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This Week In 1990: March 18, 1990

Guess it would've been too much to expect another week like last week on the ARIA chart. After a flood of new entries into the top 50, only one single debuted this week in 1990. Oh, and three songs re-entered the chart as well. 

D*A*D: the Danish rock band that almost crossed over in Australia

At least the song that did breach the top 50 has some interesting things to say about it, otherwise this might be a very short post. In fact, given it was a double A-side release, there are double the amount of fun facts to mention!

There was nothing new to report at the top of the ARIA chart this week in 1990 as "Nothing Compares 2 U" kept Michael Bolton's "How Am I Supposed To Live Without You" stuck at number 2 for the second of what would be four weeks. Thank goodness for small mercies.

Off The Chart

Number 100 "Heart" by Neneh Cherry

Peak: number 91

The UK went with "Inna City Mama", but Australia (and the US) chose this track as Raw Like Sushi's fourth single. Unfortunately, neither option was very successful in its respective market.

Number 99 "Steady On" by Shawn Colvin

Peak: number 99

It would be six years before she'd crack the ARIA top 50, but in 1990, the American singer/songwriter poked her head into the top 100 with this debut single.

Number 93 "Can't Be Sure" by The Sundays

Peak: number 74

Another act - British indie band The Sundays - that'd finally crack the top 50 at the other end of the decade (in 1997) makes an appearance here with their debut single as well. 


"Girl Nation" by D*A*D

Peak: number 52

Here is one of those chart oddities - an act that does reasonably well in Australia seemingly out of nowhere. Actually, hard rock band D*A*D came from Denmark, and had been called Disneyland After Dark until the House Of Mouse got litigious. What made Australia's sudden interest in the four-piece - who were up to their third album, No Fuel Left For The Pilgrims, by this stage - all the more unusual was that "Girl Nation" was only one of two singles by the band on the top 100 at this point. Both it and "Sleeping The Day Away" (which was sitting at number 77 this week) bounced around the top 100 for months, neither managing to crack the top 50. But, you'll have to wait until July to see "Sleeping..." register as a breaker - and then with a bit of a surprise twist. Hopefully the anticipation won't prove too much!

New Entry

Number 44 "Sweet And Low / Kiss It Better" by Deborah Harry

Peak: number 30

Looked like Deborah Harry was suffering from a severe case of the Belinda Carlisles - that is, not being able to land more than one hit off any of her solo albums. Indeed, 1981's "Backfired" and 1986's "French Kissin' In The USA" had been the sole top 100 entries from their respective albums, KooKoo and Rockbird. Granted, this follow-up to "I Want That Man" did at least sneak into the top 30, but it was nowhere near as big a single (kind of like "I Get Weak" compared to "Heaven Is A Place On Earth"). 

Deborah co-wrote the first half of the double A-side single with Toni C (who'd also penned Whitney Houston's "Love Will Save The Day") and it was remixed for the single release by PWL's Phil Harding, which should've got me excited, but didn't really. On the flip side, "Kiss It Better" was another track from Def, Dumb & Blonde written by two-thirds of Thompson Twins (who, coincidentally, we saw on this week's flashback to 1985).

Listen to this week's new entries on my Spotify playlist of all the top 50 hits from 1990:

Next week: yet another lip-synced dance track hits the chart in a big way, plus a song from a hotly tipped new Aussie pop/rock band... that didn't quite live up to expectations.

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