Wednesday, 30 July 2014

This Week In 1989: July 30, 1989

Originally posted as 25 Years Ago This Week in 2014. Updated in 2019.

As I sat down to write this week's look back at the ARIA chart from 1989, I realised that all seven songs to feature in this post are by groups of one sort or another. It made me think about the types of artists on the top 50 that year - was I imagining it or were there more groups on the chart in the '80s than today?

Six years later, this 1983 top 10 hit almost hit the chart again

A quick look at today's singles chart shows 14 songs by duos or groups in the top 50 (three by 5 Seconds Of Summer). What about on the top 50 from this week in 1989? No less than 21 entries were by groups. So I wasn't just imagining it. Of the seven groups we'll discuss, I liked four and hated three - in that order.

ARIA Top 50 Singles Chart - week ending July 30, 1989

Groups also held down the top two positions on the top 50 this week in 1989 - Roxette spent a fifth week at number 1 with "The Look", while New Kids On The Block closed in with "You Got It (The Right Stuff)" moving into the runners-up position.

Off The Chart
Number 99 "World In Motion" by Jackson Browne
Peak: number 99
Just like the first two singles from his previous studio album, this lead single and title track from Jackson Browne's ninth album puttered out in the lower reaches of the top 100.

Number 97 "Under The God" by Tin Machine
Peak: number 97
I remember this side project from David Bowie's solo career receiving a huge amount of attention at the time, but this debut single from the two-album band didn't live up to the hype.

Number 86 "Edie (Ciao Baby)" by The Cult
Peak: number 77
"Fire Woman" had given the British band their first hit in Australia, but this follow-up named after actress Edie Sedgwick, who'd starred in the film Ciao! Manhattan, didn't give them a second.

Number 79 "To Love Me" by 1927
Peak: number 70
After four consecutive top 15 hits, the 1927 dream run came to a crashing halt with this fifth single - hardly surprising given ...ish had spent seven straight months in the albums top 15 and was still at number 23 this week.

Number 78 "Fergus Sings The Blues" by Deacon Blue
Peak: number 69
It's a shame Australia really only embraced one song by Deacon Blue. This third single from When The World Knows Your Name - another big hit for them in the UK - was always my favourite of theirs.

Single Of The Week
"Kick It In" by Simple Minds
Peak: number 94
After two serious - and kind of dreary - singles, Simple Minds chose a piece of stadium rock for the third release from Street Fighting Years. Given its peak position and the fact that the Scottish band had moved away from the sound I'd enjoyed earlier in the decade, I didn't pay any attention to "Kick It In" at the time - and listening to it now, it's still not a patch on earlier tracks like "Sanctify Yourself", "Alive And Kicking" and, of course, "Don't You (Forget About Me)". But, it's better than "Belfast Child".

"Sweet Guy" by Paul Kelly & The Messengers
Peak: number 53
With the more politically correct name of his backing band (formerly The Coloured Girls) now also used in Australia, Paul Kelly surprisingly missed the top 50 with this first taste of his So Much Water So Close To Home album. It was especially unusual since, although Paul wasn't necessarily a singles act, the lead singles of his previous two albums had both managed a top 15 placement - and "Sweet Guy" was almost as good as "Before Too Long" and "To Her Door". As it turned out, So Much Water... became Paul's highest charting album up until that point - and the first to crack the top 10.

"Send Me An Angel '89" by Real Life
Peak: number 51
Originally released in 1983, when it peaked at number 6 in Australia, "Send Me An Angel" is one of those songs that has been resurrected time and time again for one reason or another. In 1989, the reason was to promote a greatest hits album that was compiled despite the fact Real Life had only released two-and-a-half studio albums. A new video was filmed for Australia (which you can watch below), while in the States, a version of the original clip with departed band member Richard Zatorski edited out was used. Here, "Send Me An Angel '89" holds the dubious honour of spending three weeks at number 51, but in America, the remix actually improved slightly on the performance of the original, peaking three places higher at number 26.

New Entries
Number 50 "Come Home With My Baby" by Dead Or Alive
Peak: number 45
Dead Or Alive really weren't having much luck at this point of their career, but their pitiful Australian chart positions were actually higher than back home in the UK, where "Come Home With Me Baby" became their fourth single in a row to peak outside the top 60. I was still a fan of the group and actually thought this single was their best since mega-hit "You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)", but it would be the final time we'd see them on the ARIA top 50 with a new track.

Number 41 "Second Chance" by 38 Special
Peak: number 14
Onto the bands I wasn't a fan of... This lot had been around since the mid-'70s and landing Billboard Hot 100 hits since 1980, but this MOR rock ballad was their first single to chart in Australia. "Second Chance" was also their biggest US single - their only top 10 entry - and only ended up being recorded after original lead singer Don Barnes left the group, since he'd turned his nose up at an early version of the song years before. Since Don rejoined the group in the early '90s and 38 Special haven't scored any hits since but are still around today, I wonder how he feels about having to sing it now.

Number 38 "The Doctor" by The Doobie Brothers
Peak: number 38
Here's another relic from the '70s, but in this case, it was a band that'd charted in Australia before - although classics like "Listen To The Music" (number 50) and "Long Train Runnin'" (number 58) failed to match their US success here. The Doobie Brothers' two American number 1s, "Black Water" (number 22) and "What A Fool Believes" (number 12), did perform better in Australia and so there would have been a number of fans eagerly awaiting the band's first studio album since 1980's One Step Closer and this lead single. Clearly that number wasn't very high since both "The Doctor" (which to my ears sounded quite dated even at the time) and Cycles only just dented the ARIA top 50.

Number 32 "Lookin' For Love" by Johnny Diesel & The Injectors
Peak: number 28
He'd started off telling us he "Don't Need Love", but things had changed by the time this fourth single came around. Something else that was different with "Lookin' For Love" was that it became the band's first single to miss the top 10 - and it did so by some considerable margin. Still, Johnny and co. did have a hit album on their hands, so it was only to be expected that their singles would run out of steam. That didn't stop the record company releasing a fifth single from Johnny Diesel & The Injectors - but the band's cover of blues standard "Since I Fell For You" didn't even make the top 50 when it was released later in the year.

Listen to this week's new entries on my Spotify playlist of all the top 50 hits from 1989:

Next week: 1989's most frequently used riff shows up in yet another new entry, while 1988's hottest teen sensations return (down a member). Before that, I'll conclude my countdown of my top 100 from 2006 - I'm halfway through, but you can catch up here and here.

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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

The Best Of 2006 - part 2

JUMP TO: 100-76 II 75-51 II 50-26 II 25-1

I mentioned in Part 1 of my look back at my favourite songs of 2006 that downloads were integrated into singles charts around the world for the first time that year - but as we'll see in this batch of songs, it took a while to determine just how wide to open the gates to the new format. 

With "Crazy", Gnarls Barkley ushered in a new era for the charts

In the UK (the nation that's always had the world's superior chart, in my opinion), the eligibility of a digital download for the singles chart was dependent on there also being a physical CD single release. It was very much a case of testing the water - and even if I still preferred my music to come on CD format at that stage, I was happy to see the download sales counting towards chart positions since, after all, a sale is a sale. I haven't been quite as open to streaming counting towards the UK chart (which happened recently), but that's a conversation for another time...

Number 75 "I Still..." by Backstreet Boys

The third and final single from Never Gone (except in the States, where "Crawling Back To You" was released instead) was another Max Martin/Rami power pop ballad. "I Still..." would also turn out to be the final single (for the time being) released with Kevin Richardson, who departed the boy band for six years in mid-2006.

Number 74 "Crash" by Gwen Stefani

Six singles from Love Angel Music Baby and Gwen Stefani still didn't manage to release "The Real Thing" or "Serious", but this final single, which catered more to US tastes, was a decent end to what was a pretty impressive debut solo outing. 

Number 73 "SexyBack" by Justin Timberlake

Speaking of solo outings, Justin Timberlake had pretty much written the rule book for going it alone after leaving a hit pop group with 2002's Justified. In a smart move, he didn't rush to follow that up, with this first taste of FutureSex/LoveSounds coming three years after Justified's last single. With super-producer Timbaland once again on production and songwriting duties, "SexyBack" further established JT's cred and cool factor, and came with a flashy music video shot in Barcelona.

Number 72 "Ride A White Horse" by Goldfrapp

It can't be a coincidence that Supernatureone of the most commercial albums by the British duo of Alison Goldfrapp (that's her real name) and Will Gregory, is still their most successful. Although having said that, a far more mainstream sound was a couple of albums away. This third single references the manner in which actress Bianca Jagger once made an entrance to legendary disco Studio 54.

Number 71 "Naïve" by The Kooks"

Mentioned below

Number 70 "Never Be Lonely" by The Feeling

Mentioned in Part 3

Number 69 "Say It Right" by Nelly Furtado

Mentioned in Part 4

Number 68 "Amazing" by Westlife
After a couple of cover versions - including an ill-conceived duet with Diana Ross on a remake of her early '90s hit "When You Tell Me That You Love Me" - Westlife returned to an original song with this typically mid-tempo Scandipop track. As the third single from the Face To Face album, it did well to get to number 4 in the UK - even if that was a flop by their standards.

Number 67 "I Can't Hate You Anymore" by Nick Lachey

Mentioned in Part 4

Number 66 "No Promises" by Shayne Ward

The first winner of the UK version of The X Factor, 36-year-old Steve Brookstein, wasn't exactly the type of hot pop act Simon Cowell envisioned when he launched the new reality show in 2004 - so it must have come as something of a relief when season two was taken out by pretty boy Shayne Ward. Not only did he look like a pop star, but with songs like this Westlife-style ballad, he slotted right into the gap left behind by Gareth Gates and countless other former teen idols.

Number 65 "Irreplaceable" by Beyoncé Knowles

Like Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé had triumphed with her first post-Destiny's Child solo effort and went from strength to strength second time around. Far and away the most successful single from the original tracklisting of the B'Day album was this Australian and US chart-topper, which was co-written by then-emerging star Ne-Yo together with Norwegian production teams Stargate and Espionage.

Number 64 "John The Revelator / Lilian" by Depeche Mode

In 2005, they'd returned with their best single in years, "Precious", and the quality tunes kept coming from Depeche Mode's 11th album, Playing The Angel - including this double-A side release and "Suffer Well" (number 18 on this list). By the end of the year, the band also issued the rather random The Best Of Depeche Mode Volume 1 (there's yet to be a second volume), which contained new track "Martyr" (number 61).

Number 63 "Pictures" by Sneaky Sound System

Mentioned in Part 4

Number 62 "Horny As A Dandy" by Mousse T vs The Dandy Warhols

Both songs have featured individually (and higher) on previous year-end countdowns - "Horny" in 1998 and "Bohemian Like You" in 2002 - but the Mousse T club track and the Dandy Warhols indie rock anthem also worked incredibly well when mashed up together.

Number 61 "Martyr" by Depeche Mode

Mentioned above and previously featured here

Number 60 "Angel" by Pharrell Williams

He might have been massively successful as a songwriter, producer and featured artist, but as a solo performer, Pharrell Williams only enjoyed mid-level success with the singles from his debut solo album, In My Mind. In fact, "Angel" wasn't even released in the States, where the album's other singles, "Can I Have It Like That" and "Number One", failed to set the charts alight despite featuring Gwen Stefani and Kanye West respectively.

Number 59 "Sexy Love" by Ne-Yo

Mentioned in Part 3

Number 58 "Runaway" by Jamiroquai

After a career which began way back in 1992, it was greatest hits time for the man who'd given acid jazz a commercial face. As is so often the case with best ofs, High Times: Singles 1992-2006 was a contractual obligation that brought at end to the band's relationship with Sony Music, with "Runaway" included as one of two new songs on the release.

Number 57 "Love Declaration" by paulmac featuring Aaradhna

For the final single from his Panic Room album, paulmac recruited yet another female artist to join the ranks of Peta Morris, Abby Dobson, Jacqui Hunt and Ngaiire. On "Love Declaration", he introduced Australian audiences to New Zealander Aaradhna Patel, who was best known back home for proving vocals on the chart-topping single "Getting Stronger" by duo Adeaze.

Number 56 "When You're Mad" by Ne-Yo

Mentioned in Part 3

Number 55 "Afterglow" by INXS

Once all the fuss around Rockstar: INXS had died down, the real test of whether the new incarnation of the band would work depended in part on songs like this second single from the Switch album becoming hits. And, while rock ballad "Afterglow" did give INXS another top 30 hit in Australia, it would be their final singles chart appearance with a new release. Unsurprisingly, once touring commitments were complete, INXS parted ways with new singer JD Fortune (who'd only been contracted for a fixed period of time) - although reports conflict about exactly how that split went down.

Number 54 "She Moves In Her Own Way" by The Kooks

In between The Killers, Kaiser Chiefs and Keane, there were a lot of indie bands I liked in the mid-'00s that had names starting with K - and added to that list in 2006 were The Kooks. Each of the band's first four singles steadily improved on the last in terms of UK chart positions, with fourth single "Naive" (number 71 on this list) becoming the first to crack the top 10. "She Moves In Her Own Way" repeated the trick (reaching number 7), helping parent album Inside In/Inside Out to go quadruple platinum in the UK in the process.

Number 53 "Bones" by The Killers

Mentioned in Part 3

Number 52 "Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley

Here's the song - one of the year's biggest global hits - that tested the new download rules in the UK when it became the first release to hit number 1 there purely on digital sales. The debut single by the duo formed by singer CeeLo Green and producer Danger Mouse, "Crazy" spent so long (9 weeks) on top of the British singles chart that it was eventually deleted so as not to fall victim to the Bryan Adams or Wet Wet Wet effect - although it has indeed overshadowed everything else the group has released. 
Two weeks after being deleted, "Crazy" fell out of the UK top 40 despite still selling healthy quantities on download. Chart rules at the time only allowed download songs to chart one week before and two weeks after physical release availability. In 2007, when the chart rules changed again and any song became eligible for the chart, "Crazy" miraculously reappeared.

Number 51 "Minimal" by Pet Shop Boys
Previously featured here

In Part 3: the mainstream breakthrough of a French DJ/producer we'd be seeing a lot of in years to come, the latest Disney-related music phenomenon to invade the charts and a song which owed a lot of its success to a treadmill-featuring video.

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Friday, 25 July 2014

The Best Of 2006 - part 1

JUMP TO: 100-76 II 75-51 II 50-26 II 25-1

Charts around the world were going through a massive upheaval in 2006 - and it was all because of three little characters: MP3. As CD singles were fazed out, downloads were incorporated into charts and singles started to get to number 1 without there being a physical product released.

Accidental girl group Young Divas delved into the SAW songbook

In Australia, the changeover happened in October 2006, with ARIA incorporating digital sales into their charts for the first time. For me, giving up CD singles was a big change to get used to - and it took me quite a while to accept that I didn't need a physical CD in my collection for me to "own" a song. Here are some of the songs I did own - one way or another - in 2006...

Number 100 "Dance, Dance" by Fall Out Boy
They'd made little impact with their debut album, Take This To Your Grave, but that all changed with the singles from Fall Out Boy's follow-up, From Under The Cork Tree. "Sugar, We're Goin' Down" gave them their first US and UK top 10 hit, and "Dance, Dance" repeated the feat. My introduction to Fall Out Boy came courtesy of teen soap One Tree Hill, on which bassist Pete Wentz (who wrote the lyrics to this song) made a couple of odd guest appearances in 2006.

Number 99 "The Only Difference Between Martyrdom And Suicide Is Press Coverage" by Panic! At The Disco
Mentioned in Part 4

Number 98 "Tell Me Why" by Supermode
Lifting elements from Bronski Beat's first two singles, "Smalltown Boy" and "Why?", "Tell Me Why" was the handiwork of Swedish DJs/producers Axwell and Steve Angello, who'd go on to team up with Sebastian Ingrosso in Swedish House Mafia the following year. The vocals on the track weren't samples of Jimmy Somerville's original performances but were re-sung by British performer Hal Ritson.

Number 97 "U + Ur Hand" by Pink
Mentioned in Part 3

Number 96 "Unfaithful" by Rihanna
Mentioned in Part 3

Number 95 "So Under Pressure" by Dannii Minogue
After releasing the album of her career with 2003's Neon Nights, the younger Minogue lost her momentum, sputtering from one stand-alone single release to another over the next few years, while her various record companies issued more greatest hits and remix collections than any one artist required. "So Under Pressure" was a new track on one of those compilations, The Hits & Beyond, and lyrically dealt with the subject of sister Kylie's cancer diagnosis.

Number 94 "Wait A Minute" by Pussycat Dolls
The singles continued from Pussycat Dolls' debut album - as did the guest appearances, with this track featuring in-demand hitmaker Timbaland. PCD's sixth single, "Wait A Minute", was the follow-up to my favourite track by the girl group, "I Don't Need A Man", which we'll see in Part 3.

Number 93 "This Time I Know It's For Real" by Young Divas
Originally a comeback single for Donna Summer in 1989 - and one which really should have been a bigger hit in Australia (it reached number 40) - "This Time I Know It's For Real" was belatedly taken to number 2 on the ARIA chart by four ex-Australian Idol contestants. Comprised of season one's Paulini, season two's Ricki-Lee, and season three's winner Kate DeAraugo and runner-up Emily Williams, Young Divas was meant to be a one-off project to promote a joint tour.
Following the resounding success of "This Time I Know It's For Real", an album was hurriedly put together - so quickly, in fact, that I remember being asked for my opinion of what songs they should cover. Being the Stock Aitken Waterman fan I am (and since they'd already raided the Hit Factory catalogue once), I suggested tracks by Princess, Hazell Dean, Sybil and Lonnie Gordon - many of which made the album (although I'm sure the girls' team already had those tracks in mind anyway).

Number 92 "All This Love" by The Similou
Some more Swedish dance/pop now from the duo comprised of the confusingly named Joel Eriksson and Erik Niklasson. Debut single "All This Love" actually performed better in Australia and the UK than at home in Sweden, where the track had first been released back in late 2004.

Number 91 "A Public Affair" by Jessica Simpson
They were reality TV's sweethearts, but by 2006 the honeymoon was over for Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey, and the inevitable post-split records emerged. For Jess, that meant the carefree, girls-night-out track "A Public Affair" - she even roped in famous pals like Eva Longoria and Christina Applegate for the glossy roller-rink video. As we'll see further into this countdown, Nick didn't take the end of their marriage so well.

Number 90 "This Old Love" by Lior
Independent artist Lior Attar made a big splash in Australia in 2005 with his debut, Autumn Flow, but he didn't release any singles from the ARIA-nominated album. And, since my charts still (mostly) depended on a physical release, I had to wait until 2006 for "This Old Love" to be issued as a single in the UK for it to register. Lovely song.

Number 89 "Right Where You Want Me" by Jesse McCartney
It was time for album number two from the teen actor/singer, but the project didn't last long, with this title track ending up as the only single released from it in the States. Further singles were released internationally, but for all intents and purposes, it was back to the drawing board for Jesse, who pressed on with his third album. It wasn't all bad news, since Jesse had co-written a little song called "Bleeding Love" and was about to receive much bigger royalty cheques once it was given to the 2006 winner of the UK's version of The X-Factor.

Number 88 "Something About You" by Jamelia
Mentioned in Part 3

Number 87 "Wonderful World" by James Morrison
Mentioned below

Number 86 "After All This Time" by Simon Webbe
Mentioned in Part 3

Number 85 "Elevator Love" by Guy Sebastian
Mentioned in Part 3

Number 84 "Love It When You Call" by The Feeling
Mentioned in Part 3

Number 83 "Sorry's Not Good Enough / Friday Night" by McFly
Mentioned in Part 4

Number 82 "Fill My Little World" by The Feeling
Mentioned in Part 3

Number 81 "Watchin'" by Freemasons featuring Amanda Wilson
For their second single, increasingly in-demand remixers Freemasons once again took inspiration from a minor hit of years past when they turned a 1999 Deborah Cox ballad, "It's Over Now", into this club smash.

Number 80 "Stoned In Love" by Chicane featuring Tom Jones
Given Tom Jones's previous collaborations with Art Of Noise and Mousse T, he wasn't quite as unusual a choice of guest vocalist for dance act Chicane as Clannad's Máire Brennan or Bryan Adams. Nevertheless, the pop/trance track was another first for the Welsh performer - and another UK top 10 hit for both acts.

Number 79 "You Give Me Something" by James Morrison
Even though he's been recording for years now, I still mentally add the words "not the jazz trumpeter" after James Morrison's name whenever I see it. In the UK, where there was no similarly named artist on the scene to cause confusion, James quickly notched up two top 10 hits with this debut single and follow-up "Wonderful World" (number 87 on this list). In Australia, only this track did the business, reaching number 7.

Number 78 "Who Am I?" by Will Young
He might have kicked off his third album campaign with the turbo-charged "Switch It On", but it was back to ballads for singles number two ("All Time Love") and three ("Who Am I?"). The latter of those was accompanied by a fun music video in which Will was superimposed into scenes from British kids' TV show Blue Peter. Despite that, "Who Am I?" became the former Pop Idol champ's first single to miss the UK top 5 - landing all the way down at number 11.

Number 77 "Put Your Records On" by Corinne Bailey Rae
What with Lior, Will Young and James Morrison in this batch of songs, it's all been a bit adult contemporary, hasn't it? Well, add to that list this breakthrough single by British soul singer Corinne Bailey Rae. After peaking at number 2 in the UK, the breezy track, while not a massive chart hit in the US, went on to be nominated for the Grammy Awards' big two: Song Of The Year and Record Of The Year.

Number 76 "You Came 2006" by Kim Wilde
Mentioned in Part 4

In Part 2: Justin Timberlake and Beyoncé Knowles solidify their positions as the hottest singers on the planet, while the first big download-only hits make their mark.

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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

This Week In 1989: July 23, 1989

Originally posted as 25 Years Ago This Week in 2014. Updated in 2019.

You don't see so many of them these days, but in 1989, cover versions were still fairly common on the ARIA top 50 singles chart. In fact, a quick count reveals seven of the top 50 were remakes (while a handful more featured samples of previous hits).

Michael Damian: from daytime's top rating show to top of the US chart

We'll look back at three covers this week (one of which didn't make it into the top 50) and they all just happen to be remakes of songs that had been big hits the first time around. Clearly, the assumption was that if something had worked in the past, it'd work again. Let's see how that panned out...

ARIA Top 50 Singles Chart - week ending July 23, 1989

At number 1 this week in 1989, Roxette had seemingly settled in permanently with "The Look" spending a fourth week on top - and once again keeping Kate Ceberano's "Bedroom Eyes" stuck at number 2.

Single Of The Week
"No More Rhyme" by Debbie Gibson
Peak: number 58
Just when it looked like Debbie Gibson was gaining some traction in Australia, she was back where she started with this third single from Electric Youth - and that was placing singles just outside the top 50. "No More Rhyme" was another self-penned ballad from the American teen star but it didn't connect in the way "Lost In Your Eyes" had. And it wasn't just in Australia - in the States, "No More Rhyme" became her second singe in a row to miss the top 10, landing at number 17. Watch out for The Wonder Years star Danica McKellar in the clip - she's the one "playing" the cello.

"Rock On" by Michael Damian
Peak: number 55
He'd played singer Danny Romalotti on The Young And The Restless since the start of the decade and finally Michael Damian's real-life career began to resemble that of his successful daytime soap character when this remake of the David Essex track (which appeared in the film Dream A Little Dream) shot to number 1 in the US. Despite the show being quite popular with stay-at-home mums and uni students locally, Australia was not as impressed by this rendition of the 1973 Australian number 8 hit. Michael shouldn't have been discouraged, though, since his wasn't the only version of "Rock On" to fall short - as we saw in November 1987, a cover by John Justin also scraped the lower reaches of the chart.

New Entries
Number 49 "Under The Boardwalk" by Bette Midler
Peak: number 26
It was back-to-back cover versions for Bette Midler with this second single from the Beaches soundtrack to hit the ARIA top 50. Of course, as mentioned in April, "Under The Boardwalk" had actually been the lead single from the film in the US, but a big weepy film deserved a big weepy hit single and "Under The Boardwalk" would end up overshadowed by number 1 hit "Wind Beneath My Wings".
Originally recorded by The Drifters in 1964 (and only reaching number 62 locally, but number 4 in the US), "Under The Boardwalk" had also been released as a single two years earlier by Bruce Willis. Yep, the Die Hard actor included the song on his debut album, The Return Of Bruno, in 1987 and remarkably got to number 2 in the UK with his take on the soul classic.

Number 48 "Right Back Where We Started From" by Sinitta
Peak: number 7
Our third remake comes from a British singer whose previous biggest hit was the camp classic "So Macho" in 1986. Incidentally, in 2014, Sinitta covered another gay anthem, "So Many Men, So Little Time" - a song first released by her own mother, Miquel Brown in 1983. Anyway, getting back to, er, where we started from... "Right Back Where We Started From" was made famous by Maxine Nightingale in 1975 and became a number 4 hit in Australia early the following year. Sinitta's PWL-produced update was a fairly faithful rendition, which not only gave her the biggest single of her career in Australia but returned her to the UK top 10 for a fourth and final time.

Number 45 "Love Dimension" by Kate Ceberano
Peak: number 14
With "Bedroom Eyes" getting no closer to hitting the number 1 spot, Kate Ceberano shifted focus to the second single from the upcoming Brave album - but it wouldn't even manage to make it into the top 10. I always thought "Love Dimension" was an odd choice to follow up "Bedroom Eyes", especially when Kate had much more commercial songs up her sleeve. Don't get me wrong, I like "Love Dimension" - it just seems like a fourth or fifth single, or a great album track. Surely now would have been the time to release the rousing "Brave", which instead had to wait to be single number three (and then share the glory with "Young Boys Are My Weakness").

Number 42 "Bamboléo" by Gipsy Kings
Peak: number 19
Given how ubiquitous their brand of flamenco-inspired world music would become in 1989, it's amazing that I had completely forgotten about Gipsy Kings until putting together this post. The song that really got the world stamping their feet along in time was "Bamboléo", which had originally been released back in 1987 in France. A couple of years later, the group, who actually sang in Spanish, became big stars in Australia, where their self-titled third album became among the year's highest selling. Like the last big foreign-language hit on the ARIA top 50 (1987's "La Bamba"), "Bamboléo" was one of those songs everyone loved to sing along to - even though most people had no idea what the words were.

Number 39 "Rip Rip Woodchip" by John Williamson
Peak: number 39
Hot on the heels of "Nature's Lament" and "If A Tree Falls" comes this third environmentally friendly single to feature on the chart in some capacity in recent weeks. Performed by country legend John Williamson, the anti-logging song was quite clear in its stance and, as such, provoked the ire of those in the business of deforestation. Indeed, the track made a much bigger impact than this peak position would suggest - who didn't know the refrain "rip, rip woodchip, turn it into paper"? - and no doubt helped John score his first chart-topping album when Warragul was released in October.

Listen to this week's new entries on my Spotify playlist of all the top 50 hits from 1989:

Next week: a remix of a classic Australian synthpop track from the early '80s plus the return of a '70s band with their first studio album in nine years. Before then, 2006 is up in my journey through my favourite songs from years past.

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