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Subject: 80s songs that were covers of 80s songs

Written By: whistledog on 04/12/20 at 3:29 pm

Here is one to start:

Whenever you Need Somebody is a 1987 song by Rick Astley, released as the 2nd single (4th in Canada) from his debut album of the same name; It was not released as a single in the US.  The original version was by O'Chi Brown in 1985.

O'Chi Brown:  UK #97 | US Dance #1
Rick Astley:  UK #3 | CAN #60

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Subject: Re: 80s songs that were covers of 80s songs

Written By: nally on 04/12/20 at 3:31 pm

"Funky Town" is the only one that comes to mind for me right now.

Lipps Incorporated first scored a hit with it in 1980, and then in 1986/87 the Australian band Pseudo Echo scored a hit with their version.

Subject: Re: 80s songs that were covers of 80s songs

Written By: whistledog on 04/12/20 at 7:48 pm

^ Love the Pseudo Echo version of Funky Town

Here is one from the UK called Only You.  It was first recorded by Yaz (or Yazoo depending on where you are from) in 1982, and covered by an acapella group called The Flying Pickets in 1983

Yaz/Yazoo:  UK #2 | US #67
The Flying Pickets:  UK #1 | CAN #17

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Subject: Re: 80s songs that were covers of 80s songs

Written By: Voiceofthe70s on 04/12/20 at 8:00 pm

The Waterboys
"Purple Rain"
live at the Pink Pop Festival
Galeen, Netherlands
May 19, 1986

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Subject: Re: 80s songs that were covers of 80s songs

Written By: whistledog on 04/12/20 at 9:24 pm

Here is Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want.  Originally a B-Side by The Smiths in 1984, The Dream Academy covered it the next year, and though their version only reached #88 in the UK, an instrumental version of it was famously used during the museum scene of the 1986 film Ferris Bueller's Day Off

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Subject: Re: 80s songs that were covers of 80s songs

Written By: wagonman76 on 04/12/20 at 10:23 pm

Downtown Train by Tom Waits in 1985. In 1987 both Patty Smyth and Mary Chapin Carpenter did their versions. I’ve had the Patty Smyth one in my collection since the 90s and always loved it. Then in 1989 came the Rod Stewart version that everybody knows.

Another one is How Am I Supposed To Live Without You. Written by Michael Bolton and Doug James in 1982. However Laura Branigan did the song in 1983, and Michael Bolton’s version didn’t come until 1989. So it’s almost like he remade his own song.

Subject: Re: 80s songs that were covers of 80s songs

Written By: robby76 on 04/12/20 at 11:22 pm

New Zealand / Malaysian band The Fan Club released their version of Spagna's "Call Me" in 1988. Though very close to the original, I generally think the vocals and production are much better.


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Subject: Re: 80s songs that were covers of 80s songs

Written By: wagonman76 on 04/12/20 at 11:33 pm

Pointer Sisters did Slow Hand in 1981. Conway Twitty did it in 1982. Both were popular on the radio.

Only The Young was written by Journey in 1983. Patty Smyth (with Scandal at the time) released a version in 1984. Journey’s version came out in 1985.

Subject: Re: 80s songs that were covers of 80s songs

Written By: whistledog on 04/13/20 at 7:02 pm


New Zealand / Malaysian band The Fan Club released their version of Spagna's "Call Me" in 1988. Though very close to the original, I generally think the vocals and production are much better.


I quite liked that

Subject: Re: 80s songs that were covers of 80s songs

Written By: whistledog on 04/13/20 at 7:42 pm

Here is What About Love, a 1985 song by the American rock band Heart.  Hailed as their comeback single, it is technically a cover song though in actuality, it is not … if that makes sense.  The song was originally co-written in 1982 by two members of a Canadian rock band called Toronto, but after recording it, was rejected for release by the rest of the band, and thus never originally appeared on a Toronto album until their original albums saw release on CD in 2002.  Because of this, the Heart version could actually be considered the original version as it was "released" first

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Subject: Re: 80s songs that were covers of 80s songs

Written By: yelimsexa on 04/14/20 at 2:16 pm

Always On My Mind
Willie Nelson (1982), followed by Pet Shop Boys (1987)

Pink Cadillac
Bruce Springsteen (1984), followed by Natalie Cole (1987)

Wind Beneath My Wings/Hero

Lou Rawls, Gary Morris, and Gladys Knight & The Pips (all 1983, with Gladys' version titled "Hero"), and then Bette Midler (1988), with future covers in subsequent decades, most notably Steven Houghton's. There was also a version by soul singer Little Milton recorded in 1989. One of the few songs of the 1980s that is both a "cover" in the traditional sense with several artists recording it around the same time when it is first written, along with the more contemporary definition that is synonymous with "remake".

I Found Someone

Laura Branigan (1985), followed by Cher (1987)

The Power Of Love (no, not the Huey Lewis & The News song)

Jennifer Rush (1984), followed by Laura Branigan (1987), and finally Celine Dion's in the '90s

Subject: Re: 80s songs that were covers of 80s songs

Written By: Voiceofthe70s on 04/14/20 at 2:25 pm


Always On My Mind
Willie Nelson (1982), followed by Pet Shop Boys (1987)

Pink Cadillac
Bruce Springsteen (1984), followed by Natalie Cole (1987)

Wind Beneath My Wings/Hero

Lou Rawls, Gary Morris, and Gladys Knight & The Pips (all 1983, with Gladys' version titled "Hero"), and then Bette Midler (1988), with future covers in subsequent decades, most notably Steven Houghton's. There was also a version by soul singer Little Milton recorded in 1989.

I Found Someone

Laura Branigan (1985), followed by Cher (1987)

The Power Of Love (no, not the Huey Lewis & The News song)

Jennifer Rush (1984), followed by Laura Branigan (1987), and finally Celine Dion's in the '90s


I'm not sure if "Always On My Mind" counts since it technically isn't a song that originated in the 80s that was then covered again in the 80s. (At least I THINK that's what this thread is supposed to be). It was first recorded in 1970 by BJ Thomas and then by Gwen McCrae, Brenda Lee and most notably Elvis Presley, all in 1972. So by the time Willie Nelson recorded it in 1982 it had already been covere many times in the 70s.

Subject: Re: 80s songs that were covers of 80s songs

Written By: yelimsexa on 04/14/20 at 2:28 pm

Well both of those '80s covers were Top 10 hits, so that sort of counts in some degree, even if the original version is from a previous decade. A lot of Christmas songs would probably fall into the same camp.

Subject: Re: 80s songs that were covers of 80s songs

Written By: karen on 04/14/20 at 2:28 pm

Kiss by Prince was released in 1986. This version reached number 6 in the U.K. Singles chart for that year.

The Art of Noise featuring Tom Jones released a version in 1988 which rose to number 5 in the U.K. charts. This song relaunched Tom Jones’s career

Subject: Re: 80s songs that were covers of 80s songs

Written By: CatwomanofV on 04/14/20 at 6:15 pm

How about Don't Stand So Close To Me. Both were done by the Police-1980 & 1986. Does that one count?


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Subject: Re: 80s songs that were covers of 80s songs

Written By: wagonman76 on 04/14/20 at 6:30 pm


How about Don't Stand So Close To Me. Both were done by the Police-1980 & 1986. Does that one count?
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Did they just re-release it or did they record a different version? If it’s a different version then I’d say it counts.

Subject: Re: 80s songs that were covers of 80s songs

Written By: whistledog on 04/14/20 at 7:53 pm

I wouldn't consider Always on my Mind simply because the song itself existed in versions prior to the 80s
Don't Stand So Close to Me '86 on the other hand would qualify as it was a new version by the band

Subject: Re: 80s songs that were covers of 80s songs

Written By: wagonman76 on 04/14/20 at 9:07 pm

Every Time You Go Away by Paul Young in 1985. Hall and Oates originally did it in 1980.

Subject: Re: 80s songs that were covers of 80s songs

Written By: whistledog on 04/18/20 at 1:27 am

Here's a really interesting one.  In 1984, Bruce Springsteen had a worldwide hit with Dancing in the Dark, a song that has stood the test of time and needs no introduction.  The following year, a group called Big Daddy released a cover version, but what they did was quite genius … they covered the music from the 1961 Pat Boone hit Moody River and set it to the lyrics of Dancing on the Dark and the end result was fantastic!  While their version was a Top 30 hit in the UK, it sadly did not chart in the US or Canada

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Subject: Re: 80s songs that were covers of 80s songs

Written By: robby76 on 04/18/20 at 9:47 am

Not really cover versions, as they were literally recorded at the same time. I presume Five Star for the UK market (May 1984) and New Edition for the US market (July 1984).


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Subject: Re: 80s songs that were covers of 80s songs

Written By: Philip Eno on 04/18/20 at 10:11 am

"Caravan of Love" is a 1985 R&B hit originally recorded by Isley-Jasper-Isley, the second half of The Isley Brothers' 3 + 3 lineup of the 1970s. Covered by British indie band The Housemartins released in November 1986.

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Subject: Re: 80s songs that were covers of 80s songs

Written By: robby76 on 04/18/20 at 10:35 am


"Caravan of Love" is a 1985 R&B hit originally recorded by Isley-Jasper-Isley, the second half of The Isley Brothers' 3 + 3 lineup of the 1970s. Covered by British indie band The Housemartins released in November 1986.



Wow never knew that! I loved the Housemartin's version. Thought that was the original as they seem like a very indie / credible band. I really like the rnb version too - probably more my style, but there's a lot of nostalgia with the Housemartin's version.

Subject: Re: 80s songs that were covers of 80s songs

Written By: Philip Eno on 04/18/20 at 10:39 am


Wow never knew that! I loved the Housemartin's version. Thought that was the original as they seem like a very indie / credible band. I really like the rnb version too - probably more my style, but there's a lot of nostalgia with the Housemartin's version.
I knew it is a cover, until I researched on it, I thought Isley original was much earlier, 60s even.

Subject: Re: 80s songs that were covers of 80s songs

Written By: wagonman76 on 04/18/20 at 12:29 pm


Every Time You Go Away by Paul Young in 1985. Hall and Oates originally did it in 1980.


And then the version by Blue Room for Planes Trains And Automobiles in 1987. This was always one of my favorite movies and I LOVE this version of the song. But until Youtube it was impossible to find anywhere unless you recorded it off the movie itself. It wasn’t even on the movie soundtrack which I have.

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Subject: Re: 80s songs that were covers of 80s songs

Written By: whistledog on 04/18/20 at 7:05 pm

The most covered Bryan Adams song of the 80s was a track he wrote and recorded in 1980 for his self-titled debut album called Hidin' from love.  While Adams' original only peaked at #64 in Canada, the most successful version was by a Scottish band called Rosetta Stone.  Their version peaked at #46 in Canada during May of 1982 and while it is fantastic, I think my favourite version was from 1984 by Bruce Murray (brother of country singer Anne Murray), though his version failed to chart

Rosetta Stone version:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2beOtFytheg

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Subject: Re: 80s songs that were covers of 80s songs

Written By: djdaffy1227 on 04/18/20 at 7:08 pm

Hi! It's been forever since I have been in this forum. Whistledog pointed me back to it as we were working on Canadian charts of the 80's. This is a fun topic:

Our lips are sealed-Go Go's and Fun Boy Three
Like a virgin-Madonna and Lords of the New Church
Heart and Soul-Exile and Huey Lewis & The News
I wanna know what love is-Foreigner and New Jersey Mass Choir
Up where we belong-Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes and the PTL Singers
There's no one quite like grandma-St Winifred's School Choir and Leilah & Jeordie
Sign o' the times - Prince and Simple Minds
Family man-Mike Oldfield and Hall & Oates
Song of the south-Johnny Russell and Alabama
Another one bites the dust-Queen & Sugar Daddy
Girl you know it's true-Numarx and Milli Vanilli
Alone-iTen and Valarie Stevenson & John Stamos and Heart
That's what friends are for-Rod Stewart and Dionne & Friends

I could probably go on  ;D



Subject: Re: 80s songs that were covers of 80s songs

Written By: whistledog on 04/18/20 at 7:19 pm


There's no one quite like grandma-St Winifred's School Choir and Leilah & Jeordie
Family man-Mike Oldfield and Hall & Oates


These ones stand out to me most first of all because i don't know why anyone would cover There's No one Quite Like Grandma, and why the cover was only a hit in Canada (it reached #27 in 1982) lol.  Leilah and Jeordie are the daughters of famed 70s singer Melanie Safka (Brand New Key), and though it did make the Top 40 in Canada, it was only in the chart for like 2 weeks lol

The Hall and Oates version of Family Man was not released as a single in Canada.  The original version by Mike Oldfield failed to become a major hit in many countries, but it did reach the Top 30 in Canada and was still popular at the time, so H&O decided to release a different single specifically for the Canadian market, so we got the John Oates' sung Italian Girls instead and it reached the Canadian Top 30

Subject: Re: 80s songs that were covers of 80s songs

Written By: djdaffy1227 on 04/18/20 at 8:08 pm

A few more I had to put down:

I didn't mean to turn you on-Cherrelle and Robert Palmer (The Robert Palmer version never made sense to me. I mean, how many times has a guy accidentally turned a girl on. Girls always accidentally turn guys on, it made sense for a woman to sing this  ;D )
Early in the morning-Gap Band and Robert Palmer (Robert liked those R&B songs)
You shook me all night long-AC/DC and Orbit
Love missile F1-11-Sigue Sigue Sputnik and Pop Will Eat Itself
When you were mine-Prince and Cyndi Lauper and Mitch Ryder
(Speaking of Cyndi) Girls just want to have fun-Robert Hazard and Cyndi Lauper
Somebody else mentioned Prince & Art of Noise with Tom Jones doing Kiss, Age of Chance did it as well.

Subject: Re: 80s songs that were covers of 80s songs

Written By: Philip Eno on 04/19/20 at 3:21 am



There's no one quite like grandma-St Winifred's School Choir and Leilah & Jeordie


These ones stand out to me most first of all because i don't know why anyone would cover There's No one Quite Like Grandma, and why the cover was only a hit in Canada (it reached #27 in 1982) lol.  Leilah and Jeordie are the daughters of famed 70s singer Melanie Safka (Brand New Key), and though it did make the Top 40 in Canada, it was only in the chart for like 2 weeks lol

The St Winifred's School Choir hold the distinction of being on TWO One Hit Wonders in the UK, as above, on "There's No One Quite Like Grandma" (1980), written for the 80th birthday of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, and on "Matchstalk Men and Matchstalk Cats and Dogs" (1979) by Brian and Michael, which concerned the paintings of L.S. Lowry.

Subject: Re: 80s songs that were covers of 80s songs

Written By: djdaffy1227 on 04/19/20 at 3:41 pm

Here's another one for Whistledog:

The Curly Shuffle-Jump N The Saddle Band and The Knuckleheads

Subject: Re: 80s songs that were covers of 80s songs

Written By: whistledog on 04/19/20 at 10:13 pm


Here's another one for Whistledog:

The Curly Shuffle-Jump N The Saddle Band and The Knuckleheads


I totally forgot about that one.  The Knuckleheads were Canadian and that was their sole hit.  I love both versions, but the ending of the Jump n the Saddle one is better

Subject: Re: 80s songs that were covers of 80s songs

Written By: Howard on 04/20/20 at 4:04 am


I totally forgot about that one.  The Knuckleheads were Canadian and that was their sole hit.  I love both versions, but the ending of the Jump n the Saddle one is better


When did The Knuckleheads do that version?

Subject: Re: 80s songs that were covers of 80s songs

Written By: whistledog on 04/20/20 at 3:14 pm


When did The Knuckleheads do that version?


1983.  It reached the Top 40 in January of 1984

Subject: Re: 80s songs that were covers of 80s songs

Written By: whistledog on 04/21/20 at 7:55 pm

Here is Turn it into love, a 1988 song by Kylie Minogue that appeared on her debut album.  It was only released as a single in Japan, however prior to its Japanese single release, British dance recording artist Hazell Dean recorded a version that reached #21 in the UK in 1988 and #38 on the US Dance chart and #19 on the Canadian Dance chart in early 1989.  While both versions are great, I side with the Kylie version only because I am a massive fan of her

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Subject: Re: 80s songs that were covers of 80s songs

Written By: robby76 on 04/21/20 at 10:57 pm


Here is Turn it into love, a 1988 song by Kylie Minogue that appeared on her debut album.  It was only released as a single in Japan, however prior to its Japanese single release, British dance recording artist Hazell Dean recorded a version that reached #21 in the UK in 1988 and #38 on the US Dance chart and #19 on the Canadian Dance chart in early 1989.  While both versions are great, I side with the Kylie version only because I am a massive fan of her



Yes I think I remember this fact - but only knew of it these last few years. I prefer Kylie too. She has more star factor.

Subject: Re: 80s songs that were covers of 80s songs

Written By: whistledog on 04/26/20 at 7:19 pm

One that has not been mentioned yet …

In 1982, Abba released a single called The Day Before You Came.  While it never charted in the US, it peaked at #32 in the UK and even reached #5 on the Canadian Adult Contemporary chart.  Two years later, British synth-pop duo Blancmange released a version that peaked at #22 in the UK.  Agnetha of ABBA in fact liked their version so much, she appeared in the video

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Subject: Re: 80s songs that were covers of 80s songs

Written By: whistledog on 04/26/20 at 7:37 pm

Here is a British female band called The Belle Stars with a 1982 song called Sign of the times.  By 1983, this reached #3 in the UK and also reached #75 in the US.  Also in 1983, a Canadian female group called Mens Room did a cover and it reached #9 in Canada

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Subject: Re: 80s songs that were covers of 80s songs

Written By: robby76 on 04/26/20 at 7:44 pm

The Romantics (US) and Bucks Fizz (UK). Whilst I like Bucks Fizz, nothing beats the original.

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Subject: Re: 80s songs that were covers of 80s songs

Written By: whistledog on 04/26/20 at 8:27 pm


The Romantics (US) and Bucks Fizz (UK). Whilst I like Bucks Fizz, nothing beats the original.


I forgot about that one.  I have several Bucks Fizz albums that are Canadian releases.  They tried to make themselves a name in North America, sadly they did not succeed, but that being said, their version was really good. 

Subject: Re: 80s songs that were covers of 80s songs

Written By: whistledog on 04/27/20 at 7:10 pm

Here is Stuck on you by Lionel Richie, a 1984 single that really needs no introduction.  That same year, just 3 months later, a British singer named Trevor Walters released a Reggae version, and though it was not a hit in North America, it charted higher than Lionel's version in the UK.  I love Lionel's version, it's what I know, what I grew up with and I will always love it, but Trevor's version was so well done, I kind of like it a little bit more

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Subject: Re: 80s songs that were covers of 80s songs

Written By: whistledog on 04/27/20 at 7:38 pm

Killer on the rampage was a 1982 song by Eddy Grant from his album of the same name.  It was never released as a single, but there were two covers in 1984, both released as singles.  One by a group called Mystic Rhythm (not sure where they were from) and one by a Canadian singer named Glen Johansen.  The song itself is so good, I will never understand why Grant never released his as a single

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Subject: Re: 80s songs that were covers of 80s songs

Written By: robby76 on 04/27/20 at 10:25 pm


Here is Stuck on you by Lionel Richie, a 1984 single that really needs no introduction.  That same year, just 3 months later, a British singer named Trevor Walters released a Reggae version, and though it was not a hit in North America, it charted higher than Lionel's version in the UK.  I love Lionel's version, it's what I know, what I grew up with and I will always love it, but Trevor's version was so well done, I kind of like it a little bit more.


Never heard that before. And I agree with you on all points, that turned out quite well.

Subject: Re: 80s songs that were covers of 80s songs

Written By: whistledog on 04/28/20 at 3:21 am

Here is a 1986 single titled Weak in the presence of beauty by a British group called Floy Joy.  This peaked at #85 in the UK and #68 in Canada.
The next year, British singer Alison Moyet released a version that peaked at #6 in the UK

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Subject: Re: 80s songs that were covers of 80s songs

Written By: whistledog on 04/28/20 at 3:40 am

In 1983, German singer/songwriter Drafi Deutscher released a song titled Guardian angel under the name Masquerade.  This became a hit in several European countries and even made the Top 40 in Australia.

Here's where it gets interesting:  In 1984, German singer Nino De Angelo released a version that peaked at #57 in the UK.  The year before, he recorded a German language version called Jenseits von eden and a translated version called East of eden, both which were released as singles.  I have a Canadian pressing of the East of eden version, but it never charted here

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Subject: Re: 80s songs that were covers of 80s songs

Written By: robby76 on 04/28/20 at 7:10 am


Here is a 1986 single titled Weak in the presence of beauty by a British group called Floy Joy.  This peaked at #85 in the UK and #68 in Canada.
The next year, British singer Alison Moyet released a version that peaked at #6 in the UK


Another eye opener! Just shows that no matter how good a song is, it (sometimes) takes an established star to make it a hit.

Subject: Re: 80s songs that were covers of 80s songs

Written By: whistledog on 04/28/20 at 8:21 pm

Here is British rockabilly singer Shakin' Stevens with his 1983 hit single Cry just a little bit.  This was reached #3 in the UK and also reached #67 in the US, becoming his only charting single in the US Hot 100.  It also peaked at #30 on the Canadian Adult Contemporary chart.  The song would see bigger success in North America through a 1985 version by American country singer Sylvia, which saw the Top 10 in both the US and Canada

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Subject: Re: 80s songs that were covers of 80s songs

Written By: whistledog on 04/28/20 at 8:26 pm

Here is the 1984 single Turning away by Crystal Gale, a #1 Country hit in both the US and Canada.  In 1986, a version by Shakin' Stevens peaked at #15 in the UK chart

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Subject: Re: 80s songs that were covers of 80s songs

Written By: whistledog on 04/28/20 at 8:31 pm

How about a Shakin' Stevens trilogy :D
It's well-known that he never became a big star in North America, but as a songwriter, he did reach the US Top 40 once.  In 1982, he had his first UK #1 with Oh julie, a song which he wrote.  Later that same year, Barry Manilow recorded a version that peaked at #38 in the US

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Subject: Re: 80s songs that were covers of 80s songs

Written By: whistledog on 05/01/20 at 7:08 pm

Here are the Was "brothers" Don and Dave with their unsuccessful 1981 single Where did your heart go?.  A 1986 version was the final single for Wham! in North America and reached #50 in the US and #81 in Canada
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Subject: Re: 80s songs that were covers of 80s songs

Written By: whistledog on 05/01/20 at 8:40 pm

Ian Thomas is a Canadian singer who (despite being a one hit wonder in the US with the 1973 hit Painted ladies) had a string of hits in his homeland during the 70s and 80s.  In 1981, he reached #28 in Canada with Hold on and to promote the song, he performed it on his brother Dave Thomas' sketch comedy show SCTV.  This caught the attention of Santana who recorded a version the next year that reached #15 in the US and #4 in Canada.  Ian was once quoted as saying "The Santana version paved my driveway"

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Subject: Re: 80s songs that were covers of 80s songs

Written By: whistledog on 05/01/20 at 8:46 pm

Hold on kickstarted a song writing career for Ian Thomas in America.  In 1981, he released a single titled The runner, and though it failed to chart, a 1984 version by Manfred Mann's Earth Band was a Top 40 hit in both the US and Canada

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Subject: Re: 80s songs that were covers of 80s songs

Written By: whistledog on 05/01/20 at 8:55 pm

More Ian Thomas you say? :D

The third single from Ian's 1981 album The runner was called Chains.  It reached #29 in Canada.  The next year, Chicago recorded a version for their comeback album Chicago 16.  While they never released their version as a single, they should have.  It's pretty good!

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Subject: Re: 80s songs that were covers of 80s songs

Written By: whistledog on 05/02/20 at 11:35 am

Here's one for our friends in Australia, oh and look, it's another Ian Thomas song lol

In 1985, Ian Thomas released As the days go by, and while it failed to chart, Australian singer Daryl Braithwaite peaked at #11 in Australia with a 1988 version.  Daryl is best known as lead singer of the rock band Sherbet / The Sherbs

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Subject: Re: 80s songs that were covers of 80s songs

Written By: whistledog on 05/02/20 at 11:41 am

There should be a compilation album of songs written by Ian Thomas but made famous by other artists.  Oh and look, it's Daryl Braithwaite again!

Another uncharted song by Ian Thomas, again in 1985 called All I Do.  Enter Daryl Braithwaite again in 1988, whose version peaked at #23 in Australia

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Subject: Re: 80s songs that were covers of 80s songs

Written By: whistledog on 05/02/20 at 11:54 am

Here is Eddie Schwartz, another Canadian singer-songwriter best known for his 1982 US Top 40 hit All our tomorrows and for writing the song Hit me with your best Shot for Pat Benatar.  In 1984, he reached #20 on the Canadian Adult Contemporary (A/C) chart Special girl.  That same year, America recorded a version that reached #6 on the US Bubbling Under chart (that's US #106), #15 on the US A/C chart and #7 on the Canadian A/C chart.  I like both versions, but this is an instance where the cover version is better

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Meat Loaf also recorded a version in 1986 that reached #81 in the UK.  It was also really good

Subject: Re: 80s songs that were covers of 80s songs

Written By: CatwomanofV on 05/10/20 at 2:01 pm

The Wind Beneath My Wings-by EVERYONE and his brother.  :D ;D ;D ;D ;D

-Bette Midler
-Sheena Easton
-Roger Whittaker
-Gladys Knight
-Gary Morris
-Lee Greenwood
-Lou Rawls
-Willie Nelson
-Etc, etc.


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Subject: Re: 80s songs that were covers of 80s songs

Written By: whistledog on 05/23/20 at 11:15 pm

Here are two actors who briefly dabbled in music back in the day.  Nick Jameson was once upon a time a member of Foghat.  Jack Wagner is a well-known soap star and also well-known for his 1984 Top 10 hit All I need

Weatherman - Nick Jameson (1986), peaked at US #95
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Weatherman says - Jack Wagner (1987), peaked at US #67
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Subject: Re: 80s songs that were covers of 80s songs

Written By: whistledog on 06/02/20 at 11:23 pm

Here is White flags by Blue Oyster Cult from 1985.  Originally written by Canadian brothers Hughie and Gordie Leggat and recorded under the name Leggat in 1982.  Neither version was a hit, but both were released as singles.  This song in general is fantastic and both versions are great!

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Subject: Re: 80s songs that were covers of 80s songs

Written By: Henk on 07/21/20 at 1:09 pm

Love Will Tear Us Apart - originally by Joy Division (recorded in 1979, so technically a 1970s song, but released in 1980), covered by Paul Young (1984) (and many many others that probably did a better job!).


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=674KGKRQBPE  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zrc1GB7YVe0

Subject: Re: 80s songs that were covers of 80s songs

Written By: Henk on 07/21/20 at 1:23 pm

Fantasy Island is a 1982 song by Dutch band The Millionaires. It was originally sung in Dutch and entered Dutch preliminaries for the 1982 Eurovision Song Contest, but it didn't win the nomination. It failed to make a big dent in Dutch Top 40 as well, peaking only at #31.
It was then somehow handed to British pop trio Tight Fit, who took the song all the way to #5 in UK the same year!


Fantasy Island - The Millionaires (original Dutch version)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ym4GRuGvfw


Fantasy Island - The Millionaires (English version)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQjpD4ABpvY


Fantasy Island - Tight Fit

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

Subject: Re: 80s songs that were covers of 80s songs

Written By: whistledog on 09/06/20 at 6:28 pm

In 1982, a British group called Modern Romance peaked at #4 in the UK with a fantastic song called Best years of our lives  The next year, a Canadian group called Mens Room recorded a version, and while it was never released as a single, it appears on the soundtrack to the 1983 film Private School starring Matthew Modine. 

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Subject: Re: 80s songs that were covers of 80s songs

Written By: whistledog on 09/06/20 at 6:59 pm

Here is Young at heart by a Scottish group called The Bluebells.  Released in 1984, it reached #8 in the UK that same year (a 1993 re-release would top the UK chart).  The song was written by Bluebells member Robert Hodgens and the three girls of Bananarama and originally appeared as an album track on Bananarama's debut album Deep Sea Skiving in 1983

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Subject: Re: 80s songs that were covers of 80s songs

Written By: whistledog on 02/02/21 at 4:39 am

Here is a song called One Step Closer by Marilyn Martin.  It was an album track from her 1986 self-titled debut album.  Later that year, it was covered by a singer named Gavin Christopher as One Step Closer to You and peaked at #22 in the US and #35 in Canada.  His version is IMO one of the best singles of the 80s

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Subject: Re: 80s songs that were covers of 80s songs

Written By: robby76 on 02/02/21 at 10:04 am

Eighth Wonder for the UK and Martika for the US...

I'm giving the edge to Eighth Wonder.

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Subject: Re: 80s songs that were covers of 80s songs

Written By: whistledog on 02/02/21 at 2:50 pm

^ I had no idea Martika did a version of that.  She should have released hers as a single and gave Eighth Wonder a run for their money.  While not a big success in North America, the Eighth Wonder did peak at #56 in the US and was a Top 10 Club hit

Subject: Re: 80s songs that were covers of 80s songs

Written By: wagonman76 on 02/02/21 at 5:06 pm


^ I had no idea Martika did a version of that.  She should have released hers as a single and gave Eighth Wonder a run for their money.  While not a big success in North America, the Eighth Wonder did peak at #56 in the US and was a Top 10 Club hit


That Martika album is one of my favorites. I never knew that song was a cover.

Subject: Re: 80s songs that were covers of 80s songs

Written By: whistledog on 02/09/21 at 2:35 am

Heart and Soul
Exile, 1981 and Huey Lewis and the News, 1984

Exile's version only reached #2 on the US Bubbling Under Chart (US #102), but it peaked at #54 in the UK, charting higher there than Huey's version which only made UK #61

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