While it might be hard to believe, it’s Friday again. Here are my three flashbacks to the 1980s to get the weekend started. Enjoy!
Baltimora “Tarzan Boy”
In its home country of Italy, this new wave band, Baltimora, scored four hits, but only this one hit the top ten peaking at #6 there in 1985. While it was a #1 hit on the Dutch charts and in France, it made it as high as #13 in the U.S.
It almost became a hit again in the U.S. in early 1993 when a remix peaked at #51. This visit to the chart was helped by an appearance in a Listerine commercial.
The Pet Shop Boys “West End Girls”
Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, better known as the Pet Shop Boys are still producing successful albums, just not in the U.S. Their last studio album, “Yes”, in 2009, peaked at #32 here, but it reached the top ten in the U.K., Austria, Germany, and Switzerland.
They scored the biggest hit of their career right out of the gate in 1984 with the #1 worldwide smash, “West End Girls”.
In the U.S., they hit the top ten four more times: “Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots of Money) (#10, 1985), “It’s A Sin” (#9, 1987), “What Have I Done to Deserve This? (with Dusty Springfield) (#2, 1987), and “Always on my Mind” (#4, 1987).
Janet Jackson “What Have You Done For Me Lately”
Janet, or Miss Jackson, if you’re nasty, had a total of 24 top ten hits (10 of them topped the Hot 100) that started with this one back in 1986 from her “Control” album. I remember my best friend, Steve, and I doing the opening montage almost every night before going out to the club. “What’s up girl? He stood me up again, again, um hum….”
And, it featured Paula Abdul before she became a pop princess and “American Idol” looney bird.