25 Years Ago This Week: May 14, 1995
Sometimes less is more. If you only have a few great tracks in you, don't bother inflicting an album full of filler on the world.
This week in 1995, a dance act that knew when it had a smash (which turned out to be once a year) debuted with its second single - another top 10 hit.
At number 1 this week in 1995, "Back For Good" by Take That remained on top for a second week.
Off The Chart
Number 96 "Craziest" by Naughty By Nature
Peak: number 54
Could the reason this single from Naughty By Nature's fourth album, Poverty's Paradise, didn't follow their previous hits into the top 50 be because it didn't feature a really obvious sample (like "O.P.P.") or crowd-pleasing hook (like "Hip Hop Hooray")?
Number 58 "Gotta Get Away" by The Offspring
Peak: number 53
After two huge top 10 hits, the punk/pop band's chart fortunes took a dive as this third single couldn't break into the top 50. Smash's 19 weeks in the top 10 (and three at number 1) might have had something to do with it.
Number 42 "Julia Says" by Wet Wet Wet
Peak: number 38
In the aftermath of their Four Weddings And A Funeral behemoth, "Love Is All Around", Wet Wet Wet's Australian record company made good use of the downtime before the band's next album by raiding their back catalogue. First, there'd been a new version of their former UK chart-topper "Goodnight Girl" and then a re-release of 1993's "Shed A Tear". Finally, Wet Wet Wet fans had something new from the Scottish four-piece to enjoy. Another pretty ballad by the band who were now firmly in adult contemporary territory, "Julia Says" to me sounded like it had some underlying Beatles influences, but it was a bit too bland for my liking - and I had liked a lot of their stuff up until this point.
Number 24 "Change Of Heart" by Jimmy Barnes
Peak: number 17
Regular readers would know I'm not the biggest Jimmy Barnes fan, but since I live in Australia, I had always been pretty familiar with his music - it was hard to avoid. But I don't recall this lead single from his eighth studio album, Psyclone, at all. Maybe it was because, by 1995, his music was becoming a little easier to avoid. His lowest charting lead single up until this point and from an album that, despite peaking at number 2, only spent five weeks on the top 50 and didn't yield any further top 50 singles, it wasn't the best of times for Jimmy. And not just musically, with his life unravelling in other ways around this time as well. It certainly felt like the end of an era - and even I had to acknowledge it had been a pretty impressive ride up until this point.
Number 12 "You Belong To Me" by JX
Peak: number 4
In mid-1994, "Son Of A Gun" had become JX's first chart hit, peaking at number 6. And then nothing. No follow-up, no album. This week, the second single from British producer Jake Williams finally surfaced. Unlike last time, "You Belong To Me" wasn't built around a sample, but instead featured original vocals by Shèna, who'd also perform on JX's next two singles, which true to form wouldn't be released until 1996 and 1997. An even bigger hit than "Son Of A Gun", "You Belong To Me" stormed into the chart at number 12 (up from number 53 the previous week) and reached number 4 - much higher than it managed in the UK, where it surprisingly only got to number 17.
Listen to this week's new entries on my Spotify playlist of all the top 50 hits from 1995 (updated weekly):
Next week: the return of two local singers last seen on the chart performing together, and one of the most odious dance acts of the '90s.