This Week In… 1986
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This Week In… 1986

February 23, 2016


Brothers In Arms – Dire Straits

The fifth studio album from British rock band Dire Straits holds a special place in ARIA Charts history. Brothers In Arms holds the record for the most weeks spent at #1 on the Albums Chart, having notched up a whopping 34 weeks at the top during 1985 and 1986. It debuted at #1 on release in May 1985 and spent 22 further weeks at the peak in 1985. It returned to the top for another 11 straight weeks in early 1986 when the band were in the midst of their 52-date tour of Australia in support of the album.

Brothers In Arms features the singles ‘So Far Away’ (#22 Jun. ‘85), ‘Money For Nothing’ (#4 Sept. ’85), and ‘Walk Of Life’ (#11 Mar. ‘86). Since its release it’s been accredited 17x Platinum.

Dire Straits topped the Albums Chart for one week with the follow-up to Brothers In Arms, On Every Street (#1 Sept. ’91), before splitting in 1995. They last charted with the compilation Best Of Dire Straits And Mark Knopfler: Private Investigations (#35 Nov. ’05).


A Good Heart – Feargal Sharkey

Feargal Sharkey, former lead singer of Northern Irish punk band The Undertones, picked up his only #1 on the ARIA Charts when the single ‘A Good Heart’ spent two weeks at the top in early 1986. The track debuted at #17 in late-December 1985 and reached #1 in its tenth week in the chart. ‘A Good Heart’ spent 14 weeks in the top ten. It also topped the charts in the UK and Ireland.

Both this single and its follow-up, ‘You Little Thief’ (#4 Apr. ’86), came from Sharkey’s self-titled debut solo album (#7 Mar. ’86), which was produced by David A. Stewart of the Eurythmics.

Sharkey retired from performing in 1991 and has since taken up a number of roles on the business side of the music industry.