25 Years Ago This Week: April 23, 1995
The ARIA top 50 chart might have featured singles by Boyz II Men, CDB, TLC and 4PM this week in 1995, but there was always room for more vocal harmony groups, right?
It would seem so, given a new American female trio and a fresh British male quartet both scored big hits with their breakthrough singles.
The biggest hit in Australia this week in 1995 was still "Here's Johnny" by Hocus Pocus, which bam-bam-bam'd its way to a fifth week on top.
Off The Chart
Number 95 "Up To Our Necks In It" by Skunkhour
Peak: number 56
A second placing in the 50s for Skunkhour, whose first major label album, Feed, debuted on the albums chart this week as well.
Number 89 "Moonglow" by Tony Bennett / k.d. lang
Peak: number 65
Taken from Tony Bennett's MTV Unplugged, this rendition of the 1930s standard was one of two duets on the album - the other was with Elvis Costello.
Number 57 "Gel" by Collective Soul
Peak: number 52
The lead single from the American rock band's self-titled second album, "Gel" also featured on the soundtrack to The Jerky Boys.
Number 47 "Baby Baby" by Corona
Peak: number 7
"The Rhythm Of The Night" had been one of the best dance tracks of 1994 and Italian group Corona came up with the goods again with follow-up "Baby Baby", one of the best dance tracks of 1995. Producer Francesco Bontempi stuck with the tried and tested formula that had made Corona's debut single such a success. For one thing, model Olga Souza continued to masquerade as the vocalist of the outfit - this time, it was Sandy Chambers who could be heard on the song. And like "The Rhythm Of The Night", "Baby Baby" repurposed an old song: "Babe Babe" by Joy and Joyce, a 1991 track that had in turn sampled Alisha Warren's "Touch Me" ("cold chill down my spine" at 1:26) and taken its main hook from "K.I.S.S.I.N.G." by Siedah Garrett ("oh, baby baby, why don't we just test the water" at the three-minute mark). Repackaged with slightly amended lyrics and a pounding Eurodance beat, "Baby Baby" was easily one of the year's most energetic songs.
Peak: number 7
They'd already given the world a girl group (Eternal), and now First Avenue Records launched boy band MN8, who all had similarly abbreviated names: KG, G-Man, Kule T and Dee Tails. So '90s it hurts. And just like that other British four-piece, MN8 looked to America for their sound, with debut single "I've Got A Little Something For You" a classic new jack swing track. The biggest hit of their career, the song almost topped the UK chart and reached the ARIA top 10.
Number 43 "If You Love Me" by Brownstone
Peak: number 13
Peaking just outside the top 10 were US trio Brownstone, whose second single, "If You Love Me", came in a plethora of mixes, including the a cappella version below and one with musical accompaniment, which I prefer, that's linked to in the song title above. Like "I've Got A Little Something For You", "If You Love Me", which reached number 8 in both the US and the UK, was easily the biggest for the girl group, who consisted of Mimi, Nicci and Maxee, and were signed to Michael Jackson's MJJ label, home also to 3T and Tatyana Ali.
Listen to this week's new entries on my Spotify playlist of all the top 50 hits from 1995 (updated weekly):
Next week: my favourite British band of the '80s make an interesting career decision, plus an eighth single from a two-year-old album.