Somewhat surprisingly, the Australian top 100 singles charts were a hit-free zone for Pretenders for almost 7 years, book-ended by two top ten hits - those being 1987's "Hymn to Her", and 1994's "I'll Stand by You". They did managed to 'bubble under' with this track, though, and with two more singles released in 1990. "Windows of the World" was recorded for the 1969 soundtrack.
This track is lifted from the Busted soundtrack, and was written by Phil Collins and Lamont Dozier. I remember seeing the video for this one on rage while waiting for the top 50 chart countdown to begin, early on a Saturday morning. This was the group's first Australian singles chart entry since "When She Was My Girl" peaked at number 54 in early 1982.
The first and only Australian singles chart entry for this Canadian rock band has a rather interesting back-story. The song was originally released as a single in 1983 - although I can find no evidence of it being released locally then. The band split in 1985, and after a radio station in the US began playing the song in late 1988, it was re-issued there (after having peaked at number 61 in 1983). It then went on to top the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in February 1989, despite having no music video. Another claim made about this song is that the note held at the end of it is the longest (19.3 second) note held by a male pop singer on record. Phew! As if all of that wasn't enough, two of the band's members went on to form part of Alias, who would score a hit in 1991 with "More Than Words Can Say".
Australia's Party Boys scored a big number one hit in 1987 with their version of "He's Gonna Step on You Again", but would have to settle for bubbling under the top 100 with this release, less than two years later. While it's not the sort of thing I normally listen to, I concede that the chorus is catchy. Despite peaking at number 107, this single spent 11 weeks in the 101-150 section of the chart.
A certain Scandinavian duo hailing from Sweden would conquer the Australian charts in 1989, but this duo, originating in Norway, couldn't manage to crack the top 140. It's a shame, really, as this is quite a good slice of infectious pop music that I hadn't heard before. I wonder who knew about it locally to snap up sufficient copies of it to dent the top 150? The duo had greater success in their homeland, where this reached number 4.
Despite forming in 1979, this was actually the Australian band's first taste of chart 'success'; albeit, at a rather modest level. They'll go on to visit the 101-150 section of the singles chart on no fewer than three other occasions in the coming three years.
This is another one I'd never heard of before. Buckwheat, born Stanley Dural, Jr., was an American accordionist. I say 'was', because he sadly passed in 2016. This track is a cover of a track by Eric Clapton's band Derek & The Dominoes, from 1970. Oddly, this version by Buckwheat Zydeco does not appear to have charted elsewhere - I've no idea why it 'charted' in Australia.
Another track I'd never heard before, though I was familiar with Shane via his massive hit with Goanna, 1982's "Solid Rock", and the handful of minor top 50 hits he had locally in 1990-1991. This release appears to have been his first solo single, and was the title track of his Back to the Track (number 111, March 1989) album.