|George Michael explores monogamy|
There’s not much point going through the full top 50 again - you can click on the chart below for a look at the rundown. But I thought it'd be fun to talk about that week’s breakers and the three new entries to crack the main chart.
|ARIA Top 50 Singles Chart - week ending July 12, 1987|
Each week, five songs that hadn't sold quite enough copies to make it into the top 50 were listed as “breakers”. I’m not sure – and somebody will no doubt be able to help me out here – whether they were the biggest jumps inside the top 100 or whether they were the next five songs moving upwards just outside the top 50.
Either way, it was a great way to discover new tunes, especially since many breakers didn’t wind up earning a play on Take 40 Australia. I'd often go into my local Brashs store and ask the staff to play me the songs I'd seen as breakers. They must have hated me, especially since I only ever bought a fraction of the records I asked to hear - but hey, pocket money only stretched so far.
This week's breakers included:
"Celebration Rap" by M.C. Miker "G" & Deejay Sven
Peak: number 51
Peak: number 51
Of course, not every breaker was a winner. Last week, I derided the Dutch duo's godawful "Holiday Rap" - and thankfully, the Australian public saw enough sense to not let this follow-up (which, similarly, bastardised Kool & The Gang's "Celebration" and Sister Sledge's "We Are Family") into the top 50. It eventually stalled perilously close to becoming a proper hit at number 51 - more than high enough.
Peak: number 58
And now for some decent Euro dance. I still have the 12" single of this Italo disco classic, which was reasonably similar in style to the much more successful Michael Bow song, "Love And Devotion". I'm not sure quite what had overcome the normally rock-oriented music buying public - but it was a good sign that songs like this were finding an audience, even if that audience could only propel it to number 58.
Number 48 “Shakedown” by Bob Seger
Peak: number 9
Peak: number 9
He would wind up having one of the year's biggest hits with "Old Time Rock 'n' Roll", a re-release from 1984 which at that stage was still outside the top 50, but for my money, this track from the Beverly Hills Cop 2 soundtrack was way better. Although this and "I Want Your Sex" were both taken from the film's soundtrack, the album was nowhere near as successful as the soundtrack to the first movie, which of course featured "The Heat Is On", "Neutron Dance" and "Axel F".
Number 42 “City Flat” by Boom Crash Opera
Peak: number 42
Number 31 “I Want Your Sex” by George Michael
Peak: number 2
Even at the time, I wasn't sure what the fuss was all about. Lyrically, if "I Want Your Sex" encourages anything, it's responsible love making. As for the racy video, sure, the lingerie, writhing limbs, and blindfold play between George and then-girlfriend Kathy Jeung were titillating, but it hardly felt R-rated (for our international guests, that's restricted to 18 and over). Even as a 12-year-old, it didn't feel like anything I hadn't seen before.
Possibly the problem more conservative types had with the song was that it was so brazen, and not a coy or overly romanticised approach to sex. Of course, being banned has never hurt a song's chart success before (see also: "Relax" by Frankie Goes To Hollywood, "Ebeneezer Goode" by The Shamen) and George quickly ascended to the runners-up spot in Australia, and similar heights around the world.