Wednesday, 5 September 2012

The Best Of 1984 - part 4

JUMP TO: 40-31 II 30-21 II 20-11 II 10-1


What can you expect to find in my top 10 favourite songs from 1984? Well, neither of the two biggest singles in Australia from that year, "Dancing In The Dark" by Bruce Springsteen and "It's Just Not Cricket" by The Twelfth Man, will feature.

I couldn't stand "Careless Whisper" but George had plenty of other hits in 1984

Nor will other big international hits like "I Just Called To Say I Love You" by Stevie Wonder or "Careless Whisper" by George Michael. So what is included? Read on...


She featured twice in Part 3, and at number 10 is "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" by Cyndi Lauper, the undeniably catchy single that started it all for the flame-haired singer with the unmistakable voice. But the world almost never got to hear Cyndi sing - in the late '70s, she damaged her vocal cords and was told she wouldn't sing again. Obviously, that didn't turn out to be the case and this chart-topper was only the start of a long and varied career.




The song which featured on the first pop album I ever owned is at number 9: "Sweet And Sour" by The Takeaways, which was the fictional group from the ABC TV series also called Sweet And Sour. The show only ran for 20 episodes during July and August of 1984, but is fondly remembered by anyone who grew up in the mid-'80s. "Sweet And Sour" was actually sung by Deborah Conway (who at that stage was in Do Re Mi) and not actress Tracy Mann, who portrayed lead singer Carol. Future Chantoozies member (and Getaway presenter) David Reyne also played a member of the band, guitarist Martin, with his vocals performed by Deckchairs Overboard's John Clifforth (since David was a drummer and not a singer). "Sweet And Sour" reached number 13 on the Australian chart, while the soundtrack album got to number 4.




A song you couldn't escape in 1984 is at number 8 - "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" by Wham!, which spent seven non-consecutive weeks on top of the Australian singles chart, but it's not my favourite Wham! song from that year...




Back again at number 7 is "The Riddle" by Nik Kershaw, the first single from Nik's second album in under 12 months. And although I often don't pay attention to song lyrics, there's no denying (least of all by Nik himself) that the words to this track are complete gibberish. For example, the chorus lyrics are: "Near a tree by a river/There's a hole in the ground/Where an old man of aran/Goes around and around/And his mind is a beacon in the veil of the night/For a strange kind of fashion/There's a wrong and a right/But he'll never, never fight over you". What nonsense. It's still a great song, though.




At number 6"Borderline" by Madonna, the fifth and final single from her self-titled debut album, although in Australia, it actually charted before "Lucky Star". Over in the UK, it wouldn't be successful until 1986, when a re-release finally sent it shooting up the chart. After that, it would be a very long time before Madonna would have to worry about a song not being a hit again.




Maintaining their position as one of the world's most popular groups, at number 5, it's "The Reflex" by Duran Duran, which was another UK number 1 and another Australian number 4 (their third). While it was business as usual for Duran Duran in 1984, the following year was going to hold all sorts of interesting developments for the band, which I'll talk about when we get to 1985.




band you couldn't escape in 1984 - at number 4 is "Freedom" by Wham!. Not even Communist China was immune from the charms of the pop duo, with George and Andrew famously becoming the first Western music act to perform there the following year (as seen in the music video below).




Number 3: "Let's Hear It For The Boy" by Deniece Williams or, the song in Footloose where Kevin Bacon teaches the other guy how to dance. I have very clear memories of this song playing at a friend's house at the time it was out and him bouncing down a set of stairs on his backside in time with the music. Strange, I know, but it is the sort of song that inspires spontaneous bursts of deliriously happy behaviour.




In the runner-up slot, at number 2 is "Jump (For My Love)" by The Pointer Sisters. I also have vivid memories of this song, but in this case it's of me getting really cross when some of the clip was played on Hey Hey It's Saturday only for voiceover man John Blackman to talk all the way through it. He did the same thing whenever they showed "Hello" by Lionel Richie - specifically, putting on the voice of a Telecom (as it was then called) operator when the blind girl picked up the phone. He clearly didn't know that great pop music is no laughing matter. 




And my favourite song for 1984... at number 1 is "Together In Electric Dreams" by Philip Oakey & Giorgio Moroder from the film Electric Dreams, which I don't think I've ever seen all the way through. By all accounts, that's no loss. But it wouldn't be the first - or last - time a terrible film had an awesome theme song, and it doesn't get much better than this gem by the Italian producer and The Human League's frontman.




My top 200 for 1984 in full:

1        TOGETHER IN ELECTRIC DREAMS Philip Oakey / Giorgio Moroder
2        JUMP! (FOR MY LOVE) Pointer Sisters
3        LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOY Deniece Williams
4        FREEDOM Wham!
5        THE REFLEX Duran Duran
6        BORDERLINE Madonna
7        THE RIDDLE Nik Kershaw
8        WAKE ME UP BEFORE YOU GO-GO Wham!
9        SWEET AND SOUR The Takeaways
10      GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
11      WHATEVER I DO (WHEREVER I GO) Hazell Dean
12      SHE BOP Cyndi Lauper
13      OUT OF TOUCH Hall & Oates
14      FOOTLOOSE Kenny Loggins
15      WOULDN’T IT BE GOOD Nik Kershaw
16      IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk
17      DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid
18      DOCTOR! DOCTOR! Thompson Twins
19      ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT Cyndi Lauper
20      MESSAGE TO MY GIRL Split Enz
21      OH SHERRIE Steve Perry
22      NO SAY IN IT Machinations
23      BURN FOR YOU INXS
24      SHOUT TO THE TOP The Style Council
25      PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE Depeche Mode
26      AIN’T NOBODY Rufus and Chaka Khan
27      ROUND AND ROUND Spandau Ballet
28      LUCKY STAR Madonna
29      WHY? Bronski Beat
30      HOLIDAY Madonna
31      LOVE RESURRECTION Alison Moyet
32      HEAVEN (MUST BE THERE) Eurogliders
33      JUNO & ME The Dugites
34      NEVERENDING STORY Limahl
35      DANCING IN BERLIN Berlin
36      SMALLTOWN BOY Bronski Beat
37      THE SECOND TIME Kim Wilde
38      I WANT YOU BACK Hoodoo Gurus
39      WE BELONG Pat Benatar
40      RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
41      THE GLAMOROUS LIFE Sheila E
42      I WALK AWAY Split Enz
43      ROBERT DE NIRO’S WAITING Bananarama
44      SHOUT Tears For Fears
45      I AM ONLY SHOOTING LOVE Time Bandits
46      P.Y.T. (PRETTY YOUNG THING) Michael Jackson
47      AGAINST ALL ODDS (TAKE A LOOK AT ME NOW) Phil Collins
48      THIS NIGHT Billy Joel
49      HELLO Lionel Richie
50      REBEL YELL Billy Idol
51      SEARCHIN’ (GOTTA FIND A MAN) Hazell Dean
52      BREAKIN’… THERE’S NO STOPPIN’ US Ollie & Jerry
53      BIG GIRLS Electric Pandas
54      ONLY WHEN YOU LEAVE Spandau Ballet
55      DANCE HALL DAYS Wang Chung
56      PEARL IN THE SHELL Howard Jones
57      PRIDE (IN THE NAME OF LOVE) U2
58      99 LUFTBALLOONS Nena
59      BREAKDANCE Irene Cara
60      UP ROCK Rocksteady Crew
61      I’M FREE (HEAVEN HELPS THE MAN) Kenny Loggins
62      NO MORE WORDS Berlin
63      I WON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Nik Kershaw
64      I’LL FLY FOR YOU Spandau Ballet
65      LIKE TO GET TO KNOW YOU WELL Howard Jones
66      SOMEBODY / BLASPHEMOUS RUMOURS Depeche Mode
67      YOU THINK YOU’RE A MAN Divine
68      LET’S GO CRAZY Prince & The Revolution
69      BACK IN MY ARMS (ONCE AGAIN) Hazell Dean
70      MASTER AND SERVANT Depeche Mode
71      SUNGLASSES AT NIGHT Corey Hart
72      YOU MIGHT THINK The Cars
73      DYNAMITE Jermaine Jackson
74      JUMP Van Halen
75      CRY Dragon
76      RUN TO YOU Bryan Adams
77      SELF CONTROL Laura Branigan
78      TOO LATE FOR GOODBYES Julian Lennon
79      TIME AFTER TIME Cyndi Lauper
80      HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO Bonnie Tyler
81      WILDERWORLD Dragon
82      THE TOUCH Kim Wilde
83      CARRIBEAN QUEEN (NO MORE LOVE ON THE RUN) Billy Ocean
84      BITTER DESIRE Kids In The Kitchen
85      STRUT Sheena Easton
86      ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Murray Head
87      I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan
88      EVERYTHING SHE WANTS Wham!
89      YOU’RE THE INSPIRATION Chicago
90      WHEN DOVES CRY Prince & The Revolution
91      FRESH Kool & The Gang
92      HARD HABIT TO BREAK Chicago
93      NEW MOON ON MONDAY Duran Duran
94      MOTHER’S TALK Tears For Fears
95      HELLO AGAIN The Cars
96      SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
97      I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Foreigner
98      ALL CRIED OUT Alison Moyet
99      THE LONGEST TIME Billy Joel
100    THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
101    YOU’RE THE BEST THING The Style Council
102    MISSING YOU John Waite
103    THE WARRIOR Scandal featuring Patty Smyth
104    A BEAT FOR YOU Pseudo Echo
105    TALKING IN YOUR SLEEP Bucks Fizz
106    YOU TAKE ME UP Thompson Twins
107    BIG IN JAPAN Alphaville
108    TAKING THE TOWN Icehouse
109    MAYBE ONLY I DREAM Eurogliders
110    LOCOMOTION O.M.D.
111    DARK GLASSES Edwina Laurie
112    THE BELLE OF ST MARK Sheila E
113    IF EVER YOU’RE IN MY ARMS AGAIN Peabo Bryson
114    ALIBIS Sergio Mendes
115    SKIN DEEP The Stranglers
116    DANCING WITH TEARS IN MY EYES Ultravox
117    THE LUCKY ONE Laura Branigan
118    DANCING ON THE JETTY INXS
119    IF THIS IS IT Huey Lewis & The News
120    THE CATERPILLAR The Cure
121    THE WILD BOYS Duran Duran
122    I SEND A MESSAGE INXS
123    MY EVER CHANGING MOODS The Style Council
124    AUTOMATIC Pointer Sisters
125    HIDE AND SEEK Howard Jones
126    MISS ME BLIND Culture Club
127    YAH MO B THERE Michael McDonald / James Ingram
128    GIVE ME TONIGHT Shannon
129    HIGH ON EMOTION Chris De Burgh
130    STREET DANCE Break Machine
131    (LIVIN’ IN) DESPERATE TIMES Olivia Newton-John
132    STRANGER IN TOWN Toto
133    LIFE’S A GAMBLE The Radiators
134    HYPNOTIZE Scritti Politti
135    WE ARE THE YOUNG Dan Hartman
136    ABSOLUTE Scritti Politti
137    SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME Rockwell
138    TONIGHT Kool & The Gang
139    IT’S A MIRACLE Culture Club
140    THE POLITICS OF DANCING Re-flex
141    THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge
142    TENDERNESS General Public
143    JUST THE WAY YOU LIKE IT S.O.S. Band
144    LIKE A VIRGIN Madonna
145    GOOD DIE YOUNG Divinyls
146    I WOULD DIE 4 U Prince & The Revolution
147    DR BEAT Miami Sound Machine
148    ROUGH JUSTICE Bananarama
149    TOO LOW FOR ZERO Elton John
150    BIG ON LOVE Models
151    I WANT A NEW DRUG Huey Lewis & The News
152    KING OF PAIN The Police
153    VALOTTE Julian Lennon
154    WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT Tina Turner
155    (FEELS LIKE) HEAVEN Fiction Factory
156    SISTER CHRISTIAN Night Ranger
157    THE LEBANON Human League
158    I DIDN’T MEAN TO TURN YOU ON Cherrelle
159    HERE COMES THE RAIN AGAIN Eurythmics
160    HUMAN RACING Nik Kershaw
161    BLUE DAY Mi-Sex
162    CHANGE OF HEART Change
163    RUN RUNAWAY Slade
164    LOVE’S GREAT ADVENTURE Ultravox
165    THE LION’S MOUTH Kajagoogoo
166    THE MORE YOU LIVE, THE MORE YOU LOVE A Flock Of Seagulls
167    STATE OF THE NATION Industry
168    HEART TO SELL The Promise
169    BLUE JEAN David Bowie
170    WARNING SIGN Nick Heyward
171    WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti
172    FLESH FOR FANTASY Billy Idol
173    GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Jr
174    GIRL ON THE WALL Jane Clifton
175    DUSTY PAGES Icehouse
176    DANCING UNTIL MIDNIGHT Pseudo Echo
177    SUCH A SHAME Talk Talk
178    I FOUND LOVIN’ The Fatback Band
179    SOMEBODY ELSE’S GUY Jocelyn Brown
180    LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME Thompson Twins
181    LISTEN TO YOUR FATHER Feargal Sharkey
182    YOU CAN’T GET WHAT YOU WANT (TILL YOU KNOW WHAT YOU WANT) Joe Jackson
183    PENNY LOVER Lionel Richie
184    STATE OF SHOCK The Jacksons and Mick Jagger
185    TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
186    RESPECT YOURSELF Kane Gang
187    THE WAR SONG Culture Club
188    HOW TO BE A MILLIONAIRE ABC
189    RADIO GA GA Queen
190    DRIVE The Cars
191    EVERYBODY WANTS TO WORK Uncanny X-Men
192    LEGS ZZ Top
193    SEA OF LOVE The Honeydrippers
194    I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen
195    INVISIBLE Alison Moyet
196    SAD SONGS (SAY SO MUCH) Elton John
197    FAREWELL MY SUMMER LOVE Michael Jackson
198    LIGHTS OUT Peter Wolf
199    DON’T BELIEVE ANYMORE Icehouse
200    HOLD ME Teddy Pendergrass / Whitney Houston


Thanks for the memories, 1984. This Thursday (September 6), we'll take our usual look back at the ARIA chart from 25 years ago with some very odd songs debuting that week.

Then, 1985 will have to wait because I'll be counting down my favourite singles and albums by a group who had their big breakthrough in '85 and who just happen to have a new album coming out this week.


MY YEAR-END CHARTS
1979 II 1980 II 1981 II 1982 II 1983 II 1984 II 1985 II 1986 II 1987 II 1988 II 1989
1990 II 1991 II 1992 II 1993 II 1994 II 1995 II 1996 II 1997 II 1998 II 1999
2000 II 2001 II 2002 II 2003 II 2004 II 2005 II 2006 II 2007 II 2008 II 2009
2010 II 2011 II 2012 II 2013 II 2014 II 2015 II 2016



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