25 Years Ago This Week: May 21, 1995
Over the last two weeks, we've seen some of my favourite dance tracks from 1995 (of which there were many) arrive on the ARIA singles chart. This week, one of my least favourite debuted.
It was one of those club tracks that ventured a little too close to a novelty record for my liking. Naturally, it was massive.
But not as massive as the song that moved up to number 1 this week in 1995. "Mouth" by Merril Bainbridge began a six-week run at the top.
Off The Chart
Number 95 "Funtime" by Boy George
Peak: number 60
A cover of the 1977 song by Iggy Pop, this rock-influenced track was quite the musical departure for Boy George, who released his autobiography, Take It Like A Man, around the same time.
Number 78 "Misty Mountain Hop" by 4 Non Blondes
Peak: number 78
Another revival of a '70s track, this cover of the 1971 Led Zeppelin song was included on tribute album Encomium. It was 4 Non Blondes' final release, the band having split up in late 1994.
Number 49 "Gonna Make You Mine" by Margaret Urlich
Peak: number 29
Last seen on the top 50 at the very end of 1993 duetting with Rick Price on a remake of "Where Is The Love", Margaret Urlich returned with this first taste of third studio album The Deepest Blue. Like many of her previous hits, "Gonna Make You Mine" was co-written and produced by Robyn Smith, but with its full band sound, it was easily her most attention-grabbing song, with Margaret having usually gone for more understated tracks in the past. Funnily enough, it's not a song that has stuck in my memory as much as the hits from her prior two albums have.
Number 47 "Walk This World" by Heather Nova
Peak: number 28
Here's another tune I had completely forgotten about until now - it got lost in all those mid-'90s rock chick songs I pushed out of my memory. But this debut single from the Bermudian singer-songwriter is actually one of my favourites from the genre - I'd take it over "Bitch" or "All I Wanna Do" any day - and holds up well. Despite this being Heather's only chart appearance in Australia, she has continued to record and release music, her most recent album, Pearl (a companion of sorts to 1994's Oyster), coming out last year.
Peak: number 26
And yet another track to peak in the 20s that I have not thought about since 1995. This cover of the Fat Domino song by Jamaican dancehall artist Super Cat (real name: William Maragh) was the latest single to be taken from the soundtrack to Prêt-à-Porter - and yet another reggae remake to make the top 50.
Peak: number 5
Given their two previous singles had been called "Pass The Toilet Paper" and "Fuk U In The Ass", it was immediately apparent there was a bit of a theme going on with the releases by hip-house duo The Outhere Brothers - something they maintained with the explicit version of their breakthrough hit, "Don't Stop (Wiggle Wiggle)". But it was the clean version that helped turn the song into a real chart smash, with the more minimal radio-friendly mix leaving out all the bits about face-sitting and pussy-tasting. For me, it was a bit lowest common denominator, with it's "hey, hey"-ing and general repetitiveness - just the type of song to work its way into the top 5 and enjoy a lengthy 24-week stay on the top 50.
Number 41 "River Of Love" by Rick Price
Peak: number 18
In a nice case of serendipity, Margaret Urlich's former duet partner also returned to the ARIA top 50 for the first time since "Where Is The Love" with this lead single from second album Tambourine Mountain. Featuring backing vocals from Tina Arena, who also duetted on another track on the album, "River Of Love" became Rick's biggest hit since his initial top 10 double in 1992. It would also turn out to be his final top 50 appearance.
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 the soundtrack ballad king, plus one of the biggest R&B anthems of the decade.