Wednesday, 26 September 2018

This Week In 1993: September 26, 1993

One day you're up, the next you're down - something that can be said for many of the acts we'll see in this week's flashback to the ARIA singles chart from 1993. It can also be said of me having to write a post without a single pop song.

ARIA Top 50 Singles and Albums Chart - week ending September 26, 1993

An artist who wouldn't come down from the number 1 spot for a long time was still riding high this week in 1993. Meat Loaf spent a fourth week on top with "I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)".

Off The Chart
Number 85 "Nothingness" by Living Colour
Peak: number 85
It'd been a couple of years since Living Colour had found themselves in the top 10, and this latest single from Stain didn't change that. I don't recall it from the time, but it's not bad at all.

Single Of The Week
"Woman With Soul" by The Cruel Sea
Peak: number 64
The Cruel Sea's time as a top 50 band had also come to an end for the time being, with this remake of a 1969 song by Tony Joe White failing to match the success of previous hits "Black Stick" and "The Honeymoon Is Over". The album of the same name as the latter, however, was well established in the top 50, where it would stay until June 1994.

New Entries
Number 46 "Soul To Squeeze" by Red Hot Chili Peppers
Peak: number 9
Here's a band on the way back up the chart. An old B-side - although I'm not sure whether it was ever previously available in Australia - "Soul To Squeeze" was included on the soundtrack to Coneheads and, possibly due to the fact that it didn't sound that dissimilar to chart-topper "Under The Bridge", gave RHCP their first big hit since "Suck My Kiss". It would be another two years before the band would return with some genuinely new music.

Number 44 "Higher Ground" by UB40
Peak: number 40
Their previous single had been their number 1 remake of "(I Can't Help) Falling In Love With You" - one of four top 3 singles the reggae outfit had enjoyed over the previous decade. But every one of those big hits had been cover versions and, traditionally, UB40 struggled to attract the same level of interest with original songs. Only "Where Did I Go Wrong" bucked the trend to make the top 20 in early 1989. Original song "Higher Ground" stuck to the pattern and just crept into the top 40 - the band's final hit locally.

Number 43 "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead" by Bon Jovi
Peak: number 24
Also suffering a downturn in chart fortunes were Bon Jovi, who followed three consecutive top 10 singles with this minor hit from Keep The Faith. Although a fun track, it's certainly not one of the band's best, so number 24 is about what it deserved.

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

Next week: some actual pop music as Australia's premier girl group come back with album number two and one of the year's best dance tracks debuts.

Back to: Sep 19, 1993 <<<<<<<<<<<<<  GO  >>>>>>>>>>>>> Forward to: Oct 3, 1993


  1. UB40's final hit peaked at number 40. Quite fitting, really.

  2. I don't recall 'Nothingness' either, but also think it's not bad.

    Never knew 'Soul To Squeeze' was earlier a B-side. The Australian Music Report new releases lists have it down as a B-side for the 'Give It Away' 12". While a CD single isn't listed there, there is one in the equivalent new release list in the ARIA Report, which has almost the same catalogue no. as the 12", suggesting it also appeared on the CD single.

    I wouldn't have guessed at the time that this would have been UB40's final top 40 hit locally. It's not exactly one of their best, and probably wouldn't have done as 'well' if not for the massive success of the previous single.

    It always seemed odd to me that Bon Jovi didn't suffer a similar decline in success as other 80s acts experienced around the turn of the decade; especially when releasing tripe such as 'I'll Sleep When I'm Dead'.