This Week In 1993: June 27, 1993
On the ARIA singles chart this week in 1993, there were a handful of ho-hum entries in the top 50, but something much more interesting was going on lower down. The week's top 100 was filled with new arrivals from groups that'd seen better days.
From dance to rock to hip-hop, the acts had all had big hits relatively recently, but stumbled this time around. In most cases, it's because their material wasn't up to standard.
An artist that was having a much better time of it was rapper Snow, whose unstoppable hit, "Informer", spent a fourth straight week at number 1.
Off The Chart
Number 100 "Stars" by Felix
Peak: number 100
Sampling the 1979 song of the same name by disco singer Sylvester, this third release by British DJ/producer Francis Wright would be his final top 100 appearance - and only just!
Number 98 "Everything's Ruined" by Faith No More
Peak: number 63
Released ahead of "Easy" in other parts of the world, this track from Angel Dust finally got its turn in Australia, but couldn't keep Faith No More's hit tally going.
Number 96 "Eat The Rich" by Aerosmith
Peak: number 63
Following this Red Hot Chili Peppers-ish single's lack of success, it's little surprise Aerosmith went with power ballads instead for the next couple of releases from Get A Grip.
Number 93 "Wreckx Shop" by Wreckx-N-Effect
Peak: number 81
Hip-hop duo Wreckx-N-Effect were also unable to come up with the goods on the chart, with this follow-up to top 10 smash "Rump Shaker" ensuring they remained a one-hit wonder.
Number 84 "This Isn't Love" by Boom Crash Opera
Peak: number 69
Their previous two singles had massively underperformed, but this third release from Fabulous Beast probably did about as well as it deserved, especially considering the album featured much better songs.
Single Of The Week
Peak: number 51
With bands like Red Hot Chili Peppers and Faith No More having proved (sometimes) so successful in Australia, it was inevitable that we got a funk metal outfit or two of our own. Melbourne's Defryme were on the rise at this point, just missing the top 50 with this actually quite catchy single. I'm sure I would've hated it at the time...
Number 50 "Here We Go Again!" by Portrait
Peak: number 41
The R&B vocal groups were coming thick and fast at this point, with this second single by quartet Portrait following Boyz II Men, Riff, Shai and Silk into the top 50. At the new jack swing end of the spectrum, "Here We Go Again" sampled Michael Jackson's "I Can't Help It", a track from his Off The Wall album.
Number 49 "I Know Why" by Robertson Brothers
Peak: number 47
Before they became best known for their 2000 update of the Home And Away theme song, this trio comprised of siblings Ben, Geoff and Stuart Robertson sneaked into the top 50 with their Rick Price-esque debut single. This is as high as the brothers ever managed to reach on the singles chart, despite lifting four tracks from debut album Symmetry and, in the second phase of their career, issuing three singles from their second album, 2002's Here. The guys are still making music, albeit without Stuart, who was replaced in the line-up in 2004.
Number 42 "In These Arms" by Bon Jovi
Peak: number 10
Ten was proving to be a lucky number for Bon Jovi, who peaked there for the third time in a row with the third single taken from Keep The Faith. While I was happy it was time for another uptempo tune from the band after power ballad "Bed Of Roses", I have to say I've always found "In These Arms" kind of dated and generic, especially compared to the album's title track, which had embraced a more modern sound. There was plenty more life in the album yet, with three more singles to follow - all of which we'll see reach the top 40 in the months to come.
Listen to this week's new entries on my Spotify playlist of all the top 50 hits from 1993:
Next week: our three new entries revisit the past - in two cases, thanks to some inspired samples, and in the other, due to a veteran artist delving into his own back catalogue.