23 April 2021

Week commencing 23 April 1990

This week, there are only two new top 150 debuts; both are from artists we have seen previously in the 101-150 region of the chart.
Fine Young Cannibals probably wouldn't be 'satisfied' with their chart placing this week.
Top 150 debuts:
Number 136 "I'll Be Your Everything" by Tommy Page
Peak: number 103
Peak date: 21 May 1990
Weeks in top 150: 7 weeks
Nineteen year-old American singer Tommy page never broke into the ARIA top 100, but placed three singles in the 101-150 region of the chart between 1989 and 1991, and "I'll Be Your Everything" was the second of those.  We saw Tommy previously in May 1989.

"I'll Be Your Everything" was the lead single from Tommy's second album, Paintings in My Mind, which missed the top 150 albums chart in Australia.  In the US, however, it was a different story, and "I'll Be Your Everything" topped the US Billboard Hot 100 chart for a solitary week in April 1990.  The album was less-successful there, however, peaking at number 38 during the same month.
"I'll Be Your Everything"'s success was no doubt helped by teen idols New Kids on the Block providing backing vocals on this track.  Jordan Knight and Danny Wood from New Kids also co-wrote the track with Tommy, with Jordan and Donnie Wahlberg co-producing it.  To my ears, it sounds like part 2 of New Kids on the Block's sappy "I'll Be Loving You (Forever)".

Tommy had more luck with this single on the Australian Music Report singles chart, where it peaked at number 89.

Tommy left us in 2017, aged 46, leaving behind a husband and three children.  Tommy will bubble under again in 1991.
Number 145 "I'm Not Satisfied" by Fine Young Cannibals
Peak: number 145
Peak date: 23 April 1990
Weeks in top 150: 1 week 
Weeks on chart: 3 weeks

We saw Fine Young Cannibals back in February, and here there are again with the the fifth - or sixth, if you count their earlier Something Wild soundtrack release "Ever Fallen in Love" (number 20, May 1987), which was tacked on as the last track - single issued from their triple-platinum album The Raw & The Cooked (number 1, July 1989).  The first two singles from the album, "She Drives Me Crazy" (number 1, March 1989) and "Good Thing" (number 7, June 1989), were top 10 hits, but "Don't Look Back" (number 38, October 1989) just scraped into the top 40, and "I'm Not the Man I Used to Be" (number 109, February 1990) missed the top 100.  "I'm Not Satisfied" continued this downward trajectory.
"I'm Not Satisfied" was the first single from The Raw & The Cooked to miss the top 40 in the Cannibals' native UK, peaking at number 46 there in February 1990.  The single also flopped in Germany, where it peaked at number 66 in April 1990, and in the US, where it peaked at number 90 in March 1990.  "I'm Not Satisfied" had more success in Ireland, where it peaked at number 19 in February 1990.  Rather than reflecting a lack of quality with the song, I assume that "I'm Not Satisfied"'s lower peak was due to people already owning the album.
On the state charts, "I'm Not Satisfied" performed strongest in Western Australia, where it peaked at number 95.
Oddly, as sometimes happened in those days, "I'm Not Satisfied" received heavy rotation on Melbourne FM radio around August 1989, as though it was a contender for third single from the album.  Had it been up to me to make these decisions, I would have released "I'm Not Satisfied" as the second or third single from the album, as it is one of my favourite Fine Young Cannibals tracks.

Fine Young Cannibals will join us again with another track from The Raw & The Cooked in early 1991.

Bubbling WAY down under:

Number 162 "Walk on By" by Dina Carroll
Peak: number 162
Peak date: 23 April 1990
Weeks on chart: 2 weeks

English singer Dina Carroll, born Geraldine Carroll, landed 13 UK top 40 singles between 1991 and 2001, with three of those reaching the top ten.  Her UK chart career began in a more-understated fashion, however, with this cover version of the Burt Bacharach classic made famous by Dionne Warwick reaching number 95 there in February 1989.

Dina's version of "Walk on By" found greater, though still modest, success in the Netherlands, where it reached number 53 in March 1990.

Within Australia, Dina's version of "Walk on By" was most popular in Western Australia, where it reached number 125.

Dina never landed a top 100 single or album in Australia, although she came very close in 1994.

We shall next see Dina in 1992.

Next week (30 April): Five new top 150 debuts, including three artists we have seen bubbling down under previously.

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