25 Years Ago This Week: February 5, 1995
Most weekends during the mid-'90s, you could be guaranteed to find me out clubbing. (Do people still call it going clubbing?) And there was one sound that was guaranteed to get me on the dance floor (or podium, if I'm being honest).
This week in 1995, the latest single to boast a galloping bassline courtesy of remix team (and sometimes artist in their own right) Motiv8 debuted on the ARIA top 50, but I'd already been hammering it all summer.
A song I was sick of being hammered spent its final week at number 1 this week in 1995. "Zombie" by The Cranberries registered an eighth week on top.
Off The Chart
Number 71 "Star" by The Cult
Peak: number 70
Peaking 30 places lower than the first single from The Cult's self-titled album, this would be the British band's final top 100 appearance.
Number 64 "This Generation" by Roachford
Peak: number 53
It got close, but this third single from Permanent Shade Of Blue couldn't crack the top 50 despite spending 21 weeks in the bottom half of the top 100. During that time, the album re-entered the chart and made it all the way to number 2, and the band toured the country in May.
Number 49 "Let The Dream Come True" by DJ BoBo
Peak: number 49
A year is a long time in dance music. In late 1993, "Somebody Dance With Me" had been a gold-certified top 20 hit for Swiss performer DJ BoBo. But this lead single from his second album, There Is A Party, only just made the top 50 after a slow climb since mid-December. "Let The Dream Come True" didn't stray from the formula of DJ BoBo's earlier singles, and maybe that was the problem, with other he raps, she sings acts like 2 Unlimited, Snap! and Culture Beat also past their hit-making days. That doesn't account for MC Sar & The Real McCoy, though...
Number 47 "Nothing In The World" by Mozaic
Peak: number 20
Maybe the problem with DJ BoBo was that it sounded like 1993, whereas this song, which did make the top 20, was a better reflection of where pop/dance music was at in 1995. Big piano chords, a racing bassline and a massive, hands-in-the-air chorus. Those elements came courtesy of Motiv8, who'd reached the top 10 in their own right with "Rockin' For Myself" and remixed this track. The music video for "Nothing In The World" featured an edit of the Motiv8 Full On Pumping Mix, but it's nowhere near as good as the Motiv8 Radio Edit (below), which was the first track on the CD single and one I played to death over summer '94-'95. Soon, I would be scouring Music Week magazine from the UK for information about Motiv8 mixes and buying a lot of them on import. As for the actual group, Mozaic, I know little about them other than they consisted of three female singers and a male producer type, and while "Nothing In The World" flopped in the UK, they did have a hit there with a sub-standard remake of "Sing Hallelujah" called "Sing It (The Hallelujah Song)".
Peak: number 46
Rock fans rejoiced when former Led Zeppelin members Jimmy Page and Robert Planet reunited in 1994 for No Quarter, a live album which featured a handful of new songs among tracks their band had previously recorded. "Gallows Pole" was one of the latter, having previously appeared on 1970's Led Zeppelin III, although the song itself dated back much further, having originated as an old folk tune.
Number 45 "Can't Get Enough" by Supergroove
Peak: number 32
A chart-topper at home in New Zealand, where it came in the middle of a string of five consecutive top 10 hits, this slice of funk/rock was the band's only song to cross over in Australia. I haven't listened to "Can't Get Enough" since 1995, and checking it out again now, it sounds like a cross between Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and The Cat Empire. Make of that what you will.
Listen to this week's new entries on my Spotify playlist of all the top 50 hits from 1995 (updated weekly):
Next week: yet another single from an album released in 1993, plus a one-week wonder that zoomed into the top 25 and then out the following week.