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Subject: Lesser Known: The Official "Minor Hits of the 80s" Thread

Written By: whistledog on 09/15/08 at 8:40 pm

"Hits are hits no matter how high they chart".  I've said this many times, and I still and will always believe in it.  Outside of the Top 40, there are many good songs that not many people know about simply because they are not in the Top 40, so let me introduce you (or re-introduce you) to some, based on country they charted in. 

Here is a select 10 each from the US, Canada and the UK.  Not necessarily artists strictly from each country, just general songs that charted.  Some of these may not have been minor hits in other countries, but between these three nations, I have noted where else the song had charted.  Feel free to add others :)

(click a song title for a YouTube link)


UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
♦ Shot in the Dark - Playing With Lightning
♦ The Headpins - Just One More Time
♦ Industry - State of the Nation
♦ Fire Inc. - Tonight is What it Means to Be Young
♦ Urgent - Running Back
♦ Wax UK - Right Between the Eyes
♦ Luis Cardenas - Runaway
♦ Eight Seconds - Kiss You (When It's Dangerous)
♦ Paul Lekakis - Boom Boom (Let's Go Back to My Room)
♦ Rock and Hyde - Dirty Water


CANADA
♦ Lipps Inc. - How Long
♦ Joan Jett and the Blackhearts - The French Song
♦ Debbie Harry - Rush Rush
♦ Exude - Boys Just Want to Have Sex
♦ Mercy Mercy - It Must Be Heaven
♦ Paul Janz - Close My Eyes
♦ The Arrows - Heart of the City
♦ Matt Bianco - Yeh Yeh
♦ Book of Love - I Touch Roses
♦ Lisa Lougheed - Run With Us


UNITED KINGDOM
♦ Depeche Mode - Dreaming of Me
♦ Pale Fountains - Thank You
♦ Miquel Brown - So Many Men, So Little Time
♦ Bourgie Bourgie - Breaking Point
♦ Tik and Tok - Screen Me I'm Yours
♦ Lime - Unexpected Lovers
♦ The Dream Academy - Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want
♦ Modern Talking - Atlantis is Calling (S.O.S. For Love)
♦ Limahl - Love in Your Eyes
♦ The Associates - Heart of Glass



Subject: Re: Lesser Known: The Official "Minor Hits of the 80s" Thread

Written By: karen on 09/15/08 at 8:47 pm

Aah Tik and Tok.  I have the album that Screen Me I'm Yours is on.  DIdn't know anyone else had heard of them

Subject: Re: Lesser Known: The Official "Minor Hits of the 80s" Thread

Written By: whistledog on 09/15/08 at 8:55 pm


Aah Tik and Tok.  I have the album that Screen Me I'm Yours is on.  DIdn't know anyone else had heard of them


I came into them a few years ago during random searches for 80s songs I hadn't heard of before.  I love alot of that obscure British music of the 80s

Subject: Re: Lesser Known: The Official "Minor Hits of the 80s" Thread

Written By: Claybricks on 09/15/08 at 10:45 pm

RE: Book of Love - I Touch Roses, This song was played at the Limelight Club in Atlanta, Ga.

Here's a song I heard in Palm Beach Florida. The song only charted for 3 weeks in the U.S.A. The band is comprised of family members: Chris, Dan & Shishonee Flynn

Art In America - Art In America {1983}

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9d6ek3KDRI





Dan

Subject: Re: Lesser Known: The Official "Minor Hits of the 80s" Thread

Written By: whistledog on 09/15/08 at 11:40 pm


Here's a song I heard in Palm Beach Florida. The song only charted for 3 weeks in the U.S.A. The band is comprised of family members: Chris, Dan & Shishonee Flynn

Art In America - Art In America {1983}

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9d6ek3KDRI





Dan


That song didn't chart at all in the US Hot 100, but nonetheless, It's quite catchy.  I like :)

Subject: Re: Lesser Known: The Official "Minor Hits of the 80s" Thread

Written By: Claybricks on 09/16/08 at 12:06 am

Little America - Walk on Fire {1987}

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1TDgs4sWEw


Balaam & The Angel - I Love The Things You Do To Me {1987}

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTrBh9Ltomc



Dan

Subject: Re: Lesser Known: The Official "Minor Hits of the 80s" Thread

Written By: Henk on 09/16/08 at 12:24 am

Some additional information...


♦ Wax UK - Right Between the Eyes

CANADA
♦ Lipps Inc. - How Long
♦ Matt Bianco - Yeh Yeh

UNITED KINGDOM
♦ Pale Fountains - Thank You
♦ Miquel Brown - So Many Men, So Little Time
♦ Lime - Unexpected Lovers
♦ Modern Talking - Atlantis is Calling (S.O.S. For Love)



Subject: Re: Lesser Known: The Official "Minor Hits of the 80s" Thread

Written By: whistledog on 09/16/08 at 2:03 am


♦ Miquel Brown - So Many Men, So Little Time


I am glad she had Top 40 success somewhere.  Here in her native Canada, she had no chart singles in the Top 100 :(

Subject: Re: Lesser Known: The Official "Minor Hits of the 80s" Thread

Written By: Midas on 09/16/08 at 10:08 am



♦ Industry - State of the Nation

♦ Wax UK - Right Between the Eyes

♦ Paul Lekakis - Boom Boom (Let's Go Back to My Room)

♦ Book of Love - I Touch Roses

♦ Depeche Mode - Dreaming of Me

♦ Miquel Brown - So Many Men, So Little Time

♦ The Dream Academy - Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want



I have these songs on either vinyl or CD.  The tracks by Lekakis, Book Of Love and Brown were pretty popular in clubs back in the day.

Subject: Re: Lesser Known: The Official "Minor Hits of the 80s" Thread

Written By: Paul on 09/16/08 at 2:27 pm


♦ Miquel Brown - So Many Men, So Little Time

Despite it's relatively 'low' placing (strictly speaking, it's not even a UK hit, as our official data only includes the Top 75), this shifted quite a few copies, but the record label that issued it was a 'shoestring' affair and the song suffered promotion-wise...

It was #1 in the unofficial club chart for ages!

♦ Modern Talking - Atlantis is Calling (S.O.S. For Love)


Another minor UK hit from the previous year 'You're My Heart, You're My Soul' was, like most of their stuff, huge on mainland Europe...

Remember The Korgis? Here's the last of their British charters...
It spluttered to #56 in 1980, but is actually miles better than their bigger successes! (Poor quality video...sorry!)

And Marti Webb from the same year, climbing no higher than #61 with this! A travesty!

Subject: Re: Lesser Known: The Official "Minor Hits of the 80s" Thread

Written By: Henk on 09/16/08 at 3:33 pm


Remember The Korgis? Here's the last of their British charters...
It spluttered to #56 in 1980, but is actually miles better than their bigger successes! (Poor quality video...sorry!)


"If It's Alright With You Baby" reached the dazzling heights of #33 in our charts...

...but it wasn't their last charting single over here. The follow-up made it all the way to #6, thus making it their biggest hit. :o

After that, "That Was My Big Mistake" (self-fulfilling prophecy?) and "True Life Confessions" got stuck in bubbling under section.




Subject: Re: Lesser Known: The Official "Minor Hits of the 80s" Thread

Written By: Paul on 09/16/08 at 3:43 pm


"If It's Alright With You Baby" reached the dazzling heights of #33 in our charts...

You had a bit more taste than us, obviously!  ;)

...but it wasn't their last charting single over here. The follow-up made it all the way to #6, thus making it their biggest hit. :o

Heh! Sounds like it's at the wrong speed!  :D

I'm pretty sure we didn't even bother giving it a single release...

Here's one that did get a British release... (#63 in 1986)

(Along with a English translation, but you know what we're like!  ;))

Subject: Re: Lesser Known: The Official "Minor Hits of the 80s" Thread

Written By: Henk on 09/16/08 at 3:53 pm


You had a bit more taste than us, obviously!  ;)


I'm not so sure about that, when you see what utter garbage topped our charts...


Heh! Sounds like it's at the wrong speed!  :D

I'm pretty sure we didn't even bother giving it a single release...


And I'm pretty sure leaving out all of the vocals helped a lot. ;) It's still a pretty popular tune over here.


And speaking of pretty popular tunes...here's another (though it wasn't a big hit, only reaching #28. Still better than UK, though...)

Subject: Re: Lesser Known: The Official "Minor Hits of the 80s" Thread

Written By: Henk on 09/16/08 at 4:00 pm

Just thought of another song that wasn't a hit in UK...The The - Uncertain Smile

Well, it only made #31 in our Top 40. Not a big hit either.

Subject: Re: Lesser Known: The Official "Minor Hits of the 80s" Thread

Written By: Paul on 09/16/08 at 4:29 pm


Just thought of another song that wasn't a hit in UK...The The - Uncertain Smile

Well, it only made #31 in our Top 40. Not a big hit either.



Always promised a lot, but never quite delivered... :-\\

Now, put on your dancing trousers for...

A classic bit of Britfunk from 1981...
(So classic, that it never charted! However, HUGE in the clubs, as they say!)

...this belter from 1982 (although whoever uploaded it got the wrong Sharon!) (UK #38)

...and from the following year... (UK #52)
(Please note...I do not advise dancing in minefields!  ;))

Subject: Re: Lesser Known: The Official "Minor Hits of the 80s" Thread

Written By: Henk on 09/16/08 at 4:45 pm


Always promised a lot, but never quite delivered... :-\\

Now, put on your dancing trousers for...

A classic bit of Britfunk from 1981...
(So classic, that it never charted! However, HUGE in the clubs, as they say!)

...this belter from 1982 (although whoever uploaded it got the wrong Sharon!) (UK #38)

...and from the following year... (UK #52)
(Please note...I do not advise dancing in minefields!  ;))


Don't know the other two, but I do know Sharon Brown - she made it all the way to #13 over here.  8)

"Let's dance together in a minefield"....? :-\\ ??? :o  Somebody must've lost their marbles...

Subject: Re: Lesser Known: The Official "Minor Hits of the 80s" Thread

Written By: Paul on 09/16/08 at 4:52 pm


Don't know the other two, but I do know Sharon Brown - she made it all the way to #13 over here.  8)


There you are! You've definitely got a lot more taste!  ;)

(That Second Image song, if memory serves, was written by David Grant when he was off duty with Linx...)

"Let's dance together in a minefield"....? :-\\ ??? :o  Somebody must've lost their marbles...


Fair had me scratching my head!  ???

Subject: Re: Lesser Known: The Official "Minor Hits of the 80s" Thread

Written By: midnite on 09/16/08 at 6:50 pm

I LOVE this topic! Can we keep it going forever?  ALOT of good obscure tracks there!!!!

The girl in Fire Inc looks like an 80s version of Diane Lane, lol.
Uncertain Smile is my Favorite song by The The..


Here are a few GREAT obscure 80s songs that I know:

Sharon O'Neill - Maxine  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MiXEruBEwQ

The Triffids - Wide Open Road    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSMF3h7LE2Q

Rosie Vela - Magic Smile  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwaiZL51H6I

New Musik - This World Of Water  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iV6XNw7cJ0o



Subject: Re: Lesser Known: The Official "Minor Hits of the 80s" Thread

Written By: whistledog on 09/16/08 at 7:39 pm


I LOVE this topic! Can we keep it going forever?   ALOT of good obscure tracks there!!!!

The girl in Fire Inc looks like an 80s version of Diane Lane, lol.


That's cause it is Diane Lane in the 80s LOL
That song came from the 1984 motion picture 'Streets of Fire' which Diane Lane co-starred.  In the film, she lip synchs all of the songs

Subject: Re: Lesser Known: The Official "Minor Hits of the 80s" Thread

Written By: whistledog on 09/16/08 at 7:42 pm


...and from the following year... (UK #52)
(Please note...I do not advise dancing in minefields!  ;))


I-Level are great.  I have one of their albums on cassette somewhere

Subject: Re: Lesser Known: The Official "Minor Hits of the 80s" Thread

Written By: midnite on 09/16/08 at 9:05 pm


That's cause it is Diane Lane in the 80s LOL
That song came from the 1984 motion picture 'Streets of Fire' which Diane Lane co-starred.  In the film, she lip synchs all of the songs


Hahahaha. I had no idea. That explains why.  She was hot then.  Now that I realize that she older, she looks really good for her age. Mmmm.

Here are a couple more I would like to throw out there:

Paul Gardiner - Stormtrooper In Drag  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLNNq3mxrEw

Jean Beauvoir - Feel The Heat    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fzbS2WGh-g

Subject: Re: Lesser Known: The Official "Minor Hits of the 80s" Thread

Written By: SpaceHog on 09/16/08 at 10:19 pm

-What is this? they had a hit, which was a cover of the Spinners' I'll be around. It charted at Number 62. The video was strange.

Subject: Re: Lesser Known: The Official "Minor Hits of the 80s" Thread

Written By: barry on 09/16/08 at 10:24 pm

Love and Money - Candybar Express
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSKTbnWCj7I


Subject: Re: Lesser Known: The Official "Minor Hits of the 80s" Thread

Written By: whistledog on 09/16/08 at 11:47 pm


-What is this? they had a hit, which was a cover of the Spinners' I'll be around. It charted at Number 62. The video was strange.


I was just listening to that one the other day

Subject: Re: Lesser Known: The Official "Minor Hits of the 80s" Thread

Written By: midnite on 09/18/08 at 10:27 pm

Helix - Rock You    (not known much in the US)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_oBjinZQ7k

Subject: Re: Lesser Known: The Official "Minor Hits of the 80s" Thread

Written By: Foo Bar on 09/18/08 at 10:57 pm


Helix - Rock You    (not known much in the US)


Underrated band.  Any old-school glam-metalhead who enjoyed that would do well to get the rest of the discography.  "Gimme Gimme Good Lovin'" and "Heavy Metal Love" are (or should have been :) classics on either side of the border.

Subject: Re: Lesser Known: The Official "Minor Hits of the 80s" Thread

Written By: whistledog on 09/18/08 at 11:56 pm


Helix - Rock You    (not known much in the US)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_oBjinZQ7k



I'm always surprised when someone knows of Helix.  They were apparently a moderate success in the US rock chart with a few songs.  They were MASSIVE in their native Canada despite very few singles that made the Top 40.  Rock You was one of the most overplayed songs of 1984, and I still hear it all the time LOL

Subject: Re: Lesser Known: The Official "Minor Hits of the 80s" Thread

Written By: Foo Bar on 09/19/08 at 12:13 am


I'm always surprised when someone knows of Helix.  They were apparently a moderate success in the US rock chart with a few songs.  They were MASSIVE in their native Canada despite very few singles that made the Top 40.  Rock You was one of the most overplayed songs of 1984, and I still hear it all the time LOL


One good single sells the album. 

Gotta give 'em credit for a song for which "R", and "O", could be exchanged for "F", and "U" by millions of carfuls of headbanging teenagers to produce a parody that would have been unairable in the mid-80s.  (Now if you'll excuse me, I've gotta replace the leather wrap around my steering wheel.  Damn kid's worn a hole in it.  How the hell'd he do that in just six months of dirivng?)

Subject: Re: Lesser Known: The Official "Minor Hits of the 80s" Thread

Written By: Gis on 09/19/08 at 2:09 pm


I'm always surprised when someone knows of Helix.  They were apparently a moderate success in the US rock chart with a few songs.  They were MASSIVE in their native Canada despite very few singles that made the Top 40.  Rock You was one of the most overplayed songs of 1984, and I still hear it all the time LOL
They did pretty well in the U.K, certainly on the rock scene. We used to watch the Gimme Gimme Good Lovin' video over and over again. I saw them once, they were very very good live.

Subject: Re: Lesser Known: The Official "Minor Hits of the 80s" Thread

Written By: Class of 84 on 09/19/08 at 7:28 pm


RE: Book of Love - I Touch Roses, This song was played at the Limelight Club in Atlanta, Ga.

Here's a song I heard in Palm Beach Florida. The song only charted for 3 weeks in the U.S.A. The band is comprised of family members: Chris, Dan & Shishonee Flynn

Art In America - Art In America {1983}

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9d6ek3KDRI





Dan


A harp? That has got to be the only pop/rock group EVER to employ the services of a harp.....Whistledog????
I do like the song...

Subject: Re: Lesser Known: The Official "Minor Hits of the 80s" Thread

Written By: Class of 84 on 09/19/08 at 7:32 pm


Helix - Rock You    (not known much in the US)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_oBjinZQ7k



Some video! :o

Subject: Re: Lesser Known: The Official "Minor Hits of the 80s" Thread

Written By: Stinkyy on 09/20/08 at 1:15 pm

Glad for this thread so I don't have to start another.

I'm looking for an 80s internet radio station that plays lesser known songs or "b-sides."  Most of the internet radio stations play the SAME hits only.  Any suggestions?




Subject: Re: Lesser Known: The Official "Minor Hits of the 80s" Thread

Written By: Claybricks on 09/20/08 at 7:50 pm

Novo Combo - Up Periscope {1981}

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PWAt28goAY


Novo Combo - Too Long Gone {1982}

http://www.classicsshow.com/song%20clips/Novo%20Combo%20-%20Too%20Long%20Gone.mp3




Dan

Subject: Re: Lesser Known: The Official "Minor Hits of the 80s" Thread

Written By: tv on 10/01/08 at 5:11 pm

We've Only Just Begun(The Romance Is Not Over)-Glenn Jones

Subject: Re: Lesser Known: The Official "Minor Hits of the 80s" Thread

Written By: midnite on 10/03/08 at 6:45 pm

Novo Combo - dont know them. They sound interesting.
Glenn Jones - I think I recall this song.  Hmmm.

Here are a few tracks from my 80s catalog:

F.R. David - Sahara Night (1985)  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=935xqewvXdc
    I remember this as a kid, so it had to chart in the US.  I am not sure how high.

Colors - Never Mind  (1985)  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICdd1QCkH_E
    I love this song.  Refreshing and nice.

Christina - What's A Girl To Do  (1984)  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eveRrQEItYg
  Interesting lyrics and bizarre music.  Who can ask for me.  No idea if/where it charted.

Jimmy Hall - I'm Happy That Love Has Found You (1980)  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzUoAAfXQYw
    I dont know how I know this song, but it is a good one.

Subject: Re: Lesser Known: The Official "Minor Hits of the 80s" Thread

Written By: whistledog on 10/03/08 at 8:16 pm


F.R. David - Sahara Night (1985)  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=935xqewvXdc
     I remember this as a kid, so it had to chart in the US.  I am not sure how high.


That Jimmy Hall song reached US #27.  F.R. David's only charting single in America was 'Words', US #63 in 1983

Subject: Re: Lesser Known: The Official "Minor Hits of the 80s" Thread

Written By: tv on 10/06/08 at 5:32 pm

Feel So Real-Steve Arrington

Subject: Re: Lesser Known: The Official "Minor Hits of the 80s" Thread

Written By: Henk on 10/07/08 at 3:04 pm

Song To The Siren - This Mortal Coil

This tune (a cover of a Tim Buckley song) reached #29 in our charts.
This Mortal Coil was a collective initiated by Ivo Watts-Russell, and basically involved all of the artists signed to the 4ad Records label, recording covers as well as original material. For this tune, Watts-Russell used Cocteau Twins singer Elisabeth Fraser.
Fraser also featured on (and composed) "Teardrop" - a hit song for Massive Attack.

I know the song was used for a perfume commercial in our country ("Noa" by Cacharel). Don't know if that was used internationally. :-\\

Subject: Re: Lesser Known: The Official "Minor Hits of the 80s" Thread

Written By: whistledog on 10/08/08 at 8:31 pm

^ This Mortal Coil, there's a name I haven't heard in a while.  I have a cassette copy of their 1991 album 'Blood'

'Song to the Siren' is a good song.  I never really listened to it until last year when I started browsing minor UK chart hits (It reached #66 in the UK chart)

Subject: Re: Lesser Known: The Official "Minor Hits of the 80s" Thread

Written By: Midas on 10/09/08 at 8:07 pm


Song To The Siren - This Mortal Coil

This tune (a cover of a Tim Buckley song) reached #29 in our charts.
This Mortal Coil was a collective initiated by Ivo Watts-Russell, and basically involved all of the artists signed to the 4ad Records label, recording covers as well as original material. For this tune, Watts-Russell used Cocteau Twins singer Elisabeth Fraser.
Fraser also featured on (and composed) "Teardrop" - a hit song for Massive Attack.

I know the song was used for a perfume commercial in our country ("Noa" by Cacharel). Don't know if that was used internationally. :-\\


Part of this song is sampled/interpolated in in Messiah's "Temple Of Dreams" also.  And I dig "Teardrop". :)

Subject: Re: Lesser Known: The Official "Minor Hits of the 80s" Thread

Written By: midnite on 10/09/08 at 8:32 pm

Yeah, This Mortal Coil is great, as well as Dead Can Dance and all of Massive Attack's tunes! IMO.

Subject: Re: Lesser Known: The Official "Minor Hits of the 80s" Thread

Written By: midnite on 10/09/08 at 8:42 pm

How about Faith No More's "We Care Alot."  Honestly, I didn't know this one until i saw one of those sappy John Cusak movies.  I didn't even know it was Faith No More.  I do not believe it was a big hit.

I love this song!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDwiTxXzFsA

Subject: Re: Lesser Known: The Official "Minor Hits of the 80s" Thread

Written By: Midas on 10/09/08 at 8:44 pm


Glad for this thread so I don't have to start another.

I'm looking for an 80s internet radio station that plays lesser known songs or "b-sides."  Most of the internet radio stations play the SAME hits only.  Any suggestions?







City Of Glass has a lot of alternative B-Sides: http://www.cityofglassradio.com

Subject: Re: Lesser Known: The Official "Minor Hits of the 80s" Thread

Written By: slotscott on 10/10/08 at 7:26 pm


Chicken Outlaw - Wide Boy Awake


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrRvEisXuow

Subject: Re: Lesser Known: The Official "Minor Hits of the 80s" Thread

Written By: whistledog on 10/10/08 at 9:20 pm


Chicken Outlaw - Wide Boy Awake


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrRvEisXuow


I love that song

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