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Music Monday – Week of August 20

 

Music Monday

US Top 40 Singles for the Week Ending August 20th, 1983

  • For the third week in a row, the top three songs remain unchanged.
  • David Bowie’s “China Girl” is slowly climbing the charts. It’s a song that he recorded with Iggy Pop in the mid 70’s when they were both spending time in Berlin. Iggy recorded it for his 1977 album The Idiot. It’s a very different sounding version of the song and, I dare say, Bowie’s version is better. While many people thought the song was about drugs, Iggy has stated it is a metaphor about his career with the Stooges.

Music Monday – Week of August 13

 

Music Monday

US Top 40 Singles for the Week Ending August 6th, 1983

Not much happening this week on the chart. The Police still have a lock on the #1 spot and the Eurythmics are still holding steady at #2…

Music Monday – Week of August 6

 

Music Monday

US Top 40 Singles for the Week Ending August 6th, 1983

Here’s what’s going on this week on the Top 40 chart…

  • The Police are still holding strong at #1.
  • The top 20 songs could be their own Best of the 80’s compilation album (I’ve seen worse on Spotify, trust me).
  • One song that is climbing the charts is “Safety Dance” by Men Without Hats. When I was a kid I always thought this was the weirdest song. The video being set in an English fold revival didn’t help any, either. Here’s the story behind the song:

Ivan Doroschuk, lead singer of the band, explained that “The Safety Dance” is a protest against bouncers stopping dancers pogo-ing to 1980s new wave music in clubs when disco was dying and new wave was up and coming. New wave dancing, especially pogo-ing, was different from disco dancing, because it was done individually instead of with partners and involved holding the torso rigid and thrashing about. To uninformed bystanders this could look dangerous, especially if pogo-ers accidentally bounced into one another. The bouncers did not like pogo-ing so they would tell pogo-ers to stop or be kicked out of the club. Thus, the song is a protest and a call for freedom of expression.

Go figger…

 

Music Monday – Week of July 23rd

 

Music Monday

US Top 40 Singles for the Week Ending July 23rd, 1983

Here’s what’s going on this week on the Top 40 chart…

      • No movement in the top six songs. The Police are still kings of the chart for the third straight week.
      • Taco moves into the the Top 40 with “Puttin’ On The Ritz”. It’s a remake of the Irving Berlin song written in 1927 and originally performed by Fred Astaire.

Music Monday – Week of July 16th

 

Music Monday

US Top 40 Singles for the Week Ending July 16th, 1983

Here’s what’s going on this week on the Top 40 chart…

    • The Police sit at #1 for the second week in a row with “Every Breath You Take”. It’s going to stay there till September.
    • Michael Jackson slips back into the top 5 again. For most of the year, his songs will keep meeting each other coming and going up and down the chart.
    • Def Leppard is steadily climbing the charts with “Rock of Ages”. It has one of the most recognizable intro’s of any song in the 80’s: “Gunter glieben glauten globen” spoken in a comical, quasi-German accent. While the band’s members have joked about the phrase meaning, “Running through the forest silently,” it actually is just plain nonsense, spoken by producer Mutt Lange, used in place of the usual “One, two, three, four” beat count.
    • “White Wedding” by Billy Idol falls out of the countdown after peaking at #36. For one of the most recognizable songs to come out of the 80’s, it barely cracked the Top 40.

Music Monday – Week of July 2nd

 

Music Monday

US Top 40 Singles for the Week Ending July 2nd, 1983

Here’s what’s going on this week on the Top 40 chart…

    • For the sixth week, Irene Cara is still holding on at #1 with “Flashdance”.
    • Michael Jackson’s fourth single from the Thriller album, “Wanna Be Startin’ Something”, enters the top ten. It’s a song that was originally written and recorded for his “Off The Wall” album but didn’t make the cut. It was rerecorded for “Thriller” which explains why it sounds a little out of place with the rest of the Thriller album. Unlike Thriller’s previous singles, this one didn’t not have a video.
    • The Human League, Loverboy and Michael Sembello all enter the charts this week. The Hollies also enter the charts this week with an updated version of “Stop In the Name of Love”.

Music Monday – Week of June 25th

 

Music Monday

US Top 40 Singles for the Week Ending June 25th, 1983

  • “Every Breath You Take” by the Police has rocketed up the chart. After debuting at #36 three weeks ago, it’s already at #4.
  • Michael Jackson, Prince and Bryan Adams all have two songs on the chart this week.
  • “White Wedding” by Billy Idol appears on the chart. The song was originally released in 1982 and only got has high at #108.