It’s the last week for the letter D, as we take a look at more tracks that hit the Rock charts but failed to cross over to the Billboard Hot 100.
â€œExpresso Loveâ€ 1981, #39 (download)
â€œSolid Rockâ€ 1981, #56 (download)
â€œTwisting By the Poolâ€ 1983, #12 (download)
â€œOne Worldâ€ 1985, #8 (download)
â€œRide Across the Riverâ€ 1986, #21 (download)
â€œExpresso Loveâ€ and â€œSolid Rockâ€ are from their third album, Making Movies. â€œExpresso Loveâ€ is almost a perfect Dire Straits song showcasing Mark Knopflerâ€™s great guitar skills.
â€œTwisting By the Poolâ€ is the one that non die-hards might not recognize. Itâ€™s from a four-song EP they put out called ExtendedancEPlay and sounds different from all their other singles.
Both â€œOne Worldâ€ and â€œRide Across the Riverâ€ come from their first really commercial record in Brothers in Arms. Both the tracks fit the album very well but outside of listening to the record in full, neither do much for me.
â€œBreaking the Chainsâ€ 1983, #32 (download)
â€œInto the Fireâ€ 1984, #21 (download)
â€œJust Got Luckyâ€ 1985, #27 (download)
â€œThe Hunterâ€ 1985, #25 (download)
â€œDream Warriorsâ€ 1987, #22 (download)
â€œPrisonerâ€ 1988, #37 (download)
â€œWalk Awayâ€ 1989, #48 (download)
Dokken has a great hair metal voice and Lynch was one of the best hair metal guitarists of the time however their long standing feud over money, power, respect essentially overshadowed the music after a while.
Under Lock and Key (â€™85) is a pretty great album from start to finish and all the others have moments â€“ like â€œPrisonerâ€ off Back for the Attack. But then again, maybe Iâ€™m overrating them as â€œBreaking the Chainsâ€ and â€œWalk Awayâ€ pretty much suck. So maybe Iâ€™m just not sure how I feel about them after all.
â€œOne Of Our Submarinesâ€ 1983, #17 (download)
â€œOne Of Our Submarinesâ€ used to be my second favorite Thomas Dolby song behind â€œShe Blinded Me with Scienceâ€ but itâ€™s become my favorite over the years simply because Iâ€™m tiring of hearing the big hit at this point.
It was released in the US on the Blinded By Science EP and then subsequently put on the second and future pressings of Dolbyâ€™s first album, The Golden Age of Wireless.
â€œSouth of the Borderâ€ 1989, #30 (download)
If I didnâ€™t have Joel Whitburn to tell me so, I would have never figured this to be from 1989. Written solely by Tom Johnston this pedestrian number comes off their 1989 reunion album Cycles â€“ which contains some of the most uninspired crap youâ€™ll hear coming out the decade.
â€œLast Cigaretteâ€ (Modern Rock) 1989, #13 (download)
Hereâ€™s one of those group that you just canâ€™t fathom how they missing hitting the big time. So many power pop bands site Dramarama as an influence and yet they never had any real hits. Every album they made before they broke up in 1994 was an excellent slab of catchy as hell pop with some blues thrown in for good measure. The guys should have had some mega-hits like â€œLast Cigaretteâ€ but for some reason, just never did get their big break.
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â€œThe Edge of Foreverâ€ 1986, #37 (download)
The Dream Academyâ€™s self-titled debut is an incredibly underrated album. â€œLife in a Northern Townâ€ is simply a brilliant song and tracks like â€œThe Love Paradeâ€ and â€œThe Worldâ€ are wonderful pieces of pop music.
â€œThe Edge of Foreverâ€ is known less as being a Dream Academy single than for it is being played in Ferris Buellerâ€™s Day Off though.
Dreams So Real
â€œRough Night in Jerichoâ€ 1988, #28 (download)
Iâ€™ve never heard anything from Dreams For Real other than this track, but if they are like this one, then it might be worth me picking up their album which shares its name with the single.
They were a rock group from Athens, GA that released three studio albums before breaking up in 1992. Their first indie record was produced by Peter Buck which got them a deal with Arista for release of this album.
Jazz Fusion really isnâ€™t my thing at all, so I have very little knowledge of the Dixie Dregs, who called themselves simply The Dregs starting in 1981. â€œCrank It Upâ€ isnâ€™t a bad tune though â€“ coming from Industry Standard â€“ their only album featuring vocals. They are courtesy of Alex Ligertwood of Santana.
â€œGreen-Eyed Ladyâ€ 1988, #29 (download)
David Drew was a rocker from Manhattan. This was his only taste of success â€“ a cover of the Sugarloaf hit. Is it a crime to say that I enjoy Jordan Knight sampling the original for a track on his solo debut more than I like this song?
â€œDÃ©jÃ Vu (Da Voodooâ€™s In You)â€ 1981, #52 (download)
Les Dudek is a name you should know, but he could have been known even more had he chosen a different career path. He started out as a session guitarist for the Steve Miller Band and Boz Scaggs and was offered a place in Journey, but chose to go solo instead. Despite making some pretty good music, he didnâ€™t have much chart success.
â€œGirls on Filmâ€ 1983, #19 (download)
Strangely enough, â€œGirls on Filmâ€ never crossed over to the Hot 100. Duran Duran broke big time in the US of course with Rio in â€™82 and then Capitol decided to re-release their self-titled debut with a slightly different track listing. The bigger hit, â€œIs There Something I Should Knowâ€ was added to the record and the single version of â€œPlanet Earthâ€ shows up but the lead track â€œGirls on Filmâ€ still gets played today. Without the re-release it might have ended up being a deep cut instead.
â€œShot of Loveâ€ 1981, #38 (download)
â€œNeighborhood Bullyâ€ 1983, #37 (download)
â€œTight Connection To My Heart (Has Anybody Seen My Love)â€ 1985, #19 (download)
â€œBand of the Hand (Hell Time, Man!)â€ 1986, #28 (download)
â€œGot My Mind Made Upâ€ 1986, #23 (download)
â€œThe Usualâ€ 1987, #25 (download)
â€œSilvioâ€ 1988, #5 (download)
â€œSlow Trainâ€ 1989, #8 (download)
â€œEverything Is Brokenâ€ 1989, #8 (download)
I donâ€™t like Dylanâ€™s voice and therefore that pretty much makes it impossible to like him. But I canâ€™t bash the guy, I mean he is one of the greatest artists alive. I recognize that, but he just doesnâ€™t float my boat. So rather than embarrass myself by talking about shit I donâ€™t know (though I own and have listened to all his â€˜80s stuff and even think Biograph is kind of good) â€“ Iâ€™ll just mention where each of these is from and let you do the talking about him.
â€œShot of Loveâ€ is the title track from his 1981 album which was his last Christian album.
â€œNeighborhood Bulliesâ€ is from Infidels, which musically is very strong.
â€œTight Connection To My Heartâ€ comes from Empire Burlesque which I understand is considered his strongest album of the decade.
Some of his collaborations I like a little more than his solo work, like â€œBand of the Hand (Hell Time, Man!)â€ which is Dylan with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and was the theme song to the movie of the same name.
â€œGot My Mind Made Upâ€ is also a decent track featuring Tom Petty on guitar and featured on Knocked Out Loaded.
â€œThe Usualâ€ is my favorite heard probably because of it sounding more like a track from the guy that plays guitar on it â€“ Mr. Eric Clapton. You can find this track on the Hearts of Fire soundtrack.
â€œSilvioâ€ was a collaboration with the Greatful Dead that appeared on Down in the Groove which would be released a year before Dylan & the Dead. Of course in typical fashion, not liking Dylan and hating the Dead, somehow I kind of enjoy this live record while it seems like every critic in the world hates the crap out of it. Eh, what can I say? Itâ€™s not like I ever pull it out or anything.
And then finally is â€œEverything is Brokenâ€ from the rather decent Oh Mercy, his last album of the decade.
Best Song: Thomas Dolby, â€œOne Of Our Submarinesâ€
Worst Song: Doobie Brothers, “South of the Border”
Also appeared in the Hot 100
Dire Straits (5): â€œSkateawayâ€, â€œIndustrial Diseaseâ€, â€œMoney For Nothingâ€, â€œWalk of Lifeâ€, â€œSo Far Awayâ€
Diving for Pearls (1): â€œGimme Your Good Lovinâ€™â€
Divinyls (1): â€œPleasure and Painâ€
Dokken (3): â€œAlone Againâ€, â€œIn My Dreamsâ€, â€œBurning Like a Flameâ€
Thomas Dolby (3): â€œEuropa and the Pirate Twinsâ€, â€œShe Blinded Me With Scienceâ€, Hyperactiveâ€
Doobie Brothers (2): â€œThe Doctorâ€, â€œNeed a Little Taste of Loveâ€
The Doors (1): â€œGloriaâ€
Dream Academy (1): â€œLife in a Northern Townâ€
Duke Jupiter (2): â€œIâ€™ll Drink To Youâ€, â€œLittle Ladyâ€
Duran Duran (10): â€œHungry Like the Wolfâ€, â€œRioâ€, â€œIs There Something I Should Knowâ€, â€œUnion of the Snakeâ€, â€œNew Moon On Mondayâ€, â€œThe Reflexâ€, â€œThe Wild Boysâ€, â€œA View To A Killâ€, â€œI Donâ€™t Want Your Loveâ€, â€œAll She Wants Isâ€