Thursday, February 20, 2020

1980 Album of the Month: Argybargy


Released: February 1980 (A&M)
Produced by: John Wood & Squeeze

Side One Side Two
Pulling Mussels (from the Shell)
Another Nail in My Heart
Separate Beds
Misadventure
I Think I'm Go Go
Farfisa Beat
Here Comes That Feeling
Vicky Verky
If I Didn't Love You
Wrong Side of the Moon
There at the Top



Billboard 200 71
CashBox Albums 89
Rolling Stone 100 45



Smash Hits, March 6, 1980, p. 31
Record World, March 29, 1980, p. 26
Billboard, April 4, 1980, p. 82

Allmusic ★★★★★
The Virgin Encyclopedia
of Eighties Music
★★★★
Robert Christgau B-
Sputnik 4.5 (Superb)



Record World, March 29, 1980, p. 24

Record World, June 21, 1980, p. 14

CashBox, August 30, 1980, p. 11





Billboard, June 28, 1980, p. 10

Monday, February 17, 2020

40 Years Ago - Top Albums of February 16, 1980


A look at the top ten albums in music industry magazines the week of February 16, 1980. Something for everyone here: prog rock, disco, R&B, soft rock, country, and plain ol' rock 'n' roll:


Billboard
Cash Box
Record World
1
The Wall
Pink Floyd
The Wall
Pink Floyd
The Wall
Pink Floyd
2
Damn the Torpedoes
Tom Petty &
The Heartbreakers
Damn the Torpedoes
Tom Petty &
The Heartbreakers
Off the Wall
Michael Jackson
3
Off the Wall
Michael Jackson
Off the Wall
Michael Jackson
The Long Run
Eagles
4
The Long Run
Eagles
The Long Run
Eagles
On the Radio
Greatest Hits Vols 1 & 2

Donna Summer
5
Phoenix
Dan Fogelberg
Phoenix
Dan Fogelberg
Damn the Torpedoes
Tom Petty &
The Heartbreakers
6
Kenny
Kenny Rogers
On the Radio
Greatest Hits Vols 1 & 2

Donna Summer
Phoenix
Dan Fogelberg
7
On the Radio
Greatest Hits Vols 1 & 2

Donna Summer
Kenny
Kenny Rogers
Kenny
Kenny Rogers
8
Tusk
Fleetwood Mac
Cornerstone
Styx
Cornerstone
Styx
9
Cornerstone
Styx
Tusk
Fleetwood Mac
In Through the Out Door
Led Zeppelin
10
September Morn
Neil Diamond
Freedom at Point Zero
Jefferson Starship
Freedom at Point Zero
Jefferson Starship



Exclusive MFD meta-analysis of the above charts:
  1. The Wall (30 pts)
  2. Off the Wall (25 pts)
  3. Damn the Torpedoes (24 pts)
  4. The Long Run (23 pts)
  5. Phoenix (17 pts)
  6. On the Radio (16 pts)
  7. Kenny (13 pts)
  8. Cornerstone (8 pts)
  9. Tusk (5 pts)
  10. (tie) Freedom at Point Zero and In Through the Out Door (2 pts)
  11. September Morn (1 pt)

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Rolling Stone Magazine's Top 100 Album Chart, December 1978 - February 1983


In the December 14, 1978 edition of Rolling Stone, the magazine introduced a new album chart:



Here's that first chart, topped by Billy Joel's 52nd Street. (click image to enlarge):


An ad directly across from this first chart is blatant pandering from A&M, but I can't say as I blame them. Couldn't hurt, right?


In the issue of February 17, 1983, without explanation, the chart drops from 100 to 50 albums, staying at 50 for many years beyond our seemingly arbitrary 1985 cutoff. Here's the last 100 chart from February 3, 1983:



Monday, February 10, 2020

Two Hit Wonders 1976-85 [14 of 16]


*to qualify as a MFD two hit wonder, the artist or group can have placed only two singles in the Billboard Top 40 and those two singles must have entered the Top 40 during the years 1976-85.  Many of these artists are occasionally mistaken for a one hit wonder or have hit other charts in Billboard, but each hit the Top 40 only twice. In no particular order, here's four of the 64 that I found:



BURTON CUMMINGS
Born on 12/31/47 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Lead singer of The Guess Who.

Title Top 40 Debut Chart Peak
Stand Tall 11/6/76 10
You Saved My Soul 10/24/81 37




MADNESS
Ska-rock group formed in London: Graham McPherson (vocals), Chris Foreman (guitar), Mike Barson (keyboards), Carl Smyth (trumpet), Lee Thompson (sax), Mark Bedford (bass) and Don Woodgate (drums).

Title Top 40 Debut Chart Peak
Our House 5/28/83 7
It Must Be Love 9/17/83 33




QUIET RIOT
Heavy-metal group formed in Los Angeles: Kevin DuBrow (vocals), Carlos Cavazo (guitar), Rudy Sarzo (bass) and Frankie Banali (drums). Sarzo later joined Whitesnake.

Title Top 40 Debut Chart Peak
Cum On Feel the Noize 10/15/83 5
Bang Your Head (Metal Health) 1/28/84 31




STEEL BREEZE
Pop group from Sacramento, California: Ric Jacobs (vocals), Ken Goorabian and Waylin Carpenter (guitars), Rod Toner (keyboards), Vinnie Pantleoni (bass) and Barry Lowenthal (drums).

Title Top 40 Debut Chart Peak
You Don't Want Me Anymore 9/18/82 16
Dreamin' is Easy 2/19/83 30



Data and artist descriptions taken from The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 7th edition (2000).