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This Week In 1985: December 22, 1985

Regular readers will be aware of my obsession with one-hit wonders and that extends to two-hit wonders as well - those acts that score two massive hits then don't venture into the top 50 again. If you fancy a bit of light reading, I've compiled lists of two-hit wonders for the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. 

Two hits from two two-hit wonders

Already in 1985, we'd seen three two-hit wonders - Time Bandits, The Hooters and The Power Station - on the ARIA singles chart. On the final chart of the year, two more artists who'd join that group each debuted with the first of two big singles.

For the final top 50 of 1985, Midnight Oil regained the number 1 spot with Species Deceases after surrendering it to Jennifer Rush's "The Power Of Love" the week before. Could they hold on to the top spot?

Off The Chart

Number 99 "Stay" by Flying Fonzarellis

Peak: number 96

The second of two minor top 100 appearances by the Perth band. Despite the credit at the start of the video, it was filmed at Rottnest Island.

Number 98 "No Fear Of Flying" by Perfect Strangers

Peak: number 82

Here's the first of two minor top 100 appearance by another Perth band. "No Fear Of Flying" was the second release from Perfect Strangers.

Number 97 "Drumming Man" by Topper Headon

Peak: number 97

You wouldn't guess it to listen to this sophisti-pop cover of the Gene Krupa instrumental, but Topper had been a drummer in The Clash before being kicked out due to his drug addiction.

Number 96 "Communication" by The Power Station

Peak: number 95

Here's the single that broke The Power Station's hit streak - a return to an original song after their cover of "Get It On (Bang A Gong)".

Number 95 "Christmas Time" by Bryan Adams

Peak: number 64

He still had a couple of singles to come from Reckless - including one that would arrive on the next top 100 - but Bryan Adams marked the festive season with this Christmas release.

Number 82 "Take Me Home" by Phil Collins

Peak: number 64

A couple of weeks earlier, he debuted on the top 50 with White Nights duet "Separate Lives", but there were less takers for the fourth and final single from No Jacket Required

Number 81 "Worlds Away" by Mark Edwards

Peak: number 70

He'd been the singer of short-lived early '80s band Runners (only top 50 appearance: "Sure Fire Thing", number 43 in 1982), but despite what looked like an expensive video, Mark Edwards' solo career did no better.

Number 77 "Brothers In Arms" by Dire Straits

Peak: number 57

They'd been dominating the albums chart for months with the LP of the same name, which was knocked off the top this week by the arrival of For The Working Class Man. But even though this subdued single had another visually interesting music video, it failed to live up to the chart success of "Money For Nothing". 

New Entries

Number 50 "Close To Me" by The Cure

Peak: number 7

Proving the top 10 placement of "The Love Cats" was no fluke, The Cure returned to that section of the chart with the second single from The Head On The Door (a title that's taken from the lyrics of "Close To Me"). Remixed from the album version - the brass line was new - the track also came with a simple but effective music video that saw the band crammed into a closet that fell of a cliff and started filling with water. This era of the '80s was arguably The Cure's commercial peak in Australia. Although The Head On The Door was just the first of several top 10 albums, they wouldn't return to the top 10 of the singles chart until 1992 - and then only briefly.

Number 48 "Broken Wings" by Mr Mister

Peak: number 4

Here's our first of the week's two-hit wonders - an American band that just fell short of achieving two top 10 hits in Australia, with the follow-up to "Broken Wings" stalling at number 11. But we're getting ahead of ourselves. "Broken Wings" was actually the lead single from Mr Mister's second album, Welcome To The Real World - the band's first, I Wear The Face, having done just about nothing when released in 1984. All moody synths and earnest vocals, "Broken Wings" had hit written all over it and was also the first of two US number 1 singles for Mr Mister.

Number 46 "Say I'm Your Number One" by Princess

Peak: number 8

As I seem to remember someone pointing out at the time - we had King, Queen and Prince, so why not a musical act named Princess? Born with the much less pop star-like moniker Desiree Heslop, Princess recorded her debut album with songwriters/producers Stock Aitken Waterman - and was one of the artists who received a more soul/R&B sound from the Hit Factory than the hi-NRG production heard on the bulk of their hits. Despite its hopeful title, "Say I'm Your Number One" didn't reach that position, but did peak in the top 10 in both Australia and the UK. More singles would follow from her self-titled album, but none reached the top 50 in Australia, making Princess a one-hit wonder locally.

Number 43 "We Wish You A MMMerry Christmas" by The Tremble M's

Peak: number 24

0:53 seconds. That's how far I got into this festive release from radio station 2MMM before having to turn it off. A shambolic rock take on some Christmas favourites, "We Wish You A MMMerry Christmas" benefitted from the huge popularity of the station, especially breakfast host Doug Mulray, in Sydney to make a decent showing on the national chart. In New South Wales, it peaked at number 2 before disappearing as quickly as it had arrived when clearer heads prevailed in the new year.

Number 41 "My Heart Goes Bang (Get Me To The Doctor)" by Dead Or Alive

Peak: number 41

While Princess was a new act to receive the Stock Aitken Waterman magic, Dead Or Alive were up to their fourth single helmed by the team that was quickly becoming Britain's hottest producers. Falling agonisingly short of giving Dead Or Alive their fourth top 40 hit of the year in Australia, "My Heart Goes Bang (Get Me To The Doctor)" was a return to the frenetic pace of "You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)" and "Lover Come Back To Me" after the more sedate "In Too Deep". 

Number 35 "This Time" by INXS

Peak: number 19

Last week, we saw on the final chart for 1990 that "Disappear" was somewhat of a chart disappointment after the number 2 peak of "Suicide Blonde" - and I mentioned the fact that the same had happened in 1985 when "This Time" failed to follow "What You Need" into the upper reaches of the top 50. Also like "Disappear", "This Time" was catchy enough - even if those dragged out vocals on "tiiiiiiime" got a bit annoying by the end - but perhaps not the most dynamic track from Listen Like Thieves to release as second single. One of the less remembered singles by INXS, it no doubt helped keep the album in the top 10 over the summer.

Number 17 "A Good Heart" by Feargal Sharkey

Peak: number 1

Here's the man who always comes to mind when I think of two-hit wonders - and that's despite the fact that I actually own a third song by the former vocalist for The Undertones. Having missed the mark with his two previous singles, "Listen To Your Father" (the other track I own) and "Loving You", Feargal Sharkey more than made up for it with international chart-topper "A Good Heart". 

Written by Maria McKee about her relationship with Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench and produced by Eurythmics' Dave Stewart, "A Good Heart" has it all: two drummers, three foxy backing singers and giant gears turning in the background - and that's just the music video. Lyrically, it's a step up from your run-of-the-mill love song, with Feargal utilising a more plaintive, lilting vocal style in the verses before getting stuck in to the so-catchy-it-hurts chorus.

"A Good Heart" was the first single released from Feargal's debut, self-titled solo album - and took pride of place as the LP's first track. It was followed on the tracklist by the song that'd become his other big hit - a song written by Benmont Tench that gave the other side to the story. We'll see that hit the ARIA chart next year.

Annual Chart

As far as I know, there were no year-end charts available in-store until 1988, and so you'll have to make do with my typed-in list of the top 100 for 1985:

1.      "We Are The World" by USA For Africa

2.      "Angel / Into The Groove" by Madonna

3.      "Crazy For You" by Madonna

4.      "Live It Up" by Mental As Anything

5.      "I Want To Know What Love Is" by Foreigner

6.      "Out Of Mind Out Of Sight" by Models

7.      "Money For Nothing" by Dire Straits

8.      "I Got You Babe" by UB40 (guest vocals by Chrissie Hynde)

9.      "I Should Have Known Better" by Jim Diamond

10.    "Would I Lie To You" by Eurythmics

11.    "Dancing In the Street" by David Bowie / Mick Jagger

12.    "Take On Me" by a-ha

13.    "You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)" by Dead Or Alive

14.    "Shout" by Tears For Fears

15.    "One Night In Bangkok" by Murray Head

16.    "Born In The U.S.A." by Bruce Springsteen

17.    "Neutron Dance" by The Pointer Sisters

18.    "What You Need" by INXS

19.    "Do They Know It's Christmas?" by Band Aid

20.    "We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)" by Tina Turner

21.    "Walking On Sunshine" by Katrina & The Waves

22.    "The Heat Is On" by Glenn Frey

23.    "The Power Of Love" by Jennifer Rush

24.    "The Power Of Love" by Huey Lewis & The News

25.    "Like A Virgin" by Madonna

26.    "I'd Die To Be With You Tonight" by Jimmy Barnes

27.    "50 Years" by Uncanny X-men

28.    "Too Young For Promises" by Koo De Tah

29.    "Part Time Lover" by Stevie Wonder

30.    "Ti Amo" by Laura Branigan

31.    "Last Christmas" by Wham!

32.    "Loverboy" by Billy Ocean

33.    "Can't Fight This Feeling" by REO Speedwagon

34.    "Endless Road" by Time Bandits

35.    "Barbados" by Models

36.    "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" by Tears For Fears

37.    "The Boys Of Summer" by Don Henley

38.    "Life In A Northern Town" by The Dream Academy

39.    "There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)" by Eurythmics

40.    "Some Like It Hot" by The Power Station

41.    "Together In Electric Dreams" by Phil Oakey / Giorgio Moroder

42.    "Man Overboard" by Do-Re-Mi

43.    "And We Danced" by The Hooters

44.    "Rhythm Of The Night" by DeBarge

45.    "Heaven" by Bryan Adams

46.    "One More Night" by Phil Collins

47.    "Don't You (Forget About Me)" by Simple Minds

48.    "Material Girl" by Madonna

49.    "The NeverEnding Story" by Limahl

50.    "Don't Go" by Pseudo Echo

51.    "Sexcrime (1984)" by Eurythmics

52.    "We Will Together" by Eurogliders

53.    "Axel F" by Harold Faltermeyer

54.    "We Close Our Eyes" by Go West

55.    "Move Closer" by Phyllis Nelson

56.    "Cherish" by Kool & The Gang

57.    "St Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion)" by John Parr

58.    "The Power Of Love" by Frankie Goes To Hollywood

59.    "You're Only Human (Second Wind)" by Billy Joel

60.    "Sussudio" by Phil Collins

61.    "Strut" by Sheena Easton

62.    "Sea Of Love" by The Honeydrippers

63.    "I Just Called To Say I Love You" by Stevie Wonder

64.    "A View To A Kill' by Duran Duran

65.    "Freeway Of Love" by Aretha Franklin

66.    "Shout To The Top!" by The Style Council

67.    "Nightshift" by Commodores

68.    "We Belong" by Pat Benatar

69.    "All You Zombies" by The Hooters

70.    "Pleasure And Pain" by Divinyls

71.    "Nikita" by Elton John

72.    "Running Up That Hill" by Kate Bush

73.    "Trust Me" by I'm Talking

74.    "Dancing In The Dark / Pink Cadillac" by Bruce Springsteen

75.    Species Deceases by Midnight Oil

76.    "Dress You Up" by Madonna

77.    "Obsession" by Animotion

78.    "Summer Of '69" by Bryan Adams

79.    "California Girls" by David Lee Roth

80.    "Love And Pride" by King

81.    "Frankie" by Sister Sledge

82.    "Ghostbusters" by Ray Parker Jr

83.    "Dr. Beat" by Miami Sound Machine

84.    "The Goonies 'R' Good Enough" by Cyndi Lauper

85.    "The Riddle" by Nik Kershaw

86.    "I'm On Fire" by Bruce Springsteen

87.    "(Billy) Don't Lose My Number" by Phil Collins

88.    "I Know Him So Well" by Elaine Paige / Barbara Dickson

89.    "Call Me" by Go West

90.    "The Belle Of St Mark" by Sheila E

91.    "I Feel For You' by Chaka Khan

92.    "You're So Strong" by Mental As Anything

93.    "19" by Paul Hardcastle

94.    "Just A Gigolo / I Ain't Got Nobody" by David Lee Roth

95.    "Wide Boy" by Nik Kershaw

96.    "Dare Me" by The Pointer Sisters

97.    "Skin Deep" by The Stranglers

98.    "Current Stand" by Kids In The Kitchen

99.    "Just Another Night" by Mick Jagger

100.  "The Old Man Down The Road" by John Fogerty

Listen to this week's new entries on my Spotify playlist of all the top 50 hits from 1985:

Next time: We hit 1986 - a year when the ARIA chart went through some big changes (pun intended). We'll look back at the first chart for the year on January 12, when two Christmas releases make their appearance as does the best single by a duo whose days were numbered.

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