Tuesday, July 22, 2014

German Sweep: July 22, 2014...


It's time to cross the border to Germany to check out the songs making their official singles chart, as French duo Lilly Wood and the Prick spend a fifth week at #1 with "Prayer In C"....

The top debut of the week belongs to German rapper Kontra K as his first hit "Woelfe" ("Wolves") comes in at #19...


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French Sweep: July 22, 2014...


I'm ready to cross the ocean to check out the songs reaching the official singles chart in France this week, as local heroes Lilly Wood and the Prick claim their first #1 hit with the Robin Schulz remix of "Prayer In C"...

It's a slow week on the charts here this week, with only four new entries in the entire top 100, and the highest debut not showing up until way down at #68. It's from the British modern rock group with the Francophile name, Bastille, with "Things We Lost In The Fire". It immediately does better than their breakthrough single, "Pompeii", which surprisingly only went to #96 in France....


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Songoftheday 7/22/14 - You glance my way I almost lost control, anxiety has taken hold...


Starpoint - "Object Of My Desire"
from the album Restless (1985)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #25 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 9

Today's Song of the Day comes from a funk/soul collective who started out in central Maryland in the late 1960s, but it wasn't until 1980 that Starpoint released their self-titled debut album under the big disco label Casablanca Records. A single from the set, "I Just Wanna Dance With You", became a top-40 hit on the R&B and dance club play charts in Billboard magazine. They continued with moderate success throughout the early 80s, as their sound evolved to a more slick funk from the disco they started with. In 1984, their single "It's All Yours" from the album of the same name returned them to the top-40 on the soul chart and even became a minor hit in England. With their next album, Restless, the band fit more with the sound of the other "star" groups (Atlantic, Midnight) with a touch of the freestyle growing in popularity with Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam and the like. Their single "Object Of My Desire", written by band members Ernesto Phillips and Kayode Adeyemo along with producer Keith Diamond, gave the band their biggest pop hit ever...


"Object Of My Desire" became Starpoint's first and only top-40 pop hit in December of 1985, while scaling to #8 on Billboard's R&B chart, and making it to #12 on the dance club play list. It also skimmed the British chart at #96, their last time on that list. Their next single, "What You Been Missing", also hit the top-10 on the R&B chart (though missing the Hot 100), and in 1986 the title track from the album almost returned them to the pop top-40 at #46.

Two years later Starpoint released their follow-up album, Sensational, and the lead-off single "He Wants My Body" returned them to the top-10 on the R&B chart, while being their last appearance on the pop chart in America at #89. Another record in 1988 put "Say You Will" at #18 R&B. Their last album together, Have You Got What It Takes in 1990, brought the band their biggest club hit when "I Want You You Want Me" climbed to #9 on the dance chart (and was their final top-40 R&B single at #32). The title track was their final hurrah that same year before breaking up. Lead singer Renee Diggs would record a solo album, but sadly passed away in 2005 from heart trouble after battling multiple sclerosis since the early 80s. The year before, guitarist (and boyfriend of Diggs) Ernesto Phillips also died from a stroke. The song's co-write Adeyemo would go on to co-write Milli Vanilli's "Girl You Know It's True"...

Up tomorrow: Boston new wavers await her arrival this evening.


Monday, July 21, 2014

robbed hit of the week 7/21/14 - Talking Heads' "And She Was"...


Talking Heads - "And She Was"
from the album Little Creatures (1985)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #54

This week's "robbed hit" comes from a pivotal new wave/modern rock band that were following up their first big pop success. The Talking Heads, a quartet of former art-schoolers led by Brit David Byrne, found themselves with a top-10 single in 1983 with "Burning Down The House" from their fifth studio album Speaking In Tongues. The following year, instead of releasing another studio set, the band put out a film documenting their tour, Stop Making Sense, whose soundtrack companion became one of their longest-lasting sellers to date, even ending up on Rolling Stones best albums of the rock era poll. So by this time the "Heads" were the stars of the art-rock scene.

Maybe it was jarring then for fans to get a first taste of their next album, Little Creatures, which sounded polished, tight, and very mainstream. With enough hooks to hang a gallery, the record seemed predestined to be embraced by pop radio, and the first promo single "Road To Nowhere" became a top-10 hit internationally, while mainly only promoted to rock radio in the US. The second single, "And She Was", sounded like a packaged slice of the Talking Heads sound much in the way that "Love Shack" was for the B-52's a half-decade later. The video, directed by artist Jim Blashfield (who also did the Tears For Fears clip for "Sowing The Seeds Of Love") was a special effects delight in stop motion that clearly influenced the video for Peter Gabriel's "Sledgehammer" the following year...


While "And She Was" almost made the top-10 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart, stopping at #11, the single stalled out at #54 on the pop chart in November of 1985. Internationally, the song reached the top-10 in Australia and Ireland, and stopped in the top-20 in New Zealand and the UK, the latter country sending it to #17.

I admit I was pretty shocked when the song wasn't the big pop hit I'd thought it'd be. Perhaps it's better that it's a semi-forgotten treasure (as is the whole album) that I can put on without any sense of fatigue.

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Songoftheday 7/21/14 - No I cannot forget where it is that I come from, I cannot forget the people who love me...


John "Cougar" Mellencamp - "Small Town"
from the album Scarecrow (1985)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #6 (four weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 13

Today's Song of the Day is by the rural workingman's rocker John Mellencamp, whose second album after winning the right to put his real last name on his records, Scarecrow, had already produced a top-10 pop hit with "Lonely Ol' Night". For its follow-up he released a song that was like a companion to his previous single "Pink Houses". "Small Town" recollected John's days as a kid in Indiana, and its down-home midwestern message rung true throughout the rest of the country...


"Small Town" followed John's previous singles success to the #6 spot in December of 1985, while stopping one rung short of #1 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart. The record also crossed over to the normally serene Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") chart, making it to #13. Internationally, the single went to #21 in Canada and #40 in New Zealand, and was a minor hit in England (#53).

"Small Town" remains probably the most well-liked of John's hits, perfectly encapsulating his roots and his musical chops in one tight four-minute package.

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Brit Sweep: July 20, 2014...


It's time to head back over the Atlantic to check out the songs making the official singles charts in Britain this week, which includes both sales and internet subscription streaming these days...

The new #1 song in the UK is the first single for British "boy-band" and Scooter Braun proteges Rixton with "Me and My Broken Heart". The song has already reached the top-20 in both the United States and Canada. Lead singer Jake Roche is the son of Eastenders actor Shane Ritchie and singer Coleen Nolan, who as part of the "girl-group" the Nolans had eight top-40 hits in Britain with "I'm In The Mood For Dancing" going all the way to #3 in 1979.


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twostepcub's music chart for July 18, 2014...


Time to catch up from my vacation with my top 100 tunes from last week. Sam Smith "stays" at #1 for a fourth week, while Norwegians Nico and Vinz (pictured above) leap up four spots in the top ten. Songs from Sia, Dierks Bentley, and Disclosure make the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red), while former big hits from Miranda Lambert, Neon Trees, Gia, Ray Lamontagne, and Cage The Elephant drop off my chart. Ah, P-Town, parting is such sweet sorrow...

This Week             Song/Artist (Last Week's position in parentheses)
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1. Stay With Me - Sam Smith (1)
2. Sing - Ed Sheeran (4)
3. Fever - The Black Keys (2)
4. Come With Me Now - KONGOS (3)
5. Summer - Calvin Harris (7)
6. Am I Wrong - Nico & Vinz (10)
7. Rude - Magic! (14)
8. Birthday - Katy Perry (8)
9. Girls Chase Boys - Ingrid Michaelson (5)
10. Play It Again - Luke Bryan (6)
11. Ain't It Fun - Paramore (11)
12. Fancy - Iggy Azalea f/Charli XCX (16)
13. I Wanna Get Better - Bleachers (18)
14. Bad Blood - Bastille (12)
15. Happy - Pharrell Williams (13)
16. Whiskey In My Water - Tyler Farr (20)
17. Not A Bad Thing - Justin Timberlake (9)
18. Problem - Ariana Grande f/Iggy Azalea (22)
19. Me And My Broken Heart - Rixton (19)
20. Do I Wanna Know? - Arctic Monkeys (15)
21. Take Me To Church - Hozier (25)
22. Hideaway - Kiesza (27)
23. Chainsaw - The Band Perry (23)
24. All Of Me - John Legend (17)
25. Beat Of The Music - Brett Eldredge (21)
26. The Walker - Fitz & The Tantrums (24)
27. I Will Never Let You Down - Rita Ora (28)
28. A Sky Full Of Stars - Coldplay (38)
29. Love Runs Out - OneRepublic (39)
30. Love Never Felt So Good - Michael Jackson & Justin Timberlake (31)
31. Who I Am With You - Chris Young (35)
32. Dangerous - Big Data f/Joywave (36)
33. Southern Sun - Boy & Bear (29)
34. Lettin' The Night Roll - Justin Moore (34)
35. Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High? - Arctic Monkeys (40)
36. I'm Not Coming Down - Martha Wash (41)
37. Keep Them Kisses Comin' - Craig Campbell (37)
38. Painkiller - Three Days Grace (42)
39. I Walk Alone - Cher (30)
40. Tennis Court - Lorde (45)
41. I Choose You - Sara Bareilles (26)
42. Raging Fire - Phillip Phillips (32)
43. We Are Tonight - Billy Currington (48)
44. Peace - O.A.R. (49)
45. Wasted - Tiesto f/Matthew Koma (55)
46. Beachin' - Jake Owen (50)
47. I Got U - Duke Dumont f/Jax Jones (33)
48. Yeah - Joe Nichols (52)
49. Waves - Mr. Probz (53)
50. River Bank - Brad Paisley (51)
51. Turn Down For What - DJ Snake f/Lil Jon (46)
52. I Don't Dance - Lee Brice (58)
53. Let It Go - Idina Menzel (43)
54. Latch - Disclosure f/Sam Smith (68)
55. Call Me - St. Paul & The Broken Bones (59)
56. Rather Be - Clean Bandit f/Jess Glynne (56)
57. My Eyes - Blake Shelton f/Gwen Sebastian (61)
58. I Found Out - Bimbo Jones vs. Beverley Knight (66)
59. Knock You Out - Bingo Players (69)
60. Break Your Plans - The Fray (62)
61. Song About A Girl - Eric Paslay (63)
62. Chandelier - Sia (90)
63. Drunk On A Plane - Dierks Bentley (85)
64. Aftermath - Dave Aude f/Andy Bell (DEBUT)
65. Calling All Hearts - DJ Cassidy f/Robin Thicke & Jessie J (75)
66. Maps - Maroon 5 (80)
67. I Was Gonna Cancel - Kylie Minogue (DEBUT)
68. Lazaretto - Jack White (74)
69. Already Home - A Great Big World (70)
70. This Is How We Roll - Florida Georgia Line f/Luke Bryan & Jason Derulo (71)
71. Ghost - Ella Henderson (83)
72. Classic - MKTO (76)
73. The Worst - Jhene AIko (73)
74. Do It Again - Röyksopp & Robyn (DEBUT)
75. It's My Time - Kelly Price (77)
76. Derezzed - Daft Punk f/Negin (DEBUT)
77. Dark Horse - Katy Perry f/Juicy J (67)
78. G.U.Y. - Lady Gaga (44)
79. Out Of The Black - Royal Blood (79)
80. Wiggle - Jason Derulo f/Snoop Dogg (84)
81. Meanwhile Back At Mama's - Tim McGraw f/Faith Hill (81)
82. Dare (La, La, La) - Shakira (86)
83. Angel In Blue Jeans - Train (91)
84. Where It's At (Yep Yep) - Dustin Lynch (88)
85. Believer - American Authors (89)
86. Budapest - George Ezra (94)
87. How You Love Me - 3LAU f/Bright Lights (87)
88. Words Are Weapons - Seether (93)
89. Bartender - Lady Antebellum (DEBUT)
90. Back Home - Andy Grammer (97)
91. Prayer In C (Robin Schulz Mix) - Lilly Wood & The Prick (95)
92. I Luh Ya Papi - Jennifer Lopez (92)
93. Get Me Some Of That - Thomas Rhett (78)
94. Riptide - Vance Joy (RE-ENTRY)
95. Holding On To Heaven - Foxes (DEBUT)
96. Another Story - The Head & The Heart (96)
97. U Got Me High - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (DEBUT)
98. One More Day (Stay With Me) - Example (DEBUT)
99. Gecko (Overdrive) - Oliver Heldens f/Becky Hill (DEBUT)
100. Be Okay - Oh Honey (DEBUT)

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Songoftheday 7/20/14 - I had a dream I had an awesome dream, people in the park playing games in the dark...


Lionel Richie - "Say You, Say Me"
from the album Dancing On The Ceiling (1986)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1 (four weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 16

I'm back from vacation, and there's no better way to get back to the groove than with the biggest single from 1985 from one of the hottest acts of the decade.

That year, a rather modest mainstream movie called White Nights was released, starring Russian ballet superstar Mikhail Baryshnikov and American tap dancer and singer Gregory Hines. The official soundtrack from the movie already had sent a single to the top of the charts in America with the duet "Separate Lives" from Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin. Another song from the film, "Say You, Say Me" from Lionel Richie, was kept off the album to not appear on a full-length release until the summer of 1986. With such a high demand from fans of the guy whose last album Can't Slow Down sent five singles to the top-40, with both "All Night Long (All Night)" and "Hello" reaching #1, the 7 inch (or 45rpm) single sold like hotcakes, while radio ate the ballad with a dance bridge up as well. The single marked the high point of his solo career...


"Say You, Say Me" spent four weeks at #1 on the American pop chart in December of 1985 through January of 1986. The song also went to #1 on Billboard's R&B and Adult Contemporary format charts as well. Internationally, the record was a big hit, topping the charts in Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the Netherlands, while climbing to #8 in the United Kingdom, #4 in France, and #12 in Germany. And while it's not as memorable as say, "All Night" or "Hello", the song succeeded in continuing Lionel's momentum towards his upcoming third album, which would include the track.

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Bring it to the back...


Well, it's almost time to head on out, I'll be delightfully wifi-less for a week. Thanks to everyone who's come by little corner of the interwebs, I'm still in shock I'm coming up on 150,000 pageviews, and I'm grateful, since I only do this for the love of the music (hence no ads). I'll be back, but until then, this has been my packing anthem all day, and Matt Zarley and Jeb Havens do such a kick-ass job with it. (You can check out all of Matt's covers on his Soundcloud page).  Peace.


twostepcub's music chart for July 11, 2014...


Well, Friday is finally here, and it's time to run down my top 100 tunes from the week. Sam Smith holds at #1 for a third week, while Calvin Harris (pictured above) moves up two spots in the top-10. Former big hits by Bastille, Jason Derulo, Avicii, Havana Brown, Coldplay, and Brantley Gilbert drop off my list, while songs by Tiesto, Bingo Players, and Disclosure make the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red). Vacation-time here I come!

This Week                    Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Stay With Me - Sam Smith (1)
2. Fever - The Black Keys (4)
3. Come With Me Now - KONGOS (3)
4. Sing - Ed Sheeran (6)
5. Girls Chase Boys - Ingrid Michaelson (5)
6. Play It Again - Luke Bryan (2)
7. Summer - Calvin Harris (9)
8. Birthday - Katy Perry (12)
9. Not A Bad Thing - Justin Timberlake (7)
10. Am I Wrong - Nico & Vinz (14)
11. Ain't It Fun - Paramore (8)
12. Bad Blood - Bastille (10)
13. Happy - Pharrell (11)
14. Rude - Magic! (19)
15. Do I Wanna Know? - Arctic Monkeys (15)
16. Fancy - Iggy Azalea f/Charli XCX (20)
17. All Of Me - John Legend (13)
18. I Wanna Get Better - Bleachers (22)
19. Me And My Broken Heart - Rixton (21)
20. Whiskey In My Water - Tyler Farr (24)
21. Beat Of The Music - Brett Eldredge (17)
22. Problem - Ariana Grande f/Iggy Azalea (26)
23. Chainsaw - The Band Perry (25)
24. The Walker - Fitz & The Tantrums (18)
25. Take Me To Church - Hozier (32)
26. I Choose You - Sara Bareilles (16)
27. Hideaway - Kiesza (35)
28. I Will Never Let You Down - Rita Ora (31)
29. Southern Sun - Boy & Bear (29)
30. I Walk Alone - Cher (30)
31. Love Never Felt So Good - Michael Jackson & Justin Timberlake (33)
32. Raging Fire - Phillip Phillips (28)
33. I Got U - Duke Dumont f/Jax Jones (23)
34. Lettin' The Night Roll - Justin Moore (38)
35. Who I Am With You - Chris Young (39)
36. Dangerous - Big Data f/Joywave (48)
37. Keep Them Kisses Comin' - Craig Campbell (41)
38. A Sky Full Of Stars - Coldplay (52)
39. Love Runs Out - OneRepublic (43)
40. Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High? - Arctic Monkeys (45)
41. I'm Not Coming Down - Martha Wash (51)
42. Painkiller - Three Days Grace (50)
43. Let It Go - Idina Menzel (36)
44. G.U.Y. - Lady Gaga (44)
45. Tennis Court - Lorde (49)
46. Turn Down For What - DJ Snake f/Lil Jon (40)
47. Automatic - Miranda Lambert (27)
48. We Are Tonight - Billy Currington (53)
49. Peace - O.A.R. (59)
50. Beachin' - Jake Owen (54)
51. River Bank - Brad Paisley (61)
52. Yeah - Joe Nichols (60)
53. Waves - Mr. Probz (57)
54. Sleeping With A Friend - Neon Trees (34)
55. Wasted - Tiesto f/Matthew Koma (90)
56. Rather Be - Clean Bandit f/Jess Glynne (56)
57. Bombs Away - Gia (42)
58. I Don't Dance - Lee Brice (68)
59. Call Me - St. Paul & The Broken Bones (69)
60. Supernova - Ray Lamontagne (46)
61. My Eyes - Blake Shelton f/Gwen Sebastian (71)
62. Break Your Plans - The Fray (66)
63. Song About A Girl - Eric Paslay (75)
64. On Top Of The World - Imagine Dragons (62)
65. Miami 82 - Syn Cole (65)
66. I Found Out - Bimbo Jones vs. Beverley Knight (81)
67. Dark Horse - Katy Perry f/Juicy J (67)
68. Latch - Disclosure f/Sam Smith (84)
69. Knock You Out - Bingo Players (94)
70. Already Home - A Great Big World (70)
71. This Is How We Roll - Florida Georgia Line f/Luke Bryan & Jason Derulo (72)
72. Crazy Stupid Love - My Crazy Girlfriend (73)
73. The Worst - Jhene Aiko (74)
74. Lazaretto - Jack White (78)
75. Calling All Hearts - DJ Cassidy f/Robin Thicke & Jessie J (RE-ENTRY)
76. Classic - MKTO (80)
77. It's My Time - Kelly Price (79)
78. Give Me Some Of That - Thomas Rhett (64)
79. Out Of The Black - Royal Blood (86)
80. Maps - Maroon 5 (DEBUT)
81. Meanwhile Back At Mama's - Tim McGraw f/Faith Hill (91)
82. Come A Little Closer - Cage The Elephant (82)
83. Ghost - Ella Henderson (95)
84. Wiggle - Jason Derulo f/Snoop Dogg (88)
85. Drunk On A Plane - Dierks Bentley (DEBUT)
86. Dare (La, La, La) - Shakira (DEBUT)
87. How You Love Me - 3LAU f/Pretty Lights (87)
88. Where It's At (Yep, Yep) - Dustin Lynch (98)
89. Believer - American Authors (89)
90. Chandelier - Sia (100)
91. Angel In Blue Jeans - Train (DEBUT)
92. I Luh Ya Papi - Jennifer Lopez f/French Montana (96)
93. Words As Weapons - Seether (DEBUT)
94. Budapest - George Ezra (DEBUT)
95. Prayer In C - Lilly Wood & The Prick (DEBUT)
96. Another Story - The Head and the Heart (DEBUT)
97. Back Home - Andy Grammer (99)
98. Love & Sex Pt. 2 - Joe f/Kelly Rowland (DEBUT)
99. Let Me Down Easy - Paolo Nutini (DEBUT)
100. Don't Stop - 5 Seconds Of Summer (DEBUT)

There are eleven song making their debut on my chart (highlighted in blue), and if you click on any of them you'll connect to their official website. And here they are on video after the break....

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Songoftheday 7/11/14 - And if I only could, I'd make a deal with God and I'd get him to swap our places...


Kate Bush - "Running Up That Hill"
from the album Hounds Of Love (1985)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #30 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 4

Today's Song of the Day is by English songstress Kate Bush, who grew up in a Catholic family in the London suburbs, who fell under the wing of Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour. He helped her get her demos in order and get signed by EMI Records back in the mid-70s, but it wouldn't be until 1978 that her first album, The Kick Inside was released. The first single from the record, "Wuthering Heights", was a huge success, going all the way to the top of the British charts (the first for a female songwriter with her own recording). The second single, "The Man With The Child In His Eyes", became her second top-10 in the UK, while scraping the American pop chart for the first time at #85.

She would continue to release albums through the early 80s, and with the exception of the international hit "Babooshka", which went top-10 all over Europe, her success as a singles was as a moderate pace, while fitting to the progressive/new wave pattern her albums were selling like hotcakes. In 1985 Bush released her fifth full-length studio album Hounds Of Love, which was frontloaded with accessible songs now ready-made for new wave radio that has caught up in American, along with a side of more experimental tracks. The first single from the project, "Running Up That Hill", was written and produced by the artist herself, fully realizing her stature as a performer in control of her art...


"Running Up That Hill" became Kate's sole top-40 pop hit in the U.S. in November of 1985, while also reaching the Mainstream Rock (#34) and Dance Club Play (#13) charts in Billboard magazine. Internationally, the record was a big hit, reaching the top-10 in Australia, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Switzerland, Ireland, and her native England, where it was her fourth top-10 single.

Bush would continue to have success internationally, and even got attention with her collaboration with Peter Gabriel on "Don't Give Up" from his So album, which touched the American chart at #72 and gave her yet another top-ten single in the UK. In 1993, Kate's so-far final appearance on the Hot 100 came when her "Rubberband Girl" (a top-ten modern rock hit) went to #88. It took another eleven years for her next album to arrive, and the first single from the project, "King Of The Mountain", went to #4 on the UK singles chart.

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Songoftheday 7/10/14 - I can't understand it why you want to hurt me after all the things I've done for you...


Eddie Murphy - "Party All The Time"
from the album How Could It Be (1985)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #2 (3 weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 14

Today's Song of the Day is by a man better known for his comedy than for his singing talent, Eddie Murphy, who catapulted to A-list fame with his stint on Saturday Night Live in the first half of the 80s. He went from there to the movies, starring in hugely successful films like Beverly Hills Cop and 48 Hrs. While he was on SNL, he released a couple of successful comedy records, which even had music within, and he landed a minor R&B hit in 1982 with "Boogie In Your Butt".

In 1985, after his SNL was done, Eddie hooked up with funk master Rick James, and recorded an album of his singing called How Could It Be. The first single pulled from the project, "Party All The Time", was a by-the-book "Super Freak"-ish jam with Murphy's whiny vocals on top...


"Party All The Time" became Eddie's first big hit, going all the way to the runner-up spot on the American pop chart in December of 1985, while also hitting #8 on the R&B chart. The record also climbed to #19 on the dance club play chart in Billboard. Internationally, while the single went to #3 down in New Zealand, it mercifully stalled down at #87 in Britain. Perhaps Eddie's success with the song, which did much better than any of James' own hits, caused a falling out, since this was the only record the two collaborated on.

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Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Aussie Sweep: July 9, 2014...


It's time to head Down Under to check out the songs making the official singles chart in Australia this week, as the Justice Crew spends a ninth week at #1 with "Que Sera"...

The top debut of the week at #17 are the Hilltop Hoods, a hip-hop ground from the South Australian city of Adelaide, with "Won't Let You Down". It's their fifth top-40 hit here; they went to #6 in 2011 with "I Love It" with Sia....


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Songoftheday 7/9/14 - There are ladies illegal x's, Mona Lisa's well connected...


Elton John - "Wrap Her Up"
from the album Ice On Fire (1985)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #20 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 10

Today's Song of the Day comes from Elton John, who was continuing his early-80's success with his last album Breaking Hearts which spun off three top-40 hits with "In Neon", "Who Wears These Shoes" and the #5 single "Sad Songs (Say So Much)". In 1985, he performed at Live Aid, and enlisted George Michael to sing "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me" with him during the show. After that, George further helped Elton out by signing backup on his next album Ice On Fire, Elton's nineteenth studio record. The first single released in America was the campy "Wrap Her Up", a twisted take on feminism that is like the fey counterpart of yesterday's "Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves". Meanwhile George sounds like someone's grabbed his balls for dear life...


"Wrap Her Up" became Elton's 26th top-20 pop hit in the U.S. in December of 1985. The single also made the top-40 in Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and went to #12 is Elton's native England. However the song is just so embarrassingly trite that it rarely sees the light of day on radio these days. And tellingly, Ice On Fire was the first regular studio release from Elton to miss the top-40 on the albums chart (it stopped at #46).

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Tuesday, July 08, 2014

German Sweep; July 8, 2014...


It's time to cross the border to Germany to check out the songs making the official singles charts this week, as Lilly Wood & The Prick spend a third week at #1 with "Prayer In C"...

Berlin-based reggae band Seeed have the highest entry of the week at #16 with "Cherry Oh 2014". The group has had three top-10 hits here, with "Aufstehn" with Cee-Lo Green hitting #5 in 2005...


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French Sweep: July 8, 2014...


It's time to cross the ocean to check out the songs making the top-100 on the official singles chart in France this week, as rapper Black M spends a fourth week at the top with "Sur Ma Route"...

The top debut of the week comes from another French rapper, Soprano, with "Ils Nous Connaissent Pas" ("They Don't Know Us"), which enters at #36. It's his seventh lead-artist top-40 hit in this country - he also went to #2 as a guest on the Magic System's "Cherie Coco" in 2010...


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Now there was a time when we used to say behind every great man there had to be a great woman


Eurythmics & Aretha Franklin - "Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves"
from the albums Be Yourself Tonight (1985) and Who's Zoomin' Who (1985)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #18 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 8

Today's Song of the Day pairs up two unlikely acts for a hit single celebrating female empowerment. British new wave duo Eurythmics were enjoying a fruitful 1985, with their third hit album Be Yourself Tonight generating two top-40 hits including the top-5 "Would I Lie To You?". Meanwhile, the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, made a splashy comeback with her Who's Zoomin' Who album, with two top-10 hits including the #3 "Freeway Of Love". Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart co-wrote "Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves", and after being unable to get Tina Turner, recruited Aretha for the third single from each of their respective albums...


"Sisters..." reached the top-20 on the US pop chart in December of 1985, while climbing to #10 on Billboard's dance club play chart. The record even crossed over to R&B stations, where the single peaked at #66. Internationally, it became Aretha's biggest hit since the 60's in Britain, reaching #9 on the UK chart, top-10 in Ireland and New Zealand, and top-40 in Canada, Australia, Holland, and Germany.

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