Forgotten Hot 100: April 9th

Weekly look back on the tracks that charted but you don’t remember…

20 Years Ago -Jocelyn Enriquez “A Little Bit of Ecstasy” #81

Decent song, has kind of a strange breakdown in the middle that you don’t really hear in dance tracks….video has kind of a downward spiral vibe going on.

25 years Ago – The Shamen “Move Any Mountain” #85

Scottish ravers….the song is actally pretty fun and the video is  total trip.   A lot of the videos that come out from bands today really shoot for this type of look.   Of particular note is “Mr. C” the white guy in vest sans shirt, hanging upside down in a tree rapping…then dancing….it really is pretty fantastic…

30 Years Ago – Donna Allen “Serious” #36 

This song went all the way to #21 and this was her only entry into the hot 100, but she has been around working.  She did tracks on a Sylvester Stallone movie in the 90s and and she also had a song on the soundtrack to the movie Precious.  She was on the voice 4 years ago but lost in her first battle round.

35 Years Ago- Greg Guidry “Goin’ Down” #25

This has a real Michael McDonald feel to it – Greg actually played in a band with McDonald when they were teenagers.  This track went all the way to #17 which is pretty solid and I kind of love the way it sounds.  Sadly Greg died  in a fire in 2003.

40 Years Ago- David Soul “Dont Give Up” #3

Hutch from “Starsky & Hutch” ….this track went to number #1 in the us and the UK.

45 Years Ago –  April Wine “You Could have Been a Lady” #80

Canadian AOR….this is a cover of a Hot Chocolate song, but I kind of like this version better than the original, its a little more uptempo and cleaner sounding….to each his own I guess….

50 Years Ago – Brenda and the Tabulation “Dry Your Eyes” #21

Brenda Payton – great voice, love this classic R&B track.  “Dry Your Eyes” went all the way to #20 on the Hot 100.  Sadly, Brenda died very young at the age of 46 in 1992.

Hot 100 Forgotten Tracks

Looking back on tracks that charted but you don’t remember…April 2nd 2017

20 Years Ago -Real McCoy “One More Time” #33

Real McCoy actually had 4 top ten hits in the 90’s… but they really weren’t even a group technically, they would just use studio musicians and have better looking people play their parts in the videos.

German, 90s, Eurodance…number 33 this week 20 years ago.

25 Years Ago – Redhead Kingpin & The FBI “3-2-1 Pump” #95

Not a bad track…New Jack Swing, prominent Earth Wind and Fire Sample. This song sounds a lot like Heavy D’s “in Living Color” that they used to run as the intro for the TV show…

“Pump” debuted on the hot 100 this week at #95 in 1992.

30 Years Ago – Pseudo Echo “Living In A Dream” #93

Australian New Wave…not terrible. Love the beginning of this video with this crew strolling into the party like a bunch of badasses…I like the horns on the track.

35 Years Ago – Aurra “Make Up Your Mind” #81

Post disco out of Dayton Ohio – actually  has a great sound – the guitar work at the end is fantastic…surprised it hasn’t been sampled more.

40 Years Ago – Deneice Williams “Free/Cause You Love Me” #28

This was Deniece’s first single and its a great track.  Deneice went on to be nominated  for 14 Grammy’s and won four of them, all of the wins coming in the Gospel category.  Her biggest hit came in 1984 with “Lets here it for the boy” off of the Footloose soundtrack.  That song went to #1, and she was nominated for best female pop vocal for it but lost to Tina Turner’s “What’s Love Got To Do with it”

 45 Years Ago – Jo Jo Gunne “Run Run Run” #80

Solid early 70’s AOR…check out the first LP…its pretty good.

50 Years Ago – The Five Americans “Western Union” #10

“Western Union” was their only track to crack the top 20 going to number 5.  The Outfits in the clip are fantastic….

 

Hot 100 Forgotten Tracks – March 27th 2017

Weekly look back on the tracks that charted but you don’t remember….

20 years Ago -No Mercy “Please Don’t Go”  #21

Eurodance, the guitar makes you think they are latin, these guys are actually German.  This was actually on the charts for a long time – months….this week was its peak at #21

25 years ago – Laissez Faire “In Paradise” #84

This might be the greatest music video of all time, I love it that much….watch this video.

30 years ago – Hipsway “The Honey Thief” #31

Really not a bad song, kind of surprised this wasn’t bigger.  Peaked at #19

35 years ago – George Duke “Shine On” #53

Keytar on 11….I feel like if I was at this show and lit up, I would be rocking out to this jam…

40 years ago – The Atlanta Rhythm Section “So into you” #16

Love the song…love the aesthetic of the video.  Not for everyone but I’m into it. This track actually went all the way to #16 peaking this week.

45 years ago – The Addrisi Brothers “We’ve Got To Get It Going Again” #26

Soft rock….yellow turtlenecks and leather jackets….

50 years Ago – The Rainy Daze “The Acapulco Gold” #70

It was a simpler time when you could load the car up with your old lady and make a run for a couple pounds south of the border….Acapulco peaked this week at #26

Hot 100 Forgotten Tracks – March 18th 2017

Weekly look back on the tracks that charted -but you probably don’t  remember….

20 years ago – Leah Andreone “Its alright, It’s Ok” #61

Not a bad track – a lot of people in the comments section of Youtube talk about how much they liked it… falls squarely in the middle between Jewel and Tracy Bonham on the Lilith Fair spectrum.

25 years ago – Saint Etienne “Only Love Can Break Your Heart” #98

Barely cracked the charts – only there for two weeks and peaked at 97.  This Neil Young track has been covered a lot, but I feel like this was a really fresh take at the time and still holds up today as pretty good.

30 years ago – Tia “Boy Toy” #97

Went a little overboard on the video effects, it is kind of exhausting to watch. Interesting though because it sort of looks like outtakes from American Psycho, the guy in the beginning even looks like Patrick Bateman, Only two weeks on the chart, peaking at #97.

35 years ago – George Benson “Never Give Up on A Good Thing” #61

Leisure suits….lounge Singers….Linda Carter.  This track went all the way to #7 in 1982

40 Years Ago – Cerrone “Love in C Minor” #64

Cerrone is real big in Europe, not so much a household name in The States – he has actually sold 30 million albums worldwide.   I love the video, the 70’s looked fun….

45 years ago – English Congregation “Softly Whispering I Love You” #29

I like the track…the crushed velvet capes….the amulets.   Seems like lead singer Brian Keith steps on the guitar work a little bit.

50 Years Ago – Jack Jones “Lady”

One of Jack Jones’ last hits – he had a ton of them in the 50’s and early 60’s.  Jack is still around and still touring at 80 years old

Hot 100 Forgotten Tracks – February 19th

Weekly look back at the tracks that charted that you don’t remember…

20 Years ago – She Moves “Breaking All The Rules”

SpiceGirls-esque song and video.  All three of these gals where Knicks Dancers before forming the group. Also interesting, all three put together pretty solid post She Moves  careers – check them out on IMDB.   Hindsight is 20/20, but probably not a good idea to start your music video dancing on a urinal -seriously a large portion of this video takes place in a dirty bathroom… “Breaking”  peaked at #32.

25 Years ago – Restless Heart “When She Cries”

Coming at you fast with a sweet stache!  Country pop, adult contemporary crossover – “When She Cries” was their biggest hit peaking at number 11 on the Hot 100 in 92.

30 Years Ago – Pretty Poison “Catch Me”

First  appeared on the soundtrack for Hiding Out, which was a John Cryer movie where he plays a stock broker on the run from the mob,  hiding out by pretending to be a high school student.  “Catch Me” is a tie-in video with the band dancing around a high school with scenes from the film spliced in.  I think the track is actually pretty good, it still gets sampled,  I am surprised it does not get sampled more… I like the video too.

35 Years Ago – Tavares “Penny For Your Thoughts”

Tavares landed 13 tracks on the Hot 100 in the 70’s and 80s – which is pretty impressive.  Their biggest hit was a top ten track “It Only Takes a Minute” which was a disco number.  They also won a Grammy for a Bee Gees cover that was on the Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack.   “Penny” Peaked at number 33 in 1982.

40 Years Ago – L.T.D. “Back in Love Again”

Sounds like the 70s, sounds great.  “Back” was their biggest hit, made it all the way to number 4 on the Hot 100.  LTD sold a ton of albums int he 70s, two went gold and one went platinum. They are still around and on tour.

45 Years Ago -Hurricane Smith “Oh Babe, What Would You Say?”

Smith worked on all the pre 1965 Beatles albums and a lot of the early Floyd albums as an engineer.  At almost 50 he started putting out his own tracks.  When you watch him singing these tracks in clips you can tell he is a really novice performer…they are all pretty awkward, he looks like he is doing karaoke.    “Babe”  made it all the way to number 3, which seems strange but there was a lot of stuff like this out at this time, Gilbert O’Sullivan and Johnny Rivers both had tracks in the top 10 this week.

50 Years Ago – The Sandpebbles “Love Power”

The Sandpebbles had one hit with “Love Power” going to number 22 on the Hot 100.  It was covered a year later by Dusty Springfield and actually became a much bigger hit when it was covered by Luther Vandross in 1989 when it went all the way to number 4.