Thursday, 15 November 2012

25 Years Ago This Week: November 15, 1987

It's always disappointing when you like a music act and they go and do something really awful. That's what happened 25 years ago this week when the first single from a new album by Eurythmics landed on the chart.

A scary Annie Lennox from 25 years ago this week

I'm often the last person to jump off an artist's bandwagon, buying their seventh and eighth albums long after everyone else has moved on to something new, but sometimes even I give up on an artist I've long enjoyed. Another case in point: MDNA.

ARIA Top 50 Singles Chart - week ending November 15, 1987

This week we have a trio of new entries to remember - and one third of this week's single of the week to discuss (spoiler alert: the other two songs by Wax and Sinitta end up making the top 50).

Single of the week
"Jive Talkin'" by Boogie Box High
Peak: number 82
It had everything going for it: a cover of a Bee Gees disco classic, a "secret" vocal by man of the moment George Michael... OK, that was about it. Even so, it's a little surprising this single didn't perform better in Australia. In the UK, it had been a number 7 hit for the man behind BBH, George's cousin, Andros Georgiou. George's contribution went uncredited since this track came out on a different record label - and we all know how troublesome George's own label, Epic Records, were to deal with!

New entries
Number 50 "Animal" by Def Leppard
Peak: number 46
Last week we had Whitesnake, this week it's fellow Brit rockers Def Leppard making an appearance with the first (or second, depending where you lived) single from the mammoth Hysteria album. Either way, "Animal" was the first song to strike a chord with the heavy metal-loving public. It would only reach number 46 in Australia (popping in and out of the top 50 over the next few weeks), but, unlike other lead single "Women", it got people excited about the group's return following a long hiatus in which drummer Rick Allen recovered from the car accident that resulted in the amputation of his left arm. Better singles were to follow, including "Pour Some Sugar On Me" and "Love Bites", which had big choruses I could not ignore, but "Animal" was a nice start.

Number 45 "Adultery" by Do-Re-Mi
Peak: number 27
I never really got Do-Re-Mi. They were a bit too quirky and Melbourne for my taste. After all, they once had a single called "King Of Moomba", named after the annual festival held in the city. Even their top 5 debut single, "Man Overboard", left me a little bit cold. Listening to this track now, I'm still not overly excited by it. I didn't have to worry about Do-Re-Mi for much longer, though, with the band splitting in 1988 and Deborah Conway going on to a briefly successful solo career (of which 1991 single "Under My Skin" was a highlight).

Number 35 "Beethoven (I Love To Listen To)" by Eurythmics
Peak: number 13
I could not stand this song. Sorry, I just had to get that off my chest. I hated the music, the video freaked me out and I thought Eurythmics had completely lost the plot. Annie Lennox's barking mad turn in the clip only served to convince me of that. It would seem, though, that a lot of people disagreed with me since this first single from the Savage album did quite well on the Australian chart. Yet, after being singles chart fixtures for the previous few years, it was all about to come down in a crashing heap for the duo, with only one more top 20 hit to come locally (1989's "Revival"). I maintain that this was the beginning of the end.

Next up, I'll continue my trip through my favourites for 1988 with the top 50 still to come. Then, this time next week, seven (count 'em!) big new entries on the ARIA chart to recap.

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  1. I agree Gav, "Beethoven (I Love to Listen To)" is pretty shithouse.

  2. "The Miracle of Love" was their last good song. :(

    1. I liked "You Have Placed A Chill..." but their 87-89 output was nowhere near as good as earlier in the decade.

  3. I didn't discover 'Beethoven' until 2002, which is odd, considering I knew all of Eurythmics' other charting single in Oz around the time they were released, and even the follow-up flops from 'Savage'.

    I like it, though the video probably helps, as it's not much of a 'song' (in the conventional sense) in its own right. I love the 'housewife' Annie, and when the crazy drag queen Annie trashes the house. It was quite a bold move as the first release from a new album, and a stark contrast from the radio-friendly stadium-rock of 'Revenge'.