The Friday 5×2: KUBE (93.3, Seattle WA) On This Day In 1984

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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).
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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…
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

The Friday 5×2: KIMN (AM 950 Denver) on This Day in 1984

You might remember this past Monday that I did a post based on a post I had seen on the blog PopRockBopTilUDrop. Craig, the proprietor on that blog, said that the URL of his blog was based on the radio station he worked at, KIMN (pronounced “Kim”), which from the ’50’s through the ’80’s was Denver’s popular “950 KIMN.” I found a survey from September 21, 1984 on ARSA, so let’s check out their Top 10 from that day.

  1. The Pointer Sisters, “I’m So Excited” Originally released in 1982 (when it only reached #30), it was re-mixed and released again in 1984, reaching #9 on the Hot 100 and #25 on the Adult Contemporary chart. In Denver it stayed at #10 from the week before.
  2. Scandal featuring Patty Smyth, “The Warrior” Title track from their 1984 album, it was their only song to reach the Top 40, peaking at #7 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Mainstream Rock chart.
  3. Stevie Wonder, “I Just Called To Say I Love You” A huge hit for Stevie, it reached #1 on the Hot 100, R&B and Adult Contemporary charts. This weekin Denver it jumped from #14 to #8 with a bullet.
  4. Huey Lewis & The News, “If This Is It” The fourth single off their hugely popular 1983 Sports album, it peaked at #6 on both the hot 100 and the Cash Box survey. It was down from #4 the week before.
  5. Lionel Ritchie, “Stuck On You” From 1983’s Can’t Slow Down album, it reached #3 on the Hot 100, #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart, and by virtue of the fact he wore a cowboy hat on the single sleeve, #24 on the Country chart. Down from #3 in Denver this week.
  6. Cyndi Lauper, “She Bop” The third single from her debut album She’s So Unusual, this reached #3 on the Hot 100 annd Cash Box surveys. It spent a second week at #5 on 950 KIMN’s survey this week.
  7. The Cars, “Drive” From the album Heartbeat City, it was sung by bassist Benajmin Orr and was their highest-charting single, reaching #3 nationally. It rose from #7 on KIMN, meaning it and Huey Lewis’s song switched positions.
  8. Prince, “Let’s Go Crazy” From the Purple Rain soundtrack, it was Prince’s second straight #1 after “When Doves Cry.” Up from #6 the previous week, swapping with Lionel Ritchie.
  9. Tina Turner, “What’s Love Got To Do With It” From Private Dancer, Tina’s first and only #1, it also reached #2 on the R&B chart. In Denver, it had slipped from #1, trading places with…
  10. John Waite, “Missing You” I was going to say that John Waite was a one-hit wonder, but since the definition of that is “only one Top 40 single ever,” I can’t, because his follow-up single, “Tears,” reached #37 (#8 on the Mainstream Rock chart). From his 1984 No Brakes album, which reached #10 in the US.

In 1988, KIMN changed its call letters to KYGO and began broadcasting country. The callsign re-emerged in 1995 on 100.3 FM. Currently it’s known as Mix 100 (“All The Hits”) with an Adult Top 40 format.

And that’s the Friday 5×2 for September 21, 2018.