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Subject: 80s songs that were not hits but should have been

Written By: whistledog on 03/17/11 at 1:09 am

Here's three choices from me.  I don't even think these ones were singles, actually I know the last one definately was not ...

Masquerade - Love Hurts (1983)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXqi-8QRTLI

Industry - Romantic Dreams (1984)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKYmG6mbNU0

Big Country - Flame of the West (1984)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8-EiQYoMOo

Subject: Re: 80s songs that were not hits but should have been

Written By: Howard on 03/18/11 at 6:21 am

I've heard of the group Big Country and I thought that the song "In A Big Country" was their only hit.

Subject: Re: 80s songs that were not hits but should have been

Written By: Henk on 03/18/11 at 6:26 am


I've heard of the group Big Country and I thought that the song "In A Big Country" was their only hit.


Well, you thought wrong. :D :P

Subject: Re: 80s songs that were not hits but should have been

Written By: zcrito on 03/18/11 at 10:32 pm

Not bad. I like 'em in this order,

1. Industry - Romantic Dreams (1984)
2. Big Country - Flame of the West (1984)
3. Masquerade - Love Hurts (1983)

Subject: Re: 80s songs that were not hits but should have been

Written By: zcrito on 03/18/11 at 10:48 pm

How about these songs...
I don't think any of them made to the U.S. charts, but they're some of my favorites from the '80s.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXMh8PuLpxg
1983's, I Wanted Your Love - Luther Vandross
(my favorite Luther song)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=docmgx3y3zg
1984's, Don't Give It up Now - Lyres

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aC7IY46x0HA
1982's, Rip It Up - Orange Juice

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeuiHjTXlMw
1989's, Orangefield - Van Morrison

Subject: Re: 80s songs that were not hits but should have been

Written By: MaxwellSmart on 03/19/11 at 12:47 am

I had that Industry record.  Best known for "State of the Nation."    Jon Carin joined Pink Floyd later.  He co-wrote "Learning to Fly."

The Lyres were huge in Boston.

Wang Chung wasn't a favorite of mine, but every song on "Points on the Curve" had top 20 potential.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RrDB0cC8xE


The Human League: Seconds

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwpvHJN3QvI


Talking Heads: Pull Up the Roots

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H411fPsOfr0


Q Lazzarus: Goodbye Horses

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_DVS_303kQ

Subject: Re: 80s songs that were not hits but should have been

Written By: Howard on 03/19/11 at 6:20 am


How about these songs...
I don't think any of them made to the U.S. charts, but they're some of my favorites from the '80s.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXMh8PuLpxg
1983's, I Wanted Your Love - Luther Vandross
(my favorite Luther song)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=docmgx3y3zg
1984's, Don't Give It up Now - Lyres

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aC7IY46x0HA
1982's, Rip It Up - Orange Juice

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeuiHjTXlMw
1989's, Orangefield - Van Morrison



I think there are other songs by Luther that should've been a hit.

Subject: Re: 80s songs that were not hits but should have been

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/19/11 at 10:51 am


How about these songs...
I don't think any of them made to the U.S. charts, but they're some of my favorites from the '80s.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aC7IY46x0HA
1982's, Rip It Up - Orange Juice

Rip It Up by Orange Juice was a hit in the UK, it reach #8 in 1983.

Subject: Re: 80s songs that were not hits but should have been

Written By: MaxwellSmart on 03/19/11 at 10:59 am


Well, you thought wrong. :D :P


"In A Big Country" was their only Top 40 hit in the U.S.  They had other Top 40 hits in other countries, but "In A Big Country" is the only one people in the U.S. know.

Subject: Re: 80s songs that were not hits but should have been

Written By: Howard on 03/19/11 at 7:14 pm


Rip It Up by Orange Juice was a hit in the UK, it reach #8 in 1983.



Were they a new group from The UK? ???

Subject: Re: 80s songs that were not hits but should have been

Written By: Howard on 03/19/11 at 7:16 pm

How about Oran Juice Jones,I mean the song "The Rain" in 1986,He had other hits but I don't think made it in the top 10? ???

Subject: Re: 80s songs that were not hits but should have been

Written By: whistledog on 03/19/11 at 8:28 pm



Were they a new group from The UK? ???


Orange Juice had 9 chart singles in the UK between 1981-1984.  'Rip it Up' was their only Top 10.  The band made zero noise in North America, but lead singer Edwyn Collins did have a Top 40 across North America in 1995 with A Girl Like You


How about Oran Juice Jones,I mean the song "The Rain" in 1986,He had other hits but I don't think made it in the top 10? ???


In the R&B charts, but nothing to scream about in the mainstream parts past 'The Rain'.  A follow-up 'You Can't Hide From Love' was a minor hit.

Subject: Re: 80s songs that were not hits but should have been

Written By: whistledog on 03/19/11 at 8:32 pm


I've heard of the group Big Country and I thought that the song "In A Big Country" was their only hit.


Big Country had 23 UK Chart singles (15 of those were in the Top 40) between 1983-1999.  In my opinion, they were the greatest band ever to come out of Scotland

Subject: Re: 80s songs that were not hits but should have been

Written By: Howard on 03/20/11 at 6:33 am


Orange Juice had 9 chart singles in the UK between 1981-1984.  'Rip it Up' was their only Top 10.  The band made zero noise in North America, but lead singer Edwyn Collins did have a Top 40 across North America in 1995 with A Girl Like You

In the R&B charts, but nothing to scream about in the mainstream parts past 'The Rain'.  A follow-up 'You Can't Hide From Love' was a minor hit.


Thank You. :)

Subject: Re: 80s songs that were not hits but should have been

Written By: Howard on 03/20/11 at 6:35 am

How about Neneh Cherry's "Buffalo Stance" in 1988,I don't think she had any other hits other than that one? ???

Subject: Re: 80s songs that were not hits but should have been

Written By: whistledog on 03/20/11 at 11:34 am


How about Neneh Cherry's "Buffalo Stance" in 1988,I don't think she had any other hits other than that one? ???


She also had 'Kisses on the Wind'.  She was a bigger star overseas where she had 13 Top 40 hits in the UK

Subject: Re: 80s songs that were not hits but should have been

Written By: Howard on 03/20/11 at 5:33 pm


She also had 'Kisses on the Wind'.  She was a bigger star overseas where she had 13 Top 40 hits in the UK


Thanks WD.  :)

Subject: Re: 80s songs that were not hits but should have been

Written By: yelimsexa on 03/21/11 at 6:57 am

Someone on Youtube has posted a great series covering this topic (ditto for the '70s):

1980
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THmeC6XBSj0&feature=related

1981
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7r0WWpXiwQE

1982
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsbwyPnyux8

1983
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbsy9e0MeNI&feature=related

1984
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fn5a_o-dBds

1985
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ICoa8v3pfc&feature=related

1986
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSLBamqZFCw&feature=related

1987
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_Z93UvT8kw&feature=related

1988
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4d8Ck7TGTQ&feature=related

1989
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ES0IbfROMas&feature=related

Of course you have certain genres that would be bigger hits in other decades or even parts of the decade (some R&B and country for instance).

Subject: Re: 80s songs that were not hits but should have been

Written By: Howard on 03/21/11 at 7:22 am


Someone on Youtube has posted a great series covering this topic (ditto for the '70s):

1980
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THmeC6XBSj0&feature=related

1981
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7r0WWpXiwQE

1982
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsbwyPnyux8

1983
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbsy9e0MeNI&feature=related

1984
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fn5a_o-dBds

1985
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ICoa8v3pfc&feature=related

1986
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSLBamqZFCw&feature=related

1987
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_Z93UvT8kw&feature=related

1988
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4d8Ck7TGTQ&feature=related

1989
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ES0IbfROMas&feature=related

Of course you have certain genres that would be bigger hits in other decades or even parts of the decade (some R&B and country for instance).


Thanks for sharing,It was wonderful.  :)

Subject: Re: 80s songs that were not hits but should have been

Written By: whistledog on 03/21/11 at 9:10 am

Whoever made those videos, needs to recheck their facts.  The first video:

'Live Every Minute' was Ali Thompson's only hit in the States?
He had a Top 40 hit called 'Take A Little Rhythm'

Subject: Re: 80s songs that were not hits but should have been

Written By: whistledog on 03/21/11 at 9:13 am

Some of those also were big hits. 

'Imagination' by Belouis Some was Top 20 in the UK
'Kiss You (When It's Dangerous) by Eight Seconds was Top 20 in Canada
'Rain' by Dragon was Top 20 in Australia
'Rain in May' by Max Werner was Top 20 in the Netherlands

Subject: Re: 80s songs that were not hits but should have been

Written By: whistledog on 03/21/11 at 10:57 pm

In that 1984 clip, it chronicles Martha and the Muffins with 'Black Stations / White Stations', which they do state the group was popular in Canada (which is true; this song reached #26), but they also say they had several hits in the late 70s including 'Echo Beach'.  This is untrue.  'Echo Beach' was the band's first chart single, and it charted in 1980.

Subject: Re: 80s songs that were not hits but should have been

Written By: Howard on 03/22/11 at 6:28 am

I'm gonna say Natasha King's "AM-FM" in 1983,I know she followed up with another song "On Ice" a few years later.

Subject: Re: 80s songs that were not hits but should have been

Written By: Henk on 03/22/11 at 6:35 am


Some of those also were big hits. 

'Imagination' by Belouis Some was Top 20 in the UK
'Kiss You (When It's Dangerous) by Eight Seconds was Top 20 in Canada
'Rain' by Dragon was Top 20 in Australia
'Rain in May' by Max Werner was Top 20 in the Netherlands


Better yet: it was a Top 3-hit, and I'm quite sure it also charted in Germany.

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