25 Years Ago This Week: September 3, 1995
Australians can be stubbornly resistant to successful international artists when we want to be. Even if they notch up one smash hit after another on overseas charts, local music fans can be hard to convince.
Take the girl group who finally achieved a big hit with the song that made its debut on the ARIA singles chart this week in 1995. It was their sixth top 10 hit in the US, but they'd never progressed higher than number 20 here.
The number 1 single in Australia this week in 1995 was still "Kiss From A Rose" by Seal, with the re-released track extending its stay at the top to a second week.
Off The Chart
Number 97 "Ridiculous Thoughts" by The Cranberries
Peak: number 60
The first single by the Irish band to miss the top 50 since the initial release of "Dreams" in 1993, this fourth single from No Need To Argue is about Dolores O'Riordan's issues with the UK press.
Number 85 Hector's Four Play by Hector Pascals
Peak: number 85
A top 10 hit in Brisbane, where this weather presenter created by Jamie "Agro" Dunn appeared on radio, this EP collected Hector's renditions of "It's Raining Men", "My Guy", "I Will Follow Him" and "Young Boys Are My Weakness". Perhaps it's a good thing it's not online.
Number 46 "Waterfalls" by TLC
Peak: number 4
Despite reaching the US top 10 with three singles from their debut album and two already from their second, CrazySexyCool, TLC had struggled to find a foothold on the Australian chart. Just when it looked like they were moving on to bigger and better things with the top 20 success of "Creep", follow-up "Red Light Special" missed the top 50. But the release of the album's third single finally propelled them into the top 10. A socially conscious track that touched on the AIDS epidemic, drugs and infidelity, "Waterfalls" gave the trio their second chart-topper in the States and reached the ARIA top 5. As impactful as the song's lyrics was its cutting edge music video with effects by the team that had worked on Peter Gabriel's clip for "Steam". But it took some arm-twisting for the girl group to be given the budget for such an expensive promo. Apparently Arista exec Clive Davis wasn't a fan of the song, but TLC won out - and enjoyed their biggest global single up until that point.
Peak: number 36
The law of diminishing returns kicked in for Max Sharam as her third single peaked lower than top 20 debut "Coma" and top 30 follow-up "Be Firm". A cover of the breakthrough hit for early '70s star Melanie, "Laydown (Candles In The Rain)" at least made the chart - the fourth single from Max's album, A Million Year Girl, "Is It OK If I Call You Mine?", peaked just outside the top 100 and the singer/songwriter seemingly fell off the face of the earth afterwards. (In fact, she moved to the US.)
Number 44 "Grapevyne" by Brownstone
Peak: number 44
While one female R&B trio came into their own, another fell out of favour. After reaching number 13 with "If You Love Me", Brownstone didn't progress any further with the latest track lifted from debut album From The Bottom Up.
Peak: number 18
Some artists are fans of brackets (see: Samantha Fox, Eurythmics, Billy Ocean) but Michael Bolton proved with his latest hit that he was quite partial to a well used ellipsis. After fake-out title "Said I Loved You...But I Lied", the balladeer inserted those three dots into this new track included on Greatest Hits 1985-1995 - one of five new songs included on the career retrospective (among which was his own version of "I Found Someone", previously recorded by Cher). Although I like the odd Michael Bolton power ballad (well, just one really: "How Can We Be Lovers?"), I can't say "Can I Touch You...There?" did anything for me, and I have to say that ellipsis just made the song feel extra... sleazy.
Listen to this week's new entries on my Spotify playlist of all the top 50 hits from 1995 (updated weekly):
Next week: the champions of B-sides makes one of theirs into an A-side, plus the first pop celebration of girl-on-girl kissing.