Wednesday, 4 October 2017

25 Years Ago This Week: October 4, 1992

Seven years is a long time between chart hits. Eight years is even longer. But for the pair of singers behind the most successful new entry on the ARIA chart this week in 1992, it was better late than never for them to land another top 10 hit.

Don Henley and Patty Smyth: sometimes singing on your own just ain't enough

Separately, they'd visited the upper reaches of the top 50 in the mid-'80s and failed to match that success in the years since, but they broke their string of flops by teaming up on one of the year's biggest duets.

ARIA Top 50 Singles and Albums Chart - week ending October 4, 1992

The year's biggest song of all time ascended to the number 1 spot this week in 1992. Billy Ray Cyrus knocked Bobby Brown off the top spot to commence a seven-week run at the summit with "Achy Breaky Heart"


Off The Chart
Number 97 "Baby-Baby-Baby" by TLC
Peak: number 95
Like En Vogue last week, TLC would've been better skipping over this down-tempo song more suited for the American market and going with "What About Your Friends" instead.

Number 90 "Say It" by Clouds
Peak: number 56
Two singles from Penny Century had just sneaked into the top 50, but this lead release from mini-album Octopus peaked just outside. The album did give them another top 30 placing, however.

Number 88 "Blood Makes Noise" by Suzanne Vega
Peak: number 61
The remix of "Tom's Diner" aside, Suzanne Vega hadn't seen the inside of the top 50 since 1987. This third single from 99.9F° did at least make the top 100, unlike the earlier two.

Number 86 "LSI (Love Sex Intelligence)" by The Shamen
Peak: number 53
This lead single from Boss Drum might not have hit the top 50, but it sure did try, yoyo-ing up and down the chart for 22 weeks, ultimately overshadowed by its controversial follow-up.

Number 84 "We The People" by Hunters & Collectors
Peak: number 70
Things weren't go well for the singles from the newly released Cut, with "We The People" following "Head Above Water" by missing the top 50. That'd change in 1993.

Number 78 "Superstar" by Jon Stevens
Peak: number 55
As the Jesus Christ Superstar cast album spent its 10th and final week at number 1, this next track was lifted as a single but didn't make as big an impression as "Everything's Alright".


New Entries
Number 44 "Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough" by Patty Smyth / Don Henley
Peak: number 5
She hadn't been seen on the top 50 since her late-1984 top 10 hit, "The Warrior", with her former band, Scandal; he hadn't since a few months after that when he enjoyed back-to-back hits in early 1985 with "The Boys Of Summer" and "All She Wants To Do Is Dance". Together, they hauled their asses back up the chart with this ballad about a failing relationship. 
"Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough" was co-written by Patty, who'd performed backing vocals on two of Don's albums and played him the demo, prompting him to agree to appear on the track for her self-titled second solo album. A massive hit both here and in the US, where it reached number 2, the song prevented Patty from becoming a one-hit wonder locally (since "The Warrior" was credited to Scandal featuring Patty Smyth), but she never did manage a third hit.





Number 40 "Something Good" by Utah Saints
Peak: number 10
Their 1991 debut single, "What Can You Do For Me", sampled Eurythmics' "There Must Be An Angel Playing With My Heart" and "Ain't Nothin' Goin' On But The Rent" by Gwen Guthrie to great effect, resulting in a UK top 10 slot, but no chart action (yet) in Australia. Second time around, the British dance duo comprised of Tim Garbutt and Jez Willis delved back into the same mid-'80s era and took a vocal line from Kate Bush's 1985 single "Cloudbusting", which missed the top 100 locally as the follow-up to "Running Up That Hill". The sample was combined with a thundering rave track, resulting in not only one of the best dance tunes of 1992 but one of the best singles of any genre of the year. "Something Good" would end up being Utah Saints' only top 50 single in Australia - although it returned in remixed form in 2008 to reach number 32, which technically counts as a second hit.





Number 28 "Hey Hey We're The Broncos" by Ipswich Connection
Peak: number 28
Performed by three members of 1992's premiership winning Brisbane Broncos - Allan Langer, and twins Kerrod and Kevin Walters (all previously members of the Ipswich Jets) - this football song was a shoddy spin on "(Theme From) The Monkees", which sports-appropriate lyrics substituted for the original words. Mercifully, it only spent two weeks in the top 50.




Next week: one of the hottest dance acts of 1991 returns, plus an R&B group that also made its debut in 1991 discovers they can have much bigger hits if they turn the slush factor right up.


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2 comments:

  1. I always wondered if the members of Utah Saints had been to Utah. Somehow I doubt it.

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  2. 'Baby-Baby-Baby' is a song I associate with waiting for American Top 40 to finish and UK Chart Attack to begin. Quite so-so at best. The "conversation with my sex" (I assume that's what she speak-sings) line is a bit of a clunker.

    "The Hon." Anthony Albanese selected this Clouds track when a bunch of MP's guest programmed rage (controversially, apparently) in 2013 ahead of the federal election that year, and revealed that one of them was (at least then) his political staffers without him realising it at first (?). I wonder if that means she's vying for a slot in the House of Reps... 'Say It' was probably my favourite single of theirs.

    I loved 'Blood Makes Noise', though hadn't heard it since '92 when I bought her then 18 month-old 'Tried & True' best-of collection in early 2000, and it wasn't *quite* as good as I had remembered, though I still like it. I loved the album as a whole, though. Apparently it's about tinnitus (ringing in the ears), though I had assumed it was about being traumatised by war.

    I also loved 'L.S.I.', and prefer it to their next single. Stupid record company distorting the aspect ratio of the video to appear widescreen... except they've done it wrong and made everyone look short and fat.

    'We the People' was an improvement on the previous two 'Cut' singles, but there was better to come.

    Was never a fan of the Patty Smyth/Don Henley duet. Way too American/country-sounding and dreary for my liking. I was shocked at how big it was here.

    'Something Good' is amazing. It's good that Kate let them sample her vocals and the video; many artists of her stature wouldn't have allowed some virtually-unknowns to do that. I even liked the 2008 version.

    When looking recently at the ARIA annual chart of '92, the Broncos "song" actually topped the Queensland state chart. There really must be something in the water there.

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