from the album Indecent Obsession (Spoken Words) (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #31 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 5
Today's song of the day comes from the Australian modern rock band Indecent Obsession, who hail from the city of Brisbane in Queensland. They came together in the late 1980's under keyboard player Michael Szumowski and drummer Daryl Sims, with David Dixon initially as the lead singer, Andrew Coyne on guitar. With this lineup they released their debut album in 1989, titled Spoken Words in their homeland. The first single released there, "Say Goodbye", climbed up to #6 on the Australian singles chart (in retrospect their biggest single there). It was a cheesy synth-pop track, as was their follow-up, "Tell Me Something". Written by Dixon and Szumowski, it rode on a Stock-Aitken-Waterman-style HI-NRG beat full of bass and boyish charm. It reached #17 in Australia, then when the album was re-released in the States under the band's name, "Tell Me Something" became the first single...
"Tell Me Something" became Indecent Obsession's first and only top-40 pop hit in the U.S. in September of 1990. The song also climbed to #39 on Billboard's Dance Club Play chart. Internationally, beside their home the record was a minor hit in the UK (#91). Two more singles came from their debut, and reached the charts in Australia - the ballad "Come Back To Me" (#40) and the frenetic dance-pop of "Never Gonna Stop" (#72).
In 1992, the band released their sophomore effort, Indio. The lead single, "Kiss Me", was their last top-40 hit in Australia, while another song from the set, "Whispers In The Dark", became a top ten hit in France. Dixon and Coyne exited the group after that, with new players Richard Hennassey and Graham Kearns coming in for their third album Relativity. But after "Tell Me Something", the U.S. had already let them go as a "one hit wonder". Since then, Dixon went on to stage and solo success with a couple of minor hits, while Szumowski went behind the scenes to write and produce.
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Here's the original Australian version of the video, which was way more "boy-band"-ish...
Finally, here's the band appearing on Australian telly to promote the single...
Up tomorrow: A pop legend is chronologically religious.