Wednesday, 7 November 2018

This Week In 1993: 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:

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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  1. I remember seeing Rhonda Burchmore perform 'Hold Me Now' on Hey Hey It's Saturday. But that was possibly the only place I heard it.

    I think the only place I heard 'Spaceman' was on the misleadingly-titled '100% Hits Volume 10' CD. It's not exactly memorable.

    I thought 'Stir It Up' was 'Steer It Up' at first, with the way he sings it, as I hear now that Bob Marley also did.

    I have absolutely no recollection of the Michael Crawford/Patti LaBelle song, which is unusual for me from this era, as I would have noted it down in the rage top 60.

    If I remember correctly, 'World Turning' was used as the music for some TV station promo. It didn't help it become a hit, if so.

    For a song only peaking at #41, 'The Right Time' seemed to stick around for a while.

    I liked 'Shoop' at the time, but it hasn't held up too well IMO, as there's no real 'tune' beneath it. I'm surprised it was one of their biggest hits here in retrospect.

  2. I thought that picture at the top was TLC...

  3. Daryl Braithwaite - another hit Aussie 80's act that struggled post grunge. The album Rise just sneaked in ahead of the grunge movement in '91. By '93 things had changed. What a difference 2 years can make.