|Crowded House were soon back at home at the top of the charts in 1988|
To mark the occasion, the weekly chart printout was given a makeover - and a fancy new logo and cleaner font revealed. Pretty, right?
|ARIA Top 50 Singles Chart - week ending June 26, 1988|
The Australian Music Report continued for another decade, and confusion about what chart position songs reached in the years between 1988 and 1998 is usually attributable to one or other chart being referred to. For the purposes of this blog, I'll be continuing to look at the ARIA chart, which was readily available in record stores.
Otherwise, it's business as usual, which was also the case at the top of the chart, with Cheap Trick spending another week (their fourth and final) at number 1 with "The Flame".
"Naughty Girls (Need Love Too)" by Samantha Fox
Peak: number 64
She really was a minx, wasn't she? Besides her fondness for brackets, Sam loved a saucy song title, but despite this song's semi-provocative name, "Naughty Girls" didn't manage a spot in the Australian top 50. Released as the final single from her second album, it did, however, become her highest-charting single in the US, reaching number 3 and beating debut hit "Touch Me (I Want Your Body)" by one spot. The track was produced by Full Force, who'd also been behind big US hits by Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam.
"All Right Now" by Pepsi & Shirlie
Peak: number 60
Here's another act who'd worked with producers Stock Aitken Waterman, but the production trio were nowhere near this cover of the 1970 rock classic by Free, which may explain its underwhelming chart performance around the world. The fourth single from the former Wham! backing singers, "All Right Now" was also the title of the duo's debut album - which was another sales disappointment.
"Stay On These Roads" by a-ha
Peak: number 56
In 1987, they'd been deemed big enough to record the theme to the latest Bond film, The Living Daylights, but in 1988, Norwegian pop trio a-ha started to struggle on the charts. This lead track from their third album of the same name did pretty well in Europe, but subsequent singles started to falter, despite tracks like "The Blood That Moves The Body", "You Are The One" and "Touchy!" being among their best singles of all time.
Number 50 "Lost In You" by Rod Stewart
Peak: number 23
Number 23? I don't remember this song at all! But, then again, I did try to block out Rod Stewart's music as much as possible during the latter part of the '80s. And the '90s. This was the first single from Rod's Out Of Order album, which also contained the singles "My Heart Can't Tell You No" and "Forever Young" (neither of which cracked the ARIA chart), and was co-produced by Duran Duran's Andy Taylor and Chic's Bernard Edwards (both also involved in The Power Station). That enough facts for you? Can we move on now?
Number 46 "Struggle Town" by Choirboys
Peak: number 28
Number 28? OK, I'll stop that now, but I'd also forgotten that Choirboys had another chart hit after "Run To Paradise" and "Boys Will Be Boys". Number 28 would be as high as the Aussie rock band would get on the chart for 16 years, when a Nick Skitz remix of their most famous hit, "Run To Paradise", got to number 16 in 2004.
Number 41 "The Valley Road" by Bruce Hornsby & The Range
Peak: number 36
The piano-led MOR band were back with their second album, Scenes From The Southside, and this was the lead single - another smash for them in the US. In Australia, it didn't fare so well, but the album did peak at number 11, so that's something. Despite appearances, the drummer in the clip is not Jack Nicholson, but doppelgänger band member John Molo.
Number 36 "Better Be Home Soon" by Crowded House
Peak: number 2
It took them a while to get going first time around, but Crowded House had much quicker success with this lead single from their second album, Temple Of Low Men, which spent four frustrating non-consecutive weeks stuck at number 2 behind "Got To Be Certain" and "Age Of Reason". While their previous ballad single, "Don't Dream It's Over", would remain their biggest US hit, "Better Be Home Soon" was easily their top Australian seller - with no subsequent single even entering the top 10 locally until 1996.
Number 34 "Don't Turn Around" by Aswad
Peak: number 34
I was just writing about this song the other day when I counted down my list of favourite tracks from 1994, which was the year Ace Of Base had a worldwide hit with their cover version. This reggae version of the Diane Warren track wasn't the original - Tina Turner had originally released the song as the B-side of 1986's "Typical Male" and it's a typically overblown pop/rock take on the tune. Aswad's decision to remake the song paid off - with their much lighter interpretation making it all the way to number 1 in the UK.
Number 25 "Together Forever" by Rick Astley
Peak: number 19
Back with his fourth hit in under a year and the final single from Whenever You Need Somebody, Rick took "Together Forever" to the top of the US Hot 100 and to number 2 in the UK. For the first few weeks of its chart run here, it had "(30 cm)" listed after the song title on the chart, which indicated it was, initially at least, selling more copies locally on 12" than 7".
Number 22 "Perfect Day" by Fischer Z
Peak: number 12
In a big week for new entries from some pretty well-known acts, this was probably the least likely song to be the highest debuting single, especially since Fischer Z hadn't had a top 20 hit since 1980. That was two more hits than they'd managed in their homeland of Britain, however, despite both this and "So Long" being classic pop tracks. Well done, Australia!
Next week: the arrival of a big hair metal band, as well as new songs by some other artists with big hair. It was the '80s, after all.
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