25 Years Ago This Week: October 29, 1995
Who's ready for another game of Remixed, Remade & Remodelled? Yep, this week in 1995, a bunch of songs were given another chance at chart glory thanks to various covers and revamps.
As well as a dance act that changed its name for the re-release of its remake, a local boy band enjoyed their biggest hit with a cover — and would have reached number 1 were it not for a soundtrack smash, itself based on an old song.
That hit — "Gangsta's Paradise" by Coolio featuring L.V. — spent its second week at number 1 in Australia this week in 1995.
Off The Chart
Number 100 "Next Plane Out" by Celine Dion
Peak: number 61
Someone clearly thought there was still life in Celine Dion's The Colour Of My Love album and squeezed this Diane Warren-penned ballad out as one final single. They were wrong, with the album also not rallying much for the Christmas market.
Number 98 "Clap Yo Hands" by Naughty By Nature
Peak: number 98
Given the earlier two singles from Poverty's Paradise had missed the top 50, this latest cut performed consistently with the hip-hop group's current chart form. In the US, "Clap Yo Hands" had been the lead single from the album.
Number 93 "Keep Their Heads Ringin'" by Dr Dre
Peak: number 93
More under-appreciated hip-hop, with this US top 10 single from the Friday soundtrack not progressing any further. In America, Dr Dre wouldn't hit as big as lead artist until 2011.
Number 91 "Come With Me" by Shai
Peak: number 91
Debut album ... If I Ever Fall In Love, especially its title track, had done well for the vocal harmony group. But this dreary lead single from second studio album Blackface wasn't up to the same standard.
Number 88 "Whole Wide World" by Mental As Anything
Peak: number 53
Falling just short of giving them another hit, this single from Liar Liar Pants On Fire (which also missed the top 50) was a remake of a song written and recorded in 1977 by Eric Goulden (aka Wreckless Eric).
Number 81 "I Believe" by Herbie
Peak: number 81
I never liked "Right Type Of Mood", which was still in the upper half of the top 50, but thought this Denniz PoP and Max Martin-produced cover-up deserved better.
Number 70 "I Can't Tell You Why" by Brownstone
Peak: number 57
Another cover peaking in the 50s, vocal trio Brownstone's latest single was a version of a song released by Eagles in 1980, which had reached number 8 in the US but failed to chart locally.
Peak: number 14
The remakes continue as we venture into the top 50, with Shaggy returning with another cover to launch his second album, Boombastic, just as he had first time around with his version of "Oh Carolina". In this case, he took on a song that had been to number 1 in Australia twice already. (Side note: I've just learnt of the 1970 radio ban of major label Australian and British artists which resulted in Mungo Jerry's chart-topping original of "In The Summertime" being replaced at number 1 by The Mixtures' opportune, minor label cover. Fascinating!) Providing vocals on Shaggy's reggae take on "In The Summertime" was Rayvon, the Barbadian singer who would also guest on 2001 smash "Angel".
Number 46 "The Sunshine After The Rain" by Berri
Peak: number 12
Another remake now — of a song that had been recorded previously by original artist Ellie Greenwich in 1968 and by Elkie Brooks in 1977. And this update of "The Sunshine After The Rain" had already been released once, although the artist listed for the 1994 single was New Atlantic/U4EA featuring Berri. What a mouthful! Re-released in 1995 with singer Berri (real name: Rebecca Sleight) receiving the sole credit and supported by a much better music video than the low-rent original, the song improved on its 1994 peak in the UK of number 26 and reached number 4 there. Locally, the dance track, which lost all but the chorus and transformed the song with an "I Feel Love" bassline, almost made the top 10.
Number 45 "April The Fool" by Chocolate Starfish
Peak: number 45
Things weren't going well for Chocolate Starfish. After just making the top 40 with the lead single from second album Box, the Australian band that'd been unlucky to just miss the top 10 twice with "You're So Vain" and "Mountain" only managed one week in the top 50 with "April The Fool". And although Box debuted at number 6 on the albums chart the following week, it lasted just three weeks in the top 50.
Number 31 "I Kiss Your Lips" by Tokyo Ghetto Pussy
Peak: number 8
An artist that was doing much better was dance act Tokyo Ghetto Pussy, who followed "Everybody On The Floor" with another top 10 hit. While its predecessor had been more of a straightforward Eurodance track, "I Kiss Your Lips" was an out-and-out happy hardcore banger, complete with cutesy vocals courtesy of Domenica. But just like their alter egos, Jam & Spoon, Tokyo Ghetto Pussy only managed two hits in Australia — but by placing them both within the top 10, they joined a select group of artists.
Number 5 "Let's Groove" by CDB
Peak: number 2
Spurred on by a series of in-store appearances around the country, boy band CDB blasted into the top 5 with their remake of Earth, Wind & Fire's "Let's Groove" (a number 15 hit for them in early 1982). Capitalising on the momentum built by their earlier two original tracks, CDB entered the big league of local pop acts with their remake, which was only blocked from number 1 by the insurmountable "Gangsta's Paradise" and spent six non-consecutive weeks in the runner-up spot. Their debut album, Glide With Me, also performed well over the summer, reaching number 6 and going platinum.
Listen to this week's new entries on my Spotify playlist of all the top 50 hits from 1995 (updated weekly):
Next week: a former guest vocalist goes it alone, while a legendary band release their first "new" music since the death of their frontman.