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This Week In... 1988

June 5, 2018

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

ALBUM

Soundtrack - Good morning Vietnam

The soundtrack to the 1988 film Good Morning Vietnam spent three straight weeks at the top of the ARIA Albums Chart during June 1988. Set during the Vietnam War in 1965, the film featured recordings from the decade including tracks by The Beach Boys, Them, James Brown, The Searchers and Martha and the Vandellas. Also on the album was Louis Armstrong’s 1967 track ‘What A Wonderful World’, which was re-released as a single to coincide with its inclusion in the film. The re-release reached #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart for one week in July 1988.

Good Morning Vietnam debuted at #18 in May and hit #1 for the first time in its sixth week in the Top 50. The album went on to spend 16 weeks in the Top Ten and 26 weeks in the Top 50.

Landing at #15 on the 1988 ARIA End Of Year Albums Chart, the Good Morning Vietnam soundtrack was accredited 2x Platinum.

Single

Cheap Trick - The Flame

American rock band Cheap Trick picked up their only #1 to date on the ARIA Singles Chart when ‘The Flame’ spent four straight weeks at the top of the chart in June 1988. Released as the first single from the band’s tenth studio album, Lap Of Luxury (#14 Sept. ’88), the track debuted at #27 in May before hitting #1 for the first time in its fifth week in the chart.

Spending a total of 13 weeks in the Top Ten and 22 weeks in the Top 50, ‘The Flame’ later reached #3 on the 1988 ARIA End Of Year Singles Chart. The track was also Cheap Trick’s first #1 single in the US and Canada.

Cheap Trick picked one more top five single from Lap Of Luxury with their cover of Elvis Presley’s ‘Don’t Be Cruel’ (#4 Sept. ’88). They last appeared on the ARIA Singles Chart with ‘Can't Stop Fallin’ Into Love’ (#26 Sept. ’90).