American Top 40 PastBlast, 10/31/81: Diesel, “Sausalito Summernight”

Here’s a cool tune from a Dutch band, in their only time on the Hot 100. It’s another song that appeared on one of Barry Scott’s Lost 45s disks, although unsurprisingly in its single form (#31 on this countdown, getting to #25). I’m glad to have found a fun, tie-dyed video for the LP version.  Especially love its opening image.

I checked my Harris Top 50 charts to see how highly I ever ranked this one. I was a little surprised to see it only got as high as #18–I suspect it was one of those cases where a shortish, sluggish AT40 run hurt its chances with me, since I recall digging on it a decent amount that fall.

3 thoughts on “American Top 40 PastBlast, 10/31/81: Diesel, “Sausalito Summernight””

  1. Anyone else think this was a Steve Miller or Greg Kihn joint when they first heard it?

    We had just moved to Tucson from Rantoul, IL, in late August 1981 and I came across not one but two rock stations in town: KWFM and KLPX. The first new song they introduced me to was Red Rider’s “Lunatic Fringe”. About a month later, “Sausalito Summernight” came into my life. Around Halloween 1981, I picked up both Red Rider’s As Far As Siam and Diesel’s Watts In A Tank at the BX; probably the first new vinyl I bought in my new hometown.


    1. I absolutely loved “Lunatic Fringe,” though it sounds like I first heard it at least a couple months after you did. It was on my Top 50 from Dec 81-Feb 82, peaking at #6. I definitely had a healthy dose of AOR in my listening starting the summer of 81, primarily WEBN in Cincinnati.


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