Jack Patterson 
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Re: “It Always Comes as a Surprise

Yeah -- a US number 1, four top 10's, and a top 20 don't really qualify them as a one-hit wonder. And that was just on the pop chart -- they were much more successful on the US dance chart (the 4th biggest act in Joel Whitburn's "Hot Dance/Disco 1974-2003" chart book).

However, I noticed they had a harder time getting airplay on mainstream Top 40 stations in the US after "Domino Dancing" in 1988, but so did other white UK dance/synth acts such as Erasure and OMD -- and I attribute that to an increasing preference in America for black rap and slow/mid-tempo R&B rather than a decline in the quality of their output. They released some excellent pop/dance singles in the late '80s and '90s that were big UK hits but barely made a dent in the US pop chart (if they charted at all) -- such as "Left To My Own Devices", "So Hard", "Where The Streets Have No Name/Can't Take My Eyes Off You", "Can You Forgive Her", "Go West", and "Se A Vida E". I also thought "Miracles" in 2003 was pretty good (which was another UK top 10 for them).

Thinking about all this has reminded me that I have to get a more recent greatest hits compilation of theirs (I only have "Discography" -- which stops in 1991).

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Posted by Jack Patterson on 10/07/2013 at 11:40 AM

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