80s "omg I loved that one" one hit wonders mix tape thread

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because I have a shitload of things I would post but they are not hits at all

Dreaded Burrito Gang (DJP), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 18:43 (3 years ago) Permalink

except for this, this was a hit:

Dreaded Burrito Gang (DJP), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 18:44 (3 years ago) Permalink

Oh man, Joboxers, had forgotten about that song! (Although I remembered the Trouser Press review starting "Responsible for a brief Dead End Kids fashion fad in Great Britain...")

Hardcore Bangage (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 18:47 (3 years ago) Permalink

Daryl Hall's "Dreamtime" is a good choice.

ginny thomas and tonic (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 18:50 (3 years ago) Permalink

Eurogliders went to #21 on the Billboard US Mainstream Rock tracks chart, Cock Robin went to #35, and Joboxers went to #36.

Captain Hyrax (Phil D.), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 18:59 (3 years ago) Permalink

"I don't remember this son" != "not a hit"

Captain Hyrax (Phil D.), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 19:00 (3 years ago) Permalink

I was under the impression we were using high placement on the Hot 100 as criteria, not every ancillary Billboard chart that contains songs we like

Dreaded Burrito Gang (DJP), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 19:01 (3 years ago) Permalink

I am not trying to be Judgy McDouchebag, I just didn't think those charts were in play

Dreaded Burrito Gang (DJP), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 19:04 (3 years ago) Permalink

The very first song you posted on this thread went all the way to #37 on the Hot 100, so uhhhh . . . xp

Captain Hyrax (Phil D.), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 19:06 (3 years ago) Permalink

I consider Top 40 to be high placement, mostly because that's where the countdown starts.

This is basically jumping up and down upon and mooning the "please don't be a pedant" request but the whole conversation/thread started because we were reminiscing about quirky mid-80s Top 40 songs; I was surprised you were posting stuff that never hit the top 40 and mostly asking if the floodgates were open for me to be a pathetic goth.

Dreaded Burrito Gang (DJP), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 19:09 (3 years ago) Permalink

(although Gene Loves Jezebel didn't chart as high as I thought they did ;_l)

Dreaded Burrito Gang (DJP), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 19:11 (3 years ago) Permalink

Is that an emoticon of, like, Ace Frehley crying?

Captain Hyrax (Phil D.), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 19:12 (3 years ago) Permalink

it is now!

Dreaded Burrito Gang (DJP), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 19:12 (3 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, the original spirit of the thread was to include stuff I actually heard on normal Top 40 radio between the ages of 10 and 14 or so, which is basically how it started out. Now if someone wants to post Joboxers because he or she heard it on the radio as a kid, it's not my place to piss in the punchbowl. It really doesn't have any resonance for me, though.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 4 May 2011 19:13 (3 years ago) Permalink

Wiki for JoBoxers just says it made the American Top 40. I never heard it on the radio, but I saw the video a ton at my local danceteria as a young adult.

Hardcore Bangage (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 19:18 (3 years ago) Permalink

Had more semi-hits in the UK, but this was the only Top 40 for the US.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 4 May 2011 19:24 (3 years ago) Permalink

oh my God YES

Dreaded Burrito Gang (DJP), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 19:29 (3 years ago) Permalink

LOVE that song.

ginny thomas and tonic (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 19:30 (3 years ago) Permalink

I'm going to sully this thread with something that really doesn't qualify, because it was no more a hit than any other song he released in the US in the 80s (though it was big in Canada). I just remember loving it whenever it would play on the radio.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 4 May 2011 19:32 (3 years ago) Permalink

okay now you are REALLY making me want to post Mel & Kim

Dreaded Burrito Gang (DJP), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 19:37 (3 years ago) Permalink

Which single? I looked at Wikipedia and tbh I can't recall any of them by title alone.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 4 May 2011 19:52 (3 years ago) Permalink

"Showin' Out"

it's a big ball of SAW goodness

Dreaded Burrito Gang (DJP), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 19:54 (3 years ago) Permalink

S-Express - "Theme from S-Express"

LeRooLeRoo, Wednesday, 4 May 2011 19:56 (3 years ago) Permalink

Danny Wilson - "Mary's Prayer"

LeRooLeRoo, Wednesday, 4 May 2011 19:57 (3 years ago) Permalink

Just because I'm now obsessively stuck on the pedantry, I checked and Joboxers were #39 on Casey Kasem's "American Top 40" the week of Nov. 5, 1983. If Casey got to say your record's name on the radio, it was a hit AFAIC! And Cock Robin was at #36 the week of Aug. 4, 1985. Eurogliders, not so much, but it's still a great tune.

Captain Hyrax (Phil D.), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 19:58 (3 years ago) Permalink

Okay, I remember that Mel & Kim song (barely).

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 4 May 2011 19:59 (3 years ago) Permalink

Black - "Wonderful life"

LeRooLeRoo, Wednesday, 4 May 2011 20:00 (3 years ago) Permalink

I remembered the name Danny Wilson (probably because I'd seen the record a lot when flipping through dusty lp bins), but I'd forgotten completely the song they were famous for. That's NICE.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 4 May 2011 20:01 (3 years ago) Permalink

According to my Joel Whitburn Billboard book, "Just Got Lovely" was a top forty hit, yes.

ginny thomas and tonic (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 20:01 (3 years ago) Permalink

OMIGOD "Mary's Prayer"! that's a gorgeous one.

ginny thomas and tonic (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 20:01 (3 years ago) Permalink

Big Pig - "Breakaway"

LeRooLeRoo, Wednesday, 4 May 2011 20:02 (3 years ago) Permalink

I was going to post Breakaway on Monday during the initial burst of activity, but never did. Thanks!

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 4 May 2011 20:03 (3 years ago) Permalink

Video is sweetly ridiculous.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 4 May 2011 20:04 (3 years ago) Permalink

i heard blow monkeys, digging your scene, US TOP 40, 14 (Billboard 1987), in safeway yesterday, i'm not posting it because "omg i hated that one."

the entire premise of your tweet is incorrect (Hunt3r), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 20:06 (3 years ago) Permalink

Jane Child - "Don't Wanna Fall In Love"

LeRooLeRoo, Wednesday, 4 May 2011 20:06 (3 years ago) Permalink

Digging Your Scene went to #14?

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 4 May 2011 20:07 (3 years ago) Permalink

Hated Jane Child then, hate it now. Also, 1990 right?

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 4 May 2011 20:08 (3 years ago) Permalink

citation dont lie

the entire premise of your tweet is incorrect (Hunt3r), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 20:10 (3 years ago) Permalink

I thought it came out in 89. I loved it and still do!

Anyway, Jocelyn Brown - "Somebody Else's Guy"

LeRooLeRoo, Wednesday, 4 May 2011 20:10 (3 years ago) Permalink

Indeep - "Last Night a DJ Saved My Life"

LeRooLeRoo, Wednesday, 4 May 2011 20:11 (3 years ago) Permalink

How have I never heard that Jocelyn Brown song before? It's delicious.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 4 May 2011 20:13 (3 years ago) Permalink

It's amazing and sampled by Georeg Micheal in "Too Funky".

LeRooLeRoo, Wednesday, 4 May 2011 20:16 (3 years ago) Permalink

George Michael

LeRooLeRoo, Wednesday, 4 May 2011 20:16 (3 years ago) Permalink

Nacht und Nebel - "Ready to dance"

LeRooLeRoo, Wednesday, 4 May 2011 20:18 (3 years ago) Permalink

Moka, Wednesday, 4 May 2011 20:19 (3 years ago) Permalink

Heaven 17 - "Let Me Go"

LeRooLeRoo, Wednesday, 4 May 2011 20:19 (3 years ago) Permalink

B-Movie - "Nowhere Girl"

LeRooLeRoo, Wednesday, 4 May 2011 20:22 (3 years ago) Permalink

Boys Town Gang - "Can't take my eyes off of you"

LeRooLeRoo, Wednesday, 4 May 2011 20:25 (3 years ago) Permalink

Better than Gloria Gaynor.

LeRooLeRoo, Wednesday, 4 May 2011 20:25 (3 years ago) Permalink

Cherrelle - "I didn't Mean to Turn You On"

LeRooLeRoo, Wednesday, 4 May 2011 20:27 (3 years ago) Permalink


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