06 February 2020

Week commencing 6 February 1989

These days, it's not that unusual for album tracks to chart if they're from a new album released by a popular artist.  Back in late 80s, the charts were the exclusive domain of proper singles, with the occasional EP or double A-side.  Flop singles that weren't later re-released in the hope of becoming hits the second time around would sometimes get a second lease of life by being recycled as B-sides for later singles.  One such track debuts in the top 150 this week.

Sinéad O'Connor had to make do with modest chart peaks before conquering the world in 1990.

Top 150 debuts:

Number 115 "World to Me" by Huey Lewis & The News
Peak: number 113
Peak date: 13 February 1989
Weeks in top 150: 7 weeks
Weeks on chart: 7 weeks

The third consecutive single release by Huey Lewis & The News to contain the word "world" in its title, 'World to Me' followed the number 22-peaking "Perfect World", and "Small World", which failed to chart at all in Australia.  I suspect that the latter probably bubbled under, if the chart had gone further than number 100.  We will next see Huey Lewis & The News in 1991.

Number 131 "Quit This Joint" by Martin Kaye
Peak: number 131
Peak date: 6 February 1989
Weeks in top 150: 1 week

When I wrote this post, the video embedded below (which isn't a music video or live performance) had received just 19 views on YouTube since its upload in September 2017.  From that, I can conclude that Martin was Australian, not widely known, and not remembered too well.  He doesn't even have a page on discogs.com.  Googling "martin kaye" "quit this joint" yields a grand total of three search results.  I assume that this post will become the fourth!

Number 139 "Want My Love" by Jabulani
Peak: number 131
Peak date: 20 March 1989
Weeks in top 150: 9 weeks

Unfortunately, I can't tell you much about this one, as it's not on YouTube, and I can't find it anywhere to listen to online.  I can post the single sleeve, though, which I have done below.  They may be a South African group.

Number 142 "Talk to Your Daughter" by Robben Ford
Peak: number 108
Peak date: 27 February 1989
Weeks in top 150: 9 weeks

I was expecting this to be a female artist, going by the name.  The sleeve below and higher-register-for-a-man voice didn't make it clearer to me, but wikipedia tells me that Robben is indeed a man.  It also tells me that he has collaborated with lots of big, important artists - everyone from George Harrison, to Joni Mitchell, and even Rick Springfield and Kiss!

Number 145 "Walk on Water" by Eddie Money
Peak: number 126
Peak date: 20 February 1989
Weeks in top 150: 8 weeks
Weeks on chart: 9 weeks

The recently-departed Eddie Money didn't have a whole lot of chart success in Australia, with 1978's "Baby Hold On" (number 19) being his only top 40 hit.  The closest he came again was in 1986 with "Take Me Home Tonight" (number 46).  Eddie would be back with another top 150 'hit' next year.

Number 148 "Jump in the River" by Sinéad O'Connor
Peak: number 134
Peak date: 10 April 1989
Weeks in top 150: 7 weeks
Weeks on chart: 9 weeks

Sinéad had her first taste of Oz chart success in 1988 with "Mandinka", but follow-up single "I Want Your (Hands on Me)" failed to chart.  Released locally on 12 December 1988, 'Jump in the River' didn't appear on the first chart that extended beyond number 150, last week.  Sinéad was quite prolific with side-projects such as soundtracks and duets during this era, and this track was lifted from the Married to the Mob soundtrack - coincidentally, the same album from which the Debbie Harry track that debuted last week was taken.  "Jump in the River" was included on Sinéad's second album, over a year later.  'Jump in the River' was also used as the B-side for her 1990 mega-hit, "Nothing Compares 2 U".

Sinéad will join us next in 1990.

Number 149 "Twins" by Philip Bailey/Little Richard
Peak: number 116
Peak date: 6 March 1989
Weeks in top 150: 6 weeks

From the soundtrack to the 1988 movie of the same name, starring Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger, this track has that classic mid-late 80s 'soundtrack' sound to it.

Next week (13 February): there are unusually no new top 150 debuts for singles peaking within the 101-150 region of the chart!  There are, however, three bubbling WAY down under entries to write about.

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  1. "Jump In The River" is a great song. I thought it did first appear on a film soundtrack, some movie to do with the 'mob' (hence the gunshot sound at the start?).

    1. You are right, Pete. I clearly didn't search discogs.com too widely, as I see now it appeared on the 'Married to the Mob' soundtrack - coincidentally, the same album from which Debbie Harry's 'Liar, Liar' (a debut on 30 January 1989) is taken from. Oops. I shall update the post now.

  2. Martin Kaye is definitely Australian, he is from the Central Coast in NSW. "Quit This Joint" is from the album "Take A Closer Look" (1989). Details can be found on his webpage: https://www.martinkaye.net/music

  3. Jabulani were an Australian act, originally from South Africa. Moved to Australia in 1986, performing at clubs across Melbourne.

    https://worldradiohistory.com/Archive-All-Music/Billboard/90s/1992/Billboard-1992-07-25.pdf page 18

  4. Hello,

    What was the Peak Date for these songs:

    "World to Me" by Huey Lewis & The News

    "Want My Love" by Jabulani

    "Talk to Your Daughter" by Robben Ford

    "Walk on Water" by Eddie Money

    "Jump in the River" by Sinéad O'Connor

    "Twins" by Philip Bailey/Little Richard

    Thank you.

    1. I aim to go back and add the peak dates for my 1989 top 150 chart recap posts - when I get the inclination

  5. Thanks mate. Looking forward when you get the chance.

    1. Updated now with peak dates. Will add them for the remaining February 1989-August 1989 posts soon.

  6. As is often the case with my posts - both Talk To Your Daughter and Walk On Water's peaks would have something to do with both peaking in the lower ranges of the South Australia Top 40. Robben Ford, in particular, was heavily played on SA-FM (then the #1 station in Adelaide by a long way).


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