Spring has sprung, but does another Monday have you unable to spring from the bed? The Nest has just what your earbuds need to bloom, as this is the day we melt the snow off another hibernating lost hit we dug up from that garden of musical daffodils we like to call the Dusty Vinyl Archive! DJ Scratchy is ready to tiptoe through the tulips while wearing her six inch wedges, while the Sponkies use a magnifying glass to set fire to a colony of ants. No, they wouldn’t do that!!! Would they? Anyway, let’s see if this week’s DVA puts a spring in your step…
For many years, the much of the music the US imported to play on pop radio came across the Atlantic from Europe, with the occasional Canadian hit sliding across the border. The early 80’s saw a new big player in the music exportation business emerge from quite literally the other side of the world, and that was Australia.
The charge of Australian new wave was led by the breakout success of Men at Work, which helped pave the way for INXS, Midnight Oil, Pseudo Echo, Moving Pictures, and countless other Aussie bands from the 80’s that you’ve probably long forgotten about already. So let me introduce another one you don’t remember, the Eurogliders!
Yeah, I couldn’t believe a band named the Eurogliders didn’t actually come from Europe either. In fact, they never had any success in Europe at all. They did become reasonably big in their homeland, and one single song of theirs managed to make a small dent in the US and Canadian charts… which is the only reason they’re not completely unknown north of the Equator. That one song…. 1984’s “Heaven (Must Be There)”
I admit, it’s not the best song…. but it’s not terrible, and it’s one of those songs that the first time I saw the video for it on VH-1 Classic in the 2000’s, I was like, “Hey, I remember that!” And those long forgotten songs that creep back into my life will always be cool to me… and the main reason I started the Dusty Vinyl Archive to begin with!
“Heaven” on made it to #65 on the US Hot 100, and #21 on the Mainstream Rock charts… but made enough of an impression to keep the Eurogliders from being a zero hit wonder.
I’ll stir up some more musical memories for you all next Monday!