25 Years Ago This Week: June 18, 1995
We've already seen a number of cover versions from 1995 in our look back at the ARIA singles chart from that year, but this week featured a bumper crop of remakes - some making the top 50 and some falling short.
Two of the songs were back in the top 50 a decade after they were last hits... for other artists. And both were turned into pumping dance tracks.
At number 1 this week in 1995, "Mouth" by Merril Bainbridge stayed put for a fifth week.
Off The Chart
Number 94 "For All We Know" by Nicki French
Peak: number 89
As "Total Eclipse Of The Heart" fell out of the top 40, the British singer's follow-up was another hi-NRG remake - this time of the song made famous by The Carpenters (number 10 in 1971) and also covered by Shirley Bassey.
Number 93 "Falling In Love" by Rave-O-Lution
Peak: number 85
Our next oft-covered song is a happy hardcore version of "Can't Help Falling In Love" by a German dance group. UB40's recent chart-topping success with their remake probably stopped this becoming very big (and the fact that's it awful).
Number 87 "Get It On" by Diesel
Peak: number 75
A song so forgettable that it doesn't have an official YouTube video and has even been overlooked on Diesel's Wikipedia discography, "Get It On" was the third track lifted from Solid State Rhyme.
Number 57 "Leave Virginia Alone" by Rod Stewart
Peak: number 53
Written by Tom Petty, this song didn't make the cut for his Wildflowers album, but wound up as the lead single from Rod Stewart's 17th studio album, A Spanner In The Works.
Number 50 "Evidence" by Faith No More
Peak: number 27
Just when you thought you'd heard every style of music from Faith No More, they went all jazzy on this second single from King For A Day, Fool For A Lifetime. Although "Evidence" peaked considerably lower than the album's lead single, it did stay on the top 50 more than twice as long, suggesting it was the greater success overall.
Number 46 "Crazy" by Past To Present
Peak: number 46
The floodgates were really opened for local boy bands, with this New Zealand-born, Melbourne-based quartet the latest vocal harmony group to jump on the (not so) new jack swing bandwagon. "Crazy" was a fairly generic-sounding attempt at the R&B genre, and charted accordingly. Fun fact: Past To Present member Frank Laga'aia is the younger brother of actor and former Play School host Jay Laga'aia.
Peak: number 42
Somewhat overshadowed by both the Harold Faltemeyer original and the Crazy Frog remake, this 1995 cover of the Beverly Hills Cop instrumental was a top 10 hit in the UK and Clock's only top 50 appearance in Australia. In theory, a double A-side release, the single really only sold because of "Axel F". Such was its success at home in Britain, Clock started churning out cheesy dance cover versions (everything from "Whoomph! (There It Is)" to "U Sexy Thing") at the expense of their original material, which was much better. The dance act followed the 2 Unlimited model of having a couple of behind-the-scenes studio types (Stu Allan and Pete Pritchard), and a male rapper (ODC MC) and female singer (Tinka) out the front - although they didn't have that much to do on the mostly instrumental "Axel F".
Number 40 "Love Is All Around" by DJ BoBo
Peak: number 24
Despite its title and the fact that it came out so close to the Wet Wet Wet hit of the same name, this "Love Is All Around" was not a cover version. The third and final hit for DJ BoBo didn't really progress the Swiss Eurodance star's sound beyond his breakthrough hit, "Somebody Dance With Me", and to me, sounded a little dated as a result. Still, the single performed better than previous hit "Let The Dream Come True" by some margin.
Number 39 "Forever Young" by Interactive
Peak: number 15
Back to the covers, and this happy hardcore version of the Alphaville single, which reached the ARIA top 50 in 1985, maintained only the main lyrical hook and replaced everything else with what is still a pretty banging backing track. I didn't think too much of this cover by the German dance group at the time - this kind of techno was never really my thing - but it holds up OK.
Number 38 "Baby" by Brandy
Peak: number 16
I had completely forgotten that this second single by Brandy followed her debut, "I Wanna Be Down", into the ARIA top 20, since many of her other early hits - including two US top 10 singles - missed the mark here ahead of 1998's "The Boy Is Mine". But "Baby" was another success, both here and in the US, where it reached number 4. The song came with a music video that is now unmistakably the work of director Hype Williams, who would really cross over in 1995 and be behind some of the biggest R&B clips of the year.
Number 4 "This Ain't A Love Song" by Bon Jovi
Peak: number 4
Their 1994 greatest hits album, Cross Road, had served as a reminder of just how massive Bon Jovi had been since their 1986 breakthrough. And so a brand new track from the band who'd spent weeks stuck as number 2 with "Always" and registered yet another top 10 hit with "Someday I'll Be Saturday Night" was ensured a welcome reception by fans. Spending three weeks at number 4 and another three at number 5, "This Ain't A Love Song" was indeed well received, with the continued shift to a more serious rock sound ensuring Bon Jovi remained relevant in a post-grunge world. I have to say I missed their more fun earlier stuff.
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 everyone's favourite choreographer/singer, and the top 50 debut of a controversy-courting Australian band with a song about a deceased Hollywood star.