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


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

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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