Wednesday, 24 April 2019

25 Years Ago This Week: April 24, 1994

They once had three separate singles simultaneously in the top 40. And they managed three number 1 hits in less than two years. Yep, Roxette were massive... until they weren't.

Per and Marie enjoyed one last hit in 1994

This week in 1994, the Swedish hit-makers debuted on the ARIA top 50 with their last big single. It wasn't another chart-topper, but those days were behind them.

ARIA Top 50 Singles and Albums Chart - week ending April 24, 1994

Celine Dion, meanwhile, was just beginning her chart-topping career, with "The Power Of Love" moving up a spot to give her the first (of three to date) number 1s in Australia.


Off The Chart
Number 98 "Today I Am A Daisy" by Deborah Conway
Peak: number 98
I have no recollection at all of this second single from the ARIA Award-winning (for Best Cover Art) Bitch Epic, probably on account of its poor showing on the chart. This was Deborah's last top 100 appearance until 2000.

Number 95 "Sweet Silence" by Carmella
Peak: number 95
The lead single from the Byron Bay-based singer's debut album, Song To The Earth, was based on "Sun Arise", a Rolf Harris track from 1969, but doesn't appear to be online.


New Entries
Number 49 "Gin And Juice" by Snoop Doggy Dogg
Peak: number 49
Like the Deborah Conway song, I don't think I've ever heard this follow-up to "What's My Name?" - either at the time or in the decades since. Snoop Doggy Dogg's second single equalled the number 8 peak of its predecessor in the US, but "Gin And Juice" made a much smaller impression locally. A party anthem Snoop-style, the G-funk anthem extols the virtues of alcohol, weed and sex. Watch out for future rap star Lil Bow Wow in the opening seconds of the video below - he's one of the kids jumping on the couch.




Number 48 "Easy" by Hunters & Collectors
Peak: number 38
I also don't recall this lead single from Hunters & Collectors' eighth album, Demon Flower, which was the band's first new music since the Cut era finally drew to a close. Unlike the more musically adventurous sounds that featured on that album - and their best ever singles chart positions - "Easy" had more of a traditional rock feel. It was also the last time the band ever saw the inside of the singles top 40, with none of the three subsequent tracks lifted from Demon Flower even making the top 100. And while the album gave Hunters their best ever peak position of number 2, it spent just seven weeks in the top 50.




Number 42 "Animal" by Pearl Jam
Peak: number 30
Here's a song I am actually familiar with - one of my colleagues in the music section of department store Grace Bros, where I worked casually while at uni, was a huge Pearl Jam fan, and since she put up with my playing Pet Shop Boys' Very on high rotation, I had to listen to Ten and Vs. That said, I actually don't mind "Animal", which, like "Jeremy" and "Alive", has a great hook in amongst the grungy angst. One more single was taken from Vs, but "Dissident" doesn't seem to have been given a local release.




Number 21 "Sleeping In My Car" by Roxette
Peak: number 18
Since they made their international breakthrough in 1989, Sweden's Roxette had an impressive start to their chart career. In Australia, their first seven hits peaked inside the top 10, with three reaching number 1. And despite some unfortunate single choices from Joyride that ruined their streak, the duo continued to add to their top 20 tally with later releases from that album, and songs like "How Do You Do!" and "Almost Unreal". Returning in 1994 with the first taste of fifth album Crash! Boom! Bang!, Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle chalked up another hit with "Sleeping In My Car" - a song that was a late inclusion because Per realised the album was too serious and not fun enough. If only more songs like "Sleeping In My Car" had been included, this lead single might not have ended up as Roxette's final major hit, with the pair never returning to the upper half of the top 50 again.




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





Next week: eight new entries, including the latest from two superstars who made it a habit to release in the same week, plus a retro-inspired novelty dance track, a single by an actual comedian and a solo hit by a member of a duo that went through an acrimonious split.


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2 comments:

  1. "Sleeping In My Car" was pretty lame stuff. Roxette really went off the rails after this. What a way to go out.

    I wasn't that keen on Pearl Jam's second album. Probably listened to it a couple of times and that's it. One day in my Year 11 English class some kid wrote the entire lyrics to three of the songs on the whiteboard. I dunno, maybe he thought the teacher would think he'd written the songs.

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  2. I am surprised you hadn't heard Gin & Juice at all before, the hook "rollin' down the street, smokin indo, sippin on gin & juice (laid back!)" was quoted everywhere in 90s pop culture.

    I think I'm alone in this, but I love "Sleeping In My Car" as well.

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