Wednesday, 9 January 2019

25 Years Ago This Week: January 9, 1994

Welcome to 1994, with our look at the ARIA singles charts from years gone by firmly in the mid-'90s - a post-grunge explosion, pre-girl power era where anything went on the top 50. Although compared to 1993, there was a lot less reggae.

Music's three musketeers swashbuckled their way to number 1

And what better way to start off the year than with the arrival of one of 1994's top 10 highest-selling singles - a three-way sing-off by a trio of superstars who'd all visited number 1 previously.

ARIA Top 50 Singles and Albums Chart - three weeks ending January 9, 1994

One of them was even at number 1 this week in 1994 by himself. "Please Forgive Me" by Bryan Adams continued its reign, registering its fifth, sixth and seventh weeks at the summit due to the chart's Christmas shutdown.

And yes, I realise the chart is dated January 8, 1994 - a Saturday - but since the previous chart was dated December 19, 1993 and the next is January 16, 1993 - both Sundays - I'm putting it down as a typo.


Off The Chart
Number 98 "Today" by The Smashing Pumpkins
Peak: number 57
The rock band edged ever closer to their first big song in Australia, and as it happens, this Siamese Dreams single wouldn't reach its final peak until later in the year in the wake of that upcoming top 20 hit.

Number 97 "Let Her Down Easy" by Terence Trent D'Arby
Peak: number 97
It's a shame this one-time hit-maker didn't sustain chart success for longer, with this ballad, which was later covered by George Michael, giving him one last top 100 appearance. 

Number 89 "Don't Give It Up" by Juice
Peak: number 89
Australian record companies really did snap up a lot of bands that aspired to be the next Red Hot Chili Peppers, didn't they? This was the only top 100 visit by Sydney's Juice.

Number 87 "My Cutie" by Wreckx-n-Effect
Peak: number 85
Also finishing off their top 100 career were one-hit wonders Wreckx-n-Effect, who couldn't match the highs achieved by "Rump Shaker" despite this being possible their best effort.


Single Of The Week
"Daddy Long Legs" by Tumbleweed
Peak: number 53
Their previous single, "Sundial", had made the top 50, but Wollongong's Tumbleweed just fell short with with "Daddy Long Legs" despite it being (as far as I can tell) a brand new song not included on their self-titled debut album - and one that wouldn't feature on their next album, from which they'd start releasing music later in 1994.





New Entries
Number 41 "I've Been Loving You Too Long" by Diesel
Peak: number 41
The first of only two new entries on the first chart of the year was the final single taken from Diesel's The Lobbyist album and it saw him venturing into territory he'd visited before, being a remake of an old soul ballad by Otis Redding. Diesel had previously delved into the soul and blues catalogue for singles "Since I Fell For You" and "Please Send Me Someone To Love" during his time with The Injectors. A one-place improvement on his previous single, "The Masterplan", the cover version's chart performance meant Diesel missed the top 40 with two consecutive singles for the first time in his career. Alarm bells must have been ringing somewhere.




Number 5 "All For Love" by Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart & Sting
Peak: number 1
Right up at the other end of the top 50, the trio of Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart and Sting shot straight into the top 5 with their soundtrack single from the latest film version of The Three Musketeers (starring Kiefer Sutherland, Charlie Sheen and Chris O'Donnell as the titular sword-wielding heroes). Written by another trio, Bryan, Michael Kamen and Mutt Lange - the same team behind "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" - the power ballad was only ever going to be massive, and it was number 1 within three weeks. 
For Bryan, it was his third chart-topping single in Australia (following his Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves theme and current number 1 "Please Forgive Me"), while it was Rod's fourth visit to the top and first since "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy" got there in early 1979. Sting, meanwhile, had actually only ever been to number 1 on the singles chart as part of Band Aid, peaking at number 2 twice with The Police, who did, however, score four consecutive number 1 albums. 
At a time when duets weren't anywhere near as frequent as they are now, a collaboration of this nature was incredibly rare - another factor that gave "All For Love" the buzz it needed to be among the year's biggest hits.




Listen to this week's new entries on my Spotify playlist of all the top 50 hits from 1994 (updated weekly):





Next week: the final top 50 appearance for the original line-up of an Australian pop act, and two rock bands also score their last chart hit.


Back to: Dec 19, 1993 <<<<<<<<<<<<<  GO  >>>>>>>>>>>>> Forward to: Jan 16, 1994


3 comments:

  1. 'Today' seems a lot better-known than its #57 peak would suggest. Or maybe I just listened to Triple J too much in the mid 90s.

    Not a great batch of new entries to start '94.

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  2. I definitely listened to Triple J too much in the mid-'90s! Michael Tunn's Request Fest every night, Richard Kingsmill's Retroperspective/J-Files, and some of their Live at the Wireless stuff. I didn't listen to the 'first' Hottest 100, for 1993 songs (did get the CD later though, then sold it).

    Not long until the asshole (pun intended) who sang that Hottest 100 winner shows up!

    I was still on board with the charts in 1994 though, hence my previous exhortation to Gavin to recap it (and I'll be doing the same for 1995 Gavin, just so you know!).

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  3. It's a shame Diesel's time at the top didn't last long, he is my favourite Aussie male of this "era". Masterplan is still a great track and I enjoy his cover of I've Been Loving You... as well.

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