The curse of the single from the greatest hits album strikes again! It's the incomparable Olivia Newton John, not singing about bondage despite what the title would have you believe.
The gist: in 2001 Cyndi Lauper made the album of her career but unless you lived in Japan or were willing to spend an insane amount of money on the import, you didn't get to hear it. This was a COLOSSAL SHAME.
They sold more albums than Kate Bush or Tears for Fears in 1989, but will anybody these days admit to buying a London Boys record? I will, obviously.
I had great expectations for this song, but not even Great Expectations could make it a hit. More Music for Spies, this time from the really very good Mono.
Two years prior to "Snobbery & Decay", Thomas Leer was out-blowing the Blow Monkeys with the string and saxophone drenched "No 1".
Everybody loves a happy ending, but for the longest time it looked like Tears for Fears weren't going to get one.
It's hard being the sibling of a superstar. And it's even harder when that superstar is Prince. But that didn't stop Tyka Nelson having a go in 1988.
Welcome to the club, Swing Out Sister.
Jill Jones - she's bilingual but not single. It's 1987 and all over the world the completely amazing Prince-helmed "Mia Bocca" fails to be a smash hit. Tut.
When we last bumped into the Human League, they were on the verge of great things. We now rejoin them on the brink of disaster. Hooray!
The 90s dance cover version is often enough to make the blood run cold, but this one gets Stewart's pumpin'...
Jack Antonoff, putting the fun. into the pop side project.
Hooked on classics: charting pop music's use of Symphony No.5 by Jean Sibelius. Wait, come back!
Niall on the 'Nile. It had to happen eventually.
It's 1989 and Liza Minnelli issues an apology.
Pop stars: leading more interesting lives than you and I since, well, forever.