Speaking of the Boomtown Rats, I don't know if the song "Up All Night" was released as a single (though I do remember the video during MTV's early days), but a great song that never saw the Hot 100, let alone the 40.
I Don't Like Mondays by The Boomtown Rats . It only reached #73 on the US Billboard Hot 100, partly due to Geldof's antagonistic attitude towards U.S. radio stations ( according to wikipedia).
wow..surprising that it didn't do better in the States, considering Bob Geldof's global significance in the late 70's and early 80's. It got extensive airplay here in Canada and was a Top 5 hit nationally.
Because these songs never reached the Top 40, I ended up buying the 45 rpm singles so I wouldn't forget the tunes:
1972: Colorado - Danny Holien (peaked at #66) 1973: Boogie Woogie Man - Paul Davis (peaked at #68) 1973: I'm Coming Home - Johnny Mathis (peaked at #75) - This song did hit #18 in 1974 by the Spinners 1973: This Is Your Song - Don Goodwin (peaked at #86) 1974: Flashback - The 5th Dimension (peaked at #82) 1974: Georgia Porcupine - George Fischoff (peaked at #93) - Great instrumental 1978: Until Now - Bobby Arvon (peaked at #72) 1978: That Once In A Lifetime - Demis Roussos (peaked at #47) 1979: Run Home Girl - Sad Cafe (peaked at #71) 1979: I Need Your Help Barry Manilow - Ray Stevens (peaked at #49) 1979: Diamonds - Chris Rea (peaked at #44) 1979: The Topical Song - Barron Knights (peaked at #70) 1979: Last Of The Singing Cowboys - The Marshall Tucker Band (peaked at #42) 1980: Voice Of Freedom - Jim Kirk And The TM Singers (peaked at #71) 1981: I Surrender - Arlan Day (peaked at #71)
Did anyone mention Split Enz yet? (and if so, my apologies, as I missed it) Hard to believe that they never had a Top 40 hit in the U.S. and definitely should have IMHO. Two songs that come to mind are "I Got You" (peaked at #53 in the Fall of '80) and "Dirty Creature" - a very good tune from the Summer of '82 that didn't crack the Hot 100, as were "History Never Repeats" and "Hard Act to Follow".
At least the Finn brothers found some success in the States as Crowded House.