Wednesday, 7 June 2017

25 Years Ago This Week: June 7, 1992

I'm still recovering from last week's mammoth deluge of new songs, so I'm a little relieved the ARIA chart was considerably more subdued this week in 1992 - even if it does make for a pretty boring post. 

I even considered including something about the albums chart as I've done in the past when the singles chart has only contained a few new entries, but with Michael Crawford at number 1, Smokie in the top 10, and Kamahl, Anthony Warlow, John Denver, Foster & Allen, Neil Diamond and James Galway about the only acts I haven't already covered or won't be speaking about in the next few weeks, I'll pass.

ARIA Top 50 Singles and Albums Chart - week ending June 7, 1992

Probably the best thing about the top 50 from 25 years ago this week is that Euphoria achieved their second straight number 1 single with "One In A Million", which took over from Mr Big.


Off The Chart
Number 93 "White Roses" by Deborah Conway
Peak: number 87
Her last ballad single didn't set the chart alight but did help spur people to buy the album instead, but this fourth single from String Of Pearls - also a ballad - did neither.

Number 71 "2001" by Melissa Etheridge
Peak: number 71
Matching the pattern of the first two singles from Brave And Crazy, this second release from Never Enough followed top 50 hit "Ain't It Heavy" by peaking in the early 70s.


New Entries
Number 49 Be Thankful For What You've Got by Massive Attack
Peak: number 49
"Unfinished Sympathy"? Peaked at number 95. "Safe From Harm"? Didn't even make the top 100. Finally, however, Australia started thawing towards Bristol hip-hop outfit Massive Attack and gave them a brief showing inside the top 50 with an EP that combined UK four-track release Massive Attack with US single "Be Thankful For What You've Got", which was taken from debut album Blue Lines, features vocals by Tony Bryan and came with quite the provocative music video. Originally a 1974 single by soul artist William DeVaughn, Massive Attack's slightly renamed version of "Be Thankful For What You Got" also appeared in remixed form on the EP, alongside a Nellee Hooper remix of "Hymn Of The Big Wheel".




Number 47 "Be Quick Or Be Dead" by Iron Maiden
Peak: number 47
From the sublime to... Iron Maiden's final, fleeting top 50 appearance with the lead single from their ninth studio album, Fear Of The Dark. Apparently, "Be Quick Or Be Dead" is about a series of financial crashes and scandals, not that I can actually understand a word of Bruce Dickinson's vocals.




Next week: a much more interesting week, with the arrival of a damn fine singer, the return of a classic track from 1982, a parody of grunge's biggest band and more to look forward to.


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2 comments:

  1. I think I only heard '2001' once, on Video Smash Hits, but have remembered the chorus 'hook' all these years later.

    'Be Thankful...' is the one with the rather naughty video, featuring full-frontal transwoman nudity as part of a strip show performance. I remember seeing the video on rage one morning waiting for the top 60 to begin. If I remember correctly, this EP was also sold with a bonus VHS, presumably of the video, as I remember seeing it displayed at the Brashs counter alongside the similar 'One In a Million' one for Euphoria.

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    1. Yes, I bought the Massive Attack CD single/video, not to get the "naughty" video (which I found quite shocking for Rage at the time) but because it was one of the Massive Attack songs I liked (ie. only the ones with Shara Nelson or another female singer).

      I quite like 'White Roses' and '2001' - nothing ground-breaking but far better than those album acts mentioned.

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