This Week In 1993: December 5, 1993
Music history is littered with singles that never saw the light of day in Australia for one reason or another. From Madonna alone, the likes of "Everybody" and "The Look Of Love", which were released overseas, didn't come out here.
This week in 1993, Australia was one of the few territories in which a sixth single was lifted from Erotica, and it made a decent showing on the ARIA chart, helped along by the fact that the Queen of Pop had just recently wrapped up her first tour down under.
Making a decent showing once again at the top of the chart this week in 1993 was Bryan Adams, with "Please Forgive Me" spending a second week at number 1.
Off The Chart
Number 98 "Queen Of The Night" by Whitney Houston
Peak: number 88
Not even a change of pace after two ballads could help this latest single from The Bodyguard, which is a shame since the song is great in either its original LA Reid & Babyface-produced form or CJ Mackintosh remixed state.
Number 97 "Pink Cashmere" by Prince
Peak: number 87
Another new track from Prince's The Hits/The B-Sides collection, "Pink Cashmere" got its name from a custom-made coat Prince gave girlfriend Anna Fantastic when she turned 18.
Number 96 "Paradise" by Sonia Dada
Peak: number 96
Proof the Sonia Dada phenomenon has passed - this brand new song (that would be added to the band's self-titled album for its US re-release in 1994) barely caused a blip on the top 100.
Number 92 "Bumped" by Right Said Fred
Peak: number 88
Ditto for Right Said Fred, with the once massive trio yesterday's news thanks to the under-performance of this dull lead single from second album Sex And Travel.
Number 84 "Jurassic Park" by "Weird Al" Yankovic
Peak: number 84
Also on the outs, the comedian missed the mark with this track which set the plot of the recent dinosaur-themed blockbuster to the tune of "MacArthur Park".
Number 83 "Anniversary" by Tony! Toni! Toné!
Peak: number 70
"If I Had No Loot" had provided the R&B trio with their Australian breakthrough, but this US top 10 slow jam which followed wasn't really the type of song that went down well locally.
Number 72 "Try My Love" by Jeremy Jordan
Peak: number 72
Ditto for shirtless hunk Jeremy Jordan, with no amount of ab-flaunting (and stroking) able to make up for the fact that this third single was a snooze-inducing ballad.
Number 44 "Hey Mr DJ" by Zhané
Peak: number 9
While seven established acts tanked on this week's ARIA top 100, newcomers Zhané would go on to have the biggest new hit with their debut single - a slice of effortlessly cool R&B. Comprised of Renee Neufville and Jean Norris, the duo had previously performed together on "Ring My Bell" by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince before going on to work on their album, which came with the helpful title, Pronounced Jah-Nay.
Number 42 "True Love" by Elton John / Kiki Dee
Peak: number 34
A very different duo now - one that had topped the Australian chart together 17 years previously. Reunited musically to remake a song first heard in the film High Society, Elton John and Kiki Dee recorded their version of "True Love" for Elton's just-in-time-for-Christmas album of duets called, funnily enough, Duets. Besides his and George Michael's previous hit update of "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me", the album featured new recordings of Elton partnered with everyone from Bonnie Raitt and kd lang to Paul Young and Nik Kershaw to future Emmy Award winner RuPaul, who helped transform Elton and Kiki's old hit, "Don't Go Breaking My Heart".
Number 39 "Please (You Got That...)" by INXS
Peak: number 37
Next up, another collaboration - and not one that many people would have seen coming before this song appeared on INXS's ninth album, Full Moon Dirty Hearts. Lifted as its second single, "Please (You Got That...)" saw Michael Hutchence share vocal duties with soul legend Ray Charles, the combination working quite well, even if the single became the band's lowest charting since "Dancing On The Jetty" in early 1985.
Peak: number 22
Speaking of 1984, here's a song that was massive in Australia that year and was given a new lease of life in 1993 to celebrate its 10th anniversary, having been first released in 1983. Remixed by Gregg Jackman, "Relax MCMXCIII" wasn't a huge departure from the original and was used to promote the just-in-time-for-Christmas best of, Bang!... The Greatest Hits Of Frankie Goes To Hollywood. All four of the short-lived band's big hits from debut album Welcome To The Pleasuredome would end up being re-released in support of Bang! - and all of them would reach the UK top 20 again (with "Relax" returning to the top 5 there).
Peak: number 17
Making up for the lengthy break since top 20 hit "Funky Junky", Peter Andre launched his - yep, you guessed it - just-in-time-for-Christmas self-titled debut album with a double whammy. The first track on his double A-side single was another slice of new jack swing, while sharing equal billing was his reggae remake of the much-covered song by Bobby Freeman. I can't say either did anything for me, but his fans rewarded him with another top 20 single.
Number 31 "Bye Bye Baby" by Madonna
Peak: number 15
Although it wasn't released in many other countries, it made perfect sense for "Bye Bye Baby" to be issued as a sixth single from Erotica in Australia. For one thing, Madonna was coming off a top 5 hit in the form of "Rain" (which had turned things around following flops "Bad Girl" and "Fever"). But more importantly, she had just completed her first ever tour of Australia - also, the first ever concert I attended - and "Bye Bye Baby" was one of the more memorable songs performed during The Girlie Show. Sure, I personally preferred "Why's It So Hard" and "Words" as songs, but "Bye Bye Baby" was a fun track that duly became her 28th top 20 hit.
Listen to this week's new entries on my Spotify playlist of all the top 50 hits from 1993:
Next week: three very different cover versions arrive - one, the follow-up to the year's biggest seller; the second, a remake of a soul classic by two local pop singers and the third, a radical reworking of a Motown tune.