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This Week In... 1988

January 31, 2017

Check out what was #1 on the ARIA Charts 29 years ago!


The 12th Man - Wired World Of Sports

The second album from Billy Birmingham under The 12th Man moniker became the satirist’s first #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart when it spent three straight weeks at #1 in January/February 1988. Wired World Of Sports debuted at #50 in December 1987. It hit #1 for the first time in its sixth week in the top 50. The album was the follow up to The 12th Man’s debut It's Just Not Cricket, which featured the #1 single of the same name (#1 Jul. ’84).

Wired World Of Sports was #25 on the 1988 ARIA End Of Year Albums Chart.

The 12th Man has hit #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart with a further six titles: 12th Man Again! (#1 Feb. ’90), Still The 12th Man (#1 Jan. ’93), Wired World Of Sports II (#1 Dec. ’94), Bill Lawry... This Is Your Life (#1 Dec. ’97), The Final Dig? (#1 Dec. ’01) and Boned (#1 Dec. ’06).

Birmingham most recently charted with the compilation The Very Best Of Richie (#4 Dec. ’15).


George Harrison - Got My Mind Set On You

The late George Harrison scored the only solo #1 by an ex-Beatle on the ARIA Singles Chart when ‘Got My Mind Set On You’ spent one week in the top spot in early 1988. A cover of a track written and composed by Rudy Clark and originally recorded by James Ray in 1962, ‘Got My Mind Set On You’ spent debuted at #42 in November 1987. It hit #1 in its tenth week in the top 50. The single spent a total of 13 weeks in the top ten and 20 weeks in the top 50.

The single was the first released from Harrison’s eleventh studio album Cloud Nine (#10 Apr. ’88). It was #17 on the 1988 ARIA End Of Year Singles Chart.

Harrison topped the Australian Singles in the pre-ARIA with ‘My Sweet Lord’ (#1 Jan. ’71). After ‘Got My Mind Set On You’, he also topped the ARIA Albums Chart for two weeks in 1989 with the debut album from supergroup The Traveling Wilburys, Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1 (#1 Feb. ’89).