The Friday 5×2: 3FOX (Fox FM Melbourne, Victoria), 1990

I was still more or less listening to pop radio in 1990, although I found myself seraching the radio dial for alternatives, so I decided to go with this survey from Fox FM (3FOX), which Wikipedia tells us is the most listened-to radio station in all of Australia. I’m impressed…

  1. Black Box, “Ride On Time” Wikipedia tells us that they were a house music trio who employed Katrin Quinol (the attractive woman seen in the video) as its alleged frontwoman (as they called her, the band’s “image”). There was quite a bit of controversy when it was discovered that Katrin was merely lip-syncing and the actual singer was a woman named Martha Wash. There was a lot of that going on around this time, as you’ll soon see. The song did well in Australia, reaching #2.
  2. Midnight Oil, “Blue Sky Mine” Midnight Oil is an Australian rock band based in Sydney. They’ve won 11 ARIA awards (the Australian equivalent of the Grammys) and are members of the ARIA Hall of Fame. This went to #1 in the US on the Mainstream Rock and Alternative charts and #8 in Australia.
  3. The B-52’s, “Love Shack” This alternative band from Athens, Georgia (from whence R. E. M. also comes) has been around since 1979, but I didn’t hear of them until they released this and it went to #3 in the US. It went to #1 in Australia and sold enough records to earn double platinum status.
  4. Milli Vanilli, “Girl I’m Gonna Miss You” Around the same time that Black Box had their controversy over their alleged lead singer not actually sung their hits, Milli Vanilli, who had won the Grammy for Best New Artist, admitted that they hadn’t actually sung any of their songs. They returned the Grammy and they never achieved that kind of success again. This reached #1 in the US and #3 in Australia.
  5. Michael Bolton, “How Am I Supposed To Live Without You?” Say what you will about Michael Bolton, he did his own singing, and continues to do so to this day. This reached #1 in the US on the Pop and Adult Contemporary charts and #2 in Australia.
  6. Peter Blakeley, “Crying In The Chapel” Not a cover of the Elvis tune, but pretty good nonetheless. Peter is an Australian White Soul and Adult Contemporary singer and songwriter. This record went double platinum in Australia, but I couldn’t find chart performance data.
  7. Alannah Myles, “Black Velvet” This was the Canada-based singer-songwriter’s lone #1 in the US, but as her previous single, “Love Is,” reached #36 in this country, technically she’s not a one-hit wonder, but she might as well be. It reached #1 in the US and #3 in Australia, where it achieved Gold status, but only reached #10 in Canada.
  8. Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville, “Don’t Know Much” Linda had a magnificent voice until Parkinson’s disease (not MS as I told someone else) robbed her of it, but she left an impressive catalog of songs, including this one with R&B singer Aaron Neville, with whom she released three singles. No data on how well it did in Australia, but it reached #2 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart in the US.
  9. Lisa Stansfield, “All Around The World” A song that still gets some airplay on Smooth Jazz stations, this reached #9 in Australia and earned Gold status, while it reached #3 in the US on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Dance and R&B charts.
  10. Aerosmith, “Janie’s Got A Gun” The Bad Boys From Boston reached #2 on the US Mainstream Rock chart and #1 in Australia with this song. What more is there to say?

And that’s the Friday 5×2 for February 15, 2019 (which would have been my dad’s 87th birthday).

10 thoughts on “The Friday 5×2: 3FOX (Fox FM Melbourne, Victoria), 1990

  1. Always love the wild and wacky B52’s..they truly seem to be from another planet. I think Michael Bolton has a great voice and, when he was on Dancing With The Stars, he was treated poorly by his professional dance partner. He is not a good dancer but I think he was a good egg and he went back to sing Hallelujah and it was beautiful. I love Linda Ronstadt and it is so cruel when artists have their gift taken away. I think of my mom who was a true artist with her eggs only to lose her eye sight from macular degeneration. I also think of Julie Andrews who lost her voice through a botched operation and we were robbed then as well.


  2. Thanks for this John. Listened to Midnight Oil and B-52s and liked them a lot. Listened to Aerosmith a bit but not my type of good music. Haven’t heard of the others though. Then again I did not grow up in either Australia or the US. But in the 90’s I was already over 25 and still listening to Dire Straits, Bowie and Supertramp. I became more adventurous later on with the Cranberries, Kurt Cobain then the XX, PJ Hartley, Alela Diane, Eddie Vedder…..


    1. I was in my 30’s and 40’s in the 90’s and was still listening to the music I grew up with in the ’60’s and ’70’s. By the time the ’90’s rolled around, I couldn’t find anything new I actually liked…


      1. Well that’s a pity, you should definitely try to discover new music. There are a lot of excellent things out there. New musicians, singer songwriters emerging all the time. Have a look at Deezer or Spotify, or find a new radio station. At 53, thanks to my children, I discover treasures every year.

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