EVERY Billboard #1 hit discussion thread 1958-Present

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by alphanguy, Jan 29, 2016.

  1. pablo fanques

    pablo fanques Somebody's Bad Handwroter

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    I got to see Springsteen perform ‘Don’t Change’ in Albany as well. It was a very pleasant surprise as it was assumed he’d abandon it after Australia. I’ve always loved that song
     
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  2. tmoore

    tmoore Forum Resident

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    When I said that, I was thinking pretty much what you said ---> 1955-56 (rock/Elvis), and 1964 (Beatles/British Invasion), and maybe 1974-75 (early disco).

    I don't really have the time or energy to argue this any further (I'm still working full time, and physically going there, at risk to both my and my family's health) --- and this topic is way down on the importance scale for me.

    We're just going to have to disagree a bit. I don't think we're as far apart as our posts might make it seem -- I do see 1983 as a demarcation point, like you -- but unlike you I didn't necessarily like the result. I also didn't dislike what it was changing from.
     
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  3. Geee!

    Geee! Senior Member

    "Let's Dance" hit #1 for just a week in Canada, but was in #2 for something like 4 or 5 weeks before and after making the top spot.

    I think it is still great song!
     
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  4. Wild Horse

    Wild Horse Forum Resident

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    Beat It

    Just okay except for the guitar solo, which is great and almost iconic.

    This song sure kept the Jackson juggernaut going.


    Let's Dance

    Bowie goes commercial, but it works. I really like this. Some great guitar work from Stevie Ray Vaughan on it as a bonus. Which is all kinds of odd on a commercial David Bowie new wave dance hit.


    I got nuttin' good to say about the next one coming up, so I'll see you guys again in the summer of 1983. :wave:
     
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  5. Jmac1979

    Jmac1979 Forum Resident

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    The original demo of the track that Nile officially released a couple years ago (it got a 12" single Record Store Day release in 2018) actually shows how much of a Chic track it actually was. Bowie famously told Nile "I want hits" during their initial meeting since Bowie hadn't really had a US hit since 1976's "Golden Years" (as beloved today as Heroes and Ashes To Ashes are, they didn't even make the hot 100) and the rise of MTV, the ending of his indentured servitude to Mainman (which had essentially deprived Bowie of any decent royalties) for good as well as leaving RCA for a new label was a perfect time to cash it in

     
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  6. Jmac1979

    Jmac1979 Forum Resident

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    That was similar to the case in the US, it spent a couple weeks at #2 behind the song that replaced it and didn't leave the top 5 until July
     
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  7. sunspot42

    sunspot42 Forum Resident

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    Bowie sure had a knack for finding mega-talented guitarists before they were a household name. Has any other single act worked with as many talented guitarists over the years?
     
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  8. sunspot42

    sunspot42 Forum Resident

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    Great story! I thought their cover was one of the few that bested the original.
     
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  9. sunspot42

    sunspot42 Forum Resident

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    Boy and how! I do love that the final version really emphasized the stomp, which is a bit lost in the demo.
     
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  10. pablo fanques

    pablo fanques Somebody's Bad Handwroter

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    THIS!!!
     
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  11. sunspot42

    sunspot42 Forum Resident

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    Ironically, the two acts who - arguably more than any others - paved the way for the sound of the '80s with their work during the '70s (and right at the turn of the decade) would have #1 hits back-to-back here in 1983. Bowie was one of them. We're about to hear from the other.
     
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  12. pablo fanques

    pablo fanques Somebody's Bad Handwroter

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    I can’t say for sure but one instance where he went the opposite direction was enlisting a long since popular Peter Frampton on the ill fated Glass Spider tour in ‘87. The tour did so poorly that programs from it were being given away at his subsequent Sound and Vision Greatest Hits shows in 1990!
     
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  13. sunspot42

    sunspot42 Forum Resident

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    Yeah, that was definitely Bowie's nadir.
     
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  14. John54

    John54 Forum Resident

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    I never liked Let's Dance, in part because the "sound" is much too close to this song from a year or so earlier, which I really do like -

    Hambi and the Dance, Standing in the Rain:

     
  15. Jmac1979

    Jmac1979 Forum Resident

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    The next one is more given the producer, right? I know we're going to be discussing it in a few days, but while the artist in question has a few undisputed classic theme songs, I wouldn't think of her (who was essentially a much lesser Donna Summer) as a big titan of the 80s the way Bowie was a massive influence, but the producer of the song on the other hand....
     
  16. sunspot42

    sunspot42 Forum Resident

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    Producer and songwriter.
     
  17. Grant

    Grant Fight The Power

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    Well, Nile Rodgers was already a household name before he produced the "Let's Dance" album. And, Bowie plays guitar too.
     
  18. Jmac1979

    Jmac1979 Forum Resident

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    Well in that instance, Bowie and Frampton had been friends long before either of them had become famous as they grew up in the same neighborhood, so this tour and album was Bowie pretty much throwing a bone in his favor just like when he worked with Iggy Pop in the 70s and then covered songs he co-wrote with him on his mid-80s albums (China Girl, the next single, would be a perfect example, it originally appeared on Iggy's "The Idiot") as a favor because Iggy was going through some hard times financially in the early/mid 80s and Bowie was in a position that doing his own takes of those songs would ensure some nice royalties for him.
     
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  19. Jrr

    Jrr Forum Resident

    Man I just love that trademark Chic guitar sound! Great to hear Bowie’s vocal like that.
     
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  20. The Slug Man

    The Slug Man Forum Resident

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    in the metal world:

    Whitesnake/David Coverdale:
    Ritchie Blackmore, Tommy Bolin, Micky Moody, Bernie Marsden, Mel Galley, John Sykes, Adrian Vandenburg, Vivian Campbell, Steve Vai, Trevor Rabin, (1 studio song), Jimmy Page, Warren DeMartini, Doug Aldrich, Reb Beach, Joel Hoekstra...plus two Bowie alumni (Earl Slick and Reeves Gabrels, at least in the studio)

    Ozzy Osbourne
    Tony Iommi, Randy Rhoads, Brad Gillis, Jake E. Lee, Zakk Wylde, etc.

    Steely Dan-lots of guys on a session and/or live basis

    But you're right...Bowie is up there with the greats who knew how to pick and use talent.
     
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  21. Jmac1979

    Jmac1979 Forum Resident

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    Also on the charts around this time, but nowhere near the top (peaking at #58) was one of the first of many "out of left field" one hit wonder type acts that were helped by MTV. Always liked it, surprised they essentially imploded as the song was current (half the band including the lead singer quitting at the same time) because I think they could've been a popular act in the college rock scene at the time

     
  22. sunspot42

    sunspot42 Forum Resident

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    Oh, Channel 61 loved "Mexican Radio", and so did all of us. Another one for the playlist! Stan Ridgway seemed tipped for big success, and then...
     
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  23. Geee!

    Geee! Senior Member

    Oh boy, I loved "Mexican Radio"! I never got into the album much, but perhaps I will spin it considering I have a bit of time.

    It was a top 20 hit of here making it to #18 for a week in late May; it made a lengthy climb taking 9 weeks to get there once cracking the top 50, but its decent was quick taking a mere 2 weeks to drop out of the top 50.
     
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  24. Hey Vinyl Man

    Hey Vinyl Man Forum Resident

    Never cared for "Let's Dance" and still don't.
    I do like "Modern Love", though.
     
  25. Hoover Factory

    Hoover Factory Old Dude Who Knows Things

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    I had the single - played it all of the time. Quirky and catchy - right in my wheel house.

    “I wish I was in Tijuana, eating barbecued iguana...”
     

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