Number 121 "I Would Do For You" by UB40
Peak: number 121
Weeks in top 150: 6 weeks
Weeks on chart: 7 weeks
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.
Number 123 "This Town" by Elvis Costello
Peak: number 123
Weeks in top 150: 7 weeks
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.
Number 145 "Interesting Drug" by Morrissey
Peak: number 111
Weeks in top 150: 10 weeks
Weeks on chart: 10 weeks
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.
Number 147 "Deep Water (live)" by Richard Clapton
Peak: number 147
Weeks in top 150: 1 week
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:
Number 163 "Be There" by Clive Griffin
Peak: number 163
Weeks on chart: 1 week
On paper, Clive Griffin should have been big. He had the voice, the looks, and even recorded a duet with Céline Dion in 1993, which was featured in the movie Sleepless in Seattle, and managed to scrape into the lower end of the ARIA top 100. The same year, Clive also released an album containing songs written by Diane Warren, who had penned many big chart hits. Despite all of this, the best Clive could achieve in his native UK, as a solo artist, was number 56, with a track remixed by David Morales, no less. Unfortunately for Clive, after his solo career faltered, he was relegated to becoming a backing singer for the likes of Kylie Minogue and Take That. Things had come full circle for Clive, however, as he once provided the vocals for 'Rick Astley' on a Spitting Image parody of Kylie Minogue's "I Should Be So Lucky"! There were rumours at the time that Kylie's voice was actually Rick's, sped up.
Now, onto the song in question, "Be There" was the third release from Clive's debut album Step By Step. It peaked at number 76 in the UK in March 1989, and number 36 in the Netherlands. In Australia, this was Clive's only solo charting 'hit', and none of his singles were even released here after 1989, aside from the Céline duet.
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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