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This Week In... 1987

December 12, 2017

Check out what was #1 on the ARIA Charts 30 years ago!


Icehouse - Man Of Colours

ARIA Hall Of Fame members Icehouse took out their only #1 album to date when their fifth studio release Man Of Colours spent eleven consecutive weeks at the top of the ARIA Albums Chart between October and December 1987. Debuting at #46, the follow-up to Measure For Measure (#8 Jun. ’86) hit the top spot for the first time in its second week on the chart. Man Of Colours went on to spend a total of 35 weeks in the top ten and 47 weeks in the top 50.

Midway through Man Of Colours’ run at the top, Icehouse picked up a #1 double when ‘Electric Blue’ hit the top of the singles chart for a week in late-November. Four other singles were released from the album: ‘Crazy’ (#4 Aug. ‘87), ‘My Obsession’ (#12 Dec. ‘87), ‘Man Of Colours’ (#28 Apr. ‘88) and ‘Nothing Too Serious’ (#29 Jun. ‘88).

At the second ARIA Awards, Man Of Colours won Album Of The Year and Highest Selling Album.

Icehouse was inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame in 2006.


Rick Astley - Never Gonna Give You Up

British pop star Rick Astley’s debut single ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ is, to date, his only chart-topping single in Australia. The track spent seven straight weeks at the top of the ARIA Singles Chart in December 1987 and January 1988. Lifted from the album Whenever You Need Somebody (#1 Apr. ’88), it debuted at #43 at the start of November 1987 before hitting #1 for the first time in its sixth week in the top 50.

‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ spent a total of 21 weeks in the top ten 29 weeks in the top 50. It was accredited Gold.

Astley has picked up two further top five singles in Australia with ‘Whenever You Need Somebody’ (#3 Mar. ‘88) and ‘When I Fall In Love / My Arms Keep Missing You’ (#5 May ‘88). ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ experienced a renaissance when the track was used as an internet prank called Rickrolling.

Rick Astley last hit the ARIA top 50 with the single ‘Cry For Help’ (#13 May ’91).