22 May 2020

Week commencing 22 May 1989

I can't find a common thread among this week's new entries, other than none of them made the top 100, which is... the entire point of this blog.  So let's take a look at them:

Kim Carnes: Did you know this woman is a number 162-hit wonder Down Under?

Top 150 debuts:

Number 127 "Tempers Fire" by The Mad Turks
Peak: number 127
Peak dates: 22 May 1989 and 12 June 1989
Weeks in top 150: 8 weeks

The Mad Turks' bio on discog.com informs me that they formed in Adelaide in 1984, and were previously known as Mad Turks From Istanbul.  The group scored a number 85 'hit' at the end of 1987 with "Holding My Breath" (as Mad Turks From Istanbul), but didn't score any other charting hits.

Number 136 "Life's Just a Ballgame" by Womack & Womack
Peak: number 126
Peak date: 12 June 1989
Weeks in top 150: 7 weeks
Weeks on chart: 7 weeks

This single was released as the follow-up to mega-hit "Teardrops" in the UK, where it stalled at number 32 in November 1988.  Presumably its under-performance there was the reason we went with "Celebrate the World" instead as the second release from Conscience.  I remember seeing this single in the shops, but never heard or saw (assuming a music video exists) the song at the time.  One thing you may not have been aware of is that Cecil Womack, the male half of the duo, died in South Africa in 2013, aged 65.

Number 141 "Tracie" by Level 42
Peak: number 134
Peak date: 29 May 1989
Weeks in top 150: 7 weeks
Weeks on chart: 7 weeks

We saw Level 42 bubble under back in February, and here they are again...  "Tracie" peaked at number 25 for the group in their native UK.  This single spent 7 weeks in the top 150, which is fairly decent given it only peaked at number 134.

Number 147 "Break 4 Love" by Raze
Peak: number 147
Peak date: 22 May 1989
Weeks in top 150: 1 week

Debuting on the UK chart in May 1988, this track eventually peaked at number 28 there in February 1989.  It also topped the US Billboard dance chart in November 1988.  In Australia, "Break 4 Love" fared (much) less well, spending a solitary week in the top 150 at number 147.  The percussion from the track would end up being recycled on a Sydney Youngblood song that will bubble under towards the end of 1989.

Bubbling WAY down under:

Number 158 "Take Me Back to Rock 'n' Roll" by Col Joye
Peak: number 158
Peak date: 29 May 1989
Weeks on chart: 4 weeks
Colin Frederick Jacobsen, better known as Col Joye, was one of the first rock and roll stars to emerge from Australia, in 1959.  Col landed a number one single on the Australian chart in 1973 with "Heaven Is My Woman's Love".
"Take Me Back to Rock 'n' Roll" was lifted from the album Back to Rock 'n' Roll, which did not chart in Australia.
On the ARIA state charts, "Take Me Back to Rock 'n' Roll" performed strongest in Western Australia, where it reached number 94.
This single was Col's last to chart, although he had two further albums that charted in Australia: Don't Give Up (number 389, May 2006) and Christmas Album (number 610, February 2008).

 Number 159 "Family Man" by Roachford
Peak: number 157
Peak date: 12 June 1989
Weeks on chart: 3 weeks

While Roachford had a fairly successful period in Australia in 1994-5, in 1989 they struggled to break through locally, with nothing charting higher than number 73 until "Only to Be With You" gave them a top 20 hit in 1994.  This track gave the group a number 25 hit in the UK.

Number 160 "Time and Tide" by Basia
Peak: number 158
Peak date: 12 June 1989
Weeks on chart: 4 weeks

Sophistipop singer Basia, real name Barbara StanisÅ‚awa Trzetrzelewska (try saying that!), scored a number 69 'hit' in Australia, which peaked a mere week before this track debuted.  The title track from her number 50-peaking album Time and Tide, this single barely registered a blip on our chart, peaking at a lowly number 158.  Basia, unfortunately, wouldn't see the inside of the top 150 singles chart again, but she will bubble WAY down under again - not once, but twice, in 1990!

Number 162 "Crazy in Love" by Kim Carnes
Peak: number 162
Peak date: 22 May 1989
Weeks on chart: 1 week

Often thought of as being a one-hit wonder, Kim actually scored four top 40 hits in Australia; although the best-charting non-"Bette Davis Eyes" one of them, "Crazy in the Night (Barking at Airplanes)", peaked at number 21, in 1985.  That was the last time Kim ventured into our singles chart, prior to now.  Having not heard "Crazy in Love" before, I wasn't expecting it to be an understated ballad.  From what I can see, this track didn't chart on a 'real' chart (Billboard's Adult Contemporary & Country charts do not count for me) anywhere else.
"Crazy in Love" was lifted from Kim's eleventh studio album View from the House (number 102, March 1989).
We will next see Kim in 1992.

Next week (29 May): five new entries - although two of them are old tracks, and another is a cover of a 70s disco track; plus another four bubbling WAY down under tracks.  Remember, you can also follow my posts on facebook.

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  1. wow, that Raze song is a good funky track! I can see why it got cannibalised for the beat by someone else further down the track

    ...I have that Basia "time & tide" album...somewhere. Suffice to say haven't listened to it for a while. A genre best described as "pleasant if forgettable background music"

    and i totally agree about those dodgy charts like Adult Contemporary. What on earth qualifies a song for inclusion on that chart?!?

    1. I have not looked into what the Adult Contemporary chart is based on, but I suspect that it is merely a chart of current songs that adult-oriented radio stations were playing.

      I learnt recently that the Dance Club Songs chart (formerly Hot Dance Club Play or some other stupid name, back in the 80s/90s) is merely a survey of DJ's (something like 300, from memory) across the US; so even though e.g. Madonna keeps going to #1 on the dance chart, it doesn't mean that that's what people are actually dancing to on dance floors (I mean, can you imagine a bunch of 21 year-olds dancing to current Madonna songs today?!). i.e. it is basically a meaningless chart.


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