Billboard #1s for the Week Ending June 8, 1985

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 Everybody Wants to Rule the World Tears For Fears 1
R & B Rock Me Tonight (For Old Time’s Sake) Freddie Jackson 2
Country Natural High Merle Haggard 1
Adult Contemporary Axel F Harold Faltermeyer 1
Rock Little By Little Robert Plant 2
Album Around the World In A Day Prince & the Revolution 2

lisa_lisa_cult_jam_with_full_force-i_wonder_if_i_take_you_homeThis week sees a pioneer in freestyle music (also called “Latin Hip Hop”) make her first foray onto the charts. The diminutive Lisa Velez’s big voice was only outstripped by the length of her initial billing. Going by the stage name Lisa Lisa, she performed as part of a trio  that gave credit to the six-man band who produced their hits. As a result, the somewhat unwieldy Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam with Full Force was the debut album title and the label credit.

A song from the album made its way onto the European compilation Breakdancing. Picked up by US DJs from the import, it made a fast impact in the clubs. This week I Wonder If I Take You Home enters the Hot 100 at #86. It was already in its eighth week on the Dance charts, which it would top the following week; the track was also climbing the R&B charts, where it peaked at #6. The song had a smaller impact on the pop charts, where it eased up to #34 in August, but it had a long life, spending six weeks in the Top 40 and 21 on the Hot 100 — fairly impressive totals for its peak.

The group had one more minor hit, then broke the Top 10 in 1986 with All Cried Out [#8, #3 R&B]. In 1987, they hit the big time, topping the Hot 100 twice, with Head to Toe [also #1 R&B and Dance] and Lost In Emotion [#1 R&B, #8 Dance]. All told that string of five hits spent over 100 weeks on the Hot 100, a pretty significant run. The trio charted with diminishing success until 1991, when Lisa went solo. She continues to record and perform today.

 

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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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