1989 was the year that the charts went Stock Aitken Waterman-crazy, as Mike, Matt and Pete hit their most successful year!
Kicking off with Kylie and Jason finally reaching #1 with ESPECIALLY FOR YOU SAW were responsible for 24 singles this year, and only two (WHEN LOVE TAKES OVER YOU by Donna Summer and TELL HIM I CALLED by Sequal) failed to reach the Top 40. An incredible 6 of those releases reached Number One - four of them consecutively: Kylie's HAND ON YOUR HEART, Hillsborough's FERRY 'CROSS THE MERSEY, Jason Donovan's SEALED WITH A KISS and Sonia's YOU'LL NEVER STOP ME LOVING YOU.
SAW had 4 nominations at The Ivor Novello Awards, winning MOST PERFORMED WORK with Kylie's I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY and for the second year running winning SONGWRITERS OF THE YEAR!
Samantha Fox bagged herself another top 20 single with her cover of I ONLY WANNA BE WITH YOU and Bananarama embarked on a huge world tour and released their final Stock Aitken Waterman record, a cover of The Beatles classic HELP! raising money for Comic Relief.
An unknown sister duo from Liverpool released their one and only SAW single in February. I'D RATHER JACK was a tongue-in-cheek dig at radio stations playing a lot of oldies and reached #8.