Honestly don't know why the Benny Mardones song was a hit once let alone twice. Different strokes.......
With me, it was a nostalgia thing. I wasn't really taken with it the first time around, but by the time it was reissued in 1989, I was 25, and that one just sort of "took me back." I was
curious, however, why that
one was rereleased, given that it had nearly made the top ten the first time. Most of those other late '80s reissues of early '80s "misfires" were of tunes that, for whatever reason, really just never had a chance to become a hit the first time. (Maybe it was because some of them didn't have music videos!) I started a thread on the '80s board "the late '80s rerelease craze," about this very issue. It is probably still there if you want to check it out.
M favorite of the 1989 re-issue craze was Q-Feel "Dancing In Heaven". I wasn't familiar with it as a current in 1981 where it was only a hit in selected markets such as Minneapolis. That song must have sounded so futuristic in 1981.