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.


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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