This Week In 1992: March 22, 1992
The ARIA chart loved a makeover. Since its debut in 1983, the top 50 printout had been through four major format changes, with a few tweaks here and there along the way. This week in 1992, a fifth look made it national debut, having been trialled in at least one state already.
The singles and albums top 50s were back on the same side of the chart for the first time since mid-1986, and the respective state listings could be found on the other side - the first time a full regional top 50 had been included. Big news, huh? Meanwhile, a new Aussie male singer with a mane of hair debuted with what would turn out to be a big hit song.
The biggest hit song in the country this week in 1992 was still Julian Lennon's "Saltwater", which enjoyed a third week at number 1.
Off The Chart
Number 98 "Heart Of Soul" by The Cult
Peak: number 92
"Wild Hearted Son" had returned them to the top 30, but the next single from Ceremony, while boasting another big chorus, made a more modest impact for Brit rockers The Cult.
Number 95 "Get The Funk Out" by Extreme
Peak: number 95
Would Australia's enthusiasm for Extreme extend to a single that actually pre-dated "More Than Words" and "Hole Hearted"? In short: no. Although it made sense to give it a try.
Peak: number 94
The first UK top 40 hit for the artist otherwise known as John Wardle no doubt received a boost from the appearance of Sinéad O'Connor on guest vocals.
Number 87 "Cruel" by Public Image Ltd.
Peak: number 87
The band Jah Wobble was once the bass player for returned to the top 100 for the first time in six years with this lead single from That What Is Not. It would be PiL's last album for 20 years.
Number 80 "Friendship" by Sabrina Johnston
Peak: number 64
"Peace", "Friendship"... Sabrina Johnston was all about positivity, wasn't she? I'm more shocked by her bike shorts in the video three years after Yazz and Collette than this song's chart failure.
Peak: number 51
Hard-Ons' previous top 100 appearance had been in collaboration with Henry Rollins and here they were again on the chart alongside another act. The difference was that instead of performing on the same track with The Celibate Rifles, the two bands contributed two songs each to EP Where The Wild Things Are. From Hard-Ons, we got the minute-and-a-half blast of punk pop "Sorry" and "Lose It"; from The Celibate Rifles, it was the slightly longer and grungier "5 Lamps" as well as "Electric Flowers". This was the closest either band would come to a hit single.
Number 41 "Not A Day Goes By" by Rick Price
Peak: number 5
This might have been the debut single by Rick Price, but we'd already been hearing his voice for a number of years. In 1988, he performed the official bicentennial theme song, "Celebration Of A Nation" (a duet with future Euphora vocalist Keren Minshull), and also appeared as part of the ensemble on charity single "You're Not Alone". A year later, he provided vocals for a Home And Away storyline that involved characters Lance, Martin and Marilyn recording a single.
Having finally landed his own record deal, Rick was the latest addition to the John Farnham/Southern Sons school of long haired soft rock balladeers. "Not A Day Goes By" quickly became an FM radio staple, sending the track into the top 5 and establishing Rick as one of 1992's biggest new local artists. And as we'll see, it didn't end there...
Number 34 "You Showed Me" by Salt 'n' Pepa
Peak: number 24
The last time Salt 'n' Pepa reinterpreted a song from the '60s - The Beatles' "Twist And Shout" - it hadn't taken off here. But the rap trio were coming off a number 1 hit single and a somewhat premature (but pretty successful) greatest hits album when their version of The Turtles' "You Showed Me" was released. Having first appeared on their Black's Magic album, the song was radically remixed by Ben Liebrand, who'd transformed their previous two hits, although an alternate mix closer in sound to the album version also did the rounds.
Number 19 "Human Touch" by Bruce Springsteen
Peak: number 17
With Guns 'n Roses proving it was possible to release two albums at once and have them both do well, it opened the door for other acts to do the same thing. Enter Bruce Springsteen with Human Touch and Lucky Town, which, like the Use Your Illusions albums, were released on the same day and would both enter the top 10 in a few weeks' time. It hadn't been his intention to release two albums, but he ended up with another album's worth of songs while he was trying to complete Human Touch. The first single released from the pair was the title track of Human Touch and despite another five songs being lifted from the albums, it was the only one to reach the top 50.
Listen to this week's new entries on my Spotify playlist of all the top 50 hits from 1992:
Next week: four massive downtempo top 10 hits - the latest from the biggest band in the world, a long-running UK chart-topper, a duet between two guys with the same first name and the song that'd wind up as 1992's second highest-selling single. Joining them were another four new entries!