ARIA Charts Throwback: 14 August 1983
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ARIA Charts Throwback: 14 August 1983

August 15, 2019

Hear the music, close your eyes, feel the rhythm.

It’s the hits of August 1983.In the middle of August 1983, the likes of The Police, Elton John, Wham!, Eurythmics, Stevie Nicks, Bob Marley, Spandau Ballet, Tim Finn and the Flashdance soundtrack held strong at the top of the ARIA Albums Chart.

On the Singles Chart, the theme to one of the year’s biggest movies was outperforming the competition.

10. Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse Of The Heart

British singer Bonnie Tyler’s ‘Total Eclipse Of The Heart’ became the first ever #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart when the chart debuted in July 1983. The first single released from Tyler’s fifth album, Faster Than The Speed Of Night (#3 Jul. ’83), it was written and produced by Jim Steinman, the man behind Meat Loaf’s Bat Out Of Hell. ‘Total Eclipse Of The Heart’ was also a #1 hit for Tyler around the world, including in the US, Canada, UK and New Zealand. In March 1995, English singer Nicki French scored a #2 hit with a dance remake of the track. Bonnie Tyler’s last Singles Chart appearance was with ‘Holding Out For A Hero’ (#44 Jul. ’84).

9. Wham! - Bad Boys

Wham! scored their third Top Ten single for 1983 when they peaked at #9 for one week with ‘Bad Boys’. The British duo charted earlier in the year with ‘Young Guns (Go For It)’ (#4 Mar. ’83) and ‘Wham! Rap (Enjoy What You Do)’ (#9 Jun. ’83).

8. Tim Finn - Fraction Too Much Friction

Tim Finn scored his only solo Top Ten single when ‘Fraction Too Much Friction’ held #8 for four straight weeks in July/August. The track was the first single released from the Split Enz singer-songwriter’s debut solo album, Escapade (#8 Jul. ’83).

7. Elton John - I'm Still Standing

Reuniting full-time with lyricist Bernie Taupin and the core members of the early-70s iteration of his band, Elton John scored his first Top Five studio album in Australia since 1975 with Too Low For Zero (#2 Sept. ’83). ‘I’m Still Standing’ was the first of two tracks from the album to peak at #4, with ‘I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues’ spending two weeks there in Sept/Oct 1983.

6. Real Life - Send Me An Angel

The debut single from Real Life, ‘Send Me An Angel’ became the Melbourne new wave band’s first Top Ten single when it peaked at #6. They also hit the Top Ten with ‘Catch Me I’m Falling’ (#8 Apr. ’84). Both tracks came from Real Life’s debut album, Heartland (#30 Apr. ’84).

5. Culture Club - Church Of The Poison Mind

Culture Club took out the first of their three Top Ten hits from Colour By Numbers (#1 Oct. ’83) when ‘Church Of The Poison Mind’ peaked at #4 for two weeks in July/August 1983. The album also produced the hits ‘Karma Chameleon’ (#1 Oct. ’83) and ‘Victims’ (#4 Feb. ’84).

4. Austen Tayshus - Australiana

Comedian Austen Tayshus spent eight weeks at #1 between August and October 1983 with the spoken word single ‘Australiana’. Co-written with Billy Birmingham (aka The Twelfth Man), the single debuted at #23 and hit #1 for the first time in its fourth week in the Top 50. In total, ‘Australiana’ spent 15 weeks in the Top Ten and 23 weeks in the Top 50. Austen Tayshus would later chart with ‘Phantom Shuffle’ (#16 Nov. ’84) and ‘Highway Corroboree’ (#43 Mar. ’88).

3. Eddy Grant - Electric Avenue

Guyanese-British musician Eddy Grant had his biggest hit in Australia when ‘Electric Avenue’ peaked at #2 during September 1983. He had another chart peak the next month with ‘I Don’t Wanna Dance’ (#21 Oct. ’83). Both tracks came from Grant’s fifth solo album, Killer On The Rampage (#11 Sept. ’83).

2. The Police - Every Breath You Take

Released as the first single from The Police’s final studio album, Synchronicity (#1 Jul. ’83), ‘Every Breath You Take’ became the band’s sixth and final Top Ten single in Australia when it spent three weeks at #2 in August 1983. A sample of the song was later used in the Puff Daddy and Faith Evans hit ‘I’ll Be Missing You’ (#1 Aug. ’97).

1. Irene Cara – Flashdance… What A Feeling

American artist Irene Cara’s theme tune to the film Flashdance became the second #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart when it hit the top spot in the chart’s second week. ‘Flashdance… What A Feeling’ went on to spend seven weeks at #1 between July and September 1983. The Flashdance soundtrack also spent three weeks at #1 in August and September of the same year. Cara next hit the Top Ten with ‘Why Me?’ (#5 Feb. ’84). Her last Singles Chart appearance was with ‘Breakdance’ (#19 Jul. ’84).