25 Years Ago This Week: August 27, 1995
If you're a regular reader, you'll know I had little time for grunge and "alternative rock" in the '90s. But there's an exception to every rule.
This week in 1995, a rock band with links to the biggest grunge album of all time made its debut on the ARIA singles chart - and I've been a fan ever since. Score one for genre diversity.
Meanwhile, an underrated artist in Australia took over at the top of the chart with one of his two big hits here. "Kiss From A Rose" by Seal set up shop for a six-week run at number 1.
Off The Chart
Number 99 "Love Triangle" by Diana King
Peak: number 73
"Shy Guy" fell out of the top 20 this week, but it would take another soundtrack single a couple of years later for the Jamaican singer to enjoy anywhere near as successful a chart trajectory.
Number 98 "Love Enuff" by Soul II Soul
Peak: number 76
Their globe-conquering hits of the late '80s had gone under-appreciated in Australia, so what hope did this excellent song from Volume V Believe have?
Number 96 "Good" by Better Than Ezra
Peak: number 86
By this stage signed to a major label deal, the New Orleans rock band broke through with this debut single lifted from their re-released Deluxe album
Number 95 "Caught By The Fuzz" by Supergrass
Peak: number 95
Another debut single by a band making the transition from a small label to a major, "Caught By The Fuzz" was inspired by singer Gaz Coombes' run-in with the police ("the fuzz") for drug possession.
Number 94 "Futures" by D.I.G.
Peak: number 83
Relegated to being an albums act, Directions In Groove charted for a fourth time outside the singles top 50 with this single from Speakeasy, which was released around the same time and gave them a second top 10 hit on the albums chart.
Peak: number 52
Also destined to never reach the top 50, Australian singer Nick Howard just missed the chart with this single, which featured the theme to Channel 10 soap Echo Point on the double A-side.
Number 81 Aquamarine by Clouds
Peak: number 72
Clouds had reached the top 50 before, but the Sydney band spent more time outside it, like with this EP, which became their seventh and final top 100 appearance.
Number 79 "Shoot Me With Your Love" by D:Ream
Peak: number 73
Finally finished releasing, re-releasing and remixing songs from their debut album, dance act D:Ream moved on to their second, although this UK top 10 hit didn't shoot up the ARIA chart (sorry!).
Number 48 New by Regurgitator
Peak: number 30
Like Clouds, Brisbane band Regurgitator's first couple of releases were EPs, with this second five-track collection improving on the number 45 placing of their self-titled debut offering. Featuring radio cuts "Track 1" and "Blubber Boy", New would remain the Triple J favourites' highest charting release until 1998.
Number 46 "Vow" by Garbage
Peak: number 32
Calling your band Garbage is the equivalent of Michael Jackson releasing an album titled Bad - but when you have music as good as this debut single by the American rock four-piece, you probably don't need to worry too much that your name will be used against you. Formed by Duke Erikson, Steve Marker and Nevermind producer Butch Vig in 1993, Garbage's line-up was complete when Scottish singer Shirley Manson joined. Not originally intended to be their first single - or even feature on their self-titled debut album - "Vow" created enough hype to receive an official release and took the band into the ARIA top 40 for the first time. The song about taking revenge on an abusive partner would end up as the most successful single from Garbage in Australia, despite a string of excellent tracks that followed, although the album would debut in the top 5 in September and return there in October 1996 as part of a 69-week top 50 run.
Number 40 "Mysterious Girl" by Peter Andre
Peak: number 8
Because when I go to the beach, I leave my jeans on to go swimming... Accompanied by a music video that took even more advantage of Peter Andre's physical attributes than ever before, "Mysterious Girl" brought the gyrating singer back to the ARIA top 10. The first taste of his upcoming second album, Natural, the reggae-infused track featured an uncredited (in Australia) rap from Bubbler Ranx (also shirtless; also in the water in jeans). It would also be the song that would make Peter a star in the UK when it was eventually released there in 1996, reaching number 2 - a position he bettered in 2004 when a post-I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! re-release took it all the way to the top of the UK chart.
Number 31 "Where Is The Feeling?" by Kylie Minogue
Peak: number 31
I'm going to just get this out of the way: I don't like this single. I know! What a bizarro situation when I like a new rock band but not a new Kylie single. Well, to be more exact: I don't like the single version of this song. Originally recorded by duo Within A Dream, "Where Is The Feeling?" was covered reasonably faithfully by Kylie Minogue on her self-titled 1994 album. But when it came time to release the track as the third single, it was given a major overhaul. The verses were now spoken - seductively - instead of sung, and, overall, it became less song and more experimental trip-hop track. I don't think I was the only one not to really get the new "Where Is The Feeling?", since it only spent three weeks on the top 50, becoming one of Kylie's least successful singles up until this point. That said, I did literally get (i.e. purchase) the CD single since I liked one of the remixes - the BIR Bish Bosh Mix, which was a much more straightforward piano house rendering of the tune.
Listen to this week's new entries on my Spotify playlist of all the top 50 hits from 1995 (updated weekly):
Next week: the second-biggest single in America for 1995 arrives in Australia and the best use of an ellipsis in a song title... ever.