06 March 2020

Week commencing 6 March 1989

Sometimes, a new act looks like they're going to become the next big thing.  Other times, an act who looks like they're destined to become a one-hit-wonder turn out to have a more-enduring career, even if the immediate follow-ups aren't as successful.  'Success' is a relative term, and this week we see both types of acts among the new entries, as well as one act tempting fate by naming their single 'Success', and another titling their flop single 'The Big One'.  Oh, the irony!  We also see a future recording star who went on to considerable success getting her first break as a back-up dancer... in one of this week's new entries!

One of these women went on to have the biggest-selling single of 2000 in Australia.
 
 
Debuts:

Number 113 "Get Up Everybody (Get Up)"/"Twist and Shout" by Salt 'N' Pepa
Peak: number 111
Peak date: 13 March 1989
Weeks in top 150: 5 weeks 
Weeks on chart: 8 weeks

This double A-side single became Salt 'N' Pepa's second top five hit in the UK, but in Australia, it became their first release to miss the top 100.  It seemed, to me, as though Salt 'N' Pepa were destined to become one-hit wonders in Australia, with "Push It" - of course, that was proved wrong in 1991.  I caught their cover of "Twist and Shout" on rage a couple of times in early 1989, while waiting for the top 50 chart rundown to begin, but didn't hear the other A-side until the early 2010s.  Anastacia, who would go on to have her own recording career, got an early break as one of the female backing dancer ensemble in the video - you'll be able to spot her with her trademark glasses on.

On the state charts, "Get Up Everybody (Get Up)"/"Twist and Shout" performed strongest in Western Australia, where it reached number 75.

We will see Salt 'N' Pepa again in 1990.


 
Number 123 "The Big One" by Black
Peak: number 123
Peak dates: 6 March 1989 and 27 March 1989
Weeks in top 150: 6 weeks
Weeks on chart: 8 weeks

Colin Vearncombe, aka Black, scored a decent-sized, belated hit in Australia in 1988 with "Wonderful Life".  Other, earlier-released overseas singles "Sweetest Smile" and "Everything's Coming Up Roses" failed to give Black a second hit down under when issued after the success of "Wonderful Life".  This track, the lead single from his second album, Comedy, peaked outside the top 50 in the UK, and was another to miss the top 100 in Australia.  A 'big one' it wasn't.

 

Number 144 "Baby Baby" by Eighth Wonder
Peak: number 113
Peak date: 27 March 1989
Weeks in top 150: 9 weeks
Weeks on chart: 11 weeks

Eighth Wonder returned to the top 150 with their third single, after we saw the second debut back in January.  This track was another Pete Hammond production for PWL, the record label owned by Pete Waterman of Stock Aitken Waterman.  Unlike the first two singles, which reached the top 15 in the UK, this one stalled at number 65 in the band's homeland... and that was pretty much it for Patsy Kensit's singing career.

 

Number 145 "Success" by Sigue Sigue Sputnik
Peak: number 141
Peak date: 20 March 1989
Weeks in top 150: 3 weeks
Weeks on chart: 4 weeks

Speaking of Stock Aitken Waterman, this track saw the unlikely pairing of the trio with the punk-looking Sigue Sigue Sputnik.  The single sleeve jovially changed the band's name to Sputnik Aitken Waterman.  Several SAW-produced acts, such as Kylie and Rick Astley, and non-SAW acts, such as Bros and... Gary Glitter make cameos in the video.  Not that any of this helped the band score a hit, really, as the single stalled at number 31 in the group's native UK, and just scraped into the top 150 locally.


Number 146 "Shout (Parts 1 & 2)" by Johnny O'Keefe
Peak: number 146
Peak date: 6 March 1989
Weeks in top 150: 1 week (in 1989)

Someone reading this may know, but I'm not entirely sure why this 30 year-old track re-charted in 1989.

Update: A reader has kindly reminded me that Channel 9 had a station promo running around this time that featured a re-recorded version of 'Shout'.  That's presumably why this was re-issued and re-charted... which seems a very 'British' thing to have happen!



Bubbling WAY down under:

It's not a single peaking outside the top 150, but I'm sure that most people would be shocked know that Madonna's new single, "Like a Prayer" debuted at number 164 this week, before climbing to number 3 the following week and then going on to reach number one.  I can only assume that the low debut is due to the single being available in limited retail outlets, for one day of sales, before the survey this week's chart was based on closed.



Next week (13 March): A bumper edition, with nine new entries peaking within the 101-150 region of the chart, and one bubbling WAY down under debut.

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2 comments:

  1. Number 164 to number 3?! that's gotta be one of the biggest chart jumps ever. Thanks nathan for that piece of info that only this blog can provide.

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    1. There are bigger chart jumps, actually. Sticking with Madonna, 'Beautiful Stranger' climbed from #302 to #8. On the albums chart, there are several albums that "debuted at number one" that actually debuted outside the top 100 - a Madonna album (Erotica) is among these (debuting at #159 before climbing to #1 the following week).

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