25 Years Ago This Week: November 12, 1995
I have a love-hate relationship with YouTube. (Perhaps you could say that when it comes to YouTube, love and hate collide...) Obviously, I couldn't do this blog without it. But when I started Chart Beats, it was sometimes a struggle to find all the ARIA chart new entries on YouTube. Over the years since then, I've had the ongoing pain of having to regularly check each link to make sure it hasn't been removed or replaced.
As I sat down to write today's post, I faced a new YouTube-related problem: the entire site was down worldwide. Why am I boring you all with this behind-the-scenes griping? Well, there are a number of songs from this week in 1995 that I just don't remember and I was relying on watching the music videos to refresh my memory. The artists involved? I'm familiar with every one of them. But these singles aren't among their most high profile releases. Hopefully they're all on Spotify (but don't get me started on my issues with that platform...)
A song that it would be impossible to forget if you were following music in 1995 was still at number 1 this week. "Gangsta's Paradise" chalked up its fourth week on top.
Off The Chart
Number 92 "All Over You" by Live
Peak: number 52
Live were a big deal at this point, having spent four weeks at number 1 in August and September with Throwing Copper, but that would've been precisely the reason this latest single from the album came up just short of the top 50.
Number 91 "To Be With You" by Rick Price
Peak: number 68
Rick Price really wasn't having much luck with the singles from Tamborine Mountain, with this third release following in the footsteps of "Bridge Building Man" by bombing.
Peak: number 63
One of a couple of stand-alone singles Salt 'n' Pepa released between Very Necessary and Brand New, this was the title track of a various artists charity compilation.
Number 80 "Suffer Never" by Finn
Peak: number 70
With their track record together in Split Enz and, for a time, Crowded House, you might have thought this single by brothers Neil and Tim Finn might have caused more of a stir.
Peak: number 44
Good news: just as I arrived at the week's debuts, YouTube started working again. Bad news: that means I need to listen to these two songs by The Screaming Jets. Taken from the band's self-titled third album, the double A-side release was the first from Screaming Jets to crack the chart, although it seems like "Sad Song" was released on its own previously but failed to make the top 100 — it was certainly promoted as the lead single from the album as far back as August. There also only seems to have been a live version of "Sad Song" on the "Friend Of Mine" single, so I'm really not sure what was going on here. Anyway, it was their last top 50 appearance, although they'd continue to make the top 100 into the beginning of 2000.
Peak: number 40
The only new song from this week in 1995 that I don't need a refresher on was a suprisingly modest hit for the American band in Australia. Arguably their signature song — at least in the US where it was their highest charting — "Only Wanna Be With You" was the follow-up to top 5 hit "Let Her Cry" and much more of a feel-good track. With its sports-themed video and easily palatable FM radio friendly feel, it's the sort of tune that would normally have been massive. The most it did was prolong the chart career of album Cracked Rear View, which moved back into the top 10 this week and was on the top 50 until March 1996.
Number 43 "Power Of One" by Merril Bainbridge
Peak: number 21
When I wrote about Merril Bainbridge's second big hit, "Under The Water", I mentioned that many people forget that song exists. Not me, but I do admit I had forgotten all about this third single, which wasn't quite as big as its two predecessors but was still fairly substantial. Showing a different side of the singer/songwriter's talents, stirring ballad "Power Of One" was about as different from the plink plonky "Mouth" as you could get.
Peak: number 22
I've commented before that Def Leppard increasingly sounded like Bryan Adams in the '90s, and that was never truer than on this previously unreleased track included on the rock band's greatest hits album Vault. Originally demoed during the sessions for Adrenalize, it didn't see the light of day until the band decided to release a career retrospective for the Christmas market and needed something "new" to put on the album. To me it sounds dated — and not in a good way, since Def Leppard were much better than this in their '80s heyday.
Listen to this week's new entries on my Spotify playlist of all the top 50 hits from 1995 (updated weekly):
Next week: one of the biggest groups of the 90s returned... to a less than enthusiastic response.