The way to 'get real' in the late 80s was apparently to frolic around in the desert.
Number 132 "Get Real" by Paul Rutherford
Peak: number 132
Weeks in top 150: 1 week
Ex-Frankie Goes to Hollywood member Paul Rutherford launched his solo "career" with this track. I say "career" in inverted commas as it didn't really take off. This track peaked at number 47 in the UK back in October 1988, which is as good it got for solo Paul Rutherford on the chart. I am rather partial to the even less-successful follow-up (as is often the case for me) - a cover version of Chic's "I Want Your Love", which did not chart at all in Australia, sadly. Both tracks were produced by Mark White and Martin Fry, who were the sole remaining members of ABC by this point. Paul's more vocally-gifted former band mate Holly Johnson, of course performed much better with his solo debut, although his solo career was also short-lived.
Number 136 "Wholly Humble Heart" by Martin Stephenson & The Daintees
Peak: number 136
Weeks in top 150: 6 weeks
Like Paul Rutherford, this single flopped in the UK in 1988 - peaking at number 81 in August 1988. Ah, the days when it took six months for something to finally get released in Australia... The album did better in the UK, though, peaking at number 39. While not exactly immediate, this song has a rather pleasant vibe, I think.
Number 142 "Cryin'" by Vixen
Peak: number 111
Weeks in top 150: 11 weeks
Weeks on chart: 11 weeks
Serving this week's most 80s hair-dos, Vixen's biggest hit (number 22) in their native America had to settle for a peak outside the top 100 in Australia; although it peaked at number 76 on the rival Australian Music Report chart (what's 45 positions' difference here or there, eh?). Vixen will join us again in August.
Number 145 "Honey Be Good" by The Bible
Peak: number 144
Weeks in top 150: 4 weeks
Another one that performed much better on the Australian Music Report singles chart is this one, which peaked at number 87 on it, while number 144 is all it could muster on the ARIA chart. Despite that, it did spend four non-consecutive weeks hovering between numbers 144 and 147, with one week apiece spent at 144, 145, 146 and 147! Oddly, this one did not enter the band's native UK chart until August 1989, where it peaked at number 54. Quite a nice, if not spectacular, song.
Number 149 "Blueprint" by Rainbirds
Peak: number 149
Weeks in top 150: 3 weeks
Now here's a spectacular song - or so I think. I discovered this one last year, via a 'song contest' (where you submit a song that didn't chart so well, if at all, by an obscure-ish artist) on a pop forum. Rainbirds are a German band, and this single peaked at number 7 in their homeland in February 1988. It also performed much better on the Australian Music Report chart, where it peaked at number 96. On the ARIA chart, the single interestingly spent three non-consecutive weeks at number 149!
Number 150 "The Big Picture" by The Pony
Peak: number 125
Weeks in top 150: 6 weeks
The Pony were a short-lived Australian band, going by their brief bio on discogs.com. This song is pleasant with a catchy chorus, though is not what I'd normally listen to. It sounds like it might have done better if released in about 1993.
Next week (3 April): A mere four new entries, including... some Christian metal and a duet with a (then) recently-deceased singer. Don't forget, you can also follow my posts on facebook.
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