Christmas Compendium Track 8:

Peak UK Chart Position: #3 in December 1988.
Christmas Chart Position: #4.

suddenly_angry_andersonNo-one really knew much about Angry Anderson at the time. What they did know, though, was that it was the Neighbours wedding theme, for the characters Scott Robinson and Charlene Mitchell (as played by a certain Jason and Kylie, but more on them later). Anderson was the lead vocalist of Australian hard rock outfit Rose Tattoo from 1976 until they disbanded in 1987. The track “Suddenly” appeared on his debut solo album “Beats From A Single Drum”, and was personally chosen by Kylie for her character to walk up the aisle to.

The song was a climber of thirteen places to number three on this day in 1988, and the performance, taken from Top of the Pops on 8th December 1988, is interspersed with footage from the Neighbours wedding.

Quick facts:

  • Ironically, the song was kept away from the top spot not only by Cliff Richard’s “Mistletoe And Wine”, but also “Especially For You” by Kylie and Jason, which held the number two spot on this day in 1988 and right up until the new year.
  • In the UK, an impressive 20 million viewers watched the Neighbours wedding, which was originally broadcast in Australia on July 1st 1987, but not in the UK until November 8th 1988.
  • Despite only peaking at number three, it became the sixteenth best seller of 1988, ranking higher than many chart toppers.
  • Anderson is a mere 5ft 1.5ins (156cm) tall.

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