Week 15 brings us the start and the finish of the letter E. Gotta love when that happens. Well, gotta love it when it includes some better songs. I don’t think E was too kind to us here, but you be the judge. Enjoy more songs from the ’80s rock charts that failed to cross over into the Billboard Hot 100.
The two albums that these hits came from â€“ Exit 0 and Copperhead Road are pretty different in styles. Exit 0 was credited to Steve Earle & the Dukes and featured the great â€œI Ainâ€™t Ever Satisfiedâ€ which was country with a little pop influence. Copperhead Road is a brilliant mix of heavy rock with bluegrass and blues. The title track is one of the best tracks heâ€™s ever done.
â€œ(Wearing Down) Like a Wheelâ€ 1985, #36 (download)
I was a little surprised to hear a track like this from Elliot Easton, the lead guitarist of the Cars. Easton released one solo record called Change No Change in which he co-wrote all the songs with Jules Shear. That probably explains the difference in sound as youâ€™d expect his material to have a sound closer to that of his band.
â€œBring Me Edelweissâ€ 1989, #24 (download)
â€œBring Me Edelweissâ€ was one of a handful of songs supposedly created by reading the book that the KLF wrote called â€œThe Manual (How To Have a Number One Hit the Easy Way).” The book is a tongue-in-cheek look at the art of just tossing samples over top of one another to create a monster hit. The KLF did it themselves as The Timelords with â€œDoctorinâ€™ the Tardisâ€ and Chumbawamba did it later with Tubthumping. â€œBring Me Edelweissâ€ didnâ€™t go to #1 in the US, but it did sell more than five million copies worldwide. The two heaviest samples are â€œS.O.S.â€ by Abba and â€œLast Night a DJ Saved My Lifeâ€ by Indeep.
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â€œFrom Small Things (Big Things One Day Come)â€ 1982 #28 (download)
â€œMe and the Boysâ€ 1982, #47 (download)
â€œSomething About Youâ€ 1984, #16 (download)
â€œThe Wandererâ€ 1987, #35 (download)
Dave Edmunds is another guy that should have had a bigger career in the US as he was loved by critics and peers. It probably would have helped if the majority of the songs he released wouldnâ€™t have been covers though.
Bruce Springsteen wrote â€œFrom Small Thingsâ€ for the River, but it didnâ€™t make the cut. He then offered it to Edmunds backstage at one of his concerts in â€™82. The song definitely sounds better suited for Edmunds than the Boss.
â€œMe and the Boysâ€ was from the same album as the previous track â€“ D.E. 7th â€“ and was a cover of an NRBQ tune.
â€œSomething About Youâ€ was off his album Riff Raff and was a cover of the top 20 hit for the Four Tops in â€™65.
â€œThe Wandererâ€ was a #2 hit for Dion in 1962 and was performed by The Dave Edmunds band for their live album I Hear You Rockinâ€™.
â€œYoung Boysâ€ 1982, #37 (download)
Maybe you can help me out with this one, as I know absolutely nothing about 805 and never bothered to find the record since this track is pretty poor.
â€œMusta Notta Gotta Lottaâ€ 1981, #40 (download)
Iâ€™m kind of surprised this was a hit song even in 1981. There wasnâ€™t a whole lot of honky-tonk on rock radio in the â€˜80s, so where this blended in, Iâ€™m not sure. Itâ€™s a decent song from Ely, but not a sound Iâ€™m particularly into.
â€œTalk Dirtyâ€ 1981, #41 (download)
The now departed John Entwistle was the bassist for the Who and was joined by Joe Walsh and Joe Vitale on his only â€˜80s record â€“ Too Late the Hero. The record and this song frankly are pretty terrible.
â€œDrama!â€ 1989, #11 (download)
â€œDrama!â€ was the lead single and best track from 1989â€™s Wild! which I have mixed feelings on. Overall, itâ€™s not a bad album, but following the almost perfect, The Innocents, it pales in comparison.
Unfortunately, the letter E doesnâ€™t seem to be all that spectacular, but three tracks from Melissa Etheridge certainly turn it up a notch. Outside of the â€˜80s Iâ€™m not familiar with Ms. Etheridge past her singles, but her self-titled debut in â€™88 is a wonderful album. Brave and Crazy followed that one and isnâ€™t as good, but still has some great moments on it.
All three of these tracks are pretty great, â€œLet Me Goâ€ being one of the highlights of the latter album. I have a feeling that after this Iâ€™m going to go and acquire the rest of her records and give them a listen â€“ which might be the very first time Iâ€™ve hunted down the catalog of any female singer. Breakthrough!
â€œI Love You Like a Ball and Chainâ€ 1985, #36 (download)
I really like â€œI Love You Like a Ball and Chainâ€ though itâ€™s easy to see why it wasnâ€™t much of a hit. It appeared on the Be Yourself Tonight album which was the most straightforward sound the Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart had put to disc at this point. Around singles like â€œWould I Lie To You?â€ and â€œSisters Are Doing It For Themselvesâ€, this track doesnâ€™t really have a place but itâ€™s still a nice change of pace on the album and reminiscent of their more experimental pop stuff before â€™85.
â€œKid Egoâ€ 1989, #39 (download)
Extremeâ€™s self-titled debut isnâ€™t even close to the quality of their next two releases when they became a household name. This album isnâ€™t as polished and features just way too many songs about childhood, like â€œKid Egoâ€, â€œMutha (Donâ€™t Wanna Go To School Today), â€œTeacherâ€™s Petâ€, â€œLittle Girlsâ€ etcâ€¦ â€œKid Egoâ€ is the best track on the disc so it was the natural choice for the single, but if youâ€™re unfamiliar with the group, start with â€˜90s Pornograffitti.
Best Song: Melissa Etheridge, â€œBring Me Some Waterâ€
Worst Song: Edleweiss, â€œBring Me Edelweissâ€
Also appeared in the Hot 100
Easterhouse (1): â€œCome Out Fightingâ€
John Eddie (1): â€œJungle Boyâ€
Eddie and the Tide (1): â€œOne In A Millionâ€
Dave Edmunds (2): â€œAlmost Saturday Nightâ€, â€œSlipping Awayâ€
ELO (3): â€œHold On Tightâ€, â€œRock â€˜Nâ€™ Roll Is Kingâ€, â€œCalling Americaâ€
Emerson, Lake & Powell (1): â€œTouch & Goâ€
Enuff Zâ€™Nuff (1): â€œNew Thingâ€
Enya (1): â€œOrinoco Flowâ€
Erasure (3): â€œChains of Loveâ€, â€œA Little Respectâ€, â€œStop!â€
The Escape Club (1): â€œThe Wild Wild Westâ€
Melissa Etheridge (3): â€œLike the Way I Doâ€, â€œSimilar Featuresâ€, â€œNo Souveneirsâ€
Eurogliders (1): â€œHeaven Must Be Thereâ€
Europe (4): â€œThe Final Countdownâ€, â€œRock the Nightâ€, â€œCarrieâ€, â€œSuperstitiousâ€
Eurythmics (6): â€œSweet Dreamsâ€, â€œHere Comes the Rain Againâ€, â€œWould I Like To You?â€, â€œMissionary Manâ€, â€œI Need A Manâ€, â€œDonâ€™t Ask Me Whyâ€