This Week In 1993: June 13, 1993
It's always disheartening when an artist you like decides to go down a musical path you don't. Not mentioning any names, but like when a pop star with decades of hits experiments with country music, for example.
This week in 1993, a singer who found fame singing pop-dance anthems returned to the sound that had established her on the charts after a detour into MOR pop/rock territory.
Meanwhile, at number 1 this week in 1993 was "Informer" by Snow. The reggae hit spent its second week on top.
Off The Chart
Peak: number 63
In the US, this lead single from The Chronic had given both rappers their first major hit, peaking at number 2, but the influential hip-hop track flew under the radar locally.
Number 80 "One Of A Kind" by Bruce Samazan
Peak: number 80
The Stefan Dennis of E Street (which has just been axed). While his cast-mates were having hits, B-Man Samazan bombed out big time with his attempt at rap. Emphasis on "attempt".
Number 58 "Walk On The Wild Side" by Jimeoin
Peak: number 58
Two things worked against this cover of the Lou Reed classic being a hit. 1) The song had been taken into the top 30 in 1990 by Jamie J Morgan. 2) It's by Jimeoin.
Number 49 "Saving Forever For You" by Shanice
Peak: number 25
As Jeremy Jordan moved closer to his chart peak with "The Right Kind Of Love", a second single from the Beverly Hills, 90210 soundtrack joined it on the top 50. A big ballad from the dream team of songwriter Diane Warren and producer David Foster, "Saving Forever For You" showed a more mature side of the then-20-year-old singer known for the perky pop of "I Love Your Smile". Keep an eye out for 90210 star Brian Austin Green channeling his on-screen character, school DJ David Silver, in the music video.
Number 42 "Linger" by The Cranberries
Peak: number 33
It took a while for Ireland's The Cranberries to get going, with their first two singles, "Dreams" and "Linger" being released and re-released around the world over the course of 1993 and 1994. Australia took to "Linger" first time around, while it'd take "Dreams" until September 1994 to finally reach the top 50. A dreamy love song, it had been written by guitarist Noel Hogan before the late Dolores O'Riordan joined the band, with original lyrics by the band's former frontman, Niall Quinn. Once Dolores was hired as his replacement, she substituted her words. Not a hit in the UK or the US until 1994, "Linger" would eventually become one of their biggest global successes, even if it wasn't entirely indicative of what was to come from the band...
Peak: number 2
I'd never been very happy about dance diva Taylor Dayne's move into more of an adult contemporary pop/rock direction on 1989's Can't Fight Fate, especially the decision to release "I'll Be Your Shelter" and "Heart Of Stone" as the album's third and fourth singles. Cut to 1993, and all was forgiven when she kicked off her third album, Soul Dancing, with this rousing remake of Barry White's "Can't Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe" from 1974. Produced by Clivillés & Cole, Taylor's version was a last-minute addition to the album at the behest of Arista bigwig Clive Davis, who correctly recognised that intended single "I'll Wait" just wasn't up to scratch - an appraisal that proved correct when it was released in two singles' time. Putting her firmly back in pop-dance mode, the cover eclipsed everything she'd previously released by climbing to number 2 for three weeks on the ARIA chart, kept from the top by UB40.
Number 20 "Funky Junky" by Peter Andre
Peak: number 13
My recent posts covering the "final' printed ARIA chart from 1998 featured an appearance by Peter Andre's last top 50 single, "All Night, All Right". Five years earlier, the 20-year-old was up to his second hit, which stormed straight into the top 20 accompanied by a music video in which Peter wore marginally more clothes than in the clip for "Gimme Little Sign". Unlike his breakthrough hit, which marked its 26th week on the chart just one spot higher at number 19, "Funky Junky" was an original song (instead of a remake) and one that Peter actually co-wrote. Produced by Ashley Cadell, who'd been behind some of Kate Ceberano's best songs, the sound was an adequate blend of '70s-style funk and modern R&B, but Peter's nasal vocal style pushed it over the edge of irritating for me.
Listen to this week's new entries on my Spotify playlist of all the top 50 hits from 1993:
Next week: the reggae onslaught continues with a massive remake from a band that knew a thing or two about cover versions. Plus, one of the year's quirkiest (i.e. most annoying) songs.