This Week In 1993: November 28, 1993
Back in 1993, it was still possible to wring every last possible single out of a smash album, whereas these days the best way to have a hit-laden album is to do a Calvin Harris or Jonas Blue and put the album out after you've already released half a dozen or more successful songs.
This week in 1993, two singles from albums that had many tracks lifted from them entered the ARIA top 50 by artists who were used to their albums having a shelf life of a couple of years while they picked song after song from them.
Another performer whose previous album contained a stack of chart hits found himself at number 1 this week in 1993. Bryan Adams knocked Ace Of Base off the top spot with "Please Forgive Me".
Off The Chart
Number 97 "Runaway Love" by En Vogue
Peak: number 87
Having exhausted Funky Divas of singles, the girl group released EP Runaway Love and this unremarkable title track. A much bigger hit from the EP, a collaboration with Salt 'n' Pepa, would follow.
Peak: number 83
Had the reggae bubble burst? This cover of the Fats Domino song was massive in the UK and New Zealand, but did next to nothing in Australia for Delroy McLean.
Number 83 "The Price I Pay" by Jenny Morris
Peak: number 78
Her previous studio album had yielded her biggest hit ever, but this cover of a Billy Bragg album track from 1988, which would eventually appear on 1995's Salvation Jane, wasn't the best start to Jenny Morris's new deal with rooArt.
Number 78 "Reflections" by Jon Stevens
Peak: number 60
Here's another New Zealander who now called Australia home finding it tough going on the ARIA chart, with this second single from Are U Satisfied missing the top 50.
Number 49 "I Believe" by Bon Jovi
Peak: number 40
Slippery When Wet had provided four singles; follow-up New Jersey had offered up five - and so it was only logical that Keep The Faith would deliver six singles for Bon Jovi fans, who duly made all six of them top 40 hits in Australia. "I Believe" was the fifth (and least successful) of those singles, and as I write this I have absolutely no idea how it goes. Having now clicked play on the YouTube link below, the song is in no way familiar, while I could definitely sing you the chorus of the album's previous four singles if I had to. It's understandable why this didn't do any better. Still, a top 40 hit is a top 40 hit and this became Bon Jovi's 13th - a string only blighted by 1989's "Living In Sin".
Peak: number 6
Next up, a singer who was used to landing a decent amount of hits from his usually chart-topping albums - but in 1993, Jimmy Barnes' track record hit a major stumbling block when two of the four singles taken from Heat missed the top 40. Moving swiftly along, Jimmy released a second album in 1993, timed nicely for the Christmas market. His take on an MTV Unplugged-style release, Flesh And Wood saw Jimmy in acoustic mode - a sharp contrast to the loud rock of Heat. And taking no chances, he released a remake as its first single. Aided by The Badloves, Jimmy covered "The Weight" by The Band and was duly returned to the top 10.
Number 26 "Again" by Janet Jackson
Peak: number 19
Janet Jackson did not mess around when it came to milking her albums of singles. Seven were lifted from Control (an album with only nine tracks) and eight had been taken from Rhythm Nation 1814. Although sweet ballad "Again", which had previously appeared on the soundtrack to Janet's feature film debut, Poetic Justice, was only the third single released from janet, it was safe to assume it wouldn't be the last. Far from it. As a bonus, by reaching number 19, "Again" marked the first time Janet scored three straight top 20 hits in Australia - a sure sign that subsequent singles from janet would reach a more receptive audience locally than many of the tracks taken from her previous two albums had.
Listen to this week's new entries on my Spotify playlist of all the top 50 hits from 1993:
Next week: the latest single from another album that had already been mined for a stack of hits. Plus, the chart return of a decade-old song.