Songs that were in the UK Top 40 while Culture Club's "Karma Chameleon" was at number one

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yeah you could argue that the Genesis album was an effort to get more experimental after 3 relatively AOR-ish efforts. but oh god "Illegal Alien" i'm sorry

Kony Montana: "Say hello to my invisible friend" (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 11 March 2012 13:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yes. "Follow You Follow Me" was a single. A single hit even. But it was ftom the most atypical 70s album by Genesis.

Hongroe (Geir Hongro), Sunday, 11 March 2012 14:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

Actually, the most classically Genesis act then (well, apart from Marillion and IQ) was probably Howard Jones.

Hongroe (Geir Hongro), Sunday, 11 March 2012 14:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

SAFETY DANCE

some dude, Sunday, 11 March 2012 14:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

This thread is also the first time I'd heard Monyaka and "Go Deh Yaka" is great! Not quite great enough to stop me voting Rock Steady Crew though.

instant coffee happening between us (a passing spacecadet), Sunday, 11 March 2012 20:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

new order barely over lydia murdock

balls, Sunday, 11 March 2012 20:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Go Deh Yaka" is fun. :) I actually remember it from hearing it on Radio Lux (my source for hit music at a time when Norwegian radio sucked) back then.

Hongroe (Geir Hongro), Sunday, 11 March 2012 22:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

love or at least like all of these:

Karma Chameleon - Culture Club
Red Red Wine - UB40
Mama - Genesis
Modern Love - David Bowie
(Hey You) The Rocksteady Crew - Rocksteady Crew
All Night Long (All Night) - Lionel Richie
The Safety Dance - Men Without Hats
Union Of The Snake - Duran Duran

no merely natural force could stop me for voting for "the safety dance" though

Fozzy Osbourne (contenderizer), Sunday, 11 March 2012 22:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

everybody look at your hands

Fozzy Osbourne (contenderizer), Sunday, 11 March 2012 22:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

You got two fat children and a drunken man Betcha don't, betcha don't, betcha don't like your life

(No, wait.... that's another song....)

Hongroe (Geir Hongro), Monday, 12 March 2012 00:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

Ah, Tracey Ullmann's brief early stint as a singer before her better-remembered television series that begat "The Simpsons". A Kirsty MacColl cover.

A Kirsty MacColl redub, really, as Tracy’s literally singing over the same multitrack with Kirsty turned down a bit in the mix for most of it, and turned back up for the “Baby!” that Ullman couldn’t reach.

Tracey Ullman never appeared on Not The Nine O'Clock News, you're thinking of A Kick Up The Eighties. She also appeared on Three of a Kind before she had any hit singles.

You’re thinking of someone who ever has any idea what they’re talking about, not Geir.

TY thread for bringing Go Deh Yaka into my life

Θ ̨Θƪ (sic), Monday, 12 March 2012 00:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

(feat. Gimp)

"marvellously inoffensive" (Eazy), Monday, 12 March 2012 01:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

TY thread for bringing Go Deh Yaka into my life

OTM

Feebs K-Tel (NickB), Monday, 12 March 2012 08:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Blue Monday" ftew.

Mark G, Monday, 12 March 2012 09:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

Superstar - Lydia Murdock

If you haven't heard the 12" version of this one, do check it out. It's basically an answer record to "Billie Jean" from the point of view of "Billie Jean" herself, with an extended rap by Murdock, where she (among other things) says the baby was really Michael Jackson's, and he shouldn't be treating her like shit.

Tuomas, Monday, 12 March 2012 11:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

If I recall, the baby is not mentioned.

Mark G, Monday, 12 March 2012 12:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

It most certainly is - otherwise it wouldn't be a proper answer song to "Billie Jean", would it?

Tuomas, Monday, 12 March 2012 12:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

Ah, I just read the lyrics. I guess the 'little man' bit wasn't on the 7" radioplay version.

Mark G, Monday, 12 March 2012 12:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

Could be... I'm only familiar with the 12" version, I'm too young to have heard the tune on radio.

Tuomas, Monday, 12 March 2012 12:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

Thanks, Tuomas. I thought about voting for this in the recent Jacksons poll, then forgot to.

Jeff W, Monday, 12 March 2012 12:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

Bought on single at the time:
Karma Chameleon - Culture Club
Go Deh Yaka (Go To The Top) - Monyaka
Blue Monday - New Order
This Is Not a Lovesong - P.I.L.
Body Work - Hot Streak
(Hey You) The Rocksteady Crew - Rocksteady Crew
All Night Long (All Night) - Lionel Richie
The Safety Dance - Men Without Hats

Very highly regarded:
Dolce Vita - Ryan Paris
Modern Love - David Bowie
Dear Prudence - Siouxie & The Banshees

Liked well enough, if not exactly loved:
Red Red Wine - UB40
Come Back And Stay - Paul Young
Mama - Genesis
Big Apple - Kajagoogoo
Wings Of a Dove - Madness
The Sun Goes Don (Living It Up) - Level 42
Crushed By The Wheels Of Industry - Heaven 17
Give It Up - KC & The Sunshine Band
Soul Inside - Soft Cell
They Don't Know - Tracey Ullmann
Please Don't Make Me Cry - UB40
Union Of The Snake - Duran Duran
Uptown Girl - Billy Joel

Neutral:
Tonight I Celebrate My Love - Peabo Bryson & Roberta Flack
Say Say Say - Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson
Blue Hat For a Blue Day - Nick Heyward

Dislike:
New Song - Howard Jones
68 Guns - The Alarm
Superman - Black Lace

Can't remember:
Walking In The Rain - Modern Romance
Ol' Rag Blues - Status Quo
What Am I Gonna Do - Rod Stewart
Chance - Big Country
Never Say Die (Give a Little Bit More) - Cliff Richard
Tahiti - David Essex
In Your Eyes - George Benson
Midnight At The Lost and Found - Meat Loaf
Superstar - Lydia Murdock

Voting for: All Night Long (All Night)

mike t-diva, Monday, 12 March 2012 14:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

i only know two of these offhand, and the only one of those i like is "blue monday"

lex pretend, Monday, 12 March 2012 14:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

actually i might know "karma chameleon" or at least i know how the chorus goes. i don't like it

lex pretend, Monday, 12 March 2012 14:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

Given that Blue Monday will be the boringly inevitable (yet deserving) winner, my vote goes to They Don't Know.

Suede - the fabric, not the band (DL), Monday, 12 March 2012 14:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

But they do.

Mark G, Monday, 12 March 2012 14:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

As a kid, I thought the Karma chorus was "Every day is like the Bible/You're my lover, not my rival."

"marvellously inoffensive" (Eazy), Monday, 12 March 2012 14:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

^^totally

willem, Monday, 12 March 2012 15:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

Voted Blue Monday.

Superstar - Lydia Murdock is the worst song here. I've never been a big fan of "answer" songs and Lydia's is particularly anodyne.

I have never heard the Ryan Paris song before!!! Given it went top 10 I am amazed I have no recollection of it. Maybe he never performed it on TOTP.

Grandpont Genie, Monday, 12 March 2012 15:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

I don't think I've ever heard "Midnight At The Lost and Found," but it's funny to think there's a lost-and-found anywhere that stays open 24 hours.

"marvellously inoffensive" (Eazy), Monday, 12 March 2012 15:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

just read the lyrics and as I suspected "lost and found" is being used euphemistically for "singles bar"

Grandpont Genie, Monday, 12 March 2012 15:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

Or then again, he doesn't say that the L&F is open.

Mark G, Monday, 12 March 2012 15:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

Loved/bought/heard at the time

Red Red Wine - UB40
Come Back And Stay - Paul Young
Mama - Genesis
Dolce Vita - Ryan Paris
Modern Love - David Bowie
This Is Not a Lovesong - P.I.L.
Dear Prudence - Siouxie & The Banshees
(Hey You) The Rocksteady Crew - Rocksteady Crew
All Night Long (All Night) - Lionel Richie
The Safety Dance - Men Without Hats
Uptown Girl - Billy Joel

Voting for Rocksteady Crew.

willem, Monday, 12 March 2012 15:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Saturday, 17 March 2012 00:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Sunday, 18 March 2012 00:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

How does it feel... to have known this was going to happen.

a dramatic lemon curd experience (snoball), Sunday, 18 March 2012 00:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

Kony Montana: "Say hello to my invisible friend" (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 18 March 2012 00:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

Hardy a surprising winner. :)

Nice spread though.

Hongroe (Geir Hongro), Sunday, 18 March 2012 00:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

Interesting how "Go Deh Yaka" got a lot of positive mentions in the thread, yet no votes.

Hongroe (Geir Hongro), Sunday, 18 March 2012 00:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

"interesting" & "unexpected"

John Nestle Harding (loves laboured breathing), Sunday, 18 March 2012 01:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

(wb Geir btw)

John Nestle Harding (loves laboured breathing), Sunday, 18 March 2012 01:21 (2 years ago) Permalink


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