The Friday 5×2: 2WS, Sydney, NSW (Australia) On This Day in 1979

Back to the Land Down Under and to radio station 2WS in Sydney. We looked at their survey on June 1. You’ll be happy to know that none of those songs are on this survey, and that there’s little to no disco.

  1. Electric Light Orchestra, “Don’t Bring Me Down” This peaked at #6 in Australia, which is where it was down from the week before.
  2. Thom Pace, “Maybe” The subtitle on this is “Theme Song from The TV Series The Life And Times of Grizzly Adams.” I never watched the show, so I’ll have to take their word for it. This leapt into the Top 10 from #16 the week before.
  3. Bellamy Brothers, “If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body (Would You Hold It Against Me)” This clever play on words (dare I call it a pun?) had been around for a while. I heard it a few times on Monty Python’s Flying Circus, which aired long before this song was recorded. Up from #10 the week before.
  4. Night, “Hot Summer Nights” Night was a band formed in LA consisting of British session players. This made it to #3 in Australia; here it’s down from #5.
  5. Christie Allen, “Goosebumps” Christie was a popular singer in Australia. This was her highest-charting single there, reaching #3. Up from #6 the week before.
  6. Cliff Richard, “We Don’t Talk Anymore” A perennial favorite, Cliff took this to #3 in Australia and #1 in the UK. This week marked the second that it spent at #5.
  7. Kiss, “I Was Made For Lovin’ You” Everyone’s favorite band in heavy makeup, this reached #2 in Australia and New Zealand and #1 in Canada, but didn’t reach the Top 10 in the US or UK. Slid down from #2 the week before.
  8. The Boomtown Rats, “I Don’t Like Mondays” A song inspired by a mass murder, this reached #1 in Australia and the UK and didn’t even reach the Top 40 in the US or Canada. It did get a lot of play on FM stations, particularly on Monday mornings. This stayed put at #3 for another week.
  9. Patrick Hernandez, “Born To Be Alive” The closest thing we have this week that sounds anything like disco. Patrick was a French singer (his father was Spanish, his mother Italian) who had a worldwide #1 with this. Swapped places with Kiss from the week before.
  10. The Knack, “My Sharona” The pride of Los Angeles when this record reached #1 in the US, Canada, and Australia, it spent another week at #1.

And that’s your Friday 5×2 for October 19, 2018.

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