Tuesday, 2 October 2012

The Best Of 1985 - part 4

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


1985 wasn't just a year for charity concerts and film soundtracks. It was also the year I changed schools. After spending the first five years of my education at Clemton Park Public School, I went to Wiley Park Public School for Years 5 and 6. It was at this new school that I met a fellow music obsessive and I remember we both compiled our own lists of favourite songs - a sign of what the future held for me.

a-ha took on the world (albeit briefly) in 1985

I also recall copying out song lyrics from Smash Hits, which is odd since I've paid such little attention to songwords ever since - but it seemed to be the thing to do. Smash Hits became an essential part of my music intake around 1985 and I would be a regular reader for the next four to five years. Little did I know I'd end up editing the magazine two decades later.


As we carry on our trip through my favourite songs from 1985, we arrive at number 10: "Current Stand" by Kids In The Kitchen, which became their second biggest hit when it reached number 12 on the Australian chart. KITK's debut album, Shine, was released in 1985, and contained all their singles to date (as far back as 1983's "Change In Mood"). It would peak at number 9 on the albums chart, and be the high point in their career, with subsequent singles and a second album all stalling outside the top 30. I always really liked KITK, especially this ballad - nothing like a kiddy choir to stir the emotions (see also: "We Belong" by Pat Benatar and "We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)" by Tina Turner, both from around the same time).




Their debut single was a big hit, but at number 9 we find the follow-up, "Body Talk" by Koo De Tah, which got to a rather disappointing number 27 in Australia. Despite that, I think it's a much better song than their bigger hit, "Too Young For Promises", and it's one of the songs I still have on my iPod as a rip from the original vinyl since CD versions of Koo De Tah's album sell for ridiculous amounts of money on eBay and, at last check, this song hadn't turned up on the iTunes store.




Proving there was life after Jimmy Somerville, at number 8 is "Hit That Perfect Beat" by Bronski Beat, which featured John Foster as the group's new vocalist. The success - this track peaked at number 3 in Australia and the UK - wasn't to last, with follow-up single, "C'mon C'mon", proving to be the group's last chart hit.




Getting poppier by the year, at number 7 is "In Between Days" by The Cure, who were by now quite accustomed to scoring substantial chart hits - a far cry from their early days on the fringes of popular culture. The first single from The Head On The Door, "In Between Days" is short and to the point, clocking in at under three minutes.




Making a second appearance on my list at number 6 it's "We Close Our Eyes" by Go West and I didn't know until now that the memorable video for the group's debut single (featuring singer Peter Cox wielding a wrench, no less) was directed by another pop duo: Godley & Creme. The band behind the song "Cry" also directed videos for Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Wang Chung and The Police (amongst others). Who knew? Naturally, the clip is currently blocked in Australia on YouTube.




Another song with a clip directed by Godley & Creme is at number 5"A View To A Kill" by Duran Duran, which of course was the theme song to the James Bond movie of the same name. It was also Duran Duran's only single for the year, since the band were mostly too busy with side projects Arcadia and The Power Station. In terms of Bond themes, "A View To A Kill" signalled a brief shift from big ballads performed by female singers (Rita Coolidge, Sheena Easton, Shirley Bassey, Carly Simon) to tracks by popular teen-oriented bands (a-ha's "The Living Daylights" would follow in 1987), before reverting to the songs by Gladys Knight and Tina Turner. The Duran Duran track is also the only Bond theme to reach the top of the US chart. In Australia, it reached number 6.




With my favourite song by her for the year, at number 4 is "Into The Groove" by Madonna, which was taken from the soundtrack to one of the only Madonna films worth watching: Desperately Seeking Susan. In some countries, like Australia, "Into The Groove" was released as a double A-side with "Angel", but in the US it was only released on the "Angel" 12" single and so never actually charted in its own right there. In Australia and the UK, "Into The Groove" reached number 1.




At number 3: "You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)" by Dead Or Alive, which, by reaching number 1 in the UK, gave the production team of Stock Aitken Waterman the first of their many chart-toppers. The best known song by the group led by Pete Burns, "You Spin Me Round..." has been remixed and re-released regularly over the years, but nothing beats this original version.




With a song that took a couple of releases to take off, at number 2 is "Take On Me" by a-ha, which would eventually launch the Norwegian trio around the world. Key to the success of the song (apart from the fact that it's so damn good) was the state-of-the-art music video, which never gets old. a-ha are unfortunately viewed by many as one-hit wonders, and granted "Take On Me" was so massive that it did overshadow many of their other singles, but in Australia alone, they achieved seven top 50 hits.




Another band, like Duran Duran, who only released one single in 1985 is at number 1: "I'm Your Man" by Wham! But what a song it was! Coming out in the final weeks of the year, it rocketed to number 3 in Australia and gave George and Andrew another number 1 in the UK. But it really was the beginning of the end for Wham!, with the duo going their separate ways in a matter of months.




My top 200 for 1985 in full:

1         I’M YOUR MAN Wham!
2         TAKE ON ME a-ha
3         YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
4         INTO THE GROOVE Madonna
5         A VIEW TO A KILL Duran Duran
6         WE CLOSE OUR EYES Go West
7         IN BETWEEN DAYS The Cure
8         HIT THAT PERFECT BEAT Bronski Beat
9         BODY TALK Koo De Tah
10        CURRENT STAND Kids In The Kitchen
11        OUT OF MIND OUT OF SIGHT Models
12        CRAZY FOR YOU Madonna
13        (BILLY) DON'T LOSE MY NUMBER Phil Collins
14        DON'T LOOK DOWN - THE SEQUEL Go West
15        GAMBLER Madonna
16        RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT DeBarge
17        THE POWER OF LOVE Huey Lewis &The News
18        DARE ME The Pointer Sisters
19        HOW WILL I KNOW Whitney Houston
20        DON'T GO Pseudo Echo
21        DON'T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME) Simple Minds
22        SAY I'M YOUR NUMBER ONE Princess
23        THEY SAY IT'S GONNA RAIN Hazell Dean
24        LOVE AND PRIDE King
25        ST ELMO'S FIRE (MAN IN MOTION) John Parr
26        WE ARE THE WORLD USA For Africa
27        WALKING ON SUNSHINE Katrina & The Waves
28        WALLS COME TUMBLING DOWN! The Style Council
29        AND WE DANCED The Hooters
30        THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON T.V. a-ha
31        WE BUILT THIS CITY Starship
32        SOMETHING ABOUT YOU Level 42
33        PERFECT WAY Scritti Politti
34        YOU’RE SO STRONG Mental As Anything
35        MATERIAL GIRL Madonna
36        THERE MUST BE AN ANGEL (PLAYING WITH MY HEART) Eurythmics
37        EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
38        KING FOR A DAY Thompson Twins
39        RASPBERRY BERET Prince & The Revolution
40        GOODBYE BAD TIMES Giorgio Moroder / Phil Oakey
41        BODY ROCK Maria Vidal
42        DUEL Propaganda
43        TOO YOUNG FOR PROMISES Koo De Tah
44        DRESS YOU UP Madonna
45        ALIVE AND KICKING Simple Minds
46        SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU Whitney Houston
47        IN TOO DEEP Dead Or Alive
48        TARZAN BOY Baltimora
49        OBSESSION Animotion
50        LOVER COME BACK TO ME Dead Or Alive
51        THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR Dionne Warwick and Friends
52        NEUTRON DANCE The Pointer Sisters
53        ENDLESS ROAD Time Bandits
54        PART-TIME LOVER Stevie Wonder
55        EASY LOVER Philip Bailey / Phil Collins
56        TONIGHT SHE COMES The Cars
57        FREEWAY OF LOVE Aretha Franklin
58        THE HEAT IS ON Glenn Frey
59        THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER Howard Jones
60        WOULD I LIE TO YOU? Eurythmics
61        WE DON’T NEED ANOTHER HERO (THUNDERDOME) Tina Turner
62        SISTERS ARE DOIN’ IT FOR THEMSELVES Eurythmics / Aretha Franklin
63        LIKE, WOW – WIPEOUT Hoodoo Gurus
64        WHO NEEDS LOVE (LIKE THAT) Erasure
65        SOLID Ashford & Simpson
66        HEAVEN Bryan Adams
67        INVINCIBLE Pat Benatar
68        FORTRESS AROUND YOUR HEART Sting
69        RAGE TO LOVE Kim Wilde
70        SUSSUDIO Phil Collins
71        CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOU Eurogliders
72        WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
73        ELECTION DAY Arcadia
74        CALL ME Go West
75        THIS TIME INXS
76        KISS ME Stephen ‘Tin Tin’ Duffy
77        TRUST ME I'm Talking
78        AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Princess
79        HEAD OVER HEELS Tears For Fears
80        JOHNNY COME HOME Fine Young Cannibals
81        A GOOD HEART Feargal Sharkey
82        IF YOU LOVE SOMEBODY SET THEM FREE Sting
83        GOONIES R GOOD ENOUGH Cyndi Lauper
84        SOMEONE FOR ME Whitney Houston
85        SEPARATE LIVES Phil Collins / Marilyn Martin
86        PARTY ALL THE TIME Eddie Murphy
87        THE BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley
88        SUMMER OF 69 Bryan Adams
89        SPANISH EDDIE Laura Branigan
90        CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING REO Speedwagon
91        I WAS BORN TO LOVE YOU Freddie Mercury
92        MONEY’S TOO TIGHT TO MENTION Simply Red
93        THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys
94        RUNNING UP THAT HILL (A DEAL WITH GOD) Kate Bush
95        SOUNDS OF THEN (THIS IS AUSTRALIA) Ganggajang
96        WE WILL TOGETHER Eurogliders
97        LEAN ON ME (AH-LI-AYO) Red Box
98        SAY YOU’RE WRONG Julian Lennon
99        NO FOOL (FOR LOVE) Hazell Dean
100      MISLED Kool & The Gang
101      (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra
102      BREAK DOWN THE WALLS Full Marks
103      SUB-CULTURE New Order
104      WIDE BOY Nik Kershaw
105      LOVERBOY Billy Ocean
106      SAY YOU, SAY ME Lionel Richie
107      STIR IT UP Patti Labelle
108      IF I WAS Midge Ure
109      LISTEN TO THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN VOICE Time Bandits
110      LIFE IN ONE DAY Howard Jones
111      HISTORY Mai Tai
112      IMAGINATION Belouis Some
113      CLOSE TO ME The Cure
114      ANGEL Madonna
115      VOICES CARRY ’Til Tuesday
116      SPEAK NO EVIL Dragon
117      DON QUIXOTE Nik Kershaw
118      BITTERSWEET Hoodoo Gurus
119      SHAKE THE DISEASE Depeche Mode
120      LOOK MAMA Howard Jones
121      DON'T MESS WITH DOCTOR DREAM Thompson Twins
122      COLOUR MY LOVE Fun Fun
123      ALONG COMES A WOMAN Chicago
124      YOU’RE ONLY HUMAN (SECOND WIND) Billy Joel
125      LEAVING ME NOW Level 42
126      SUDDENLY Billy Ocean
127      20/20 George Benson
128      PLAYING TO WIN Little River Band
129      WHAT YOU NEED INXS
130      OBJECT OF MY DESIRE Starpoint
131      S.O.S./FIRE IN THE SKY Deodato
132      SOMETHING THAT YOU SAID Kids In The Kitchen
133      SOME LIKE IT HOT Power Station
134      EMERGENCY Kool & The Gang
135      BLUE Fine Young Cannibals
136      FACE TO FACE Real Life
137      SATURDAY LOVE Alexander O’Neal & Cherrelle
138      SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Grace Jones
139      FOOLS WAY Geisha
140      JESSE Julian Lennon
141      AXEL F Harold Faltemeyer
142      WHO’S ZOOMIN’ WHO Aretha Franklin
143      LET’S GO TOGETHER Change
144      YOU GIVE GOOD LOVE Whitney Houston
145      ONE OF THE LIVING Tina Turner
146      HOUSE OF CARDS Ganggajang
147      BORDERLINES Jeffrey Osborne
148      LIFE IN A NORTHERN TOWN Dream Academy
149      PLEASURE AND PAIN Divinyls
150      DO NOT DISTURB Bananarama
151      LOVERGIRL Teena Marie
152      CHERISH Kool & The Gang
153      SHAME The Motels
154      NO PROMISES Icehouse
155      LOVE IS THE SEVENTH WAVE Sting
156      LOVE LIKE BLOOD Killing Joke
157      ROAD TO NOWHERE Talking Heads
158      WRAP HER UP Elton John featuring George Michael
159      ALL YOU ZOMBIES The Hooters
160      YOU GOT ME GOING AGAIN Machinations
161      ALL FALL DOWN Five Star
162      BABY, COME AND GET IT The Pointer Sisters
163      TRAPPED Colonel Abrams
164      THE LODGERS The Style Council
165      WHAT ABOUT LOVE Heart
166      THE TASTE OF YOUR TEARS King
167      THINKING ABOUT YOUR LOVE Skipworth & Turner
168      THE PERFECT KISS New Order
169      BARBADOS Models
170      BURNING HEART Survivor
171      NEVER SURRENDER Corey Hart
172      LOVE THEME FROM ST ELMO’S FIRE David Foster
173      MY HEART GOES BANG (GET ME TO THE DOCTOR) Dead Or Alive
174      ALL SHE WANTS TO DO IS DANCE Don Henley
175      SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee
176      GETTING CLOSER Haywoode
177      LOST WEEKEND Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
178      CRAZY IN THE NIGHT (BARKING AT AIRPLANES) Kim Carnes
179      WELCOME TO THE PLEASUREDOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood
180      LIVING ON VIDEO Trans X
181      EATEN ALIVE Diana Ross
182      GET IT ON (BANG A GONG) The Power Station
183      TAKE ME HOME Phil Collins
184      NIGHTSHIFT Commodores
185      THE HEAVEN I NEED The Three Degrees
186      ALREADY YESTERDAY The Church
187      CONTRACT OF THE HEART Spelt Like This
188      ROUND AND ROUND Jaki Graham
189      ONE MORE NIGHT Phil Collins
190      WALKING ON THE CHINESE WALL Philip Bailey
191      SLAVE TO LOVE Bryan Ferry
192      BROKEN WINGS Mr Mister
193      HOW SOON IS NOW? The Smiths
194      THE CITY OF SOUL Eurogliders
195      CALIFORNIA GIRLS David Lee Roth
196      LONELY OL’ NIGHT John Cougar Mellencamp
197      THE WORD GIRL Scritti Politti
198      HEAVENLY ACTION Erasure
199      FRANKIE Sister Sledge
200       ROSES Haywoode


This Thursday, as normal, I'll look back at the ARIA chart from 25 years ago and then next up will be my trip back to... you guessed it, 1986. See you then!


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


2 comments:

  1. Damn, I thought Bruce Springsteen's I'm on fire would've made your top 200 list. IMO it was probably one of his very few decent songs. Hate Born In the USA and why on earth they play it to death on WSFM is beyond me, glory days not much better, Dancing in the Dark is meh, ok but I love the ballad sounding I'm on fire. A short, sweet tune & great video too. Love most of your top 200, I'm your man is probably my favourite Wham/GM song so definitely wouldn't disagree with it being no 1

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    1. Not a fan of The Boss, I'm afraid. But I agree I'm On Fire is definitely better than Born In The USA (as are most things!).

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