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This Week In 1990: February 4, 1990

Second chances don't come along that often - but this week in 1990, several songs were given another opportunity to become hits on the ARIA singles chart. As we'll see, only some of them did any better.

After testing the water in 1988, Michael Bolton (and his mullet) took up top 50 residency in 1990

The second chances came in a variety of ways - from reissues of previous singles to cover versions of songs that hadn't been hits for the original acts to a couple of releases by the same artist that were given a simultaneous boost up the chart.

At the number 1 spot on the top 50 this week in 1990 - The B-52's held off yet another single as Black Box's "Ride On Time" became the latest track stuck at number 2 behind "Love Shack" (following "I Feel The Earth Move" and "I Want That Man"). 

Off The Chart

Number 98 "Animal" by Def Leppard

Peak: number 83

It originally made number 46 in 1987, but surely after their more recent success with the Hysteria album, "Animal" would be a bigger hit now, right? Wrong.

Number 96 "(It's Just) The Way That You Love Me" by Paula Abdul

Peak: number 76

In the US, this had been Paula's second single in late 1988 (after "Knocked Out") and made number 88. A re-release took it all the way to number 3 there. In Australia, where I'm not sure if it had ever been released previously, it didn't fare so well.

Number 89 "Whatcha Gonna Do With My Lovin'" by Inner City

Peak: number 86

Not a re-release, but a remake - of Stephanie Mills' debut US hit from 1979. Unsurprisingly, it was another Inner City single to miss the top 50 here but the cover was the house duo's fifth UK top 20 hit.

Single Of The Week

"I'm Not The Man I Used To Be" by Fine Young Cannibals

Peak: number 109

This is pretty much the only song I can't squeeze into my second chances theme this week - and believe me, I tried to think of a way. Despite the promotion it received on this week's chart, the fourth single from The Raw & The Cooked (fifth, if you include "Ever Fallen In Love") became the album's first to miss the top 100 entirely. Easily the weakest single so far, "I'm Not The Man I Used To Be" should perhaps have been left as an album track.

New Entries

Number 46  "Warning!" by Adeva

Peak: number 38

Two things contributed to this single by American house singer Adeva finally hitting the chart after bouncing around the bottom half of the top 100 since November and looking like it had run out of steam around the new year. Firstly, "Warning!" was one of the tracks included in "Italo House Mix" by Rococo (which we saw debut last week) - no doubt prompting some people to seek out the original. Secondly, the follow-up single to "Warning!" was also making its way up the ARIA chart - and as we'd seen with Mel & Kim and Bon Jovi, and would see again with Alannah Myles, the success of the second single prompted the first to make a resurgence. What was the follow-up single to "Warning!"? I'm coming to that...

Number 44 "How Am I Supposed To Live Without You" by Michael Bolton

Peak: number 2

The first time this song was released in Australia, it had only reached number 46 for Laura Branigan. Six-and-a-half years later, Michael Bolton decided to record his own version of the ballad, giving it the full heart-wrenching treatment and watching it soar all the way to number 2. It was Michael's second cover version to make a splash on the ARIA chart - he reached number 3 in 1988 with an update of "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay" - but the difference this time was that he had actually co-written "How Am I Supposed..." during his pre-fame years as a songwriter for hire. Michael's version of the song topped the US chart but had to make do with the runners-up spot here, where it was stuck for four weeks behind another remake we'll see debut on the chart in two weeks.

Number 41 "I Thank You" by Adeva

Peak: number 30

Here she is again - the singer born Patricia Daniels who found success in the UK thanks to a string of club and chart hits that had started with a remarkable remake of "Respect". Interestingly, "Respect", "Warning!" and "I Thank You" all peaked at number 17 in the UK - while in Australia, the number 30 placement of "I Thank You" was as good as it got for Adeva. Like Inner City, Adeva couldn't sustain her initial burst of success in the UK and despite releasing some excellent tracks throughout the rest of the decade (including collaborations with Frankie Knuckles and Hyper Go Go), she mostly went under the radar. She made one more appearance on the ARIA top 50, though, which we'll see when we reach 1991.

Number 35 "Lambada" by Kaoma

Peak: number 5

I might be stretching things here, but since world music hit "Lambada" was actually a cover version, it also fits this week's second chance theme. Although, unlike the original releases and versions of the singles we've seen so far, I don't think the songs "Lambada" is based on would ever have been in contention to hit the ARIA chart. 

Songs plural? Yes, "Lambada" has a complicated backstory, since the Kaoma single incorporates elements from a 1981 Bolivian folk tune, a 1984 dance version of that tune (which was the first to feature the accordion riff) and a 1986 track which included a Portuguese translation of the lyrics. What's more, Kaoma used some of those elements without permission. Naturally, since "Lambada" was a multimillion-selling global smash hit that spawned a brief dance craze and even two rival movies, legal action ensued. 

There were no second chances as far as Kaoma's career was concerned and the group became the first one-hit wonder of the '90s on the Australian chart since follow-up "Dançando Lambada" sank without a trace.

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

Next week: a massive debut from one of Australia's biggest bands, plus two singers from the '70s kick on into the '90s.

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