Instead of focusing on the best, i'm starting with the worst These 10 singles all charted in the Australian TOP 50 in 1992 and in my opinion are so bad, some are better left back in '92 or to of never been released at all.
"Coloured Kisses" was the third single from Martika's 1991 album Martika's Kitchen, the single failed to be a success. It did not chart in the US, and achieved minor chart positions in other countries including here in Australia.
Not being huge fan of Martika but knew the hits she'd released previously and being a huge fan (and still am) of previous single 'Martika's Kitchen' I was expecting huge things for Martika. Then early one morning on RAGE this turns up and unfortunately will be the lasting impression she has on the Australian charts or any chart for that matter.
She eventually faded from the public eye after walking away from the music industry, due to burnout and feeling overwhelmed with the burden of fame.
Like every year in the charts we get loads of greatest hits, best of's packages from a multitude or artists past and present. Some are great, some are unfamiliar or from obscure artists and other's are just simply a no go zone. We also get 'covers' and/or samples of hits of yesteryear.
Here we have an artist I was not familiar with (at the time) but what I knew of was 'Legs', 'Shard Dressed Man' and 'Gimme All Your Lovin''. All off their 1984 album Eliminator.
And in this pile of nothingness you get a familiar formula covering one of the kings averagest of tracks 'Viva Las Vegas'.
7. Toni Pearen - In Your Room Australian pop/chart music in general
Kylie had started the actress turn pop singer (thanks) and Neighbours was a melting pot for proposed pop stars of the future. Australian music was thriving in this era and many genres were covered so there was plenty of stuff to tickle your fancy. If i'm honest the early 90's Australian pop scene was pretty cringy to look back upon but also so memorable at the same time. There's many contenders for this list and only two make it but a special mention to 1992's contenders in Girlfriend, Radio Freedom, Teen Queens, Sound Unlimited Posse, Peter Andre and even Kylie!
But at number 7 was former E-Streeter Toni Windsor, actress turn pop tart Toni Pearen with what can only be suicide by video clip.
Now I loved Toni as Toni Windsor, as Beth Armstrong on Home and Away and even as presenter of Looney Tunes she was a gorgeous girl with a bubbly personalty albeit like fellow countrymen Jo Beth Taylor (another singing pop tart turned actress).
But still one of the cringest moments of Australian pop music ever for me! Whoever was the stylist needs celebrating
Like greatest hits packages we also get soundtracks to movies and television that are popular with the masses. Again some are phenomenal, some are obscure and some are just plain yuck! (Looking at you stage & theatre ).
The 1992 comedy film White Man Can't Jump centers around white boy Woody Harrelson a former college basketball player who makes his living by hustling streetballers who assume he cannot play well because he is white.
Enough about the dodgy basketball film but to the song and my utter disregard of it. At the time I was hugely into the new jack swing sound and was even an avid follower of the NBA (what kid wasn't?). Lyrically it's left wanting and the style it portrays feels plastic and fake. The whole premise is rather a joke and as a white man who can not jump I find offensive lol (jk) Put it this way they'd be uproar if it were black man can't jump
5. Céline Dion & Peabo Bryson - Beauty & The Beast
Like Mariah earlier, I struggled to get early Céline and to be honest I didn't appreciate any of her work until 'The Colour Of My Love' and again like Mariah this for me is her most unmemorable moment of the 90's
Now if i'm being honest I didn't see the film until quite recently as I was probly put off by all the attention the stage show had been getting around the time, the press coverage was insane! But I do like Disney and some of my favorite songs of all time are from Disney cartoon movies, this one just doesn't do it for me and is an absolute snore fest.
In fact I didn't like the recent version by Ariana Grande & John Legend either.
Being that I wasn't the biggest admirer of Australia's singing budgie and also the cringe that was Australian pop music of the time it's inevitable that Dannii Minogue makes the cut here with her uninspiring and cut copy of Regina's Baby Love.
It wouldn't be until late '97 I could stomach anything from Dannii.
In the early 90's a big party scene was the rave scene and unfortunately it also attracted some questionable behavior and undoubtedly some horrible music which you had to take drugs to dance too (truth). A big thing out of England was a thing called Toytown Techno which was basically sampling of children's TV themes.
And here we have this abomination to thank for it, not only did we grow up with the damn tune as kids it was flooding our radio aswell. It brought whole new meaning to learning your ABC's whilst being baked off your face.
2. Norman Gunston & Effie - Amigos para siempre (Friends For Life)
In 1992 we had the very successful Barcelona Olympics and a surprisingly number one single for operatic stars José Carreras & Sarah Brightman. To be brutally honest I liked it and still do today (even if it does sound very dated). But for me it's amongst one of the most memorable sporting anthems in my lifetime and I dare say more memorable for me than any Sydney 2000 release.
So it kinda sucked the big one when this train wreck appeared on our charts, you see I wasn't a fan of Acropolis Now or Gunston for that matter. I've always found their humor forced and very cringe worthy. And to top it off the promotional video was a live performance on Hey, Hey It's Saturday's segment Red Faces. Another person I didn't find funny at all Red Symonds.
Growing up I was exposed to a lot of country and western music and have fond memories of the genre. Some of my favorite songs of all time are country standards that go as far back as the 1940's and one of my most beloved artists of the 90's was country mega star Garth Brooks.
Billy Ray Cyrus? Not so much and mainly because of this blight on humanity! Sure he brought a renewed interest into what was a dying breed of music (at the time) but he also brought with it, line dancing into the mainstream. Fuck we even did the shit in high school as part of our 1992 end of year spectacular! And all those mums & dads doing this stupid dance at the local bowling club, seriously I hated it more than the Nutbush! Anyway as history shows it was inescapable as a song aswell, seven long weeks at #1 and was also our biggest selling single for the year. It also has the honor of being our very first triple platinum single! Ironically he's still number one now!
Director Mick Jackson Starring Kevin Costner & Whitney Houston Genre Romantic Thriller
Costner stars as a former Secret Service agent-turned-bodyguard who is hired to protect Houston's character, a music star, from an unknown stalker. The film was Houston's acting debut. Although a huge box office hit making $411 million worldwide and being the second-highest-grossing film worldwide in 1992. The soundtrack became the best-selling soundtrack of all time, selling more than 45 million copies worldwide. Houston's version of I Will Always Love you sold an additional 20 million units worldwide alone.
FUN FACT: Writer Lawrence Kasdan wrote the film in the mid-1970s, originally as a vehicle for Steve McQueen and Diana Ross.
DirectorCameron Crowe StarringBridget Fonda, Campbell Scott, Kyra Sedgwick, Matt Dillon & Bill Pullman. Genre Romantic Comedy
Singles centers on the precarious romantic lives of a group of young Gen X'ers in Seattle, Washington, at the height of the 1990s grunge phenomenon. Most of the characters dwell in an apartment block, a sign in front of which advertises "Singles" (single bedroom apartments) for rent. Divided into chapters, the film focuses on the course of two couples' rocky romances, as well as the love lives of their friends and associates.
The Singles soundtrack was released on June 30, 1992 and became a best seller three months before the release of the film. The soundtrack included music from key bands from the Seattle music scene of the time, such as Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden.
DirectorPaul Verhoeven StarringMichael Douglas & Sharon Stone GenreErotic Thriller
The film follows a police detective, Nick Curran (Douglas), who is investigating the brutal murder of a wealthy rock star. During the investigation Curran becomes involved in a torrid and intense relationship with the prime suspect, Catherine Tramell (Stone), an enigmatic writer.
Even before its release, Basic Instinct generated heated controversy due to its overt sexuality and graphic depictions of violence, including a scene of rape. It was strongly opposed by gay rights activists, who criticized the film's depiction of homosexual relationships and the portrayal of a bisexual woman as a murderous, narcissistic psychopath. In a 2006 interview, Stone alleged that a scene in which her vulva was exposed as she crossed her legs was filmed without her knowledge.
Director Les Mayfield Starring Brendan Fraser, Sean Astin & Pauly Shore Genre Comedy
The plot revolves around two geeky teenagers from Encino, Los Angeles, California, played by Astin and Shore, who discover a caveman in Morgan's backyard frozen in a block of ice. The caveman, played by Fraser, has to learn to live in the 20th century. Along the way, he teaches them about life.
Director Andrew Davis Starring Steven Seagal, Tommy Lee Jones & Gary Busey Genre Action-Thriller
It stars Steven Seagal as an ex-Navy SEAL who must stop a group of mercenaries, led by Tommy Lee Jones, on the U.S. Navy battleship USS Missouri. It is Seagal's most successful film in critical and financial terms, It was followed by a 1995 sequel, Under Siege 2: Dark Territory.
Director Chris Columbus Starring Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci & Daniel Stern Genre Comedy Christmas
It is the second film in the Home Alone series and the sequel to the 1990 film Home Alone. Macaulay Culkin reprises his role as Kevin McCallister, while Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern reprise their roles as Harry and Marv.
In the film, taking place one year after the events of Home Alone, Kevin and his family decide to take a trip to Florida, but Kevin accidentally boards the wrong plane and instead ends up in New York City. He tries to make do with what he has, such as using his father's credit card to stay at the Plaza Hotel, but is soon confronted by the recently-escaped Wet Bandits. Using his wits to survive and befriending unlikely locals, Kevin must outrun and out-prank his old enemies again, while his family tries desperately to find him.
I personally think as a whole this is far better than the original for several factors including the fact it romanticizes the New York Christmas factor. Even though the script is familiar and predictable the acting is also another level better and not so slap-stick.
Director Stephen Herek Starring Emilo Estevez Genre Comedy Sports
Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estevez) is an arrogant but successful Minneapolis defense attorney. After his 30th successful case, he celebrates by going out drinking, but is arrested for drunk driving and sentenced to 500 hours of community service by coaching the local "District 5" Pee-Wee hockey team.
A charming but comedic look at junior hockey in America.
Director Tim Burton Starring Michael Keaton, Danny De Vito, Michelle Pfeiffer & Christopher Walken Genre Action
It is a sequel to the 1989 film Batman and the second installment of the intial Batman film series, , with Michael Keaton reprising the role of Bruce Wayne / Batman. In Batman Returns, Batman must prevent the Penguin from killing all of Gotham City's firstborn sons while dealing with Selina Kyle/Catwoman, the former secretary of businessman Max Shreck and who seeks vengeance against Shreck for attempting to kill her to hide his own plans to bring the city under his control. Critics praised its action sequences, performances, Danny Elfman's score, effects, and villains, although its dark tone was criticized.
Not being the hugest fan of Tim Burton at the time and struggling to adore the initial Batman film this was the one that clicked with me and brought a love of Batman for me, it is only second behind Dark Knight for me.
Director Ron Clements & John Musker Starring Scott Weinger, Robin Wiiliams & Linda Larkin Genre Disney Fantasy
Aladdin was released on November 25, 1992, to critical and commercial success, becoming the highest-grossing film of 1992 with an earn of over $504 million in worldwide box office revenue. Upon release, it became the first animated feature to reach the half–billion dollar mark, and was the highest-grossing animated film of all time until it was surpassed by The Lion King. Aladdin garnered two Academy Awards, as well as other accolades for its soundtrack which had the first and only number from a Disney feature to earn a Grammy Award for Song of the Year for the film's theme song. The film's home video VHS release also set a sales record and grossed about $500 million in the United States. Aladdin's success led to various derived works and other material inspired by the film, including two direct-to-video sequels, The Return of Jafar (1994) and Aladdin and the King of Thieves (1996); an animated television series of the same name; and a Broadway adaptation. A live-action film adaptation directed by Guy Ritchie is set to be released on May 24, 2019. I cannot wait!
17 yr old Megan (Nicole Eggert) the daughter of a ski resort owner lives a reckless lifestyle. A year after her mother is mysteriously killed in a car accident she is almost killed herself by her horse who has lost control but is saved by Rich (Corey Haim) who works at the resort. Thankful she invites him to her party and they begin a passionate but twisted relationship.
It really is a B grade movie that went straight to video release (a fact I didn't know until reading up about it now ) but wow what a storyline and being a young teen Nicole was really easy on the eyes. It's an R rated film with plenty of adult material on offer
It's just been one of those movies I watch every now and then that I never get tired of which deserves it's placing here
Often as the case with a majority of people, film clips captivate music loving audiences and will always be a selling point to a new listener. A lot of the time and especially during the 90's for me, I simply loved a song just for it's film clip, even hearing a song I still invision the film clip but may not of seen it for years. Since the inception of MTV in 1981 the promo clip (as it was once called) revolutionized the way music was marketed, iconic performers like Michael Jackson and Madoona turned it into an art form and it was the norm for people to anticipate a premier of an artists new single (video) on shows like Countdown and then RAGE.