This Week In 1993: November 14, 1993
Cute kids are a sitcom and advertising staple, and this week in 1993, pre-teens were an integral part of two of the new entries on the ARIA singles chart.
In one case, a 10-year-old girl provided the enduring visual image for a top 10 hit by a new US band. In the other, a five-year-old French kid entered the chart with his former European number 1 single.
The number 1 single in Australia this week in 1993 was "All That She Wants" by Ace Of Base, which spent its second week on top.
Off The Chart
Peak: number 89
"The Floor" was still high on the chart after 15 weeks inside the top 50, but this next release from Provocative didn't repeat that success for Johnny Gill, who'd ultimately be a one-hit wonder.
Number 93 "Too Much Information" by Duran Duran
Peak: number 93
The two previous singles from "The Wedding Album" had made the top 20, but this just-as-good third track, which took a swipe at overly commercialised pop, bombed out.
Number 85 "Wild America" by Iggy Pop
Peak: number 85
His last album had provided him with a long-awaited top 10 hit in the form of "Candy", but Iggy Pop had no such luck with anything from American Caesar, including this lead single.
Number 77 "Werewolf" by Doug Mulray
Peak: number 77
Seven years earlier, the radio DJ had reached the top 40 with "You Are Soul" (say the title quickly), but this track from Nice Legs Shame About The Fez couldn't do the same.
Number 50 "Dur Dur D'être Bébé" by Jordy
Peak: number 37
Teen idols were nothing new on the charts, but this week in 1993, Australia welcomed a brand new type of chart star to the top 50: French toddler Jordy, with his former European number 1 - a song that was released a year earlier when he was just four-and-a-half. A fairly monotonous Eurodance track, "Dur Dur D'être Bébé" (French for "It's Tough To Be A Baby") was clearly only as successful as it was because of the novelty factor of someone who could barely speak performing on a single. Following this worldwide success, Jordy Lemoine released a few more songs (including a second chart-topper in France) before having the type of career and personal roller-coaster you'd expect for someone who became famous before he'd started school.
Number 47 "Hero" by Mariah Carey
Peak: number 7
Previous single "Dreamlover" had given a glimpse of the R&B direction Mariah Carey would head in as the '90s progressed, but Music Box's second single, "Hero", was about as big a belter as you could get. Interestingly, Mariah was not originally going to record the song herself. Co-written with regular collaboration Walter Afanasieff, it had been intended to be used in 1992 Dustin Hoffman film Hero and was going to be given to Gloria Estefan to perform. But when Sony head honcho and Mariah's then-fiancé Tommy Mottola heard a rough recording with Mariah singing, he insisted she keep it for herself. And so it went on to become one of her best-known songs and gave her a second number 7 hit in a row in Australia.
Number 36 "Got To Get It" by Culture Beat
Peak: number 7
"Mr Vain" was slowly making its way down from the top spot and was joined on the top 50 this week by follow-up "Got To Get It", another slice of Teutonic Eurodance that didn't deviate too far from the formula of their number 1 smash. There's not really much more to say about the song other than it was another of the year's best dance tracks from the act masterminded by DJ/producer Torsten Fenslau.
Number 25 "No Rain" by Blind Melon
Peak: number 8
It's impossible to hear this song - the only hit for American five-piece Blind Melon - without picturing the music video featuring 10-year-old Heather DeLoach in a bee costume. The outfit was based on a photo of drummer Glenn Graham's sister taken in 1975 which was used for the cover of the band's self-titled debut album, with Heather bringing the picture to life in the video directed by Samuel Bayer, who'd also shot "Smells Like Teen Spirit". The song itself, which was written by bass player Brad Smith, might sound sunny, but it's actually about being depressed. The band released a second album in 1995 - the same year singer Shannon Hoon died of a drug overdose.
Number 6 "Please Forgive Me" by Bryan Adams
Peak: number 1
Blasting straight into the top 10 was a brand new offering from the man who'd dominated the singles and albums charts a couple of years earlier with the behemoth "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" from Waking Up The Neighbours. Having been landing international hits for a decade, Bryan Adams had earned himself a greatest hits collection and "Please Forgive Me" was the obligatory new track contained on So Far So Good. A classic Bryan Adams ballad, the song bored me to tears. Tens of thousands of Australians disagreed, sending it quickly to number 1.
Listen to this week's new entries on my Spotify playlist of all the top 50 hits from 1993:
Next week: the ARIA chart debut of a dance act with a big-voiced (and -haired) singer... although we had heard her perform on another track four years previously.