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.
This week in 1990: new entries from Suzanne Vega, Malcolm McLaren, Melissa Etheridge, Sharon O'Neill, Rebel MC, Adrian Belew featuring David Bowie, Depeche Mode, The Booz'n Bang'n Dance Crew, and Bruce Dickinson.
This week in 1990: new entries from Joan Armatrading, The Sundays, Swanee, Bruce Hornsby & The Range, Inspiral Carpets, Wildland, and The Beautiful South. Plus a music video that supposedly captured a ghost on film.
This week in 1990: new entries from Boo-Ya T.R.I.B.E., Scrap Metal, Paul Young, The Mission, John Hiatt, Ben Liebrand featuring Nasty Chat, Splash, Hithouse featuring Reggie, Rita MacNeil, and Jean-Michel Jarre.
This week in 1990: new entries from Alson, Paul McCartney, Pretenders, Paul Norton, Ray Lyell and The Storm, Dan Fogelberg, Kate Ceberano, The Vaughan Brothers, and Sting; plus 3 updated posts from earlier in the year containing new entries from Damn Yankees and Kate Ceberano and Her Sextet.
This week in 1990: the chart finishes before number 150 for the first and only time since it extended beyond #100 in January 1989, plus new entries from The Charlatans, Lowen & Navarro, John Williamson, and Public Image Limited.
This week in 1990 (the final chart survey for the year): new entries from Daryl Hall & John Oates, Angry Anderson, John Lennon, Russell Morris, Doug Anthony All Stars, Bass-O-Matic, Clouds, 808 State, Real Life, Soul II Soul featuring Kym Mazelle, and The Human League.
Great write up about Mel & Kim (didn't know about the FLM meaning), I was also a big fan back in the day and was pretty sad when Mel died. By the time Kim released her solo stuff I had moved on to different music and never listened to it sadly.
This week in 1991: new entries from Shane Howard, The Farm, A Homeboy A Hippie & A Funki Dredd, Al B. Sure!, Jazzi P, Everyday People, Kid Sensation, Louie Louie, Holly Johnson, Winger, Innocence, The Chimes, Sybil, Big Pig, and The 2 Live Crew.
This week in 1991: new entries from Mark Williams, Dino, Techno-Color featuring Twiggy, Scott Carne, Maxi Priest, Dave Stewart and The Spiritual Cowboys, Stress, a-ha, and Edie Brickell & New Bohemians.
This week in 1991: new entries from Chris Rea, Adventures of Stevie V, Paul Kelly and The Messengers, Morrissey, Tall Tales and True, Butthole Surfers, Kelly Marie, Eurythmics, The Lightning Seeds, and Young Disciples. Plus some earlier posts updated with newly uncovered peaks for Gary Moore, Alexander O'Neal, Sa-Fire, and Danny Wilson.
This week in 1991: new entries from Dream Warriors, Queensrÿche, Schnell Fenster, Marilyn Monroe, Samantha Fox, The Midnight Shift featuring Robin Wright and Issy Van Randwyck, MC Hammer, and Monie Love.
This week in 1991: new entries from Michael Bolton, Huey Lewis & The News, Scritti Politti featuring Sweet Irie, The Shamen, Elvis Costello, Steeltown, Izabella, Daddy Freddy, Van Halen, 808 State, and Dr. Alban.
My 1981 recaps conclude (I have now caught up to where I started with them in September 2021) with this week's post, containing new entries from: Siouxsie & The Banshees, Allniters, The Swingers, Gillian Eastoe, Carole Bayer Sager, The Eighty Eights, and Mi-Sex.
This week in 1991: new entries from Gary Clail On-U Sound System, Paul Young, Ozzy Osbourne, Alice Cooper, Bad English, Vanessa Williams, Tall Tales and True, Shut Up and Dance, Bette Midler, and Maxi Priest.
This week in 1991: new entries from B.G. The Prince of Rap, Chris Lloyds & Laurin James, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Thompson Twins, Frankie Knuckles, Bros, Spandau Ballet, CQ and Miss M., Ice-T, and James Ingram.
This week in 1991: new entries from Billy Bragg, Culture Beat, Monty Python, John Williamson, Utah Saints, Bizarre Inc, EMF, Pet Shop Boys, Manic Street Preachers, Dave Stewart and The Spiritual Cowboys, and Marc Almond.
Thanks for reading NationOfZealots. I have the top 150 charts for 1997. While I'd probably not rather give away too many 'spoilers' in this public thread, I don't mind giving you a couple of peaks from then if you're after them (or you could send me a Memo).
But yes, unfortunately, I won't be writing about 1997 until 2028. Was it the KLF peak from 1997 you were after?
Meanwhile... this week in 1991: new entries from Nomad, Moodswings featuring Chrissie Hynde, Enigma, Skid Row, Michael W. Smith, and Corina.
This week in 1991: new entries from Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch, Chris Whitley, Tears for Fears, Everything but the Girl, Ian McCulloch, Push Push, Holy Noise featuring The Global Insert Project, Definition of Sound, and Europe.