|Those headphones, those glasses, that jacket... it can only be |
Linda from Womack & Womack
Of the five songs we'll look back on, four were not as big as the singles immediately preceding them, while the fifth is a song that was much more successful than any subsequent releases by the act in question.
|ARIA Top 50 Singles Chart - week ending December 4, 1988|
At number 1 this week in 1988 was another song that was more successful than anything else released by Bobby McFerrin. Yep, the awful "Don't Worry Be Happy" refused to move from the top, spending its fourth week as the nation's most popular single.
"Don't Walk Away" by Pat Benatar
Peak: number 61
One week after the arrival of Toni Childs' "Don't Walk Away" came a song of the exact same name by Pat Benatar, who'd just enjoyed one of the biggest singles of her lengthy career in the form of "All Fired Up", which had peaked at number 2. Pat's "Don't Walk Away" (which was a completely different song in all other respects to Toni's single) came nowhere near matching the chart peak of "All Fired Up", despite being, in my opinion, a much better track.
Number 50 "Teardrops" by Womack & Womack
Peak: number 2
Slipping into the very bottom of the top 50 is a song that would go on to spend four frustrating weeks in the runners-up spot at the other end of the chart. As I've mentioned before, I wasn't so enamoured with "Teardrops" at the time, but it has grown on me over the years. I'm not sure what didn't gel with me at first, but I suspect it had something to do with the blonde backing singer in the terrible headband, who used to really bug me for some reason. I know, it's not really a valid reason for not liking a song, but what can I say?
Number 47 "Shake Your Thang (It's Your Thing)" by Salt 'n' Pepa
Peak: number 47
Last week, I talked about the fact that "Push It" had been one of a select number of rap releases to crack the Australian top 50 in 1988 and Salt 'n' Pepa made it two from two with this follow-up, which sampled "It's Your Thing" by The Isley Brothers. However, "Shake Your Thang...", which appeared on the rap trio's second album, A Salt With A Deadly Pepa, only spent a solitary week on the ARIA singles chart and it wouldn't be until 1991 that the girls landed themselves another sizable hit in Australia. It was a different story in the US, with "Expression" selling over a million copies in 1990, and in the UK, where a cover of The Isley Brothers (them again)/The Beatles' "Twist And Shout" made the top 5 in 1988.
Number 33 "Fooled Again" by Pseudo Echo
Peak: number 33
What a mistake this change of direction was. For years, Australian band Pseudo Echo had proved the point that you didn't have to be a traditional pub rock band to score hits in this country. Between 1982 and 1986, they achieved no less than four top 10 hits, culminating in their chart-topping remake of "Funky Town". Guitars had sometimes featured on their records, but for 1988's comeback album, Race, the synthpop band completely rocked out (they even had the leather jackets to prove it) - and killed their career in the process. This lead single from the album actually has a good chorus, but it didn't sound like the Pseudo Echo the country knew and (previously) loved, and stalled at this entry position.
Number 29 "All I Do" by Daryl Braithwaite
Peak: number 23
Seventies heartthrob Daryl Braithwaite had made a victorious return to the chart with "As The Days Go By", which reached number 11 earlier in 1988, but this second single from his comeback album, Edge, more than doubled that placing. It's actually a pretty dull single so I'm not sure why, when they had the far superior "One Summer" up their sleeve, the record company bothered to release it. Surely the first week of December would have been the perfect time for "One Summer" to appear. Luckily, the relative failure of "All I Do" didn't ruin that song's chances - as we'll see in a couple of months' time.
Next week: 10 new entries on the top 50. Ten! Included among the debuts are a rock'n'roll supergroup, a remix of a 1970s classic and two of my favourite 1980s girl groups.
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