ARIA Charts Throwback: 28 August 1988
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ARIA Charts Throwback: 28 August 1988

August 29, 2019

It's got to be perfect, it's got to be worth it, it’s got to be the hits of August 1988.

As August 1988 was winding up, John Farnham, Crowded House, Kylie Minogue, Bros, Tracy Chapman. Cliff Richard, Robert Palmer were among the names at the top of the ARIA Albums Chart.

The second half of the month saw a British act make their only ever impact on the top of the Singles Chart.

10. Underworld - Underneath The Radar

With their debut single, British electronic band Underworld took out their only entry in the ARIA Top Ten. During the 90s, the group would undergo several line-up and stylistic changes before scoring another hit with the techno track ‘Born Slippy .NUXX’ (#20 Jan. ’97).

9. Chantoozies - Wanna Be Up

The second and final Top Ten entry for Melbourne pop group came when ‘Wanna Be Up’ peaked at #6 for two weeks in mid-1988. The eight-piece had first tasted charted success with ‘Witch Queen’ (#4 Apr. ’87). Their final chart appearance came with a cover of Stephen Stills’ ‘Love The One You’re With’ (#21 May ’91).

8. Cheap Trick - Don't Be Cruel

Following ‘The Flame’ (#1 Jun. ’88), power pop icons Cheap Trick scored a second Top Ten hit in 1988 when they released a version of ‘Don’t Be Cruel’. Originally released by Elvis Presley in 1956, Cheap Trick’s version of the track peaked at #4 for two straight weeks in September 1988.

7. Kylie Minogue - Got To Be Certain

Kylie Minogue’s third consecutive #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart came when her third single, ‘Got To Be Certain’, spent three straight weeks at the top of the charts in July 1988. The second single from Minogue’s debut album, Kylie (#2 Jul. ‘88), ‘Got To Be Certain’ debuted at #1 and went on to spend a total of nine weeks in the Top Ten and 14 weeks in the Top 50.

6. Bros - I Owe You Nothing

All three of Bros’ three Top Ten hits in Australia occurred during 1988. ‘I Owe You Nothing’ gave the trio their third Top Ten when it peaked at #6 for two weeks in August. They previously charted with ‘When Will I Be Famous?’ (#5 Jun. ’88) and ‘Drop The Boy’ (#9 Jul. ’88).

5. Crowded House - Better Be Home Soon

‘Better Be Home Soon’ became Crowded House’s biggest hit on the ARIA Singles Chart when it peaked at #2 for four weeks during July/August 1988. Among the four ARIAs won by the group in 1989, they took out the Song Of The Year award for the track, their second time winning in that category.

4. Timelords - Doctorin' The Tardis

British duo The KLF hit the ARIA Top Ten for the first time when they released the single ‘Doctorin’ The Tardis’ in 1988. The track was a mash-up of the Doctor Who theme song. It went to #1 in the UK and spent a week at #2 here in Australia.

3. Robert Palmer - Simply Irresistible

Two years on from spending two weeks at #1 with ‘Addicted To Love’, British singer-songwriter Robert Palmer returned to the top of the Singles Chart with ‘Simply Irresistible’. The track, well known for its distinctive music video, spent five weeks at #1.

2. John Farnham - Age Of Reason

John Farnham scored his second #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart when the title track to Age Of Reason (#1 Jul. ’88) held the top spot for four straight weeks in July/August 1988. The album also spawned the Top Ten hit ‘Two Strong Hearts’ (#6 Oct. ’88).

1. Fairground Attraction - Perfect

Releasing their debut single, ‘Perfect’, British band Fairground Attraction scored their only #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart. Debuting at #41 in July 1988, the single hit #1 for the first time in its seventh week in the Top 50. ‘Perfect’ spent three straight weeks at #1 before going on to notch up 11 weeks in the Top Ten and 19 weeks in the Top 50. Fairground attraction split in 1990.