Billboard #1s for the Week Ending May 3, 1986

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 Addicted to Love Robert Palmer 1
R & B I Have Learned to Respect the Power of Love Stephanie Mills 1
Country Once In A Blue Moon Earl Thomas Conley 1
Adult Contemporary Greatest Love of All Whitney Houston 2
Rock Stick Around Julian Lennon 2
Album 5150 Van Halen 2

BlowMonkeysDiggingThis week sees a British blue-eyed soul band debut their lone US Hot 100 hit. The Blow Monkeys formed in 1981 and built up a solid reputation in the UK. Their second album, Animal Magic, featured their breakthrough hit, Digging Your Scene. It entered the Hot 100 at #89 this week, eventually easing up to a #14 peak in a respectable 19-week run. The song did even better on the Dance Charts, making it to #7.

Most listeners — enjoying the smooth, jazz-pop feel of the track — missed the point. Writer and singer Dr. Robert wrote the song out of frustration. Although he is straight, he spent a lot of time in gay clubs with friends and was angry at the AIDS-fueled backlash against the gay community in London. The lyrics are a thoughtful meditation on both the disease and the discrimination it fueled.

The Blow Monkeys never hit the US charts again, but racked up a decent run of singles at home before disbanding in 1990. Dr. Robert brought the group back together in 2007, and they continue to record, perform, and chart in the UK.

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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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