Top 150 debuts:
Fast forward to 1989, and "Let the Day Begin" was the lead single and title track from the album of the same name - the band's sixth, which peaked at number 138 in Australia, in October 1989. "Let the Day Begin" peaked at number 51 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in August 1989, and number 42 in the UK in October 1989. In Australia, it couldn't give the band a belated, second top 100 entry, although it did manage to perform better on the Australian Music Report chart, where it peaked at number 74 (though didn't enter the top 100 until November). Despite its lower peak on the ARIA chart, "Let the Day Begin" did manage to spend a decent amount of time on the chart... for a single peaking outside the top 100. That's got to count for something, right?
Sadly, lead singer Michael Been, who is the father of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's (the group) frontman, passed away in 2010, aged 60.
Another group formed in California, this time in Los Angeles - in 1977, are Great White, who made their first appearance on the ARIA singles chart this week in 1989 with "Once Bitten Twice Shy". The track was originally performed by Ian Hunter in 1975, and peaked at number 29 (though spent 30 weeks in the top 100) in Australia in September of that year. A cover version by Australian band The Angels became a number 43 hit locally in February 1992.
Great White's version of "Once Bitten Twice Shy" gave the song a rockier edge, but it was less successful down under, barely reaching the top 150. This version had much greater success in the band's homeland, however, where it peaked at number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in August 1989. Their version also also peaked at number 83 in the UK in August 1989. Great White will pay us another visit in 1991.
Bubbling WAY down under:
I wasn't aware of Starship releasing anything new after their 1987 smash hit, "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" (number 3 for 6 weeks in June-July 1987). Listening to "It's Not Enough" for the first time as I write this post, it sounds quite similar to the Def Leppard/Bryan Adams soft rock sound of the late 80s/early 90s. I was sure that Mutt Lang must have produced it, but no, it was produced by Mike Shipley and Larry Klein. One thing immediately evident is that Grace Slick is no longer in the group. Indeed, this track was lifted from Starship's first post-Slick album, Love Among the Cannibals. "It's Not Enough" fared better in the US, where it peaked at number 12 in October 1989 (I must have tuned out of American Top 40 to have not heard it), and number 19 in Canada. "It's Not Enough" was the last charting single for the group in Australia.
Next week (18 September): A bumper edition with 9 new top 150-peaking debuts, and two bubbling WAY down under entries! Among the new entries next week we will see someone who became better-known for providing the voice of a cartoon character than singing, the initial chart run for a single that would go on to much bigger things in 1990, a remix of a late 70s disco track, and the first Australian chart 'hit' for an artist from Iceland! Remember, you can also follow my posts on facebook and instagram.
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