This Week In 1994: October 9, 1994
In the last few weeks, we've seen six of 1994's top 30 biggest singles debut on the ARIA top 50. So we're about due for a week where not much of note entered the chart.
That week is this week. Even so, we still have 11 songs — seven from outside the top 50, four from inside — to talk about.
Remaining at number 1 this week in 1994, Kylie Minogue held down the top spot for a fourth week with "Confide In Me".
Off The Chart
Number 100 "Back And Forth" by Aaliyah
Peak: number 100
Released when she was 15, this debut single from the late R&B singer, written and produced by her illegal husband, R. Kelly, gave her a top 5 hit in the US. She'd have to wait six years to reach the ARIA top 10.
Number 99 "Get Down And Boogie (Megamix)" by KC & The Sunshine Band
Peak: number 98
This megamix of the disco band's songs seems to have only been released in Australia, with former Flotsam Jetsam members Stephen and Nick Ferris behind the decks.
Number 98 "House Of Love" by Vika & Linda
Peak: number 98
Not a cover of the East 17 hit — although how amazing would that have been? — this second single from the Bull sisters' self-titled album was written by Paul Kelly.
Peak: number 94
Number 94 "Workin' On It" by Nathan Cavaleri Band featuring Andrew Strong
Peak: number 55
Still only 12, the guitar prodigy and leukaemia survivor assembled a band of gun musicians, including the former singer of The Commitments, for his second album. This was its lead single.
Number 93 "5 Minutes Alone" by Pantera
Peak: number 76
The title came from a comment made by the parent of a concertgoer who was beaten up at one of the metal band's shows. The song didn't follow "I'm Broken" into the top 50.
Number 75 "Fire On Babylon" by Sinéad O'Connor
Peak: number 57
The first single from fourth album Universal Mother, "Thank You For Hearing Me", had missed the top 100, but this track, co-produced by Bomb The Bass' Tim Simenon, performed better.
Number 50 Post Moronic by Def FX
Peak: number 43
After four singles that had peaked outside the top 50, the Australian band fronted by multi-tasker Fiona Horne, whose list of skills and professions includes pilot, yoga instructor and witch, finally cracked the top 50 with this EP featuring the Beach Boys-sampling "Mask" and "Masses Like Asses", which made the Triple J Hottest 100.
Peak: number 43
As Jaki Graham's version of the Rufus and Chaka Khan song moved into the top 20, it was joined on the top 50 by this rival rendition by the British group who'd already found themselves in a face-off over a remake once before. But while KWS's take on "Please Don't Go" had proved to be the more successful cover back in 1992, they weren't so lucky with their, it has to be said, inferior recording of "Ain't Nobody", which featured Rose Royce singer Gwen Dickey on vocals.
Number 41 "Voodoo People" by The Prodigy
Peak: number 24
Slowly but surely, Australia was starting to wake up to The Prodigy, with this third single from second album Music For The Jilted Generation becoming the dance act's biggest hit to date locally. Funnily enough, in the UK, "Voodoo People" achieved their lowest peak up until this point: number 13, possibly because the album had come out back in July. Or possibly because the song, which sampled the likes of Nirvana, Led Zeppelin and The Last Poets, wasn't quite as good as tracks like "No Good (Start The Dance)" and "Out Of Space".
Number 30 "Goodnight Girl '94" by Wet Wet Wet
Peak: number 26
In Australia, they had only reached the top 20 on one occasion before soundtrack behemoth "Love Is All Around" took them all the way to number 1, but in the UK, Wet Wet Wet had reached that section of the chart 11 times before their Four Weddings And A Funeral smash. To capitalise on their new-found success locally, and to help push the finally successful singles collection, End Of Part One — Their Greatest Hits (which was at number 3 this week), one of their previous British chart-toppers, "Goodnight Girl", was given a mild remix. Having peaked at number 21 originally, the chart peak of "Goodnight Girl '94" wasn't as successful as it was possibly hoped it would be, and even if this new version wasn't quite as good as the original, it was nice for the song to be given a chance to reach a wider audience.
Listen to this week's new entries on my Spotify playlist of all the top 50 hits from 1994:
Next week: battle of the British boy bands as new singles by East 17 and Take That debut on the top 50.