Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Songoftheday 8/22/17 - At the playground ya know that's where I saw this cutie, this girl was swingin' and she looked so fly...

"Iesha" - Another Bad Creation
from the album Coolin' At The Playground Ya Know! (1991)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #9 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 15

Today's song of the day comes from the R&B vocal group Another Bad Creation, five boys in their pre-teen years. Coming from all over the country but landing in Atlanta, home of their producer Dallas Austin, the boys were mentored by New Edition member Michael Bivins, who was himself enjoying a huge success with his Bell Biv Devoe side-project. The quintet had the same drive, moves, and name-checking ability that NE had, but in a younger and more hip-hop vein. Their debut single, "Iesha", was written by Bivins and Austin, and was the first big pop hit that I can recall that sang about a name that was specifically African-American in origin. So Betty, Peggy Sue, and Mary can step aside for some Iesha. And while their voices were still maturing, the song itself was a substantial jam...


"Iesha" became ABC's first top ten pop hit in April of 1991. The single also climbed to #6 on Billboard's R&B chart.

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Robbed hit of the week 8/21/17 - 2nu's "This Is Ponderous"...

"This Is Ponderous" - 2nu
from the album Ponderous (1991)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #46

This week's "robbed hit" comes from the new wave band 2nu from Seattle, who had a left-field hit single with the spoken-word dance-pop novelty "This Is Ponderous". Seemingly inspired by such alternative dance acts like Art Of Noise, who had a top-40 hit with the similar-sounding "Paranoimia", vocalist Jock Blaney and songwriter Mike Nealy track the day of a man in a dream-like trance...


"This Is Ponderous" climbed to just above the halfway point on Billboard's Hot 100 pop chart in February of 1991. It's remained a cult favorite among lovers of novelty records and art-dance music. The band didn't have any radio success since, though one of their compositions, "Crossroads", was used in Johnnie Walker ads and probably is more known that this single was.




Songoftheday 8/21/17 - Why be afraid if I'm not alone, life is never easy the rest is unknown...

"Coming Out Of The Dark" - Gloria Estefan
from the album Into The Light (1991)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 14 

Today's song of the day comes from Cuban-American singer/songwriter Gloria Estefan, whose first solo-billed album Cuts Both Ways had landed her five pop hits on the Hot 100, including three that made the top-40 with "Here We Are", "Get On Your Feet", and the #1 single "Don't Wanna Lose You". However, when she was touring behind the album, her bus was hit by a truck, sending Gloria into the hospital in critical condition, requiring surgery and left her with two metal rods in her back. After almost a year in therapy, she re-emerged, not only to continue her tour, but with a new album, Into The Light, in the winter of 1991. The first single was an inspirational anthem that drew strength from her struggle to recover from the accident. "Coming Out Of The Dark", written by Gloria with husband Emilio and backup singer Jon Secada (who would have his own solo career come to pass in short time), was dramatic but not maudlin, and proved to be one of her "signature" songs...


"Coming Out Of The Dark" became Gloria's third (and so far most recent) #1 pop hit in the U.S. in March of 1991. The single also topped Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart for two weeks, and was her fourth and final single to cross over to their R&B chart at #60. Internationally, the song went to #1 in Canada for a week, and reached the top-40 in Belgium (#10), the Netherlands (#11), Ireland (#16), the UK (#25), New Zealand (#26), and Switzerland (#28). The "B-Side" of the single, the Spanish version "Desde la Oscuridad", climbed to #4 on Billboard's Latin Songs chart.

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Songoftheday 8/20/17 - Never knew uds, so cool as ice? Hear the vibes man they'll stupefy Ducks categorize us as hard criers, That's a lie we know why we're occupiers...

"Deeper Shade Of Soul"- Urban Dance Squad
from the album Mental Floss For The Globe (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #21 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 7

Today's song of the day comes from the Dutch band Urban Dance Squad, who were one of the first acts on the continent to have success with the rap & rock fusion that had given rise to American groups like Faith No More and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Forming in the city of Utrecht in the mid-80s, their first single, "Deeper Shade Of Soul", was named from the record it sampled, recorded by Latin jazz artist Ray Barretto in 1968. Barretto had a top-20 hit in 1961 with "El Watusi"...


The Squad, with lead singer/rapper Patrick Tilon from the former Dutch South American territory turned independent country of Suriname, along with DJ DNA (Arjen de Vreede), incorporated the Barretto track into a hip stoner/ghetto rider anthem that bridged the gap of college rock and R&B stations...


"Deeper Shade Of Soul" became the Urban Dance Squad's sole American pop hit, reaching the top-40 in March of 1991. Internationally, the record was a minor hit in their native Netherlands at #52 and in Australia at #56. Two more singles from the Mental Floss.. album, "No Kid" and "Fastlane", charted in the 50s in Holland. However, the album was much better than its reception belies.

The band wouldn't place on the American charts ever again, but continued to have success at home, eventually reaching the Dutch top 40 in 1994 with "Demagogue". They folded by the end of the decade, with Tilon appearing on the first two albums from Dutch DJ Junkie XL, and provided vocals for their chart hit "Zerotonine" in 1999 (#63 UK, #62 Netherlands).

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Songoftheday 8/19/17 - I looked out across the river today, saw a city in the fog and an old church town where the seagulls play....

"All This Time" - Sting
from the album The Soul Cages (1991)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #5 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 9

Today's song of the day comes from Sting, who had two very successful solo albums after disbanding the Police in the late 1980's. The second of those, ...Nothing Like The Sun, had scored him a pair of top-20 pop hits in America with "We'll Be Together" and "Be Still My Beating Heart". He also sent three tracks from that album to Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart: a cover of Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing" (#11), "The Lazarus Heart" (#30), and "An Englishman In New York" (#32), with the latter becoming the sole one from the record to make the top-40 in his native Britain courtesy of a dance remix from Ben Liebrand (#15). In 1990, Sting released his third solo effort, The Soul Cages, a deeply personal work dealing with his father's death. The first single, "All This Time", though, was upbeat in tempo and lush in production (using the then-new "Q Sound" 3D approximation technology), and radio took him back in...


"All This Time" became Sting's fourth top ten pop hit in the U.S. in March of 1991. The song was massive on rock radio, topping Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart for seven weeks, his solo career best (the Police's "Every Breath You Take" topped for nine weeks), while also hitting #1 on their Modern Rock list for two weeks as well. The track also climbed to #9 on the Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") chart. Internationally, the single spent a week atop the chart in Canada, hit the top ten in Norway (#7), and reached the top-40 in Ireland (#13), Switzerland (#18), France (#21), the UK (#22), the Netherlands (#22), Germany (#23), Austria (#23), and Australia (#26).

Despite the success of the single, and maybe because of the intimate nature of the album, "All This Time" was the only hit single from The Soul Cages on pop radio. The hard-edged guitar-led title track, which did manage to reach the top ten on the mainstream (#7) and modern (#9) rock radio chart, missed the pop Hot 100 completely, but made up for it by winning the first Grammy Award for Rock Song in 1992. A third release in the States, "Why Should I Cry For You?", climbed to #32 on the mainstream rock list. In Britain, the exotic-sounding "Mad About You" was offered as the follow-up to "All This Time", and stalled down at #56 (followed by "Soul Cages" at #57).

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Friday, August 18, 2017

twostepcub's music chart for August 18, 2017...


Friday's here, and it's time to run down my top 100 tunes from the previous week. Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee spend a fifth week at #1, while Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood (pictured above) climb a couple notches in the top ten. Songs from Calvin Harris/Pharrell/Katy Perry/Big Sean, Rudimental/James Arthur, and Karel Ullner make the biggest jumps on my chart (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red), while former big hits from Kings Of Leon, Ariana Grande, LP, and Joe Bermudez drop off the list. This eclipse is an omen I'm telling you...

This Week              Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Despacito - Luis Fonsi f/Daddy Yankee (1)
2. Attention - Charlie Puth (2)
3. There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back - Shawn Mendes (5)
4. Feel It Still - Portugal, The Man (4)
5. Run - Foo Fighters (6)
6. Redbone - Childish Gambino (3)
7. Believer - Imagine Dragons (7)
8. The Fighter - Keith Urban f/Carrie Underwood (10)
9. Don't Take The Money - Bleachers (9)
10. Malibu - Miley Cyrus (14)
11. Stay - Zedd & Alessia Cara (11)
12. Craving You - Thomas Rhett f/Maren Morris (12)
13. Drinkin' Problem - Midland (17)
14. No Such Thing As A Broken Heart - Old Dominion (18)
15. You Look Good - Lady Antebellum (15)
16. Castle On The Hill - Ed Sheeran (8)
17. That's What I Like - Bruno Mars (13)
18. It Ain't Me - Kygo & Selena Gomez (16)
19. Shape Of You - Ed Sheeran (19)
20. Swish Swish - Katy Perry f/Nicki Minaj (22)
21. Somebody Else Will - Justin Moore (24)
22. Flatliner - Cole Swindell f/Dierks Bentley (27)
23. High - Sir Sly (23)
24. The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness - The National (28)
25. Yours If You Want It - Rascal Flatts (20)
26. Something Just Like This - The Chainsmokers & Coldplay (26)
27. Dig Down - Muse (31)
28. Give Love - Andy Grammer f/Lunchmoney Lewis (32)
29. Do I Make You Wanna - Billy Currington (37)
30. My Fire - Nile Rodgers & Tony Moran f/Kimberly Davis (30)
31. HUMBLE. - Kendrick Lamar (21)
32. Slow Hands - Niall Horan (35)
33. Body Like A Back Road - Sam Hunt (33)
34. Love Is Love Is Love - LeAnn Rimes (38)
35. Issues - Julia Michaels (25)
36. The Cure - Lady Gaga (29)
37. Everything Now - Arcade Fire (41)
38. Now Or Never - Halsey (42)
39. The Man - The Killers (43)
40. Wish I Knew You - The Revivalists (40)
41. Feels Like Summer - Weezer (51)
42. Say You Won't Let Go - James Arthur (34)
43. Wild Thoughts - DJ Khaled f/Rihanna & Bryson Tiller (47)
44. Sometimes - Kat Graham (48)
45. Strip That Down - Liam Payne f/Quavo (49)
46. Symphony - Clean Bandit f/Zara Larsson (36)
47. Mama - Jonas Blue f/William Singe (57)
48. Hurricane - Luke Combs (44)
49. Holding On - The War On Drugs (60)
50. Save As Draft - Katy Perry (54)
51. In Case You Didn't Know - Brett Young (46)
52. Feels - Calvin Harris f/Pharrell, Katy Perry, and Big Sean (66)
53. Versace On The Floor - Bruno Mars (58)
54. Runnin' Out - After 7 (50)
55. Cold Little Heart - Michael Kiwanuka (45)
56. The Night We Met - Lord Huron (56)
57. Take It All Back - Judah & The Lion (53)
58. Drink Up - Train (62)
59. The Violence - Rise Against (63)
60. Can I Sit Next To You - Spoon (61)
61. My Girl - Dylan Scott (55)
62. Every Time I Hear That Song - Blake Shelton (52)
63. Song #3 - Stone Sour (59)
64. Small Town Boy - Dustin Lynch (64)
65. Level - Stokely (69)
66. Your Song - Rita Ora (68)
67. They Don't Know - Jason Aldean (74)
68. You, I & The Music - Junior Sanchez (78)
69. Thunder - Imagine Dragons (75)
70. OK - Robin Schulz f/James Blunt (70)
71. Now That We're Dead - Metallica (71)
72. Gltchlfe - Taryn Manning (73)
73. Waterfall - Stargate f/Pink & Sia (77)
74. Only Want You - Skylar Stecker (79)
75. Sugar Shack - Tami (76)
76. Heartache On The Dance Floor - Jon Pardi (84)
77. Let The World Be Ours Tonight - Deborah Cox (DEBUT)
78. 2U - David Guetta f/Justin Bieber (82)
79. Unforgettable - French Montana f/Swae Lee (83)
80. Praying - Kesha (85)
81. Sun Comes Up - Rudimental f/James Arthur (95)
82. We Get High - Karel Ullner (96)
83. More Girls Like You - Kip Moore (89)
84. Under My Skin - Kendra Erika (94)
85. Turn It Up - Kym Sims (DEBUT)
86. Dirt On My Boots - Jon Pardi (86)
87. Most Girls - Hailee Steinfeld (87)
88. Lights Out - Royal Blood (88)
89. For Her - Chris Lane (DEBUT)
90. My Man - Tamar Braxton (94)
91. One Of Us - New Politics (91)
92. Just You & I - Tom Walker (99)
93. More Than You Know - Axwell & Ingrosso (93)
94. Don't Matter Now - George Ezra (RE-ENTRY)
95. Rain - The Script (100)
96 Came Here For Love - Sigala f/Ella Eyre (RE-ENTRY)
97. Pretty Girl - Maggie Lindemann (97)
98. Only The Wild Ones - Dispatch (98)
99. Miracles (Someone Special) - Coldplay & Big Sean (DEBUT)
100. Power - Little Mix f/Stormzy (RE-ENTRY)

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

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Songoftheday 8/18/17 - Every night I say a prayer in the hopes that there's a heaven, but every day I'm more confused as the saints turn into sinners...

"Show Me The Way" - Styx
from the album Edge Of The Century (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #3 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 12

Today's song of the day comes from the arena rock band Styx, who after slipping in one more top-40 pop hit in the summer of 1984 with the execrable "Music Time", from a contract-fulfilling live album, the band split up. Both lead singers Dennis DeYoung and Tommy Shaw recorded a few solo albums, each scoring a top-40 pop hit with DeYoung's "Desert Moon" and Shaw's "Girls With Guns". In 1990, DeYoung reunited with Styx members James Young and brothers Chuck and John Pannozzo. Shaw was at that time in the "supergroup" Damn Yankees with Ted Nugent and Night Ranger's Jack Blades, and was riding high with the success of the top-10 pop hit "High Enough". In his place, the band brought in New Jersey local favorite Glen Burtnik, who was well known on the Jersey Shore venues that had previously started Bruce Springsteen and Southside Johnny. Their first album together was Edge Of The Century in 1990, and the lead track, "Love Is The Ritual", featured Burtnik on vocals (it was a leftover from his solo career). It sounded nothing like Styx's previous work, and more of a mix of hair-metal or Bon Jovi and white boy dance-pop of Robbie Nevil, and while it climbed to #9 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart, it stalled way down at #80 on the pop Hot 100. But the second single, "Show Me The Way", was written, produced, and sung by DeYoung, and his familiar almost-Broadway theatrical power-ballad style took them back to pop radio, where the first Iraq War had given a market for sentimental and inspirational songs like this to catch on with military families and friends, as it sounded like a rewrite of Bette Midler's "From A Distance"...


"Show Me The Way" became Styx's eighth (and so far last) top ten pop hit in March of 1991. The song also spent two weeks at #3 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart, spending over seven months on the list. Internationally, the single made it to #4 in Canada, and was a minor hit in Australia at #68.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Songoftheday 8/17/17 - Where do we go from here? What must we do to make that change?

"This House" - Tracie Spencer
from the album Make The Difference (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #3 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 14

Today's song of the day comes from R&B/pop singer Tracie Spencer, who at the age of twelve landed herself a top-40 pop hit with the infectious dance-pop jam "Symptoms Of True Love" in the winter of 1988. Two more singles from her debut album, "Hide and Seek" and a cover of John Lennon's "Imagine", reached the top-40 on Billboard's R&B chart as well. Two years later, Tracie released her sophomore record Make A Difference. The first single from the set, "Save Your Love", was another dance-pop confection like "Symptoms", but while it hit #7 R&B and #20 Dance, it missed the pop chart altogether. That was remedied, though, with the release of the second song from the album, "This House". Written by producers Matt and Paul Sherrod with Marty Spencer, the album version was remixed into a "house music" jam (tying in the name), and with inspirational lyrics of striving for peace and harmony among everyone, it resonated with Americans, landing Tracie the biggest pop hit of her career. The video had her singing among scenes with Native Americans...


"This House" climbed all the way to the top-3 on the American pop chart in March of 1991. The single also went to #7 on Billboard's R&B chart, while the remixes on the 12" single helped it up to #7 on their Dance Club Play list. Internationally, the single reached the top-40 in New Zealand (#26), and was a minor hit in the UK at #65 and Australia (#87).

The third single from the Make A Difference album, the youthful club jam "This Time Make It Funky", reached the top-40 on the dance (#13) and R&B (#31) charts, but stalled under the halfway mark on the pop Hot 100 at #54. Spencer slowed it down then with the midtempo love ballad "Tender Kisses", which rewarded her with her only R&B #1 hit, and almost made the top-40 at #42. That was followed by the even more slower "Love Me", which got to #48 pop and #2 R&B. She wouldn't be back until seven years later on her Tracie album.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Songoftheday 8/16/17 - Everybody needs a little place they can hide, somewhere to call their own don't let nobody inside...

"Shelter Me" - Cinderella
from the album Heartbreak Station (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #36 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 2

Today's song of the day comes from the glam/heavy metal band from Philadelphia, Cinderella, whose sophomore album Long Cold Winter had scored them a trio of top-40 pop hits with "Don't Know What You've Got ('Til It's Gone)", "The Last Mile", and "Coming Home". In 1990, the group released their third effort, Heartbreak Station, which was more blues/acoustic inclined and was led off with the single "Shelter Me". Written by lead singer Tom Keifer, it would be their last entry on the pop top-40, helped along with a MTV-ready video featuring Little Richard...


"Shelter Me" became Cinderella's fifth and final top-40 pop hit in February of 1991. The song also climbed to #5 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart, their highest ranking of their career. Internationally, the song reached the top-40 in Canada at #27, and was a minor hit in the UK (#55) and Australia (#48).

The band's second single from the album was the title track "Heartbreak Station", which also made the rock top ten at #10, but just missed the pop top-40 at #44. In 1992, their contribution to the Wayne's World soundtrack, "Hot And Bothered", got to #45 on the rock chart, and probably nice royalties from the success of the album. However touring behind the album caused Kiefer to require surgery to get his voice back, and Cinderella's next album took four years to emerge. That set, Still Climbing, sent lead track "Bad Attitude Shuffle" only to #37 on the rock radio list, and nowhere near the pop chart. They were dropped by their label, and went their separate ways, reuniting every now and then for touring and live sets, but Kiefer has had a solo album reach the chart in 2013.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Songoftheday 8/15/17 - Beautiful beautiful girl from the north, you burned my heart with a flickering torch...

"Candy" - Iggy Pop
from the album Brick By Brick (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #28 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 3

Today's song of the day comes from punk legend Iggy Pop, who was born James Osterberg Jr in suburban Michigan. Starting out as a drummer, and assuming the first name of "Iggy" for one of his bands the Iguanas, he put together his own group as the lead singer called the Stooges in the late 60's, dubbing himself "Iggy Pop". They released their self-titled debut album in 1969, with the cult classic "I Wanna Be Your Dog" barreling through speakers of those in the know at the time. It was produced by Velvet Underground member John Cale, and climbed to just about the halfway mark on Billboard magazine's albums chart. Their follow-up, Fun House, was even more chaotic and more revered by punk rock lovers, who deem this a seminal start to the genre. With drummer Scott Asheton and his brother Ron on guitars and then bass after Dave Alexander got booted, the band had a following but no big success. But heroin had crippled most of the band including Pop, and they split up in 1971.

A couple years later, with the help of David Bowie and his manager Tony DeFries, Iggy brought back the Stooges with guitarist John Williamson and the Asheton brothers. The result was the iconic punk precursor Raw Power, and again while the record did make the albums chart at #182, the band again descended into druggie hell, and were dropped by the label and management. Pop ended up in the hospital/rehab, put eventually set out with Bowie to Germany, where they recorded Pop's first solo album The Idiot, which came out in 1977 and contained an early version of Bowie's later top-10 pop hit "China Girl". Later that same year came his second solo disc, Lust For Life. The title track ended up a top-10 hit in the Netherlands and Belgium, helped by his set-destructing appearance on local "American Bandstand"-style show TopPop. The album also featured comedian Soupy Sales' sons Tony Fox and Hunt Sales, who would go on to play with Bowie as Tin Machine.

Pop went on his own after that, switching to Arista Records, bringing back Williamson and Stooge touring keyboardist Scott Thurston for the New Values album in 1979, but only the "I'm Bored" track saw a minor hit place in Australia, again helped by the controversial TV appearance. Releasing a scattering of albums in the early 1980's, with the single "Bang Bang" from his Party album reaching the American dance chart at #35, he again fell prey to drugs, until taking time off (with the help of royalties from Bowie's re-recordings of his "China Girl" among others) to clean up. He reemerged with Blah-Blah-Blah in 1986, and the set is my personal favorite of his, with single "Cry For Love" reaching #19 on the dance chart and #34 rock radio in the U.S., while "Real Wild Child (Wild One)" going all the way to #10 on the British pop singles chart. Two years later, Pop followed up with the Instinct record with Sex Pistols guitar man Steve Jones, which brought his punk sound back. Lead track "Cold Metal" slipped on to the rock chart at #37.

Iggy started the 1990's with a contribution to the soundtrack of the Michael Douglas movie Black Rain, "Livin' On The Edge Of The Night", that at the time would climb higher than his earlier work at #16 on the Modern Rock radio list. Produced by Don Was (of Was Not Was), the retro-rockabilly sounding track would end up on his next album, Brick By Brick. Was helmed the record, which sent the next single, "Home", to #2 on the Modern Rock chart for a week. But the third release from the set, "Candy", brought pop radio in on the party with the help of B-52's singer Kate Pierson, who was riding high after the success of her band's Cosmic Thing album. Written by Pop, it was by far his most "mainstream"-sounding record, and the mid-tempo alt-rock gem gave him his biggest American pop success...


"Candy" became Iggy's sole top-40 pop hit in the U.S. in February of 1991. The song also climbed to #5 on Billboard's Modern Rock radio chart, and #30 on the Mainstream Rock list. Internationally, the single reached the top ten in the Netherlands (#7), Australia (#9), and Belgium (#10), and got to #67 in the UK.

Later in 1991, Pop teamed up with Debbie Harry (whose partner Chris Stein produced one of his 80s records) for a cover of the Cole Porter standard "Well Did You Evah" for the AIDS benefit Red Hot & Blue album, which just missed the British top-40 at #42. Two years later, Pop put out American Caesar, and "Wild America" appeared on the rock radio list at #25.  He continued to act and record music through the decade, though his biggest notice came in 1996 when his "Lust For Life" song was a central part of the movie Trainspotting, which caused the song to finally enter the British top-40 at #26. A couple years later, he did even better with old track "The Passenger", which hawked Toyotas in a TV ad and went to #22 in the UK. Was came band to produce Pop's Avenue B album in 1999, and the single "Corruption" slipped on to the British chart on the bottom rung of #100. After a couple of high-profile featured gigs on electronic-rock act Dirty Vegas' British top ten hit "Aisha" (#9, 2000), and on punk princess Peaches' "Kick It" (#39, 2004), Iggy reunited with the Asheton brothers for his Skull Ring album in 2004, and single "Little Know It All", featuring pop-punk band Sum-41, became his most recent rock radio hit in the U.S. at #35.  He continued with the Ashetons to revive the Stooges with sax player Steve MacKay (who played on Fun House), Mike Watt on bass, and John Williamson again (after Ron Asheton died in 2009) for tours and a couple more albums. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010, and Iggy's most recent solo album, Post Pop Depression, was nominated for a Grammy for Alternative Rock album this year, losing to his late friend David Bowie's Blackstar set.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Robbed hit of the week 8/14/17 - George LaMond and Brenda K. Starr's "No Matter What"...

"No Matter What" -  George LaMond Duet with Brenda K. Starr
from the album Bad Of The Heart (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #49

This week's "robbed hit" comes from two Latin freestyle dance music stars, singers George LaMond and Brenda K. Starr. Lamond had just scored three consecutive top ten club hits with "Without You", "Bad Of The Heart", and "Look Into My Eyes", with the second one reaching the American pop top-40 in the summer of 1990. The fourth release from his debut album Bad Of The Heart would be a love ballad as a duet with Brenda K. Starr, who had enjoyed a pair of top-40 pop hits of her own including another ballad, "I Still Believe". "No Matter What", written by Ann Godwin and Larry Lange, was again another huge regional hit in the tri-state area around New York City...


"No Matter What" climbed to the half-way mark on Billboard's pop Hot 100 in January of 1991.

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Songoftheday 8/14/17 - Should have told you by now but I can't find the words, if I could show you somehow but I don't have the nerve...

"If You Needed Somebody" - Bad Company
from the album Holy Water (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #16 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 8

Today's song of the day comes from the British hard rock band Bad Company, who came together in London in the early 70's as a sort of "supergroup" of veterans of other bands. Lead singer Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke were in the blues-rock group Free, who scored a top-5 pop hit in America in 1970 with the guitar-rock classic "All Right Now". Mick Ralphs was one of the two guitarists in Mott The Hoople during the time of their biggest success, the top-40 "All The Young Dudes". Joining them was bass player Boz Burrell, who was in the progressive rock juggernaut King Crimson for their Lizard album. With that history, there was built-up anticipation for Bad Company's self-titled first album, which landed them a #5 hit in the States (and #15 in the UK) with their first single "Can't Get Enough", while the record topped the albums chart in the U.S. in 1974. A year later, their sophomore effect Straight Shooter, which sent another song, "Feel Like Making Love", to #10 on the American pop chart and #20 in Britain.  Both these albums were notable in that this "British" pedigreed band sounded more like the chunky gruff guitar fare of American bands, and that continued with their third record Run With The Pack, and resulted in a third consecutive top ten album and a top-20 pop hit with "Young Blood". However, as disco ruled mainstream radio and arena rock took over the turntables in the late 70's, their fourth release, Burnin' Sky, failed to give them a top-40 pop hit. Adapting to flush out their sound to a more electronic production, their 1979 effort Desolation Angels returned them to the top 20 in America with the rock radio staple "Rock and Roll Fantasy" (#13). But after a four-year break and another album in 1982, Rough Diamonds, fell through the cracks, even though single "Electricland" was a big hit at rock radio, spending two weeks at #2 on Billboard's Rock Tracks chart, but sputtered out at #74 on the pop list (which was dominated with soft-rock at the time). Bad Company would call it quits (if just temporarily) after that.

In 1986, Ralphs and Kirke revived the Bad Company name, though at the time Rodgers was busy teamed up with Lep Zeppelin axe Jimmy Page in The Firm ("Radioactive"). They instead hired Brian Howe, a British singer who had previously worked with Ted Nugent. Their first record together, Fame and Fortune, was the act's first to miss the top 100 on the albums chart (#106), but did have a moderately successful rock radio hit with "This Love" (#12) that slipped on to the pop Hot 100 at #85. Adding keyboardist Greg Dechert from Uriah Heep changed the sound dramatically, making them sound more like Foreigner (natch, with producer Keith Olsen on board). Although Burrell was credited on the album, it was actually Steve Price that played on the set.

Dropping Dechert to going back to a four-piece, Bad Company's next record, Dangerous Age, was a winner, landing three songs on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart top ten: "No Smoke Without A Fire" (#4), "One Night" (#9), and the hook-laden "Shake It Up", which also peaked at #87 on the pop chart. The album went gold (selling over a half-million copies), and with the set emphasizing the guitar hooks again (helped by producer Terry Thomas, who did magic with the underrated band Charlie in the 1980s), their momentum was rising on rock radio.

Price left them a trio of Ralphs, Kirke, and Howe for the act's next album, Holy Water, but that didn't slow things, with Thomas again producing and filling out their sound for the new decade. The title track was released as the first single, and while it was their third lead-off to stall out in the 80s on the pop chart (#89), it was their first to top Billboard's rock radio chart for two weeks. A second track from the album, "Boys Cry Tough", went to #3 on that list for two weeks, but pop radio gave it no attention. But by the spring of 1991, with the band touring with Howe's old compadre Nugent's new band Damn Yankees, Bad Company released their most pop-oriented single of the set, the "power-ballad" "If You Needed Somebody". Written by Howe and Thomas, the song finally gave the veteran rock band a proper "comeback"...


"If You Needed Somebody" became Bad Company's lucky seventh top-40 pop hit in the U.S. (and first in over ten years) in March of 1991. The single also climbed to #2 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart for two weeks. The single was also a minor hit in Canada at #51, but missed the British list altogether.

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Songoftheday 8/13/17 - Tailored suits, chauffeured cars, fine hotels and big cigars...

"Moneytalks" - AC/DC
from the album The Razor's Edge (1991)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #23 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 5

Today's song of the day comes from the iconic blues-hard rock band AC/DC, who came together in Australia the early 70's under Scottish-born brothers Angus and Malcolm Young. Their older brother George had already had success as a part of the Easybeats, who landed a top-20 hit in the U.S. with "Friday On My Mind" in 1967. With Dave Evans as the original singer, they were a glam-style outfit at first, and had a minor hit in Australia with "Can I Sit Next To You Girl" (#50, 1974). but quickly dropped that (and Evans, BTW). Recruiting fellow Scotsman Bon Scott, they released their debut album High Voltage in Australia in 1974, and the double-sided single "Love Song"/"Baby Please Don't Go" climbed to #20 in their adopted home country. Evolved into a Aerosmith-esque blues-rock outfit based on simple guitar hooks, they followed up with their TNT album, and scored back-to-back top ten hits Down Under with "High Voltage" (#10) and "It's a Long Way To The Top" (#9). After this success, the band got signed internationally by Atlantic Records, and following a rerelease of High Voltage as a distillation of the first two albums, AC/DC would release their third studio set, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap. With drummer Phil Rudd and bassist Mark Evans, the group landed a top ten hit in Australia with "Jailbreak" (later a million-selling EP in America), but the Dirty Deeds set wouldn't be released in the U.S. until 1981. In 1977 came Let There Be Rock, their first American success, which included their first minor hit in the UK, "Whole Lotta Rosie". A year later, Powerage came out with new bass player Curtis Williams, and from it the song "Rock and Roll Damnation" reached the British top-40 at #24. By then, the pattern of chunky guitar riffs and Scott's high, screeching voice drove the template of their music. The band closed the decade with the classic album Highway To Hell, which scored AC/DC their first pop hit in America with the title track, which almost made the top-40 at #47 in 1979.  Sadly, it would end up being Scott's last, dying of alcohol poisoning in 1980. In the aftermath, Atlantic finally put out the Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap album in the States, with the "Dirty Deeds" song climbing to #4 on the newly-minted Mainstream Rock Tracks chart in Billboard magazine.

Recoiling from the loss of Scott, the Youngs, Rudd, and Williams hired on another distinctive rough-voiced rocker, Brian Johnson, to assume lead vocals to finish the album they were originally working on with Scott, Back In Black. Like Highway to Hell it was one of the first big productions for Robert "Mutt" Lange, who would go on to have massive success with rock artists like Def Leppard, pop stars like Billy Ocean, and of course his now ex-wife Shania Twain. Back In Black proved to be the first big metal album of the 1980's, with two top-40 pop hits in "You Shook Me All Night Long" (#35), and "Back In Black" (#37), both becoming rock radio staples to this day. Also in Australia, both "You Shook Me" and "Rock N Roll Ain't Noise Pollution" reached the top ten. In 1982, the band released their For Those About To Rock We Salute You album, and while the title track climbed to #4 on the rock radio chart, the track "Let's Get It Up" rose to just miss the American pop top 40 at #44. The album itself was their first chart-topper in the U.S.

But after three huge albums with Lange, the band took things into their own hands, producing their next set, Flick Of The Switch, themselves. Although they landed a pair of British top-40 hits including "Guns For Hire", which also slipped on to the American chart at #84 (also #37 rock radio), the record under-performed their previous success, and with drug and alcohol problems Rudd was booted from the band, who took on Simon Wright. That was followed by Fly On The Wall, which barely made the top-40 on the albums chart and with lead single "Sink The Pink" stalling on the rock radio list at #44.
They recaptured their momentum in 1986 with some help from horror king Stephen King, who enlisted the band for his Maximum Overdrive film, and the soundtrack set, Who Made Who, which mixed AC/DC classics with new songs like the title track which climbed to #16 in the UK, #9 in Australia, and #23 on the American rock chart, resulted in the record becoming one of the top-selling albums of the year. Working upwards, the band called their brother George back along with Easybeats bandmate Harry Vanda to produce their next studio release, Blow Up Your Video. The album was a success, just missing the top ten in America at #12 and going to #2 in the UK, while single "Heatseeker" made it to #12 in Britain (they're highest charting single in original release) and #20 on the Mainstream Rock list in the U.S. However, alcohol was almost claiming another member, as Malcolm Young had to come off the booze, with nephew Stevie filling in until he got help. Also, Wright also left the band's drumkit to join Dio.

With new drummer Chris Slade from Manfred Mann, and Malcolm newly sober, the Young brothers set out to record their next album, The Razor's Edge, with Scott and Williams. They first sent "Thunderstruck" to rock radio, and it climbed to #5 on that chart and remains one of the best-loved singles (it also peaked at #4 in Australia and #13 in the UK). The second release, though, ended up being their biggest "pop" success. "Moneytalks", written by Angus and Malcolm Young and produced by Bruce Fairbairn (Bon Jovi, Aerosmith), would get mainstream pop radio on board in America, with lyrics checking off points of excess normal in the "greed is good" era of the Reagans and Bushes...


"Moneytalks" became AC/DC's third and so far most recent top-40 pop hit in February of 1991, outranking all their other singles on the chart. The single also went to #3 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart. Internationally, the song hit #9 in New Zealand, and got to the top-40 in Canada (#12), Ireland (#15), Australia (#21), the Netherlands (#24), Belgium (#26), and the UK (#36). The Razor's Edge album would be nominated for a Grammy Award in 1991 for Best Hard Rock Performance, losing to Living Colour's Time's Up, while the "Moneytalks" single was nommed a year later, with the trophy going to Van Halen's For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge record.

A third release from the Razor's Edge album, "Are You Ready?", topped the chart in New Zealand for a week, and got to #16 on the American rock tally. Another track from the set, "Rock Your Heart Out", was a minor Australian hit at #76.

After a soundtrack hit, "Big Gun" from the Schwarzenegger flick Last Action Hero topped the rock radio chart in America, AC/DC reunited with Phil Rudd on drums again for their 1995 album Ballbreaker. They returned to #1 on the rock chart with "Hard As A Rock", which also was their last original-release British top-40 hit at #33. They started the new millennium with the Stiff Upper Lip record, and the title track spent a month atop the Mainstream Rock list, their all-time best showing there. The next single "Satellite Blues" gave them their most recent Australian top-40 hit at #23.

Switching over to Columbia Records, it took eight whole years for another AC/DC studio album, and the result, Black Ice, was massive, hitting #1 although initially only being available physically in Walmart. The first single, "Rock N Roll Train", went to #1 on the rock radio chart, slipped onto the modern rock list at #25, while a dance remix (!) of the track even rolled on to the Dance Club Play chart in Billboard at #30. After another break (where they recorded a soundtrack for the film Iron Man 2 that hit the top-5), they re-emerged in 2014, though radically different. Malcolm had grown severely ill, and nephew Stevie joined again to permanently replace him, while Rudd, in even more trouble than before with drugs to the point of being arrested and convicted for plotting a murder, and bringing back Slade to the drums. Their most recent studio album, Rock Or Bust, came out that year, with both "Play Ball" (#5) and the title track (#8) becoming rock radio hits. "Rock The Blues Away" was their so-far last appearance on the American rock chart at #40. However, the tour behind the album was derailed due to Johnson's hearing loss, eventually causing the band to hire Guns N Roses frontman Axl Rose to take over lead vocals for at least the rest of the tour. As of now, the band's status and lineup is not completely clear (Williams also left in 2016), but the band remains one of the most long-standing successful rock bands in history, getting inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. They've been nominated for a Grammy Award seven times, winning the Best Hard Rock Performance in 2010 for "War Machine".

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Songoftheday 8/12/17 - I can't believe it although I did it, I've never been that kinda man...

"Heat Of The Moment" - After 7
from the album After 7 (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #19 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 5

Today's song of the day comes from the soul vocal trio After 7, who had back-to-back top-10 pop hits with "Ready Or Not" and "Can't Stop". As a follow-up, they re-released their first single, the uptempo jam "Heat Of The Moment". Written and produced by Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds (the brother of the group's Kevin and Melvin) along with L.A. Reid, the song originally hit #5 on Billboard's R&B chart back in the summer of 1989, though it stalled down at #74 on the pop Hot 100. Now with the momentum of the two huge hits behind them, and a peppier remix, radio was able to "get down" now...


"Heat Of The Moment" became After 7's third top-40 pop hit in February of 1991. Internationally, the record was a moderate hit in New Zealand, reaching #28, and slipped on to the British chart at #87. A fifth single from their debut album, "My Only Woman", climbed to #36 on the R&B chart, but missed the pop list altogether.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

twostepcub's music chart for August 11, 2017...


Friday's here, and it's time to run down my top 100 tunes from the previous week. "Despacito" from Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee claim a fourth week on top, while Foo Fighters (pictured above) roll up a couple notches in the top ten. Former big hits from Paramore, Dan Auerbach, Dan + Shay, and Darius Rucker drop off my list, while songs from the War On Drugs, Calvin Harris/Pharrell/Katy Perry/Big Sean, and Jason Aldean make the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red). Back home, second time repeaters suuuuuck....

This Week        Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Despacito - Luis Fonsi f/Daddy Yankee (1)
2. Attention - Charlie Puth (2)
3. Redbone - Childish Gambino (3)
4. Feel It Still - Portugal, The Man (4)
5. There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back - Shawn Mendes (7)
6. Run - Foo Fighters (8)
7. Believer - Imagine Dragons (5)
8. Castle On The Hill - Ed Sheeran (6)
9. Don't Take The Money - Bleachers (13)
10. The Fighter - Keith Urban f/Carrie Underwood (14)
11. Stay - Zedd & Alessia Cara (9)
12. Craving You - Thomas Rhett (10)
13. That's What I Like - Bruno Mars (11)
14. Malibu - Miley Cyrus (18)
15. You Look Good - Lady Antebellum (15)
16. It Ain't Me - Kygo & Selena Gomez (12)
17. Drinkin' Problem - Midland (21)
18. No Such Thing As A Broken Heart - Old Dominion (24)
19. Shape Of You - Ed Sheeran (19)
20. Yours If You Want It - Rascal Flatts (20)
21. HUMBLE. - Kendrick Lamar (16)
22. Swish Swish - Katy Perry f/Nicki Minaj (26)
23. High - Sir Sly (27)
24. Somebody Else Will - Justin Moore (30)
25. Issues - Julia Michaels (17)
26. Something Just Like This - The Chainsmokers & Coldplay (22)
27. Flatliner - Cole Swindell (29)
28. The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness - The National (32)
29. The Cure - Lady Gaga (25)
30. My Fire - Nile Rodgers & Tony Moran f/Kimberly Davis (34)
31. Dig Down - Muse (33)
32. Give Love - Andy Grammer f/LunchMoney Lewis (37)
33. Body Like A Back Road - Sam Hunt (23)
34. Say You Won't Let Go - James Arthur (28)
35. Slow Hands - Niall Horan (40)
36. Symphony - Clean Bandit f/Zara Larsson (31)
37. Do I Make You Wanna - Billy Currington (41)
38. Love Is Love Is Love - LeAnn Rimes (48)
39. Ghosting - Joe Bermudez f/Meg'n (39)
40. Wish I Knew You - The Revivalists (35)
41. Everything Now - Arcade Fire (51)
42. Now Or Never - Halsey (46)
43. The Man - The Killers (53)
44. Hurricane - Luke Combs (36)
45. Cold Little Heart - Michael Kiwanuka (45)
46. In Case You Didn't Know - Brett Young (44)
47. Wild Thoughts - DJ Khaled f/Rihanna & Bryson Tiller (57)
48. Sometimes - Kat Graham (52)
49. Strip That Down - Liam Payne f/Quavo (54)
50. Runnin' Out - After 7 (50)
51. Feels Like Summer - Weezer (61)
52. Every Time I Hear That Song - Blake Shelton (42)
53. Take It All Back - Judah & The Lion (49)
54. Save As Draft - Katy Perry (58)
55. My Girl - Dylan Scott (55)
56. The Night We Met - Lord Huron (60)
57. Mama - Jonas Blue f/William Singe (67)
58. Versace On The Floor - Bruno Mars (62)
59. Song #3 - Stone Sour (59)
60. Holding On - The War On Drugs (85)
61. Can I Sit Next To You - Spoon (66)
62. Drink Up - Train (64)
63. The Violence - Rise Against (75)
64. Small Town Boy - Dustin Lynch (69)
65. Heart Away From You - DJ Pebbles (65)
66. Feels - Calvin Harris f/Pharrell, Katy Perry, and Big Sean (86)
67. Reverend - Kings Of Leon (43)
68. Your Song - Rita Ora (74)
69. Level - Stokely (79)
70. OK - Robin Schulz f/James Arthur (70)
71. Now That We're Dead - Metallica (73)
72. Weak - AJR (72)
73. Gltchlfe - Taryn Manning (83)
74. They Don't Know - Jason Aldean (94)
75. Thunder - Imagine Dragons (77)
76. Sugar Shack - Tami (78)
77. Waterfall - Stargate f/Pink & Sia (91)
78. You, I, & The Music - Junior Sanchez (DEBUT)
79. Only Want You - Skylar Stecker (89)
80. Lost On You - LP (82)
81. All Around The World - Fenix f/Chris Casino (81)
82. 2U - David Guetta f/Justin Bieber (92)
83. Unforgettable - French Montana f/Swae Lee (93)
84. Heartache On The Dance Floor - Jon Pardi (DEBUT)
85. Praying - Kesha (DEBUT)
86. Dirt On My Boots - Jon Pardi (84)
87. Most Girls - Hailee Steinfeld (87)
88. Lights Out - Royal Blood (88)
89. More Girls Like You - Kip Moore (DEBUT)
90. One Last Time - Ariana Grande (90)
91. One Of Us - New Politics (DEBUT)
92. My Man - Tamar Braxton (DEBUT)
93. More Than You Know - Axwell & Ingrosso (DEBUT)
94. Under My Skin - Kendra Erika (98)
95. Sun Comes Up - Rudimental f/James Arthur (DEBUT)
96. We Get High - Karel Ullner (100)
97. Pretty Girl - Maggie Lindemann (97)
98. Only The Wild Ones - Dispatch (DEBUT)
99. Just You & I - Tom Walker (DEBUT)
100. Rain - The Script (DEBUT)

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Songoftheday 8/11/17 - It's been a long time since you left me, I didn't mean to make you cry...

"One More Try" - Timmy T
from the album Time After Time (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 16

Today's song of the day comes from Latin freestyle dance music singer Timmy T, who had slipped into the pop top-40 in American in the spring of 1990 with the club hit "Time After Time". That was followed by the uptempo dance jam "What Will I Do", which slipped on to the pop chart at #96, but did make the top-40 on the dance sales chart. The third single from the Time After Time album, however, would eclipse them all. "One More Try", a break-up ballad written and produced by the artist (under his real name Timothy Torres), was a bare-bones heartfelt tale of regret and wanting another chance, and it resonated enough to take it to the top of the pop chart...


"One More Try" became Timmy T's biggest pop hit, reaching #1 on the U.S. pop chart in March of 1991. The single also climbed to #4 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart. Internationally, the record reached the top-10 in Canada (#7), the Netherlands (#2), Sweden (#5), and Germany (#8). A fourth single from the album, the midtempo synthpop of "Over and Over", was a minor pop hit in the U.S. at #18, while another track from the set, the house music jam "Paradise", reached the top 20 in the Netherlands. In 1992, Timmy released a second album, All For Love, but by that time freestyle had been replaced in the clubs by Eurodance and pop-house. Timmy continues to perform in oldies freestyle shows.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Songoftheday 8/10/17 - The world was on fire and no one could save me but you, it's strange what desire will make foolish people do...

"Wicked Game" - Chris Isaak
from the album Heart Shaped World (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #6 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 11

Today's song of the day comes from retro-pop crooner Chris Isaak, who hails from northern California, and named his debut album, Silvertone, after his backing band. While the album was originally unnoticed nationally, in Australia he scored a minor hit with the moody Orbison-esque "Dancin'" (#77), while two other tracks showed up in the 1986 movie Twin Peaks. A year later, Chris released his self-titled sophomore effort, and slipped on the British chart at the bottom rung (#100) with "Blue Hotel". After being moved to the more artistic Reprise label from Warner Bros, he put out his third studio set Heart Shaped World. The first single from the record, the blues-rock number "Don't Make Me Dream About You", was his first radio hit in America, reaching #18 on Billboard's Modern Rock chart. However, it took David Lynch again to give Isaak his biggest success. Lynch used Isaak's Heart Shaped World track "Wicked Game" in his film Wild At Heart, and after radio stations were clamored with requests, the brooding tale of heartbreak got a proper single release, and the salacious black and white video from Herb Ritts (Madonna's "Cherish", Janet Jackson's "Love Will Never Do") turned heads on MTV...


"Wicked Game" climbed all the way to the top ten on the American pop chart in March of 1991. The single also went to #2 for a week on Billboard's Modern Rock radio chart, and #10 on their Mainstream Rock list. It also crossed over to #12 on their Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") chart. Internationally, "Wicked Game" topped the chart in Belgium, and reached the top-10 in Canada (#3), Sweden (#3), the Netherlands (#5), New Zealand (#7), Finland (#8), Germany (#9), and the UK (#10). Outside of America, the song was included on a compilation-style Wicked Game album, and in Britain "Blue Hotel" was re-released, scoring Chris a second top-40 British hit at #17.

In 1993, Isaak released his fourth studio record San Francisco Days, with lead single "Can't Do A Thing To Stop Me", a sound-alike in atmosphere to "Wicked Game", reaching #7 on the Modern Rock chart and #11 on the Adult Contemporary list, but missing out on the pop Hot 100 but "bubbling under" at #105 (it did reach the top-40 in the UK at #36, his third and last so far).

Two years later, Chris came within striking distance of the American Top-40 with "Somebody's Crying" (#45 pop, #27 Adult Contemporary, #34 Modern Rock). A second track from the Forever Blue album, "Go Walking Down There", was his most recent rock radio hit at #32. A third, the jump-blues homage "Baby Did A Bad, Bad Thing", was used in the movie Eyes Wide Shut in 1999 and landed on the Adult Top-40 radio format chart at #29. In the meantime, he also appeared in various TV and movie vehicles, and even starred in his own Showtime show in the early naughties. During that time, he sent his "Let Me Down Easy" single to #18 on the Adult Contemporary list and #15 Adult Top-40 in 2002. In 2004, he collaborated with Stevie Nicks on the holiday tune "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town", sleighing in at #25 AC. Five years later, he showed up on the new Adult Album Alternative ("Triple-A") format list at #5 with "We Let Her Down". Isaak's most recent studio album, 2015's First Comes The Night, reached #66 on the albums chart in the US.

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Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Songoftheday 8/9/17 - You were so blind to let me go you had it all but did not know, no one you'll find will ever be closer to all your dreams than me...

"Someday" - Mariah Carey
from the album Mariah Carey (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 15

Today's song of the day comes from vocal icon Mariah Carey, whose eponymous debut album had already scored a pair of #1 pop hits with the ballads "Vision Of Love" and "Love Takes Time". The third release from the record picked up the pace for the bubbly dance-pop kiss-off of "Someday". Written by Carey with Ben Margulies, the song warns a lover who is breaking up with her that he'll live to regret it...


"Someday" became Mariah's third consecutive #1 pop hit in March of 1991. The song spent a week at #3 on Billboard's R&B chart, while peaking at #5 on their Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio list. The remixed track topped the Dance Club Play chart as well. Internationally, "Someday" topped the singles chart in Canada, and reached the top-40 in New Zealand (#14), the Netherlands (#29), France (#38), and the UK (#38).

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Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Songoftheday 8/8/17 - I'll tell you what I know so well, your love is standing tall and swell

"I Don't Know Anybody Else" - Black Box
from the album Dreamland (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #23 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 4

Today's song of the day comes from the Italian dance music act Black Box, who landed a top-10 pop hit in America in the fall of 1990 with the neo-house bounce of "Everybody Everybody". However that record had a dirty little secret, as Weather Girl Martha Wash was hired to sing on the track, like almost all of the Dreamland album, but French model Katrin Quinol was used to lipsynch in the music videos and be on the single and album covers. This continued with the band's follow-up single, "I Don't Know Anybody Else". Written by the group's Mirko Limoni, Daniele Davoli, and Valerio Semplici, the song was released internationally originally before "Everybody" was, and was a huge success. The epic expression of love was a mistook lyric from Loleatta Holloway's "Love Sensation" (as was their international debut "Ride On Time") where "know" meant "love". Either way, it was Martha's best vocal performance on their album that sold this, and later she would sue successfully for credit...


"I Don't Know Anybody Else" became Black Box's second American top-40 pop hit in February of 1991. The single also climbed to #10 on Billboard's R&B chart, while the remixes from the 12" vinyl and CD singles helped it to top their Dance Club Play list for a week. Internationally, the track reached the top ten in Ireland (#2), Switzerland (#3), the UK (#4), Norway (#4), Australia (#6), Sweden (#8), France (#9), New Zealand (#9), and Austria (#10).

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