Billboard #1s for the Week Ending March 1, 1986

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 Kyrie Mr. Mister 1
R & B Do Me Baby Meli’sa Morgan 3
Country You Can Dream of Me Steve Wariner 1
Adult Contemporary Sara Starship 2
Rock All the Kings Horses The Firm 2
Album Welcome to the Real World Mr. Mister 1

PetShopWestEndThis week sees a witty, pioneering British dance duo debut their first and biggest U.S. hit. Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe formed Pet Shop Boys, initially working with New York producer Bobby O. They recorded West End Girls in 1984, achieving some club success in the States. It’s a dark, curious song, inspired in part by T.S. Eliot’s The Wasteland and in part by the class struggles of inner city living.

After signing with EMI, they hooked up with producer Stephen Hague who helmed their powerful debut, please. Hague reworked West End Girls, coaxing a stronger vocal from Tennant and increasing the drama and menace of the track. This week it debuted at #71 on the Hot 100. It broke into the Top 40 two weeks later and spent a week at #1 in early May. The song also topped the British chart, their first of four #1s there. While Tennant and Lowe faded from the US Pop charts after a couple of years, they have built a long, successful career of smart dance pop.

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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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