Enya's breakthrough hit, "Orinoco Flow", was so unlike anything else on the chart, which no doubt helped it to get noticed and climb to number 6 in Australia. The follow-up release, "Evening Falls..." is a rather haunting tune, but a hit single it doth not sound like. Despite that, this single managed to reach number 3 in Enya's native Ireland, and number 20 in the UK. I doubt the record company were too bothered that it didn't do quite as well as "Orinoco Flow", given that parent album Watermark went on to spend several years on the chart, and earned a 6x platinum certification in Australia. The third release from Watermark, "Storms in Africa (Part II)", seems like a much better-known song than "Evening Falls...", thanks to its use in both the movie Green Card and in Ansett TV commercials; but, somehow, it did not even chart in Australia! Enya will pay the 101-150 region of the chart another visit when 1992 rolls around.
Number 138 "Ready for Love" by Gary Moore
Peak: number 113
Weeks in top 150: 8 weeks
Although Gary had been releasing music since 1978 and had a few (outside the top 40) charting albums Down Under, he had so far only managed to score one moderate hit single here, with a cover of the Easybeats' "Friday on My Mind" in 1987. While his signature tune would come a year later, in the meantime, the best Gary could do was number 113 with this, the second release from his After the War album. Gary will join us again in 1991 and 1992 with additional peaking-outside-the-top-100 singles.
Number 142 "Smile Me Down" by Andrew Cash
Peak: number 109
Weeks in top 150: 7 weeks
Hailing from Canada, Andrew Cash these days is primarily known as being a Canadian politician, who was a Member of Parliament there between 2011 and 2015. There is scant information about his recording career on his wikipedia page, though it does mention he recorded three albums, one of which was a top 100-charting success in his homeland.
Number 150 "Jibaro" by Electra
Peak: number 150
Weeks in top 150: 1 week
Eight months before (barely) gracing our charts, this one peaked at number 54 in the UK in August 1988. Who was behind Electra? Why, none other than Paul Oakenfold, who went on to become a successful record producer and remixer, remixing songs for the likes of Madonna, U2, Britney Spears and... The Rolling Stones, and forming Perfecto Records with partner Steve Osborne.
Bubbling WAY down under:
Peak: number 162
Next week (17 April): another 4 debuts, including an all-girl Kiwi chart-topper from 1988, plus another bubbling WAY down under entry. You can also follow my posts on facebook.
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