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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. 


Wreckx-N-Effect and Felix flopped with their latest singles

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

"God Inside A Man" by Defryme

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...



New Entries

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.


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