This Week In 1988: November 20, 1988
Originally posted as 25 Years Ago This Week in 2013. Updated in 2018.
Second albums are meant to be difficult, but as we'll see from the songs which made their debut on the ARIA chart this week in 1988, that's not always the case.
In fact, while one artist achieved one of their best chart positions with the lead single from their second album, the other act had been having great difficulty getting off and running with their first album.
Unfortunately, Bobby McFerrin was having no difficulty at all hanging on to the number 1 position on the singles chart this week in 1988 with "Don't Worry Be Happy". It was only his second week on top and I'd already had more than enough of the song.
Off The Chart
Number 99 "Check This Out" by LA Mix
Peak: number 99
British dance trio LA Mix hit the UK top 10 with this "Pump Up The Volume"-style sample-laden track, but Australia mostly decided not to, er, check the song out.
Number 97 "I'll Always Love You" by Taylor Dayne
Peak: number 86
Her previous two dance-pop singles had done well locally, but this Grammy-nominated big ballad, which out-performed "Tell It To My Heart" and "Prove Your Love" in the US, flopped here.
Peak: number 83
The debut single from this band of ex-Split Enz members, "Whisper", had almost reached the top 50, but this follow-up firmly suggested Schnell Fenster weren't going to be anywhere near as successful.
Peak: number 48
Here's the debut act who'd been struggling to get the ball rolling with a series of quite excellent singles from debut album Let It Bee not achieving the type of success they should have. "I Say Nothing", "I Walk The Earth" and now "Don't Call Me Baby" all floundered on the ARIA chart. In the UK, "Don't Call Me Baby" was the song to finally give VOTB a top 20 placement, resulting in re-releases of the previous two singles. The VOTB story wasn't over in Australia - but it would be a three-year wait for the next chapter. Two videos exist for this song - there's a link to one in the song title above and the other is below.
Number 19 "Touch" by Noiseworks
Peak: number 12
Meanwhile, with this first single from the album of the same name, Noiseworks found themselves back in the top 20 for the first time since "Take Me Back". Three singles had been released from debut album Noiseworks since then - "Love Somebody", "Welcome To The World" and "Burning Feeling" - but all had missed the mark. I've made the point before that Noiseworks was one of those bands that sold lots of albums rather than landing big hit singles, but here they showed they could do both. The album Touch (their second LP) would reach the top 5, while "Touch" the single would give the band one of their highest singles chart positions.
Listen to this week's new entries on my Spotify playlist of all the top 50 hits from 1988:
Yep, that's it for this week - short and sweet. But, rest assured, there are a lot more songs to talk about in seven days' time.