25 Years Ago This Week: July 30, 1995
Sometimes a song needs a well-timed re-release to find its audience, who missed it first time around. Or perhaps a remix to freshen up a track that didn't work the first time.
And sometimes a song just needs to feature in a Hollywood blockbuster for it to become the chart-topping hit it was always destined to be. No prizes for guessing what new entry from this week in 1995 I'm talking about.
A song from that very same big budget film kept the number 1 spot warm for its soundtrack-mate this week in 1995. "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me" by U2 spent its fourth week on top.
Off The Chart
Number 100 "Devil's Diary" by The Caulfields
Peak: number 61
Possibly better known by its unofficial subtitle "Bigger Than Jesus Now", which seems to have been added by way of a sticker on the single's cover, this was the debut single by the Delaware rock band.
Number 82 "Common People" by Pulp
Peak: number 65
This quintessential Britpop track might not have made much impact locally, but it put Pulp in the big league in the UK when it reached number 2 (held off by Robson & Jerome).
Peak: number 54
Last week, we saw the dance version by The Steppers enter the top 50, but mercifully, Australia showed some restraint and didn't allow the original, more traditional-sounding revamp of "Living Next Door To Alice" join it.
Number 50 "Kiss From A Rose" by Seal
Peak: number 1
When this second single from Seal's second self-titled album reached number 87 in 1994 it seemed likely "Kiss From A Rose" would be little more than a chart footnote for a singer whose success had dwindled since his 1991 solo debut. But then the ballad, which Seal had written in the late '80s but only shared with producer Trevor Horn when they were working on Seal II, found its way onto the soundtrack for Batman Forever, playing over the closing credits. Re-released with a new film-related music video, the song blossomed (sorry!) into a major international hit, going all the way to number 1 in Australia and bringing the album back to the top 50 after an absence of 10 months. The meaning of the song, which has typically vivid but unclear lyrics, has been left up to interpretation by Seal, who never returned to the Australian top 50 after this in his own right - "My Vision" with Jakatta reached nunber 43 in 2002 - but did wind up as a coach on the local version of The Voice for a few seasons.
Number 49 "Party" by Christine Anu
Peak: number 20
She'd missed the top 50 with her first few singles, but Christine Anu finally broke through with the third track lifted from Stylin' Up. And while feel-good tune "Party" was a great song in its own right, I wonder how many of its sales came thanks to criminally overlooked previous single "Island Home" being included as a bonus track. In fact with three mixes of each song on the CD single and cassingle, this was effectively a double A-side release. "Party" remains Christine's highest-charting single, with the singer/actress coming closest to matching its top 20 performance five years later when her remake of "Sunshine On A Rainy Day" peaked at number 26.
Number 47 "I Believe" by Blessid Union Of Souls
Peak: number 18
Time now for some Christian soft rock with the debut single from Cincinnati band Blessid Union Of Souls. US top 10 hit "I Believe" does have a subtle religious component to it, but it works as a straight romantic love song as well and was written by the band's singer, Eliot Sloan, about an earthly relationship he'd been in. It was one of two top 20 hits the band managed in Australia - the other would come in four years' time.
Number 46 "Under The Water" by Merril Bainbridge
Peak: number 4
"Mouth" was one of the biggest songs of 1995 and remained in the ARIA top 5 this week in its 17th week on the top 50, but what plenty of people forget is that Merril Bainbridge had a second substantial hit with the follow-up, "Under The Water", which featured backing vocals from the late Chris Wilson. Written by two members of Tlot Tlot, the song had started life as a track called "Marshall", featuring frente!'s Angie Hart and appearing on the band's 1991 debut album, A Day At The Bay.
Peak: number 39
Their self-titled debut album had yielded four top 50 hits, including two songs that just missed the top 10, and so expectations would have been relatively high for this first taste of Chocolate Starfish's second album, Box. As it turned out, lead single "Accidently Cool" only did marginally better than the fourth of those hits from the previous album, "4-Letter Word".
Listen to this week's new entries on my Spotify playlist of all the top 50 hits from 1995 (updated weekly):
Next week: one of the angriest songs of all time makes its performer a massive star, plus the latest Disney ballad to reach the chart.