I love looking at old Billboard charts, and one thing I've always been fascinated with is the re-issue craze of the 1988-89 time period. During that time, over a dozen old songs were given new life with a second run on the charts. It really started with UB40's "Red Red Wine", which hit No. 34 in 1984, was re-released with an extended rap ending and climbed to No. 1 in fall 1988. It continued through "Strangelove" by Depeche Mode, "Forever Young" by Alphaville, "When I'm With You" by Sheriff, "Where Are You Now" by Synch, "Into the Night" by Benny Madones, "In Your Eyes" by Peter Gabriel, "Send Me An Angel" by Real Life and "What About Me" by Moving Pictures. Maybe there are even a few I've missed. Some might argue "Do You Love Me" by the Contours could be put on that list, but that was only re-released because of "Dirty Dancing", a popular movie of the time. I can understand that some records may have been lost to time, falling through the cracks because of bad timing and maybe would have been hits had they been released later. Certainly the UB40 and Sheriff singles are examples of that. Several of the songs did about the same the second time as the first - Benny Mardones hit No. 11 in 1980 and No. 20 in 1989 with "Into the Night". Oddly, I didn't like it the first time but started liking it a lot the second time around! Alphaville missed the top 40 both times with "Forever Young". Peter Gabriel hit the lower part of the top 40 in '86 with "In Your Eyes" and almost made it back in '89. It's not as if these songs were all of a sudden becoming smashes. One thing I can't understand is the Moving Pictures tune "What About Me". First off, I loved the song when it came out in '82 and was glad to see it back on the charts in '89. It tied a then-record of 43 weeks on the Hot 100 (oringally set by "Tainted Love"), but it never climbed higher than No. 29. I can't understand why Geffen picked this up - the band had no current album at the time and I thought by '89, not a lot of money was made on singles sales. I know in some cases radio DJs picked up one of these older songs, played it to death and it became a hit in their market, spreading from there. I don't think there's ever been a time in chart history there were so many re-issues hitting the charts in such a short period. After about a year of this, by fall 1989 it died down. Anyone else have any info on this unusual trend?