Wednesday, 5 September 2012

The Best Of 1984 - part 4

JUMP TO: 100-76 II 75-51 II 50-26 II 25-1


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 could never 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 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 Kerhsaw
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      RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
25      SHOUT TO THE TOP The Style Council
26      PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE Depeche Mode
27      AIN’T NOBODY Rufus and Chaka Khan
28      ROUND AND ROUND Spandau Ballet
29      LUCKY STAR Madonna
30      WHY? Bronski Beat
31      HOLIDAY Madonna
32      LOVE RESURRECTION Alison Moyet
33      HEAVEN (MUST BE THERE) Eurogliders
34      JUNO & ME The Dugites
35      NEVERENDING STORY Limahl
36      SMALLTOWN BOY Bronski Beat
37      DANCING IN BERLIN Berlin
38      THE SECOND TIME Kim Wilde
39      I WANT YOU BACK Hoodoo Gurus
40      THE GLAMOROUS LIFE Sheila E
41      WE BELONG Pat Benatar
42      SHOUT Tears For Fears
43      I AM ONLY SHOOTING LOVE Time Bandits
44      I WALK AWAY Split Enz
45      ROBERT DE NIRO’S WAITING Bananarama
46      P.Y.T. (PRETTY YOUNG THING) Michael Jackson
47      I WON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Nik Kershaw
48      AGAINST ALL ODDS (TAKE A LOOK AT ME NOW) Phil Collins
49      THIS NIGHT Billy Joel
50      ONLY WHEN YOU LEAVE Spandau Ballet
51      HELLO Lionel Richie
52      REBEL YELL Billy Idol
53      BIG GIRLS Electric Pandas
54      DANCE HALL DAYS Wang Chung
55      TOO LATE FOR GOODBYES Julian Lennon
56      SOMEBODY / BLASPHEMOUS RUMOURS Depeche Mode
57      TIME AFTER TIME Cyndi Lauper
58      PEARL IN THE SHELL Howard Jones
59      SEARCHIN’ (GOTTA FIND A MAN) Hazell Dean
60      LET’S GO CRAZY Prince & The Revolution
61      I’LL FLY FOR YOU Spandau Ballet
62      LIKE TO GET TO KNOW YOU WELL Howard Jones
63      MASTER AND SERVANT Depeche Mode
64      PRIDE (IN THE NAME OF LOVE) U2
65      BACK IN MY ARMS (ONCE AGAIN) Hazell Dean
66      BREAKIN’… THERE’S NO STOPPIN’ US Ollie & Jerry
67      STRUT Sheena Easton
68      EVERYTHING SHE WANTS Wham!
69      YOU THINK YOU’RE A MAN Divine
70      99 LUFTBALLOONS Nena
71      SUNGLASSES AT NIGHT Corey Hart
72      BREAKDANCE Irene Cara
73      UP ROCK Rocksteady Crew
74      YOU MIGHT THINK The Cars
75      I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Foreigner
76      BITTER DESIRE Kids In The Kitchen
77      I’M FREE (HEAVEN HELPS THE MAN) Kenny Loggins
78      DYNAMITE Jermaine Jackson
79      NO MORE WORDS Berlin
80      JUMP Van Halen
81      CRY Dragon
82      RUN TO YOU Bryan Adams
83      SELF CONTROL Laura Branigan
84      WILDERWORLD Dragon
85      THE TOUCH Kim Wilde
86      CARRIBEAN QUEEN (NO MORE LOVE ON THE RUN) Billy Ocean
87      MOTHER’S TALK Tears For Fears
88      ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Murray Head
89      THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
90      SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
91      I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan
92      YOU’RE THE INSPIRATION Chicago
93      WHEN DOVES CRY Prince & The Revolution
94      ALL CRIED OUT Alison Moyet
95      THE LONGEST TIME Billy Joel
96      IF THIS IS IT Huey Lewis & The News
97      NEW MOON ON MONDAY Duran Duran
98      YOU’RE THE BEST THING The Style Council
99      FRESH Kool & The Gang
100    HARD HABIT TO BREAK Chicago
101    MISSING YOU John Waite
102    HELLO AGAIN The Cars
103    THE WARRIOR Scandal featuring Patty Smyth
104    MAYBE ONLY I DREAM Eurogliders
105    A BEAT FOR YOU Pseudo Echo
106    TALKING IN YOUR SLEEP Bucks Fizz
107    I SEND A MESSAGE INXS
108    YOU TAKE ME UP Thompson Twins
109    LOCOMOTION O.M.D.
110    DANCING ON THE JETTY INXS
111    THE CATERPILLAR The Cure
112    HYPNOTIZE Scritti Politti
113    BIG IN JAPAN Alphaville
114    TAKING THE TOWN Icehouse
115    DARK GLASSES Edwina Laurie
116    THE BELLE OF ST MARK Sheila E
117    IF EVER YOU’RE IN MY ARMS AGAIN Peabo Bryson
118    ALIBIS Sergio Mendes
119    SKIN DEEP The Stranglers
120    AUTOMATIC Pointer Sisters
121    IT’S A MIRACLE Culture Club
122    I WOULD DIE 4 U Prince & The Revolution
123    SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME Rockwell
124    MY EVER CHANGING MOODS The Style Council
125    WILD BOYS Duran Duran
126    HIDE AND SEEK Howard Jones
127    JUST THE WAY YOU LIKE IT S.O.S. Band
128    LIKE A VIRGIN Madonna
129    THE LEBANON Human League
130    I WANT A NEW DRUG Huey Lewis & The News
131    WE ARE THE YOUNG Dan Hartman
132    DR BEAT Miami Sound Machine
133    THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge
134    HUMAN RACING Nik Kershaw
135    ROUGH JUSTICE Bananarama
136    WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti
137    SISTER CHRISTIAN Night Ranger
138    KING OF PAIN The Police
139    YOU CAN’T GET WHAT YOU WANT (TILL YOU KNOW WHAT YOU WANT) Joe Jackson
140    THE LUCKY ONE Laura Branigan
141    TENDERNESS General Public
142    VALOTTE Julian Lennon
143    TOO LOW FOR ZERO Elton John
144    FLESH FOR FANTASY Billy Idol
145    ABSOLUTE Scritti Politti
146    MISS ME BLIND Culture Club
147    WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT Tina Turner
148    YAH MO B THERE Michael McDonald / James Ingram
149    GOOD DIE YOUNG Divinyls
150    TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
151    STATE OF SHOCK The Jacksons and Mick Jagger
152    DANCING WITH TEARS IN MY EYES Ultravox
153    TONIGHT Kool & The Gang
154    I DIDN’T MEAN TO TURN YOU ON Cherrelle
155    HERE COMES THE RAIN AGAIN Eurythmics
156    PENNY LOVER Lionel Richie
157    GIVE ME TONIGHT Shannon
158    SEA OF LOVE The Honeydrippers
159    RADIO GA GA Queen
160    RESPECT YOURSELF Kane Gang
161    STREET DANCE Break Machine
162    BLUE JEAN David Bowie
163    LISTEN TO YOUR FATHER Feargal Sharkey
164    THE POLITICS OF DANCING Re-flex
165    THE LION’S MOUTH Kajagoogoo
166    SOMEBODY ELSE’S GUY Jocelyn Brown
167    I FOUND LOVIN’ The Fatback Band
168    DRIVE The Cars
169    BIG ON LOVE Models
170    LIFE’S A GAMBLE The Radiators
171    I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen
172    INVISIBLE Alison Moyet
173    GIRL ON THE WALL Jane Clifton
174    HOLD ME Teddy Pendergrass / Whitney Houston
175    THE WAR SONG Culture Club
176    HOW TO BE A MILLIONAIRE ABC
177    SUPERSTAR Luther Vandross
178    LEGS ZZ Top
179    STRANGER IN TOWN Toto
180    EVERYBODY WANTS TO WORK Uncanny X-Men
181    DUSTY PAGES Icehouse
182    (FEELS LIKE) HEAVEN Fiction Factory
183    PRIVATE DANCER Tina Turner
184    SAD SONGS Elton John
185    FAREWELL MY SUMMER LOVE Michael Jackson
186    PASSENGERS Elton John
187    BLUE DAY Mi-Sex
188    DANCING UNTIL MIDNIGHT Pseudo Echo
189    WARNING SIGN Nick Heyward
190    CHANGE OF HEART Change
191    SUCH A SHAME Talk Talk
192    AN INNOCENT MAN Billy Joel
193    RUN RUNAWAY Slade
194    LIGHTS OUT Peter Wolf
195    LOVE’S GREAT ADVENTURE Ultravox
196    LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME Thompson Twins
197    DON’T BELIEVE ANYMORE Icehouse
198    THE MORE YOU LIVE, THE MORE YOU LOVE A Flock Of Seagulls
199    STATE OF THE NATION Industry
200    SUNSET NOW Heaven 17


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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