Paul Hardcastle, 19, 1985. Who could have predicted that a dance record about the average age of U.S. soldiers in Vietnam would be a global smash, going to #1 in 13 countries? Strange, and the video was disturbing as well. Trivia: Mike Oldfield successfully sued Paul Hardcastle for plagiarizing his Exorcist theme, Tubular Bells, with this track. (I’ve never been able to hear any similarities.) More trivia: Simon Fuller, the creator of American Idol and all its franchises around the world, was Paul Hardcastle’s manager when this record came out. Hence, American Idol finalists are in the employ of 19 Entertainment.
NOTE: YouTube’s preview snapshot isn’t displaying today, hence the black box. Grumble. The videos play fine, however.