As big as John Farnham was in Australia in the mid-late 1980s, one thing I find surprising when looking at his chart history is how the third and fourth singles from Whispering Jack and Age of Reason didn't fare so well on our chart. Third Whispering Jack single, "A Touch of Paradise", didn't do too badly on the chart (peaking at number 24), but fourth single "Reasons" bombed at number 60. Given how frequently radio was plugging these songs, you could be forgiven for thinking they were both top 10 hits; I guess people were buying the album instead. Third Age of Reason single, "Beyond the Call", barely scraped the top 40, and fourth single, "We're No Angels", missed the top 100 altogether. The success of "We're No Angels" may well have been hindered by the lack of a music video; something shared with fourth Whispering Jack single "Reasons". I often wonder why record companies didn't invest in videos for every single release during the 1980s - especially for an artist of John Farnham's stature. The 80s were, after all, the golden era of the music video! If "We're No Angels" had taken off, surely they would have made a video for it. I don't think I was aware this track was a single until I saw it in Brashs, so lack of promotion was probably another factor that led to its floppage. I didn't know this until now, but "We're No Angels" was a cover version of a Mondo Rock song.
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