One Hit Wonder Wednesday: 1984
We are rolling through the best decade in music year by year and spotlighting the biggest and best one hit wonders of the 1980s. Tonight, it's 1984.
Madonna was everywhere in 1984, most memorably in that wedding dress, writing around on the bed at the MTV Video Music Awards. We didn't have YouTube or on-demand streaming in '84, so if you missed it, you missed it. (Unless you had a VHS copy.)
Technology was progressing as Apple releases the Macintosh computer on the heels of the PC in 1983. Famine in Ethiopia made world headlines in 1984 and top British musicians and friends teamed up under the Name Band Aid to record the song "Do They Know It's Christmas."
While amateur athletes (except those from Russia) competed in the Summer Olympic games in Los Angeles, home gamers loved ColecoVision. Ghostbusters was bigger than the 100' Stay Puft Marshmallow Man at the box office, but we liked Footloose better. Let's get dancing with this week's one hit wonders from 1984.
Turn Up the Radio | Autograph
Heavy metal bands were breaking through everywhere in 1984. This song was big enough to be featured on a Miami Vice episode, but the band never managed to write another hit.
Somebody's Watching Me | Rockwell
The stage name was to hide the fact that this was the son of Motown records founder Barry Gordy. There was no mistaking the truth that it was Michael Jackson's voice on the chorus. Without the King of Pop, there was no follow-up hit.
Wouldn't It Be Good | Nik Kershaw
This English musician was big enough to appear at Live Aid and had a great career as a writer and producer for other artists. His only US chart hit was this bittersweet song.
It's My Life | Talk Talk
This particular song was a hit twice. Twenty-one years later, in 2003, No Doubt's cover version, recorded for their greatest hits album, became a huge hit all over again.
Tenderness | General Public
There's one of these songs every week: the one you don't recognize by title or band name, but as soon as you hear it, you start to sing along
Listen for these songs and more on the 1984 One Hit Wonder Wednesday on the Night Shift with Craig Alan on K102.5