Monday, 18 March 2013

The Best Of 1992 - part 4

JUMP TO: 100-76 II 75-51 II 50-26 II 25-1


I didn't have time for much other than studying in 1992 since it was my final year of high school. Of course, I had a stereo (turntable, double tape deck, CD player, radio) on my desk, so studying usually equalled listening to music in my bedroom.

Take That finally lived up to the hype in 1992... at least in the UK 

As a result, there are some albums from that period of time that I know from beginning to end since I had them on constant rotation. Being a singles fan, I also religiously made compilation tapes since it was a bit of a drag to have to keep stopping what I was doing to change CD single or cassingle every three-and-a-half minutes.

In a pre-iTunes world, mixtapes was the equivalent of playlists - and I think about all the time I wasted making those tapes and how much more I would have got done if iTunes had been around. Although, if the internet had taken off at that point, I probably would've wasted a whole lot more time looking for new music online - and who knows: my top 25 songs from 1992 might look a little different...


Number 25 "Don't You Want Me" by Felix
Another big single from the Deconstruction record label, "Don't You Want Me" was Felix's first and most successful single, reaching number 6 in the UK and number 17 in Australia. It's also one of those dance songs that has refused to go away, charting in the UK in remixed form in 1995 and again in 1996 (with another version), and featuring most recently as a sample in 2011's "Sweat" by David Guetta vs Snoop Dogg.




Number 24 "Too Funky" by George Michael
This is where things got really messy for George, who started legal proceedings against record label Sony Music in 1992 and was musically silent for four years as a result. "Too Funky" was his final release on Sony (for the time being) and was donated by George to the Red Hot + Dance charity album. For the clip, supermodels were again the order of the day, with a young Tyra Banks and Linda Evangelista a couple of the names who stomped the runway in time to the music, while George popped up briefly in the clip behind a camera.




Number 23 "Friday I'm In Love" by The Cure
I wonder what The Cure circa 1979, when they were all dark and broody, would have thought of this unashamedly up song. The end point of a gradual process of commercialisation, "Friday I'm In Love" was the band's last big international hit, although they released new music as recently as 2008.




Number 22 "It Only Takes A Minute" by Take That
Mentioned below

Number 21 "Even Better Than The Real Thing (Perfecto mix) by U2
Speaking of going mainstream - in 1992, nothing said commerical more than a rock band having a dance remix made of one of their songs. What would have been totally unexpected from U2 five years earlier felt kind of natural following the game-changing album that was Achtung Baby. The album version of "Even Better..." was released as the fourth single mid-year, and was closely followed into the UK charts by the remix from the Perfecto team of Paul Oakenfold and Steve Osborne - with the remix actually bettering the peak of the original. It was my favourite U2 release of the year, beating "One" (number 127 on this list) and "Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses" by some margin - and is the last single of theirs I've truly loved.




Number 20 "Shine On" by Degrees Of Motion featuring Biti
A club classic if ever there was one, "Shine On" wouldn't actually become a big hit in the UK until 1994, when a remixed version reached number 8, but I preferred this original (complete with dodgy rap) which missed the British top 40 in 1992. Another of their 1992 songs, "Do You Want It Right Now", also got the remix and re-release treatment in 1994 - and ends up on my top 100 for that year.




Number 19 "Perfect Motion" by Sunscreem
Mentioned below

Number 18 "L.S.I." by The Shamen
Mentioned below

Number 17 "Disappointed" by Electronic
Having finished releasing singles from their debut album, synthpop supergroup Electronic carried on with this new track, again featuring Neil Tennant on vocals. It would end up being their highest-charting release in the UK (it reached number 6) but did not lead on to a new studio album. In fact, it would be a four-year wait (to the week) before another new Electronic single would see the light of day.




Number 16 "Love U More" by Sunscreem
Mentioned below

Number 15 ABBA-esque by Erasure
Mentioned below

Number 14 "One In A Million" by Euphoria
The Euphoria juggernaut was seemingly unstoppable in 1992. Their late 1991 single, "Love You Right", topped the ARIA chart in February, and two more singles also reached number 1 in Australia: "One In A Million", which came with a music video that provided a more accurate representation of who did what in the dance group, and "Do For You" (number 91 on this list). The dream run spluttered to a halt once fourth single "I Will Never Leave You" (number 104) only just scraped into the top 50, but it was fun while it lasted. We will see Euphoria pop again in my 1993 countdown, by which time I may well have been the only person still interested in them.





Number 13 "This Is It" by Ruth Campbell
Back in Part 3, I mentioned that Toni Pearen had appeared on a Network Ten promo singing the Melba Moore song, "This Is It", and although she didn't release a single of her version, this alternate remake (which actually dated back to 1990) did pop up on CD single locally in 1992 instead. I know nothing about Ruth at all, but, as any pop fan knows, we would be hearing more from "This Is It" in 1993... 




Number 12 "Pressure" by Sunscreem
Who'd have thought it? Early '90s dance act Sunscreem score three entries in my top 25 for the year. All three songs, "Pressure", breakthrough hit "Love U More" (at number 16 above) and highest-charting UK single of the year "Perfect Motion" (at number 19), were lifted from the group's debut album, O3 (the chemical symbol for ozone), which was one of many albums I bought with the fruits of my 18th birthday party. Since it was fairly well known I liked music, I received over $200 in record vouchers (which was quite good, since records cost around $20 at the time) and I snapped this album up after its release in February 1993, only to be disappointed many of the tracks were different from the single versions - a mistake I would make again with Boss Drum by The Shamen.




Number 11 "Breath Of Life" by Erasure
Four positions above this is the EP that finally gave Erasure a number 1 single in the UK and returned them to the Australian top 50 for the first time since 1986's "Sometimes". ABBA-esque was also, of course, responsible for making ABBA cool again, paving the way for the release of compilation album ABBA Gold in 1992 after which there was a major renaissance for the Swedish group's music. Erasure's cover of "Take A Chance On Me" got the most airplay, something about that MC Kinky rap annoyed me and I preferred the duo's take on both "Lay All Your Love On Me" and "SOS". But, enough about ABBA-esque, pipping that release to the post on my list is this fourth and final single from the Chorus album, which returned Andy and Vince to the UK top 10 after the disappointing "Am I Right?"




Number 10 "Sense" by The Lightning Seeds
Offering a brief respite from all the dance tracks and synthpop, here's a single by a band I liked quite a bit during the '90s. Led by Ian Broudie, they'd end up becoming best known for football anthem "Three Lions" (and its regular re-releases), but it's a shame songs like "Sense" and "The Life Of Riley" (also from 1992) didn't become bigger hits, since they're about as perfect as guitar-based pop can be.




Number 9 "Feel So Real" by Dream Frequency featuring Debbie Sharp
I told you it was only a brief break... it's back to the dance floor for this track, which shares one thing in common with The Lightning Seeds song: it was another minor hit in the UK. I remember winning the Dream Frequency CD (as well as 2 Unlimited's Get Ready) by calling up a competition line in dance music street newspaper 3D World - then convincing my dad to drive me all the way into the city to collect them. Once again, however, the album version of "Feel So Real" wasn't the one I liked, so I eventually tracked down the CD single.




Number 8 "In My Dreams" by The Party
This is an interesting one - a group made up of Mickey Mouse Club members covering a song by heavy metal band Dokken. There's not much more genius than that. The Party had been the first act signed to Disney music label Hollywood Records (eventual home to Miley Cyrus, Jesse McCartney, etc.) and had released a string of forgettable pop singles in 1990 without major success. Then, at the very end of 1991, a covers album was put out to keep fans occupied until a second album of originals could be released - and "In My Dreams" became the group's first and only top 40 hit in the US.




Number 7 "Celebration" by Kylie Minogue
Mentioned in Part 2 and previously featured here

Number 6 "Did I Say 'Ti Amo'" by Fresh
Previously featured here

Number 5 "Something Good" by Utah Saints
UK dance music really was pretty exceptional in the early '90s - and Utah Saints followed the K-klass approach to releasing music by offering up one outstanding track each year from 1991 to 1993. "Something Good", which sampled Kate Bush's "Cloudbusting", was the biggest and best of the three songs, even cracking the Australian top 10.




Number 4 "Ebeneezer Goode" by The Shamen
Nothing like a bit of controversy to promote your record. Banned by the BBC in the UK (which almost guaranteed the track would fly to number 1), "Ebeneezer Goode" was accused of endorsing the use of ecstasy and, let's face it, the lyrics speak for themselves. The furore in the UK press was so marked, it can't be a coincidence the song was deleted while at number 1 - no matter what the band claimed. 1992 was a particularly busy year for The Shamen, with four singles released between July and the end of the year. Besides this track, "L.S.I." (number 18 on this list), "Boss Drum" (number 73) and "Phorever People" (number 105) were all top 10 hits in the UK.




Number 3 "What Kind Of Fool (Heard All That Before" by Kylie Minogue
Mentioned in Part 2 and previously featured here

Number 2 "Could It Be Magic" by Take That
Everything changed (no pun intended) for Take That in late 1992. They finally scored a top 10 hit in the UK with a cover of the Tavares (and Jonathan King) song "It Only Takes A Minute" (number 22 on this list) after yet another flop with "Once You've Tasted Love" (number 38). They stayed in the UK top 20 with original tracks "I Found Heaven" and "A Million Love Songs", then released this seventh single from Take That & Party.
A cover of the Barry Manilow song, "Could It Be Magic" was radically remixed from the album version (thankfully, since it was nowhere near as good) and gave the boy band their biggest hit to date in the UK (where it got to number 3) and their first charting single in Australia (where it got to number 30). 1993 was going to be even bigger...




Number 1 "Temptation (Brothers In Rhythm remix)" by Heaven 17
The initial release of this song made number 14 on my list of favourite songs from 1983 and this update by Brothers In Rhythm is a rare example of a remix being better than the original. Keeping everything that's great about the original, but adding, among other things, a heavier beat and dramatic strings really added a sense of excitement to the track, which had never sounded so lush. I couldn't stop listening to it! The remix heralded the release of a best of album the same year.




My top 200 for 1992 in full:

1        TEMPTATION (BROTHERS IN RHYTHM REMIX) Heaven 17
2        COULD IT BE MAGIC Take That
3        WHAT KIND OF FOOL (HEARD ALL THAT BEFORE) Kylie Minogue
4        EBENEEZER GOODE The Shamen
5        SOMETHING GOOD Utah Saints
6        DID I SAY 'TI AMO' Fresh
7        CELEBRATION Kylie Minogue
8        IN MY DREAMS The Party
9        FEEL SO REAL Dream Frequency featuring Debbie Sharp
10      SENSE The Lightning Seeds
11      BREATH OF LIFE Erasure
12      PRESSURE Sunscreem
13      THIS IS IT Ruth Campbell
14      ONE IN A MILLION Euphoria
15      ABBA-ESQUE (EP) Erasure
16      LOVE U MORE Sunscreem
17      DISAPPOINTED Electronic
18      L.S.I. The Shamen
19      PERFECT MOTION Sunscreem
20      SHINE ON Degrees Of Motion
21      EVEN BETTER THAN THE REAL THING (PERFECTO MIX) U2
22      IT ONLY TAKES A MINUTE Take That
23      FRIDAY I'M IN LOVE The Cure
24      TOO FUNKY George Michael
25      DON'T YOU WANT ME Felix
26      SAVE THE BEST FOR LAST Vanessa Williams
27      I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU Whitney Houston
28      RHYTHM IS A DANCER Snap
29      LOVE ME ALL UP Stacy Earl
30      I LOVE YOUR SMILE Shanice
31      IF YOU BELONGED TO ME Nancy Davis
32      MOVIN' ON Bananarama
33      FOR YOUR BABIES Simply Red
34      GOTTA LEARN MY RHYTHM Damian Dame
35      HOUSE OF LOVE East 17
36      I'D DIE WITHOUT YOU PM Dawn
37      DEEPER AND DEEPER Madonna
38      ONCE YOU'VE TASTED LOVE Take That
39      RUN TO YOU Rage
40      I'LL BE THERE Mariah Carey featuring Trey Lorenz
41      DON'T YOU WORRY 'BOUT A THING Incognito
42      I'M GONNA GET YOU Bizarre Inc featuring Angie Brown
43      THAT WORD (L.O.V.E.) The Rockmelons featuring Deni Hines
44      WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE Kim Wilde
45      LIFT ME UP Howard Jones
46      IN YOUR ROOM Toni Pearen
47      MILLION MILES AWAY Kim Wilde
48      THE DAY YOU WENT AWAY Wendy Matthews
49      MAKE IT ON MY OWN Alison Limerick
50      AIN'T NO MAN Dina Carroll
51      DON'T STOP K-klass
52      THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE Janet Jackson / Luther Vandross (with BBD and Ralph Tresvant)
53      SLEEPING SATELLITE Tasmin Archer
54      MONEY LOVE Neneh Cherry
55      JESUS HE KNOWS ME Genesis
56      MAN ALIVE Diesel
57      PLEASE DON'T GO KWS
58      FINALLY CeCe Peniston
59      FAITHFUL Go West
60      MY DESTINY Lionel Richie
61      AIN'T 2 PROUD 2 BEG TLC
62      COLOURED KISSES Martika
63      I DON'T KNOW HOW TO LOVE HIM Kate Ceberano
64      DON’T LOSE THE MAGIC Shawn Christopher
65      LOVE CAN MOVE MOUNTAINS Celine Dion
66      EXCITED M-People
67      SPECIAL KIND OF LOVE Dina Carroll
68      DAMN I WISH I WAS YOUR LOVER Sophie B. Hawkins
69      CRUCIFY Tori Amos
70      GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME / DO YOU DARE Kylie Minogue
71      DREAM COME TRUE Brand New Heavies
72      IT'S A FINE DAY Opus III
73      BOSS DRUM The Shamen
74      BEWARE Vivienne McKone
75      WHEN YOU GONNA LEARN Jamiroquai
76      BE MY BABY Vanessa Paradis
77      LOVE MAKES THE WORLD GO ROUND Don-E
78      BOY IN THE MOON Margaret Urlich
79      IF YOU DON’T LOVE ME Prefab Sprout
80      JOY Soul II Soul
81      WITHOUT YOU Girlfriend
82      DO YOU FEEL LIKE I FEEL Belinda Carlisle
83      WHAT ABOUT YOUR FRIENDS TLC
84      THE WAY I FEEL ABOUT YOU Karyn White
85      (LOVE MOVES IN) MYSTERIOUS WAYS Julia Fordham
86      TEMPLE OF DREAMS Messiah
87      DO FOR YOU Euphoria
88      LOVE IS EVERYWHERE Cicero
89      BETTADAZE Boom Crash Opera
90      STEP IT UP Stereo MCs
91      WOULD I LIE TO YOU? Charles And Eddie
92      GOOD FOR ME Amy Grant
93      LOVE IS HOLY Kim Wilde
94      GOODNIGHT GIRL Wet Wet Wet
95      MY LOVIN' (YOU'RE NEVER GONNA GET IT) En Vogue
96      WINTER Tori Amos
97      BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Celine Dion / Peabo Bryson
98      GOLD East 17
99      IT'S MY LIFE Dr Alban
100    I WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU Euphoria
101    DON’T LET IT SHOW ON YOUR FACE Adeva
102    I FEEL YOU Love Decade
103    WALKING ON BROKEN GLASS Annie Lennox
104    DO YOU BELIEVE IN US Jon Secada
105    PHOREVER PEOPLE The Shamen
106    EVERYTHING CHANGES Kathy Troccoli
107    KEEP THE FAITH Bon Jovi
108    SKIN TO SKIN Melissa
109    THE LIFE OF RILEY The Lightning Seeds
110    NEVER LET HER SLIP AWAY Undercover
111    OUT OF SPACE / RUFF IN THE JUNGLE BIZNESS The Prodigy
112    WHO CAN MAKE ME FEEL GOOD Bassheads
113    IT WILL MAKE ME CRAZY Felix
114    JAM Michael Jackson
115    FREE YOUR MIND En Vogue
116    YOU SAID, YOU SAID Jermaine Jackson
117    GIVE U MY HEART Babyface / Toni Braxton
118    STAY THIS WAY Brand New Heavies
119    HEARTBREAKER Color Me Badd
120    SOMEDAY M-People
121    AIN'T NO DOUBT Jimmy Nail
122    I FEEL LOVE Messiah featuring Precious Wilson
123    MOTOR CITY (I GET LOST) Company Of Strangers
124    INDIO Indecent Obsession
125    DECEMBER, 1963 (OH WHAT A NIGHT) (REMIX) Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
126    YOU Ten Sharp
127    ONE U2
128    LOVE SHOULDA BROUGHT YOU HOME Toni Braxton
129    NOTHING BROKEN BUT MY HEART Celine Dion
130    ONE LOVE IN MY LIFETIME Innocence
131    TAKE TIME Chris Walker
132    ANOTHER MINUTE Cause & Effect
133    A LITTLE BIT MORE Kym Sims
134    HIT & RUN Boxcar
135    WE GOT A LOVE THANG Ce Ce Peniston
136    BAKER ST Undercover
137    KISSING THE WIND Nia Peeples
138    FINER FEELINGS Kylie Minogue
139    DON'T LET IT GO TO YOUR HEAD Brand New Heavies
140    I'M THE ONE YOU NEED Jody Watley
141    SOMEDAY (I’M COMING BACK) Lisa Stansfield
142    PLEASE DON'T GO Boyz II Men
143    JUST ANOTHER DAY Jon Secada
144    CONNECTED Stereo MCs
145    THINKIN’ BACK Color Me Badd
146    WHO IS IT Michael Jackson
147    THE MAGIC FRIEND / MEGAMIX 2 Unlimited
148    KISS ME Indecent Obsession
149    YOU THINK YOU KNOW HER Cause & Effect
150    TAKE ME Dream Frequency featuring Debbie Sharp
151    ROMEO AND JULIET Stacy Earl
152    MOVING ON Dana Dawson
153    HUMAN RACE Margaret Urlich
154    SET YOUR LOVIN’ FREE Lisa Stansfield
155    HANG ON IN THERE BABY Curiosity
156    I'M DOING FINE NOW The Pasadenas
157    MOVE ME NO MOUNTAIN Soul II Soul
158    BOOK OF DAYS Enya
159    REMEMBER THE TIME Michael Jackson
160    DON'T WALK AWAY Jade
161    STAY Shakespear's Sister
162    FEEL SO HIGH Des'ree
163    I’LL BE THERE Innocence
164    COLOUR MY LIFE M-People
165    TASTE IT INXS
166    SHE’S PLAYING HARD TO GET Hi-Five
167    YESTERDAY En Vogue
168    DEEPLY DIPPY Right Said Fred
169    TO BE WITH YOU Mr Big
170    STARS Simply Red
171    SHOW YOU THE WAY TO GO Dannii Minogue
172    RESTLESS HEART Peter Cetera
173    TEARS Jenny Morris
174    GIVE IT UP, TURN IT LOOSE En Vogue
175    TAKE MY ADVICE Kym Sims
176    MOVE THIS Technotronic featuring Ya Kid K
177    CLUNK (EP) Frente
178    I DON’T CARE Shakespear’s Sister
179    YOU DON’T TREAT ME NO GOOD (REMIX) Sonia Dada
180    GOOD ENOUGH Bobby Brown
181    IT'S NOT OVER The Rockmelons featuring Deni Hines
182    HEART OVER MIND Kim Wilde
183    IRRESISTIBLE Cathy Dennis
184    FOREVER LOVE Color Me Badd
185    BOOGIE NIGHTS Sonia
186    FROM A MILLION MILES Single Gun Theory
187    BREAKIN’ MY HEART (PRETTY BROWN EYES) Mint Condition
188    WILL YOU MARRY ME Paula Abdul
189    TWILIGHT ZONE 2 Unlimited
190    THIS USED TO BE MY PLAYGROUND Madonna
191    IF I EVER FALL IN LOVE Shai
192    HIGH The Cure
193    PENNIES FROM HEAVEN Inner City
194    THIS IS THE LAST TIME Laura Enea
195    SHAKE YOUR HEAD Was (Not Was)
196    DUNNO WHAT IT IS (ABOUT YOU) Beatmasters featuring Elaine Vassell
197    IF YOU ASKED ME TO Celine Dion
198    IN THE CLOSET Michael Jackson
199    HERE WE GO AGAIN! Portrait
200    FOUR SEASONS IN ONE DAY Crowded House


That's it for 1992. This Wednesday, my regular ARIA chart recap when we look back at what was hitting the top 50 this week 25 years ago.


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