It's 80s throwback time, and this week I've got eight more forgotten nuggets from 1987, the year 19-year-old German Mathias Rust flies a plane into Russia and lands in Red Square, to be held for over a year...
Crowded House - "World Where You Live"
from the album Crowded House (1986)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #65
Songwriter: Neil Finn
This nugget from the trio from Down Under was released before their American breakthrough "Don't Dream It's Over" in Australia. Why it didn't make the top-40 in the US is a crime.
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Frozen Ghost - "Should I See"
from the album Frozen Ghost (1986)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #69
Songwriter: Arnold Lanni
Canadian rock darlings had their moment with this top-5 US rock hit decrying censorship.
Bee Gees - "You Win Again"
from the album E.S.P. (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #75
Songwriters: Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb, Robin Gibb
Two years before they returned to the top-10 in America with "One", the Brothers Gibb had a worldwide smash with this big-sound pop anthem that I adored back in the day.
David Hallyday - "He's My Girl"
from the album True Cool (1988)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #79
Songwriters: Cecilia Bullard, Kim Bullard, Richie Wise
The son of two French vocal legends, Johnny Hallyday and Sylvie Vartan, had an awkward minor hit with this soundtrack title track from the abominable gender-bending movie.
Level 42 - "Running In The Family"
from the album Running In The Family (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #83
Songwriters: Wally Badarou, Phil Gould, Mark King
Jazz/pop group from Britain didn't quite match the success of their top-10 UK single here, but the whole album is worth a re-listen.
Amazulu - "Montego Bay"
from the album Amazulu (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #90
Songwriter: Jeff Barry, Bobby Bloom
This bright and fun cover of the Bobby Bloom 1970 hit was a top-10 single in Canada, but the British band didn't get much traction in the US. I still own my original 12" single though.
Chicago - "Niagara Falls"
from the album Chicago 18 (1986)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #91
Songwriters: Bobby Caldwell, Steve Kipner
This ode to love using the grandeur of the tourist site as a reference, the band scraped the bottom of the chart with this single.
KTP - "Certain Things Are Likely"
from the album Certain Things Are Likely (1986)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #97
Songwriters: Simon Aldridge, Stephen Cusack, Hall Kingsley, Nick Whitecross
The band known in Britain as Kissing The Pink, forced to change to initials as Americans have coined a definition for that phrase.This track spent three weeks atop the dance chart, though.
That's it for this week's 80s trip..I'll return tomorrow with another Song of the Day, and my top 100 tunes for the week. take care!