Billboard #1s for the Week Ending August 3, 1985

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 Shout Tears For Fears 1
R & B Freeway of Love Aretha Franklin 1
Country Forty Hour Week (For A Livin’) Alabama 1
Adult Contemporary Who’s Holding Donna Now? DeBarge 3
Rock Money For Nothing Dire Straits 1
Album Songs From the Big Chair Tears For Fears 4

CrueSmokinThis week sees a 70s hard rock smash help a major 80s band get their commercial breakthrough. Brownsville Station wrote and recorded Smokin’ In the Boy’s Room in 1973. The Michigan trio rocked it all the way to #3, their only Top 10 hit.

Twelve years later, Los Angeles metal band Motley Crüe recorded a cover of the song for their third album, Theatre of Pain. This week it moves from #48 to #39, becoming their first Top 40 single. It would eventually spend two weeks at #16. The Crüe would go on to notch another half-dozen Top 40 hits, a string of Top 40 Rock hits, six Top 10 albums, and a massively successful live career.

A curious side note: the song’s success was assisted by a comic anti-authority video featuring cult actor Michael Berryman. While the clip does include scenes filmed in a (remarkably clean) rest room and plenty of stage pyrotechnics, there are no scenes that include smoking in keeping with 80s TV practices.

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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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