Wednesday, 14 February 2018

This Week In 1993: February 14, 1993

Yep, here I go again. This week's ARIA top 50 from 1993 allows me to once again talk about my favourite chart topic: one-hit wonders. Both of the new entries on the chart are the second hits by acts frequently considered to have only been successful once.

The singles that prevented Billy Ray Cyrus and Sonia Dada from becoming one-hit wonders

In one case, I'll concede it's fair enough to disregard the relatively minor follow-up to 1992's highest-selling single, but in the other case, a second top 5 smash should not be written out of the history books.

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

The song that made history for Whitney Houston in the US was still number 1 in Australia this week in 1993. "I Will Always Love You" spent its ninth straight week on top.

Off The Chart
Number 97 "One More From The City" by Sound Unlimited
Peak: number 56
The Sydney rap outfit's second single in a row to peak in the 50s switched things up with a jazzy feel. It'd be their final single before they split in 1994, with two members going on to form Renegade Funktrain. 

Number 96 "Stand" by Poison
Peak: number 80
In the three years since their last studio album, grunge had taken and Poison's brand of hair metal - given a gospel twist on this lead single from Native Tongue - was on the outs.

Number 95 "Dogs Of Lust" by The The
Peak: number 70
Here's another under-performing lead single - this time from The The's fourth album, Dusk. Like the Poison track, it'd be the last appearance by the band on the ARIA top 100.

Number 89 Rain In Spain by Reckless Hearts
Peak: number 89
Featuring lead track "This Town", this EP was the first - and only - chart appearance by Tasmania's Reckless Hearts. It sounds like the kind of thing that might've done better a few years earlier.

Number 79 "I'm Raving" by L.A. Style
Peak: number 65
Ten months after "James Brown Is Dead" shot up the Australian chart, follow-up "I'm Raving", which I greatly preferred, had to settle for a much more modest peak.

Number 73 "Just Like A Man" by Del Amitri
Peak: number 73
Yet another once successful rock band registering its final top 100 single, Scotland's Del Amitri got no further with this third single from Change Everything

Number 72 "Phorever People" by The Shamen
Peak: number 63
The success of "Ebeneezer Goode" couldn't quite turn previous single "L.S.I." into a hit and it didn't help this follow-up, either. In the UK, "Phorever People" was the dance act's fifth top 10 single in a row - a tally including "Boss Drum", which Australia skipped for the time being.

New Entries
Number 46 "Could've Been Me" by Billy Ray Cyrus
Peak: number 43
I know I'm fussy about one-hit wonders and that not everyone agrees with my rule that any performer who sneaks into the top 50 with a second single is automatically disqualified from being one, but hey, go write your own blog and make up whatever rules you like. As much as I would like for it not to be the case, the man behind the blight that was "Achy Breaky Heart" did manage a second top 50 appearance with this pretty straightforward country tune. Written from the perspective of a man whose former girlfriend is getting married, "Could've Been Me" likely would've come nowhere near the top 50 had it not followed 1992's highest-selling single - and its stay was brief, spending four weeks in the 40s.

Number 17 "You Ain't Thinking (About Me)" by Sonia Dada
Peak: number 3
On the other end of the spectrum, the second single by Sonia Dada, who were only ever popular here and in New Zealand, was a major hit. But, of course, many people only remember "You Don't Treat Me No Good". That debut single still hadn't reached number 1 yet, but it was joined on the chart this week in 1993 by "You Ain't Thinking (About Me)", with the two songs soon to become simultaneous top 5 hits. 
Part of the appeal of this follow-up was that one of its bonus tracks was the dance remix of "You Don't Treat..." that had been on high rotation on the radio, but "You Ain't Thinking..." was a strong enough song in its own right, with a catchy hook and a soulful blues feel that was unlike anything else on the chart. Sonia Dada's singles chart double-up also pushed their self-titled album to a seven-week stay inside the ARIA albums top 5, but then just as quickly as they'd risen to prominence, they disappeared from view, never to return to either top 50 again.

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

Next week: six new entries, including an a cappella hit, a former UK chart-topper and the only top 50 single from a seminal American alternative rock band.

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  1. I had been collecting Aria charts since about mid 1991 when i was 8. Then my mother went all religious on me and suddenly i wasn't allowed to listen to any music or watch any tv or have anything associated with those things. All my cassettes were destroyed and i was heartbroken. This was early 93... i was still sneakily collecting the Aria chart however and hiding it in my top drawer (not the smartest place, i know). This was probably the last chart i collected when my stash was found and my collection was burnt to a crisp in front of me while i was bawling my eyes out. Thankfully my mum realised the error in her ways and i was allowed to listen to music and collecting charts again toward the end of 1994. Oh the memories lol

    Surprised this was the last time Del Amitri made top 100, Roll to Me was huge in my neck of the woods in 95, figured it must've came close to top 50.

    1. I recently removed some bogus chart positions from Del Amitri's wikipedia discography page, but haven't yet added 'Roll to Me''s Australian peak, which was... #154 (their only one outside the top 100 I currently have). Surprisingly low, I know.

      Wow, that's some story. Thankfully my parents never tried to intervene with my music/charts obsession... even not batting an eye at me getting up to watch the top 50 on rage as a 10 year-old at 5:30 on a Saturday morning every week.

    2. Oh yes, the great memories of waking up early on a Saturday morning with my little tape recorder ready to hit record. Though I did occasionally get in trouble if I woke my Mum at that time lol. That period from mid 91 to late 92 holds a very special place and there aren't many top 40 hits that I don't like from that era.

  2. I feel bad for you lol & have a lot of empathy. I had a very controlled childhood too. Mum always forced us to go to church, pray the rosery etc. Soon as rap, hip hop was played she would change the radio. Thankfully she wasn't too extreme so I could listen to most music but it got annoying when she would turn off the radio & start praying randomly. But we had cassettes/cds we listened to in the car so it wasn't that bad.

    I remember once I had these cards I used to play in school & I collected a whole bunch of them. One day mum went through my bag & got a hold of my cards. Burnt em when I was at school & I got home I was screaming & boiling my eyes out for the afternoon. She considered the cards witchcraft so I couldn't have em. Haha good old memories!

    1. Yeah it certainly sucks. Were those cards you used to play Magic the Gathering?

    2. No it wasn't those cards. I do remember that card game though. No it was Yu-Gi-Oh. I was born in the mid 90s, but I absolutely love 70s/80s & 90s music, hence why I'm on this page.

  3. 'One More from the City' took a while to reach its peak.

    I remember hearing 'Stand' on one of those 'hot 30' evening radio shows supposedly voted for by listeners, and thinking it odd that Poison hadn't split by this point. It's even more surprising that they charted in 1993.

    Pretty sure I've never heard 'Dogs of Lust' or 'This Time' before. Don't think I heard 'I'm Raving' either at the time; I prefer 'James Brown...'.

    I did hear 'Just Like a Man', and liked it. The "I wanna die, I wanna cry" chorus has stuck with me.

    'Phorever People' probably ties with 'L.S.I.' as my favourite The Shamen single. It should have done much better locally.

    'Could've Been Me' is bad, but not as bad as 'Achy Breaky Heart'. Still, the worst thing Billy Ray has produced is probably Miley (ooh er!).

    I probably preferred 'You Ain't Thinking (About Me)' to their previous single, but it doesn't really sound like 1993 music.

  4. Billy Ray's "Could've Been Me" is a great song.

    I too agree that if a One Hit Wonder act had a Top 40/50 place getting single they're not a true OHW!!

    Keep up the great blogs Gavin.

  5. Hi there- awesome blog. I just stumbled across it when looking for the ARIA chart for the first week of 1990 (and you’ve more than delivered!)

    I respect your commitment to your definition of a One Hit Wonder, even though I respectfully disagree. As you have been unearthing legitimate minor hits that many people have forgotten, I’ve been patiently waiting to see what you had to say about Billy Ray, and happy to see it’s the one “hit” you’re almost willing to concede. My take- it’s almost impossible for a hit single as big as “Achy Breaky Heart” to not pique enough interest for the follow up to scrape into the Top 50. It’s the failure to convert this obvious advantage into even a short stay in the Top 20 that in my mind disqualifies this follow up as a hit.