It’s Friday and the weekend is upon us. After taking last weekend off work, it was fun having just a three-day work week. However, it’s back to normal this week. I’d better enjoy today because when I go back in tomorrow, I have to work five days! 🙂 Maybe these flashbacks to ’80s will get you going today.
“Don’t Mean Nothing” — Richard Marx
Chicago pop singer and songwriter Richard Marx hit it big in the late-1980s with two very successful albums, “Richard Marx” in 1987 that reached #8 and “Repeat Offender” that topped the album chart in 1989.
He was a hit at radio right from the start with his first seven songs all reaching the top five on the Billboard Hot 100. He would go on to score 14 Top 40 hits with a total of 9 top ten smashes. Three of his songs would top the Hot 100 charts, “Hold On To The Nights” in 1988, “Satisfied” and “Right Here Waiting” in 1989.
His first hit, “Don’t Mean Nothing”, reached #3 in 1987.
“Each Time You Break My Heart” — Nick Kamen
Unless you spent time in dance clubs in 1986, you probably haven’t heard this song. English model Nick Kamen took the song all the way to #5 in the U.K. and to the top ten in France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, and Sweden. In Italy, he had two more big hits in the 1980s.
But, in America, the song was only a hit in the dance club thanks to the blessing of Madonna. She recorded a demo of the song, but passed it on to Nick.
However, most of you might remember Nick from his modeling days with this Levi’s commercial.
“My Girl” (Gone, Gone, Gone) — Chilliwack
Here’s an obscure hit from the 1980s from the Canadian rock band, Chilliwack. While they scored eight Top 40 hits in their native country, they only hit the Billboard Hot 100’s Top 40 twice. “My Girl” reached #11 in 1981, but it topped the charts in Canada.
The follow-up, “I Believe” reached #33 in the U.S.