Wednesday, 2 August 2017

This Week In 1992: August 2, 1992

Sometimes a song's chart peak isn't the full story. For example, it might reach number 1, but if it doesn't hang around very long, it might end up selling only a faction of the amount of copies that lower-charting singles do. Similarly, a track that peaks low but racks up a lot of weeks might end up being a decent-sized hit. This week in 1992, we'll see an example of the latter debut on the top 50.

ARIA Top 50 Singles and Albums Chart - week ending August 2, 1992

Meanwhile, the number 1 single from this week in 1992 spent its second of three weeks on top. "Hazard" by Richard Marx would also remain on the top 100 for almost half a year and wind up as 1992's 10th biggest hit.

Off The Chart
Number 97 "Crucify" by Tori Amos
Peak: number 83
We saw "Winter" infiltrate the top 50 a few weeks ago, and as it dropped out of the top 100, it was replaced by this next single from Little Earthquakes. I like "Crucify" even more than "Winter", but I prefer the single remix over the album version, which is heard in the video.

Number 73 "House Of Fun" by Madness
Peak: number 73 (original peak: number 5)
It became their highest-charting single a decade earlier, but Madness's latest re-release didn't inspire the same excitement this time around - either here or in the UK, where it puttered out at number 40.

New Entries
Number 50 "Pretend We're Dead" by L7
Peak: number 50
Yes, it peaked here at number 50 and only spent this one week inside the top 50, but this rock classic from L7 lasted 22 weeks in total on the top 100. In the process, it established itself as one of the more popular songs released during the grunge era, even though the all-female band had been around long before the genre they became associated with, having formed in the mid-'80s. Easily their best known - and most accessible - song, "Pretend We're Dead" was inspired by a breakup and the track's popularity became a sore point for L7, who, to use the words of its songwriter, singer Donita Sparks, would be known to "shit on their hit".

Number 46 "Deeply Dippy" by Right Said Fred
Peak: number 38
Not only did the group behind "I'm Too Sexy" have a third top 40 hit in Australia, but they did it with a song that spent three weeks on top of the UK chart. Trading in the dance beats of their earlier two singles for a guitar-based and brass-soaked feel, "Deeply Dippy" was another pure pop tune, but Australia seemed to have lost its appetite for such sugary confection.

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

Next week: Oh my God, Becky, look at that Olympics-related hit. It is so big.

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1 comment:

  1. I didn't know 'Crucify' until buying 'Little Earthquakes' in 1994. I prefer the LP version to the remixed single version, though oddly Rhino have uploaded the 'Fade To Red' DVD audio version (Tori loves to tamper with her back catalogue, unfortunately), which is more like the LP version, rather than the original soundtrack to the video. Last week you posted about your year 12 graduation... well, for mine (or rather the 'muck-up day' performance where we all dressed up), part of my costume was a string of spring onions worn around my neck, inspired by the 'Crucify' single sleeve.

    'House of Fun' is one of those songs it's impossible to be in a bad mood while listening to it. I caught it on the rage Madness special circa late June '92, but had no idea it got a re-release as a single here in '92 until a few years ago.

    'Deeply Dippy' took a few months to become a (sort-of) 'hit' here... as did the album. Maybe they did a belated promo tour or something to give it a boost? It's the sort of song I can see being played by the house-band on Midday with Kerri-Anne, or heading to an ad break on Hey Hey It's Saturday... but at least they tried something different.