Retro top 10
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.