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If you were a teenager in the ‘80s, self-pity was a pretty accessible emotion as captured brilliantly by John Hughes movies and songs such as Moving PicturesWhat About Me?

What About Me? has an interesting chart history as the ballad was a smash in their native Australia, spending six weeks at No. 1 and ultimately becoming the second-biggest single of 1982 behind only Survivor’s Eye of the Tiger. In the U.S., the single gradually moved up the charts only to peak at No. 29 in 1983. However, it had staying power, lasting on the Hot 100 charts for 26 weeks enabling it to rank No. 88 in the year-end Top 100 Countdown of the Top 100 songs of 1983. It also enjoyed a resurgence in 1989 as its re-release peaked at No. 49 on the U.S. singles charts.

In 2004, the song was remade by Australian Idol contestant Shannon Noll and ended up spending four weeks at No. 1 on the Australian charts, making it the first single in Aussie history to reach No. 1 by two different artists.

Moving Pictures never charted in America again, however their song Never was a pivotal part of Footloose as it set the mood for Kevin Bacon’s iconic Frustration Dance in the warehouse.

Moving Pictures broke up in 1987, but occasionally get together for reunion gigs.

[Last modified: Monday, August 26, 2013 8:04am]


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