Episode one of that 80s show – Move Closer
In the first hour of that 80s show we look back at some of the classic love songs and disco hits of the 80s.
Move Closer – Phyllis Nelson
Originally released in April 1984 when it failed to chart but became a one-hit wonder in the UK for Phyllis Nelson when it was r re-released in 1985 taking 11 weeks to climb to the number one spot and becoming Britain’s seventh biggest-selling song of the year
Wherever I Lay My Hat – Paul Young
From the album No Parlez becoming a major UK hit that broke Paul Young as a star in 1983.
Solid – Ashford & Simpson
Allegedly this song was inspired by comments made by children as Nickolas Ashford walked around New York City. “Yo, solid!,”. Recorded by husband-and-wife songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson. It was featured on their album
Don’t Get Me Wrong – The Pretenders
The last big US hit for The Pretenders. Written by Pretenders lead singer Chrissy Hynde, this song describes the complexities of love from a female perspective. The first single taken from the group’s 1986 album, Get Close. It can also be found on the band’s The Singles album, released in 1987.
Hangin’ On A String – Loose Ends
Released in February 1985, he fourth single by British band loose Ends. The single went to number one on the US Billboard charts for 1 week making Loose Ends the first British band ever to top that chart. Back in the UK, the single made the top twenty.
I Found Lovin’ – The Fat Back Band
The Fatback Band is most known for their R&B hits, “(Do the) Spanish Hustle”, “I Like Girls”, “Gotta Get My Hands on Some (Money)”, “Backstrokin'” and “I Found Lovin”. Their 1979 single “King Tim III (Personality Jock)” is generally considered the first commercially released hip hop single. I found lovin was in the UK charts in 1984.
Hold Me Now – The Thompson Twins
The biggest American hit for The Thompson Twins, this song was written by band members Tom Bailey and Alannah Currie, with additional contributions from the third member, Joe Leeway
In the UK, this song was released in November 1983 and quickly rose up the chart thanks to an appearance on Top Of The Pops. The group was promoting this song in the UK before the album was finished; Into the Gap wasn’t released until February 1984.
In America, “Hold Me Now” didn’t peak until May 1984, helped in large part by they video, which made hot rotation on MTV. The album stayed on the US chart for over a year.
The Rain – Oran Juice Jones
The single was Jones’s biggest hit. It reached number one on the Billboard R&B chart for two weeks, making it the first #1 R&B hit issued by the then newly created Def Jam record label. The single also peaked at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 and reached #4 on the UK Singles Chart.
Rock The Boat – Forrest
Known professionally as Forrest in 1983 with the song “Rock the Boat” peaked at No. 4 in the UK Singles Chart and in his native United States (No. 9 Hot Dance Club Play).
(Feels Like) Heaven – Fiction Factory
Released as a single at the end of 1983 “(Feels Like) Heaven” is a song by the Scottish music group Fiction Factory. In the UK, it peaked at #6. Other chart positions include #10 in Germany, #14 in Sweden and #20 in Austria.The song is a regular feature on 1980s and new wave compilations.
Midas Touch – Midnight Star
The second of two UK Top 40 hits for the group in the UK Midnight Star were an American R&B-dance band formed in 1976 at Kentucky State University. Their only other top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 was “Operator,which peaked at #18 in early 1985.
Shattered Dreams – Johnny Hates Jazz
This song, lamenting a romance that ended in betrayal, was the first track from the group’s debut album, and its first single release in both the UK (1987) and US (1988). It became a Top 5 hit in both countries; in the US the song also accomplished the rare feat of having two separate peaks in its chart run: it climbed to #2, then slipped to #3, then rose back to #2 for two weeks.
The Look Of Love – ABC
ABC lead singer Martin Fry told Uncut that this song is “genuinely about the moment you get your teeth kicked in by somebody you love.A track from the group’s first album, this was ABC’s biggest hit in the UK, peaking at #4. It also topped the Canadian singles chart.
Teardrops – Womack & Womack
“Teardrops” is a song on Womack & Womack’s fourth studio album, Conscience (1988). The songwriters were listed as Womack & Womack, a pseudonym of Cecil and Linda Womack. In 1988 it charted highly around the world, reaching number one in the Netherlands and number two in Australia, Germany and Switzerland, and number three in the UK.
Pretty In Pink – The Psychedelic Furs
John Hughes named his 1986 movie after this song. Starring Molly Ringwald, Andrew McCarthy, and Jon Cryer, Hughes wrote the plot around the song’s lyrics, but according to The Psychedelic Furs, he muffed the meaning. This version was re-released with the film in 1986 – five years after the original.