OK, Peeps, it’s time to put away the hard boiled eggs and fake, non-biodegradable plastic grass. You may want to keep the bunny ears on, however, since they may allow you to better hear this week’s non-gummy earworm. Yep, Monday has hopped down the bunny trail yet again… and that means it’s time for The Nest to push aside all of the hollow chocolate rabbits and poisonous speckled jawbreakers so we can hunt up another forgotten rotten egg from that bottomless Easter basket we like to call the Dusty Vinyl Archive! DJ Scratchy’s donning a pastel dyed mane and her finest Easter
dress rave miniskirt for the occasion, while the Sponkies are working off their sugar high re-arranging the records. It’s time to raise another lost hit from the dead…
Not too long ago, I stumbled upon a site that is an excellent reference for every weekly US Billboard Top 40 chart of the rock and roll era. I haven’t quite wasted the time I normally would at such a treasure chest of fun information yet, but I’ve dug around those charts for a few of the years and made a find that inspired this week’s DVA post…
I shouldn’t have to tell you that Huey Lewis & The News were one of the biggest pop acts of the entire decade of the 1980’s. They were truly at the heart of 80’s rock and roll, putting an almost endless string of singles into the rarified air of the charts… and despite how hard it is to get a #1 single, the sheer volume of gold records they spun allowed them to pull it off three times. Can you name Huey Lewis’ three US #1 hits?
“The Power of Love” is pretty easy, as it rode the mega-blockbuster movie Back to the Future to the top of the charts in
1955 1985. “Stuck With You” may come as a surprise, but it was a huge success in 1986… which may be the only reason it hasn’t been completely forgotten about in a mainstream radio culture seems more fascinated with early Huey than late Huey.
So what was that third #1 hit for the band? “Heart & Soul?” “I Want A New Drug?” “If This Is It?” “The Heart of Rock and Roll?” “Do You Believe In Love?” “Hip To Be Square?” Damn, these guys were a hitmaking machine. But nope, none of those Huey hits that still get played to death today ever made it up to #1.
But this one did….
“Jacob’s Ladder,” the lost child of the Huey Lewis Greatest Hits collection, was a #1 fucking hit! Can you believe that? I couldn’t, but here’s the chart to prove it….
In what was a crazy year for number ones on the Billboard Charts, “Jacob’s Ladder” unseated Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ On a Prayer” for the top spot on March 14, 1987, only to get dethroned the very next week by Club Nouveau’s “Lean On Me.” Not only is this song way down on the list of Huey Lewis songs you’d probably be able to rattle off the top of your head, but it didn’t even have a real music video in an era when MTV was such a force in the music industry that you HAD to have exposure there to get a hit. While I’m sure I’d find a few more head-scratchers with enough time to pore over the list of weekly charts, “Jacob’s Ladder” seems like an early candidate for the most unlikely #1 song of the 80’s…
But hey, “Jacob’s Ladder” was already on the DVA waiting list since I love it and it never gets played anymore. Unlikely or not, good music is good music… and I’ll have more of it for your tender ears next Monday!