Retro top 10

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - ENTERTAINM­ENT -

THIS WEEK IN 1992

1 Abba-Es­que (EP) Era­sure

2 Heart­beat Nick Berry

3 Haz­ard Richard Marx

4 Some­thing Good Utah Saints

5 Please Don’t Go/Game Boy KWS

6 TooFunky Ge­orge Michael

7 It Only Takes A Minute Take That

8 Blue Room The Orb

9 Jump Kris Kross

10 The One El­ton John

Era­sure’s Vince Clark and Andy Bell scored their only UK num­ber one with ‘Abba-es­que’, an EP of four cover ver­sions of the Abba hits, ‘Lay All Your Love On Me’, ‘SOS’, ‘Take A Chance On Me’ and ‘Voulez-Vous’.

Vo­cal Abba fans, Clark and Bell had of­ten per­formed songs from the Swedish su­per­group at their con­certs, so re­leas­ing this trib­ute EP was no great sur­prise. As well as top­ping the chart in the UK, it also hit num­ber one in Ire­land, Aus­tria, Fin­land, Den­mark, Greece, and - as you might ex­pect - Swe­den.

Prior to ‘Abba-Es­que’, Era­sure had twice stalled at No.2 in the charts, with ‘Some­times’ in 1986 and the ‘Crack­ers In­ter­na­tional’ EP in ‘88.

Aussie trib­ute band Bjorn Again re­leased their own an­swer to ‘Abba-Es­que’, an EP called ‘Era­sure-ish’ fea­tur­ing two Era­sure songs (‘Stop!’ and ‘A Lit­tle Re­spect’) per­formed in the style of Abba. It reached No 25 in the UK charts in Septem­ber 1992.

• Ac­tor Nick Berry, who achieved his break­through as ‘Wicksy’ in Eastenders, al­ready had a num­ber one sin­gle (‘Ev­ery Loser Wins’) un­der his belt when, in 1992, he came to record the ti­tle song for the ITV se­ries ‘Heart­beat’, in which he starred as po­lice­man Nick Rowan.

Berry’s cover of the Buddy Holly song gave him a No. 2 hit in the UK. It was the sec­ond time a cover ver­sion of the song had made the UK top ten: Showad­dy­waddy had reached num­ber 7 with ‘Heart­beat’ in 1975.

Though one of Buddy Holly’s best known record­ings, it did not have a huge im­pact on the charts when re­leased in 1958/’59. In the US, it peaked at num­ber 82; in the UK the sin­gle reached No. 30.

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