15 June 2024

Week commencing 15 June 1992

All five of this week in 1992's new top 150-peaking debuts enter between number 142 and number 150, which is an unusual occurrence.  Shall we take a look?

Before doing so, I have updated the following earlier posts:

* 21 May 1990 - with new bubbling WAY down under debut from The Smithereens featuring Belinda Carlisle;
* 11 June 1990 - with new bubbling WAY down under entry from 2 Static;
* 25 June 1990 - with new bubbling WAY down under entry from Romi & Jazz.
 
Wet Wet Wet didn't exactly make a big 'splash' with this single in 1992.
 
Top 150 debuts:
 
Number 142 "This Time Tomorrow" by Alex Smith
Peak: number 121
Peak date: 6 July 1992
Weeks in top 150: 11 weeks
 
I had no recollection of this track, and didn't realise until researching it that Alex was the lead singer of Australian band Moving Pictures, who scored a massive hit with "What About Me?" (number 1 for six weeks in March-April 1982).  Moving Pictures disbanded in 1987, after landing seven top 100 singles in Australia between 1981 and 1984.  Alex then went solo - although "This Time Tomorrow" appears to be his only solo single released.

"This Time Tomorrow" performed much stronger in South Australia/Northern Territory than elsewhere, reaching number 29 on the state chart.  The single also fared better on the Australian Music Report singles chart, where it reached number 87.

Listening to "This Time Tomorrow" for the first time, it sounds a bit Meat Loaf-ish (well, like it could have been written by Jim Steinman) in parts, to my ears; perhaps minus some of the more melodramatic/operatic moments.

A solo album from Alex, The Thread, is listed as having been released in 2019 on discogs.com, but "This Time Tomorrow" would be Alex's only solo top 150 entry.

 
 
Number 143 "Make It Tonight" by Wet Wet Wet
Peak: number 110
Peak date: 22 June 1992
Weeks in top 150: 5 weeks
Weeks on chart: 5 weeks

Scottish band Wet Wet Wet formed in 1982, although their first studio recordings were not released until 1987.  Their debut single "Wishing I Was Lucky" was initially released in Australia in August 1987, but failed to chart until it was re-issued, eventually spending one week at number 100 in August 1988.  Wet Wet Wet's first charting single in Australia, "Sweet Little Mystery" (number 33, May 1988) made minor ripples, as did their debut album Popped In Souled Out (number 60, June 1988).
 
Wet Wet Wet returned with the single "Sweet Surrender" (number 7, May 1990), which took six months to peak after its Australian release in November 1989.  One top 40 single per album in Australia seemed to be a pattern forming for the band, with "Goodnight Girl" (number 21, April 1992) being the only top 100 entry from their third album High on the Happy Side (number 19, May 1992).  "Make It Tonight", issued as the album's first single in the UK, where it reached number 37 in September 1991, was released as the second single from High on the Happy Side in Australia.
 
Within Australia, "Make It Tonight" performed strongest in South Australia/Northern Territory, where it reached number 87.  I recall catching the video for this track once on rage as a new release before the top 60 chart countdown commenced, in June 1992.
 
Of course, Wet Wet Wet would go on to score their biggest hit with "Love Is All Around", which was number 1 for six weeks in June-July 1994, going on to become the highest-selling single of the year in Australia.

One childhood memory I have of Wet Wet Wet is when my paternal grandmother and great uncle returned to Australia from living in Scotland for a couple of years in 1990, and asked if I knew of Wet Wet Wet when they discovered I had gotten into music in a big way since they had been away.

We shall next see Wet Wet Wet in October 1992.
 


Number 145 "Close but No Cigar" by Thomas Dolby
Peak: number 107
Peak date: 13 July 1992
Weeks in top 150: 7 weeks
Weeks on chart: 12 weeks

English singer-songwriter and producer Thomas Dolby, born Thomas Morgan Robertson, made his chart debut in Australia with the single "She Blinded Me with Science" (number 19, June 1983).  However, before that release, Thomas wrote Lene Lovich's "New Toy" (number 29, August 1981) - also appearing in the video and performing on the track, and playing the synthesizer riffs on Foreigner's "Urgent" (number 24, November 1981) and "Waiting for a Girl Like You" (number 3, February 1982).
 
Thomas also performed as a session musician on Def Leppard's Pyromania (number 70, February 1984) and Joni Mitchell's Dog Eat Dog (number 86, January 1986) albums.

Thomas landed two further top 100 singles in Australia, with "Hyperactive!" (number 26, April 1984) and "Airhead" (number 69, June 1988).  He also scored charting albums with The Golden Age of Wireless (number 72, July 1983), The Flat Earth (number 71, May 1984) and Aliens Ate My Buick (number 76, June 1988).

"Close but No Cigar" was the lead single from Thomas' fourth studio album Astronauts & Heretics (number 123, August 1992).  Internationally, the single peaked at number 22 in the UK in May 1992, number 88 in Germany in July 1992, and number 14 in New Zealand in September 1992.
 
Within Australia, "Close but No Cigar" was much more popular in Western Australia, where it reached number 41, than in any other state.  The next-highest state chart peak "Close but No Cigar" reached was number 94 in New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory.
 
"Close but No Cigar" entered the Australian Music Report top 100 singles chart, where it peaked at number 80.

We will next see Thomas in September 1992.


 
Number 147 "Big Love" by BB Steal
Peak: number 145
Peak date: 22 June 1992
Weeks in top 150: 2 weeks

We last saw Australian band BB Steal back in 1989.  "Big Love" was the band's second, and final, top 150 single.  The track was lifted from their debut album On the Edge (number 144, July 1992). To my ears, this track sounds a bit Def Leppard/Mutt Lange in the chorus and the bridge leading into it.



Number 150 "Shameless" by Garth Brooks
Peak: number 103
Peak date: 6 July 1992
Weeks in top 150: 6 weeks
 
American country singer Garth Brooks released his first album Garth Brooks in 1989.  However, his first album to dent the ARIA top 150 was his third studio release, Ropin' the Wind (number 21, July 1992), from which the single "Shameless" was lifted.  A previous single, "The Thunder Rolls", from Garth's second album No Fences (number 11, August 1994), was issued locally in November 1991, but missed the top 150.

"Shameless" is a cover version of a song written and originally recorded by Billy Joel, which we saw bubble under in January 1992.

Garth's version of "Shameless" peaked at number 1 for two weeks on the meaningless US Billboard Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts in November 1991, number 71 in the UK in January 1992, and number 43 in the Netherlands in March 1992.

Garth would land his first top 100 single in Australia with "Standing Outside the Fire" (number 45, September 1994), which was quickly followed by his highest-charting single here with "One Night a Day" (number 35, September 1994).  Both tracks were lifted from Garth's sixth studio album In Pieces (number 1, August 1994), which was his major commercial breakthrough in Australia.

We will next see Garth in 1994.



Bubbling WAY down under:
 
Number 163 "Dunno What It Is (About You)" by The Beatmasters featuring Elaine Vassell
Peak: number 162
Peak date: 6 July 1992
Weeks on chart: 4 weeks

We last saw English dance act The Beatmasters in 1990.
 
"Dunno What It Is (About You)" was released as the first single from their second album Life & Soul (number 162, August 1992) in the UK in early 1991, when it originally peaked at number 82 in February 1991.  Following "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" (number 93, February 1992), the single was remixed and re-released, achieving a higher peak of number 43 in the UK in May 1992.
 
Within Australia, "Dunno What It Is (About You)" performed strongest in Western Australia, where it reached number 140.

You can view the original 1991 video for "Dunno What It Is (About You)" here, and the video for the 1992 remixed version is embedded below.
 
In keeping with each of The Beatmasters' previous singles, this one features a different vocalist, Elaine Vassell, who would later go on to be part of UK soul act FreeSpirit, with the single "No More Rainy Days" peaking at number 68 in the UK in May 1995.

"Dunno What It Is (About You)" would be The Beatmasters' final charting single.



Number 182 "Grow Or Pay" by D.A.D.
Peak: number 182
Peak date: 15 June 1992
Weeks on chart: 1 week
 
D.A.D, short for Disneyland After Dark, are a Danish rock/metal band who burst onto the Australian chart in October 1989 with "Sleeping My Day Away" (number 63, March 1990), which I like, despite generally not being a huge metal fan.  They followed it up with "Girl Nation" (number 52, March 1990), "Jihad" (number 89, July 1990), and the album No Fuel Left for the Pilgrims (number 29, April 1990), which was actually the band's third studio album.

The band returned with their fourth album Riskin' It All (number 80, June 1992), led by the single "Bad Craziness" (number 86, March 1992). "Grow Or Pay" was the second single lifted from the album.  I cannot find evidence of the single charting anywhere else.

In Australia, "Grow Or Pay" performed strongest in Victoria/Tasmania, where it reached number 162.
 
A funny memory of D.A.D. I have is when they appeared on Countdown Revolution in 1990, and co-hosted some segments.  One of the band members erroneously announced Nick Barker and The Reptiles' "Resurrection Time" (number 86, February 1990) as "Erection Time".  Oh dear.

We shall see D.A.D. one more time, in 1995.



Number 191 "Ride the Bullet" by Army of Lovers
Peak: number 191
Peak date: 15 June 1992
Weeks on chart: 1 week

Still in Scandinavia, we last saw Swedish group Army of Lovers in February 1992.
 
"Ride the Bullet" originally appeared on the band's debut album Disco Extravaganza, which was not released in Australia.  A remixed version of the track appeared on the band's second album, which contained a couple of tracks from their debut, Massive Luxury Overdose (number 126, March 1992). 
 
Internationally, "Ride the Bullet" peaked at number 32 in Sweden in April 1992, number 67 in the UK in April 1992, number 40 in Switzerland in April 1992, number 22 in Germany in May 1992, number 34 in the Netherlands in May 1992, number 12 in the Flanders region of Belgium in May 1992, and number 4 in Austria in June 1992.
 
In Australia, "Ride the Bullet" performed strongest in Victoria/Tasmania, where it reached number 176.
 
Two different videos were filmed for "Ride the Bullet".  The original version, which you can view here, features original band member La Camilla, who left Army of Lovers in late 1991 and was replaced by Michaela de la Cour, who appears in the second video, embedded below, despite 'her' vocals not being re-recorded.  You can view an amusing TV interview here, where La Camilla is a 'surprise' guest on the show featuring the band's new line-up.  La Camilla enters the screen at 2 minutes 30 seconds in.  Turn on the subtitles.
 
This would be Army of Lover's final charting release in Australia.  We would see band member Alexander Bard appear as the video director (and speaking a few lines) in Alcazar's "Crying at the Discotheque" (number 14, March 2002), which he co-produced.



Number 200 "Sleeping with the Lights On" by Curtis Stigers
Peak: number 200
Peak date: 15 June 1992
Weeks on chart: 2 weeks
 
American jazz singer Curtis Stigers made small ripples on the Australian chart in early 1992 with his debut single "I Wonder Why" (number 92, March 1992), which would go on to greater success when re-issued as the I Wonder Why EP (number 43, November 1992) to coincide with his Australian tour later in the year.
 
"Sleeping with the Lights On" was issued as the second single from Curtis' debut album Curtis Stigers (number 84, October 1992) in Australia.  The track peaked at number 96 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in June 1992, and number 53 in the UK in July 1992.

Domestically, "Sleeping with the Lights On" was most-popular in South Australia/Northern Territory, where it reached number 182.

We shall next see Curtis in 1993.



Next week (22 June): Eight top 150 debuts, including the first appearance of a single that would chart again in 1993 and 1994; plus two bubbling WAY down under entries.

< Previous week: 8 June 1992                                      Next week: 22 June 1992 >

08 June 2024

Week commencing 8 June 1992

This week in 1992 saw a meager three new entries peaking in the 101-150 region of the Australian singles chart.  Before taking a look at them, I have updated the following previous posts:

* 11 February 1991 - with a new bubbling WAY down under entry from Adamski;
* 13 January 1992 - with a new bubbling WAY down under entry from Adamski.

 
Nina Hagen got her body, but not really a 'hit' with this track.
 
Top 150 debuts:
 
Number 132 "Hang on in There Baby" by Curiosity
Peak: number 127
Peak date: 15 June 1992
Weeks in top 150: 5 weeks
Weeks on chart: 8 weeks

We last saw British band Curiosity Killed the Cat in 1989.  Since then, bass player Nick Thorpe had quit the group, and the remaining members shortened the band's name to just Curiosity.

"Hang on in There Baby", a cover version of a song originally written and recorded by Johnny Bristol (number 37, December 1974), was issued as the first single from the band's third album Back to Front, which does not appear to have been released in Australia.

Internationally, "Hang on in There Baby" peaked at number 3 in the UK in May 1992, number 10 in Ireland in May 1992, number 26 in Austria in June 1992, number 42 in Germany in June 1992, number 31 in Sweden in July 1992, number 38 in the Flanders region of Belgium in July 1992, and number 32 in New Zealand in July 1992.

Within Australia, "Hang on in There Baby" performed strongest in Western Australia, where it reached number 81.
 
Curiosity would release one further single in Australia, "I Need Your Lovin'", in October 1992, but it failed to chart.  "Hang on in There Baby" would be the band's final release to chart within Australia.
 


Number 134 "Feel So Real" by Dream Frequency featuring Debbie Sharp
Peak: number 113
Peak date: 29 June 1992
Weeks in top 150: 7 weeks
Weeks on chart: 10 weeks
 
Dream Frequency were English musician Ian Bland and American singer Debbie Sharp, although the latter was credited as a featured artist on this release.  "Feel So Real" was the act's third single release in the UK, but their first in Australia, following two minor UK top 100 singles with "Live the Dream" (UK number 99, May 1990) and "Love, Peace and Harmony" (UK number 71, January 1991).
 
Internationally, "Feel So Real" peaked at number 23 in the UK in February 1992, and number 26 in Ireland in February 1992.

In Australia, "Feel So Real" was most popular in Western Australia, where it reached number 70 on the state chart.

The track was lifted from Dream Frequency's debut album One Nation (number 160, January 1993).  Dream Frequency would land their biggest 'hit' in Australia with their next single, "Take Me", which reached number 62 in September 1992.  We shall see a remixed version of that track bubble under in August 1992.



Number 135 "Get Your Body!" by Adamski featuring Nina Hagen
Peak: number 114
Peak date: 22 June 1992
Weeks in top 150: 5 weeks
Weeks on chart: 8 weeks
 
We last saw English artist Adamski in January 1992.  "Get Your Body!" was the second single lifted from Adamski's second album Naughty (number 186, July 1992).

For this track, Adamski collaborated with German singer-songwriter Nina Hagen, who had been releasing material since 1978, but had never landed a charting release in Australia until now.  If you're unfamiliar with Nina (real name Catharina Hagen), I recommend checking out the crazy video for her 1982 single "Smack Jack", which is one of the videos I chose when I won a competition to program an hour of the Australian music video program rage in 2010.

Internationally, "Get Your Body" peaked at number 68 in the UK in March 1992.  Within Australia, the single performed strongest in Queensland, where it reached number 92.
 
This would be Adamski's final single to chart in Australia.



Next week (15 June): Five top 150 entries and four bubbling WAY down under debuts.

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01 June 2024

Week commencing 1 June 1992

Five of this week in 1992's six new entries peaking between numbers 101 and 150 climbed no higher than their entry position, which is an unusual occurrence.  Shall we take a look?

Before doing so, I have updated the following post:

* 28 August 1989 - newly-uncovered bubbling WAY down under entry for Eartha Kitt and Bronski Beat.
 
M People: not quite moving on up into the ARIA top 200 yet.
 
Top 150 debuts:
 
Number 123 "Take My Advice" by Kym Sims
Peak: number 123
Peak date: 1 June 1992
Weeks in top 150: 4 weeks
Weeks on chart: 4 weeks

We last saw American songstress Kym Sims in March 1992.
 
"Take My Advice" was the second single lifted from Kym's only album Too Blind to See It, which was released in Australia in April 1992 but did not chart.  I wasn't aware of this track until it appeared on a UK VHS compilation I was digitising in the late 2000s.  I am surprised that it was the bigger of Kym's two 'hits' in Australia, given that I knew the other one quite well at the time, thanks to hearing it on the American Top 40 radio show.

Internationally, "Take My Advice" peaked at number 13 in the UK in April 1992, number 18 in Ireland in April 1992, and number 86 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in May 1992.  For what it's worth (not much in my book), "Take My Advice" fared much better on the US Billboard Dance Club Songs chart, matching the number 5 peak of its predecessor in June 1992.

Within Australia, "Take My Advice" was most popular in New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory, where it reached number 99.

"Take My Advice", which has producer Steve "Silk" Hurley's trademark sound, would be Kym's final charting release in Australia.  Another single, "We Gotta Love", was issued locally in July 1996, but did not chart.  Meanwhile, Kym enjoyed middling success with a third single from her Too Blind to See It album, "A Little Bit More", which reached number 30 in the UK in June 1992.

I had wondered whether the male dancer in the "Take My Advice" video was LL Cool J, but apparently it's just a lookalike!
 
While we won't see Kym again, a song she wrote performed by another artist will appear in July 1992.

 
 
Number 124 "Story of the Blues" by Gary Moore
Peak: number 124
Peak date: 1 June 1992
Weeks in top 150: 13 weeks
Weeks on chart: 14 weeks
 
We last saw Northern Irish guitar maestro Gary Moore in 1991.

"Story of the Blues" was the second single lifted from Gary's ninth solo studio album After Hours (number 8, April 1992). It followed "Cold Day in Hell" (number 42, March 1992).
 
Internationally, "Story of the Blues" peaked at number 40 in the UK in May 1992, number 99 in Germany in June 1992, and number 50 in the Netherlands in June 1992.  The track also reached number 37 on the meaningless US Billboard Mainstream Rock Airplay chart in July 1992.

Domestically, "Story of the Blues" performed strongest in South Australia/Northern Territory, where it reached number 106.

In Australia, the chart run for "Story of the Blues" was split in two, falling out of the top 150 after its initial six-week run for two weeks, before returning for another seven weeks and climbing back to number 132.  "Story of the Blues" was still charting in early September 1992.

I don't recall hearing this one before.  It's very reminiscent of Gary's "Still Got the Blues (For You)"; almost as though he was trying to record a sequel to that track.
 
A third single released from After Hours, "Separate Ways", came out in Australia in October 1992 but failed to chart.
 
We will next see Gary in 1993.


 
Number 135 "Word Is Almost At Peace" by Ghostwriters
Peak: number 135
Peak date: 1 June 1992
Weeks in top 150: 3 weeks

Australian band Ghostwriters last graced our presence in February 1992.
 
"World Almost At Peace" was the third and final single lifted from the group's debut album Ghostwriters (number 96, January 1992).
 
I don't recall hearing this one before.  I quite liked it, and enjoyed it more than their actual one hit in Australia, "...Someone's Singing New York New York" (number 29, December 1991).

We shall next see Ghostwriters in 1996.
 

 
Number 138 "Cold Wind" by The Celibate Rifles
Peak: number 138
Peak date: 1 June 1992
Weeks in top 150: 3 weeks
 
We last saw Australian band The Celibate Rifles in 1991.
 
"Cold Wind" was the second single lifted from the band's seventh studio album Heaven on a Stick (number 51, March 1992), not counting their contribution of two tracks on a shared EP with Hard-Ons, Where the Wild Things Are (number 51, March 1992).

This would be the last top 150 single for The Celibate Rifles.  They had later top 150-charting albums with Yizgarnnoff (number 103, May 1993), and Spaceman in a Satin Suit (number 124, May 1994).


 
Number 139 "Separate Tables" by Chris de Burgh
Peak: number 139
Peak date: 1 June 1992
Weeks in top 150: 1 week

We last saw Chris de Burgh in 1991.
 
"Separate Tables" was the lead single from Chris' tenth studio album Power of Ten (number 81, June 1992).
 
Internationally, "Separate Tables" peaked at number 30 in the UK in April 1992, number 14 in Ireland in April 1992, number 39 in Germany in April 1992, and number 25 in Switzerland in May 1992.
 
"Separate Tables" would be Chris' final ARIA top 150 single, although he would have later albums denting the top 150, with This Way Up (number 149, August 1994), and Very Best of (number 75, April 1997).
 
 
 
Number 144 "Twisterella" by Ride
Peak: number 105
Peak dates: 8 June 1992 and 15 June 1992
Weeks in top 150: 10 weeks
 
English band Ride formed in Oxford in 1988.  Their debut album Nowhere peaked at number 104 in Australia in July 1990, despite yielding no top 150 singles.  It was quickly followed by the compilation album Smile (number 135, July 1990), which combined the band's first two EP's Ride and Play.
 
"Twisterella" was the band's second single to dent the top 150 in Australia, following "Leave Them All Behind" (number 89, April 1992), which I have seen the video for on rage a couple of times in recent years.  Both tracks were lifted from Ride's second album Going Blank Again (number 56, April 1992).
 
Internationally, "Twisterella" peaked at number 36 in the UK in April 1992, and number 15 in Ireland in April 1992.
 
"Twisterella" fared better on the Australian Music Report singles chart, where it reached number 100.
 
We will next see ride in 1994.
 

 
Bubbling WAY down under:
 
Number 166 "Slash 'N' Burn" by Manic Street Preachers
Peak: number 158
Peak date: 6 July 1992
Weeks on chart: 7 weeks

We last saw Welsh band Manic Street Preachers in 1991.
 
"Slash 'N' Burn" was issued as the third single from the Manics' debut album Generation Terrorists (number 182, April 1992) in Australia, although it was only the second to chart.  "Love's Sweet Exile", released locally in March 1992, failed to chart.  Another single, "You Love Us", was released in the UK, but not Australia, before this one.

Internationally, "Slash 'N' Burn" peaked at number 20 in the UK in March 1992.  Within Australia, the single was most popular in Victoria/Tasmania, where it reached number 140.

We'll next see Manic Street Preachers in August 1992.


 
Number 205 "Colour My Life" by M People
Peak: number 205
Peak date: 1 June 1992
Weeks on chart: 1 week
 
English band M People formed in Manchester in 1990.  Although "Colour My Life" is their first single I have written about, their debut single "How Can I Love You More?" entered the ARIA singles chart at number 174 in February 1992 - but it will not reach its peak until a remixed version of it was released in 1993 (the peak for its original chart run, outside the top 150, is unknown).  Both tracks appear on M People's debut album Northern Soul (number 150, April 1993).
 
"Colour My Life" peaked at number 35 in the UK in March 1992.  In Australia, the single performed strongest in New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory, where it reached number 186.
 
"Colour My Life" was released in Australia in April 1992 and took nearly two months to spend a solitary week on the chart just outside the top 200.
 
M People's commercial breakthrough in Australia would not come until late 1993, with "Moving on Up" (number 4, January 1994), the second single from the band's second album Elegant Slumming (number 7, February 1994).
 
We shall next see M People in 1993.

 
 
Number 206 "Memories" by Beverley Craven
Peak: number 195
Peak date: 15 June 1992
Weeks on chart: 2 weeks 

Beverley Craven last graced our presence in 1991.  "Memories" was released as the second single in Australia from her debut album Beverley Craven (number 141, July 1991).
 
Internationally, "Memories" peaked at number 68 in the UK in December 1991.  In Australia, "Memories" performed strongest in New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory, where it reached number 181.

A live performance was used to promote "Memories" as a single, rather than a music video.  The video embedded below is the studio recording of the song.

"Memories" would be Beverley's final charting single in Australia.  She would, however, have one further low-charting charting album with Promise Me: The Best of (number 1062, April 2011).  A third single from Beverley Craven, "Holding On", was released locally in August 1992 but did not chart.



Next week (8 June): Just three new entries, all of which peak within the top 150.

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