Thursday, 13 December 2012

25 Years Ago This Week: December 13, 1987

I don't know what was happening 25 years ago this week, but after mostly excellent charts all year, things really died down coming in to Christmas. Not only were there not many new entries, but those songs that were debuting weren't songs that would really set the charts ablaze.

John Cougar Mellencamp enjoyed the biggest new hit of a slow week

That said, the rest of the top 50 was chock full of memorable tracks - so maybe it was a case of there being no room at the inn for latecomers.

ARIA Top 50 Single Chart - week ending December 13, 1987


Single Of The Week
"Still Of The Night" by Whitesnake
Another week, another Whitesnake single. With "Is This Love" and "Here I Go Again" both earning themselves bullets for jumping up seven places each this week, EMI added another track from the band's self-titled album into the mix. Seems Australia only had so much interest in Whitesnake songs, though, with this track missing the top 100 entirely - and listening to it now, it's easy to see why. Compared to the other two radio-friendly singles, this song had a harder, less commercial sound - and was even a bit '70s-inspired. Plus, at well over six minutes, it kind of went on a bit. The video is worth checking out to see another appearance by token babe Tawny Kitaen (not her real name), who ended up marrying singer David Coverdale.




Breaker
"Wipeout" by The Fat Boys
Peak: number 65
By 1987, rap music hadn't produced many major hits in Australia - and it was more likely for a novelty record like the horrendous "Holiday Rap" to gain attention than landmark tracks of the time like LL Cool J's "I Need Love" or Run DMC's "It's Tricky". Another song that was on the comedy end of the rap spectrum was this remake of the 1963 hit by The Surfaris, which added the hip-hop trio's rap over the surf rock instrumental - and even featured The Beach Boys on backing vocals. "Wipeout" was a decent-sized hit overseas, but not in Australia. Bigger things (no pun intended) were to come for The Fat Boys with another classic cover, this time of "The Twist", in 1988.




New Entries
Number 47 "Dance Little Sister" by Terence Trent D'Arby
Peak: number 41
As much as I loved singles "Wishing Well" and "If You Let Me Stay" from Terence in 1987, I never quite warmed to this follow-up. It appears that the Australian public felt the same way, since "Dance Little Sister" didn't get much higher than this debut position. Thankfully, it wasn't over for the singer just yet, since "Sign Your Name" was still to be lifted from his debut album.




Number 45 "Cherry Bomb" by John Cougar Mellencamp
Peak: number 20
Single number two from The Lonesome Jubillee was another top 20 success for JCM - but only just. Whereas "Paper In Fire" had been a good time rock track, "Cherry Bomb" was a more sedate affair, with a real country feel to it. Surprisingly, I liked it - and it still sounds pretty good today.




Next week, we'll take a look at the final weekly ARIA chart for 1987 and what were Australia's biggest sellers for the year. Before then, I'll conclude my countdown of my favourite tracks from 1989.


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