“Peeps’ Friday ’80s Flashbacks”‏

It’s Friday and that means two things :  the weekend is here and I also share three of my favorite songs from the 1980s.  Have a great weekend.

“Relax”  — Frankie Goes To Hollywood

The English pop/dance band, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, scored their biggest and only American top 40 hit with their first release, “Relax”.  The original video was also banned by MTV.  The record sold more than a million copies here in the U.S. and it also hit #1 in the U.K. and New Zealand.

The group almost scored two more hits from their debut album, “Welcome To The Pleasuredome” that went gold (500,000 copies) in the U.S., but both “Two Tribes (#43) and the title track (#48) both stalled just outside the top 40.

“Heat Of The Moment” — Asia

In the early 1980s, the English rock band, Asia, scored two top ten album, “Asia” (#1, 1982) and “Alpha” (*#6, 1983).  That first album was certified platinum four times and the followup went platinum (one million copies shipped to stores).

On the Billboard Hot 100, their first hit was also their biggest.  “Heat of The Moment” peaked at #4 in 1982 and the follow-up, “Only Time Will Tell” reached #17.

They would score two more hits, “Don’t Cry” in 1983  (#10) and “The Smile Has Left Your Eyes” (#34, 1983).

“Boom Boom  (Let’s Go Back To My Room) — Paul Lekakis

Greek-American model and dancer Paul Lekakis was discovered in an Italian nightclub.

He never scored a Top 40 American hit on the Billboard 100, but his first release that only peaked at #43 is one of my favorite songs from back in my club days.  “Boom Boom (Let’s Go Back To My Room”) hit #6 on the Billboard Dance charts and it topped the charts in Austria for five weeks and it hit #1 in South Africa and Japan.

In 1990, he released his debut album, “Tattoo It”, which generated several big dance hits, but he was too hot (read: gay) to market commercially and he moved into acting where he starred in one of my favorite horror movies, “Hellbent”, and he had a leading role in another of my favorites, a club movie called “Circuit”.

Anthony

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