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Popchartfreak
post Jun 26 2019, 06:47 PM
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QUOTE(dandy* @ Jun 26 2019, 02:07 PM) *
I am enjoying many of your inclusions however am increasingly nervous and concerned that we may be counting down to Human cry.gif



Oh you can tell from it's chart run it's done well laugh.gif It, however, is nowhere near the top 40. I'm only human! laugh.gif You can sleep easy...

Enjoy The Silence is a great choice of "poss fave ever single" it never sounds boring from overplay, has loads in the production that peeks through, and is subtly dark and yet tuneful and upbeat.
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post Jun 29 2019, 09:08 AM
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588. SE A VIDA ES (THAT'S THE WAY LIFE IS) - Pet Shop Boys (1996) 1,104,500

Back in latin-rhythm territory 8 years on from Domino Dancing, this lead single off Bilingual was probably the last of their biggish hits, one non-fans would know, and drew the first decade to a close, as the lads moved into a more fan-base and still-critically-acclaimed direction. The drums on this are fab, underpinning an uplifting melody with a hint of wistfulness, and it sorta moved into the boys "I'm gay" statements, having previously never talked about their private lives, and the video chock-full of topless young men cavorting in a pool and at the beach amid a more general "diversity is fab" footage and message. The key verse?

"Why do you want to sit alone in gothic gloom
Surrounded by the ghosts of love that haunt your room?
Somewhere there's a different door to open wide
You gotta throw those skeletons out of your closet and come outside"

Advice I took to heart.

We are only 250 in and the 13th track from the Neil n Chris on the rundown.

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post Jun 29 2019, 09:35 AM
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587. GET DOWN TONIGHT - KC & The Sunshine Band (1975) 1,105,350

KC was a disco-funk powerhouse in '74/75 bridging the gap between soul-funk and actual disco as a genre, and should be credited with kick-starting the whole genre IMHO. There was Philly Soul, there was funk, there was Motown but KC came up with his own Florida brand of groove that had discos bopping. The record that could be thought as the first breakout disco hit (Rock Your Baby) was his (via George McCrae) - it topped the UK charts in late summer '74 as KC's own Queen Of Clubs topped my personal charts as well, such an exciting track that didn't make the rundown sadly - this one though, topped the US charts as KC became unstoppable for a couple of years, That's The Way (I Like It), Shake Shake Shake, and a string of George McCrae tracks. In the UK I was miffed this was just a minor hit, but felt justified a bit when Bamboogie revamped it in the noughties (to lesser effect). There was a weekly NME-styled History Of Rock magazine that built up into an encyclopaedia which eventually annoyed me when it got to disco - disco was sniffily ignored by many music critics, and KC was totally not given his own section when lesser nobodies were given space in other genres. Possibly reverse-discrimination going on, cos KC was white, even though he worked with multi-ethnic musicians on a black label (TK Records) on black genre music. Or else possibly the critics had never actually been to a disco and danced in their life, so the concept was totally alien to them. Dance music? Wassat!? laugh.gif

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586. WALK AWAY RENEE - The Four Tops (1967) 1,105,650

Levi Stubbs, for me, is one of the greatest, emotive singers of all time in popular music, his vocals are epic - see Billy Bragg's Levi Stubbs Tears for back-up - and The Four Tops were just a Motown highlight throughout their career on classic after classic. Criminally this is their only classic on my rundown and it's not even a Motown song! Originally a US hit for The Left Banke, a pleasant record, this was a UK-release a few months later over Xmas 1967 and became a monster hit, quite rightly as it's the definitive version, just fab. Here purely on re-issues as I wasn't charting at the time in '67 - though it was a fave of mine back then. The Four Tops first topped my charts in 1972, with 1967 reissued classic Bernadette, and then newie Keeper Of The Castle, but they kept on having hits well into the 80's, by which time they'd been together for over 30 years in the same line-up. I saw them in 1989, around the time my grandma died, which gives them additional pathos for me - as if Reach Out I'll Be There, Baby I Need Your Lovin', and oodles of other heartbreak songs need extra emotion.

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post Jun 29 2019, 06:33 PM
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585. WE DON'T TALK ANYMORE - Cliff Richard (1979) 1,106,200

The moment when Cliff's 2nd career started, his first chart-topper in a decade, and bar the brilliance of the double-whammy of Miss You Nights (744 on the countdown currently) and Devil Woman in 1976 his reinvention had been a long time coming as he had descended into family entertainer and musically had lost relevance, despite the odd great pop single. This 1979 UK chart-topper became a hit in the USA too, and gave him a boost there too, thanks to the production of his old Shads mate Bruce Welch and the fab songs of Alan Tarney. It set up the 80's beautifully, arguably the peak of his career. Look at Cliff on TOTP in the video, looking good, pushing 40 and 20 years into his career already. Let's try and forget about Mistletoe And Wine and The Millennium Prayer and instead recall Wired For Sound, Carrie, Some People, and the gorgeous definitive version of All I Ask Of You. 2nd of 3 on the rundown. This? Probably his career-best record. Sadly all the fab performances seem subject to copyright removal, so this at least has been on nearly a decade..

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post Jun 29 2019, 06:41 PM
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584. DOWN UNDER - Men At Work (1982) 1,06,400

The ultimate Aussie record, an 80's anthem, and worldwide chart-topper thanks to that fab fun video. I'd already rated Who Can It Be Now prior to this, and liked the follow-up too (Overkill), but this really was their moment in the sun, and then wham bam thank you m'aam, gone. I caught them in Nottingham in 1983 at the height of their success, and they were rocking. Reminds me of driving the works van (a Mansfield photolab factory where I worked, dropping off the photographs to chain stores in the region, like Boots, back when people printed photos off) while listening to Steve Wright In The Afternoon on Radio One, back when he was funny and ground-breaking, rather than boring and repetitive.

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post Jun 29 2019, 06:51 PM
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583. WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND - Noel Harrison (1969) 1,106,850

Noel, son of actor Rex Harrison, fit nicely into the cool swinging late 60's, starring alongside Stefanie Powers in The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. the never-repeated spin-off from The Man From U.N.C.L.E. fantasy-spy romping from the USA when Brits were cool and in demand on US TV. Noel was more an Olympic skier (yes he so was) than singer, but his talking-singing style totally suited this song, the Michel Legrand gem of a song used as the theme to Steve McQueen & Faye Dunaway's cult movie The Thomas Crown Affair. Covered by thousands, including the US hit version from the sublime Dusty Springfield who did the 2nd-best version - yes even she couldn't manage to top the laid-back atmospheric beauty and coolness of this version. I loved it aged 11, and loved it all over again more recently when Noel died and it charted enough posthumous sales to tip it over into my list.

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582. DONNA - 10C.C. (1972) 1,109,200

10CC were basically one-hit wonders Hotlegs (Neanderthal Man, 1970) located in their own studio in Manchester, experimenting in Artrock - Graham Gouldman joined them for the new project, on Jonathan King's UK Records, which meant that Kevin Godley & Lol Creme (future 80's duo artrockers, and music-video creatives) were in the company of young 60's successes Eric Stewart (The Mindbenders and future Paul McCartney co-worker) and Graham (songwriter of many a hit record like Bus Stop while in his teens) Gouldman. Donna was a 50’s pastiche that gave them a debut hit and kick-started their varied, if short, career. Charming, tongue-in-cheek and catchy, Donna introduced the first two years of 10C.C.s career and their first brilliant two albums (10C.C. and Sheet Music) are chock-a-block full of inventive artpop, structurally and production-wise original, from the US-culture-referencing chart-topping Rubber Bullets, the whimsical The Dean And I, the chilling greedy-banker-condemning rocker Wall Street Shuffle, to the modest, amusing Worst band In The World, the rifftastic Speed Kills, and the beautiful, gentle Old Wild Men foretelling the ageing rocker set, the sheer variety (and the abundance of humour) was probably a factor in their being critically-acclaimed at the time, and subsequently ignored for a few decades. Too clever by half! They topped my charts with the far superior Wall Street Shuffle and Speed Kills, but this track is on the list, the 2nd of 5 under the band name, though there’s another 2 on top pending....

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post Jul 13 2019, 10:21 AM
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Donna is a great song. It was kept off the top of the chart for two weeks by Mouldy Old Dough so I suppose those two songs would have been in a battle on your personal chart at the time as well. I'll add to that list from the first two albums,Fresh Air For My Mama and Somewhere In Hollywood.
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QUOTE(King Rollo @ Jul 13 2019, 11:21 AM) *
Donna is a great song. It was kept off the top of the chart for two weeks by Mouldy Old Dough so I suppose those two songs would have been in a battle on your personal chart at the time as well. I'll add to that list from the first two albums,Fresh Air For My Mama and Somewhere In Hollywood.


Hi Rollo, good guess, yes Mouldy Old Dough was peaking at 2 around that time. Somewhere in Hollywood is also fab, lovely record. smile.gif
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