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Logan 5
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Liked "Only the Lonely" by The Motels too.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZaPTELylZ1s
and "Suddenly Last Summer"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9Ox-lGm-wA&feature=related

Now... I think you know that doesn't count as a one-hit wonder! Loved The Motels. 'Shame' was another good one.

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"Take on Me" by a-ha
The other US hit:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvkdYr54f0Y

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"Something About You" by Level 42
The other US hit:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gt7mtdLha-c

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"If You Leave" by OMD
The other US hits:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54WLYP2PDzc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DC-nmyVEmRw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfgyXfOQSJE

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That said, I ADORE "Under the Milky Way" by The Church. It wasn't really a big hit here in the U.S., but I think it should have been.
It's a great song, but not really the kind that would be a big hit during the peak of MTV. Too alternative sounding. Time has made it more famous. That and the 'Donnie Darko' soundtrack!
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For some reason, my phone won't allow me to open most of the YouTube links, but I was able to listen to "I was Only Dreaming" by OMD. I definitely remember that song, but didn't realize that OMD sang it. I did not recognize the first OMD song.

Since I cannot open up the A-ha link, I'm going to guess that it may be "The Sun Always Shines on TV". This is the only other song that I know by them, but not because I ever heard it on U.S. radio. I wound up discovering it by accident sometime during the late 90's.

I'm curious as to what the other Level 42 song is, but hopefully my home pc will let me watch the videos.

My ignorance of some of these songs may have to do with my age during the 80's: I was born during the tail end of the 70s. It could also have to do with how I define "hit". Although some of these songs may have charted during the 80's in the U.S., they are not that easily recognizable, or didn't get a lot of airplay on popular radio (I wasn't really listening to alt radio when I was that young). Furthermore, some hits were regionalized: a while back posted about the phenomenom of freestyle music in the 80's. This was HUGE in the Northeast (mostly New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, etc.) and also in Miami, Florida. However, if I speak to people who grew up in other parts of the U.S., they have little idea what I'm talking about!

Yes, Donnie Darko most likely put The Church on people's radar. As an aside, I cringed when I heard a remake of it that appeared during a car commercial around the holiday season of 2009. Boo!

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For some reason, my phone won't allow me to open most of the YouTube links
I still find the idea of mobile phone internet futuristic!

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Since I cannot open up the A-ha link, I'm going to guess that it may be "The Sun Always Shines on TV"
Bingo! They also had many hits over here. 'Cry Wolf', 'The Living Daylights', 'Stay on These Roads', etc. Pretty good stuff. The first two were their best, though.

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I'm curious as to what the other Level 42 song is, but hopefully my home pc will let me watch the videos.
You may know this now, but; 'Lessons in Love'. I think it was their biggest international hit.

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Yes, Donnie Darko most likely put The Church on people's radar. As an aside, I cringed when I heard a remake of it that appeared during a car commercial around the holiday season of 2009. Boo!
Remake + commercial = AAAAAAARRRRRGGGGHH!
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my favorite waste of time - owen paul
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