This Week In 1988: October 9, 1988
Originally posted as 25 Years Ago This Week in 2013. Updated in 2018.
Last New Year's Eve, I ended up playing a board game version of music quiz TV show Spicks & Specks (yep, I know how to party) and one of the question topics involved cover versions. Unlike on the show, there was no drawing involved — instead, a song title was provided and you had to state whether the song was a remake or an original.
I say all this because the highest new entry on the ARIA chart this week in 1988 is a song often forgotten to be a cover since the original version was a rather obscure track. I'm not sure whether the song in question was part of the game, but it would have been a good one to include.
At the top of the chart this week in 1988, Robert Palmer was still number 1 with "Simply Irresistible", but right behind him at number 2 was another song that's often forgotten to be a remake: "All Fired Up" by Pat Benatar.
Off The Chart
Number 86 "Find My Love" by Fairground Attraction
Peak: number 86
Number 80 "Soul Searching" by Little River Band
Peak: number 70
Their previous single had only entered the top 100 five weeks earlier but although this third release from Monsoon hung around the chart longer, it didn't give LRB another hit.
Peak: number 55
This track popped up as a Single Of The Week a few charts back, but no matter how much promotion Melbourne band Go 101 received, they couldn't quite break through. I seem to remember a free cassette featuring the laidback funk-lite track being given away with Smash Hits at some point.
Number 49 "Hold On To Me" by The Black Sorrows
Peak: number 41
While Go 101 probably struggled because much of Australia still favoured rock music, there was no such excuse for this band, who were as Aussie rock as you can get. Admittedly, "Hold On To Me" was a bit more folksy than other tracks that the band led by Joe Camilleri would release. Indeed, it wouldn't be until truckin' anthem "Chained To The Wheel" that the group would land a big hit.
Number 48 "Serpentine" by Kings Of The Sun
Peak: number 48
The first of three songs that would get no further than their entry position, "Serpentine" was the first hit by pub rockers Kings Of The Sun, who'd released their previous single, "Bottom Of My Heart", two years earlier. I don't really remember this track at all, but I do recall the follow-up, "Black Leather", receiving constant play on late-night MTV alongside other clips featuring scantily clad women like Alice Cooper's "Poison". Despite that, it didn't make the top 50 at all.
Number 45 "Superstitious" by Europe
Peak: number 45
And, I'd completely forgotten that Europe had managed another chart appearance after "The Final Countdown" and "Rock The Night". This first single from the Out Of This World album hit number 1 across Scandinavia, but only scraped into the US and UK top 40, and the top 50 here. Listening to it again now, I can see why it wasn't as big as their previous hits (which, in America, also included power ballad "Carrie") although the chorus is still reasonably catchy.
Peak: number 44
A few weeks back, when I looked at the ARIA albums chart, I mentioned this blues performer as one of a handful of artists who had hit albums without top 50 singles. Well, here he is just to prove me wrong — although, technically, the album was a success before the single. The album would also reach the top 20, whereas this was as high as the title track got.
Peak: number 2
So, here's the cover version — which would have come as no surprise to anyone who's seen my personal 1988 countdown. Or, who recognised Yazz in the picture above (or got my lame caption clue). Already on its was to being one of the year's highest-selling singles in the UK, this version of the 1980 song by Otis Clay turned the soul track into a pumping house tune. In many ways, though, Yazz's version is fairly faithful to the original — especially its exuberant feel. One thing the singer born Yasmin Evans did change was the line "for me and you now" to "for you and me now", which, despite being such a minor change, really stands out when you listen to the original.
Listen to this week's new entries on my Spotify playlist of all the top 50 hits from 1988:
Next week: a bonanza of breakers and new entries — by everyone from a notorious glamour model to two of the biggest rock groups in the world at the time.