Wednesday, 14 November 2018

25 Years Ago This Week: November 14, 1993

Cute kids are a sitcom and advertising staple, and this week in 1993, pre-teens were an integral part of two of the new entries on the ARIA singles chart.  

Cute kids were part of the appeal of two of this week's new entries

In one case, a 10-year-old girl provided the enduring visual image for a top 10 hit by a new US band. In the other, a five-year-old French kid entered the chart with his former European number 1 single.

ARIA Top 50 Singles and Albums Chart - week ending November 14, 1993

The number 1 single in Australia this week in 1993 was "All That She Wants" by Ace Of Base, which spent its second week on top.

Off The Chart
Number 98 "A Cute, Sweet, Love Addition" by Johnny Gill
Peak: number 89
"The Floor" was still high on the chart after 15 weeks inside the top 50, but this next release from Provocative didn't repeat that success for Johnny Gill, who'd ultimately be a one-hit wonder.

Number 93 "Too Much Information" by Duran Duran
Peak: number 93
The two previous singles from "The Wedding Album" had made the top 20, but this just-as-good third track, which took a swipe at overly commercialised pop, bombed out.

Number 85 "Wild America" by Iggy Pop
Peak: number 85
His last album had provided him with a long-awaited top 10 hit in the form of "Candy", but Iggy Pop had no such luck with anything from American Caesar, including this lead single.

Number 77 "Werewolf" by Doug Mulray
Peak: number 77
Seven years earlier, the radio DJ had reached the top 40 with "You Are Soul" (say the title quickly), but this track from Nice Legs Shame About The Fez couldn't do the same.

New Entries
Number 50 "Dur Dur D'être Bébé" by Jordy
Peak: number 37
Teen idols were nothing new on the charts, but this week in 1993, Australia welcomed a brand new type of chart star to the top 50: French toddler Jordy, with his former European number 1 - a song that was released a year earlier when he was just four-and-a-half. A fairly monotonous Eurodance track, "Dur Dur D'être Bébé" (French for "It's Tough To Be A Baby") was clearly only as successful as it was because of the novelty factor of someone who could barely speak performing on a single. Following this worldwide success, Jordy Lemoine released a few more songs (including a second chart-topper in France) before having the type of career and personal roller-coaster you'd expect for someone who became famous before he'd started school.

Number 47 "Hero" by Mariah Carey
Peak: number 7
Previous single "Dreamlover" had given a glimpse of the R&B direction Mariah Carey would head in as the '90s progressed, but Music Box's second single, "Hero", was about as big a belter as you could get. Interestingly, Mariah was not originally going to record the song herself. Co-written with regular collaboration Walter Afanasieff, it had been intended to be used in 1992 Dustin Hoffman film Hero and was going to be given to Gloria Estefan to perform. But when Sony head honcho and Mariah's then-fiancé Tommy Mottola heard a rough recording with Mariah singing, he insisted she keep it for herself. And so it went on to become one of her best-known songs and gave her a second number 7 hit in a row in Australia.

Number 36 "Got To Get It" by Culture Beat
Peak: number 7
"Mr Vain" was slowly making its way down from the top spot and was joined on the top 50 this week by follow-up "Got To Get It", another slice of Teutonic Eurodance that didn't deviate too far from the formula of their number 1 smash. There's not really much more to say about the song other than it was another of the year's best dance tracks from the act masterminded by DJ/producer Torsten Fenslau.

Number 25 "No Rain" by Blind Melon
Peak: number 8
It's impossible to hear this song - the only hit for American five-piece Blind Melon - without picturing the music video featuring 10-year-old Heather DeLoach in a bee costume. The outfit was based on a photo of drummer Glenn Graham's sister taken in 1975 which was used for the cover of the band's self-titled debut album, with Heather bringing the picture to life in the video directed by Samuel Bayer, who'd also shot "Smells Like Teen Spirit". The song itself, which was written by bass player Brad Smith, might sound sunny, but it's actually about being depressed. The band released a second album in 1995 - the same year singer Shannon Hoon died of a drug overdose. 

Number 6 "Please Forgive Me" by Bryan Adams
Peak: number 1
Blasting straight into the top 10 was a brand new offering from the man who'd dominated the singles and albums charts a couple of years earlier with the behemoth "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" from Waking Up The Neighbours. Having been landing international hits for a decade, Bryan Adams had earned himself a greatest hits collection and "Please Forgive Me" was the obligatory new track contained on So Far So Good. A classic Bryan Adams ballad, the song bored me to tears. Tens of thousands of Australians disagreed, sending it quickly to number 1.

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

Next week: the ARIA chart debut of a dance act with a big-voiced (and -haired) singer... although we had heard her perform on another track four years previously. 

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Wednesday, 7 November 2018

25 Years Ago This Week: November 7, 1993

Back in 1988, Salt 'n' Pepa had been one of the first hip-hop acts to enjoy a big hit on the ARIA chart and, as 1992 began, landed one of the earliest rap chart-toppers in this country. And so it wasn't that surprising when the female trio took the top 50 by storm once again in 1993.

Salt, Pepa and Spinderella shooped their way back up the chart in 1993

But, there was a big difference with the song they almost took to number 1 in early 1994: they wrote it themselves. That's right, despite "Push It" and "Let's Talk About Sex" having their personality stamped all over them, those hits were penned for them.

ARIA Top 50 Singles and Albums Chart - week ending November 7, 1993

At number 1 this week in 1993, there was a changing of the guard as Culture Beat made way for Ace Of Base. "All That She Wants" rose to the top for the first of three weeks. 

Off The Chart
Number 93 "Them Bones" by Alice In Chains
Peak: number 93
A second top 100 appearance for the US band, "Them Bones" is not a grunge version of the spiritual "Dem Bones", although that would've been interesting.

Number 92 "Hold Me Now" by Rhonda Burchmore
Peak: number 55
I'm surprised the Midday favourite got as high up the chart as she did with this butchering of Johnny Logan's Eurovision-winning ballad from 1987. Listen at your peril.

Number 86 "Spaceman" by 4 Non Blondes
Peak: number 85
"What's Up?" fell out of the top 10 this week, but this follow-up from Bigger, Better, Faster, More! didn't live up to that album title, only creeping up one more place from this debut position.

Number 81 "Stir It Up" by The Black Sorrows
Peak: number 58
It was greatest hits time for Joe Camilleri's band, and as well as including tracks from six of their seven studio albums to date on The Chosen Ones, they added this newly recorded cover of the Bob Marley & The Wailers song.

Number 59 "With Your Hand Upon My Heart" by Michael Crawford / Patti LaBelle
Peak: number 59
Parent album A Touch Of Music In The Night was moving its way back up to spend a second week at number 1, but this slushy duet with Patti LaBelle didn't give the star of stage and screen his first chart hit.

Single Of The Week
"World Turning" by Yothu Yindi
Peak: number 56
It had worked for them last time around, with dance mixes of two of the track from previous album Tribal Voice turning Indigenous band Yothu Yindi into chart stars, but this lead single from third album Freedom, despite coming with a remix that breathed life into the more staid album version, just missed the top 50.

New Entries
Number 50 "The Right Time" by Hoodoo Gurus
Peak: number 41
After their 1992 career retrospective, Hoodoo Gurus got back to putting out new music in 1993 - and it was business as usual with this lead single from the upcoming Crank album. And perhaps that's why "The Right Time" didn't do any better, becoming the band's first lead single to miss the top 40 since their debut. Despite boasting a harder edge than some of their previous releases, "The Right Time" sounded like it could have come from any of the band's previous albums and music had moved on since then.

Number 41 "The World As It Is" by Daryl Braithwaite
Peak: number 35
Here's another Australian rock legend finding the going tough with the first taste of his latest album, Taste The Salt. And again, it's pretty easy to see why since "The World As It Is" was no "The Horses" or "As The Days Go By". A noisier rock track, it probably was an attempt to move with the times, but I'd say it would've put much of Daryl Braithwaite's older demographic off. As a result, Taste The Salt peaked at number 13 and spent only 6 weeks on the top 50, quite a comedown after 1988's Edge had topped the chart and Rise ended up as 1991's highest-selling album (despite only reaching number 4). 

Number 40 "Shoop" by Salt 'n' Pepa
Peak: number 2
As I mentioned at the start of this post, this lead single from Salt 'n' Pepa's fourth studio album, Very Necessary, was their first ARIA top 50 single written by Cheryl James and Sandra Denton themselves. And apparently they had to fight for it to be released, with their usual songwriter and producer, Herby "Luvbug" Azor, not so keen on the song. But "Shoop", on which the ladies rapped about what they wanted to do with the men that caught their eye (shoop, obviously), was always going to be massive. From its suggestive lyrics to the sample from "I'm Blue (The Gong-Gong Song)" to the cameo-packed music video, it was the perfect package (no pun intended).

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

Next week: possibly the youngest chart star of all time, plus two massives power ballads arrives, one from the man responsible for 1991's highest-selling single.

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