This Week In 1994: November 13, 1994
Although Australia had been a little late to the boy band party, things really started picking up in 1994. Following the success of Kulcha, a second homegrown R&B-flavoured quartet made their debut on the ARIA singles chart this week in 1994.
The floodgates didn't exactly open in Australia as they did in the US and the UK, but having two successful local boy bands did pave the way for an even bigger vocal harmony group to hit the scene in 1996 (and go on to be inducted into this year's ARIA Hall Of Fame).
A band you'd have to expect will one day enter the ARIA Hall Of Fame were still enjoying their first number 1 this week in 1994. "Tomorrow" by silverchair stayed on top for a third week.
Off The Chart
Peak: number 71
The original reached number 13 in 1979, and the disco classic was the latest to be given a new lease of life by The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert, although not as successfully as "I Love The Nightlife (Disco Round)".
Number 93 "How Can I Be Sure" by Daryl Braithwaite
Peak: number 55
His recent releases hadn't done so well, so how about a newly recorded cover (of a number 16 hit for The Young Rascals in 1967) taken from greatest hits album Six Moons: The Best Of 1988-1994? Still no luck.
Number 88 "Get Over It" by Eagles
Peak: number 74
Back with their first new music in 14 years, the hugely successful '70s band included four new studio recordings (of which this was one) on live album Hell Freezes Over. The song was written by Glenn Frey and Don Henley, with the latter handling vocals.
Number 87 "Blind Man" by Aerosmith
Peak: number 76
Our fourth act that had originated in the '70s and the second with a new song promoting a compilation of songs from a specific part of their career. "Blind Man" was included on Big Ones, which covered Aerosmith's output for Geffen Records from 1987 to 1994.
Number 85 "Yesterday Once More" by Redd Kross
Peak: number 84
Remember tribute albums? This second top 100 entry from the American alternative band came from If I Were A Carpenter, which also featured the likes Sonic Youth, Matthew Sweet and The Cranberries reinterpreting the music of The Carpenters.
Number 65 Beetroot by Clouds
Peak: number 65
The Sydney band's first new music since 1993 album Thunderhead, this four-track EP was kicked off by the less commercially palatable (or successful) "Boy Of Air".
Number 60 "None Of Your Business" by Salt 'n' Pepa
Peak: number 53
The hip-hop group had been on a hit streak with the singles from Very Necessary, but this Grammy-winning fourth release just missed out on giving them another hit.
Peak: number 50
Just sneaking into the top 50, the American grunge band followed up "Vasoline" with this song, which I expect many would have thought had been much more successful. In the US, where it wasn't a commercial single, it enjoyed a then-record 15 weeks at number 1 on one of Billboard's other charts (Album Rock Tracks), and made number 17 in the Triple J Hottest 100. But as well as only scraping the very bottom of the top 50, it didn't even help parent album Purple back up the chart - in fact, that spent its final week in the top 50 this week, not returning for additional runs until February (three weeks in the 40s) and April (another visit to the top 10).
Number 40 "Coming Down (Drug Tongue)" by The Cult
Peak: number 40
Returning with their first new studio set since 1991, British rock band The Cult found themselves back in the top 50 with this lead single from their self-titled sixth album after having just missed it the year earlier with their remix of "Sanctuary". I'd liked the odd bit of The Cult before, but I can't say this song did anything for me.
Number 38 "Hook Me Up" by CDB
Peak: number 11
Sydney had Kulcha, and south of the border, four all-singing, all-formation dancing vocalists combined to form CDB. Comprised of brothers Brad and Gary Pinto, Andrew De Silva and Danny Williams, the boy band followed Kulcha's lead of offering an Australian spin on new jack swing, but "Hook Me Up" felt slicker than anything Kulcha had released. That was probably on account of it being produced by pop/funk group Rockmelons, and written by that band's core members along with ex-Wa Wa Nee frontman Paul Gray and Andrew from CDB. The glossier, pop-influenced sound made it feel less like watered down Teddy Riley and more like something that incorporated new jack swing rather than trying to imitate it. "Hook Me Up" just missed out on reaching the top 10 but it did spend nine weeks bouncing around the top 20.
Number 34 "Trouble" by Shampoo
Peak: number 17
Catchy enough to be pop, edgy enough to be cool, the breakthrough hit for British duo Shampoo was all teen attitude and shouty vocals. A number 11 hit in the UK and massively popular in Japan, "Trouble" is one of those bratty songs that people either think is great or grates on people (see also: "I Love It" by Icona Pop featuring Charli XCX). In Australia, it was the only hit for Carrie Askew and Jacqui Blake, who recorded for a few more years before going their separate ways.
Listen to this week's new entries on my Spotify playlist of all the top 50 hits from 1994:
Next week: a mega ballad that had a mega slow climb up the chart, plus a new song by one of the world's biggest rock bands that shot straight into the top 5.