Lee Chesnut

Lee Chesnut

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Peaking at #3 behind George Michael was Samantha Fox's "Naughty Girls (Need Love Too)", her 2nd Top 10 hit. https://youtu.be/pXEN57rFnIM
More Funk classics: Love Rollercoaster - Ohio Players Word Up - Cameo Flashlight - Parliament Brick House - Commodores Genius of Love - Tom Tom Club Give It To Me Baby - Rick James You Sexy Thing - Hot Chocolate Lady Marmalade - LaBelle Play That Funky Music - Wild Cherry Here's a link to a Spotify playlist I made: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/01wtslMk3W9QQU2ihEshnz?si=f8d7a23082514940
...and The Killers did a fantastic cover! https://youtu.be/ey_j7-wIo4U
Peaking at #7 behind Gloria Estefan was Icehouse, with "Electric Blue" --- co-written by John Oates (of Hall & Oates). https://youtu.be/IUFOVu1CurM
There is one more Terence Trent D'Arby song worth mentioning: 1993's "She Kissed Me", which was a Top 5 on the Alternative chart here in the U.S. https://youtu.be/NPXFn-uOAOk
Peaking at #5 behind Whitney Houston was the stunningly-gorgeous Pebbles with her first Top 10 hit “Girlfriend.” Pebbles later went on to manage a girl group called 2nd Nature — she renamed them TLC and the rest is history. https://youtu.be/Avtj8tdpr5Y
Let us never forget Jason Sudekis sending up Billy Ocean on Saturday Night Live... https://youtu.be/CFlIUUMzlz8
I will never get over that 2 grade for "Never Gonna Give You Up"...
Personally, I think "Devil Inside" is a much better song than "Get Outta My Dreams." I think Tom's 8 is too high, especially considering that he gave Ocean's vastly-superior "Loverboy" the same grade.
My favorite Billy Ocean song is 1976’s “Love Really Hurts Without You”, which was used to great effect on Season 1 of the Netflix hit “Sex Education.” https://youtu.be/SK19w-1yc84?t=38
Totally agree -- "Animal" is another 10! And one more instance of a pre-chorus that outshines the actual chorus.
As far as Michael Jackson’s socially conscious songs go (“Man in the Mirror”, “Heal the World”, “We Are the World”), nothing can top 1995’s “Earth Song”, which hit #1 in Germany, Iceland, Switzerland, and the UK, but inexplicably missed charting on the Hot 100 in the U.S. 25 years later, the video still packs a powerful and timely punch and would have been perfect to post on Earth Day yesterday. https://youtu.be/XAi3VTSdTxU
Peaking at #10 behind Michael Jackson was the title track from what I consider to be the greatest pop-metal/hair band album of all time: “Hysteria.” This one gets a 10 from me. https://youtu.be/yMzyleT2FqY You know what’s remarkable about the majority of Def Leppard hits? The pre-choruses are more potent than the actual choruses. Take a listen to 1983’s “Photograph” (another 10), a song that might have the greatest pre-chorus of all time! https://youtu.be/D4dHr8evt6k
Sorry, I'm going to post one more performance from that concert and this will be all, I promise! Haha. We couldn't get Barbra Streisand to come and sing "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)" with Donna, so I asked popular Australian singer Tina Arena to fill in for her. A lot of people considered their duet to be the highlight of the night -- Tina more than delivered! https://vimeo.com/57953587
I have to post at least one performance from the Live & More Encore album --- what a fantastic night that was! https://youtu.be/hDD7t2Mj_aQ
I'll share a little behind-the-scenes story from my time with Donna. Many non-industry people are disappointed to learn that live albums really aren't totally "live." The singers are always given a chance to correct any bad notes they hit when their concert was recorded. Well, in the instance of the album that I did with Donna called "Live & More Encore!", none of her lead vocals had to be re-recorded. None! When I say that she was the greatest vocalist I've ever worked with, it's not an exaggeration. She was truly the Queen!
I served as Executive Producer on a Lonnie Gordon single from 1996 called "Dirty Love" which was a Top 10 hit on the Billboard Dance chart. We made a very inexpensive music video -- Lonnie was a TRIP to work with! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CtnCWmf_PA
I was her A&R guy at Epic Records and served as Executive Producer on her 1999 album "Live & More Encore!"
Another fantastic club banger from Stock Aiken & Waterman was O'Chi Brown's "Whenever You Need Somebody" (a song later remade by Rick Astley for his debut album). The intro on this extended mix absolutely SLAPS! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2DRevnVdCk
But Edith, that's what so strange -- Tom clearly does NOT hate all things SAW-related. He gave "Venus" by Bananarama an 8, Donna Summer's "This Time I Know It's For Real" a 7, and even Kylie Minogue's atrocious "Locomotion" gets a 6! It makes no sense whatsoever why Tom would give "Never Gonna Give You Up" a 2, other than the fact that the song is a joke meme now.
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