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Published on December 23rd, 2015 | by Gerry Galipault

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Shoulda-Been-Hits: Revisiting 1985

Personally, 1985 was a special year … 30 years ago, I was just starting out in the music journalism biz, getting my first taste of it by interviewing Culture Club in Tokyo. It was all uphill from there.

With the end of 2015 coming next week, let’s revisit 1985 one last time and dig up some hidden gems from the year that brought us USA For Africa, Live Aid, the Parents Music Resource Center, the debut of Whitney Houston and more.

These 10 non-hits have been added to our growing Shoulda-Been-Hits list. You can also follow along with our Spotify playlist.

JOAN ARMATRADING
“Temptation” (1985)

BIG AUDIO DYNAMITE
“E=MC²” (1985)

ERIC CLAPTON
“See What Love Can Do” (1985)

JOHN FOGERTY
“Vanz Kant Danz” (1985)

INXS
“Kiss the Dirt (Falling Down the Mountain)” (1985)

LEVEL 42
“World Machine” (1985)

PREFAB SPROUT
“Faron Young” (1985)

RUN-D.M.C.
“King of Rock” (1985)

RUSH
“Territories” (1985)

THOMPSON TWINS
“Don’t Mess With Doctor Dream” (1985)

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Gerry Galipault debuted Pause & Play online in October 1997. Since then, it has become the definitive place for CD-release dates — with a worldwide audience.



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