January 21, 2017 How To Know When A Fad Ends

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KC & The Sunshine Band, Do You Wanna Go Party, TK 611, 1979

In case the red spandex pants don’t give it away, this is an album the came out in the waining days of the disco era.  Acts like KC & The Sunshine Band who were known as being disco artists were doing what they could to remain relevant.  It didn’t go well.

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The Champagne corks were about to pop to welcome in the 1980s and people were really tired of everything 70s.  Disco was in the way, and I remember seeing this album being discounted in droves right after it came out.  But then a funny thing happened.

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Radio discovered a last minute addition to the record, a synthesized ballad called Please Don’t Go.  When the title track Do You Wanna Party flopped as a single, TK released Please Don’t Go in July 1979 and hoped for the best.  Debuting at #100, after a month it looked like it was stalled at #79.  But it kept on rising, a few notches a week.  It reached #1 for the week ending January 4, 1980, making it not only the first #1 of the 80s, but tying the record  for the longest climb to #1.

Today’s Summary:
Cost: $2, $468 Remaining

 

 

 

 

 

July 24, 2016 Behind The Nylon Curtain

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Billy Joel, The Nylon Curtain, Columbia CQ-38200, 1982

This little unassuming, mid career Billy Joel record s actually quite significant, but not in the same way as most legendary albums are significant.  Looking for the latest “new” sound, Joel “heard” about the new wonders of total digital recording.  No more tapes to edit, it could all be done and edited with computers.  The new sound was very clean, at least to 1982 ears.

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It was also one of the first albums that was released on Compact Disc.  Oddly, it was also one of the last albums to be released on 8-Track tape!   As if Cassette and Vinyl we’re enough.

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The stats don’t end there!  The album’s second single, Allentown, is hands down the biggest #17 hit of all time.  It spent a magical six weeks and the almost lofty perch.  I don’t have statistics on the record the spent the second-most number of weeks at #17, but my guess is it would be no more than three.

Today’s Summary:

Cost: $1, $888 Remaining