Thursday, 24 April 2008

Three Of A Kind #42

There's a spot of time travelling in store with today's Three Of A Kind, as we venture back to 1984 and the Gallup UK singles chart for the week ending the 28th April - ie exactly twenty-four years ago this week. So join us, if you will, as we take the Tardis of trivia back to those crazy days.

Wikipedia informs us that April '84 was a month in which, amongst other things, the following newsworthy events were taking place: Advance Australia Fair was proclaimed as Australia's national anthem, and green and gold as the national colours; British comedian Tommy Cooper suffered a massive heart attack and - literally - died on stage; the 56th Academy Awards, hosted by Jack Lemmon, were held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, with Terms of Endearment winning Best Picture; and the term of Sultan Ahmad Shah as the 7th Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia ended (I'm sure we all remember where we were when that story broke).

But never mind all that, it's the platters that matter here (pop pickers), so here's how the UK Top 10 was looking this week in April 1984:

1. HELLO - Lionel Richie
4. YOU TAKE ME UP - Thompson Twins
5. THE REFLEX - Duran Duran
6. A LOVE WORTH WAITING FOR - Shakin' Stevens
8. GLAD IT'S ALL OVER - Captain Sensible
9. PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE - Depeche Mode
10. LOCOMOTION - Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark

Hmm, not exactly the most inspiring list ever, eh, readers? It's ironic that, the higher up that chart you get, the poorer (or at least more annoying) the songs become, culminating with Lionel Richie's treacly Hello, the song that launched a thousand sickbags (or was that just the video?). But all is not lost - far from it! - as there were some absolutely cracking songs lower down the pop 40 that week, including these three gems:

I'm Falling by The Bluebells - which was, ironically, climbing up to #15 in this week's chart, on its way to a peak of #11 the following week. This was the Scottish combo's first real chart breakthrough, and it's still sounding as good as ever today.

The Bluebells - I'm Falling mp3

Next up - or down, if you like - is Just Be Good To Me by The S.O.S. Band which, unlike the aforementioned Bluebells hit, was actually falling this week, four places to #17, having just peaked at 13. A classic Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis production, this is miles better than the Beats International cover version that topped the UK charts six years later. Ain't it always the way...

S.O.S. Band - Just Be Good To Me (extended version) mp3

Last but not least today is Someday by The Gap Band, which was also plummeting, from its previous week's peak of #17 to 25 this week. This frankly marvellous song features backing vocals and harmonica courtesy of one Stevie Wonder. Just in case anyone was in any doubt as to Wonder's presence on the record, Charlie Wilson, the Gap Band's lead singer, shamelessly namedrops the Motown legend when urging him to "play it, Stevie", just as the harmonica solo kicks in. I think we can forgive him such antics, though, as this song is the absolute bee's knees. (I was saying much the same thing to dear, dear Larry Olivier shortly before he popped orf, don'tyaknow...)

The Gap Band - Someday mp3

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I Am Not The Beatles said...

Well, I own one of those - and not one of the more of the respectable ones either :(

On a completely different track - was it Simon Bates who 'appropriated' Glad It's All Over, so it thus went

I'm Glad It's All Over
Simon Bates!
I'm Glad It's All Over
Simon Bates!

Or did I just have a really bad dream about that ? *hopes*

Kippers said...

I'd like to think that Simon Bates jingle was real anyway!

Hey, if owning dodgy pop songs was a crime I'd have been in front of the firing squad years ago. I own both The Reflex (I'd asked for it for my birthday that year) and People Are People (not quite as trite as The War Song, but not bad!) from that list.

Which one do you own, Ian TB? Go on, your secret's safe with me... ;)

I Am Not The Beatles said...


A Love Worth Waiting For.