Monday, 9 July 2012

The Best Of 1979 - part 2

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We're halfway through my top 10 favourite songs from 1979. Here's the rest of the countdown...


Number 5 is “Don’t Bring Me Down” by Electric Light Orchestra. You know how songs conjure up crystal clear mental images – a drive along the coast, a starry night, first love… Well, the memory I get when I hear this song is being in our laundry as a kid. Great, hey? Obviously, everyone loves the “Bruce” bit of the song (even though Jeff Lynne was singing something else entirely) – but for me it’s all about that driving beat (which has led to the song’s appearance on more than one of my road-trip playlists) and those unmistakable ELO harmonies.




One of the main reasons I re-embraced 1979 can be found at number 4: “Don’t Stop 'Til You Get Enough” by Michael Jackson, which remains my favourite single he ever released. From the moment Michael yelps and the beat kicks in, it’s a giddy ride that does not let up – just like any good pop song should be.




At number 3 is the ingenious “Knock On Wood” by Amii Stewart. I’ve always loved a cover version that completely revamps the original recording – especially if it shocks purists. (See also: Pet Shop Boys’ “Where The Streets Have No Name (I Can’t Take My Eyes Off You)”, Tori Amos’ “Smells Like Teen Spirit”). And Amii’s energetic take breathed new life into the soul standard.




Number 2 is “Goosebumps” by Christie Allen, a song I clearly remember from a K-Tel compilation tape that got played on long car trips to Newcastle. I don’t know that I ever saw the film clip at the time, although I do like the tricksy split screen effects. “Goosebumps” reached number three in the proper charts, and Christie had another massive hit the following year with “He’s My Number One”, but this is the song I prefer.




And at number 1, “Video Killed The Radio Star” by The Buggles. Famously the first song played on MTV when it launched in the US two years later, it also kick-started the careers of band member Trevor Horn, who’d go on to produce for the likes of ABC, Frankie Goes To Hollywood and Seal, and video director Russell Mulcahy, who’d help turn Duran Duran into megastars. The best bit? Just when you think it’s all over, the “you are… the radio star” bit at the two-and-a-half minute mark leads into a final blast of the refrain.




My top 100 for 1979 in full:

1         VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
2         GOOSE BUMPS Christie Allen
3         KNOCK ON WOOD Amii Stewart
4         DON’T STOP ’TIL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
5         DON’T BRING ME DOWN ELO
6         DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW ABBA
7         BORN TO BE ALIVE Patrick Hernandez
8         I WAS MADE FOR LOVIN’ YOU Kiss
9         BABY IT’S YOU Promises
10       GIMME! GIMME! GIMME! (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) ABBA
11       LIGHT MY FIRE/137 DISCO HEAVEN (MEDLEY) Amii Stewart
12       GOOD TIMES Chic
13       ROCK WITH YOU Michael Jackson
14       HEART OF GLASS Blondie
15       WE ARE FAMILY Sister Sledge
16       THE BOSS Diana Ross
17       I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor
18       SOMETHING’S MISSING IN MY LIFE Marcia Hines
19       LOVE PAINS Yvonne Elliman
20       HOT STUFF Donna Summer
21       MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
22       COMPUTER GAMES Mi-Sex
23       GOT TO BE REAL Cheryl Lynn
24       DON’T STOP ME NOW Queen
25       SHAKE YOUR BODY (DOWN TO THE GROUND) The Jacksons
26       STAY WITH ME TILL DAWN Judie Tzuke
27       OFF THE WALL Michael Jackson
28       LET’S GO The Cars
29       POP MUZIK M
30       LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
31       CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE Queen
32       HONESTY Billy Joel
33       BOYS DON’T CRY The Cure
34       DREAM POLICE Cheap Trick
35       NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Donna Summer / Barbra Streisand
36       HAVEN’T STOPPED DANCING YET Gonzalez
37       I WANNA MAKE IT WITH YOU TONIGHT Monalisa & Terry Young
38       FEEL THE NEED Leif Garrett
39       DIM ALL THE LIGHTS Donna Summer
40       BOOGIE WONDERLAND Earth, Wind & Fire with The Emotions
41       HE’S THE GREATEST DANCER Sister Sledge
42       THE SECOND TIME AROUND Shalamar
43       THE RUNNER The Three Degrees
44       LE FREAK Chic
45       AIN’T NO STOPPING US NOW McFadden & Whitehead
46       WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
47       WITH YOU I’M BORN AGAIN Billy Preston & Syreeta
48       OLIVER’S ARMY Elvis Costello & The Attractions
49       HEAVEN KNOWS Donna Summer
50       DO THAT TO ME ONE MORE TIME Captain & Tennille
51       IS SHE REALLY GOING OUT WITH HIM Joe Jackson
52       MY SHARONA The Knack
53       ONE WAY OR ANOTHER Blondie
54       TRAGEDY Bee Gees
55       BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
56       I’M IN THE MOOD FOR DANCING The Nolans
57       ANGEL EYES / VOULEZ VOUS ABBA
58       SPACER Sheila B. & Devotion
59       SHINE A LITTLE LOVE ELO
60       ROXANNE The Police
61       SHAKE YOUR GROOVE THING Peaches & Herb
62       I WANNA BE YOUR LOVER Prince
63       I SEE RED Split Enz
64       DREAMING Blondie
65       WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
66       I’LL NEVER LOVE THIS WAY AGAIN Dionne Warwick
67       BAD GIRLS Donna Summer
68       MAMA CAN’T BUY YOU LOVE Elton John
69       WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES Doobie Brothers
70       LAST TRAIN TO LONDON ELO
71       DON’T HOLD BACK Chanson
72       WHATCHA GONNA DO WITH MY LOVIN’ Stephanie Mills
73       AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Earth, Wind & Fire
74       QUE SERA MI VIDA (IF YOU SHOULD GO) Gibson Brothers
75       CONTACT Edwin Starr
76       TAKE THAT TO THE BANK Shalamar
77       LADIES NIGHT Kool & The Gang
78       I COULD BE SO GOOD FOR YOU Dennis Waterman
79       CARS Gary Numan
80       MY FORBIDDEN LOVER Chic
81       YOU CAN DO IT Al Hudson & The Partners
82       I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
83       PLEASE DON’T GO KC & The Sunshine Band
84       GONNA GET ALONG WITHOUT YOU NOW Viola Wills
85       99 Toto
86       DESTINY The Jacksons
87       I NEED A LOVER John Cougar
88       THE NIPS ARE GETTING BIGGER Mental As Anything
89       HIT AND RUN Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons
90       LONESOME LOSER Little River Band
91       I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
92       WHY YOU WANNA TREAT ME SO BAD Prince
93       SUNDAY GIRL Blondie
94       I’LL SUPPLY THE LOVE Toto
95       DANCE AWAY Roxy Music
96       LOVE BALLAD George Benson
97       I WANT YOUR LOVE Chic
98       GEORGY PORGY Toto
99       RING MY BELL Anita Ward
100     TAKE ME HOME Cher


Sidebar: as with most pre-Internet years, my list includes songs I knew from the time as well as a few I’ve discovered in the years since.



What were your favourites from 1979?


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7 comments:

  1. I was born in a distant 1983, but I heard all songs, which were in UK charts in 1979.

    My favourite song: Blondie - Sunday Girl

    Signature songs from 1979 for me:
    First time, it's all Blondie's singles from this year: Dreaming, Union City Blue, Heart Of Glass

    Anita Skorgan - Oliver
    Dana - Something's Cookin' In The Kitchen
    ABBA - Angeleyes
    ABBA - I Have A Dream
    Fiddler's Dram - Day Trip to Bangor
    Cats U.K. - Luton Airport
    Patricia Paay & Yvonne Keely - The Best Friend I Know
    Pussycat - Hey Joe

    Maybe also songs from Dollar, Nolans, Dooleys

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    1. Blondie could do no wrong then. Some titles I'm not familiar with on your list - will check them out! Thanks for reading.

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  2. I likey these ones from your list...

    1. VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
    3. KNOCK ON WOOD Amii Stewart
    4. DON’T STOP ’TIL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
    5. DON’T BRING ME DOWN ELO
    7. BORN TO BE ALIVE Patrick Hernandez
    8. I WAS MADE FOR LOVIN’ YOU Kiss
    10. GIMME! GIMME! GIMME! (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) ABBA
    13. ROCK WITH YOU Michael Jackson
    14. HEART OF GLASS Blondie
    15. WE ARE FAMILY Sister Sledge
    17. I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor
    20. HOT STUFF Donna Summer
    21. MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
    23. GOT TO BE REAL Cheryl Lynn
    28. LET’S GO The Cars
    29. POP MUZIK M
    30. CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE Queen
    40. HE’S THE GREATEST DANCER Sister Sledge
    50. IS SHE REALLY GOING OUT WITH HIM Joe Jackson
    51. MY SHARONA The Knack
    53. TRAGEDY Bee Gees
    54. BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
    56. VOULEZ VOUS ABBA
    59. ROXANNE The Police
    64. WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
    68. WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES Doobie Brothers
    76. LADIES NIGHT Kool & The Gang
    78. CARS Gary Numan
    81. I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
    83. GONNA GET ALONG WITHOUT YOU NOW Viola Wills
    87. THE NIPS ARE GETTING BIGGER Mental As Anything
    88. HIT AND RUN Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons
    89. I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
    93. DANCE AWAY Roxy Music
    97. RING MY BELL Anita Ward

    Very much looking forward to your other EOY lists Gavin as there's a few songs I haven't even heard in this one. :)

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    1. I'll be putting them all on eventually!

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  3. Here's my favourites for 1979...

    #1 - BABE - Styx
    #2 - WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES - The Doobie Brothers
    #3 - EL LUTE - Boney M.
    #4 - HEARTACHE TONIGHT - Eagles
    #5 - GIMME! GIMME! GIMME! (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) - ABBA
    #6 - SEPTEMBER - Earth, Wind & Fire
    #7 - HOLD THE LINE - Toto
    #8 - BORN TO BE ALIVE - Patrick Hernandez
    #9 - GOTTA GO HOME - Boney M.
    #10 - I WILL SURVIVE - Gloria Gaynor
    #11 - MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE - The Police
    #12 - LOST IN LOVE - Air Supply
    #13 - HOORAY! HOORAY! IT'S A HOLI-HOLIDAY - Boney M.
    #14 - SHAPE I'M IN - Jo Jo Zep and The Falcons
    #15 - VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR - Buggles
    #16 - DRIVER'S SEAT - Sniff 'n' The Tears
    #17 - THE LOGICAL SONG - Supertramp
    #18 - PAINTER MAN - Boney M.
    #19 - ROXANNE - The Police
    #20 - CHOIR GIRL - Cold Chisel

    #21 - BAD CASE OF LOVIN' YOU (DOCTOR, DOCTOR) - Robert Palmer
    #22 - I LOVE THE NIGHTLIFE (DISCO 'ROUND) - Alicia Bridges
    #23 - COOL FOR CATS - U.K. Squeeze
    #24 - HEART OF GLASS - Blondie
    #25 - DON'T STOP 'TIL YOU GET ENOUGH - Michael Jackson
    #26 - KNOCK ON WOOD - Amii Stewart
    #27 - POP MUZIK - M
    #28 - HOT STUFF - Donna Summer
    #29 - BREAKFAST IN AMERICA - Supertramp
    #30 - MY SHARONA - The Knack
    #31 - DANCE AWAY - Roxy Music
    #32 - CAN'T STAND LOSING YOU - The Police
    #33 - LET'S GO - The Cars
    #34 - HIT AND RUN - Jo Jo Zep and The Falcons
    #35 - JUST WHAT I NEEDED - The Cars
    #36 - HE'S THE GREATEST DANCER - Sister Sledge
    #37 - TAKE ME TO THE RIVER - Talking Heads
    #38 - BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE - Australian Crawl
    #39 - I DON'T LIKE MONDAYS - The Boomtown Rats
    #40 - IS SHE REALLY GOING OUT WITH HIM? - Joe Jackson

    #41 - TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME - Supertramp
    #42 - DON'T BRING ME DOWN - Electric Light Orchestra
    #43 - BLAME IT ON THE BOOGIE - The Jacksons
    #44 - TRAGEDY - Bee Gees
    #45 - LADIES' NIGHT - Kool & The Gang
    #46 - GOOD TIMES ROLL - The Cars
    #47 - THE LONG RUN - Eagles
    #48 - CHIQUITITA - ABBA
    #49 - LONESOME LOSER - Little River Band
    #50 - WE ARE FAMILY - Sister Sledge
    #51 - I'M EVERY WOMAN - Chaka Khan
    #52 - I WAS MADE FOR LOVIN' YOU - Kiss
    #53 - VOULEZ-VOUS - ABBA
    #54 - BETTER LOVE NEXT TIME - Dr. Hook
    #55 - DON'T DO ME LIKE THAT - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
    #56 - YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) - Sylvester
    #57 - THE NIPS ARE GETTING BIGGER - Mental as Anything
    #58 - LOTTA LOVE - Nicolette Larson
    #59 - COOL CHANGE - Little River Band
    #60 - BLOW AWAY - George Harrison

    #61 - CARS - Gary Numan
    #62 - TAKE ME HOME - Cher
    #63 - WHEN YOU'RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN - Dr. Hook
    #64 - RING MY BELL - Anita Ward
    #65 - DREAM LOVER - Glenn Shorrock


    All of these songs you can listen to on my site :)

    http://top100singles.blogspot.com/2011/02/my-top-singles-of-1979.html

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    1. Thanks for that - some good ones to add to my collection.

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  4. So that's where Trevor Horn started. The things you learn. Finn

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