiring a group of session musicians and singers to record "Back To The 60s" under the name Tight Fit, with a group of models/actors appearing to "perform" the song on TOTP. The following year, another producer, Tim Friese-Greene, used the Tight Fit name to record a cover of this old South African song. When it started getting attention, he also hired a group of models/singers to front the single: namely Steve Grant, Denise Gyngell and Julie Harris. The single ended up being a great success, climbing its way to no.1 in February. With Grant's background in musical theatre and the two women already established as professional singers, they ended up performing the follow-up "Fantasy Island" themselves, giving them a genuine top 5 hit. Subsequent releases flopped and Gyngell and Harris quit but were swiftly replaced. The new line-up didn't enjoy any further success and that seemed to be the end. Except in 2008, Gyngell and Harris began performing around the country as Tight Fit, with Grant later joining them and the "classic" Tight Fit line-up was reborn, even releasing a new album in 2016.
3(2) IRENE CARA - Fame (421 points) Top 40 run: 4-1-1-1-2-2-3-6-10-20-29-37-40
A smash hit that was the theme tune to the film (in which she starred) and TV series of the same name. The track had already won the Oscar for Best Original Song a year earlier, a feat Cara would repeat with the theme from Flashdance. That song would give Cara her second and last UK top 40 hit, reaching no.2, though she would enjoy hits more regularly in the US during the early 80s.
2(3) SURVIVOR - Eye Of The Tiger (435 points) Top 40 run: 29-6-2-2-1-1-1-1-4-11-19-32
An 80s rock classic and another whose success was partly down its use in a film. This was the main theme to Rocky III (the one with Mr. T) and topped the UK chart for four weeks. The band would continue to have hits regularly in the US, but their only other UK top 40 appearance was "Burning Heart", which reached no.5 in 1986 and also happened to be the theme from Rocky IV (the one with Dolph Lundgren). It's sometimes mistakenly believed Frank Bruno covered the song and had a hit with it in 1995. While a version of the song did chart under his name, it was recorded by another band as a tribute to him winning a version of the world heavyweight title (the version featured commentary clips from the fight in question) and he didn't appear on the record at all apart from a short interview clip.
1(1) DEXYS MIDNIGHT RUNNERS - Come In Eileen (457 points) Top 40 run: 31-9-2-1-1-1-1-2-3-9-14-20-36
No repeat of 1981's shock result as the year's biggest seller also tops the points chart. This song actually had a pretty similar chart run to "Eye Of The Tiger", enjoying a quick climb to the top and spending four weeks there ("Eye Of The Tiger" actually knocked this off the top) but its slower fall down the charts means it finishes no.1 on points. This was the group's second no.1 after "Geno" in 1980, though this was effectively a completely different band with Kevin Rowland the only constant factor. Dozens more line-up changes followed and the hits eventually dried up with Rowland suffering mental and financial issues, as well as drug problems. After his solo career failed spectacularly, Rowland eventually reformed his old band (name now shortened to simply Dexys) with some of the old members returning, and released new albums in 2012 and 2016, their most recent one "Let The Record Show: Dexys Do Irish And Country Soul" reaching no.10 in the album chart.
Post by misterhamster on Jun 7, 2020 0:30:15 GMT 1
Full top 100:
1(1) Dexys Midnight Runners - Come On Eileen 2(3) Survivor - Eye Of The Tiger 3(2) Irene Cara - Fame 4(4) Tight Fit - The Lion Sleeps Tonight 5(5) Culture Club - Do You Really Want To Hurt Me? 6(7) Eddy Grant - I Don't Wanna Dance 7(17) Adam Ant - Goody Two Shoes 8(8) Goombay Dance Band - Seven Tears 9(9) Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder - Ebony And Ivory 10(15) Kraftwerk - The Model/Computer Love 11(11) Stranglers - Golden Brown 12(32) Bucks Fizz - The Land Of Make Believe 13(6) Musical Youth - Pass The Dutchie 14(23) Renee & Renato - Save Your Love 15(16) Shakin' Stevens - Oh Julie 16(19) Yazoo - Only You 17(28) Steve Miller Band - Abracadabra 18(20) Yazoo - Don't Go 19(14) Haircut 100 - Love Plus One 20(41) Hot Chocolate - It Started With A Kiss 21(48) Charlene - I've Never Been To Me 22(12) Tears For Fears - Mad World 23(21) Rockers Revenge ft Donnie Calvin - Walking On Sunshine 24(13) Toni Basil - Mickey 25(31) ABC - The Look Of Love 26(49) Human League - Mirror Man 27(29) Madness - House Of Fun 28(25) Imagination - Just An Illusion 29(39) Duran Duran - Hungry Like The Wolf 30(44) Odyssey - Inside Out 31(24) PhD - I Won't Let You Down 32(42) Tight Fit - Fantasy Island 33(34) Wham! - Young Guns (Go For It) 34(22) Fat Larry's Band - Zoom 35(26) Kids From "Fame" - Starmaker 36(10) The Jam - Town Called Malice 37(35) Chas And Dave - Ain't No Pleasing You 38(33) Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Maid Of New Orleans (The Waltz Of Joan Of Arc) 39(43) Meat Loaf - Dead Ringer For Love 40(18) Dionne Warwick - Heartbreaker 41(27) Chicago - Hard To Say I'm Sorry 42(36) Duran Duran - Save A Prayer 43(71) Kool & The Gang - Get Down On It 44(45) Soft Cell - Torch 45(40) Bucks Fizz - My Camera Never Lies 46(38) Nicole - A Little Peace 47(73) Blancmange - Living On The Ceiling 48(55) Shalamar - A Night To Remember 49(60) Shalamar - There It Is 50(51) Dire Straits - Private Investigations 51(54) Junior - Mama Used To Say 52(58) Christopher Cross - Arthur's Theme 53(63) Bananarama - Shy Boy 54(61) Evelyn King - Love Come Down 55(46) England World Cup Squad - This Time (We'll Get It Right) 56(65) Trio - Da Da Da 57(30) J Geils Band - Centerfold 58(72) The Jam - Beat Surrender 59(56) Dollar - Give Me Back My Heart 60(67) Boystown Gang - Can't Take My Eyes Off You 61(62) Madness - Driving In My Car 62(64) Kids From "Fame" - Hi-Fidelity 63(-) Jon & Vangelis - I'll Find My Way Home 64(59) Joan Jett & The Blackhearts - I Love Rock 'N Roll 65(69) Marvin Gaye - Sexual Healing 66(57) Bananarama & Fun Boy Three - Really Saying Something 67(52) ABC - Poison Arrow 68(94) Lionel Richie - Truly 69(-) Duran Duran - Rio 70(47) Soft Cell - Say Hello Wave Goodbye 71(81) Kid Creole & The Coconuts - I'm A Wonderful Thing Baby 72(37) Fun Boy Three & Bananarama - It Ain't What You Do It's The Way That You Do It 73(-) Human League - Don't You Want Me 74(80) Carly Simon - Why 75(87) Hot Chocolate - Girl Crazy 76(83) Patrice Rushen - Forget Me Nots 77(91) Culture Club - Time (Clock Of The Heart) 78(85) ABC - All Of My Heart 79(95) Diana Ross - Work That Body 80(84) Kid Creole & The Coconuts - Annie I'm Not Your Daddy 81(76) Soft Cell - What 82(96) Toto Coelo - I Eat Cannibals (Part 1) 83(100) Natasha - Iko Iko 84(50) Pigbag - Papa's Got A Brand New Pigbag 85(70) Captain Sensible - Happy Talk 86(-) Julio Iglesias - Quiereme Mucho (Yours) 87(66) Adrian Gurvitz - Classic 88(75) The Jam - The Bitterest Pill (I Ever Had To Swallow) 89(53) Depeche Mode - See You 90(79) Derek & The Dominoes - Layla 91(-) Modern Romance - Best Years Of Our Lives 92(74) Shalamar - I Can Make You Feel Good 93(-) Dollar - Mirror Mirror (Mon Amour) 94(-) Foreigner - Waiting For A Girl Like You 95(-) Adam Ant - Friend Or Foe 96(-) Japan - I Second That Emotion 97(98) Mobiles - Drowning In Berlin 98(-) Stranglers - Strange Little Girl 99(89) Imagination - Music And Lights 100(-) Barry Manilow - I Wanna Do It With You
In my head I like to imagine LastDreamer in the land of Lithuania right now with a suitcase of simcards, a box of chocolates and a wedding ring. It would be a great base for an epic Eurovision fan fiction.