Wednesday, 29 August 2018

This Week In 1993: August 29, 1993

Some artists start their careers with massive success and then it's all downhill from there. Others begin big and just keep getting bigger... like the singer who arrived on the ARIA singles chart with the first taste of her third studio album this week in 1993.

"Dreamlover": the song that took Mariah Carey firmly into megastar territory

She'd done very well since debuting in 1990 - including racking up an inordinate amount of US number 1 hits - but things really ramped up at this point. An Australian chart-topping single was still a couple of years away, but she did achieve her best performance to date with the song. And as for the album... well, we'll get to that.

ARIA Top 50 Singles and Albums Chart - week ending August 29, 1993

At number 1 this week in 1993, Billy Joel brought an end to UB40's seven-week reign as "The River Of Dreams/No Man's Land" moved to the top of the chart. 

Off The Chart
Number 95 "Knockin' Da Boots" by H-Town
Peak: number 95
Whether it was because Silk had the sexed up R&B jam market stitched up or H-Town were one vocal harmony group too many for Australia, this US top 3 hit didn't translate locally.

Number 75 "AB Logic" by AB Logic
Peak: number 60
"The Hitman" was still inside the top 50, but this eponymous track from the Belgian Eurodance duo, while just as frenetic, just wasn't in the same league.

Single Of The Week
"Cherub Rock" by The Smashing Pumpkins
Peak: number 87
They'd eventually become standard-bearers for '90s alternative rock, but The Smashing Pumpkins were still warming up in Australia, with this lead single from breakthrough album Siamese Dream giving them a second top 100 appearance. Much bigger hits would come from the album, and in fact it was only because singer Billy Corgan insisted that "Cherub Rock" was issued as the first single that it came out at all. 

New Entries
Number 49 "Get A Haircut" by George Thorogood & The Destroyers
Peak: number 28
Five years after his first-ever incursion into the ARIA top 100, George Thorogood finally landed a hit with his version of a song he'd been playing live for more than two decades. Apparently. What would I know? I'll admit I don't actually have any recollection of this song and am not about to start getting into it now.

Number 41 "Dreamlover" by Mariah Carey
Peak: number 7
Compared to her tally of six US number 1 hits at this point, Mariah Carey had enjoyed just two top 10 singles in Australia - debut release "Vision Of Love" and MTV Unplugged remake "I'll Be There", which both reached number 9. She'd also had a number of flops. But with this bouyant lead single from third album Music Box, the multi-octave singer entered a new phase of her career. 
Not only did "Dreamlover" out-perform all her previous singles by reaching number 7, it kicked off a pretty consistent string of quite big hits that stretched until the end of the decade. Based around a sample from "Blind Alley" by The Emotions, the pop/R&B track signalled a slight shift in musical direction for Mariah, and one that proved even more popular back home, where "Dreamlover" spent eight weeks at number 1 - her longest chart-topper until that point. 
Then there was the album itself, which became her first to top the ARIA chart, although not until some way into its 75-week run inside the top 50. I remember constantly selling copies of Music Box well into 1995 at my uni job working in a record store - it just wouldn't die, going 11 times platinum by the time it finally fell off the printed chart. Yes, megastar Mariah was here.

Listen to this week's new entries on my Spotify playlist of all the top 50 hits from 1993:

Next week: a relative flood of new entries, including only the fourth record to ever debut at number 1 and a new arrival from the band behind the previous single to achieve that feat. Plus, two new entries dealing with one of the seven deadly sins.

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  1. I thought AB Logic's self-titled song was quite good, melodically speaking. Although as a concept it doesn't quite gel. Who has actually done a successful self-titled song? They Might Be Giants did one in 1990 which was quite amusing, and also The Hives, Rammstein, and Doop, I guess. Green Day also did one in 1990, but it was more about what the phrase 'green day' means than about them. But I suppose it can be done if you're a good enough songwriter.

    I quite liked "Get A Haircut" as well. I think my dad first told me about it, oddly enough. And he wasn't a fan of George Thorogood, he must have heard it on the radio. I liked it more for its animated music video. On my Rage VHS tapes I would tape any animated music video off Rage, whether I liked the song or not.

  2. Cherub Rock was a pretty lame song I reckon, mostly because of Billy Corgan's whiny vocals. Doing 30 guitar overdubs didn't help. Because of this I pretty much ignored Smashing Pumpkins' output until I heard those immortal words THE WORLD IS A VAMPIRE…

  3. Hey it s that heartfelt ballad, like a sweet caress to the ear...Knockin Da Boots. Any gal would love being wooed by that one!

  4. I don't think I'd heard 'Knockin' Da Boots' before. It's not the kind of song I'd remember, though, even if I did. I remember the song title, though, and imagined it must be similar to the Candyman track 'Knockin' Boots' from a few years earlier.

    Being the uploader of the 'AB Logic' video, obviously I liked the track. But someone nicked 'my' video (complete with initially incorrect rage superscript) and re-synced it to the album version of the track, which I like even more, and put it on YouTube (it has many more views than mine).

    I liked the later, more-melodic, strings-based Smashing Pumpkins singles, but 'Cherub Rock' is pretty much just forgettable noise to me.

    'Get a Haircut' was on heavy rotation on Melbourne's Fox FM, which my parents listened to at the time, when it was still in its "classic rock" phase (i.e. no dance, nothing electronic, few female singers or current-sounding music). There seemed to be a mini-trend of these 'adult oriented' artists like George Thorogood, Billy Joel, Rod Stewart scoring hits around this time.

    Speaking of boring MOR artists (at that point, anyway), I wasn't a fan of any of Mariah's 'Music Box' singles. So of course, they became inescapable.

    No co-single of the week Shaggy 'Soon Be Done' peak?

  5. Billy Joel topping both charts in same week. How often did that happen in '93?