Today is October 14th, 1979, and while Google will tell you that there was a singular event that was the big deal, I say it missed the mark. The real big deal was that Wayne Gretzky scored his first NHL goal, off Vancouver goalie Glen Hanlon. He would add 51 over the course of that season, second only to Marcel Dionne's 53.
After that, he was one season away from a six year string where he was over 60 goals every year but one- and that was the year he shattered the all time points record with 215!
With that, I will skate right past the other "big news" (you can look it up on your own if you so choose) and move us into this week's Time Machine, where we we will have a BIG Hollywood guest star in the 6D, another first for the M10, and a UK 10 that has not one, not two, but three of my favorites of the late 70s! So ice yourself a cold one, and let's go!
I've been doing a little digging in prep for our upcoming 100th TM Volume IV, and found out something even more spectacular- when you count holiday specials, the Great (fill in your favorite decade) Countdowns, a handful of M10 stand alones, and the all time biggest- the Hal David Wake- that 100th V IV post will also be the 400TH ALL TIME Time Machine post! Now you KNOW it'll be a party!
And now, we move on to the Panel of the week: WNCI Columbus, WHB Kansas City, CKLW Detroit, KRUX Phoenix, KFRC San Francisco, WEGP Presque Isle ME, KELP (not at sea but in) El Paso, CIHI Frederickton NB, WHYN Springfield MA (and of course, can't have them without) WCVS Springfield IL, KFI Burbank, and WABC New York. They gathered an impressive 25 different songs- all the more impressive when you consider the first 8 stations had 24 of 'em! They included the low charter winner by Chris Thompson, If You Remember Me, which sat at #73 this week- a week that Cashbox didn't do a Bubbling Under chart. They also managed to corral all but 2 #1 votes in the top 4- the only left-out was Robert John's Sad Eyes, which had #1s from Illinois and New York, but only 3 other points. This week's Panel Four, then:
At #4, with 23 points and #1 votes from KC, Detroit, and Burbank, the national #4 as well, Herb Alpert's instrumental Rise.
And how about this for a new occurrence- for the second week in a row, we have a tie for #2, with 3 #1s and 24 points! One of those was the national top dog, as well as in Ohio, Massachusetts, and San Fran- Michael Jackson's Don't Stop Till You Get Enough.
The other was the national runner-up, with #1s from New Brunswick, Maine, and Arizona- The Commodores with Sail On.
And the winner this week, with just one #1- and 3 #2s- and 27 points, the national #6- stay tuned....
Three M10 debuts this week, and the first one was one I was hoping to sneak in at some point. A beautiful cover of a Neil Young Classic, here are Julia Cumming and Sunflower Bean at #10...
So let's go and see what superstar Phil Collins has to say, shall we?
I can't play anywhere near like I used to, and I was a hot drummer. It doesn't bother me, because frankly, if you get to that point where you can't hold a drumstick properly, there are many other things in life which are far more important, like cutting a loaf of bread or a piece of cheese.
And eating them, more important than that! But, we digress, so let's...
10- The Dooleys were kinda like a British Cowsills, but nowhere near so good. They were here with a non-charter on our side, The Chosen Few.
9- A tune that peaked at #6 in August in the US of A, Dr Hook's When You're In Love With A Beautiful Woman. If you recall, it started, " When you're in love with a beautiful woman, it's hard..." which led me and my friends to rename it "The Logical Song."
8- Another non-charter here from Status Quo, Whatever You Want.
7- Three songs that don't debut in the US until November are among my favorites of this time period. The first is Rainbow with Since You've Been Gone.
6- Two more non-US-charters come next. The first is a pretty, melancholy song by a band called Sad Cafe- the song Every Day Hurts.
5- The second was Scotswoman Lena Martell with her version of the gospel hit One day At A Time.
4- Blondie's Dreaming, which was #60 this week back home.
3- The US top dog, Michael Jackson's Don't Stop Till You Get Enough.
2- The second of those favorites of mine (yep, they're 1-2)- The Police and Message In A Bottle.
And tops of the pops this week?
The Buggles and Video Killed The Radio Star!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Debut #2 comes in at #8 this week, and it's Tangerine....
Now, truth be told, all I know about the movie Footloose, other than Kenny Loggins did my least favorite of his songs for it, as that in a Michael Douglas- hosted SNL they did a parody of it called Footless...
But what I learned was that a tune from that movie, Bonnie Tyler's Holding Out For a Hero, was one of the several hits of that era co-written by Meat Loaf's good right hand, Jim Steinman. They also put the song on Bonnie's lp Secret Dreams, Forbidden Fire. Another of his songs on that lp was Ravishing, which originally didn't have words... it was the theme to the Hulk Hogan Rock And Wrestling cartoon on Saturday mornings! Speaking of said cartoon, did you know that it was NOT Hulk doing his own voice- it was Everybody Loves Raymond star Brad Garrett! But we here at TM have spotted an even earlier sighting of Mr Garrett...
Why, that's him on the back of the ELO lp Discovery! And that brings us to the song that charted the highest but without Panel love... ELO's Don't Bring Me Down, which CB had at #11 this week.
And now, the M10:
You heard #10. #9 belongs to Joy Again, who climb a notch with Looking Out For You.
You heard #8. #7 belongs to Benji Hughes with Longshot.
And now, #6, a debut from Dinosaur Jr:
#5 is Shakes, slipping a pair with Tranquilize. I will point out that this week is kind of a "Big five, little five", and they may not quite yet be done.
Who are you to take over my mind
With your eyes on me
All for you I am climbing the sky
Of golden green
Agnes Obel moves up a single notch.
#3 is last week's #1, The Explorer's Club and Quietly.
#2? Why, that's Lucius with Pulling Teeth.
And the Top Dogs? M10 says....
...Dent May, becoming the first song in M10 history to RETURN to the top spot, with Face Down In The Gutter Of Your Love!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And the Panel says....
... M with Pop Muzik!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Next time, 1974! See you then!