Thursday, 9 February 2017

This Week In 1992: February 9, 1992

Back in the pre-digital era, it was pretty unusual for an artist to enter the top 50 with more than one single in the same week. It did happen - for example when the success of a later release prompted people to buy a previously overlooked earlier single as well and both ended up debuting together.

Remember the time Eddie Murphy and Iman guest starred in a Michael Jackson video?

This week in 1992, a performer whose releases were never overlooked entered the ARIA singles chart with two different singles. One was the latest track lifted from his current studio album and the other was a remix of his recent chart-topper.

ARIA Top 50 Singles Chart - week ending February 9, 1992

The chart-topping single this week in 1992 was still "Let's Talk About Sex". Salt 'n' Pepa spent a third week at number 1, holding off Euphoria's "Love You Right"... for the time being.

Off The Chart
Number 100 "Grey Cell Green" by Ned's Atomic Dustbin
Peak: number 93
There really was no predicting which singles by UK indie bands would crack the ARIA chart in the early '90s. Case in point: this US single succeeded where the band's biggest British hit, "Happy", had failed.

Number 97 "Some People" by James Reyne
Peak: number 97
After the disappointing performance of "Any Day Above Ground", the other song (besides "Slave") on Electric Digger Dandy co-written by Jim Vallance was chosen as the third single, but it was too little, too late.

Number 94 "Lowrider (On The Boulevard)" by Latin Alliance featuring War
Peak: number 84
A collaboration between Latino rappers A.L.T., Kid Frost and Mellow Man Ace, Latin Alliance released this single sampling War's 1975 single "Low Rider" and "Evil Ways" by Santana. You might also recognise the hook from the Me No Fry sunscreen commercials.

Number 85 "Everybody Move" by Cathy Dennis
Peak: number 85
Not even a remix from the album version could help this fifth single from Move To This venture any higher up the chart than this debut position. This would be Cathy Dennis's last chart appearance... as a performer, anyway.

New Entries
Number 49 "I Can't Dance" by Genesis
Peak: number 7
Twenty-five years certainly haven't made me like this single by Genesis any better. I get the humour in "I Can't Dance" - that it's a send-up of himbos who look good but can't move. And I appreciate the fact the band have fun in the music video with their silly walk and Phil Collins's Michael Jackson impersonation, but as a song, it really grates on me - especially that painful chorus in which Phil sounds like a squawking seagull. I don't know if it was the novelty of the video that prompted people to buy it or whether people genuinely liked the song, but either way, "I Can't Dance" became Genesis's biggest hit since "Invisible Touch" and only their second top 10 hit ever in Australia. It would, however, be the trio's final top 50 appearance locally.

Number 48 "Do You Feel Like I Feel?" by Belinda Carlisle
Peak: number 42
While Genesis succeeded with a song I hated, Belinda Carlisle floundered with a song that really deserved to do better. Like its predecessor, "Live Your Life Be Free", "Do You Feel Like I Feel?" was written by Belinda's go-to songwriters, Rick Nowells and Ellen Shipley, but despite being another instantly catchy pop tune, it somehow didn't connect with the public. It was also a minor hit in the UK, reaching number 29, and in the US, where it was the lead single from Live Your Life Be Free and bombed out at number 73, becoming Belinda's final appearance on the Billboard Hot 100.

Number 43 "Once Bitten Twice Shy" by The Angels
Peak: number 43
In yesterday's flashback to 1987, we saw the arrival of The Angels' biggest hit - their cover of "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place". Five years later, they put out another remake - a version of "Once Bitten Twice Shy", which Ian Hunter has released as his debut solo single in 1975 following his departure from Mott The Hoople. Unfortunately for The Angels, their update of the song peaked 14 places lower than Ian's.

Number 42 "Remember The Time" by Michael Jackson
Peak: number 6
With the first of his two new entries on this week's chart, Michael Jackson followed up number 1 smash "Black Or White" with the second single from Dangerous. As we'd come to expect, "Remember The Time" came with another lengthy big budget music video - this time, set in ancient Egypt, and featuring Eddie Murphy, Iman and Magic Johnson. Directed by red hot director John Singleton (1991's Boyz N The Hood), the nine-minute "short film" included all the flashy choreography you'd expect from a Michael Jackson video as well as his first onscreen kiss. As a song, "Remember The Time" showcased the album's new jack swing side, being co-written and co-produced by the master of the genre, Teddy Riley, and was another easy top 10 hit for Michael.

Number 28 "Tip Of My Tongue" by Diesel
Peak: number 4
Also back in the top 10 was the singer who'd now settled into his shortened moniker of Diesel. "Tip Of My Tongue" did even better than his previous hits by reaching the top 5 - the first (and last) time Diesel had ventured that high on the singles chart. The success of the bluesy rock song nicely set Diesel up for the release of his debut album without The Injectors. Released in March, Hepfidelity debuted at number 1 and stayed there for four weeks, ending 1992 as the fourth biggest album of the year.

Number 21 "Diamonds And Pearls" by Prince & The New Power Generation
Peak: number 13
Not returning to the top 10 - but coming pretty close - with his latest single was Prince. The title track of his current album, "Diamonds And Pearls" was a pretty straightforward ballad that was almost a duet between Prince and New Power Generation member Rosie Gaines. The song might not have reached the top 10, but it did help the album stay there (except for a couple of weeks at numbers 11 and 12) until the end of May.

Number 18 "Black Or White (Clivill├ęs & Cole remixes)" by Michael Jackson
Peak: number 18
Michael Jackson's second debut for the week came from this separately released dance remix of "Black Or White", the original version of which fell from number 4 to number 9 this week. With additional production and remix work from the C+C Music Factory duo, the release was popular enough to sit inside the top 20 alongside the original and go on to outsell it as "Black Or White" fell down the chart.

Listen to this week's new entries on my Spotify playlist of all the top 50 hits from 1992:

Next week: the second hit from a chart-topping act often wrongly described as a one-hit wonder. Plus, a pair of comedians and a cover version give a UK band their only top 10 single.

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  1. I really enjoy I Can't Dance, but I never understood how it was a bigger hit than No Son of Mine. To my ears NSoM should've debuted at #1 and been one of the biggest singles of the year, but it was not to be.

    I also really liked Belinda Carlisle, but her star was starting to dim in the early nineties.

    Also loved The Angels and wasn't happy with this single stalling outside the top 50.

    And two terrific second singles from two of the biggest male stars of the year with MJ and Diesel. Wasn't overly fussed on the remix to Black or White though, it's ok but not nearly as good as the album version.

  2. Almost forgot about Prince. I was a massive Prince fan though I was only familiar with the Diamonds and Pearls album at this stage of my life. I loved the title track, and all the singles from the album. A few years later when I actually bought the album was a little disappointed as I realised they released the best songs from the album and none of the others were anywhere near as good.

  3. Ned's Atomic Dustbin are a band whose name I remember, but don't know any of their songs. This one's not too bad.

    I remember hearing 'Lowrider' on the radio and laughing at how it sounds. A.L.T. of 'Tequila' fame?

    I preferred the LP version of 'Everybody Move', mainly due to not liking the new chorus backing vocals.

    Squawking seagull is an apt description of the 'I Can't Dance' chorus, but I took is as being part of the humour. While strictly not a 'good' song, I liked that they were poking fun at themselves, for such a previously 'serious' band (well, minus the 'Land of Confusion' video).

    'Do You Feel...' vies with 'Heaven Is a Place on Earth' for my favourite Belinda song, probably edging out it slightly.

    I never liked 'Tip of My Tongue', which seemed inescapable in '92.

    My guess is this may have been the only time a 'remixes' CD single charted separately to the main release, without being a re-release of the single. It was a bit of a strange decision for ARIA to count the 'Black or White' remix as a separate chart entry.

    1. ALT - one and the same!

      I asked ARIA whether the remixes CD single of You Are Not Alone charted separately in 1995 or counted towards the overall position of the song.

      I thought Black Or White might have been a one-off and afterwards separate remixes singles were merged in with the main release.

      There's no separate chart peak for the You Are Not Alone remixes in 1995, but, oddly, the remixes single peaked at number 65 in 2006. Make of that what you will...

    2. 2-part CD singles probably were a new thing in Australia in 1992; although I wasn't aware of their existence until 1994 when my collecting took off... and we still usually got one single from the 2-part sets released here, other than occasionally for the really big artist, like MJ.

  4. Are you sure Do You Feel Like I Feel got to 12 in the UK?
    I just looked it up and it got to 29.
    It should have done better, great song and funny video too.

    1. Oops - looked at the wrong entry. Live Your Life... got to number 12 and Do You Feel was, as you say, number 29. Amended my copy - thanks for the correction!

  5. Here's the different layout Vic/Tas national chart from this week in '92 -