17 January 2023

Kent Music Report beyond the top 100: 17 January 1983

Welcome to my 1983 recaps of the Kent Music Report 'singles receiving significant sales reports beyond the top 100' lists.
 
1983 was the year I started kindergarten, which in my state is the year before you commence primary school (it is known as pre-school in some other states).  Judging by the few photographs I have of myself at kindergarten, I was clearly not enjoying the experience, as I look so incredibly unhappy in all of them.  Or maybe I just hated posing for photographs from an early age...  I was also page boy at my uncle's wedding in early 1983 - another thing I hated doing, evident from the photographs.
 
Although it would still be a few years before I started following music and charts, 1983 was kind of the first year I took notice of the songs that radio were playing frequently.
 
Phil Collins couldn't break through the wall into the top 100 with this release.
 
Beyond the top 100:
 
 
Position 2 "Thru' These Walls" by Phil Collins
Highest rank: 1st
Peak date: 14 February 1983
Weeks on below list: 2 weeks
 
English singer-songwriter Phil Collins came to fame as part of the band Genesis.  Phil launched his solo career in 1981 with the single "In the Air Tonight" (number 3, May 1981) and the album Face Value (number 2, June 1981).

Despite Phil's initial success with his solo career, he didn't land a second hit proper in Australia until 1983, with his version of The Supremes' "You Can't Hurry Love" (number 3, February 1983).  Before then, "Thru' These Walls" was issued as the lead single from Phil's second solo album Hello, I Must Be Going! (number 15, March 1983).

"Thru' These Walls" was released in Australia in early November 1982, but took just over two months to bubble under the top 100.  Its eventual peak was reached following the release of the next single, "You Can't Hurry Love".

Internationally, "Thru' These Walls" also underperformed, peaking at number 56 in the UK in October 1982, number 27 in Ireland, and number 48 in the Netherlands in November 1982.

Of course, Phil would go on to become a more-consistent hit maker during the 1980s and early 1990s.

We'll see Phil bubble under next in 1991.



Next post (7 February): Two new singles bubbling under the top 100.

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