25 Years Ago This Week: June 4, 1995
Sometimes it seemed like if a '90s dance track wasn't a flop the first time around, then it hadn't earned its right to be a success. From M-People and D:Ream to Olive and Baby D, the decade was filled with club tracks that took one or two re-releases to become chart hits.
This week in 1995, another song that had failed to really take off when first released in 1994 became a UK and Australian top 10 hit second time around.
A non-dance song that took two releases to take off was at number 1 this week in 1995. "Mouth" by Merril Bainbridge spent a third week on top.
Off The Chart
Number 99 "Cemetery Gates" by Pantera
Peak: number 99
The metal band's final top 100 appearance came with a song that had actually been released five years earlier. The 1990 single was included on the soundtrack to 1995 horror film Demon Knight.
Number 98 "Say It Again" by Jestofunk
Peak: number 71
This acid jazz track featuring vocalist CeCe Rogers dated back to 1993. Released internationally the following year, it finally made its way into the top 100 in mid-1995 for the Italian band.
Number 97 "Yéké Yéké" by Mory Kanté
Peak: number 97
Here's another old track, this time from the Guinean singer who passed away a couple of weeks ago aged 70. A European smash in 1988, "Yéké Yéké" was given a dance makeover in 1995.
Number 90 "Sick Of Myself" by Matthew Sweet
Peak: number 90
A second and final visit to the top 100 for the singer/songwriter following 1992's "Girlfriend". "Sick Of Myself" appeared on Matthew Sweet's fifth album, 100% Fun.
Number 86 "Old Pop In An Oak" by Rednex
Peak: number 70
Eighteen weeks in the top 100 and Australia still hadn't tired of "Cotton Eye Joe" (at number 12 this week). Thankfully, the country showed less interest in this follow-up, which was also a hit in Europe.
Peak: number 49
As Duran Duran's remake moved to its peak position of number 20 this week, the hip-hop classic returned to the chart in remixed form courtesy of Belgian production duo Dominic Sas and Serge Ramaekers (D&S). When the original version charted in 1984, I noted that the artist credit had a rather complicated backstory. For this release, Grandmaster Flash's full name was reinstated.
Number 47 "More Human Than Human" by White Zombie
Peak: number 37
A decade after they formed, metal band White Zombie achieved their mainstream breakthrough with this song from their fourth - and, it would turn out, final - album, Astro-Creep: 2000. Taking its title from the slogan of the Tyrell Coporation in Blade Runner, the song was the only hit by the band, who parted ways in 1998.
Number 45 "U Sure Do" by Strike
Peak: number 9
First released in late 1994, the second single from the dance act comprised of Australian singer Victoria Newton and Brits Matt Cantor and Andy Gardner only got as far as number 31 in the UK chart. Re-released a few months later in went top 5. In Australia, "U Sure Do" was a top 10 success - and Strike's only substantial hit here. The piano house track sampled its riff from "Night In Motion", a 1991 single by Belgian act Cubic 22, and its vocal hook from Donna Allen's 1987 track "Serious". All those components combined, it was a hands-in-the-air anthem, and the first of a run of singles by Strike I liked.
Number 36 "Heaven Help My Heart" by Tina Arena
Peak: number 22
This was the stage where Tina Arena's Don't Ask really went into overdrive. Having only spent two weeks in the top 10 up until this point - its debut position in November 1994 and a random week in April - the album was spurred on by this third hit and took up residency in the top 10 from July until February 1996, including a week at number 1 in November (a year after its initial release). As a result, "Heaven Help My Heart" was a more modest hit than the two top 10 singles lifted from the album previously, but I'm sure Tina and her record company didn't mind one bit.
Listen to this week's new entries on my Spotify playlist of all the top 50 hits from 1995 (updated weekly):
Next week: a collaboration between two superstars who just happened to be related, plus the biggest British band of the decade arrive on the ARIA chart.