Billboard #1s for the Week Ending March 16, 1985

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 REO Speedwagon Can’t Fight This Feeling 2
R & B Nightshift Commodores 1
Country Crazy For Your Love Exile 1
Adult Contemporary Too Late For Goodbyes Julian Lennon 1
Rock Radioactive The Firm 1
Album Make It Big Wham! 3

PowerStationSLIHThis week sees another supergroup side project enter the Hot 100. British singer Robert Palmer had maintained a reasonably successful career for the past decade, logging a couple of Top 20 hits in both the US and UK. He participated in a charity gig headlined by Duran Duran and became friends with some of the band members.

When Duran Duran went on hiatus, guitarist Andy Taylor and bassist John Taylor hooked up with Chic drummer Tony Thompson for a one-off project called the Power Station after the studio where they were recording. They intended to use a different vocalist for each track, but after Palmer got started, the quartet developed real chemistry and created a full album of soul-tinged edgy rock with a solid dance beat. (Thompson’s old bandmate Bernard Edwards produced the sessions.)

The lead single, Some Like It Hot, enters the Hot 100 at #57 this week. It zipped up the charts, logging two weeks at #6 in May. The project spawned one more single, a cover of the T.Rex hit Get It On (Bang A Gong) [#9, besting the original’s US performance by one notch].

Taylor, Taylor and Thompson decided to keep the project going. Palmer — who had plans in place for his next solo recording — opted out after doing one live appearance with the band. Singer Michael des Barres stepped in on vocals for the tour and a subsequent album.

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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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