|ARIA Top 50 Singles Chart - week ending October 23, 1988|
Before we check out the two - yes, just two - new entries, there was cause for celebration with U2 dethroning Robert Palmer's "Simply Irresistible" from the number 1 spot. The Irish band would have to wait a couple more weeks for a number 1 album with Rattle & Hum, but last week's other returning band, Bon Jovi, went straight in at the top with New Jersey (while "Bad Medicine" shot up to number 4 on the singles chart).
Number 48 "Similar Features" by Melissa Etheridge
Peak: number 34
I have to say I was not a fan of this debut single by the singer/songwriter who'd end up having quite the career - but Australia was, giving Melissa her first top 40 hit anywhere in the world. In fact, "Similar Features" would only creep into the Billboard Hot 100 in April 1989, by which time Melissa was already a big success here.
Number 36 "Kiss 'n' Tell" by Chantoozies
Peak: number 25
This fourth and final single from their debut album would be Chantoozies' last top 50 appearance as an eight-piece. By the time they returned to the chart with a cover of "Love The One You're With" in 1991, the group had shrunk dramatically to just a trio: Eve von Bibra, Angie La Bozzetta and Ally Fowler, who was mostly absent from the "Kiss 'n' Tell" clip due, I believe, to illness on the day of the shoot.
Next week: the debut of my most hated song for 1988 (boo!), but it's made up for by three new hits from some of my favourite acts (hurray!).
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