Let’s head up to the Pacific Northwest today and see what KUBE, 93.3 FM in Seattle, was playing. Currently they’re a rhythmic contemporary station run by the iHeart media conglomerate, but back in 1984 they were a Top 40 station. Their Top 10 as of December 14, 1984.
- Morris Day & The Time, “Jungle Love” Along with Prince and several others, Morris Day & The Time defined the “Minneapolis Sound,” which mixed soul and dance with funk, rock & roll and other elements. This song, from their 1984 album Ice Cream Castle, reached #20 on the Hot 100 and #6 on the R&B chart.
- Hall & Oates, “Out Of Touch” The first single off of their 1984 album Big Bam Boom, this went to #1 on the Hot 100 and Dance charts, #4 in Canada and #11 in Australia, and continued H&O’s streak of Top 10 singles that started with “Kiss On My List” in 1981.
- Paul McCartney, “No More Lonely Nights” After his days with Wings, Paul decided to write a musical, Give My Regards To Broad Street, which was universally panned gy the critics, including Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times and the show Sneak Previews, who said “skip the movie and go right to the soundtrack.” This song reached #6 in the US and #2 in the UK.
- Julian Lennon, “Valotte” Title track from his 1984 debut album and the second single from it, it reached #9 on the Hot 100 and in Canada, #4 on the Adult Contemporary chart and #2 on the Rock chart. Julian was forgotten not just by his father (to whom he bears a striking resemblance) but by the record-buying public in the US after 1989, but he continues to record and perform.
- Pat Benatar, “We Belong” From the lovely Ms. Benatar’s 1984 album Tropico, this was released a month before the album and reached #5 in the US and was the first of her singles to reach the British Top 40 peaking at #22).
- New Edition, “Cool It Now” The group that gave us Bobby Brown and Bell Biv DeVoe was just getting started when they released this from their eponymous 1984 album. It was their first Top 10 single, reaching #4 on the Hot 100, it topped the R&B chart and was certified Gold.
- Duran Duran, “The Wild Boys” The band considered by many to be the sound of the ’80’s released this off their 1984 live album Arena and it reached #2 in the US and UK.
- The Honeydrippers, “Sea Of Love” Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant formed The Honeydrippers along with former Led Zep bandmate Jimmy Page, former Yardbird Jeff Beck, and other sidemen and friends. This peaked at #4 and was their only Top 10 hit. Wikipedia tells us “The band appeared on Saturday Night Live on 15 December 1984 [the day after this survey], performing ‘Rockin’ at Midnight’ and ‘Santa Claus Is Back in Town.’ The band featured Brian Setzer and Georg Wadenius on guitar, Tom Barney on bass, Paul Shaffer on piano, Buddy Williams on drums, Michael Brecker, Lou Marini, and Ronnie Cuber on saxophones, Jon Faddis on trumpet and Tom Malone on trombone.” That’s some serious firepower…
- Jack Wagner, “All I Need” Jack is probably best-known for his roles on the soap operas General Hospital (which once boasted Rick Springfield in its cast), Santa Barbara, The Bold and The Beautiful, and Melrose Place, but he had some success as a recording artist. This was the title track from his 1984 debut album and reached #2 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
- Madonna, “Like A Virgin” Title track from The Material Girl’s second studio album and the first single from it, this was a #1 hit in the US, Canada, Australia, and Japan and boosted Madonna into the spotlight.
And that’s your Friday 5×2 for December 14, 2018.