This Week In 1987: August 2, 1987
Originally posted as 25 Years Ago This Week in 2012. Updated in 2017.
The festival of "Locomotion" is about to come to an end, with the arrival of Kylie Minogue's debut single on the ARIA top 50 this week in 1987.
We'll get to where it entered the chart later (or you can cheat and look at the printout below), but I think it's safe to say we all know it would go on to enjoy an extended run at number 1.
Before "Locomotion" got to the top, The Party Boys would spend two weeks at number 1 with "He's Gonna Step On You Again". This week in 1987 was the first of those.
Off The Chart
Number 100 "Borrowed Ground" by John Schumann
Peak: number 91
With his Redgum days behind him, singer John Schumann embarked on a solo career, which got off to a slow start with this single from forthcoming album Etched In Blue.
Peak: number 96
A third and final top 100 appearance by the Davids. The most interesting thing about this song is the presence of a skimpy outfitted stripper in the music video - pun intended, right?
Number 91 "Maybe Tomorrow" by The Black Sorrows
Peak: number 91
Further proving that the move to original songs had been a wise choice for The Black Sorrows, this cover of the 1981 Mink Deville single failed to match the top 50 success of "Daughters Of Glory".
In case you were wondering, there is logic behind which breakers I talk about. Each week, I look at any song making its first appearance as a breaker that didn't go on to reach the top 50. Obviously, we'll get to the singles that did become top 50 hits in due course.
Peak: number 54
I was actually surprised to look back and discover this song didn't make the top 50. Gloria and pals had charted previously as just Miami Sound Machine with songs like "Conga" and "Dr Beat", but in a move which would've made Diana Ross proud, "Rhythm..." was the first track credited to Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine, before the MSM bit would be dropped altogether in 1989.
Peak: number 59
Now here is a song I have absolutely no recollection of - at least, not this version of the Bill Haley rock'n'roll classic,anyway. A quick bit of internet searching reveals Dr Feelgood is a British group with one of those constantly changing line-ups (and apparently they're still around today). Not being a fan of this style of music, I'll move swiftly on.
Number 47 "Seven Wonders" by Fleetwood Mac
Peak: number 23
After the Lindsay Buckingham-fronted "Big Love", Stevie Nicks took the lead for Tango In The Night's second release, "Seven Wonders", which would inevitably end up as a tourism jingle years later. It'd be Christine McVie's turn in the spotlight next, with the Mac's other female member singing lead on subsequent single "Little Lies". Guess they always did like to share the love around.
Peak: number 7
It was a big week for cover versions. In fact, the late '80s were positively awash with remakes and it's something I miss about music today - there's nothing better than a timely and inspired cover. The original was released in 1963 by an artist I've never heard of called Jackie DeShannon but was a hit shortly after for The Searchers. This version by Paul (who sang with Ace, Squeeze and Mike + The Mechanics) would end up being a much bigger hit in Australia than in the US or UK. The clip I remember is below, but you can watch an alternate video by clicking on the song title.
Number 44 "Sally" by Carmel
Peak: number 39
In 1987, I was a big fan of this song - and the wacky wake video - and finally tracked it down online many years later since I didn't buy it at the time. In fact, I didn't buy that much music in 1987, especially not 7" singles, which my mother assured me I wouldn't listen to after a few months. If only she knew! Anyway, turns out Carmel was not only the name of the blonde singer of this track, but also the name of the band she fronted. "Sally" was their sole chart appearance.
Peak: number 15
I have a love/hate relationship with Mental As Anything. For every "You're So Strong" that I like, there's a "Live It Up" which gets on my nerves. "If You Leave Me Can I Come Too": tick. "Working For The Man": cross. And the thing that annoyed me most about the band was their zany antics and constant clowning around like it was all some big joke. This single from the Mouth To Mouth album was one I wasn't so keen on, but what do I know, since it did quite well.
Number 10 "Locomotion" by Kylie Minogue
Peak: number 1
Here she is, debuting in the top 10, which was a much rarer feat than it is these days. In fact, only one song would debut higher - "Bad" by Michael Jackson at number 9 in October - for the remainder of 1987. In two weeks, "Locomotion" would be firmly entrenched in the top spot, where it would stay for seven weeks. It would end up as the year's biggest single and also my top song for the year.
Listen to this week's new entries on my Spotify playlist of all the top 50 hits from 1987:
Next week: two of my all-time favourite artists hit the top 50 with their latest singles and we'll take a look at what was happening over on the albums chart in August 1987. Before that, I'll carry on counting down my own personal charts with my favourites from 1982.