Billboard #1s for the Week Ending September 1, 1984

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 What’s Love Got To Do With It? Tina Turner 1
R & B Ghostbusters Ray Parker, Jr. 2
Country Let’s Fall to Pieces Together George Strait 1
Adult Contemporary Stuck On You Lionel Richie 5
Rock Missing You John Waite 2
Album Purple Rain Prince and the Revolution 5

RomeoVoidGirlTroubleThis week sees a rare true One Hit Wonder enter the Hot 100. Romeo Void was formed in San Francisco in 1979 by vocalist and writer Deborah Iyall. Saxophonist Benjamin Bossi, guitarist Peter Woods, and bassist Frank Zincavage rounded out the band, with a revolving door of drummers turning with each album. The band’s sound was distinctive, an edgy post-punk muscle with almost jazzy new wave elements and a sneaky dance element woven in. Their unique energy earned them critical acclaim but limited commercial success. A Girl In Trouble (Is A Temporary Thing), the lead single from what turned out to be their last album, entered the Hot 100 this week at #80. A song of subtle urgency, it features stunning vocals from Iyall and spectacular sax work from Bossi, creating a powerful tension. The song eventually spent two weeks in the Top 40, peaking at #35. While touring to support its parent album, Instincts, the band lost the support of their label and returned home, frustrated, breaking up weeks later. They leave behind a wonderful musical legacy with a truly unique sound.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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