Monthly Archives: October 2012

Queen – Crazy Little Thing Called Love

First Hit #1: February 23, 1980 Now, out of the blue, we’ve got a bit of rockabilly as Queen decides to briefly go Elvis. Queen was a fairly difficult band to peg down to begin with, since they would go … Continue reading

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Captain and Tennille – Do that to me one more time

First Hit #1: February 16, 1980 Captain and Tennille are back! It’s not that exciting, but it is interesting that the duo keeps popping up when the charts are in a state of flux, bringing forth some entirely pleasant soft … Continue reading

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Michael Jackson – Rock With You

First Hit #1: January 19, 1980 As legend has it, disco died in 1979. Legends, of course, collect messy reality into neatly compiled stories, and in all honesty disco – or, at least, what people loved about disco – never … Continue reading

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K.C. and the Sunshine Band – Please Don’t Go

First Hit #1: January 5, 1980 It’s the 80’s! Barriers are breaking down, pop music is getting shifted around, everything’s changing! As proof, here’s KC and the Sunshine Band, doing soft rock, albeit soft rock with a really annoying synthesizer … Continue reading

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Rupert Holmes – Escape (The Pina Colada song)

First Hit #1: December 22, 1979 It’s appropriate that this song is called Escape, because it’s an odd kind of escapist fantasy. Never mind that the ending is a cute little thing about bored lovers discovering that they’re more perfect … Continue reading

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Styx – Babe

First Hit #1: December 8, 1979 Every so often, prog rock bands would need to buy some new synthesizers, so they’d turn out a power ballad in order to finance that. That’s not to disparage this song, though it kind … Continue reading

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Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer – No More Tears (Enough is Enough)

First Hit #1: November 24, 1979 Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer, in spite of both being commercially successful recording artists with strong voices, are not a combination that seems obvious. Summer’s recording career has favored big, complicated disco tracks, Streisand … Continue reading

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