Wednesday, 4 September 2019

25 Years Ago This Week: September 4, 1994

For some people (i.e. me), it was a major event - a remake of a disco classic that had been a landmark release in 1979, updated by two of the biggest voices in dance music and produced by a couple of hit-makers who'd been behind some of the best pop songs of the previous decade.

Kym and Jocelyn proved more than up to the challenge of remaking Barbra and Donna

But on the ARIA singles top 50 this week in 1994, the track was a one-week wonder - barely a blip on most people's radars at the time. In fact, all four of the new entries on the chart were fleeting hits, with none spending more than two weeks on the countdown.

ARIA Top 50 Singles and Albums Chart - week ending September 4, 1994

A song that was proving anything but fleeting was still at number 1 this week in 1994. "I Swear" by All-4-One spent its fourth week on top. 

Off The Chart
Number 75 "Feel The Pain" by Dinosaur Jr
Peak: number 61
The only top 100 appearance by the American rock band was the lead single from their sixth (and most commercially successful) album, Without A Sound

New Entries
Number 49 "You Mean The World To Me" by Toni Braxton
Peak: number 49
Previous single "Breathe Again" had been a more immediate hit, but this follow-up - another ballad from LA Reid, Babyface and Daryl Simmons - had a much slower trajectory, having first entered the top 100 in late June before bouncing around between the 50s and 70s ever since. This week, "You Mean The World To Me", which I thought was Toni Braxton's best release since debut "Love Shoulda Brought You Home", finally sneaked into the top 50 for a single week.

Number 48 "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)" by Kym Mazelle / Jocelyn Brown
Peak: number 48
Back in 1979, divas (in the good sense of the word) Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer teamed up for the original version of what would now be described as a girl power anthem, reaching the Australian top 10 late that year with "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)". Fifteen years later, two more divas - albeit ones with slightly lower profiles - united for a cover version of the song. 
Since the late '80s, Kym Mazelle had released a number of club hits as a solo artist and featured vocalist on tracks by the likes of Soul II Soul and Rapination. Her partner in song on "No More Tears...", Jocelyn Brown, was another woman who was no stranger to a featured vocalist slot, having guested on hits by Right Said Fred and Incognito in the early '90s. Jocelyn's career dated back to around the time of the original version of "No More Tears...", at which point she performed with a number of different groups (Change, Musique, Cerrone, Inner Life), while her best known solo release was 1984's "Somebody Else's Guy".
It wasn't just "No More Tears..." that returned to the ARIA chart this week. Kym and Jocelyn's cover was produced by Mike Stock and Matt Aitken, who had recently reunited away from PWL. This was their first hit in Australia together since Kylie Minogue's "Shocked" in 1991. The production duo would also work on Kym and Jocelyn's next joint single - a remake of ZZ Top's "Gimme All Your Lovin'".

Number 47 "Standing Outside The Fire" by Garth Brooks
Peak: number 45
The only new entry to spend more than one week inside the top 50 (and then, only two weeks) was the first Australian hit for American country megastar Garth Brooks, who wrapped up his first tour of our country on September 5. No doubt receiving a boost from his concerts, "Standing Outside The Fire" also gained attention thanks to its music video, which told the story of a student with Down syndrome wanting to compete in his school's mainstream athletics carnival rather than an event modelled on the Paralympics. 

Number 43 "Alrabaiye (Take Me Up)" by Amadin featuring Swing
Peak: number 43
If this dance track, which was among my favourite songs for 1994, sounds like it could be a Dr Alban song, that's because the Swedish artist co-wrote, executive produced and featured on "Alrabaiye (Take Me Up)". One of the earliest hits for Cheiron - the Stock Aitken Waterman-style hit factory of the late '90s and early '00s - the song was released by duo Amadin, an alias for songwriters John Amatiello and Kristian Lundin, the latter of whom would go on to produce for Cheiron regulars like Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC.

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

Next week: the return of Australia's biggest pop star (and former recipient of Stock and Aitken's songwriting and production prowess), plus a disco classic makes a comeback and a new version of one of the most covered songs of all time.

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  1. How odd, none of the new entries lasted more than 2 weeks in the top 50 (3 out of 4 never got higher than their debut position).

    I'm sure someone with more chart stats knowledge than me will know if this has happened before.

    1. Not quite the same, but lots of one-week hits on this post:

    2. A similar occurrence, with 5 out of 6 new entries never getting higher than their debut position...pretty unusual at the very least!

      By the way Gavin, have you seen this year's BBC special "Top Of The Pops: The Story Of 1988"? It's on YT if you haven't seen it -- Aswad, S-Express, Bros, and the live stuff-up with All About Eve's "Martha's Harbour". Good times.

  2. Did "No More Tears" spend at least a few weeks in the 50-60 part of the charts? I seem to remember it being on the Rage Top 60 for longer than a week or two.

    1. Its chart run was 64-65-48-81-71-73-85-84.

    2. Rage stopped airing the 51-60 segment of the chart on the second weekend of March 1994, much to my dismay, due to the finishing time moving back to 9 a.m. So it only would have aired once during the top 50. I also caught it on the Friday morning new release episodes of 'rage' that aired at the time, during the July '94 school holiday break.

  3. Such a shame. What a wasted opportunity for such a high energy take on a classic. I’ve been following (lurking) here for 7 years, Gavin and thanks for such a cool thread. I was a chart nerd in the 80’s- I’ve recently turned 45 years old and have been a long-standing fan of your blog. I’m just not that social so haven’t said anything until now. Thanks for your hard work! I really preferred the charts up to about 1992 when I began to lose interest but there were also some gems like this week in 1994. Cheers, Gavin!

  4. Victoria (and its test broadcast youth-orientated dance music-playing FM stations of the time) is pretty much solely to thank for the chart 'success' of 'No More Tears', as it reached #16 this week on the VIC/TAS state chart, while not appearing in any other state top 50 chart for the entire duration of its top 100 run. Oh how different things could have been for our charts in the 80s/90s if radio stations weren't owned and run by out of touch dinosaurs...

    In contrast, New South Wales were solely responsible for 'Alrabaiye (Take Me Up)' denting the top 50, as it reached #18 in the NSW state chart, but did not dent any of the other state top 50 charts during its entire top 100 chart life. Credit where credit's due! I also liked this one a lot. And yes, it's very Dr. Alban-esque.