Tuesday, November 25, 2014

6 of the 60s: 11/25/14 (1965)

It's time for this week's 60s flashback, with a half-dozen more nuggets from 1965, the year the Gateway Arch in St. Louis is completed....

Bob Dylan - "Like A Rolling Stone"
from the album Highway 61 Revisited (1965)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #2
Songwriter: Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan - Like a Rolling Stone (1966) by alexnesic66

This year someone paid two million smackers for a Dylan's handwritten lyrics. Wow.

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French Sweep: November 25, 2014...

Here's the top ten songs in France according to their official singles chart, as hometown hero David Guetta scores his third #1 hit (after "Gettin' Over You" and "Sweat") with "Dangerous" featuring Sam Martin...

1. "Dangerous" - David Guetta featuring Sam Martin (2)
2. "Chandelier" - Sia (1)
3. "Prayer In C (Robin Schulz Remix)" - Lilly Wood & The Prick (3)
4. "Fade Out Lines" - The Avener (5)
5. "Habits (Stay High)" - Tove Lo (4)
6. "Andalouse" - Kendji Girac (6)
7. "Blame" - Calvin Harris featuring John Newman (7)
8. "Diamonds" - Josef Salvat (DEBUT)
9. "Je Ne Dirai Rien" - Black M (10)
10. "All About That Bass" - Meghan Trainor (DEBUT)

Australian singer Josef Salvat lands his first top ten hit in France with his first time in even the top-100 with a cover of the Rihanna hit "Diamonds" (coincidentally co-written by the lady at #2, Sia)...

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Songoftheday 11/25/14 - Oh baby, I don't know why but somehow I always seem to get tangled up in my pride...

Rod Stewart - "Love Touch (Theme From Legal Eagles)
from the album Rod Stewart (Every Beat Of My Heart) (1986)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #6 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 12

Today's Song of the Day comes from Scottish singer/songwriter Rod "The Mod" Stewart, who we last saw with his 1984 album Camouflage, which reunited him with guitarist Jeff Beck and landed him a pair of American top-10 pop hits with "Infatuation" and "Some Guys Have All The Luck". Two years later, Rod released his self-titled fourteen album (called Every Beat Of My Heart outside of the States). Mostly produced by Bob Ezrin (KISS, Alice Cooper), the first single was a song from the Robert Redford/Debra Winger movie Legal Eagles. "Love Touch", produced by co-writer Mike Chapman, who penned it with song doctor Holly Knight and Gene Black, was a lite-reggae piece of fluff perfectly suited for toss-off "chick movie" fodder...

"Love Touch" became Rod's ninth American top-10 pop hit in August of 1986. The single went a notch higher on Billboard magazine's adult contemporary (or 'easy listening') chart at #5, and climbed to #26 on the Mainstream Rock radio chart as well. Internationally, the single was a top-ten hit in Ireland, and top-20 in Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, and New Zealand. It stalled at #27 in England, though his next single "Every Beat Of My Heart" rocketed to #2 there.

Up tomorrow: a gone-gone girl go-goes insane.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Robbed hit of the week 11/24/14 - The S.O.S. Band's "The Finest"...

The S.O.S. Band - "The Finest"
from the album Sands Of Time (1986)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #44

This week's "robbed hit" comes from the R&B/postdisco group the S.O.S. Band, who also knocked on top-40's door in America in 1983 with "Just Be Good To Me". In 1986 they recorded their third album with producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis (the Flyte Tyme guys behind Janet Jackson), Sands Of Time. The first single from the project, "The Finest", was written by the guys, and was white-hot on R&B radio...

Although "The Finest" climbed all the way to #2 on the R&B chart in Billboard, on the pop side the single stalled out at #44. The remix peaked at #8 on the dance club play chart as well. Internationally, the record did much better, becoming their second top-20 hit in England (after "Just Be Good To Me"), and landed in the top-40 in Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium, and New Zealand.

After lead singer Mary Davis left the Band in 1987, Chandra Currelley came on board, and they scored one more R&B top-ten hit in 1989 with "I'm Still Missing Your Love".  But the new-jack swing fad didn't suit their sound, and after another album with the #12 R&B hit "Sometimes I Wonder", Currelley left (she's starred in all of Tyler Perry's movies) and Davis returned, where they are on the oldies tour circuit...

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Album Sweep: November 29, 2014 - Part Two...

The second half of this week's '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 the new stuff when possible as well as some of the artists' other major work...

Twenty-year-old rapper Bobby Shmurda sends his first EP, Shmurda She Wrote (awesome name) to #79 on the chart. It contains the top-10 single "Hot N*gga", seen below...

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Songoftheday 11/24/14 - What in the world is this feeling catch a breath and leave me reeling? It'll get you in the end it's God's revenge!

The Blow Monkeys - "Digging Your Scene"
from the album Animal Magic (1986)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #14 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 10

Today's Song of the Day comes from the British new wave band the Blow Monkeys, who came together in the early 80s under lead singer Dr. Robert (Bruce Robert Howard), and released their debut album in 1984. That record went unnoticed, but with their second, Animal Magic, the band struck gold with a lite-disco-ish number that coyly referenced the AIDS crisis in the gay community and bars. "Digging Your Scene", written by Howard, was just enough subtlety to avoid being blacklisted for its theme, and the video completely whitewashed it all into a simple club performance...

Blow Monkeys - Digging Your Scene (1986) from MTVClassic1 on Vimeo.

"Digging Your Scene" became the Blow Monkeys' first and only American pop hit in August of 1986, while climbing up to #7 on Billboard's Dance Club Play chart. Internationally, the single was a top-40 hit in Germany and Italy, and peaked at #12 in their native Britain.

The following year the band released their next album, She Was Only A Grocer's Daughter, which was their biggest success in England, with first single "It Doesn't Have To Be This Way" going up to #5 on the pop chart there. They followed that with Whoops! There Goes The Neighbourhood in 1989, which included the Dr. Robert and Kym Mazelle house jam "Wait", which went to #7 on the chart in the UK. A hits set gave them their most recent top-40 rank with "Choice" (#32), and after that they faded, with their next album Springtime For The World only scoring a minor pop hit in the UK with the title track. In 1990 the band split, though they reconnected in 2008 and released a couple more albums.

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Brit Sweep: November 23, 2014...

The end of the weekend is here, and it's time to check out the songs making their debut on the just-released official singles chart in the UK this week, as three huge and deserving song vied for the top spot....

But there was no stopping the juggernaut that is Band Aid, as the 30th anniversary of the first "Do They Know It's Christmas?" single arrives, and Bob Geldof assembled yet another collection of artists such as Sam Smith, One Direction, Ellie Goulding, and more, with Bono along for the ride for the fourth time. The single sold over 300,000 copies in Britain, and proceeds are being directed to the effort to stop the ebola outbreak in Africa this time out. Lyrics were altered to reflect the new direction. Natch, it's my "Brit Pick of the Week", go and buy a copy, right?

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Album Sweep: November 29, 2014 - Part One...

Hey gang, I'm ready to roll out the first half of this week's "album sweep", sampling the records making the Top 200 Albums sales chart in Billboard magazine this week. This is the last week the "Top 200" will be a reliable sales chart, since the editors announced that they are changing the makeup of the chart to include not only individual track sales (where ten "singles"-like sales will equal an album), but internet streaming (where 1500 song streams will equal an album). Seriously. Maybe I should send them a dictionary to look up what an "album" is. Or are they so craven for a market that they'll never have since absolutely nobody pays any attention to their totally fictional "Artist 100" list they rolled out recently? Shit, make it easier and just ask a group of twelve-year-olds who they think should have the #1 album each week. I know that album sales are down, but we're still the biggest market in the world, and there's no reason to just shoot up numbers like that. Supposedly, they are retaining a sales-only chart on the side, but I'm still on the fence to whether I'll continue this part of the bloggie. But hey, I'm sure my OCD will just kick in..

Although three new albums sell over 100,000 copies in their first week, none of them could top Taylor Swift, who spends a third week on top with 1989 with over 300K sold. So after only three weeks that puts her probably only behind the soundtrack to Frozen and Beyonce's self-titled album in the year-end sales chart (which counts sales from December 2013 to November 2014)...

The alt-rock band Foo Fighters return at #2 with their eighth studio album Sonic Highways, which sold 190,000 copies in its first week. Seven of those eight have made the top-ten, with their last set Wasting Light going to #1 in 2011...

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Songoftheday 11/23/14 - I'd say, "Her values are corrupted but she's open to change", then one day she's satisfied and the next I'll find her cryin'...

Bangles - "If She Knew What She Wants"
from the album Different Light (1986)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #29 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 5

Today's Song of the Day comes from the all-woman rock band the Bangles, who got some help from "the purple one" as Prince wrote their breakthrough hit "Manic Monday". Their next single, "If She Knew What She Wants", was also written by a critically heralded artist, Jules Shear, whose love song turns more observational as they sing in the third person. The music video was directed by lead singer Susannah Hoffs' mom, Tamar...

"If She Knew What She Wants" became the Bangles' second top-40 pop hit in the U.S. in July of 1986. The single also crossed over to the adult contemporary (or "easy listening") chart at #24. Internationally, the song went top-20 in Germany and Switzerland, and top-40 in England, Australia, and Austria.

And truthfully, it's my favorite single from their Different Light album. The call and response over the jangly guitars just gets me every time.

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Dance Sweep: November 29, 2014...

I'm about to wrap up this week's 'chart sweeps' of the latest songs to make the Billboard charts with the latest dance jams in the clubs and on the radio...

On the DJ-polled Dance Club Play chart, Australian singer Vassy nabs her second #1 hit with "Hustlin'" with Crazibiza and remixer supreme Dave Aude'...

Gia follows up her #4 hit "Bombs Away" with "World" as the highest debut at #41...

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Country Sweep: November 29, 2014...

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

On their Country Airplay chart, Frankie Ballard scores his second (and consecutive) #1 hit with "Sunshine & Whiskey"...

Blake Shelton returns at #38 with "Lonely Tonight" featuring Ashley Monroe. It follows up his #1 single "Neon Light", and it's my "Country Pick of the Week"...

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Soul Sweep: November 29, 2014...

We're at the "hump" of today's "chart sweeps", checking out the songs making the various radio charts in Billboard magazine, and this time out I'm serving up the latest hits on R&B stations...

On the main R&B/Hip Hop Airplay chart, DJ Khaled spends a third week at #1 with "Hold You Down"...

Rapped Schoolboy Q claims the top entry of the week at #45 with "Hell Of A Night". It's the sixth single from his #1 album Oxymoron. He took "Studio" to #10 earlier this year...

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Rock Sweep: November 29, 2014....

Round two of today's "chart sweeps" is up, sampling the songs making the radio charts in Billboard magazine, and this time it's the latest hits on rock radio...

On the main Rock Airplay chart, the Foo Fighters spend a fourth week at #1 with "Something From Nothing"...

Punk/hardcore rock act Rise Against claim the top new entry of the week at #47 with "Tragedy + Time", my "Rock Pick of the Week". It's the second single from their Black Market album; the first, "I Don't Want To Be Here Anymore", went to #10 on this chart...

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Pop Sweep: November 29, 2014...

It's time to kick off the first of today's five "chart sweeps", sampling the songs making the various singles charts in Billboard magazine this week. As usual, I'll start out with the latest on the pop charts, then move on later in the day to the newest on rock, R&B, country, and dance radio (and clubs). And away we go..

On the "big" chart, Billboard's Hot 100, which combines tallies of sales, internet streaming (like YouTube and Spotify), and radio airplay of all formats, Taylor Swift manages to be the first woman to succeed herself at #1 as "Blank Space" leaps from #13 to the top replacing her "Shake It Off" after four non-consecutive weeks (it falls to #3)...

The top entry of the week at #65 is the first American hit for British producer Mark Ronson, whose work with Amy Winehouse and Bruno Mars has already been big hits here. He brings Bruno along for the ride for "Uptown Funk", my "pop pick of the week". (Mark's had four top-ten hits in the UK...)

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Songoftheday 11/22/14 - World turns black and white pictures in an empty room, your love starts fallin' down better change your tune...

Van Halen - "Dreams"
from the album 5150 (1986)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #22 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 7

Today's Song of the Day is from the hard rock band Van Halen, who recruited Sammy Hagar to be their new lead singer after David Lee Roth's departure, and scored a top-3 pop hit with the synthtastic "Why Can't This Be Love?". The most widely seen video for the second single, "Dreams", brought in the Blue Angels flying squad, catching the Top Gun fever without having to be a part of the movie....

"Dreams" became the second "Van Hagar" top-40 pop hit in July of 1986. The record also climbed to #6 on the Mainstream Rock radio charts. Internationally, though, the macho adrenaline kick didn't really transfer, as it missed the top-40 in Canada, Australia, and England.

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Friday, November 21, 2014

twostepcub's music chart for November 21, 2014...

Friday is finally here, so time to run down my top 100 tunes from the past week. Ed Sheeran scores his first #1 on my chart, while Sam Smith (pictured above) lands in the top-5. Songs from Chris Willis, Vassy, and OneRepublic make the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red), while former big hits from Weezer and Miranda Lambert drop off the list.

This Week              Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
1. Don't - Ed Sheeran (2)
2. Take Me To Church - Hozier (6)
3. All About That Bass - Meghan Trainor (1)
4. Secrets - Mary Lambert (4)
5. I'm Not The Only One - Sam Smith (9)
6. Stolen Dance - Milky Chance (3)
7. Rather Be - Clean Bandit f/Jess Glynne (5)
8. Riptide - Vance Joy (8)
9. Cool Kids - Echosmith (7)
10. Elevation - Erasure (15)
11. Gotta Get Away - The Black Keys (14)
12. Superheroes - The Script (12)
13. Shake It Off - Taylor Swift (13)
14. Bang Bang - Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj (10)
15. Stay With Me - Sam Smith (11)
16. Left Hand Free - alt-J (16)
17. Blame - Calvin Harris f/John Newman (19)
18. Do You - Spoon (18)
19. Animals - Maroon 5 (23)
20. Habits (Stay High) - Tove Lo (21)
21. Dangerous - Big Data f/Joywave (20)
22. Something From Nothing  - Foo Fighters (30)
23. Good Kisser - Usher (24)
24. Roller Coaster - Luke Bryan (17)
25. Black Widow - Iggy Azalea f/Rita Ora (27)
26. Chandelier - Sia (26)
27. Day Drinking - Little Big Town (31)
28. Neon Light - Blake Shelton (36)
29. Try - Colbie Caillat (39)
30. Break Free - Ariana Grande f/Zedd (22)
31. One Life - Chris Willis & Joachin Gerraud (46)
32. Prayer In C (Robin Schulz Mix) - Lilly Wood & The Prick (32)
33. Boom Clap - Charli XCX (33)
34. Somewhere In My Car - Keith Urban (38)
35. Rude - Magic! (35)
36. Flaws - Bastille (48)
37. Won't Look Back - Duke Dumont (37)
38. Maps - Maroon 5 (28)
39. Parachute - Olivia Somerlyn (43)
40. Burnin' It Down - Jason Aldean (34)
41. Sunshine & Whiskey - Frankie Ballard (51)
42. Leave The Night On - Sam Hunt (49)
43. A Sky Full Of Stars - Coldplay (29)
44. Let Me Down Easy - Paolo Nutini (56)
45. I Wanna Feel - SecondCity (45)
46. This Is How We Do - Katy Perry (50)
47. Wasted Love - Steve Angello f/Dougy (47)
48. Angel - Yoko Ono (52)
49. What's Best For You - Trey Songz (53)
50. Don't Tell 'Em - Jeremih f/YG (60)
51. Am I Wrong - Nico & Vinz (44)
52. Ghost - Ella Henderson (62)
53. Heroes (We Could Be) - Alesso f/Tove Lo (65)
54. Hustlin' - Vassy, Crazibiza & Dave Aude (69)
55. Bad Blood - Bastille (55)
56. Budapest - George Ezra (66)
57. Close Your Eyes - Parmalee (61)
58. Centuries - Fall Out Boy (68)
59. In Your Arms - Nico & Vinz (63)
60. Dirt - Florida Georgia Line (57)
61. I Lived - OneRepublic (76)
62. Rock This Party - Fuzztroniks (74)
63. Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran (67)
64. Bailando - Enrique Iglesias f/Descemer Bueno or Sean Paul and Gente De Zona (40)
65. Girl In A Country Song - Maddie & Tae (75)
66. The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone) - U2 (80)
67. Something In The Water - Carrie Underwood (82)
68. Ready Set Roll - Chase Rice (54)
69. Look At You - Big & Rich (83)
70. Battleships - Daughtry (72)
71. Shotgun Rider - Tim McGraw (79)
72. Wrapped Up - Olly Murs f/Travie McCoy (DEBUT)
73. Where It's At (Yep Yep) - Dustin Lynch (73)
74. Feelin' It - Scotty McCreery (84)
75. Perfect Storm - Brad Paisley (87)
76. Latch - Disclosure f/Sam Smith (71)
77. Sex Machine - Ralphi Rosario & HiFi Sean (78)
78. Yellow Flicker Beat - Lorde (88)
79. Tear The Roof Up - Alesso (59)
80. Headphones - Matt Nathanson f/Lolo (92)
81. Faded - Zhu (81)
82. You & I (Nobody In The World) - John Legend (86)
83. Cadillac Cadillac - Train (DEBUT)
84. Til It's Gone - Kenny Chesney (DEBUT)
85. Call My Name - Avery Sunshine (DEBUT)
86. Talladega - Eric Church (DEBUT)
87. Wrong Side Of Heaven - Five Finger Death Punch (DEBUT)
88. Trumpets - Jason DeRulo (100)
89. Fire - Gavin DeGraw (89)
90. What Are You Waiting For - Nickelback (91)
91. Waves (Robin Schulz Mix) - Mr. Probz (RE-ENTRY)
92. From Eden - Hozier (DEBUT)
93. Dangerous - David Guetta f/Sam Martin (95)
94. Fade Out Lines - The Avener (94)
95. The Devil In I - Slipknot (97)
96. Geronimo - Sheppard (DEBUT)
97. American Kids - Kenny Chesney (93)
98. Baby Don't Lie - Gwen Stefani (DEBUT)
99. Up All Night - Arty f/Angel Taylor (RE-ENTRY)
100. These Days - Take That (DEBUT)

There are ten 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, music, tour dates, and more. And here they are on video, after the break...

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Songoftheday 11/21/14 - You fell out of the clear blue sky to the darkness below, the smell of your flesh excites me blood starts to flow...

The Rolling Stones - "One Hit (To The Body)"
from the album Dirty Work (1986)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #28 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 4

Today's Song of the Day comes from the rock and roll legends the Rolling Stones, whose 20th American album, Dirty Work, had already scored them a top-5 pop hit with a cover of the soul nugget "Harlem Shuffle", although it came during a tumultuous time in the band's history, as lead singer Mick Jagger and lead guitarist Keith Richards were feuding over Jagger's solo side-career among other things. The second single from the album, although still credited to Mick as well, was written by Richards with Ronnie Wood. Led Zeppelin axe-man Jimmy Page donated a guitar solo to "One Hit (To The Body)", and Springsteen's future wife Patti Scialfa and Kirsty MacColl (the wife of the song's producer) sang backup...

"One Hit" became the second top-40 pop hit from Dirty Work in America in June of 1986, while climbing all the way to #3 on Billboard magazine's Mainstream Rock radio chart. Internationally the song went top-40 in Australia, but flopped out at #80 in their native Brtiain.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

8 of the 80s: 11/20/14 (1984)

It's Throwback Thursday 80s time, and this week I'm back to 1984, the year Bob Geldof and Midge Ure organize, write, and record the charity single "Do They Know It's Christmas?", which went on to be one of the biggest-selling singles of all time.

The Jacksons - "Body"
from the album Victory (1984)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #47
Songwriter: Michael Jackson

Possibly the worst song the brothers ever released. Marlon sang lead, and Michael and Jermaine couldn't even be bothered to show for the video. Fun to watch for the 80s aerobics cheesiness though.

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Aussie Sweep: November 20, 2014...

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 hold at #1 for a fifth week with "Thinking Out Loud"...

Hometown hero rap star Iggy Azalea moves in at #29 with "Beg For It" featuring Danish singer/songwriter MØ. It's Iggy's seventh trip in the Aussie top-50 - surprisingly she only climbed to #5 here with "Fancy" (her collab with Ariana Grande, "Problem", which "Fancy" kept from the top in America, peaked at #2 here)

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Songoftheday 11/20/14 - You said the devil told you that another mount will appear everytime somebody broken your heart...

Prince & The Revolution - "Mountains"
from the album Parade (Music from Under The Cherry Moon) (1986)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #23 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 6

Today's Song of the Day is by Prince, who's second foray into the movies Under The Cherry Moon had returned him to #1 on the American pop chart with "Kiss". The follow-up track, "Mountains", harkened back to his psychedelic work on his last album, Around The World In A Day. Now of course, he's still got his team of lawyers tracking any YouTube presence, and refuses to have his own channel, and now even his MySpace music page links this song to a "review clip", so f it. In the words of Steve Albini,

Well anyway, if you want to watch a bad copy of the clip, click on here....

"Mountains" became the second top-40 hit from the film in July of 1985. The song also crossed over to #15 on the R&B and #11 on the Dance chart in Billboard magazine. Internationally, while the record went top-20 in the Netherlands and Ireland, and top-40 in Germany and New Zealand, it stalled at #45 in England.

All in all, it's one of my more liked of his psychedelic tracks, so it's a shame I can't post it here.

Up tomorrow: the Glimmer Twins get punched in the gut.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

7 of the 70s: 11/19/14 (1974)

Today's "hump-day" 70s flashback goes back to 1974, the year German electro-rock pioneers Kraftwerk release their classic album Autobahn...

Al Wilson - "Show And Tell"
from the album Show And Tell (1973)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1
Songwriter: Jerry Fuller

Although Wilson had the hit with this emotive mid-tempo wonder, I grew up listening to the Johnny Mathis version that my mother adored.

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German Sweep: November 19, 2014...

Here's the top-10 songs on the official singles chart in Germany this week, as Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" remains on top for a sixth week...

1. "All About That Bass" - Meghan Trainor (1)
2. "Sun Goes Down" - Robin Schulz featuring Jasmine Thompson (2)
3. "Fade Out Lines" - The Avener (4)
4. "Geronimo" - Sheppard (3)
5. "Blame" - Calvin Harris featuring John Newman (6)
6. "Zeit Zu Gehen" - Unheilig (DEBUT)
7. "Shake It Off" - Taylor Swift (5)
8. "The Days" - Avicii (7)
9. "Auf Anderen Wegen" - Andreas Bourani (8)
10. "Lovers On The Sun" - David Guetta featuring Sam Martin (9)

German 'goth-rock' band Unheilig, from the Rhine-Westphalia region of the country, land at #6 with "Zeit Zu Gehen" ("Time To Go"). It's their sixth top-10 hit; they've been to #2 twice with "Geboren Um Zu Leben" and "So wie du warst"...

Songoftheday 11/19/14 - Hey hey honey when I`m without you I get a chill up and down my spine...

Models - "Out Of Mind, Out Of Sight"
from the album Out Of Mind, Out Of Sight (1985)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #37 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 4

Today's Song of the Day comes from the Australian new wave band Models, Led by former Melbourne schoolmates Sean Kelly (guitars) and James Freud (bass), Releasing their first single at the end of the 70s, they scored their first top-40 hit in Australia with their "Cut Lunch" EP (#38) in 1981. Two years later, the single "I Hear Motion" climbed up to #12 there. Their sound was a primitive electro-pop in the OMD vein (who they would find themselves opening concerts for in due time).

In 1985 the band released their fourth album Out Of Mind, Out Of Sight, which spun off five chart hits Down Under. The second, "Barbados", became a huge hit in their country, cresting at #2. They followed with the title track, which amped up the energy and the guitars to sound like a knock-off INXS, and finally they got their big break in America. The song, co-produced by Madonna's guru Reggie Lucas, was written by bassist Freud..

"Out Of Mind..." became the Models sole American pop hit in June of 1986. The single also made it to #22 on the Mainstream Rock radio chart in Billboard. Their follow-up single, "Cold Fever", also hit the rock radio chart at #29. The next year the band released what would be their final studio album, Models Media, and while they faded from American shores, they racked up three more top-40 hits in Australia, with "Hold On" reaching #21 in 1987. While Kelly went on to form the successful band Absent Friends (with former Models bandmates in the mix), songwriter Freud wouldn't have as lucky a go, eventually committing suicide in 2010.

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