Five years before his breakthrough duet hit with Neneh Cherry, Senegalese singer Youssou N'Dour made his Australian singles chart debut with another duet; this time with Peter Gabriel, who we last saw on the chart in 1987. "Shakin' the Tree" was lifted from N'Dour's album The Lion. It would also become the title of Gabriel's 'greatest hits' collection released the following year (albeit as Shaking the Tree) - although the title track wasn't exactly a chart 'hit' anywhere, with number 61 in the UK being its highest chart placing anywhere that I am aware of. Youssou N'Dour will join us again in 1994.
Number 136 "Planet Texas" by Kenny Rogers
Peak: number 129
Weeks in top 150: 6 weeks
Weeks on chart: 7 weeks
The recently-departed Kenny Rogers was last on the Australian singles chart in 1985 with "Real Love", a duet with Dolly Parton. "Planet Texas" was the lead single from his album Something Inside So Strong, which peaked at number 133 on the ARIA albums chart in June 1989. Interestingly, this single did not chart anywhere else (I do not count the US and Canadian Country charts as real charts). We will see Kenny again in 1990.
Number 144 "Crescendo" by Tim Finn
Peak: number 120
Weeks in top 150: 8 weeks
Weeks on chart: 8 weeks
Number 148 "Of Course I'm Lying" by Yello
Peak: number 123
Weeks in top 150: 12 weeks
Releasing a song about how much you love when your partner lies to you is just the kind of thing only Yello would think of doing. Scoring their only big hit in Australia with "Oh Yeah" in 1988, none of the Swiss act's other singles would chart higher than number 56 locally. "Of Course I'm Lying" fared much better in the UK, where it peaked 100 places higher, at number 23. The single also performed better on the Australian Music Report chart, where it peaked at number 86. Despite its low peak in Australia, "Of Course I'm Lying" had one of the longer chart runs for a single peaking outside the top 100, spending 12 weeks within the top 150. Yello are still going, and released a new single just recently.
Number 149 "Roadhouse Blues" by The Jeff Healey Band
Peak: number 146
Weeks in top 150: 2 weeks
Lifted from the movie Road House, starring Patrick Swayze, "Roadhouse Blues" followed up The Jeff Healey Band's top 150 'hit' "Angel Eyes" from a mere month ago. This is another one that doesn't seem to have charted anywhere else, other than on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart (which I don't consider a real chart). "Roadhouse Blues" had greater success on the Australian Music Report chart, where it peaked at number 97. We will see another song from the movie bubble down under in just over a month. The Jeff Healey Band will join us for a third time in October.
Number 150 "Rock On (Shep Pettibone Remix)" by David Essex
Peak: number 150
Weeks in top 150: 2 weeks
Later in July 1989, Michael Damian's cover version of this David Essex track from 1973 reached number 55 on the ARIA singles chart. Here we have the original, with a remixed version by Shep Pettibone, to update it for the late 1980s. David's original version of "Rock On" peaked at number 8 on the Kent Music Report chart. This remixed version of "Rock On" also charted in the UK, where it peaked at number 93 in March 1989. David Essex was last on the Australian singles chart in 1987 with "Mywanwy".
Bubbling WAY down under:
Number 158 "(He's Got) The Look" by Vanessa Williams
Peak: number 158
Weeks on chart: 1 week
We saw Vanessa Williams back in April, with her first Australian chart 'hit' "Dreamin'", and here she was with the follow-up... locally, anyway. "(He's Got) The Look" was actually released before "Dreamin'" in the US, where it reached number 10 on the R&B chart (again, not a real chart in my book) in October 1988, and seems to have not charted anywhere else. We will see Vanessa next in 1991.
Next week (24 July): Among the seven new entries next week, we have not one, but two singles that peak at number 101, and one that peaked at number 102! You can also follow my posts on facebook.
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