05 October 2021

Kent Music Report beyond the top 100: 5 October 1981

One unusual thing that this week's batch of singles peaking outside the top 100 have in common is that they all peaked during the same week - that being 26 October 1981.  Let's take a look.
Pretenders would probably like to 'pretend' this song was a hit.
Beyond the top 100:
Position 35 "Dancing on the Floor (Hooked on Love)" by Third World
Highest rank: 8th
Peak date: 26 October 1981
Weeks on below list: 6 weeks
Third World formed in Jamaica in 1973.  Only one of the band's singles, "Try Jah Love", charted in Australia, reaching number 55 in June 1982.
The band's biggest international hit, "Now That We Found Love", was a cover version of an O'Jays song.  The 1978 single did not chart in Australia, but reached the top 10 in the UK and the Netherlands, went top 20 in the Flanders region of Belgium, and top 50 in the US.  It also belatedly reached the top 40 in New Zealand in 1985.

"Dancing on the Floor (Hooked on Love)", lifted from the album Rock the World, equalled Third World's highest singles chart peak in the UK, reaching number 10 in July 1981.

Third World's lead singer William "Bunny Rugs" Clarke died from leukaemia in 2014, aged 65.
Position 38 "Day After Day" by Pretenders
Highest rank: 2nd
Peak date: 26 October 1981
Weeks on below list: 7 weeks
At this point in their career, Pretenders had placed five singles on the Australian singles chart, with the biggest of those being their Aussie chart debut, "Brass in Pocket" (number 2, May 1980).

"Day After Day" was the third single lifted from the album Pretenders II (number 18, November 1981).  It followed "Talk of the Town" (number 55, November 1980) and "Message of Love" (number 15, May 1981).  An EP titled Extended Play, containing both of these singles, peaked at number 29 on the singles chart in June 1981.
"Day After Day" also underperformed in the UK, peaking at number 45 there in September 1981 and becoming their first single to miss the top 40.
Two members of Pretenders, James Honeyman-Scott and Pete Farndon, died from drug-related causes in June 1982 and April 1983, respectively.

Pretenders would next bubble under on the Australian chart in 1989.

Position 44 "I'm So Glad I'm Standing Here Today" by The Crusaders and Joe Cocker
Highest rank: 23rd
Peak date: 26 October 1981
Weeks on below list: 4 weeks
American band The Crusaders formed in Houston, Texas, in 1952.  They placed one single on the Australian chart, when "Street Life", featuring uncredited vocals from Randy Crawford, peaked at number 79 in March 1980.
"I'm So Glad I'm Standing Here Today", featuring guest vocalist Joe Cocker, peaked at number 97 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in October 1981, and number 61 in the UK during the same month.

This would be the last time Crusaders appeared on the Australian chart.  Joe Cocker next bubbles under on the Australian Music Report, after ARIA took over as the 'official' chart, in 1988.  Joe also bubbles under numerous times on the ARIA singles chart, starting in 1990.

Next week (12 October): Three singles bubbling below the top 100.
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