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 WANT TO 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        I CAN DREAM ABOUT YOU Dan Hartman
55        ONLY WHEN YOU LEAVE Spandau Ballet
56        DANCE HALL DAYS Wang Chung
57        PEARL IN THE SHELL Howard Jones
58        PRIDE (IN THE NAME OF LOVE) U2
59        99 LUFTBALLOONS Nena
60        BREAKDANCE Irene Cara
61        UP ROCK Rocksteady Crew
62        I’M FREE (HEAVEN HELPS THE MAN) Kenny Loggins
63        NO MORE WORDS Berlin
64        I WON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Nik Kershaw
65        I’LL FLY FOR YOU Spandau Ballet
66        LIKE TO GET TO KNOW YOU WELL Howard Jones
67        SOMEBODY / BLASPHEMOUS RUMOURS Depeche Mode
68        YOU THINK YOU’RE A MAN Divine
69        LET’S GO CRAZY Prince & The Revolution
70        BACK IN MY ARMS (ONCE AGAIN) Hazell Dean
71        MASTER AND SERVANT Depeche Mode
72        SUNGLASSES AT NIGHT Corey Hart
73        YOU MIGHT THINK The Cars
74        DYNAMITE Jermaine Jackson
75        JUMP Van Halen
76        CRY Dragon
77        RUN TO YOU Bryan Adams
78        SELF CONTROL Laura Branigan
79        TOO LATE FOR GOODBYES Julian Lennon
80        TIME AFTER TIME Cyndi Lauper
81        HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO Bonnie Tyler
82        WILDERWORLD Dragon
83        THE TOUCH Kim Wilde
84        CARRIBEAN QUEEN (NO MORE LOVE ON THE RUN) Billy Ocean
85        BITTER DESIRE Kids In The Kitchen
86        STRUT Sheena Easton
87        ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Murray Head
88        I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan
89        EVERYTHING SHE WANTS Wham!
90        YOU’RE THE INSPIRATION Chicago
91        WHEN DOVES CRY Prince & The Revolution
92        FRESH Kool & The Gang
93        HARD HABIT TO BREAK Chicago
94        NEW MOON ON MONDAY Duran Duran
95        MOTHER’S TALK Tears For Fears
96        HELLO AGAIN The Cars
97        SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
98        I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Foreigner
99        ALL CRIED OUT Alison Moyet
100      THE LONGEST TIME Billy Joel
101      THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
102      YOU’RE THE BEST THING The Style Council
103      MISSING YOU John Waite
104      THE WARRIOR Scandal featuring Patty Smyth
105      A BEAT FOR YOU Pseudo Echo
106      TALKING IN YOUR SLEEP Bucks Fizz
107      YOU TAKE ME UP Thompson Twins
108      BIG IN JAPAN Alphaville
109      TAKING THE TOWN Icehouse
110      MAYBE ONLY I DREAM Eurogliders
111      LOCOMOTION O.M.D.
112      DARK GLASSES Edwina Laurie
113      THE BELLE OF ST MARK Sheila E
114      IF EVER YOU’RE IN MY ARMS AGAIN Peabo Bryson
115      ALIBIS Sergio Mendes
116      SKIN DEEP The Stranglers
117      DANCING WITH TEARS IN MY EYES Ultravox
118      THE LUCKY ONE Laura Branigan
119      DANCING ON THE JETTY INXS
120      IF THIS IS IT Huey Lewis & The News
121      THE CATERPILLAR The Cure
122      THE WILD BOYS Duran Duran
123      I SEND A MESSAGE INXS
124      MY EVER CHANGING MOODS The Style Council
125      AUTOMATIC Pointer Sisters
126      HIDE AND SEEK Howard Jones
127      MISS ME BLIND Culture Club
128      YAH MO B THERE Michael McDonald / James Ingram
129      GIVE ME TONIGHT Shannon
130      HIGH ON EMOTION Chris De Burgh
131      STREET DANCE Break Machine
132      (LIVIN’ IN) DESPERATE TIMES Olivia Newton-John
133      STRANGER IN TOWN Toto
134      LIFE’S A GAMBLE The Radiators
135      HYPNOTIZE Scritti Politti
136      WE ARE THE YOUNG Dan Hartman
137      ABSOLUTE Scritti Politti
138      SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME Rockwell
139      TONIGHT Kool & The Gang
140      IT’S A MIRACLE Culture Club
141      THE POLITICS OF DANCING Re-flex
142      THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge
143      TENDERNESS General Public
144      JUST THE WAY YOU LIKE IT S.O.S. Band
145      LIKE A VIRGIN Madonna
146      GOOD DIE YOUNG Divinyls
147      I WOULD DIE 4 U Prince & The Revolution
148      DR BEAT Miami Sound Machine
149      ROUGH JUSTICE Bananarama
150      TOO LOW FOR ZERO Elton John
151      BIG ON LOVE Models
152      I WANT A NEW DRUG Huey Lewis & The News
153      KING OF PAIN The Police
154      VALOTTE Julian Lennon
155      WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT Tina Turner
156      (FEELS LIKE) HEAVEN Fiction Factory
157      SISTER CHRISTIAN Night Ranger
158      THE LEBANON Human League
159      I DIDN’T MEAN TO TURN YOU ON Cherrelle
160      HERE COMES THE RAIN AGAIN Eurythmics
161      HUMAN RACING Nik Kershaw
162      BLUE DAY Mi-Sex
163      CHANGE OF HEART Change
164      RUN RUNAWAY Slade
165      LOVE’S GREAT ADVENTURE Ultravox
166      THE LION’S MOUTH Kajagoogoo
167      THE MORE YOU LIVE, THE MORE YOU LOVE A Flock Of Seagulls
168      STATE OF THE NATION Industry
169      HEART TO SELL The Promise
170      BLUE JEAN David Bowie
171      WARNING SIGN Nick Heyward
172      WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti
173      FLESH FOR FANTASY Billy Idol
174      GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Jr
175      GIRL ON THE WALL Jane Clifton
176      DUSTY PAGES Icehouse
177      DANCING UNTIL MIDNIGHT Pseudo Echo
178      SUCH A SHAME Talk Talk
179      I FOUND LOVIN’ The Fatback Band
180      SOMEBODY ELSE’S GUY Jocelyn Brown
181      LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME Thompson Twins
182      LISTEN TO YOUR FATHER Feargal Sharkey
183      YOU CAN’T GET WHAT YOU WANT (TILL YOU KNOW WHAT YOU WANT) Joe Jackson
184      PENNY LOVER Lionel Richie
185      STATE OF SHOCK The Jacksons and Mick Jagger
186      TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
187      RESPECT YOURSELF Kane Gang
188      THE WAR SONG Culture Club
189      HOW TO BE A MILLIONAIRE ABC
190      RADIO GA GA Queen
191      DRIVE The Cars
192      EVERYBODY WANTS TO WORK Uncanny X-Men
193      LEGS ZZ Top
194      SEA OF LOVE The Honeydrippers
195      I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen
196      INVISIBLE Alison Moyet
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 II 2017 II 2018 II 2019



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