This Week In 1992: December 20, 1992
Kylie, Dannii, Tina, Collette, Melissa, Toni... Australia had had its fair share of young female pop stars in the previous few years, but when it came to their male counterparts, there'd really only been Jason Donovan. Male solo artists in this country tended towards rock music, but this week in 1992, a 19-year-old teen heartthrob from the Gold Coast jumped out of the pages of Smash Hits and into the top 50.
For a brief period of time (as it so often goes with pop sensations), he was massive - first in Australia and then in the UK. And it all kicked off with his second single, which succeeded where his debut effort had not.
As 1992 came to a close, Whitney Houston leapt to the top with "I Will Always Love You". The Bodyguard mega-hit spent its first, second and third weeks at number 1 as the ARIA chart shut down for Christmas.
Off The Chart
Peak: number 61
It was one of the better tracks from Waking Up The Neighbours, but there was little chance this ballad would do very well this late in the game. After five hits from the album, it became the first to miss the top 50.
Peak: number 89
Louis Armstrong's original version had been a belated chart-topper in 1988, but this duet between acquired taste singers Nick Cave and The Pogues' Shane MacGowan made little impact.
Peak: number 82
Another cover now - this time of a song written and originally performed by Tom Waits in 1976. Despite incorporating elements of such an iconic Australian song, it failed to ignite local interest.
Number 89 "What About Your Friends" by TLC
Peak: number 79
The single that should've been chosen to follow "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" was TLC's third consecutive US top 10 hit and provided a slight chart improvement here.
Single Of The Week
Peak: number 55
For the second single from her second album, Chameleon Dreams, Margaret Urlich did something new - she released a song not produced by Robyn Smith, who'd been behind all her singles to date. Instead, she chose a track produced by American Ian Prince, who'd worked on "She Ain't Worth It" by Glenn Medeiros featuring Bobby Brown, and a bunch of tunes by pop/R&B artists like Karyn White, Sheena Easton, Elisa Fiorillo and Stacy Earl. Apart from being a little bit more upbeat that her previous singles, "Human Race" maintained Margaret's easy-on-the-ear pop sound but didn't become another top 50 hit for her.
Number 45 "Gimme Little Sign" by Peter Andre
Peak: number 3
He hadn't made much of an impression with debut single "Drive Me Crazy", but everything changed for Peter Andre with his second offering, a remake of "Gimme Little Sign", which became the highest-selling single by an Australian artist (and 12th overall) in 1993. Not bad for a song that only got to number 3, although it did stay there for six straight weeks.
Originally recorded by Brenton Wood in 1967, "Gimme Little Sign" had been an international top 10 hit. Peter's pop update of the tune was the perfect summer jam - breezy and upbeat, with a beachside music video (not on YouTube at the moment) that allowed him to show off the type of Michael Jackson-style moves that'd clearly got label boss Molly Meldrum's attention when he'd appeared as a contestant on New Faces in 1989.
The clip also allowed Peter to bring out the big guns... and his sculpted six-pack. Indeed, as well as his voice and dancing ability, a big part of his image - and appeal with certain demographics - was his willingness to flash the flesh. In more ways than one, we'd be seeing a lot of Peter over the next few years, with five more top 20 hits to come before the UK claimed him for themselves.
Number 36 "Bad Attitude" by Girlfriend
Peak: number 28
More homegrown pop now with the latest from Australia's premier girl group. The fourth single from debut album Make It Come True, "Bad Attitude", as the title suggests, saw the girls in feisty mode (well, for them) as they sang about a bad boy love interest, who, in the music video, proved his rebel cred by playing guitar and wearing a leather jacket! A move away from the American R&B-influenced sound of their previous singles, the song was a rock-tinged pop track that gave them another top 30 hit to add to their tally.
And the next 50:
51. "One In A Million" by Euphoria
52. "Something Good" by Utah Saints
53. "In The Closet" by Michael Jackson
54. "Erotica" by Madonna
55. "Just Another Day" by Jon Secada
56. "Love How You Love Me" by Teen Queens
57. "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me" by George Michael / Elton John
58. "Djapana (Sunset Dreaming)" by Yothu Yindi
59. "Bohemian Rhapsody / These Are The Days Of Our Lives" by Queen
60. "Suck My Kiss" by Red Hot Chili Peppers
61. "James Brown Is Dead" by L.A. Style
62. "Keep The Faith" by Bon Jovi
63. "Cream" by Prince & The New Power Generation
64. "God Gave Rock 'n' Roll To You II" by KISS
65. "Tip Of My Tongue" by Diesel
66. "The Globe" by Big Audio Dynamite II
67. "I Can't Dance" by Genesis
68. "Twilight Zone" by 2 Unlimited
69. "Nothing Else Matters" by Metallica
70. "Without You" by Girlfriend
71. "Thought I'd Died And Gone To Heaven" by Bryan Adams
72. "Let's Get Rocked" by Def Leppard
73. "Do For You" by Euphoria
74. "Sesame's Treet" by Smart E's
75. "Beauty And The Beast" by Celine Dion / Peabo Bryson
76. "It's Not Over" by Rockmelons featuring Deni Hines
77. "Jam" by Michael Jackson
78. "(Simply) The Best" by Tina Turner / Jimmy Barnes
79. "Even Better Than The Real Thing" by U2
80. "Remember The Time" by Michael Jackson
81. "Take This Heart / Hazard" by Richard Marx
82. "Sexy MF" by Prince & The New Power Generation
83. "Black Or White" by Michael Jackson
84. "Tennessee" by Arrested Development
85. "My Name Is Prince" by Prince & The New Power Generation
86. "She's Got That Vibe" by R. Kelly & Public Announcement
87. "Girl's Life" by Girlfriend
88. ABBA-esque by Erasure
89. "I Love Your Smile" by Shanice
90. "Don't You Want Me" by Felix
91. "One" by U2
92. "Tequila" by A.L.T. & The Lost Civilization
93. "Everybody's Free (To Feel Good)" by Rozalla
94. "The Magic Friend / Megamix" by 2 Unlimited
95. "Kickin' To The Undersound" by Sound Unlimited Posse
96. "Mistadobalina" by Del Tha Funkee Homosapien
97. "It's Probably Me" by Sting with Eric Clapton
98. "Pride (In The Name Of Love)" by Clivillés & Cole
99. "Finally" by Ce Ce Peniston
100. "Rocket Man (I Think It's Going To Be A Long, Long Time)" by Kate Bush
Listen to this week's new entries on my Spotify playlist of all the top 50 hits from 1992:
Next time: we commence our trip through 1993 on January 10, with an eclectic bunch of new entries, including a bit of folk rock, some world music and a bit of local dance music.