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07 May 2021

Week commencing 7 May 1990

As with last week, all of this week's top 150 debuts enter at position number 140 or below.  Let's take a look at them.
 
Tears for Fears offer advice for those wanting to look nonchalant in photographs.
 
 
Top 150 debuts:
 
Number 140 "Advice for the Young at Heart" by Tears For Fears
Peak: number 116
Peak date: 4 June 1990
Weeks in top 150: 7 weeks
Weeks on chart: 7 weeks
 
Between 1983 and 1989, British band Tears For Fears placed seven singles on the Australian chart, with "Shout" going all the way to number 1 for one week in March 1985.  All seven of the group's top 100 singles in Australia peaked within the top 40, with "Woman in Chains" (number 39, January 1990) being the final one.
 
Surprisingly, four singles released locally by the group failed to chart - "Pale Shelter" (released August 1983), "The Way You Are" (February 1984), "Mothers Talk" (November 1984), and "I Believe" (November 1985).  "Pale Shelter" made the Kent Music Report's 'singles receiving significant sales reports beyond the top 100' list for two weeks in August 1983, however, reaching fifth place on this list.

"Advice for the Young at Heart" was the third single lifted from Tears For Fears' third album The Seeds of Love (number 18, October 1989).  The single fared better in their native UK, peaking at number 36 in March 1990.  A fourth single from the album, "Famous Last Words", was issued in the UK in August 1990, peaking at number 83 there during the same month, but was not released in Australia.

Unlike the previous two singles, "Advice for the Young at Heart" predominantly features band member Curt Smith on lead vocals.  Curt, of course, also sang lead on the band's earlier hits "Mad World" (number 12, April 1983) and "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" (number 2, June 1985).  Oleta Adams, whose voice was featured on "Woman in Chains", also appears in the video for this song, playing piano and singing backing vocals.  Oleta will go on to score some bubbling under 'hits' of her own in the coming years.

On the state charts, "Advice for the Young at Heart" performed strongest in Western Australia, where it reached number 68.  I remember seeing the video for this track on Countdown Revolution, and have viewed it on YouTube a couple of times, but can never remember how the song goes.

Following completion of the The Seeds of Love campaign, Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith parted ways, and would not reunite until 2000.  Roland continued to record and release under the Tears For Fears name during the interim years, while Curt would release a solo album Soul on Board in 1993.

We shall see Tears For Fears next in 1992, although they are behind a track that we will see in 1991.

 
 
Number 146 "What "U" Waitin' "4"?" by Jungle Brothers
Peak: number 146
Peak date: 7 May 1990
Weeks in top 150: 1 week
 
"What "U" Waitin' "4"?" was the second release from American hip-hop trio Jungle Brothers' second album Done by the Forces of Nature (number 102, April 1990), and was their first single to crack the top 150 in Australia.  It followed "Beyond This World", released locally in February 1990.

Jungle Brothers would eventually break into the ARIA top 100 in 1999, when "V.I.P." peaked at number 62, in July 1999.  By that time, the group had notched up seven UK top 40 singles.

In the interim, Jungle Brothers contributed a radically-reworked version of the Cole Porter-written track "I Get a Kick out of You" - which could have been a hit had it been released as a commercial single - to the AIDS benefit album Red Hot + Blue (number 38, January 1991).
 
 
 
Number 147 "The Sex of It" by Kid Creole and The Coconuts
Peak: number 139
Peak date: 28 May 1990
Weeks in top 150: 4 weeks
 
Kid Creole and the Coconuts, fronted by August Darnell, placed two singles in the Australian top 100 chart: "I'm a Wonderful Thing Baby" (number 82, November 1982), and "Annie, I'm Not Your Daddy" (number 89, April 1983).  A third single, "Me No Pop I", bubbled under on the Kent Music Report's 'singles receiving significant sales reports beyond the top 100' list in August 1981, reaching fifteenth place on this list.

"The Sex of It", unsurprisingly - with lines like "the thrills of it, the chills of it, the spills of it, you just want me for the sex" - was written by Prince, who also recorded a demo version that has not been officially released to date.

"The Sex of It" returned Kid Creole and The Coconuts to the top 40 region of the UK singles chart, where it peaked at number 29 in May 1990.  The song gave the band their first top 40 entry there since 1983.  "The Sex of It" also reached the lower region the top 40 in the Netherlands and the Flanders region of Belgium.

 
 
Bubbling WAY down under: 
 
Number 159 "Blue Savannah" by Erasure
Peak: number 159
Peak date: 7 May 1990
Weeks on chart: 1 week
 
We saw Erasure bubbling WAY down under back in November 1989 with the first single from their Wild! album (number 107, January 1990), and here they are again in the same region of the chart with the album's third release; one of my favourite Erasure singles.  "You Surround Me", which failed to chart in Australia, was released in-between, in January 1990.
 
"Blue Savannah" had much greater success in Erasure's native UK, peaking at number 3 in March 1990, becoming their eighth top 10 single there.  "Blue Savannah" also peaked at number 3 in Ireland, and at number 13 in Germany in April 1990.  As with the duo's previous charting single, "Blue Savannah" performed strongest on the Western Australian state chart, where it peaked at number 117.

The music video for "Blue Savannah", which I remember seeing once or twice on Countdown Revolution, makes extensive use of blue paint and gold star gift bows.

Erasure will next grace our presence in June 1990.


 
Number 161 "Cruising for Bruising" by Basia
Peak: number 161
Peak date: 7 May 1990
Weeks on chart: 2 weeks 

Basia peaked at number 161 with her last single, in February 1990, and here she is at the same peak position again, three months later, with "Cruising for Bruising" - which I have to say, is one of the best song titles ever!
 
I think it's fair to assume that Basia is the kind of artist who would appeal more to album-buyers, with her sophistipop sound, but the album this track is from, London Warsaw New York (number 114, March 1990), didn't exactly set the ARIA albums chart alight.

"Cruising for Bruising" had marginally more success in the UK, peaking at number 86 in April 1990.  The single scraped into the top 50 in France, peaking at number 46 there in October 1990, and just missed the top 50 in the Netherlands, peaking at number 51 there in June 1990.  On the state charts, "Cruising for Bruising" performed strongest in South Australia/Northern Territory, where it peaked at number 122.

A third single from London Warsaw New York, "Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)", was issued locally in November 1990, but failed to chart.

Basia will make one more appearance on the ARIA singles chart, in 1994.
 
 
 
Next week (14 May): Seven new top 150 debuts, and one bubbling WAY down under entry.
 
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