This week in 1989: the final chart for the year and the decade, with new entries from Melissa Etheridge, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Pop Will Eat Itself, Michelle Shocked, Simply Red, and Cyndi Lauper. Plus, I have updated some earlier posts from 1989 (linked within this week's post) with new uncovered bubbling WAY down under entries from Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, Karyn White, Pseudo Echo, and Big Country. https://www.bubblingdownunder.com/2020/12/week-commencing-18-december-1989.html
I find the chart history of PWEI to be rather odd. They had fair success in the UK but only one single that i know of made the top 100 (X,Y and Zee Number #89 in 1991) and yet everything else fell below the top 100. Aussie chart pickers must have liked that one enough to boost it's success i suppose. Thank you very very much for the blog this year. It's nice to have this info out there preserved for posterity as it were. Look forward to 1990.
This week in 1990 - new entries from The Georgia Satellites, Underworld, Quincy Jones featuring Ray Charles and Chaka Khan, Malcolm McLaren and the Bootzilla Orchestra, and Paul Simpson featuring Adeva.
This week in 1990: new entries from Fine Young Cannibals, Texas, David Byrne, After 7, Transvision Vamp, Boxcar, Sybil, Blow featuring Roy Hamilton, Club Veg, Tanita Tikaram, and Jimi the Human & Spectre 7. In fact, this week has the highest number of top 150-peaking debuts for 1990.
I had no idea Boxcar were australian, but what i wanted to comment on was your mentioning that australia wasn't ready for electronic music made by local artists and i think you have a very valid point. It would take some time and my thinking is if Beatfish didn't have two fairly recognisable faces from two well known australian bands as part of it's line up 'Wheels Of Love' might not have been such a big hit. When you look at 'Dead Eyes Opened'in 1994 the success of that single i would attribute to the wave of techno that was becoming popular in 1994 and especially in 1995. Even bands like Infusion in the 2000s weren't that successful. I guess aussies like their rock and plenty of it.
'Wheels of Love' was a fairly middling hit, really, peaking at #26. 'Dead Eyes Opened' seemed to gain exposure/popularity via the Triple J Hottest 100. If I remember correctly, it was used in a Triple J ad on the ABC, possibly promoting the hottest 100 voting, towards the end of '94/very early '95. But, oddly, Severed Heads' follow-up, 'Heart of the Party', which sounds relatively commercial (minus the darker-themed lyrics) - and was produced by Boxcar - tanked at #115. Last edited:
What's great about what you do is for someone like myself who thrives on statistics you provide that with your weekly blog especially now since you include how many weeks the song stayed in the top 150, where it peaked, the week that it peaked and so on. It must be very interesting information from the point of view of a music lover to be able to look at the info you have for reference from time to time. I've only ever seen a top 150 albums chart and a top 100 albums chart from 2 weeks in september 1989 and was amazed by the information that was there. I rarely comment on your blog,but always look forward to fridays and read it every week. You do chart lovers a great service
^ Thank you! I didn't know when I started this blog how well it would be received/whether it would have an audience, as it's fairly niche interest, so it's nice to see that some people appreciate it. It's only today, actually, that I've added the peak date info, after a request from an anonymous user; but I have only added it for the 1990 posts so far. It will take time to go back and do the 1989 posts.
I wish that similar info beyond #100 was accessible for the UK charts, pre-November 1994 on the Chart Log UK site, as it definitely exists as far back as at least 1983.
This week in 1990: new entries from V. Spy V. Spy, Mantronix featuring Wondress, The Beach Boys, The Smithereens, Eddie Money, The Beatmasters featuring Claudia Fontaine, Camper Van Beethoven, Eddie Murphy, W.A.S.P., Babyface, Terence Trent D'Arby, and Basia.
This week in 1990: 10 new top 150 entries, including Max Q, The Stone Roses, Billy Joel, Wildland, Replay, The Trilobites (fronted by a current channel 9 news reporter!), De Mont, Tracey Arbon, Whitesnake, and Steve Hoy.
This week in 1990: new top 150 debuts from Colin Hay Band, Weddings Parties Anything, They Might Be Giants, Cliff Richard, Innocence, Don Henley, and Def Leppard; plus a bubbling WAY down under entry from Queen.