EVERY Billboard #1 hit discussion thread 1958-Present

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

  1. thecdguy

    thecdguy Forum Resident

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    It happens much more than people realize, the difference being that men are far less likely to admit to it, as many people still believe it's "unmasculine" for a man to have any kind of sexual contact with another man.
     
  2. The Slug Man

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    Some more thoughts on Wham!:

    I read a book about the history of MTV where Debbie Gibson talked about what a fan she was. When she first saw the "Go Go" video, she thought that everyone in it was a part of Wham, not just the background singers, but everyone in the audience. She thought it was cool that they were a 30-odd person band.

    Re: Andrew Ridgely, yes he seems even more disposable than John Oates is to Hall, but George Michael has said that in the early days, Ridgely was the confident, outgoing, photogenic one who was always trying to push them into the limelight. I don't know if he came from a higher-class background and had some of the connections, etc. but Michael has said that if it weren't for Ridgely's drive, they never would have made it.
     
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  3. Grant

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    And if you read anything that Hall & Oates have ever said, you'll find out how false that is.
     
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  4. boyjohn

    boyjohn Forum Resident

    Seems that this thread has turned into the National Enquirer, circa 1978. What is wrong with you people lol.
     
  5. sunspot42

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    Yeah, it's really hard to say that coming out hurt Elton's career - he was definitely in a pronounced quality slump by the time that happened.
     
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  6. sunspot42

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    Yeah, I noticed that yesterday and thought, "There's a tell..."

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  7. smorrison

    smorrison His Master's Voice

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    Elton talks about this a bit in his recent autobiography Me (which, by the way, is hilarious!). He notes that his album sales had fallen off before the Rolling Stone interview. He didn't seem overly concerned about the revelation - everyone in the business knew about it, and implies a variety of factors - drugs, changes in popular music (disco/punk), and taking a break from Bernie Taupin and his band to explore other songwriting partners and musical styles.
     
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  8. smorrison

    smorrison His Master's Voice

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    By November 1984, my friends and I had gone full Classic Rock, and derided most of the new pop songs on the charts. Many years later, I can now enjoy songs like "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" for what they are.

    Though "Purple Rain" should have hit #1 for at least a week! :realmad:
     
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  9. pablo fanques

    pablo fanques Somebody's Bad Handwroter

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    And Rod himself addressed it in the liner notes of his Storyteller Box Set in 1990
     
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  10. thecdguy

    thecdguy Forum Resident

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    It did go to #1 on the Cashbox charts, I believe.
     
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  11. sunspot42

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    Yeah, that was a crime.
     
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  12. Albuman

    Albuman Album of the Year expert

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    On the subject of Wham!, I have a CD of Andrew Ridgeley's only solo album, Son of Albert. It's a little "of its time," but still quite good.
     
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  13. W.B.

    W.B. The Collector's Collector

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    I thought it was a little pun there . . .
     
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  14. smorrison

    smorrison His Master's Voice

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    I've become a big Doris Day fan. It's a little ironic that she outlived two pop superstars (George Michael and John Lennon) who name-checked her on #1 albums.


    N.B. With Vera Lynn's recent passing, Roger Waters has escaped a similar fate.
     
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  15. W.B.

    W.B. The Collector's Collector

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    It's ironic to me that the Sports Machine George Michael and the Wham! George Michael would pass away within seven years and one day of each other.
     
  16. Grant

    Grant Senior Member

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    I respect him because he has a good sense of humor about it. Well, as long as it wasn't true...:laugh:
     
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  17. Grant

    Grant Senior Member

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    YOU people? LOL!
     
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  18. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever

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    My longtime gay friend had plenty of stories about straight guys with whom he had dalliances! :shh:

    I just thought it was funny that the guy at the Aerosmith show was so incredulous that I'd never dabbled - maybe because I seemed non-homophobic! :shrug:
     
  19. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever

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    It's similar to Janet Jackson's decline after the Super Bowl. Sure, she got snubbed by a lot of radio, but the material just wasn't very good, too.

    In 2004, I'd been a fan of hers since "Control" and the Super Bowl shenanigans didn't impact my opinion of her one iota.

    I still only played "Damita Jo" like 5 times - because it just wasn't good! :shrug:
     
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  20. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever

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    In fall 1984, I was 17 and a senior in HS.

    I liked some pop back then - Michael Jackson, Culture Club, Hall and Oates - but not much, and most of my friends were much more into punk/New Wave, so they disapproved.

    I fully dove into the era's pop the next summer. I took a girl to see Madonna to impress her.

    I hated Madonna, but the girl was pretty cute!

    Never saw the girl again, but Madonna won me over - she put on a really good show.

    That opened the dam for me, and I leapt into that era's pop. That meant I embraced Duran, Wham!, you name it.

    This bugged my friends, but in retrospect, I don't really see why. If they were okay with the fact I liked MJ, H&O and CC, why get bent out of shape by these others?
     
  21. alphanguy

    alphanguy Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    I don't know y'all's opinion on this, but I liked Shirlie Holliman and Dee C. Lee in the group. They just added a little something, IMO
     
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  22. alphanguy

    alphanguy Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Oh, I think it's very common. I lost my virginity to my best friend's brother, and then ended up doing the flowers for his wedding! LOL But, I never saw him as gay, even at the time, it was just recreational sex. It's a very individual thing, that's why that Kinsey scale is touted as being a really true thing. There's people like you, who never dabbled, and I'm platinum card gay myself.
     
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  23. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever

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    Geez, if I knew you guys had platinum cards, I might've signed up! :D
     
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  24. pablo fanques

    pablo fanques Somebody's Bad Handwroter

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    And her record producer son (and owner of the infamous Manson Murder home) Terry Melcher, by quite a few years
     
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  25. sunspot42

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    Poor Terry. I think skin cancer did him in. I stayed at her hotel in Carmel about a decade ago because I thought, "why not"? And also because it was fairly inexpensive and seemed nice, which it was. My grandmother was a big Doris Day fan, she'd have been so excited.

    It has a restaurant I think named Terry's Lounge. Ate there because it wasn't terribly expensive, and the food was really good. I wonder what'll happen to her hotel, the Cypress Inn, now that she's passed?
     
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