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This Week In 1993: July 4, 1993

By 1993, sampling was well-established as part of music - and was generally being done much more legally than at first. 


Great samples helped PM Dawn and Us3 into the top 50 

This week that year, two singles based heavily on samples made their debut on the ARIA top 50 and also worked well as new songs in their own right.



A track with a couple of samples in it was still at number 1 this week in 1993. "Informer" by Snow spent its fifth and final week on top.

Off The Chart

Number 96 "Space Time Disco" by Def FX

Peak: number 70

Not even their most commercial offering yet could prevent Def FX being unlucky on the chart yet again. The band would eventually benefit from continuing to plug away and land a top 50 hit... but not until 1994.


Number 92 "Break It Down Again" by Tears For Fears

Peak: number 82

With Curt Smith off doing his (far superior) solo thing, Roland Orzabal was left to fly the Tears For Fears flag on his own with this lead single from the Elemental album.


Number 89 "Animal Nitrate" by Suede

Peak: number 89

In the UK, this punningly titled track gave Suede their first top 10 hit, but Australia was less keen, with the band failing to land a second hit and not returning to the top 100 for another six years.


Number 81 "Down With The King" by Run-DMC

Peak: number 81

Returning with their first studio album in three years, hip-hop trio Run-DMC were back on form musically and in terms of their US chart success, but this style of hip-hop was probably not mainstream enough for Australian palates at this point.

Single Of The Week

"Pets" by Porno For Pyros

Peak: number 68

Jane's Addiction had never crossed over in Australia, with "Been Caught Stealing" stalling at number 56 just ahead of the grunge explosion at the end of 1991. From the ashes of that band came Porno For Pyros, which included singer Perry Farrell and drummer Stephen Perkins in its line-up. The subdued, psychedelic "Pets" was the closest the band ever came to scoring a hit locally.  



New Entries

Number 50 "Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)" by Us3

Peak: number 32

Our first sample-ridden hit comes from jazz fusion group Us3, who spliced together hooks from Blue Note Records' back catalogue with present day hip-hop. On their breakthrough hit "Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)" they incorporated elements from Herbie Hancock's 1964 track "Cantaloupe Island". A flop first time around in their homeland of the UK, the song reached the US top 10 before catching on around the world. The type of tune that continues to pop up in films and ads, and on TV shows, it was the perfect blend of old and new genres.



Number 42 "Looking Through Patient Eyes" by P.M. Dawn

Peak: number 20

Not since their breakthrough hit, "Set Adrift On Memory Bliss", had P.M. Dawn visited the ARIA top 20 and they did so for a second time following the same template as that top 10 smash. Taking an easily recognisable hook from an '80s classic - in this case George Michael's "Father Figure" - and using it as the foundation of a new song, the duo released what I consider to be their best song in "Looking Through Patient Eyes". It came out just ahead of their second album, on which the Cordes brothers once again indulged their love for a lengthy title: The Bliss Album...? (Vibrations Of Love And Anger And The Ponderance Of Live And Existence). Deep.



Number 27 "Gloria" by Van Morrison / John Lee Hooker

Peak: number 22

It didn't feature a sample, but the week's highest new entry did revisit the past, with Van Morrison updating a song he'd first recorded with his former band, Them, in 1964. A collaboration with blues legend John Lee Hooker, this new version of "Gloria" matched the exact peak the original version reached in Australia in 1966.



Listen to this week's new entries on my Spotify playlist of all the top 50 hits from 1993:


Next week: new chart hits by top 50 regulars R.E.M., Rod Stewart, Diesel and Baby Animals.


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