The fourth and final single from their UB40 album, "I Would Do For You" was the lowest-peaking of the lot in Australia, missing the top 100. It fared better in the UK, where it peaked at number 45 in June 1989. The group would release no fewer than seven consecutive flop singles in Australia, in between their hits "Where Did I Go Wrong" and the 1991 re-issue of "Here I Am (Come and Take Me)", following its belated US chart success. None of the group's in-between releases peaked higher than number 52 on our chart. UB40 will join us twice more in 1990.
Since 1978, Elvis Costello, together with his former band The Attractions, had placed five singles in the Australian top 40; the biggest of those being 1979's "Oliver's Army", which peaked at number 24. The follow-up to his recent number 27 hit "Veronica", "This Town" appears to have only charted in Australia (Billboard's Modern Rock and Mainstream Rock charts do not count in my book). "This Town" had greater success on the Australian Music Report singles chart, where it peaked at number 86. We will see Elvis again in 1991.
Morrissey certainly had some interesting song titles, and "Interesting Drug" is another. Interesting lyrics also abound on this one, with lines like "There are some bad people on the right / They're saving their own skins by ruining people's lives" and "a government scheme designed to kill your dreams". Moz never had much success on the Australian singles chart - either as a solo artist, or as part of his former band The Smiths - with his highest-peaking single being 1988's "Suedehead", at number 45 (May 1989). He had much greater success in his native UK, where this single peaked at number 9 in April 1989. Morrissey will pay us several visits over the coming years, with the next occasion being in October 1990.
The studio version of "Deep Water" peaked at number 43 in December 1977. Recorded as part of a live show in April 1989, this rendition of "Deep Water" was released to promote Richard's The Best Years of Our Lives live album, which peaked at number 23 on the ARIA albums chart. Richard will join us again later in the year.
Bubbling WAY down under:
Now, onto the song in question, "Be There" was the third release from Clive's debut album Step by Step, which was released in Australia in August 1989, but did not chart. It followed "The Way We Touch" (August 1988, did not chart) and "Don't Make Me Wait" (October 1988, did not chart). "Be There" peaked at number 76 in the UK in March 1989, and number 36 in the Netherlands in May 1989. In Australia, this was Clive's only solo charting 'hit'.
A fourth and final single from Step by Step, "Head Above Water", was issued in Australia in July 1989, but failed to chart. None of Clive's singles after 1989 were even released in Australia, aside from the Céline duet, "When I Fall in Love", which peaked at number 93 in September 1993.
Next week (17 July): Six new top 150 entries, including a duet chart entry for an artist who went on to score a big hit five years later with... another duet. Also, there is one bubbling WAY down under entry, from an artist we met a few months ago. You can also follow my posts on facebook.
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