Friday, October 31, 2014

twostepcub's music chart for October 31, 2014...






Hey gang, Friday is finally upon us, and it's time to run down my top 100 tunes from the past week. After a long long run on my list, Clean Bandit finally take over the #1 spot, while Ed Sheeran (pictured above) climbs up a notch in the top-10. Former big hits from OneRepublic, Jennifer Lopez, and Dierks Bentley drop off my list, while songs by Erasure, Steve Angello, and Chris Willis make the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red). Booooooo!

This Week         Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Rather Be - Clean Bandit f/Jess Glynne (2)
2. All About That Bass - Meghan Trainor (1)
3. Stolen Dance - Milky Chance (3)
4. Riptide - Vance Joy (4)
5. Secrets - Mary Lambert (6)
6. Don't - Ed Sheeran (7)
7. Roller Coaster - Luke Bryan (5)
8. Stay With Me - Sam Smith (8)
9. Cool Kids - Echosmith (9)
10. Bang Bang - Jessie J, Ariana Grande, & Nicki Minaj (12)
11. Dangerous - Big Data f/Joywave (10)
12. Break Free - Ariana Grande f/Zedd (14)
13. Chandelier - Sia (13)
14. Maps - Maroon 5 (11)
15. Superheroes - The Script (16)
16. Back To The Shack - Weezer (18)
17. Shake It Off - Taylor Swift (17)
18. Do You - Spoon (22)
19. Take Me To Church - Hozier (21)
20. A Sky Full Of Stars - Coldplay (15)
21. I'm Not The Only One - Sam Smith (27)
22. Left Hand Free - alt-J (28)
23. Gotta Get Away - The Black Keys (31)
24. Prayer In C (Robin Schulz Mix) - Lilly Wood & The Prick (20)
25. Boom Clap - Charli XCX (26)
26. Hope You Get Lonely Tonight - Cole Swindell (19)
27. Rude - Magic! (23)
28. Good Kisser - Usher (32)
29. My Sweet Summer - Dirty Heads (24)
30. Habits (Stay High) - Tove Lo (42)
31. Black Widow - Iggy Azalea f/Rita Ora (41)
32. Somethin' Bad - Miranda Lambert & Carrie Underwood (40)
33. Gimme Something Good - Ryan Adams (33)
34. Burnin' It Down - Jason Aldean (38)
35. Never Say Never - Basement Jaxx (25)
36. Animals - Maroon 5 (50)
37. Shelter Me - Lee Dagger & Inaya Day (37)
38. Lovers On The Sun - David Guetta f/Sam Martin (30)
39. Try - Colbie Caillat (39)
40. Bailando - Enrique Iglesias f/Descemer Bueno or Sean Paul and Gente De Zona (45)
41. Angel In Blue Jeans - Train (29)
42. Day Drinking - Little Big Town (47)
43. Blame - Calvin Harris f/John Newman (53)
44. Am I Wrong - Nico & Vinz (36)
45. Won't Look Back - Duke Dumont (57)
46. Latch - Disclosure f/Sam Smith (34)
47. Tear The Roof Up - Alesso (49)
48. Small Town Throwdown - Brantley Gilbert f/Justin Moore & Thomas Rhett (48)
49. PAINKILLR - Erika Jayne (35)
50. Elevation - Erasure (80)
51. Stand Strong - Rosabel f/Jeanie Tracy (55)
52. Back Home - Andy Grammer (52)
53. Come With Me Now - KONGOS (43)
54. Ready Set Roll - Chase Rice (58)
55. Leave The Night On - Sam Hunt (59)
56. Neon Light - Blake Shelton (62)
57. Parachute - Olivia Somerlyn (67)
58. Dirt - Florida Georgia Line (60)
59. Somewhere In My Car - Keith Urban (63)
60. This Is How We Do - Katy Perry (64)
61. Where It's At (Yep Yep) - Dustin Lynch (44)
62. I Wanna Feel - SecondCity (76)
63. Bad Blood - Bastille (71)
64. One Life - Chris Willis & Joachim Gerraud (85)
65. It's You - Kem (51)
66. Flaws - Bastille (74)
67. Sunshine & Whiskey - Frankie Ballard (72)
68. World On Fire - Slash f/Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators (68)
69. What's Best For You - Trey Songz (73)
70. Later On - Swon Brothers (70)
71. Messed Up World - The Pretty Reckless (61)
72. Ghost - Ella Henderson (56)
73. Wasted Love - Steve Angello f/Dougy (100)
74. Bartender - Lady Antebellum (66)
75. Battleships - Daughtry (75)
76. Hideaway - Kiesza (54)
77. Don't Tell 'Em - Jeremih f/YG (82)
78. Angel - Yoko Ono (93)
79. Scarecrow - Counting Crows (81)
80. Burning Gold - Christina Perri (94)
81. Faded - Zhu (91)
82. Rainbow - Robert Plant (83)
83. Close Your Eyes - Parmalee (87)
84. Let Me Down Easy - Paolo Nutini (88)
85. Girl In A Country Song - Maddie & Tae (90)
86. Heroes (We Could Be) - Alesso f/Tove Lo (89)
87. In Your Arms - Nico & Vinz (DEBUT)
88. Sex Machine - Ralphi Rosario & HiFi Sean (DEBUT)
89. Love Never Felt So Good - Michael Jackson & Justin Timberlake (77)
90. Unpack Your Heart - Phillip Phillips (98)
91. Do I Wanna Know? - Arctic Monkeys (86)
92. Look At You - Big & Rich (97)
93. American Kids - Kenny Chesney (79)
94. Budapest - George Ezra (RE-ENTRY)
95. The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone) - U2 (95)
96. Fade Out Lines - The Avener (96)
97. Headphones - Matt Nathanson f/Lolo (RE-ENTRY)
98. I Lived - OneRepublic (DEBUT)
99. Up All Night - Arty f/Angel Taylor (DEBUT)
100. Edge Of A Revolution - Nickelback (DEBUT)

There are five songs making their debut on my chart this week (highlighted in blue), and if you click on any of them you'll connect to their official website for more info. And here they are on video, after the break...

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Songoftheday 10/31/14 - Take me to the streets where the bonfires burn, take me in your arms and I'll fade away...


Simple Minds - "All The Things She Said"
from the album Once Upon A Time (1985)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #28 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 6

Today's Song of the Day is by the Scottish alternative rock band Simple Minds, whose first album after their Breakfast Club-goosed breakthrough in America had already spun off two top-40 singles with "Alive & Kicking" and "Sanctify Yourself". The third release from the album, "All The Things She Said", sported a groovy special-effects video that had the band cloned including backup singer Robin Clark, who really shines on this song..


"All The Things She Said" became the third top-40 hit from Once Upon A Time in May of 1986. The single also crossed over to #9 on the Mainstream Rock radio chart in Billboard. Internationally, the record went to #9 in Britain, and top-ten in Ireland and the Netherlands.

You know, back at that point in time I would've probably put my money on Simple Minds to be the big rock force of the end of the decade, rather than U2. So much for some of my intuition.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

8 of the 80s: 10/30/14 (1982)


It's Throwback Thursday 80s time, and this week I'm back to 1982, the year British TV Channel 4 starts broadcasting...

AC/DC - "Let's Get It Up"
from the album For Those About To Rock We Salute You (1981)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #44
Songwriters: Brian Johnson, Angus Young, Malcolm Young


 One of my faves of the band, this dirty little number doesn't make any pretenses about its inclinations.

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Aussie Sweep: October 30, 2014...


G'day mates, it's time to head Down Under to check out the songs making their debut on the official singles chart in Australia this week, as Ed Sheeran spends a second week at #1 with "Thinking Out Loud"....

The new winner of the X Factor in this country lands in the runner-up spot, as "Stand By You" by Marlisa is in at #2. It's rather unusual, since she never had a performance of hers reach the top-50 during the show, as opposed to the second and third-place finishers...


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Songoftheday 10/30/14 - Following the footsteps of a funeral pyre, you were paid not to listen now your house is on fire...


Tears For Fears - "Mothers Talk"
from the album Songs From The Big Chair (1985)
Billboard Hot 100 peak; #27 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 6

Today's Song of the Day comes from the British new wave band Tears For Fears, whose second album Songs From The Big Chair had already produced a pair of #1 pop hits in America with "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" and "Shout", along with a top-3 follow-up with "Head Over Heels". The fourth release from the project in the U.S. was actually the first single put out in their native England, "Mothers Talk", went to #14 on the UK chart in 1984. On its release in America, the song was completely re-done by the group and produced by big-sound guru Bob Clearmountain (Bryan Adams and such)....


"Mothers Talk" became Tears For Fears' fourth top-40 pop hit in May of 1986. The song also nicked the Canadian chart at #87.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Album Sweep: November 1, 2014 - Part Three...


Hey gang, I'm ready to wrap up this week's expanded "album sweep", sampling the records making the Top 200 Albums sales chart in Billboard magazine this week. You can check out the other two parts by clicking here and here, and as before I've included links to buy anything if available along with some of the artists' other major work.

Pop/punk band Set it Off are in at #86 with their second full-length album Duality. It's their first to get to the top half of the chart...


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7 of the 70s: 10/29/14 (1972)


It's hump day 70s party time, and this week I'm serving up seven more nuggets from 1972, the year that Thomas Eagleton drops off the ticket for vice-presidential ticket after revelations of mental health issues, to be replaced by Kennedy clan member R. Sargent Shriver...

The Moody Blues - "Nights In White Satin"
from the album Days Of Future Passed (1967)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #2
Songwriter: Justin Hayward


This sweeping orchestral masterpiece took five years to go to the top of the American charts. It was remade in 1995 by the guy behind the new-age act Enigma.

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German Sweep: October 29, 2014...


Here's the top-10 singles in Germany this week, as Meghan Trainor is on top for a third week with "All About That Bass"...

1. "All About That Bass" - Meghan Trainor (1)
2. "Keine Ist Wie Du" - Gregor Meyle (DEBUT)
3. "Fade Out Lines" - The Avener (2)
4. "Geronimo" - Sheppard (4)
5. "Shake It Off" - Taylor Swift (6)
6. "Blame" - Calvin Harris featuring John Newman (5)
7. "Lovers On The Sun" - David Guetta featuring Sam Martin (3)
8. "Ghost" - Ella Henderson (8)
9. "Sun Goes Down" - Robin Schulz featuring Jasmine Thompson (DEBUT)
10. "The Days" - Avicii (7)

German singer Gregor Meyle, from the southern region of Baden, enters at #2 with "Keine Ist Wie Du" ("No One Is Like You")...


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Songoftheday 10/29/14 - Sometimes I wonder by the look in your eyes when I'm standing beside you there's a fever burning deep inside...


Billy Ocean - "There'll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)"
from the album Love Zone (1986)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 14

Today's Song of the Day is by Trinidadian singer Billy Ocean, who continued his pop success in the mid-80s with the song from the movie Jewel Of The Nile, "When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going". That #2 single was the first from his 1986 release Love Zone. The second was a ballad in the adult-pop vein of the title track from his last album, Suddenly. "There'll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)" was written by Ocean with his album producers Barry Eastmond and Wayne Braithwaite, and the smooth track won over all the soccer moms...


"There'll Be Sad Songs" became Billy's second #1 pop hit in America in July of 1986. The record also topped both the Adult Contemporary and R&B genre charts in Billboard as well. Internationally, the song went to #1 in Canada, top-10 in Australia and New Zealand, and #12 in England.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

6 of the 60s: 10/28/14 (1962)


I'm ready to go back to the 60s, with a half-dozen more nuggets from 1962, the year Johnny Carson starts his tenure on the Tonight Show....

Neil Sedaka - "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do"
from the album Sings His Greatest Hits (1962)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1
Songwriters: Howard Greenfield, Neil Sedaka


The singer/songwriter went to the American pop top-10 twice in two decades with two dramatically different versions of the same song. My heart still lies with this one, comma comma down doobeedo down down.

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French Sweep: October 28, 2014...






Here's the top-ten singles on the official singles chart in France this week, as Lilly Wood & The Prick climb back to #1 for a fourteenth non-consecutive week with "Prayer In C"...

1. "Prayer In C (Robin Schulz Remix)" - Lilly Wood & The Prick (2)
2. "Habits (Stay High)" - Tove Lo (4)
3. "Dangerous" - David Guetta featuring Sam Martin (1)
4. "Chandelier" - Sia (3)
5. "Cosmo" - Soprano (6)
6. "Fade Out Lines" - The Avener (5)
7. "Andalouse" - Kendji Girac (10)
8. "Budapest" - George Ezra (7)
9. "Wicked Wonderland" - Martin Tungevaag (DEBUT)
10. "Black Widow" - Iggy Azalea featuring Rita Ora (RE-ENTRY)

 The sole debut of the week at #9 is from Norwegian DJ/producer Martin Tungevaag, with his rave track "Wicked Wonderland". The record has already topped the chart in Austria...


Tomorrow I'll be back with the latest in Germany...


Songoftheday 10/28/14 - You can look at the menu but you just can't eat, you can feel the cushions but you can't have a seat...


Howard Jones - "No One Is To Blame"
from the album Action Replay (1986)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #4 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 14

Today's Song of the Day comes from the British new wave singer/songwriter Howard Jones, whose second album Dream Into Action spun off two top-40 hits in 1985 including "Life In One Day" and the top-5 single "Things Can Only Get Better". The following year Jones released a companion EP with remixes of older songs just in the United States. Included in that set is a cut from Dream Into Action, "No One Is To Blame". With a remix from Phil Collins and Hugh Padham that has Phil singing backup, the single became his biggest hit in America...


"No One Is To Blame" became Howard's second and so-far most recent top-10 pop hit in the U.S. in July of 1985. The single had its biggest success on "easy-listening" radio, landing him his first #1 American chart hit on the Adult Contemporary list. It also crossed over to the Mainstream Rock radio chart in Billboard at #20. Internationally, while the record went top-10 in Australia, it stopped at #16.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Robbed hit of the week 10/27/14 - Starpoint's "Restless"...


Starpoint - "Restless"
from the album Restless (1985)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #46

This week's "robbed hit" comes from the lite-funk band Starpoint, who were one of they many many-membered R&B outfits that were scoring hits in the mid-80s. Coming from Maryland, the group had a long-lasting top-40 hit in 1985 with "Object Of My Desire". The following year, they put out the similarly-sounding title track to their album, written by member Ernesto Phillips and producer Keith Diamond...


While "Restless" reached the top-20 on both the R&B (#11) and Dance Club Play (#13) charts, the single stalled out at #46 on the Hot 100 in April of 1986.


Album Sweep: November 1, 2014 - Part Two...


Part two of this expanded album sweep is up, sampling the records making the official Top 200 Albums sales chart in Billboard magazine this week. You can check out part one by clicking here, and as before I've included highlighted links to buy anything here available, along with some of the artists' other major work....

Singer/songwriter and "out" lesbian Mary Lambert celebrates her first big album hit as her debut full-length album Heart On My Sleeve comes in at #29...


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Songoftheday 10/27/14 - You must have heard it from my best friend, she's always talkin' when she should be listenin'...


The Jets - "Crush On You"
from the album The Jets (1985)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #3 (two weeks)
Weeks in the top-40: 13

Today's Song of the Day is from the R&B/pop family act the Jets, who are the children of Samoan-American parents in Minnesota. Like the Osmonds, the Mormon siblings of the Wolfgramm family started performing together as children, and released their debut album in 1985. The first single from the album, the Prince-influenced "Curiosity", was a big hit on R&B radio, reaching #8 on the "Black Singles" chart in Billboard, but didn't make a scratch on the Hot 100 pop list. That changed with single number two, a pop/dance offering in the Madonna-lite vein, "Crush On You". Written by Jerry Knight and Aaron Zigman, the former being half of the Ollie & Jerry duo that went top-10 with the theme from Breakin', "Crush On You"was a fun, frenetic piece of dance radio fluff, but comparing the two makes it clear that the Jets practiced more on the dance moves in the video than possibly played on the record...


"Crush On You" became The Jets' first top-10 pop hit in May of 1986. The record also crossed over to #4 on both the R&B and Dance Club Play charts in Billboard as well. Internationally, the song was a top-10 success in both England (#5) and Canada (#9).

I love the song and the production on this pop gem, and they proved to be more than a one-hit wonder in soon enough time.

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Brit Sweep: October 26, 2014...






Hey folks, the end of the weekend is here, so it's time to check out the new songs making their way on to the just-released official singles chart in the United Kingdom this week, as Meghan Trainor spends a fourth week on top with "All About That Bass"...

The highest debut of the week on the top-200 is a rework of a song that originally went to #8 on the chart here twenty years ago. Neo-house act Waze & Odyssey take R. Kelly's "Bump & Grind" and land at #3 on the UK chart this week...(mind you, I have to say that Bump N' Grind did not appear on TP-2.com, the record the guy in the video puts on. It's on 12 Play. Just had to get that out.)


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Album Sweep: November 1, 2014 - Part One...


It's time to start out this week's "album sweep", sampling the records making their first appearance on the official Top 200 Albums sales chart in Billboard magazine. As usual, I've included highlighted links to pick up anything here, along with some of the artists' other major work. Support the talent! Since there are a whopping 33 newbies on the list I'm break this sweep into three parts this week, with the second part tomorrow and the third on Tuesday...

The top-selling album of the week last week is the second effort from country crossover duo Florida Georgia Line, who land their first #1 with Anything Goes selling close to 200,000 copies in its first week. (It's also the third country album in a row to top the albums chart; the first time in four years)...



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Songoftheday 10/26/14 - You already made up your mind just who you're looking for, and what kind of love you'll find...


Starship - "Tomorrow Doesn't Matter Tonight"
from the album Knee Deep In The Hoopla (1985)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #26 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 6

Today's Song of the Day comes from the band Starship, who re-emerged Bionic-Man-like after losing all the original Jefferson Airplane members save Grace Slick, only to score back-to-back #1 pop hits with "We Built This City" and "Sara". The third single from their Knee Deep In The Hoopla album, "Tomorrow Doesn't Matter Tonight", written by Robin Randall and Steven Cristol, was a slice of lite-rock that was actually a more enjoyable listen than the vapid commercialism of "We Built...". But what kind of gay life preserver is Grace wearing in this video?


"Tomorrow..." became the third top-40 pop hit from the album in May of 1986, while climbing to #25 on the Mainstream Rock chart in Billboard.

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Dance Sweep: November 1, 2014...


I'm ready to wrap up today's "chart sweeps", checking out the songs making the charts in Billboard magazine, with the latest dance jams in the clubs and on the radio...

On the DJ-polled Dance Club Play chart, Olivia Somerlyn lands her first #1 hit with "Parachute"...

The top new entry is a rework of a song that topped the dance chart back in 1995, "Everybody Be Somebody", from New Jersey's Ruffneck with vocals from Yavahn...


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Country Sweep: November 1, 2014...






Part four of today's "chart sweeps" has the latest country songs on the radio as monitored by Billboard magazine.

On their Country Airplay chart, Jason Aldean scores his twelfth #1 single with "Burnin' It Down"...

Racing in at #31 is Toby Keith with his latest, "Drunk Americans". It's the first single from his upcoming 35 MPH Town. He's had 20 #1 hits so far, the most recent being "Made In America" in 2011..


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Soul Sweep: November 1, 2014...


We're at the "hump" of today's "chart sweeps", sampling the songs making the airplay charts in Billboard magazine, and now I'm serving up the latest songs on R&B radio...

On the main R&B/Hip Hop Airplay chart, Chris Brown spends a second week at #1 with "New Flame"...

The sole debut on the chart at #50 is rapper Cash Out with "Let's Get It" featuring Wiz Khalifa and Ty Dolla Sign. It's the title track to his debut full-length album...


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Rock Sweep: November 1, 2014...






Round two of this week's "chart sweeps" brings you the latest songs to make the rock radio charts this week in Billboard magazine...

On the main Rock Airplay chart, Milky Chance spend a fourth week on top with "Stolen Dance"....

What threatens another week at #1 here is the return of the Foo Fighters, as they rocket back on to the list at #5 with "Something For Nothing", my "Rock Pick of the Week". It's the preview of their upcoming  eighth studio album Sonic Highways. Since this aggregate charts' inception in 2009, they have landed three #1 hits with "Wheels", "Rope", and "Walk"...


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Pop Sweep: November 1, 2014...


It's time to kick off the first of today's five "chart sweeps", checking out the songs making their way on to the singles charts in Billboard magazine this week. As always, I'll start off on the pop side of things, then move on to what's new in rock, R&B, country, and dance music. And away we go...

On the "big chart", the Billboard Hot 100, which combines tallies from sales, internet streaming (like Spotify and YouTube), and radio airplay from all genres, there's an all-female top-5 for the seventh week in a row, with Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" on top for that amount of frames...

With the top-selling song of the week, Taylor Swift enters all the way up at #18 with "Out Of The Woods", the second track released from her upcoming 1989 album. The first, "Shake It Off", is at #2 for its seventh week after dropping from #1. It sounds more like 1987, like T'Pau's "Heart And Soul", no?


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Songoftheday 10/25/14 - If you would just be sensible you'd find me indispensable...



Honeymoon Suite - "Feel It Again"
from the album The Big Prize (1986)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #34 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 3

Today's Song of the Day is brought to us by the Canadian hard rock band Honeymoon Suite, who hail from the Ontario side of Niagara Falls. They came together under lead singer and guitarist Johnnie Dee in the early 80s. After winning a radio band contest, the group released their self-titled debut album in 1984, redoing the song that won the contest, "New Girl Now". That new single reached the top-40 in Canada, and moved them to the American pop chart, peaking at #57 as well as scaling to #7 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart. For their sophomore effort, the band brought in fellow Canuck rockers Loverboy's producer, Bruce Fairbairn, and the big-sounding single from the set, "Feel It Again", gave them major exposure on MTV...


"Feel It Again" became Honeymoon Suite's second top-10 rock hit in America, peaking at #8, while crossing over to be their first and so-far only US top-40 pop hit. It was also a big hit in Canada, peaking at #16.

The band would follow it up with a great power-ballad, "What Does It Take", but that single stalled at #52. After recording the theme for the Mel Gibson franchise starter Lethal Weapon, which surprisingly had no response in the States, the band switch producers to Ted Templeman (Van Halen's go-to) for their third record Racing After Midnight. While the lead-off single "Love Changes Everything" became their biggest Canadian hit at #9, it only scraped the chart in America, becoming their final pop (#91) and rock (22). The still continued to have current success in their homeland for a few more years, placing "Say You Don't Know Me" in their top-40 in 1991. The act continues to play the old rockers circuit with just Johnnie Dee and new members, though they did reunite briefly in the mid-naughties...

Up tomorrow: a transformed rock band has no use for the next day.