Something that I don't really like is that though the symmetrical thing they've got going on with the two 'A's is slick, it's ruined by the fact that the word 'CHARTS' underneath it isn't correctly aligned with the center.
Based on and named after a game run here in 2011-12 (link in part 1), this is a rollover game going through every ARIA top 20 hit from 1988 onwards. Each round, there are 10 songs in play, from which you vote your favourite 5. The 3 songs that get the most points survive, and the rest are eliminated - and replaced with the next top 20 hits chronologically. If a song survives 3 rounds, it gets inducted into the Hall of Fame. Rounds are open for 2 days each, with new ones posted by me or Hijinx after 7pm AEDT.
Sometimes the results may be obvious without seeing the points; this wasn't one of those rounds. On one end, after a lot of record-high #1 points recently, this round's winner scored only 45 points, the least since "Infinity" (also 45 points) as many as 38 rounds ago (the only times a round winner has scored less has been in rounds 16, 19, 20 and 23). On the other end, the previous record of 12 points (Simple Minds' "Let There Be Love") has been broken with this round's #10 scoring 15 points (and from 9 voters). And in fact, 9/10 songs this round got at least one +5, the #7 and #8 songs even getting multiple. At the top? In the tradition of other potentially-abrasive lead singles such as U2's "The Fly" or Jessica Mauboy's "Get 'Em Girls", Madonna had a safer 2nd single ready to go only 7 weeks after "Erotica", taking a break from the either 'sexual or snoozy' (not my quote) to bring back the house beats of "Vogue", even throwing a few lines of that song into the outro. Fittingly, though "Erotica" did make the top 3 once, "Deeper And Deeper" is the first time she's topped the results since "Vogue" - an impressive performance if you consider that Madonna's mother, who died in 1963, allegedly made her learn "Deeper And Deeper", and if there's one kind of song that's done infamously poorly in this game, it's '60s covers. "Deeper And Deeper" got pretty unlucky on ARIA peaking at #11 for 3 weeks - 5 including the Christmas break, which is even more than the quintessential #11-peaker "Whip It!". The next 2 singles peaked at #32 and #51, 2 of her least successful physically-released singles ever, but thankfully the era didn't end there. While Frente!'s first entry "Ordinary Angels" fell short in its 2nd round, "Accidently Kelly Street" has not had the same trouble, even gaining an extra point against the vast spread of votes. A great philosopher once warned not to get involved in drugs, but 16 years earlier, it was all part of it, it was okay. And while Smart E's were alright, it's real E's that vibe up the place, that are the real crowd pleaser, like a young bull living like a geezer named Eezer. If you thought you might have trouble finding Eezer, to make your life happier and more exciting, don't bother checking the bathroom or the outdoor smoking section; he's more likely to be crouching in the corner, under clouds of marijuana. Wrong drug? Rumour has it he's selling all the drugs that people like; considering that he was already 'old' 27 years ago, that's a terrible rumour to spread about someone who may be on the verge of death, but it's too late, sir. In the UK, where "Ebeneezer Goode" was a 4-week #1, it fell in the middle of a 5-song top 10 streak for The Shamen; in Australia, the preceding single "L.S.I." had debuted a month earlier and went on to reach #53 the same week "Ebeneezer Goode" peaked at #14, but they never had a 2nd top 50 hit. By number of votes (9/18), "Ebeneezer Goode" is actually on par with songs #6, #9 and #10, but every vote it did get was +3 or higher. E's are polarising. As for now, it's time to watch Sonia Dada pack their bags and take to the buses and aeroplanes, as we have not treated them as well as they may have hoped. I was going to say 'no more' thinking it was a likely success in the original ARIA Logo game, but it actually ended up in 4th-place back then too. A group formed by billionaire heir Daniel Pritzker, Sonia Dada had, as far as I know, practically no success in North America (outside of a country cover in 2010) or Europe, despite their music going through the publishing company 'Sic Pig Songs', but here "You Don't Treat Me No Good" became the 3rd-best-selling single of 1993, popularity maintained to this day with the help of Chet Faker's Like A Version cover in 2014. It had a dance version (the Ebersold/Paige remix) that I believe received a lot of the radio and TV play, but unusually, it didn't appear on the single - rather, as a bonus track on the following single, possibly helping it ascend to #3. Speaking of remixes, we've met Ben Liebrand before with his "Black Betty" remix (and also "Sucker DJ" and the single mixes of both Salt-N-Pepa's 1991 hits); before that, in 1988, he'd remixed The Four Seasons' 1975 classic "December, 1963 (Oh, What A Night)", which hit the Australian charts in 1992 - 4 decades in 1 song. I'm not sure why the delayed local release, but I don't think it did a lot upon its 1988 European release (the best I see is a #8 peak in Flanders); after its long-running top 5 success here in early 1993, it went on to reach the US top 20 in 1994 (making it, at the time, the longest-charting single ever in the US with the original and remix combined; Wikipedia says that's never been surpassed but that's decades out of date), and finally #2 in NZ in early 1995. If I'm not forgetting anything, it's the 4th remix of an old song we've had after "Black Betty", "Nutbush City Limits" and "Love Is In The Air", and it's outscored the 3 of them combined. U2's "Achtung Baby" era comes to an end with the 5th single "Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses", finishing a 4-single series ("One" excluded) of artwork that joined together to make a larger picture: https://www.popsike.com/pix/20180514/282965685296.jpg I fully endorse anyone who bought it solely to complete the set. "I Will Always Love You" may have been one of the absolute biggest hits of the '90s, but in this game it's done only slightly better than "I'm Your Baby Tonight". It's the 5th song we've had that won the Grammy for Record of the Year, and none of them have made the top 3. We return to "E Street" alumni with Toni Pearen, who followed Melissa to a music career and debuted with "In Your Room", the work of 3 songwriters: 1 responsible for some of Belinda Carlisle's biggest hits, 1 for some of Paula Abdul's, and the other one, John Shanks, went on to work with many pop artists in the '00s including Michelle Branch and Delta Goodrem. After a few singles and 1 album (released 2 years after "In Your Room"), Toni Pearen returned to TV work, and could be best known as the host of "Funniest Home Videos" from 2003-2007. Covering karaoke favourite "Tequila" (originally recorded in 1958 by The Champs, a #1 hit in the US), Mexican-American rapper A.L.T. (and The Lost Civilization, who I'm not sure are a separate group or if A.L.T. & The Lost Civilization are one entity - The Lost Civilization appear to be a group including A.L.T. himself) brought Latin hip hop to the charts long before Daddy Yankee or J Balvin. The 2nd-best-known 'jump' song of 1992 , The Movement's "Jump!" became a long-charting dance hit, probably giving some buyers a shock when they heard the explicit 'Mutha Mix', and I am informed that 1 member of The Movement was Richard Vission, of 2010 #3 hit "I Like That".
45 - Madonna - Deeper And Deeper (survived 1) 37 - Frente! - Accidently Kelly Street (survived 2) 32 - The Shamen - Ebeneezer Goode (survived 1) 27 - Sonia Dada - You Don't Treat Me No Good 27 - The Four Seasons - December, 1963 (Oh, What A Night) (Remix) 25 - U2 - Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses 23 - Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You 21 - Toni Pearen - In Your Room 18 - A.L.T. & The Lost Civilization - Tequila 15 - The Movement - Jump!
Arrested Development - People Everyday Divinyls - I Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore Eric Clapton - Layla (Acoustic) [b/w "Tears In Heaven (Acoustic)"] Frente! - Accidently Kelly Street House Of Pain - Jump Around Jimmy Barnes - Sweat It Out Madonna - Deeper And Deeper The Heights - How Do You Talk To An Angel The Shamen - Ebeneezer Goode Things Of Stone And Wood - Happy Birthday Helen
Get your birthday wishes for Helen in by Thursday evening.
"Tears In Heaven (Acoustic)" is a fairly notable b-side so we've listed it too, and if you wish to vote it instead of "Layla" you can; votes for either track will be combined into one entity.
+5 The Shamen - Ebeneezer Goode +4 Frente! - Accidently Kelly Street +3 Madonna - Deeper and Deeper +2 Things of Stone and Wood - Happy Birthday Helen +1 Divinyls - I Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore
Agree with Meglos. The first half of '93, pretty much, was relatively bad in terms of chart hits in Australia.
I also have no idea why the '88 remix of 'December 1963' took so long to get released here, or why it was released as late as '92. I assume, without having any evidence to back it up, that maybe a radio station started playing it out of the blue, creating 'demand' for the track. Also interesting to note - its Australian release date is listed as 6 July 1992 in the Australian music report, so it took about 4-5 months after that to even start taking off!
Also worth noting is that rage did not air a video for 'December 1963', and I didn't see one shown on Video Hits either... so it didn't appear to receive music video exposure; relying instead primarily on airplay. Though I'm not sure that it would have helped much if the video had aired, given they just re-used a basic performance video from the 70s. Last edited:
+5 Things Of Stone And Wood - Happy Birthday Helen +4 House Of Pain - Jump Around +3 The Shamen - Ebeneezer Goode +2 Eric Clapton - Layla (Acoustic) [b/w "Tears In Heaven (Acoustic)"] +1 Frente! - Accidently Kelly Street
+5 The Heights - How Do You Talk To An Angel +4 Madonna - Deeper And Deeper +3 Divinyls - I Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore +2 Eric Clapton - Tears In Heaven (Acoustic) +1 House Of Pain - Jump Around
+5: The Shamen - Ebeneezer Goode +4: Madonna - Deeper And Deeper +3: House Of Pain - Jump Around (Busta Rhymes feat. Eminem - Calm Down would be a potential +5 though) +2: Divinyls - I Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore +1: Arrested Development - People Everyday
Coincidentally right after I said 'your move Jimmy Barnes', this was my favourite entry he's had
+5 Madonna - Deeper And Deeper +4 Arrested Development - People Everyday +3 House Of Pain - Jump Around +2 The Shamen - Ebeneezer Goode +1 Frente! - Accidently Kelly Street
a shame i don't rate that Divinyls song, as i love Buffy (even the stupid movie that we all should forget)... it's hard to judge the Eric songs objectively imo, they're basically like trying to rate a hymn or something lol
+5 Frente! - Accidently Kelly Street +4 Madonna - Deeper And Deeper +3 Arrested Development - People Everyday +2 Divinyls - I Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore +1 The Heights - How Do You Talk To An Angel
By sheer coincidence, the 3rd thread in this series being started, coincided perfectly with the switch-over from 1992 hits to 1993 hits. I mean technically a lot of these songs first entered the top 100 in 1992, but let's ignore the technicality except for later when I need to use it to point out a tidbit for that system. It's also worth noting that there are still 1992 hits in the mix, i.e. the surviving songs from the last round. Madonna has topped the list for a second week in a row with "Deeper And Deeper". Whether or not this implies an invisible 10 songs sitting above this list to maintain the status quo from the chart, I cannot say for certain. She's got one round to go in order to match The KLF's record 3 Hall Of Fame inductees, and is perhaps primed to do so because her closest competition is theoretically holding the door for her as Frente! have had their first success with "Accidently Kelly Street". The next single from "Marvin The Album" (surprisingly not the name of a 2010s indie pop band), "No Time" only reached #50 so the band's next and final entry will be a bit further away than the first two entries have been. As for the final safe slot this week, it was quite an intense battle with three tracks progressing very disparate climbs. Arrested Development had a slow start but then powered hard with moderate votes. House Of Pain had a strong start but then stopped receiving any more votes towards the end, and The Shamen were gradually progressing, commonly sitting in 3rd place. As you know, only one more song can advance...or at the very least it's more enjoyable to pretend that's the case because we've had a tie for 3rd place for only the second time to date. The Shamen are through for a second round, and joining them is House Of Pain. In the space of just 1992, we've now had 4 different 'Jump' hits. The first three of them were top 10 hits, which maybe wore people out on the idea by the time House Of Pain came along (although "Jump Around" actually entered the ARIA top 100 one week before The Movement's "Jump!") so their entry into the canon was only a #15 peaking hit. Despite this, it nowadays stands as by far the most popular of the four, possibly helped by being a fun contrast to The Script & U2 when people are making St. Patrick's Day playlists, or because a certain member's solo success gave them an unfair advantage over most one hit wonders in terms of securing their legacy. Granted, we're still a long way away from reaching that solo career because you know what it's like, certain styles just take a while to get entrenched. Nonetheless the House Of Pain journey will of course continue in 1999 when we put our lights on for the band's most noteworthy member, DJ Lethal who on the final House Of Pain tour, would join a little known band called Limp Bizkit. Limp Bizkit are from Jacksonville in Florida, just like one of the main characters in The Good Place which of course is relevant because it's time to talk about existential matters of the afterlife. In 1991, legendary guitarist Eric Clapton was grief-stricken when his 4 year old son died after falling out of a 53rd floor balcony in New York. Clapton consoled his grief through the song "Tears In Heaven" which was released as part of the soundtrack he recorded for the 1991 film "Rush" whose title bears no significance to me. The song, dealing with the profound complications of re-uniting with a loved one in the afterlife even though their tangible time spent with you on Earth was limited. If it were written a quarter of a century later, it might also tackle the question of what would happen to a young child in the afterlife, who would surely not be able to accrue enough karmic points to avoid The Bad Place. Maybe Clapton knew this and tried his best to bring his own karma down, because not long after, he recorded an MTV Unplugged set and through that, took the enduring classic rock staple "Layla" that he wrote 2 decades ago, took out the piano coda and the soaring riffs, making it into a more intimate blues rock rendition. Incidentally both the original and this version of the song round to 119 million plays on Spotify. I of course mention "Tears In Heaven" alongside it because when the acoustic "Layla" was released as a single, the acoustic version of "Tears In Heaven" was also included on it. The "Tears In Heaven" rendition is understandably a bit closer to the heart of the original song. With "Layla", the change was so jarring that Clapton even jokes about people not being able to recognise it at the start of the performance. Prior to this single, Clapton had only reached the top 10 in Australia twice, first alongside Cream for #1 hit "White Room", and then 6 years later covering Bob Marley & The Wailers' "I Shot The Sheriff". This single single handedly quadrupled his top 10 hit span, and he actually has another one coming a few years later. Unfortunately I now have to admit that the transition I made there was remarkably forced because Clapton was actually in 6th place, ahead of him by some distance is the second appearance for Arrested Development. We last spoke of them with regards to their breakout single "Tennessee", but following that is arguably their biggest hit "People Everyday", a song that has confused many a person for its title which is a Chiddy Bang-esque way of alluding to the Sly & The Family Stone song "Everyday People" which it samples. Incidentally I was recently reading how the group's album "3 Years, 5 Months and 2 Days In The Life Of..." is infamous for being found in used bins at CD stores, despite being a critically applauded album at the time. Part of me can't help but wonder if "People Everyday" was largely responsible for this, as it is primarily known for the upbeat, feel good Metamorphosis version of the song, whereas the original version of the song contained on the album is a bit slower, takes a lot longer to get to the hook, and gets way more direct in its lyrical tale of the struggles of African-American living. Incidentally, the lead rapper from the group, Speech, actually produced the remix, but to my knowledge it has never been included on any pressing of the album. But on the topic of relics from 1992, we now arrive to the television series The Heights. In a similar manner to the 1991 film "The Commitments", The Heights is a series focused on a fictional band with their dizzying highs, terrifying lows and creamy middles, while also featuring songs from them in every episode. The show never made it past its first season of 13 episodes, of which only 12 aired. Fortunately Henry was revealed as the killer at the end of episode 12 so viewers weren't left on a cliff-hanger. Also curiously this cancellation happened just a week after their song "How Do You Talk To An Angel" finished its 2 week run at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Curious in another sense is that despite the format for the show, only lead actor Jamie Walters actually performs a prominent role on the single. Several other cast members performing background vocals, but all the instruments were performed by studio conveyors. I mistakenly thought that The Heights was an Australian show possibly because there is in fact a 2019 TV Series called The Heights that is Australian. Unmistakably Australian however is the next entry courtesy of Things Of Stone And Wood. Unlike fellow ridiculously named bands of their time like Weddings Parties Anything or You Am I, the group managed a top 20 hit in their career with "Happy Birthday Helen". I don't mean specifically just the song as it was an EP of the same name complete with a tracklisting of songs that never made it onto their debut album though two of them wound up on their "Essential Things Of Stone And Wood" album. The two that didn't at least vaguely share their titles with future entries in this game. Also for the 2nd time in a row I can mention that there's a song in this list that's been parodied by The Late Show, who I assume must have decided to take the jarringly blatant mention of the Yarra River in the first verse to turn the song into an endless quest of Melbourne cliches to mention. Distinctly not a Melbourne cliche is Divinyls because they're from Sydney. Though the first Austin Powers film would not be released for several more years, the band were already in 1992 finding their way to string together film soundtrack co-signs. The song "I Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore" was originally released by The Young Rascals in 1965 (obviously a bad omen for this game), and recorded several times in the decades that followed. Divinyls perhaps gave it the defining rendition as they apparently get dibs on the Wikipedia article's table. Nonetheless it may have had a bit of esteem due to featuring on the soundtrack to the 74th highest grossing film in the US in 1992, "Buffy The Vampire Slayer". Just looking at the promotional poster for the film tells you how much of a relic it is. Joss Whedon initially wrote the screenplay but stopped being involved in the production as 20th Century Fox meddled with his artistic vision and made it into a more lightweight film. Not to be dissuaded completely from showbiz though, Whedon would 5 years later adapt his vision more accurately into one of the most beloved TV series of the '90s. The contrast is perhaps similar to the first two video games starring Conker The Squirrel that were made by Rare. And lastly we have Jimmy Barnes adding another into the canon of goose eggs except shockingly this time it's not a cover version, but instead one he wrote himself, "Sweat It Out". It served as the lead single from his 6th album "Heat", which notably meant that his solo album discography overtook Cold Chisel's at that point 5 album catalogue.
49 - Madonna - Deeper And Deeper (survived 2) 39 - Frente! - Accidently Kelly Street (survived 3; inducted!) 36 - House Of Pain - Jump Around (survived 1) 36 - The Shamen - Ebeneezer Goode (survived 2) 33 - Arrested Development - People Everyday 23 - Eric Clapton - Layla (Acoustic) [b/w "Tears In Heaven" (Acoustic)] 21 - The Heights - How Do You Talk To An Angel 20 - Things Of Stone And Wood - Happy Birthday Helen 13 - Divinyls - I Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore 0 - Jimmy Barnes - Sweat It Out
Bell Biv DeVoe - Gangsta Deep Forest - Sweet Lullaby Guns N' Roses - Yesterdays House Of Pain - Jump Around Madonna - Deeper And Deeper Peter Andre - Gimme Little Sign Shai - If I Ever Fall In Love The Shamen - Ebeneezer Goode Sonia Dada - You Ain't Thinking (About Me) Wendy Matthews - Friday's Child
I'm off in the distance, out of time, out of place. You always save your top 5 songs before Saturday's night
+5: Deep Forest - Sweet Lullaby (◍•ᴗ•◍)❤ +4: The Shamen - Ebeneezer Goode +3: Madonna - Deeper And Deeper +2: Shai - If I Ever Fall In Love (acapella version all the way, though the one with instrumentation is good too) +1: House Of Pain - Jump Around
Good round to me - strong top 5 and I wouldn't be opposed to voting Peter Andre and Bell Biv DeVoe too.
The KLF have been matched: Madonna becomes the 2nd artist to have 3 songs reach the Hall of Fame. One thing "Deeper And Deeper" can claim that "Like A Prayer" and "Vogue" cannot is that "Deeper And Deeper" won all 3 of its rounds, though you'd probably be right to think "Accidently Kelly Street" was easier competition than "Orinoco Flow" or "Summer Rain". "Deeper And Deeper" becomes the 14th 1992 song (by date of top 20 entry) inducted, the most for a year so far (1988 had 7 out of 72 entries, 1989 had 11/116, 1990 had 12/113, and 1991 had 11/122; 1992 also had 122 entries in total). "Deeper And Deeper" also becomes the 5th #11 hit inducted, meaning half of the non-top 10 hits there are #11s, and fittingly it does this on the 11th day of the month. But wait, this round gets deeper. Deeper into a forest. I thought "Sweet Lullaby" had no chance making the top 3 in any round, and that I would most likely be its only +5... well, I was half right I suppose, but not the important half, because it also scored a whole slab of +4s and +3s. In the Old ARIA Logo game, for comparison, it received a grand total of 5 points, coming from 2 people of whom neither are playing this game. "Sweet Lullaby" originates itself in a lullaby called "Rorogwela" in the Baegu language, from the Solomon Islands (located east of Papua New Guinea), sung by a woman named Afunakwa, recorded by the Swiss ethnomusicologist Hugo Zemp in 1970. The lyrics are about an older brother comforting a younger sibling after the death of their parents, saying that their parents' spirits will continue to look after them. The recording was first published by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in 1973 on an LP of music of the Solomon Islands, then re-released on CD in 1990. Coincidentally, Dr. Zemp had also made recordings in West Africa. The French duo Deep Forest's label contacted UNESCO's Chief of Cultural Heritage for permission to sample some recordings for a project in honour of Earth Day, which they were willing to grant provided the recordists agreed and the source musicians were credited. Dr. Zemp was played a track from Deep Forest using some of his West African recordings over a techno beat, and refused permission, encouraging UNESCO to instead focus on supporting projects that more directly benefited indigenous musicians. But that didn't stop Deep Forest (and/or their label), and they hired the Cameroonian musician Francis Bebey as a 'producer' to call Dr. Zemp to reconsider, who out of personal esteem for Bebey, agreed for Deep Forest to use a sample from his West African recordings for non-commercial purposes. For Deep Forest, that was good enough to go ahead and sample... a recording of Zemp's from a completely different continent, which he'd never been asked about, for very commercial purposes, even ending up in a shampoo commercial and licensed to other companies such as Coca-Cola who I'm sure would bulldoze the Solomon Islands in a heartbeat if they found a reason for it to be profitable. Zemp later wrote to Deep Forest denouncing their use of his name and requesting compensation to be paid to the Baegu community, which as far as anything I've read suggests, has never been given. In fact, the American 'traveler' and supposed 'Internet celebrity' Matt Harding went to the Solomon Islands in 2007 and met with the nephew of Afunakwa (she'd been dead for about 10-15 years by then), who said that everyone on the island of Malaita knew of "Sweet Lullaby" and 'everyone [was] vaguely aware that some sort of payment [was] warranted, but no one [had] any idea what to do about it, and that's how things [had] stayed for 15 years'. Also worth noting is that Deep Forest opened their album with a spoken intro track making it seem like their samples were coming from the Pygmy peoples of central Africa - whether they knew the difference, or just considered all foreign cultures one and the same, I don't know. But beneath all the wider context, "Sweet Lullaby" was surely one of the most unique, unorthodox records to ever hit the charts (the closest thing I know of/can think of on the Australian charts is the 1995 #76 hit "Yeha-Noha" by Sacred Spirit) and, having discovered it myself as an anti-recommendation in a UK-based comment section on Enigma's "Sadeness", I was shocked when I found it was a top 10 hit here. There was also a remixed radio version adding a bassline and bringing the vocal hook to the start, but I believe it was the more chillout-style original that was released here. In case you've been reading all this before scrolling down to the results, waiting to find out what else survived, I apologise for the extended suspense. The answer is "Ebeneezer Goode"...has unluckily failed to successfully fight for space in its 3rd round, but I'm sure I'm not the only one who never expected it to get this far in the first place. Compared to 1991's many songs that fell at the last hurdle, "Ebeneezer Goode" ends 1992 with only 2 of such, the first having been "Diamonds And Pearls". The song that's actually through: "Jump Around", for a 2nd round, on its journey as the latest attempt to get a 2nd hip hop song into the HOF. A bold choice for a debut single, Shai hit the scene with the completely-acapella "If I Ever Fall In Love" - not even acapella with a hand-made beat like "Don't Worry, Be Happy", but with nothing resembling percussion at all. An alternate version with subtle instrumentation (and even a Boyz II Men-style spoken section in its full-length version) was produced and has virtually all the YouTube views (possibly due to it being the 1 version on their VEVO channel), but otherwise I believe the acapella version received most of the exposure. Wendy Matthews' top 20 tenure comes to an end only months after scoring her biggest hit (which seems like a bit of a common theme lately with also, say, Snap! and Shakespears Sister) and "Friday's Child" doesn't even have a Wikipedia page, maybe putting merit to the theory that it was bought en masse for the French-language version of "The Day You Went Away" included as track 4, which would be impressive when French speakers make up, apparently, about 0.3% of the Australian population. Though 3 of Wendy's entries ended up in 6th/7th-place, all 5 of them managed at least 20 points. 20 points is also the amount Peter Andre, who is of Greek Cypriot descent and watches the Greek version of Peppa Pig with his daughter to help her pick up the language, scored with "Gimme Little Sign", his breakthrough after a first attempt in 1992 that peaked at #72. "Gimme Little Sign" was originally a soul song recorded by Brenton Wood in 1967, a top 10 hit in the US, UK and even Australia, and for timeghost fans, 1992 is closer to 1967 than it is to the present. Peter Andre turned it into the highest-selling single by an Australian artist (12th overall) in 1993, which may or may not have been helped by including a shirtless photo of himself on the back cover of the cassette and CD and in one edition, an entire fold-out poster, an opportunity I'm sure Shawn Mendes and Nick Jonas are currently wishing they had. I already mentioned "You Ain't Thinking (About Me)" having the notable remix of "You Don't Treat Me No Good" tacked on, and the entire time "You Ain't Thinking..." spent charting in the top 100 it was behind "You Don't Treat Me No Good", which may make it seem possible that the remix was really selling it, but the album hit #2 so somebody must've been invested in Sonia Dada as an artist. Besides, I doubt enough people would've (a) studied the tracklist and (b) known the version they wanted was the remix anyway, and the song is clearly reasonably popular here. Either way, the 2 singles and album sold enough to no doubt fund numerous more $18 laundromat adventures, even if nobody in the band were a billionaire. Bell Biv DeVoe formed after the '80s R&B group New Edition went on hiatus, consisting of its 3 least-known members while the other 3 - Bobby Brown (who'd already left earlier), Ralph Tresvant and Johnny Gill - focused on varyingly-successful solo projects. Their 1990 defining hit "Poison" only reached #64 in Australia, but that acronym-ised guest spot on rap-inclusive versions of "The Best Things In Life Are Free" technically gave them a #2 hit, and they followed that with "Gangsta" - a non-album single that became otherwise their only top 50 hit here, as well as their last top 30 hit in the US, which makes me wonder if they had excluded it from their later-in-1993 album being disappointed at its merely-moderate US success and then ended up regretting it when they never matched it again. Meanwhile, we've reached the end of Guns N' Roses zig-zag multi-album era with its final top 20 hit "Yesterdays", this time coming from the "Use Your Illusion II" album, meaning we've had 3 entries from each album. I'd try to calculate our preferred album, but "November Rain" scored twice as many points as the rest of them combined, so that doesn't really work. One thing I can state is that "Yesterdays" is the least successful one, being the first to place 10th and not amass at least 10 points. They did continue releasing even more singles, with a #45 hit in mid-1993 and a #40 hit in early 1994, well over 2 years after the albums' release, but thanks to their output coming to a halt soon after, their only remaining top 20 hit is a cover version at the end of 1994.
51 - Madonna - Deeper And Deeper (survived 3; inducted!) 41 - Deep Forest - Sweet Lullaby (survived 1) 38 - House Of Pain - Jump Around (survived 2) 33 - The Shamen - Ebeneezer Goode 27 - Shai - If I Ever Fall In Love 21 - Wendy Matthews - Friday's Child 20 - Peter Andre - Gimme Little Sign 18 - Sonia Dada - You Ain't Thinking (About Me) 16 - Bell Biv DeVoe - Gangsta 5 - Guns N' Roses - Yesterdays
Bon Jovi - Bed Of Roses Deep Forest - Sweet Lullaby East 17 - House Of Love House Of Pain - Jump Around Hunters & Collectors - True Tears Of Joy Mick Jagger - Sweet Thing Spin Doctors - Little Miss Can't Be Wrong The Screaming Jets - Shivers Ugly Kid Joe - Cat's In The Cradle Whitney Houston - I'm Every Woman
If you can find the time between your new job and your kids having the flu, you can vote your top 5 until Monday evening.
Interesting story about 'Sweet Lullaby', 392414. Yes, we did get the original version of it released here - I wasn't aware there was another version until now, but we didn't get the other one you described.
+5 Ugly Kid Joe - Cat's In The Cradle +4 House Of Pain - Jump Around +3 East 17 - House Of Love +2 Hunters & Collectors - True Tears Of Joy (didn't know what this was gonna be by name, but was a nice surprise when i realised what it was!) +1 Spin Doctors - Little Miss Can't Be Wrong (they're basically a punchline still, but i kinda wanted to give this more points)
Once again I oversee what proved to be a closely contested battle. What a battle it was, between Irish-American hip hop, dubiously legal French new age music, a boy band jock jam, a hard rock cover of a folk song and Australian pub rock stalwarts. In the end I can't even crown a winner because we've had another tie. This is not new territory for House Of Pain who only survived their first round entry with a 3rd place tie. They sat at a still shaky 3rd place next time, but finally true to their mantra and jump around the list, tied in first place to bring a little more credibility to their induction. Incidentally, despite the fact that Irish Americans are most associated with Boston & the state of Massachusetts (roughly 20% of the population are of Irish descent), House Of Pain are from Los Angeles, but we do have a Boston band in the next round. Tied with them for first though is actually...Hunters & Collectors. Yet another in the collection of bands whose '80s career doesn't get to represent them correctly here...except in actual fact this was the first time the band ever had a top 20 single. Their 1986 album "Human Frailty" did go double platinum, backed by famous singles "Say Goodbye" and "Throw Your Arms Around Me". Perhaps the band's greatest feat is that in 2013, a tribute album, "Crucible" was released featuring cover versions of the band's catalogue, which included the first new release from The Avalanches in 7 years. "True Tears Of Joy" which we have here is actually the highest charting single of the band's career, though their second and final entry might be a little more well-known at this point. Rounding out the survivors for this round is...Deep Forest, who I won't pretend to have any unique insights about. They're in 3rd place but only 2 points away from 1st. Now as we cover the also-rans, it's time to continue what I'm fairly sure will be a short running sequence of me talking about existential fatherhood songs. In 1974, "Cat's In The Cradle" was released by Harry Chapin (or Cat Stevens if you used Limewire) which became a US Hot 100 #1 hit. The song naturally resonated with millions with its relatable story of a father being too busy with his work to connect with his son, who seems surprisingly okay with the whole arrangement. The ironic twist at the end is that the son, now grown up is too busy with *his* work to hang out with his father (the titular phrase coming from a childhood game of passing string arrangements between hands, a metaphor for this work). After spending his whole childhood looking up to his father and wanting to be like him, this becomes the connecting thread that defines them, and then we realise that we are just cogs in the machine, working to prepare the next generation to become the next cogs in this machine. Ironically, while a lot of music trend shifts are defined by the new generation rejecting the standards that their parents have defined to find their own identity, what better subversionis there than a hit song from 19 years ago becoming a hit again with a new audience. We touched base with Ugly Kid Joe recently with "Everything About You", perhaps pinning them as a proudly meatheaded band. They wear this title on their sleeve, literally because the sleeve of the single has a grammatical error on the title, but they also take out the perspective shift of Chapin's version in the later choruses. As an interesting curiosity, Harry Chapin's version peaked at #1 in the US, and #6 in Australia, but Ugly Kid Joe's version peaked at #6 in the US, and #1 in Australia. If you are interested in writing a socio-political version of "Cat's In The Cradle" where the father & son are very blatant expys for the United States and Australia, I wouldn't immediately reject it. Ugly Kid Joe would go on to score two more top 40 singles but this is their last entry here, unless I dunno, Post Malone collaborates with them. A group with a bit more ahead for them is East 17, who I can only hope will carry the duties of their spiritual predecessors here New Kids On The Block and make me have to write about them every single time. Starting things off is not necessarily their biggest hit, but their longest running top 50 hit, "House Of Love". In terms of the voting, it can be commended for finishing in the top half, but in terms of House related entries, it's hard to deny the fact that they're in the bottom half. Then again, it's possible that Love House and Pain House are actually just seperate levels on the same building, in which case the real winner is the one that has an escape room. Next we add to our continuing strange canon of Whitney Houston reception. "I'm Every Woman" may be yet another in the line of #11 peaking follow ups to #1 hit, but the more dance focused single has actually slightly outscored "I Will Always Love You". The next single "I Have Nothing" was another big US hit and her 3rd most streamed song on Spotify, but it only peaked at #28 here, so we won't see Whitney again until she finds another film to soundtrack. Slightly more consistent in their charting is Bon Jovi, currently in the middle of their streak of #10 peaking singles from "Keep The Faith". The latest one, "Bed Of Roses" scores respectably despite a 7th place finish. Jon Bon Jovi wrote the song amidst a hangover, although according to genius.com he was suffering from Funkoars' 2008 album "The Hangover" featuring the hit single "Black Sally". Probably having more long term problems with their mental state are The Screaming Jets, if only based on the first line of "Shivers". If it seemed relatively poignant for them, the reason is probably because they didn't write it. It was actually written by the late, great Rowland S Howard for his band Boys Next Door, better known by their eventual name The Birthday Party, even better known later on for their frontman Nick Cave and his work with The Bad Seeds. Incidentally the song was initially intended to be relatively ironic, but that intention became muddied after Cave had recorded the vocals for it, an interpretation that pretty much solidified the song's reputation by the time The Screaming Jets covered it. While it was a big launching pad single for The Birthday Party, it is our parting note for The Screaming Jets, who would continue to chart new singles almost every single year until 2000 ("Sad Song" is a personal favourite of mine), but wouldn't crack the top 20 again. Maybe with a bit more optimism on their side is Spin Doctors. Strangely enough, their debut album "Pocket Full Of Kryptonite" was actually released in mid 1991, but they didn't go ahead now and start releasing singles until a year later. But if you, find "Little Miss Can't Be Wrong"'s less than casual misogyny a bit much to stomach, just go ahead to later in the future as the band will probably have more success in the future, they've got a diamond in their pocket you might say. On the topic of artists who were popular for about a year, I am of course talking about the big talk of 2011, Mick Jagger. Before the Maroon 5 & will.i.am shout outs though, he was in a little known band called The Rolling Stones. I don't think the word 'was' is really applicable because the band have still been together for 57 years. By comparison The Beatles only were together for 10 years, and Metric have been together for 21 years so it's still not clear who they'd rather be yet. Aside from this though Mick Jagger also had a pretty fruitful solo career. Not only did Mama Cass once attend a cocktail party at his house, but you know he got that Peter Tosh collaboration in 1978. He's got it all, yes it's true, but "Sweet Thing" is his only entry here and it finishes at the bottom of the list.
42 - House Of Pain - Jump Around (survived 3; inducted!) 42 - Hunters & Collectors - True Tears Of Joy (survived 1) 40 - Deep Forest - Sweet Lullaby (survived 2) 35 - Ugly Kid Joe - Cat's In The Cradle 32 - East 17 - House Of Love 26 - Whitney Houston - I'm Every Woman 24 - Bon Jovi - Bed Of Roses 15 - The Screaming Jets - Shivers 9 - Spin Doctors - Little Miss Can't Be Wrong 5 - Mick Jagger - Sweet Thing Last edited:
Arrested Development - Mr. Wendal Boyz II Men - In The Still Of The Nite (I'll Remember) Deep Forest - Sweet Lullaby Faith No More - Easy Hunters & Collectors - True Tears Of Joy The Lemonheads - Mrs. Robinson Lenny Kravitz - Are You Gonna Go My Way Metallica - Wherever I May Roam Michael Jackson - Give In To Me Midnight Oil - Truganini
I give you some knowledge, you provide me some top 5 votes by Wednesday night.
Disappointed that 'Jump Around' was inducted. This round is awful too.
+5 Michael Jackson - Give In To Me (personal feelings about him aside, I feel that this is the best of the Dangerous singles. It wins this round by being slightly above average) +4 Boyz II Men - In The Still Of The Nite (I'll Remember) Don't like these but I have to vote for something... +3 Lenny Kravitz - Are You Gonna Go My Way +2 Deep Forest - Sweet Lullaby +1 Arrested Development - Mr. Wendal
+5: Deep Forest - Sweet Lullaby +4: Lenny Kravitz - Are You Gonna Go My Way +3: Hunters & Collectors - True Tears Of Joy +2: Faith No More - Easy +1: The Lemonheads - Mrs. Robinson (not a patch on the original though)
When I first counted the points for this round (on the first night), #1 was on less than double the points of #10. Then, that #10 never got voted again while a bunch pulled well ahead, but the top end still remained close throughout. I can announce that the 1-induction-per-round parade has not ended: Deep Forest's "Sweet Lullaby" has, amazingly, survived a 3rd round! That means it's managed to score about a third as many points as words I've written about it. It's been fairly lucky as it's never been more than 8 points ahead of #4 though, and after that run of super-high points we had with Richard, Wendy, Sophie and Snap!, we're now coalescing at the lower end of totals with Frente!, House Of Pain and Deep Forest. "Sweet Lullaby"'s induction means that the HOF now contains 55 songs in English, 1 in mixed English and the Yolngu language Gumatj ("Treaty"), and 1 in Baegu ("Sweet Lullaby"), making for 3 languages all in completely different language families. I know 1994 will bring a chance to induct another indigenous language (albeit as more of a supplementary in a mostly-English song), though that language is actually distantly related to Baegu. One more "Sweet Lullaby" fact is that in 2000, the "Rorogwela" melody was used in the trance song "Komodo" (also known with the subtitle "(Save A Soul)") by Mauro Picotto, but not with the original vocals; rather, singing English lyrics to its melody. That was a #6 hit in Germany (and #13 in the UK), slotting into the chart next to international pop hits from the likes of ATC and Madonna. For the 2nd time, Hunters & Collectors' "True Tears Of Joy" has in fact tied with #1, with only the alphabet to blame for relegating it to being mentioned second. The remaining slot was looking to go one way... but the final vote switched it around, in the favour of one of several rock band cover versions kicking around at this time: Faith No More's "Easy". Originally a 1977 hit by the Commodores, Faith No More's journey with the song began when they started performing it live, segued into from the more on-brand cover choice of Black Sabbath's "War Pigs", to troll their audience (the bassist literally said 'it feels really good to have a couple of thousand people flipping you off' about it). They recorded it during the sessions for their 1992 album "Angel Dust" but didn't initially include it on the tracklisting; it was added to a repackaged version after being released as a single - a release that reversed the moderate-at-best chart fortunes of all their singles since "Epic", giving them a 2nd #1. Missing out by just 1 point is another rock artist #1 hit, but for once it's not a softer song that took them there - in fact, more the opposite, with Lenny Kravitz leveling up from #10 with the soul midtempo "It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over" to #1 with the energetic riff-heavy rock of "Are You Gonna Go My Way". Over in the US it wasn't released as a physical single and thus wasn't eligible to chart, but unlike the many big airplay-only hits there in the coming years, "Are You Gonna Go My Way" didn't reach the airplay chart anyway, its play limited to rock stations. After the #2 US success of "It Ain't Over...", it took until the 2001 radio favourite "Again" for him to return to the top 10. Not being released in the US is actually a bit of a common link in this round, as Michael Jackson's "Give In To Me" wasn't released there either; instead they got "Who Is It", a #34 hit here in 1992, but which hadn't been released there yet. Here, "Give In To Me" became the album's 2nd-biggest hit - possibly helped by the rock style like "Black Cat" becoming Janet's biggest "Rhythm Nation 1814" hit, and the single made no secret of it, noting 'featuring special guitar performance by Slash' right on the cover, and including his 2 previous rocky hits "Dirty Diana" and "Beat It" as b-sides. But you'd also be justified to say it was one of the strongest songs anyway, as it's scored the most points of his 5.5 entries so far, and is his first to crack the top 5. Quickly pumping out a 3rd but final top 20 hit, Arrested Development's "Mr. Wendal" was inspired by homeless people who rapper Speech had met/known in Atlanta; there wasn't a real Mr. Wendal, though the person Speech most associated with the song died the year it was released, before he could've heard it. The single also included their track "Revolution" from the 1992 film about Malcolm X, a song that sits in surprisingly heavy contrast to "Mr. Wendal", being uncompromisingly for revolution, compared to "Mr. Wendal"'s sanitised cinematic universe where the only problems homeless people face are health and police harassment, apparently. While it's more often the later singles in an album era that get polished up with new single mixes, "Mr. Wendal" is actually the only one of their trio of hits whose single featured the album version ("Tennessee" had a remix but one fairly close to the original, unlike "People Everyday"'s significantly different one). Additionally, after "People Everyday"'s chorus took from Sly & The Family Stone's "Everyday People", "Mr. Wendal" also sampled a Sly & The Family Stone song, but much more subtly - the 'eh-eh-eh-eh' repeated on beat in the chorus comes from their song "Sing A Simple Song". I was one of only 2 people to vote both "Mr. Wendal" and "Mrs. Robinson", but pleasingly, they have landed next to each other. "Mrs. Robinson" is of course a cover of one of Simon & Garfunkel's biggest songs, which was written for the 1967 film "The Graduate", and (The) Lemonheads covered it to promote a 25th anniversary home video release of the film. Their frontman Evan Dando (apparently famous but I'd never heard of him before) later said he hated both the song and Paul Simon (who, fittingly, disliked their cover back), but it became their only significant chart hit, and like "Easy", their album "It's A Shame About Ray" was re-released to include it. The Hottest 100 era is in full swing now too, as "Mrs. Robinson" is 1 of 4 songs in this round alone from the 1993 Hottest 100, alongside "Easy", "Are You Gonna Go My Way" and "Mr. Wendal". Midnight Oil's final top 20 hit, "Truganini" names itself after a woman often considered the 'last Aboriginal Tasmanian', a claim reproduced in the historical information included in the single's liner notes, in response to which the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre called for a boycott, pointing out that over 7,000 living Tasmanians identified as Aboriginal and that the statement propagated the myth of an extinct race. I feel like the song is misleadingly named when 90% of it has nothing to do with Truganini. Whereas their previous entry "Blue Sky Mine" made the Hall of Fame, "Truganini" comes nowhere near in 8th place. Metallica also made the HOF with "Enter Sandman" and narrowly missed the top 3 twice after, but the album's much-later 4th top 20 hit "Wherever I May Roam" only got a fraction the points, which is consistent to its much lower Spotify popularity (348m, 155m and 324m plays for the first singles; 56m for "Wherever I May Roam"). Another in the canon of #1 follow-ups peaking at #11 and also another acapella hit mere weeks after "If I Ever Fall In Love", Boyz II Men's "In The Still Of The Nite" was a cover of a 1956 doo-wop song released by The Five Satins (which had been included on the 1987 mega-selling "Dirty Dancing" soundtrack), recorded for the 1992 TV mini-series "The Jacksons: An American Dream", and snippets from the show were included on the Boyz II Men single - both of Jackson 5 songs, and of 2 new recordings by Jason Weaver, the actor playing a young Michael Jackson, who later featured on Chingy's 2004 hit "One Call Away" under the name J-Weav.
41 - Deep Forest - Sweet Lullaby (survived 3; inducted!) 41 - Hunters & Collectors - True Tears Of Joy (survived 2) 36 - Faith No More - Easy (survived 1) 35 - Lenny Kravitz - Are You Gonna Go My Way 29 - Michael Jackson - Give In To Me 27 - Arrested Development - Mr. Wendal 23 - The Lemonheads - Mrs. Robinson 16 - Midnight Oil - Truganini 14 - Metallica - Wherever I May Roam 8 - Boyz II Men - In The Still Of The Nite (I'll Remember)
2 Unlimited - No Limit Duran Duran - Ordinary World Faith No More - Easy Hunters & Collectors - True Tears Of Joy Janet Jackson - That's The Way Love Goes Michael Jackson - Heal The World Southern Sons - You Were There Tasmin Archer - Sleeping Satellite Toni Pearen - I Want You Wreckx-N-Effect - Rump Shaker
Have these songs got what it takes to advance? Let me hear you say your opinions by Friday evening.
5. Hunters & Collectors - True Tears Of Joy 4. Duran Duran - Ordinary World 3. Faith No More - Easy 2. Tasmin Archer - Sleeping Satellite 1. Southern Sons - You Were There 0.5. Toni Pearen - I Want You 0. Janet Jackson - That's The Way Love Goes
The top 6 all incredibly close. In fact, Heal The World was the song that I liked and knew most before listening to the rest of the round and it didn't even come close.
There's a common trope in popular music to pass the buck around regarding blame. Just ask Jamie Foxx, John Newman, George Ezra, Lizzo or Akon. Very few will specify what the blame is regarding (though Kanye West says you can blame him for everything). But maybe the predecessor to all of this is Tasmin Archer, who gave the world no shortage of things to blame on you. It was in late 1992 that her debut single "Sleeping Satellite" was released and wound up climbing all the way to #1 in the UK. 6 months later the US and Australia got on board to an extent. Even with a further 4 UK top 40 hits she's seen as a one hit wonder there as nothing quite lived up to both that first single and her BRIT Award win for British Breakthrough Act, beating out Take That in the process. Brace yourself to maybe feel old, because this song laments the mundane lack of future prospects in society some 23 years after the first moon landings. This song is now closer to the first moon landing than present (England has 4 more chances to win an international football tournament before we can say the same thing about "Three Lions"). Nonetheless, she's done exceptionally well here to lead the pack, though not by a big margin actually. So don't cry for yesterday and this underwhelmingly ordinary world, there's a Duran Duran hit single in 1993. Despite being synonymous with the mid '80s new wave style, of which most bands did not survive onwards, Duran Duran kept trucking along with hits for quite some time after that, we were very close to getting to talk about them in the mid 2000s! Their self-titled 7th album in 1993 was a bit of a return to hit making form for them, led by "Ordinary World". This album was made after both Andy Taylor & Roger Taylor had temporarily left the band, which means that we missed out on the chance to have two different English drummers named Roger Taylor in the same round. Collectively with Tasmin Archer they've nabbed the lion's share of votes this round. After those two though, it was a very close battle for 3rd place. In the end though, we've brought an astounding end to the recent status quo of a survival step ladder, because all 3 of the surviving entrants this round entered the list together. To make things more peculiar, in a chronological sense, "Sleeping Satellite" was the first of the 8 new songs to make it into this list, and "That's The Way Love Goes" was the 8th, meaning that it was very unlikely that the two could ever enter together, but now that it's happened it makes for...suspenseful times going forward. "That's The Way Love Goes" was the lead single to Janet's 5th album..."janet.", and coming off the huge success of her last album, it might go some way to explain the fact that this relatively subdued track was an ARIA #1 hit single, and the only one in her career. Like a moth to a flame, the unlucky band this time around are literally as close as they could possibly be, but we must return to the fatal reality of retirony as Hunters & Collectors' "True Tears Of Joy" has just missed the Hall Of Fame cut by that much. They haven't given up I'm sure, they're still a fool for this...blessed chalice. In saying that, they'd probably rather have 1 point just so they'd tie with Janet and have the alphabet allow them to be mentioned first. The rest of the contenders can rest assured that they were less in the realm of what could have been. As for you reading this, have you perchance been Looking for this "No no no" song? Maybe you heard it on an ad for Dodo, maybe you signed up to this website purely to ask this question and didn't even return a day later to see if someone might have answered for you (rightly so). Anyway, 2 Unlimited are back, and it seemed like there was no limit to how long "No Limit" spent on the chart as it easily outlasted all of their previous hits even if it didn't peak higher than #7. Having seemingly broken any limits, perhaps they will be able to defeat Sephiroth. But maybe they can speculate what could have been because they've only landed in 5th, but they're still beating out Faith No More who made the top 3 last round with "Easy". While the notion of a 3rd #1 hit from Faith No More might be a bit excessive, they will be back, and this time probably not fooling people into buying an album that was decidedly not going to be their sort of thing. Now I, I was standing, and Southern Sons wrote a song called "You Were There" which a YouTube commenter is astounded to find out is a love song that doesn't use the word 'love'. The 4th best Boy & Bear song is running its last lap however, though I suppose they should be commended for charting at all in an era that looked like it had left them behind years ago. Incidentally though "You Were There" is one of the band's biggest hits, and compared to most of their time Australian singles that aren't even on Spotify, boasts pretty impressive YouTube view stats. After all, some artists have less views on YouTube than...me, not naming any pears. Toni Pearen has returned with her similarly big 2nd hit "I Want You", though it falls quite a bit short of the 21 points amassed by "In Your Room" even if it's only 1 place lower on the list. Her true calling was clearly being on Australian television though because shortly after her following singles didn't quite catch on the same way, she went from Home & Away to Australia's Funniest Home Videos to coming 5th in the 8th season of Dancing With The Stars. She's such a star that she even named her first child Lucky. Between those two songs, it's time to talk about one of the most bizarre accidental hip hop beefs in history. In the late '80s, musician Teddy Riley became credited for pioneering the new jack swing style in R&B, of which we've seen many luminaries to this day. Phife Dawg from A Tribe Called Quest was very particular about reading album credits and noticed that Teddy Riley had a hand in no shortage of new jack swing albums, but then before too long, similar sounding albums were propping up without his involvement. In the 1991 track "Jazz (We've Got)" he rapped "I do my own thing, strictly hardcore tracks, not a new jack swing" in reference to all the biting that was going on. This caused serious beef with another New York group, Wreckx-n-Effect, who interpreted the lyric as a diss as they had themselves released a single called "New Jack Swing" not long before (which Teddy Riley featured on). As a result of a lyric that Phife Dawg wrote, the group attacked Q-Tip outside a nightclub giving him a serious eye injury to the point that he had to wear a mask in their next music video. The beef was eventually squashed and Wreckx-N-Effect managed to move onto bigger things. In 1992 they scored a massive hit in "Rump Shaker" which went all the way to #2 on the US Hot 100, behind Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" (which according to WatchMojo is the #3 song you didn't know was a cover), heights they would never even come close to again. Finally, we have another Jackson to talk about. In this round, just like on certain Netflix original shows, Janet is far more popular than Michael. So anyway, how about those charity singles. They must be popular, after all "Do They Know It's Christmas?" has been a UK #1 single 4 different times for 13 weeks all up. It's great how all these larger than life pop personalities take time from their busy lives of hedonism to look down on us mortals and give...their time to ask us to give our money on their behalf even though they could all just make a pittance of their net worth collectively and make a considerable bigger amount than even a million copies of a charity single could. Anyway Michael Jackson loved them a lot. Not only was he on the original version of "We Are The World", he was even on the 2010 version, despite the notable handicap of not being alive. Actually to his credit, Michael Jackson did somewhat get behind my notion. With the release of "Heal The World", he created the "Heal The World Foundation", and personally donated millions of dollars to it, including his entire earnings from multiple concert tours. 10 years later it was suspended on the grounds of tax negligence falling far short of Michael's lofty ambitions when he started it. The song still exists though.
60 - Tasmin Archer - Sleeping Satellite (survived 1) 56 - Duran Duran - Ordinary World (survived 1) 37 - Janet Jackson - That's The Way Love Goes (survived 1) 36 - Hunters & Collectors - True Tears Of Joy 27 - 2 Unlimited - No Limit 26 - Faith No More - Easy 11 - Southern Sons - You Were There 10 - Wreckx-N-Effect - Rump Shaker 4 - Toni Pearen - I Want You 3 - Michael Jackson - Heal The World
Duran Duran - Ordinary World George Michael & Queen - Somebody To Love Janet Jackson - That's The Way Love Goes Jeremy Jordan - The Right Kind Of Love Jimmy Barnes - Stone Cold King Missile - Detachable Penis Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle - A Whole New World (Aladdin's Theme) Snow - Informer Spin Doctors - Two Princes Tasmin Archer - Sleeping Satellite
If you, have your top 5 favourites, just go ahead and vote them by Sunday night. Last edited:
Hugely unlucky for H&C, justice though on some of the vote rigging that was going on to deny Cream
+5 Spin Doctors - Two Princes +4 Jimmy Barnes - Stone Cold +3 Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle - A Whole New World (Aladdin's Theme) +2 Duran Duran - Ordinary World +1 Janet Jackson - That's The Way Love Goes
+5 Tasmin Archer - Sleeping Satellite +4 Duran Duran - Ordinary World +3 Janet Jackson - That's The Way Love Goes +2 George Michael & Queen - Somebody To Love +1 Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle - A Whole New World (Aladdin's Theme)
+5: Spin Doctors - Two Princes +4: Tasmin Archer - Sleeping Satellite +3: Snow - Informer (hopefully by the time we reach 2019, Con Calma will have belatedly become a hit here ~) +2: Duran Duran - Ordinary World +1: King Missile - Detachable Penis
+5 Kind Missile & The Lissile Wissile - Detachable Penis +4 Queen + George Michael - Somebody to Love +3 Duran Duran - Ordinary World +2 Tasmin Archer - Sleeping Satellite +1 Spin Doctors - Two Princes
It's a safe hold for last round's dominant top 2 of "Sleeping Satellite" and "Ordinary World", with the latter even receiving a full house of votes (albeit with 17 rather than the usual 18). Interestingly that means that, if you ignore "Sweet Lullaby" the round it tied with "True Tears Of Joy", 7 rounds in a row have been won by non-top 10 hits. Meanwhile, of the last 24 ARIA #1s (that's everything post-"The Fly"), "Hazard" is the only one that's made the Hall of Fame - and that includes the 2 #1s in this round, as the 3rd slot has gone to neither. Instead, Spin Doctors have smashed their previous "Little Miss Can't Be Wrong" performance with "Two Princes" scoring 5 times as many points, making it seem like, if not for a pesky thing called chronology, "Little Miss..." was a minor hit that only got there by following the big one. In actuality, the big one was followed by practically dead air, as they never hit the top 50 again - only New Zealand was moderately generous, granting them another 2 top 30 hits. The points difference between their 2 entries may seem vast, but it's even greater on Spotify, where "Two Princes" holds up as an enduring classic with 187 million plays, while "Little Miss..." has a mere 20 million. It was always going to be tough for Janet to last long, being the #3 song in an all-new top 3, and indeed, though her points barely dropped, she landed in the middle of a large divide - well behind #3, but also just as far ahead of #5. Never fear, she has another 4 songs to come from the "janet." album, ranging from a fan favourite to a US #1 to 2 singles that might've only made the top 20 because she was touring Australia at the time. It'll be seen how well she can keep up her high success rate so far - even with only 2 of her 5 entries making the HOF, she's appeared in 10 rounds between the 5 songs, and has never missed the top 4 or scored below 30 points. I had not heard "Detachable Penis" before, but I was very familiar with the title because frankly, it's not the sort of title you can ever forget once you've seen it. I learnt from an interview that the detachability concept was inspired by a piece written by a lesbian talking about a dildo, but when the band's frontman tried to write the song, it occurred to him that 'if your penis were detachable, it would probably get lost'. So he wrote about it being lost, but stuck with the original phrase because '"Lost Penis" is not really a good name for a song'. The accompanying album was their 5th, but they found little traction after the song, and were dropped after the follow-up album provided the label with no more penis songs to promote (but it does provide me with a song called "Pigs Will Fly"). It scored 18 points, which if points were dollars, would be enough to buy a severed body part (more on that next year) or to do laundry. You can only pick 1. Tied with it is the 2nd ARIA #1 in this round, "Informer", a song Snow wrote about his charges of 2 counts of attempted murder from his involvement in a knife fight (they were acquitted and reduced to assault), and I'm sure I'm not the only person out there who'd known the song for a long time without knowing what half the lyrics were; in fact, MTV even made a version of the music video with the lyrics subtitled. The guest rapper towards the end of the song is MC Shan, who produced it and most of the album - titled "12 Inches Of Snow", a rare 4-way pun. While one 1992-93 one-hit-wonder (Billy Ray Cyrus) has returned to the spotlight in 2019 via new material, Snow has done the same with just the enduring power of his one song - through Daddy Yankee's "Con Calma", a Spanish-language semi-cover (or 'reimagination') of "Informer", featuring a verse and video cameo from Snow himself. "Con Calma" has been a #1 hit in most of the Spanish-speaking world and is the 2nd-most-viewed music video on YouTube this year so far, behind, incidentally, an unrelated Latin hit called "Calma". "Con Calma" has gotten a remix with Katy Perry too, but that hasn't exactly gone the "Despacito" route, though Billboard would like you to think it has as they decided to credit the song's combined entity as the remix, effective the week before the remix was released. "Informer"'s 18 points come entirely from +3s - it scored 6 of them and nothing else. Back to April 1992, George Michael performed Queen's 1976 classic "Somebody To Love" at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert with the band's remaining members, and in 1993 the EP "Five Live" was released, featuring "Somebody To Love" and "These Are The Days Of Our Lives" from the concert, along with a few live recordings of solo George Michael from his 1991 tour of 'covers of his favourite songs', including a medley of "Killer" (the Adamski song) and "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone". In the UK, the EP was a 3-week #1 on the singles chart; here, it charted as an album and reached #17, while "Somebody To Love" was released as a single separately, peaking at #19 and helping keep George in the charts amidst his label trouble-fueled 6-year gap between albums. Of his 6 entries so far, "Freedom! '90" made the top 3 and almost the HOF, while the other 5 have all similarly landed in the range of 15-21 points, this one on the lower end. You can probably copy-paste half of my "Beauty And The Beast" commentary here, as likewise, the "Aladdin" theme "A Whole New World" was sung by actors (Lea Salonga and Brad Kane in this case) for the movie, and then recorded for single release - with Peabo Bryson again, alongside Regina Belle, who'd similarly had a bunch of R&B-chart hits in the US (including a 1987 duet with Peabo himself) but not yet expanded further out. "A Whole New World" became a #1 hit in the US and won the Grammy for Song of the Year - in both cases, the only Disney song to have done so. And like most of the Disney songs with 'pop versions', the stats are now in the original movie version's favour - quite dramatically so on Spotify, where the original has 115 million plays and Peabo/Regina have 27 million. It's also somewhat on-topic at the moment, as a new version was released just last week by ZAYN and Zhavia Ward, for a 'live action remake' of "Aladdin" due to be theatrically released in the US in just a few days. The latest face (or body, I should say) in the line of the likes of Marky Mark and Peter Andre, Jeremy Jordan released "The Right Kind Of Love" as a single from the "Beverly Hills 90210" soundtrack (later included on his own album) - also home to a pair of US top 5 hits, Vanessa Williams and Brian McKnight's duet "Love Is" and Shanice's "Saving Forever For You" - but here, Jeremy Jordan was the one who reached the top 5, the highest he charted anywhere. The follow-up "Wannagirl" came close to this game too, peaking at #22, but he didn't get to a 2nd album and instead pursued a career in acting. Lastly, it's another Jimmy Barnes entry! This one is special for being one of his highest charters ever, but that wasn't enough to prevent it from sinking to the bottom of the results list, for his 6th time out of 9 entries. But with 4 points, it's an improvement over the 3 times he's scored none.
55 - Tasmin Archer - Sleeping Satellite (survived 2) 53 - Duran Duran - Ordinary World (survived 2) 45 - Spin Doctors - Two Princes (survived 1) 32 - Janet Jackson - That's The Way Love Goes 18 - King Missile - Detachable Penis 18 - Snow - Informer 15 - George Michael & Queen - Somebody To Love 10 - Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle - A Whole New World (Aladdin's Theme) 5 - Jeremy Jordan - The Right Kind Of Love 4 - Jimmy Barnes - Stone Cold
2 Unlimited - Tribal Dance AB Logic - The Hitman Duran Duran - Ordinary World East 17 - Deep Lenny Kravitz - Believe Peter Andre - Funky Junky Spin Doctors - Two Princes Tasmin Archer - Sleeping Satellite Taylor Dayne - Can't Get Enough Of Your Love Terence Trent D'Arby - She Kissed Me
Feel the force, this is your chance to get control and vote the "Tribal Dance", by Tuesday evening. (Other songs are also available.)
+5 Ordinary World (can’t remember the last time I changed the order of two songs after I’ve voted for them, but this has grown on me over these last days, while SS has stayed about the same) +4 Believe (apparently I’m a big Lenny fan and I never even knew lol) +3 Sleeping Satellite +2 Two Princes +1 Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love Baby (this, and the rest, didn’t really do much for me)
There's no need to call Kenny Loggins because Tasmin Archer was never in the DANGER ZOOOONE. Rather she took an early lead and stayed safely entrenched in the top 3 for the entire time. Her debut single "Sleeping Satellite" reaches the Hall Of Fame, but has she peaked too soon? Because she's not to be returning. We will be seeing more for Duran Duran however, and a good omen for that is "Ordinary World" scoring them a Hall Of Fame induction as well. The two songs have been entirely dominant in the last two rounds and with no particularly noteworthy challengers coming through in this current round, there was nothing to stop them. Either way it's a terrific omen for the 3rd place finisher "Two Princes", which will need quite a bit of upheaval to keep it out of the Hall Of Fame and strike it down with a merely semi-charmed kind of performance. There was no remote threat of them not getting through this round, scoring almost double the next highest song. Now, the beauty of the effectively random selection of songs for this voting process is that sometimes I have to talk about Eurodance acts and sometimes 392 has to talk about alternative bands. But I'm not necessarily hoping for a Freaky Friday (film) situation because this is a perfect situation for me to talk about Agent 47...I mean AB Logic. "The Hitman" comes with very little tangible connections to anything else that's made it to these shores despite being a rather successful top 10 hit. In a manner similar to Deep Forest, they did eventually return to the Australian top 100 with another single, titled "AB Logic", but the two members of the group have accomplished little else that I can see. One of the dudes behind the scenes who formed the group, Peter Gillis is very prolific however. He's a primary songwriter for the teen pop group K3 who have been scoring #1 albums with multi-platinum sales in Belgium & the Netherlands pretty much annually for the past 20 years. They've beaten out a pack of regular hitmakers however. Lenny Kravitz returns with the follow up to his #1 hit, "Believe" did not peak at #11 but instead #8. It finishes 1 place lower than "Are You Gonna Go My Way" but with 40% less points. He also shares 5th place with my favourite genre of music, white singers covering songs by POC and scoring drastically more success. OK well that's only really true in an Australian context, where Barry White's classic "Can't Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe" wasn't a top 20 hit but Taylor Dayne took her rendition of it to #2. In the US the two instead peaked at #1 and #20 respectively. What I'm fairly sure wasn't intended is that Taylor Dayne released her cover just a few months after Barry White had a guest appearance on The Simpsons in order to protect snakes from the wrath of Whacking Day (which is May 10th btw), though I don't think that episode would have aired here by the time this cover was a hit. In a confusing instance of career hindering, "Can't Get Enough Of Your Love" was produced by C&C Music Factory, and the album it appeared on peaked at #2, behind another certain artist with a C&C Music Factory connection in this game. It's also the last time she appears in this game as her hit-making career in reputable music charts came to a quick decline after this. She's not alone in this sense as we're also departing from the world of 2 Unlimited, which is surely a shame as it's not as if the Netherlands have had much to celebrate in music lately. "Tribal Dance" reached the top 5 in Australia but would be the last time the group made the top 20, despite further charting singles. The most curious thing about it is that it has connections to two films that I have actually seen, because it samples a slight portion of dialogue from "Back To The Future", and was later featured in "Final Destination 3", a movie that absolutely terrified me as a young teen, and in looking up to see if I could find out when it was used, I wound up just watching an absolutely ludicrous scene from the 5th movie that has me remarkably squeamish. Next because I'm doing commentary, it's time to talk about East 17 again. I'd love to say this pattern will continue indefinitely, but unfortunately they started having hits with great frequency. Nonetheless, "House Of Love" was followed up by "Deep" which followed it into the top 10, but is probably more noteworthy to me due to its egregious placing in triple j's Hottest 100 in 1993, serving as a great retort if someone says that the station is sounding too mainstream right nowadays because they play Kendrick Lamar. Incidentally, Terence Trent D'Arby probably would fit in more there with his distinctly more rock sounding "She Kissed Me". Oddly enough this is the only chance we get to talk about him because of timing. His debut album, which I need not name as you should all be aware of the most important album since "Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band" was a big success particularly with the singles "Wishing Well" and "Sign Your Name". The latter song left the top 20 on the very week that we started this game (as did Black's "Wonderful Life" sadly) and so it's only now 5 years later that he returns, with a top 10 hit no less. As he did not score any further hits, there is no further opportunity to discuss his follow up album, "Terence Trent D'Arby's Vibrator", nor his rebirth as Sananda Maitreya. In October 2001 he legally changed his name and declared TTD as dead, and a week later the name still turned up on the cover to his 5th album. He continues to release albums, as recently as 2017. Either way he has avoided the bottom spot. Peter Andre has come through with "Funky Junky", but does not have all of your mandem skating because he's only barely avoided a null score. Just like "Gimme Little Sign", the CD single came complete with a foldout poster, which either proves that "Gimme Little Sign" was genuinely considerably more popular than "Funky Junky", or that the foldout poster lightning just wasn't going to strike twice.
61 - Tasmin Archer - Sleeping Satellite (survived 3; inducted!) 57 - Duran Duran - Ordinary World (survived 3; inducted!) 50 - Spin Doctors - Two Princes (survived 2) 26 - AB Logic - The Hitman 20 - Lenny Kravitz - Believe 20 - Taylor Dayne - Can't Get Enough Of Your Love 17 - 2 Unlimited - Tribal Dance 11 - East 17 - Deep 7 - Terence Trent D'Arby - She Kissed Me 1 - Peter Andre - Funky Junky
Diesel - Never Miss Your Water East 17 - West End Girls Hunters & Collectors - Holy Grail Rage Against The Machine - Killing In The Name Roxette - Almost Unreal Shaggy - Oh Carolina Silk - Freak Me Spin Doctors - Two Princes UB40 - (I Can't Help) Falling In Love With You Ween - Push Th' Little Daisies
Voter man, take me by the hand lead me to the top 5 songs that you understand by Thursday night. You may profanely rebel but that will only result in your vote not being counted. Last edited:
+5 Killing In The Name (that opening 40 seconds is some of my fave in music ever) +4 Holy Grail +3 Never Miss Your Water +2 Push Th’ Little Daisies (it was this or TP for which annoying song I should vote for lol) +1 Freak Me
Shaggy has much better (and much worse) songs to come for me (same for E17).
None of those that voted "Compulsory Hero", "Talk It Over", "How Can We Be Lovers", "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me", "Not A Day Goes By" or "How Do You Talk To An Angel" (all of which got 6-7 votes) are the same that gave "Killing In The Name" +5. None of those that ever gave "The King Of Wishful Thinking" or "Fading Like A Flower" a +5 are the ones that did so for "Killing In The Name". None of those that voted "Now You're In Heaven" (3 people did) are the ones that voted "Killing In The Name" at all (only 5 people didn't). This is brought to you courtesy of the official anthem of, yes, protest against institutional racism, but also of Venn diagrams. Fandom of the latter may be the reason why 'Who knew Rage Against The Machine had anything to do with social justice? Now I hate them.' is a real YouTube comment somebody once typed (to which guitarist Tom Morello responded 'you'd be shocked how often [that happens]'). Genuinely I expected "Killing In The Name" would be musically one of the most polarising songs we've had and be likely to get a lot of votes and non-votes at both extremes, but it managed to get only 1 less vote than the slightly less abrasive "Two Princes", bringing alternative rock to the top of the results for the first time since "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and "Alive" - which do have a lot of convergence in their Venn diagram, as 7/8 voters who gave "Killing In The Name" +5 had done so for one of those 2; 4/8 had for both. We're in fact lucky we get to cover "Killing In The Name" in this game, as Australia and NZ are the only countries in which it made the top 10 at the time. Of course, in 2009 it famously became the subject of a UK Christmas #1 campaign against the monopoly of X Factor winner's singles, which succeeded with 502,672 sales for it compared to 450,838 for Joe McElderry's "The Climb" (for comparison the #3 that week, Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance", sold merely 61,677 copies - and also incidentally, that week had the highest sales for a #2 since Wham! got stuck behind Band Aid in 1984), enough for "Killing In The Name" to be ranked as the 36th-best-selling song of the decade there only a week or 2 later. But "The Climb" reached #1 the week after, and the 9 Christmas #1s since then include 3 X Factor winner's singles, 4 charity singles with little-to-no longevity afterwards and Ed Sheeran's multi-version bonanza of "Perfect", so it's hard to say the campaign truly won in the long term. The one exception is Clean Bandit's "Rockabye" taking the 2016 Christmas #1 amidst its 9-week run. "Killing In The Name" also placed at #2 in the 2009 all-time Hottest 100, behind "Smells Like Teen Spirit"; however if you think our tastes are lining up to that list, the next-highest songs that are in this game are "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "Under The Bridge", which both failed to make the HOF. So behind that, "Two Princes" may have fallen under the radar compared to Tasmin and Duran Duran the last 2 rounds and RATM this round, but it's walked into the HOF nonetheless, and with a pretty good points total as it's actually done at least 45 points all 3 times. Coincidentally, all of the last 3 #3 hits to be inducted are by artists starting with 'S' (the other 2 being Shakespears Sister and Snap!); S trios are forever. Only a couple rounds after "True Tears Of Joy" fell out, we've got more success for Hunters & Collectors, with "Baby I Don't Care" - I mean "Dressed For Success" - I mean "More Than A Feeling" - I mean "Wild Thing" - I mean "Holy Grail". While I'd never heard a H&C song before this game, I was very aware of "Holy Grail"'s existence (unlike "True Tears Of Joy") as a well-known song used in sports, and for that reason alone was glad it scraped the top 20 to save a Crowded House-type situation of the top 20 hit(s) not being the classic(s). The fact that it was written about Napoleon is a bonus. Despite my perceived difference in endurance between the 2 H&C entries (well, Spotify backs me up with "Holy Grail" having about 8 times as many plays), "Holy Grail" has scored right at the same level as "True Tears Of Joy" did, but maybe it's for the best that we're not quite screaming we love it loud or its next-round performance would be obligated to be cold. You probably won't be very surprised at that top 3 and, though not quite as decisive as last round, #3 still ended up 12 points ahead of a very close #4-#7 section. Inventing licking of the body about 10 years before Beyoncé  or Khia, Silk scored a US #1 with the 2nd single from their debut album, "Freak Me", and converted it to a #3 hit here. I was going to call them an Australian-chart-wise one-hit-wonder, but Wikipedia is in fact unaware that the follow-up single reached #57. "Freak Me" scored equally as many points as Boyz II Men's 2 entries so far combined (and also slightly more than "If I Ever Fall In Love"), so who's the real ultimate R&B male group of this era? Unlike in Australia, "Freak Me" barely charted in Europe at all, leaving open a gap that the UK boyband Another Level filled by covering it in 1998, as the 2nd single of their career, turning it into a UK #1 (their only one) and a #43 hit here. We're up to Diesel's 3rd album (2nd solo) now, but unlike his last one providing 4 top 20 hits, lead single "Never Miss Your Water" was the sole top 40 hit from this album. However, despite being less obvious a popular pick than "Tip Of My Tongue" (I mean, it only has 2 reviews on this site), "Never Miss Your Water" is his 2nd entry to surpass 10 points - and by quite a distance at that, ending up in 5th place just like "Tip Of My Tongue". Those 2 songs together have scored 57 points, compared to 41 for his other 7 combined. The lottery of what falls under my or Hijinx's writing lots can have unfortunate results, such as Ween ending up in mine when Hijinx knows infinitely more about them. I mainly know "Push Th' Little Daisies" for its notoriety on this site from some...passionate hatred, to the point that when I first listened to it years ago I found it surprisingly normal-sounding - but outside of the Australian charts I believe Ween are now best known for their song "Ocean Man", a 1997 track used in the 2004 SpongeBob movie, which happened because the director was such a fan of that 1997 Ween album that it was even what inspired him to create the SpongeBob TV series in the first place. Apparently "Ocean Man" became a meme in the last few years, but I'm not sure I've ever encountered that which is surprising when SpongeBob memes are the lifeblood of Twitter. "Push Th' Little Daisies", which is apparently about nipples, came as an EP featuring the song in 'Shitless Radio Edit - No Shit' and 'Happier Than Shit Album Version' forms, along with 3 songs that don't appear on any of their albums. Over the span of 1983-1993, UB40 scored 7 Australian top 20 hits, only 1 of which was an original song ("Where Did I Go Wrong"). Their run comes to an abrupt end on one of their absolute biggest hits, where they injected both life and parentheses into Elvis' 1961 song "Can't Help Falling In Love" (his most popular song nowadays going by Spotify), except in the US where the original title was retained. Of their prior 4 entries in the game, each one had scored slightly lower than the one before, but the song nobody would refer to as either "I Can't Help" or "Falling In Love With You" bucks that trend by being their best performance, though it ends up in 7th place just like the first 2. It was featured on the soundtrack to the Golden Raspberry-nominated 'erotic thriller' "Silver" (along with Shaggy's "Oh Carolina", Massive Attack's "Unfinished Sympathy" and other artists including Enigma and Neneh Cherry), about 2 months before UB40's own album, and one thing about the song that might not be immediately obvious is that the album version and single/video version are actually slightly different, the latter modifying the production a bit and making the reggae rhythm more prominent. In case you were looking for the latter on Spotify, it actually is present on 2 of the many compilations the song is on: "Playlist: 90s Pop" and "Blockbuster Movie Hits". More covers abound, East 17 took on the Pet Shop Boys' 1985-86 breakthrough smash "West End Girls" as the 5th UK single from their debut album - and their 3rd chart entry here, as 2 less-successful singles were brushed over (one reached #101 later), allowing them a juicy top 10 streak. Although, their chart success at this stage was more impressive in Australia than the UK anyway, and the Australian peaks of their 3 so far actually rank in opposite order to in the UK. If you were questioning their decision to cover "West End Girls", they were one step ahead of you: the single's liner notes includes a blurb beginning with 'So why did it happen?', saying that at 'one of the famous strategy meetings at the local McDonald's', their manager had the idea of covering 'the old Pet Shop Boys track' (a dusty old relic from the 1930s, that reads like), and East 17 were slowly convinced because... 'it makes so much sense - East End Boys meet West End Girls'. But even without the convenient name connection, the cover choice does suit their sound and image really well I think, down to providing spoken verses like "Deep". It wasn't on the original edition of the album "Walthamstow" so it was reissued to include it, and not for the last time, as the version we all know of their next hit is actually a single version that sounds nothing like the original, thus prompting another reissue. The Roxette era is almost over, but for now we have "Almost Unreal", a soundtrack single for the 1993 "Super Mario Bros" film that Wikipedia claims both '[garnered] a reputation as one of the worst films ever made' and 'gained a cult following in later years'. However, "Almost Unreal" was actually written for a completely different film: the Better Midler-starring 1993 'fantasy horror comedy' "Hocus Pocus", and that's why the song says 'hocus pocus'. The reason it ended up elsewhere was that En Vogue got involved and the "Hocus Pocus" producers wanted them instead (but as far as I can see, it doesn't seem like that eventuated either), leaving Roxette with a finished track and no movie. They submitted it to the "Super Mario Bros" film as they were fans of 2 of its actors and renamed it, but left the 'hocus pocus' chorus lyrics intact. Marie Frederiksson later described it as 'not one of [their] most inspired moments', and Per Gessle said: 'I still like the song in a way... but if you wanted to make a parody of Roxette, it would probably sound something like this'. While far from their main run of hits, they have maintained a base of support in this game, with their lowest-performing 3 entries still scoring 8-11 points and 5 votes each. The world of Shaggy begins with "Oh Carolina", a cover of a 1960 song by the Jamaican trio the Folkes Brothers, and in the UK it became his first of 4 #1s (the other 3 are the same as the Australian ones) - leading an all-reggae top 3 alongside "Informer" and Shabba Ranks' "Mr. Loverman" (which surprisingly didn't chart here), and to be followed by various more reggae hits including a duo we'll be seeing here soon. I'm surprised it scored only 1 point but I suppose it doesn't make as strong an impression as his later hits.
55 - Rage Against The Machine - Killing In The Name (survived 1) 49 - Spin Doctors - Two Princes (survived 3; inducted!) 40 - Hunters & Collectors - Holy Grail (survived 1) 28 - Silk - Freak Me 26 - Diesel - Never Miss Your Water 24 - Ween - Push Th' Little Daisies 23 - UB40 - (I Can't Help) Falling In Love With You 13 - East 17 - West End Girls 11 - Roxette - Almost Unreal 1 - Shaggy - Oh Carolina Last edited:
4 Non Blondes - What's Up? AC/DC - Big Gun Billy Joel - The River Of Dreams Bon Jovi - In These Arms Green Jellÿ - Three Little Pigs Hunters & Collectors - Holy Grail Inner Circle - Sweat (A La La La La Long) Rage Against The Machine - Killing In The Name Rod Stewart - Have I Told You Lately (Live) Sub Sub feat. Melanie Williams - Ain't No Love (Ain't No Use)
Can a band with no talent amuse you? Provide your results by Saturday evening.
+5 Sub Sub feat. Melanie Williams - Ain't No Love (Ain't No Use) +4 Hunters & Collectors - Holy Grail +3 Rage Against The Machine - Killing In The Name +2 Inner Circle - Sweat (A La La La La Long) +1 Billy Joel - The River Of Dreams
A tough round for me, as I'm not super-fond of the last few there, but something had to fill those slots... with the least-worst tracks.
392414 - I'll add that other Silk track peak to wikipedia. I thought I had, previously, but obviously I haven't (or someone removed it). Wikipedia is often missing 51-100 ARIA peaks pre-2001 (when the ARIA Report was first archived on Pandora). Last edited:
Also, regarding East 17, 392414, 'Slow It Down' is listed as a new release single in the ARIA Report for 21 June 1993, in between 'Deep' and 'West End Girls'. Its release also received a mention in the Australian version of pop magazine Smash Hits... but I never heard or saw it at the time, so I'm not sure whether it was actually released. It missed the top 100 anyway, if it was. Last edited:
+5 Rage Against The Machine - Killing In The Name +4 Hunters & Collectors - Holy Grail +3 4 Non Blondes - What's Up? +2 Sub Sub feat. Melanie Williams - Ain't No Love (Ain't No Use) +1 we used to be friends we used to be Inner Circle - Sweat (A La La La La Long)
I like being one of the small amount who never voted for Killing In The Name, Smells Like Teen Spirit or Alive. Or Holy Grail (What is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?), and I would add 'Man In The Mirror' to the list of songs it r̶i̶p̶s̶ ̶o̶f̶f̶ also sounds like.
I've seen 'Slow It Down' in the ARIA lists too, but if it was actually released I never saw or heard it, apart from on the album. That could account for it not charting (though equally it could just be because it's not very good).
Agree with Nugs that this is not a particularly good round, beyond my top 2. (But nothing could make me vote for Rage Against The Machine, H+C, ACDC or Green Jelly).
+5 4 Non Blondes - What's Up? +4 Sub Sub feat. Melanie Williams - Ain't No Love (Ain't No Use) +3 Bon Jovi - In These Arms +2 Billy Joel - The River Of Dreams +1 Inner Circle - Sweat (A La La La La Long) Last edited:
+5 Sub Sub feat. Melanie Williams - Ain't No Love (Ain't No Use) +4 Hunters & Collectors - Holy Grail +3 Rage Against The Machine - Killing In The Name +2 Inner Circle - Sweat (A La La La La Long) +1 Billy Joel - The River Of Dreams
@Nugs thanks for adding the Silk peak I'm actually surprised I haven't noticed missing ARIA peaks more often, considering that lower 50 peaks aren't very publicly-accessible. I actually saw your comment about Slow It Down on GavinScott's site, so that's why I said '3rd chart entry' and 'brushed over' (as opposed to '3rd single' and 'skipped') to not exclude the possibility
+5: Rage Against The Machine - Killing In The Name +4: Green Jellÿ - Three Little Pigs +3: Hunters & Collectors - Holy Grail +2: 4 Non Blondes - What's Up? +1: Inner Circle - Sweat (A La La La La Long)
Close #2-#6 again (Sub Sub being the leftover one), but at a lesser level than last round (see Holy Grail going #7 to #3). Last edited:
392414 - a couple of years ago, I started a wikipedia mission to add ARIA singles chart peaks between 51-100, using the photocopied top 100 charts I had from the Vic State Library as a reference (they only have one pre-1992 ARIA Report, which is why I started from there). I kind of abandoned the 'project' about a year ago, when I was up to mid-1996. It would be nice to have them all added, though (and albums chart peaks in this range). I now have all of the 90s ARIA Reports and, of course, the peaks can be referenced using Gavin Ryan's books - but it's still time consuming, and as I'm a bit of a perfectionist/stickler for detail, I often end up adding, or updating, references for other countries' charts while adding the ARIA peaks (it doesn't help that e.g. charts.org.nz has changed to charts.nz, and all of the Hung Medien sites how have https versions - meaning these should all be updated, too), making it more work for me.
The other thing about wikipedia... someone (including anonymous IP users) can come along and vandalise/undo all of the information you've added, quite easily... as I just discovered someone had changed the peak for Ammonia's 'You're Not the Only One Who Feels This Way' from #83 to #43, back in October 2018, and nobody had picked up on it until now. I really wish wikipedia would have some more stringent criteria that had to be met before someone could edit articles. Last edited:
+5: 4 Non Blondes - What's Up? +4: Sub Sub ft. Melanie Williams - Ain't No Love (Ain't No Use) +3: Hunters & Collectors - Holy Grail +2: Billy Joel - The River Of Dreams +1: Inner Circle - Sweat (A La La La La Long)
+5 Rage Against The Machine - Killing In The Name +4 Green Jellÿ - Three Little Pigs +3 Sub Sub ft. Melanie Williams - Ain't No Love (Ain't No Use) +2 Hunters & Collectors - Holy Grail +1 Inner Circle - Sweat (A La La La La Long)
+5 Rage Against the Machine - Killing In the Name +4 Hunters & Collectors - Holy Grail +3 Sub Sub feat. Melanie Williams - Ain't No Love (Ain't No Use) +2 Green Jellÿ - Three Little Pigs +1 4 Non Blondes - What's Up?
+5 Killing in the Name +4 Ain't No Love (Ain't No Use) - I hadn't thought too much of this in my first encounter of it but it's quite the tune! +3 What's Up? +2 Sweat (A La La La La Long) +1 The River of Dreams
The two returning songs from last round take the top two slots, and there was much rejoicing. Hunters & Collectors actually make a slight gain from last round, whereas Rage Against The Machine lose one point, which they would probably dismiss as merely a flesh wound. Those responsible have been sacked. Nonetheless they achieve supreme executive power as derived from a mandate from the masses, which is probably fortunate for them as there is no real future opportunity to touch base. Hunters & Collectors also notably do so with only a single +5 vote, which is troublesome because I might have to clarify if a +3 was intended. Despite no shortage of other popular singles, further side-project success for Tom Morello in Audioslave, and Zack de la Rocha running them jewels fast, they never returned to the top 20 after "Killing In The Name". It's not just them getting in on the side-project territory because the same also applies to Hunters & Collectors, whose Barry Palmer found further success in the supergroup Deadstar, though again, not quite reaching the top 20 even with their biggest single "Deeper Water". You know who else has had significant goings on despite never returning to the top 20? Actually quite a few artists in this list, but notably the other surviving entrants Sub Sub. Naturally this is where we cry afoul of the fact that I'm forced to write about yet another Eurodance act. Except actually this is one I know a fair amount about. Obviously they're best know for the hit single "Ain't No Love (Ain't No Use)", and little else because later singles struggled to come close to the same level of success. Actually their career was kind of cut short not by that, but by the fact that their recording studio burnt up in a fire in 1996. A compilation album of tracks that would have made their 2nd album did eventually turn up in 1998, but that was also the same year that Jimi Goodwin and brothers Jez & Andy Williams (not that one) tapped out from that and started the decidedly different band Doves. With Doves they released 4 albums and even reached the same #3 peak on the UK Singles Chart as "Ain't No Love (Ain't No Use)" with "There Goes The Fear" one of their many great singles which I highly endorse (along with "Sea Song", "The Man Who Told Everything", "Pounding", "Black and White Town", "Kingdom Of Rust" & Andalucia"), because Doves never cracked the top 20 in Australia so you'll have to pardon my rudeness for bringing them up in the arbitrary time that another band with the exact same list of members appears in this game. Incidentally Sub Sub's last chart entry was a collaboration with Bernard Sumner, and given their later credentials, I can't help but wonder if he would be seen as Bernard Sumner of New Order, or Bernard Sumner of Joy Division. Truly Taylor Swift & Martin Garrix are privileged to not have to worry about such matters. Though the #11 peak for Sub Sub on the ARIA Charts might be relatively modest here, they've taken out some heavy hitters to end there, as I am now due to bring out the dead. Aptly as such, 4 Non Blondes finish at...#4. One of the most polarising songs of the 1990s, "What's Up?" was nonetheless a massive smash hit, spending quite a while at #2 behind an upcoming entry. If you have ever wondered why the song is called "What's Up?", it is largely to avoid confusion with Marvin Gaye's song "What's Going On", with the more casual title matching the comparative situation; Marvin Gaye writing his song inspired by police brutality, riots and his friend's post-Vietnam War PTSD, while 4 Non Blondes' are just calling for some sort of revolution or whatever that means. Though the band never scored another hit after this, their story doesn't really end for quite a while because those big hey-ey-ey-eys come from one Linda Perry. In the early 2000s she wrote a song intended for Madonna, but eventually ending up with rising star P!nk, titled "Get The Party Started", which gave her an Australian #1 single and perhaps solidified the pop-rock sound she'd become synonymous for, for much of her career. Linda didn't stop there either, because she wrote further #1 hits, "Beautiful" by Christina Aguilera" and "What You Waiting For?" by Gwen Stefani. She kept writing more up to "Keeps Gettin' Better" - a decade of hits, one might say. She probably would be fine with just the royalties from "What's Up?" though, which boasts a combined >1 billion plays on YouTube and Spotify. There's even a further 150 million views via the essential He-Man version. On a related note, irish's next EOY is coming up soon. The sole #1 hit in this round comes courtesy of...Billy Joel. In the time since he last showed up in this game, he's celebrated his 70th birthday, which one can only hope means that we're three quarters of the way to a "We Didn't Start The Fire" sequel. 10 years after his first #1 hit "Uptown Girl", Billy Joel capped off his hitmaking career with a second one, "The River Of Dreams". It came from what is also his last #1 album, "River Of Dreams", otherwise you might be right to question why he didn't name the song "In The Middle Of The Night". He must have been...ready for it. On the topic of the middle of things, at the 1994 Grammy Awards *to the tune of "The River of Dreams"* in the middle of the song, he go stopping his performance, to bring solidarity, to Sinatra's cut speech. He also lost the Grammy Award for Record Of The Year against Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" but can take solidarity in the fact that he's scored slightly higher than her in this game. Incidentally, the next song can in terms of points in this game be described as being exactly as popular as "I Will Always Love You", and I am obviously talking about noted chart stars Green Jellÿ. If it wasn't absurd enough that after I've spent every single commentary block making at least one video game reference, leading up to 392 writing about the song from the "Super Mario Bros" movie, then some half a year of porcine paragraphs has led to me talking about "Three Little Pigs". The diaeresis is important to note because the band is actually pronounced 'Green Jello', and were originally spelled 'Green Jellö' until Kraft challenged them over infringement of Jell-O. Incidentally the diaeresis does not actually work that way and is more used to indicate that the letter forms a new syllable in a word. Incidentally their name does come with some disrespect to the gelatin dessert, because they specifically chose the name as they believed lime-flavoured Jell-O was the worst flavour, apt for a band of their lacking in talent. Long before the band's ARIA Chart success, they achieved notoriety for getting food thrown at them by audience members and subsequently being banned from venues. Not to be discouraged though, they would later return to some of these venues with a different name only to be banned again. Their fortunes improved in the '90s with their bizarrely fruitful decision to release a video album titled "Cereal Killer", which means that their most successful album is actually the soundtrack to that album. It led to "Three Little Pigs" getting played on the radio as a joke before proving surprisingly well received to the point that it eventually made it overseas and into the Australian top 10. "Three Little Pigs" also serves as the only relevant time to talk about Tool, who in their long-form preferences have never once cracked the singles chart (and A Perfect Circle only got as high as #25), but drummer Danny Carey played on "Three Little Pigs", while lead singer Maynard James Keenan provides the voices of the pigs. Unsurprisingly, the band's time in the spotlight was brief, and despite a much bigger budget, their next album didn't really find a significant audience. It did however receive a Grammy nomination for the video form, which means that Green Jellÿ have been nominated for more Grammy Awards than The Who and The Strokes. In a similar manner to another '90s one hit wonder, Green Jellÿ's biggest achievement relates to a very high number. At one point in time, because of the lead singer's decision to allow for an impromptu set of band members at any city they perform, the band technically amassed over 700 different members, which scored them a Guinness World Record, though I believe they've since been surpassed. We're not done talking about one time entrants with further future notoriety, because now it's the other big #2 hit of the time, "Sweat (A La La La La Long)" by Inner Circle. Bootlickers are of course well-acquainted with the band as their song "Bad Boys" has served as the theme song to the TV series "COPS" for 30 years...and counting, it wasn't until many years later that the song was re-released and became a hit here. Before that though they already had a hit, back when they used to be friends. With its chorus that would make Robin Thicke blush, "Sweat (A La La La La Long)" achieved tremendous success, the most baffling of which amounts to its inclusion in the 1993 triple j Hottest 100, which actually houses all of the entries I've mentioned thus far except for Billy Joel. It would be another 2 years at least until Hottest 100 voters would become comfortable with BJs, so Bon Jovi are also excluded from that tier. Then again Bon Jovi had loftier ambitions than the number 100, they were not afraid to keep scoring #10 hits instead, having now spent 6 peaking weeks there with their last 3 singles. "In These Arms" caps off the story for their album "Keep The Faith", and from this point forward they may as well be seen as a legacy act, as just 8 years (well it is a long time but feels short relative to their career in hindsight) after their big commercial breakthrough, they put out a Greatest Hits album which just casually came with their most successful charting single ever, which is the next time we'll see them here. Waiting a shorter amount of time to return however is Rod Stewart, though this could in some ways be considered his last proper entry as all his future big chart hits are via collaborations where he's not necessarily the star of the show. If you found it weird when Rod Stewart covered Tom Waits for a hit song a few years back, then this time around he's gone after Van Morrison who first released "Have I Told You Lately" in 1989. Rod Stewart covered it in 1991 as an album track, but received further fanfare in 1993 covering it for MTV Unplugged. In yet another instance of a hit recording being somewhat lost to time, this version of the song now boasts only roughly a third of the Spotify plays that Rod's original studio version has, and is also far behind Van Morrison's version which has a similar (but slightly less) count to Rod's version. In Rod we trust. In my lengthy spiel about Green Jellÿ, I hesitated to mention that the band do a spotless impression of Sylvester Stallone, which is notable because this round is clearly all about parodies of action movie stars. As you may know, AC/DC's latest hit "Big Gun" features on the soundtrack to "Last Action Hero", the movie where Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a parody of himself. It sets the template of a young boy being taken under the arms of a wacky police officer that was of course perfected this month in "Pokémon Detective Pikachu". It's oddly enough the only Schwarzenegger movie I've ever seen in full and the only thing I can remember about it is the kid calling out the fact that everyone's phone number starts with 555, despite the population being far too high to make that possible, which he is quickly shot down for by the mention of area codes. Enter The Gungeon currently boasts 243 different guns but none are of the "Big Gun" variety. AC/DC perhaps could have had more success here if they broke theirs down, to tiny, tiny parts. The band also have one further opportunity to recover this game.
54 - Rage Against The Machine - Killing In The Name (survived 2) 48 - Hunters & Collectors - Holy Grail (survived 2) 40 - Sub Sub feat. Melanie Williams - Ain't No Love (Ain't No Use) (survived 1) 37 - 4 Non Blondes - What's Up? 27 - Billy Joel - The River Of Dreams 23 - Green Jellÿ - Three Little Pigs 22 - Inner Circle - Sweat (A La La La La Long) 12 - Bon Jovi - In These Arms 5 - Rod Stewart - Have I Told You Lately (Live) 2 - AC/DC - Big Gun Last edited:
Hunters & Collectors - Holy Grail Janet Jackson - If Madonna - Rain Meat Loaf - I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That) Pet Shop Boys - Can You Forgive Her? P.M. Dawn - Looking Through Patient Eyes Rage Against The Machine - Killing In The Name R.E.M. - Everybody Hurts Sub Sub feat. Melanie Williams - Ain't No Love (Ain't No Use) U2 - Numb
Pick the top 5 songs that you'd run right into hell and back for by Monday night
+5 Rage Against The Machine - Killing In The Name +4 R.E.M. - Everybody Hurts +3 Pet Shop Boys - Can You Forgive Her? +2 Janet Jackson - If +1 Meat Loaf - I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)
oof way too much love I want to spread in this voting list!
Yay for Sub Sub getting through and 4 Non Blonds not
+5 Sub Sub feat. Melanie Williams - Ain't No Love (Ain't No Use) +4 Janet Jackson - If +3 Pet Shop Boys - Can You Forgive Her? +2 Hunters & Collectors - Holy Grail +1 P.M. Dawn - Looking Through Patient Eyes
As probably the only person on this site who hates Hunters & Collectors, very disappointed they keep getting through. Disappointed for 4 Non Blondes too, but what can you do. I suppose the top 2 will qualify this round and keep 7 better songs out of the top 3.
+5 Janet Jackson - If +4 Pet Shop Boys - Can You Forgive Her? +3 Sub Sub feat. Melanie Williams - Ain't No Love (Ain't No Use) +2 R.E.M. - Everybody Hurts +1 Madonna - Rain
What an awesome round! P.M. Dawn were so unlucky to miss out as they would have easily made it last round!
+5: Pet Shop Boys - Can You Forgive Her? +4: Sub Sub ft. Melanie Williams - Ain't No Love (Ain't No Use) +3: R.E.M. - Everybody Hurts +2: Hunters & Collectors - Holy Grail +1: Meat Loaf - I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)
Impressed that I managed to listen to the 12 minute version of IWDAFL without it losing me! Last edited:
+5: Madonna - Rain +4: Rage Against The Machine - Killing In The Name (very close top 2) +3: P.M. Dawn - Looking Through Patient Eyes +2: Janet Jackson - If +1: U2 - Numb
Massive round. "Rain" is one of my absolute favourite Madonna songs (probably top 3 with "Hung Up" and "Sorry") and "If" is also one of my favourite Janet songs, and near the start of the game I was looking for #20 (and #21) peakers out of curiosity and was very glad "Looking Through Patient Eyes" scraped in; I wish they were spread out so I could potentially +5 them all. Meat Loaf also was very close to #5 and would've made it in most rounds (likewise H&C but at least they did last round). Hoping for a huge #3 tie
The lack of a standout made this decision much more time consuming than I expected.
5. R.E.M. - Everybody Hurts 4. Hunters & Collectors - Holy Grail 3. Madonna - Rain 2. Meat Loaf - I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That) 1. Sub Sub feat. Melanie Williams - Ain't No Love (Ain't No Use)
R&B, new jack swing, trip hop, industrial rock, hip hop. That's not a rundown of someone's entire record collection; that's the Wikipedia genre field for Janet Jackson's "If". Not written about Excel formulas but instead the straight, sexually-empowered version of "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover" , "If" is, by a 1-point margin, the first time Janet has won a round since her very first appearance, when "Miss You Much" tied at the top with "Toy Soldiers". She's maintained an immense rate of success in that time though; she's now up to 6 songs and 11 rounds without ever missing the top 4, and "If" has pulled her ahead of The KLF as the artist with the 3rd-most points scored in total, behind Madonna and U2. Despite peaking at #18 and spending 14 weeks in the top 50, "If" was not a long-delayed single from "Rhythm Nation 1814"; rather, it was the 2nd single from "janet.", though if her label had gotten their way, it would've been the lead. Public Enemy rapper Chuck D helped convince Janet to push for the subtler "That's The Way Love Goes" instead, comparing it to how "when Sade releases a record and it's not like a bunch of hype - she just slips it out there and you say 'oh my God listen to this'; it introduces itself". That quote, with Sade releasing albums treated as a regular occurrence, is how you know the song is no newer than 1993. (Incidentally, we recently narrowly missed Sade's #21-peaking "No Ordinary Love".) Just behind, while less dominant than their first 2 rounds, Audition For The Machine have dodged the moderately-scandalous fate of the Old ARIA Logo game where they lost by 1 point to counterculture anthem "A Whole New World", and have survived their 3rd round. It appears Delta Goodrem would passionately approve. Fittingly after I drew a comparison to "Alive", "Killing In The Name" has ended up on the exact same total of 150 points. Despite the exceptional amount of viable top 3 contenders, we unfortunately didn't luck out on a tie. It came very close though, and this has to be one of the luckiest results possible. "Rain" was sitting in 8th place all the way from the 3rd to 12th votes, but received a huge upswing towards the end, with the help of Bretticus joining the game with a +5 for it... and it ended up #3 by a mere 2-point margin, so Bretticus' timing can claim sole credit. Furthermore, Beanster happened to miss this round and hypothetically could've reversed the result. Not exactly the decisive, asterisk-free success I might've hoped for, but "Rain" nonetheless received the equal-most votes in the round, and slightly outdid her previous #3-scraper "Erotica". A radical departure from the sex and controversy she launched the album and accompanying book with, "Rain" instead featured entirely G-rated lyrics (...as long as you don't try to read too much into it) befitting of Madonna's declaration at the start of 1993 that she wouldn't take her clothes off for a whole year (except in the shower), but maintaining the album's style in its intricate, atmospheric production that make it sound nothing like her last ballad hit "This Used To Be My Playground". I can only imagine the relief radio stations felt compared to "Erotica", and "Rain" completely revived the era commercially after the previous 2 singles stalled at #32 and #51, even becoming her only single between "Vogue" and "Hung Up" to last 20 weeks in the ARIA top 50 (admittedly probably helped by her touring Australia for the first time ever in late 1993). The album on the other hand barely re-entered the top 50, "Rain" fans possibly sending their water-related desires to the then-current #1 album "River Of Dreams" instead. Not a stickler for content, the "Rain" single included its radio remix, a remix of the album track "Waiting" including a rap from noted pig-avoider Everlast, and the 12-minute b-side "Up Down Suite", and there was even a 10-track EP version released in Australia with remixes of the previous 2 singles as well. So missing out by 2 points is a song that does have something in common with "Rain": it was also a late single that increased the fortunes of an album era. R.E.M.'s first 3 "Automatic For The People" singles had reached #34, #39 and #99 ("Drive", "Man On The Moon" and "The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite"), and it's only after those that they put out "Everybody Hurts", becoming their biggest chart hit (for what it's worth, "Losing My Religion" is now 3 times as popular on Spotify) but also their last top 20 hit, with only a series of #22-#29 hits to follow. Though R.E.M. failed to include any hotline numbers in the song's title, in 1995 the Samaritans in the UK ran an ad consisting solely of the song and their hotline number, so that's probably the next best thing. R.E.M. can claim the same statistic I've quoted for Janet: across 4 songs and 8 rounds, they never placed lower than #4. In 2010 after the Haiti earthquake, Simon Cowell arranged an all-star charity single cover of "Everybody Hurts" under the artist name 'Helping Haiti' which reached #1 in the UK, but here it only made #28 despite being, anecdotally, one of very few CD singles I ever saw JB Hi-Fi have (and on a prominent display right in the doorway, at that) after they stopped stocking singles in mid-2009. There were 3 surviving songs from last round, but only now am I getting to the latter 2. Yep, Hunters & Collectors have succumbed to the same fate twice: both "True Tears Of Joy" and "Holy Grail" fell short on their 3rd round (with very similar points totals - 119 and 116 respectively). As those 2 are their only entries, I suppose they deserve some sort of prize for the maximum possible success without making the HOF. One consequence of "Holy Grail"'s falter is that, after none of the first 17 #20 peakers to enter the game had made the top 3 (the closest had been "Chocolate Cake" and "The Emperor's New Clothes" in 5th place), "Holy Grail" looked like it could completely make up the slack, but alas the #20 field will have to keep waiting. I can think of 2 songs in January 1997 and March 1999 that feel like plausible contenders (there are probably others too). Sub Sub are on the other end of the scale as their peak position of #11 has proven very fruitful, but they couldn't match the onslaught of new entries either. One act who have prior experience falling from #3 to #6 is the Pet Shop Boys, who did exactly that with their previous entry "Where The Streets Have No Name". Onto a new album, the "Very" lead single "Can You Forgive Her?" gave them their highest charting original song since 1987's "It's A Sin" (the cover "Always On My Mind" had also reached #10 since then) and was released in CD1 and CD2 formats, the latter being led by an early-career remix from MK (Mark Kinchen), who'd recently put out the underground hit (?) "Always" that eventually became a #12 UK hit decades later in 2014, when remixed by Route 94 as the follow-up to his UK #1 "My Love". Despite some recent UK hits under his own name (and being responsible for the hit version of Storm Queen's 2013 #1 "Look Right Through"), I'm not sure MK has ever had much Australian chart success, with even his "Push The Feeling On" remix only reaching #62 in 1996, but his impact surely appears somewhere or other. If nothing else, in Pitbull's 2009 #11 hit "Hotel Room Service" which samples the riff from "Push The Feeling On". I believe Meat Loaf's 1977 album "Bat Out Of Hell" is currently the highest certified album in Australia ever (standing at 25x Platinum, though the thread I'm looking at is 2 years old), and in 1993 it was already 16x Platinum. So a sequel album was bound to get huge attention and indeed, the lead single "I'd Do Anything For Love" became the first #1 debut since U2's "The Fly" (and only the 4th ever), and the album did the same 3 weeks later, blocking Nirvana's simultaneously-released "In Utero". The single became the biggest seller of 1993, while the album ended up 3rd behind "The Bodyguard" and Eric Clapton's "Unplugged". Considering that Kenny G was next, I'm not convinced any young people bought albums in 1993. The album fell out of the top 10 by mid-January 1994 though and permanently left the top 50 by mid-year, probably not selling a fraction as much as the original in the long run. Famously 12 minutes long in full, "I'd Do Anything For Love" received a 7-minute video version and 5-minute radio edit (the Australian single having both, but not the full-length), and in Michael Jackson's "In The Closet" 'Mystery Girl' fashion, the guest vocalist was credited on the album as 'Mrs. Loud'. She was actually the English singer Lorraine Crosby (the video featured a different model instead, making Meat Loaf the Black Box of rock & roll?), who recorded her parts as a guide vocal that Meat Loaf chose to keep after being unsatisfied with other vocalists he tried. She later independently released an album under the name 'Mrs. Loud', called "Mrs. Loud", in 2008. U2's "Zooropa" album had actually debuted at #1 7 weeks prior with no singles yet released; when they did put out the lead single "Numb", it was in a novel fashion: a VHS single. Madonna had previously done so with her "Justify My Love" video after it was banned by MTV, but that was alongside a full set of CD/cassette/vinyl releases; "Numb" had the VHS, featuring 2 versions of the song and an "Achtung Baby" track, only. U2 have had a strong track record in this game, but "Numb" is their lowest placing so far, though with 1 point more than "Angel Of Harlem". Apart from those 2, they've always made the top 6 and with at least 25 points. "Holy Grail" is not in fact the only #20 hit in this round; P.M. Dawn reached the same position with "Looking Through Patient Eyes", the 1st or 2nd single from their 2nd album "The Bliss Album...?" depending how you count the prior soundtrack hit "I'd Die Without You". The one time "Looking Through Patient Eyes" previously came in a forum game I was playing (on another site), I was the only person who voted it, so it's fitting that it ends up at the bottom here too; however, that's with 11 points, this round being the 8th time that all 10 songs have received at least 10 points.
42 - Janet Jackson - If (survived 1) 41 - Rage Against The Machine - Killing In The Name (survived 3; inducted!) 35 - Madonna - Rain (survived 1) 33 - R.E.M. - Everybody Hurts 28 - Hunters & Collectors - Holy Grail 26 - Sub Sub feat. Melanie Williams - Ain't No Love (Ain't No Use) 23 - Pet Shop Boys - Can You Forgive Her? 17 - Meat Loaf - I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That) 14 - U2 - Numb 11 - P.M. Dawn - Looking Through Patient Eyes
Chaka Demus & Pliers - Tease Me Chocolate Starfish - You're So Vain Culture Beat - Mr. Vain Dannii Minogue - This Is It Duran Duran - Come Undone Janet Jackson - If John Farnham - Seemed Like A Good Idea (At The Time) Johnny Gill - The Floor Madonna - Rain Mariah Carey - Dreamlover
Which songs do you think are about you? Submissions are open until Wednesday evening.
Very surprised (and pleased) that Madge (when she was still capable of tasteful) edged out Hunters & Collectors. Good on you Bretticus! No shame in every song scoring at least 11 points in a very strong round.
+5 Duran Duran - Come Undone +4 Janet Jackson - If +3 Culture Beat - Mr. Vain +2 Madonna - Rain +1 Johnny Gill - The Floor
Mariah, Danni & Chaka Kh..Demus with pliers close too. Last edited:
+5: Madonna - Mr. Rain +4: Culture Beat - Mr. Vain +3: Chaka Demus & Pliers - Tease Me +2: Janet Jackson - If +1: Duran Duran - Come Undone
Another strong top 5, with Dannii #6 (surprisingly, when pre-1994 Kylie missed my vote almost every time). Shoutout to Farnham for one of my favourite song titles
@Nugs if interested, Johnny Gill's discography page thinks he had a #11 hit in 1990 The European peaks for that song are wrong too. It looks like someone vandalised it in...February 2017 and it's remained there since.
+5 The Floor (I can’t not vote for it highest, that’s how much 1993 me loved this song, and I’m surprised at how well it sounded on a relisten today) +4 If +3 Rain +2 Dreamlover +1 This Is It (honestly thought this was a Kylie song lol)
The duel vains were v v close to replacing my bottom two votes tbh
We are nearly 40% of the way through the 1990s, so it's fair to say we're well entrenched with the era and the artists who represent it. So it's time to check in again with that classic '90s band...Duran Duran. To their credit, despite their strong association with the 1980s, their 2nd & 3rd most popular songs on Spotify now both come from their self-titled 1993 album (behind "Hungry Like The Wolf"). The first is of course "Ordinary World" which we saw earlier this year and gave them a decisive Hall Of Fame entry. They never reached the top of the table however as Tasmin Archer was always just slightly ahead of them. That changes now. They didn't get a higher score (though matching the 2nd round performance of "Ordinary World"), but the point distribution is a bit more in their favour and puts "Come Undone" at the top of the table. Though Wikipedia rudely describes it as a move to adult contemporary territory, the band diversified their palette with this trip-hop influenced number. The distinct female vocals on the chorus are provided by Tessa Niles who never really made a move to break out in her own right, but between 1980 and 2004 made a career out of backing vocals, so maybe you've heard her around. The qualifying positions continue with last round's '90s upstarts Janet Jackson & Madonna. Janet will be hoping for her record tying 3rd Hall Of Fame entry, while Madonna will be hoping to spoil that by simultaneously scoring a record breaking 4th. With 7 new songs into the fray and all 3 of these songs carrying on, nobody is especially safe. Madonna has shown some strong luck on her side again though as she was trailing for most of the way, and again it's those final votes that saved her, pushing "Rain" 1 point ahead of Culture Beat's 4th place finisher. With great luck comes great misfortune elsewhere. Which is where I report that Culture Beat have broken the record for the highest scoring entry to not survive into the next round. Previously Metallica scored 43 points with "The Unforgiven", and tonight "Mr. Vain" scores 44 points. I'm so vain that I think the song is about me, someone who is noted for being fond of songs involving the art of raiding. Nonetheless it was a monstrously successful song in its time, topping charts all over the world. It marked a bit of a changing of the guard, as it was the first single to top the UK Charts in 4 decades without a 7" release. The rapper on the song goes by Supreme, which perhaps indicates that there's only room for one Robbie Williams song in the top 3. On the topic of artists at their commercial peak, Mariah Carey released in 1993, her most successful album ever (until one of her Christmas albums overtakes it in 100 years through annual sales), "Music Box". If someone was tracking the australian-charts BOAT lists that far back, then it would have become the #1 album of (the rather quaint representation of) all time around 1994, and hold that title for a few years. It was helped by the steady stream of hit singles, all 4 of which will be appearing in this game. The first of these is the most prominently pop-leaning, "Dreamlover". It was her 7th US #1 single (wedged in a very lovely time frame between "Can't Help Falling In Love" and "I'd Do Anything For Love"), and over here became her new highest charting single to date, not to mention until 2017 it was her equal longest running top 50 single. After her, we've finally completed a set. Though New Edition did not have particularly consistent success in Australia, they've been tangentially popping up here a bit due to solo ventures of its members. Ricky, Michael & Ronnie of course made up Bell Biv DeVoe, Bobby Brown goes without saying (or asking), and Ralph Tresvant showed up alongside Luther Vandross & Janet Jackson. Now we have the 6th member Johnny Gill, though that's not to say he's the least noteworthy, as his single "The Floor" was a long running top 10 hit. Well just in Australia it was. He had far more notable success in the US with his 1990 self-titled album, and couldn't crack the Billboard top 40 after that. "The Floor" was produced by Terry Lewis & Jimmy Jam (the latter not to be confused with one of my SGDQ commentators) who were pretty busy at this point, also producing Janet Jackson's current entry "If". The last of the double digit scorers comes from Chaka Demus & Pliers. Best known to me because Jamie T once named a song after Chaka Demus, and Jedi Mind Tricks once threatened to 'rip off your fingers with the pliers of Chaka Demus', but also the song "Tease Me", which after a mass inclusion, is one of only two Hottest 100 entries in this round (along with "Mr. Vain"). They had a pretty good 1993 with 3 top 50 hits, one of which will be seen later. If you recall several months ago, I made the observation that the entire starring cast of "Friends" would be turning up in this game, as we'd been covering "Joey" by Concrete Blonde. The most tenuous one of these arrives with John Farnham's "Seemed Like A Good Idea (At The Time)", which was co-written with Farnham's long time collaborator Ross Fraser, and Daddy Cool's Ross Wilson (I welcome the potential commercial breakthrough for Ross From Friends however). It's actually the last time John Farnham appears here with a song he wrote. Not even up to the stage of her career where she was even getting writing credits is Dannii Minogue. There's no need to confuse her with her less talented sister because she's made the top 9. It's been a long time between drinks for her though, as she only previously appeared 54 rounds ago with "Love And Kisses". She continued to chart but only now returns to the top 20 with "This Is It". If you think this is the start of a consistent run of success for her, then feel free to take a cryogenic sleep for when she returns to the game next in part 5 of this thread series. Finally we return to the curse of 1970s cover versions. This time it's one of the most famous songs of the entire decade though, with the source material being Carly Simon's "You're So Vain", the ultimate burn book to 3 different Starbucks lovers as well as anyone else in the periphery vain enough to believe that they're part of this history. In what has not been an Australian performance for the history books, all 3 Australian entries this round have ended up in the bottom 3 slots, only matching #6 combined. Because Carly's opus was covered by Australian band Chocolate Starfish. There will be more Chocolate Starfish, both with and without hot dog flavoured water in the future.
53 - Duran Duran - Come Undone (survived 1) 49 - Janet Jackson - If (survived 2) 45 - Madonna - Rain (survived 2) 44 - Culture Beat - Mr. Vain 33 - Mariah Carey - Dreamlover 23 - Johnny Gill - The Floor 17 - Chaka Demus & Pliers - Tease Me 8 - John Farnham - Seemed Like A Good Idea (At The Time) 7 - Dannii Minogue - This Is It 6 - Chocolate Starfish - You're So Vain
Ace Of Base - All That She Wants Duran Duran - Come Undone Gabrielle - Dreams INXS - The Gift Janet Jackson - If Kim Wilde - If I Can't Have You Madonna - Rain Red Hot Chili Peppers - Soul To Squeeze Soul Asylum - Runaway Train Tony! Toni! Toné! - If I Had No Loot
All that I want is another top 5 vote, it closes the day after tomorrow, Friday
If you thought this seemed like an especially filler-free round, you'd be right, as every song managed to score at least 15 points. That matches the previous record set in round 70, with The Movement's "Jump!" at the bottom, and furthermore this round is the first time that 9 songs have received at least 20 points. With that level of spread, the winning song scored only 1 point more than "Mr. Vain" missed out with last round, and there's a mere 7-point difference separating #4 and #9, meaning if any single person had forgotten to vote, that section could've been in a completely different order. We start off with the baton pass from one mega-successful Swedish export to another, as just as we're nearing the end of the drawn-out latter days of the Roxette era, Ace Of Base have arrived with their own huge breakthrough hit. And once we reach the end of their hits, the non-stop Max Martin production train will have begun, with at least 1 top 20 placing during every single year from 1995 to the present (he was #1 just a week ago via Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber's "I Don't Care"), bar that transition period of 2003 and 2004 before he found his new sound with Kelly Clarkson. While Max Martin may have a history to be proud of, Ace Of Base probably prefer to keep some of theirs under wrap, as member Ulf Ekberg was previously involved with neo-Nazi gangs and part of a band who sang 'explicit racist lyrics' in his teens. He publicly apologised for his past when Ace Of Base were taking off in Sweden, and given the position of power he's now in as part of a US government think tank's 'Asia program', as well as 'advising developing country-centric non-profits', one can only hope his renouncement was genuine. The other 3 members of Ace Of Base on the other hand have, as far as I know, a clean state befitting of their cheerful music. If you wondered where their reggae-influenced sound came from, it's not because they predicted the hottest trends of 1993 a year in advance ("All That She Wants" was released in Sweden in 1992); rather, they were first inspired by the 1990 reggae-pop Swedish hit "Another Mother" by Kayo (no, that title isn't preceded by 'all that she wants is'), and then found themselves working in a studio next door to a Jamaican reggae band, and as they (Ace Of Base) had the loudest speakers, the band easily heard them and they got together and 'exchanged ideas'. Nowhere in this story have I seen the Jamaican reggae band named. But speaking of names, I remember when I first saw Ace Of Base's name on the '90s charts (about 9 years ago) I assumed they were a rock band, and I feel vindicated to know that their name did have a rock band in its making, as they named themselves after 'War-Pig' logo owners Motörhead's "Ace Of Spades" (though they made up a story about having a basement room and being '4 aces in the base(ment)' for the sake of the press). "All That She Wants" scored the most points and votes this round, but only narrowly ahead of 2 songs with peaks at the other end of the top 20: "If" and "Come Undone". For "If", that means Janet has scored her 3rd HOF entry, matching the tallies of Madonna and The KLF. One thing she shares with Madonna is that with both of their 'latest' albums ("Erotica" and "janet."), the higher-charting lead single made the top 3 but only lasted one round there, and then the lower-charting 2nd single made the HOF. As for Madonna? Her luck with "Rain"'s 2 extremely narrow survivals couldn't repeat itself; though it maintained its most dedicated voters, it lost 6/13 of its voters from last round, not even enough for the dignity of remaining top 4. However, I did realise one record "Rain" scored her: she's had 3 singles from one album ("Erotica") make the top 3, and the only other artist who can claim that is The KLF, who need a big asterisk as the album versions of their latter 2 hits are completely unlike the well-known single versions. (U2 came close and might have managed it if "Mysterious Ways" hadn't come so fast that it was directly against "The Fly".) Sitting in 4th place are Red Hot Chili Peppers, for the 2nd time, but without the closeness or high points of when they did it with "Under The Bridge". Originally an outtake from the "Blood Sugar Sex Magik" album, "Soul To Squeeze" was used as a b-side on some releases of the "Give It Away" and "Under The Bridge" singles (in Australia, probably the former but not the latter), then in 1993 was included on the "Coneheads" soundtrack and released as a single from it, becoming their 3rd of 5 Australian top 10 hits over the course of their career. In 1978, the "Saturday Night Fever" soundtrack had spent 14 weeks at #1 in Australia, and included the song "If I Can't Have You", written by the Bee Gees. Initially, they planned to sing "If I Can't Have You" while Yvonne Elliman (who, coincidentally, was Mary Magdalene in the original cast of "Jesus Christ Superstar") would record "How Deep Is Your Love", but their manager suggested switching them around, so Yvonne got "If I Can't Have You", though the Bee Gees also released their own version as the b-side to "Stayin' Alive". Her version was the soundtrack's 4th single and its 4th US #1 (following the Bee Gees' trio of "How Deep Is Your Love", "Stayin' Alive" and "Night Fever"), and here it seemingly came 3rd, and peaked at #9 while "Stayin' Alive" and "Night Fever" were even higher. Kim Wilde covered it as 1 of 2 new tracks for her "The Singles Collection 1981-1993" compilation", and though not one of her biggest hits elsewhere, it became her first Australian top 20 hit since fellow cover version "You Keep Me Hangin' On" reached #1 in 1987. If that makes her sound like the female UB40, her first 4 hits were all originals, so she's safe. "If I Can't Have You" was the last time she ever reached the top 50, but she's remained remarkably active with a new album as recently as last year, and if Shawn Mendes' current #4 ARIA hit fails to climb any higher, she will still have the highest charting song of that title. I would introduce "Runaway Train" as one of the big '90s alt rock one-hit-wonders, but they did have a #22 hit 2 years later, even if it's probably only a fraction as well-known now. The song was written about depression, but was promoted with a video famously including photos of missing children, their names, and the years they'd been missing since. They made numerous localised versions with children from the specific country shown (including for Australia I believe), and the director said 26 kids 'came back', but others have been found dead in the time since. The debut single of Gabrielle, the initial white label version of "Dreams" featured a sample of "Fast Car", but they couldn't get clearance so it was removed for the version that got released. It debuted at #2 in the UK and climbed to #1 the next week, before everything debuting at #1 in the UK had become the norm, and unlike Tasmin Archer and her recent-ish debut single UK #1, Gabrielle maintained a successful decade-long career in the UK (including the 2000 #1 "Rise" for which she did succeed in getting its sample cleared, that being of Bob Dylan's "Knockin' On Heaven's Door"), though Australia dodged almost all of that, with only the major exception of 2001's "Out Of Reach". Having only managed a #13 hit ("Heaven Sent") from their last album, INXS tried to boost their new lead single "The Gift" with the help of 4 of their '80s hits included on the single ("Need You Tonight", "Kiss The Dirt", "What You Need" and "Burn For You"), and released a VHS version (with the same 5 tracks), but it could only reach #16 and was their last top 20 hit during Michael Hutchence's lifetime. "The Gift" scored 21 points just like "Heaven Sent", finishing a consistently solid run for them in this game; they've scored the 6th-most points in total, behind Madonna, Janet, U2, The KLF and Roxette. It'll be a long time before we get there, but they've got 2 entries waiting in the '00s to see if we have much time for them either remixed or with a new singer, plus "Never Tear Us Apart" re-entered the top 20 in 2014 thanks to their TV mini-series (not that it'll be put in the game again since it's the exact same song, but I suppose it gives them a suitable farewell in terms of the last time they had something within the top 20). Finally, Tony! Toni! Toné! are the latest in the line of US R&B/new jack swing artists who took a while to cross over, but unlike Johnny Gill or Bell Biv DeVoe, "If I Had No Loot" was their highest charter in the US too (albeit not on the R&B genre chart where they'd previously scored 5 #1s). And much like many of the other delayed crossovers, it was one of their last hits, though the 9-minute slow jam follow-up "Anniversary" made the US top 10 too (#70 here). I had not previously known if their name was pronounced 'Tony Tony Tony' or something like 'Tony Ton-eye Ton-ay' and I'm disappointed to learn it's the former. One of their members Raphael Saadiq went on to become an illustrious producer, working with artists such as D'Angelo, Kelis and Solange (he produced about half the tracks on "A Seat At The Table").
45 - Ace Of Base - All That She Wants (survived 1) 42 - Janet Jackson - If (survived 3; inducted!) 39 - Duran Duran - Come Undone (survived 2) 28 - Red Hot Chili Peppers - Soul To Squeeze 26 - Kim Wilde - If I Can't Have You 26 - Madonna - Rain 22 - Soul Asylum - Runaway Train 21 - Gabrielle - Dreams 21 - INXS - The Gift 15 - Tony! Toni! Toné! - If I Had No Loot
Ace Of Base - All That She Wants Blind Melon - No Rain Bryan Adams - Please Forgive Me DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince - Boom! Shake The Room Duran Duran - Come Undone Efua - Somewhere Pet Shop Boys - Go West Radiohead - Creep U2 - Lemon Urban Cookie Collective - The Key: The Secret
Whatever makes you happy, you can vote it by Sunday evening.
+5 Efua - Somewhere +4 Duran Duran - Come Undone +3 Pet Shop Boys - Go West +2 Ace of Base - All That She Wants +1 Urban Cookie Collective - The Key: The Secret
@392414 - an interesting thing about the 'Runaway Train' video (which, yes, was edited differently in each market to show missing people from that country) is that several backpacker murder victims - whose bodies were discovered while this song was in the charts - appear in the original edit of the video for Australia. The video was then re-edited, with these 'found' people being replaced by others. I did have the second edit on my now-defunct Vimeo channel (a 15-second sample of it appears in my 'rage top 60 of 1993' video on YouTube, from 3:59 at #45 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ei6PsN1c36w ). I have also seen UK & German versions with different missing people. Last edited:
+5: Radiohead - Creep +4: Pet Shop Boys - Go West +3: Efua - Somewhere (I think I prefer the album version [which seems so obscure that it only exists online via a certain blog that posted her album], but I'd vote either version regardless) +2: Ace Of Base - All That She Wants +1: Urban Cookie Collective - The Key: The Secret
Another very good round; U2 were closest.
@Nugs I watched the video and saw both Tears In Heaven and Layla are there with the #28 overlay; did they play both of them one after the other? I assumed they'd have picked whichever they considered more relevant.
The interlude for The Four Seasons really confused me for a moment as if they re-remixed the remix about 20 times over That run from #49-ish to #25 might be one of the best sections in an EOY, I really like almost everything (basically scrap #28 and #33 and I'm good).
^ @392414, rage initially only played 'Layla' during its chart run. It wasn't really until about Feb/March of '93 that 'Tears For Fears' also joined/was sort of 'promoted', I guess, as part of the single - I think it also switched to being listed as Tears In Heaven/Layla on the printed ARIA top 50 chart at that time. Was there a Grammy award for the song in early '93? That might have explained its increased prominence.
However, oddly, they aired the video for 'After Midnight' by Eric Clapton for at least one week in February 1993 (at 5:33) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbuQOU-Kpwo . I don't remember them doing that, but it's on this recording I received.
At the time, I thought 1993 was generally a bad year for chart music... but I now think it was quite a good year, compared to what is in the chart now
Efua appeared in several music videos before she (sort of) became 'famous'. Albeit, most of them were for songs that flopped. But probably the most high-profile videos she has appeared in are one of the two videos for Maxi Priest's 'Close To You' (the one set against a white background) and Soul II Soul's 'A Dreams a Dream' (sic) - that's her swinging on the rope.
But, more recently, she (if it's the same person She looks much younger than I'd expect her to look if that is really her... but there can't be too many 'Efua Baker's on the periphery of music, surely) is the dancer in FKA twigs' 'Cellophane' video. [Edit - OK, the main dancer is actually FKA twigs herself, but Efua is one of the faces emerging from behind a mask at 3:53].
I've also spotted her in videos by Clive Griffin ('The Way We Touch', 'Don't Make Me Wait') and Lil Louis 'I Called U' (worth looking that one up for the song alone). Last edited:
A hellish prospect for everyone has unfolded as I have been given the opportunity to wax words about perhaps my favourite band in the world, whose entire career is represented in this game by a sole top 20 hit single from the first and worst of their 9 albums. What I'm trying to ask here is have you heard of a band called Radiohead? It was in 1985 at a boys only boarding school that Thom, Ed, Philip, and brothers Colin & Jonny formed a band. They practised on a Friday and thus called themselves On A Friday. They were once reprimanded for betraying this and rehearsing on a Sunday instead. It was their mutual desire to make music together that kept them united even through college. They caught the attention of EMI who signed them for a 6 album deal, I can't say whether or not they got more or less than they wanted from it. They did however get them to change their name to Radiohead, which they took from a Talking Heads song. The line up, as it has been for 34 years now, is the same as it ever was. David Byrne would go on to induct the band into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame earlier this year. In early 1992 they released their first EP, "Drill". It wasn't a massive enough success to support any candle buying habits, but there was enough faith in the material that all but one track on it ended up on their debut album "Pablo Honey" a year later. That track was "Stupid Car" in which Thom vented about a car accident he had recently. Years later when he was decidedly not logging off his OK computer, he returned to the subject with "Airbag". Despite optimistic beginnings, the band were on the verge of either disbanding or fading into obscurity as their singles in 1992 failed to catch on. All this changed when via an EMI representative, Israeli DJ Yoav Kutner cottoned onto their single "Creep", playing it incessantly on his radio show and turning the song into a local hit. This prompted the band to play their first overseas show in Israel, and eventually the single was re-released around the world becoming an international hit whose popularity endures to this day. Of note in this game, it newly appears in this round and has topped the list. As noted before, though the band have retained a loyal following in the years since, giving them new chart entries as recently as 3 years ago, "Creep" is the only time they've made their mark on the top 20. This is probably largely through self-design. As often becomes the case when an artist has one song hanging above them, the band quickly rejected the populism provided by "Creep", and for that matter "Creep" itself, which they scarcely play at live shows anymore. Their ambitions went elsewhere. 1997's "OK Computer" became critically acclaimed with its ground-breaking composition & themes. On RateYourMusic it's listed as the highest rated album of all time (with two more Radiohead albums in the top 10 at #3 & #9). The band would further subvert with their later albums up to and beyond the end of their contract with EMI. Roughly a year before Bandcamp was launched, they made headlines again in 2007 when they released the album "In Rainbows" independently, and with a system that allowed people to pay whatever they would like for the album, even nothing. Reportedly 62% of buyers did in fact choose to pay nothing for the album, and overall it made 2.26 pounds per download. In the midst of this, their non-chart focused behaviour has caused them great infamy in the Australian charts. Their last 6 studio albums, from "Kid A" to "A Moon Shaped Pool" have all peaked at #2 on the ARIA Album Chart, still the highest they've ever gotten. "In Rainbows" spent 3 consecutive weeks there, and "A Moon Shaped Pool" did so on two separate stints due to the delayed physical release of the album and an abundance of Californian funk rock fans in this country. Thom Yorke's first solo album "The Eraser" also debuted at #2, kept off the top by Muse, who had previously been heavily inspired by Radiohead with their music. Even in the triple j Hottest 100, "Creep"'s #2 finish is also the best they have managed, beaten out by a song which still hasn't shown its face here. They're a constant presence though, as every single one of their albums has been represented in a Hottest 100 poll ("Fake Plastic Trees" ranking in the 2009 all time countdown is the one reprieve for "The Bends"). "Creep" is also in a modest canon of songs who have appeared in two renditions in a Hottest 100, courtesy of an ironic lounge cover by Frank Bennett. Other members of this club include "Get Lucky" (as covered by San Cisco), "Pumped Up Kicks" (as covered by Owl Eyes), "Brother" (as covered by Thundamentals) and "Lonely Boy" (as covered by Matt Corby). Of course it would be easy to see the title and not think it's a Radiohead cover, "Creep" was itself a popular song title around this time, just ask TLC or Stone Temple Pilots. The two other interesting things about "Creep" are that the song became the subject of a plagiarism dispute. The structure of the verses bore so much similarity to The Hollies' "The Air That I Breathe" that Mike Hazlewood & Albert Hammond receive a writing credit on the song, surely helping with the trust fund that would become The Strokes. One point of difference is when the song goes into the chorus, its famous guitar crunches coming from Jonny Greenwood deliberately trying to wreck the song. Anyway the rest of the proceeding songs are the same as the preceding round so I have not much to say. Duran Duran have made it two for two with "Come Undone", which has taken an unusual path of 1-3-2 in this game as it narrowly overtakes last round's leader Ace Of Base. This gives Duran Duran the esteemed honour of having the first #19 peaking song in the Hall Of Fame. Their only other entry to come is a #20 hit so perhaps they can christen that seat as well. It is not 100% clear to me whether or not the baby she wanted was a literal baby or just a husband. Perhaps if it were the former, they would be old enough now to help vote Ace Of Base through one last time. Now back to Radiohead for a moment, because what I previously mentioned about the release of "In Rainbows" had its fair share of critics. Not one of those however was Bono, who praised the band for finding a new relationship with their audience. It is unknown to me whether or not this sowed the seed that led to U2's much more aggressive spin on it with 2014's "Songs Of Innocence" being forcibly downloaded onto people's phones. It's clear to me however that U2's desi-i-i-i-ire to chase the most possible money thrown at them has been shaky for many decades. We're now returning to the 2nd single taken from 1993's "Zooropa" which continues to scarcely resemble the obvious hits the band are known for. Or I mean you tell me if the biggest band in the world releasing a 7 minute slow burner with the lead singer crooning in a difficult to discern falsetto in front of a light disco beat makes for the obvious cash grab. To its credit though, it is still possible to play the song in its original version without causing triple j to accidentally drop into its emergency broadcast system because of dead air. It did work in Australia though, to my knowledge the only country that sent both "Numb" and "Lemon" into the top 10. In this game "Lemon" has given them their best performance since "One". "Even Better Than The Real Thing" also finished in 4th place but with less points. It's also something of a curiosity that it's followed up by a band who made their grand entrance in this game with a U2 cover. A little more promptly this time, Pet Shop Boys have returned with a consecutive single for once. Much like UB40, their hits discography at this point has consisted of many covers, and the latest one of those is "Go West". This round opened pretty much on the start of Pride Month and nothing could be more appropriate than a Pet Shop Boys cover of a Village People song. The cover came about when the duo performed at an AIDS charity show. Chris Lowe was a big fan of The Village People but Neil Tennant was not, and required some manner of convincing initially. He also had trouble with the lyrics. At the show he forgot them and had to improvise, and for the single, several lines were changed as he wasn't really sure what they meant in the first place. Neil also wanted to release the single that year because he didn't want their run of having at least one hit single per year to end, though eventually had to waver on it as they spent more time crafting it. Meanwhile I just have one more Radiohead thing to mention, it relates back to this current time when they were effectively just the "Creep" band. They got invited to play MTV's Beach House, largely because a lot of the crew were big fans of their album, even though they were just going to do "Creep". After that however, they out of nowhere started another song, "Anyone Can Play Guitar", during which Thom dived into the pool they were playing in front of, while wearing Doc Martins which quickly filled with water and caused him some trouble emerging back out. If not for some observant crew members, the story could have ended much more suddenly, and I'm not sure if there would have been a 'what could have been?' because they were just the "Creep" band. We come now to a band who at this time were just as popular, and their respective singles both charted simultaneously very closely. But for Blind Melon, their story was cut early, as their lead singer died of an overdose in 1995. Their hit song was a much more nice and sunny though, helped made famous by its music video starring Heather DeLoach as the Bee Girl, which was based on a photo of band member Glen Graham's sister from the 1970s in a similar costume. That photo of her, not Heather is what made it onto the cover art of the band's debut album. "No Rain" also joins "Creep" and "Lemon" as the 3rd song in this list that made the top 10 in triple j's Hottest 100 of 1993, at #4 no less. We diverge from that briefly as we get to what I hear is the scourge of the UK Charts in recent years, with a certain Cookie Collective and their Urban stylings. Even more ill fates find their way into this round because the vocalist on "The Key: The Secret", Diane Charlemagne" passed away due to cancer in 2015. Urban Cookie Collective belongs to a unique brand of artists whose discography contains more Very Best Of albums than actual studio albums. The collective also includes in its ranks Neil Claxton, who would go on to form the group Mint Royale, who would score UK #1 hit in the mid 2000s with their rendition of "Singin' In The Rain", which has a very storied history because he's very active on Twitter. I don't know if "The Key: The Secret" will be included in any remakes of "Memento" but for more Pride Month facts, it was used in the UK TV series "Queer As Folk" in the early 2000s. In addition to Ace Of Base and the Pet Shop Boys, there is one further entrant in this round, given the top honours awarded by that countdown, it's apt that it's also someone who is not really a musician first and foremost. Efua Baker found her fame somewhere (somewhere!) else as a fitness instructor, though I can't say for sure if '90s kids who woke up slightly too early for Cheez TV would recognise her. Her main musical connection is being married to Jazzie B of Soul II Soul, who had topped the UK single & album charts in the late 1980s. In the song "Somewhere" (somewhere!), she makes what I think is supposed to be a joke where she implies doing 'it' before clarifying she means room service. Later in 1993, the same joke would appear in The Simpsons episode "The Last Temptation Of Homer", and the other interesting thing is...ah I'm over it lovey. Apart from Ace Of Base, this round featured two new #1 hits. As there were no Australian songs in this time around, they had to pick up the slack and ended up fighting for the bottom spot. Bryan Adams has been spared the honour this time around, which I can only imagine is thanks to the fact that the music video prominently features a dog (not to be confused with Robert "Mutt" Lange) who Bryan finds time to pet multiple times while belting out his 6 minute ballad. Arguably this makes his entire catalogue superior to Minecraft which lacks the same courtesy with its doggos. If the Pet Shop Boys had a streak of annual UK top 10 hits interrupted by lack of activity in 1992, then Bryan Adams had the same thing in Australia with #1 hits, as we shall see when we get to 1994 and 1995. Having a little less consistency with his #1 hits is The Fresh Prince. It is easy to forget that "The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air" came about after the formation of DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, who'd been together for several years by that point. Helped by the fact that Will Smith didn't need to cuss on it, the duo scored a #1 hit with "Boom! Shake The Room", though nowadays it proves far less popular than their international hit "Summertime", and of course the theme song to "The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air". Now this is a story all about how an aspiring rapper's life got flip-turned upside down as he instead went on to become one of the most highly paid actors of all time, and in a weird elite club of artists who not only appear in this game, but will go on to give birth to another two artists who also will appear later on.
49 - Radiohead - Creep (survived 1) 41 - Duran Duran - Come Undone (survived 3; inducted!) 40 - Ace Of Base - All That She Wants (survived 2) 33 - U2 - Lemon 30 - Pet Shop Boys - Go West 25 - Blind Melon - No Rain 22 - Urban Cookie Collective - The Key: The Secret 20 - Efua - Somewhere 13 - Bryan Adams - Please Forgive Me 12 - DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince - Boom! Shake The Room
Ace Of Base - All That She Wants Culture Beat - Got To Get It DJ BoBo - Somebody Dance With Me Haddaway - What Is Love Jimmy Barnes with The Badloves - The Weight Madonna - Bye Bye Baby Mariah Carey - Hero Radiohead - Creep Salt-N-Pepa - Shoop SWV - Right Here (Human Nature Remix)
What do you love? Baby don't hurt me, but instead peacefully supply your top 5 votes by Tuesday night.
+5: Haddaway - What Is Love +4: Radiohead - Creep +3: Madonna - Bye Bye Baby +2: Ace Of Base - All That She Wants +1: Culture Beat - Got To Get It (shoutout to the Hypnotic Mix too, which is the only time I've seen a CD specifically instruct you to listen to a particular track with headphones)
DJ BoBo would be next, and unexpectedly, this Jimmy Barnes cover that I didn't even realise existed until I spotted it in the 1993 EOY #61-#100 yesterday is my favourite entry of his so far and I'd actually happily vote it. Salt-N-Pepa and SWV are very good too.
It's only fitting that in a Eurodance-heavy round, we have one right at the top, and depending which angle you're looking from, it's either one of the biggest Eurodance songs of all, or nowhere near. Released as Haddaway's debut single, "What Is Love" smashed the top 2 across Europe and did well in the US, and with the help of its iconic chorus lyric, remains an enduring classic. On Spotify, dance music from past decades has always struggled for catalogue plays compared to most other major genres, especially the rock canon, but "What Is Love" transcends that with a whole 206 million plays - provided you don't count Kanye's "Stronger", Gorillaz, or '80s synthpop (eg "Take On Me"), I believe it's the only pre-2008 dance/electronic song to top 200 million. The others over 100 million I could think of/find today are "Everytime We Touch" (195m), "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" (186m), "One More Time" (183m), "Sandstorm" (131m), "Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom!!" (123m), "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" (122m), "All That She Wants" (122m), "Call On Me" (114m), "Teardrop" (111m), "Cotton Eye Joe" (106m), "Porcelain" (100m) and "Around The World" (100m), plus a few debatable ones like "Believe", "Enjoy The Silence", "Barbie Girl" and "Can't Get You Out Of My Head". A moment of mourning for "Sandstorm" not being a top 20 hit. On the other hand to "What Is Love"'s international and long-term popularity though, it only reached #12 in Australia - even with an impressive 3 months spent in the top 20, it was outperformed by so many other Eurodance hits, even in just 1993-1994 alone. As is routine for dance classics, it's had various remakes since; in 2009, Klaas sought his eyes on it after his hit versions of "Infinity" and "Everybody's Free", and brought his version to success in France if nowhere else, and Lost Frequencies also had some localised European success with his minimalistic remake in 2016. In between the 2, it was also sampled in Eminem's 2010 single "No Love", which is one of the unluckiest misses in this game (though probably no one really minds) as it spent 3 weeks at #21 - coincidentally, blocked for 2 weeks by Birds Of Tokyo's "Plans", after Eminem's previous single blocked "Plans" from the top 10. So what is love really? We just don't know. Haddaway says 'it's unique and individual', so I'm assuming the true love is YOU, the fans. He had some further European hits, including another 3 in the UK top 10, but if he thought he'd have some Snap! or Dr. Alban-esque increased fortunes with his follow-up he'd have been wrong, as "Life" only reached #34 here, presumably because it neither asks what life is nor expresses his preference between ghosts and toast. Also having dominated this round is Radiohead, so now brace yourself for my 1,000 words on their oeuvre. Ok, not really; listing all the biggest rock songs on Spotify, and precisely which versions they were released in, would be more my brand. But a list that size would probably DDoS the site and "Poker Face" hasn't dropped out of enough charts to justify that, so I'll instead leave them with a pig, in a cage, on antibiotics, and move on to Ace Of Base, who safely survived among a top 3 that made itself clear pretty quickly. With how much our inductions have been looking to the lower parts of the top 20 lately, "All That She Wants" has become the only 1993 ARIA #1 to make it (and we've had all the 1993 #1s, so that's final), following "Hazard" being the only 1992 #1. There were several narrow top 3 misses among the rest of the 1993 #1s though - Sonia Dada, Ugly Kid Joe, Lenny Kravitz and Culture Beat all placed 4th (the latter 2 missing out by just 1 point), and Faith No More and Janet survived a first round but not a second. Returning to the first hip hop act who entered the game, the progression of time and expanding range of hip hop accepted into the charts didn't halt things for Salt-N-Pepa, whose 4th album "Very Necessary" scored not just 1 but 2 of their biggest hits, as well as itself going platinum after their previous studio albums hadn't charted in Australia (albeit probably because attention was funneled into their 1991 Greatest Hits instead). "Shoop" was the first of their big hits to be written by Salt and Pepa themselves, and though the single was led by a radio mix (in this case by Danny D) just like their pair of 1991 hits, this time it wasn't dancey, or drastically different at all. Having closely tracked the Shazam charts in 2016, I also remember "Shoop" for having a (brief) mini-revival thanks to being used in the film "Deadpool" and its trailer. After "Let's Talk About Sex" ended up in 7th place, though in a round where the top 4 ate up the bulk of the points, "Shoop" has brought them the closest to "Push It"'s HOF success, and narrowly outscored their 2 in-between entries combined. Along with the aforementioned Hypnotic Mix and several other mixes, Culture Beat's "Got To Get It" CD single also tacked on an extra mix of "Mr. Vain" titled 'Mr. Club', to join the 'Mr. Rave' and 'Mr. Hardcore' (and in some other places, 'Mr. House' and 'Mr. Trance') versions on the "Mr. Vain" single, presumably as their bid to soundtrack the "Mr. Men" series. While "Got To Get It" couldn't make up for "Mr. Vain"'s top 3 miss, Culture Beat have matched the #4 and #5 placings of 2 Unlimited's 2 best performers, and so if their upcoming 3rd and final entry doesn't land in immense competition that leaves it with 0 points like "The Magic Friend", Culture Beat can claim a victory, and so will I if I manage to get that far without accidentally typing their name as Culture Club. The 2nd female trio in this round, SWV (standing for 'Sisters With Voices' - not literally sisters in the family sense) may only be represented here by a single #20 hit, but they had a pretty big album era in the US, establishing themselves in the '90s R&B canon even if they faded afterwards. "Right Here" began in 1992 as their debut single, a #13 R&B and #92 Hot 100 hit in the US. After their next 2 singles "I'm So Into You" and "Weak" became big crossover hits there (the latter a #1), "Right Here" was remixed by Teddy Riley, with a sample of Michael Jackson's 1983 single "Human Nature" now included - the result credited varyingly as "Right Here (Human Nature Radio Mix)", "Right Here/Human Nature" or such, and if not for the fact that they didn't exist yet, I'd like to believe that somebody out there interpreted it as being a remix produced by Human Nature the boyband. "Right Here" in its remixed form became their biggest international hit, and popped up again in 2011 when it was sampled into Chris Brown's #27 hit "She Ain't You". SWV member Coko would later sing the chorus to Will Smith's 1997 #1 "Men In Black", which I really think she ought to have been given a feature credit for. Possibly the unofficial anthem of singing competitions, Mariah's "Hero" began as a song she was writing for the 1992 film of the same name, intended for Gloria Estefan, but when Tommy Mottola (Sony CEO and Mariah's then-fiancé) heard it, he insisted it was too good to give to the film (probably a fair decision as it was 'not a box office success') and that Mariah must keep it for herself. She originally felt it was 'too schmaltzy' (though she changed and personalised it afterwards) and has said it was never her favourite, but that she's continued performing it due to how many people have told her the song helped them. It was her 8th US #1, but in Australia she was still on a gradual upward trajectory, it matching "Dreamlover"'s #7 peak as her highest-to-date - and also helping the album establish itself in the top 5, where it remained every single week from January to September of 1994. It still remains one of her most popular songs, surpassed on Spotify by only "All I Want For Christmas Is You", "We Belong Together" and "Always Be My Baby", but it's taken a hit on this site, as in the Old ARIA Logo game it was her one and only song to make the HOF. November-December 1993 held Madonna's first Australian tour, an event that not only spurred the "Erotica" album and "The Immaculate Collection" to return to the top 10 (and "Rain" to hang around in the 30s), but also saw fit the release of a 6th "Erotica" single, one that only Australia, NZ, Japan and a small portion of Europe (it only charted in Switzerland and Italy) received: "Bye Bye Baby". Returning to a bass-heavy, left-field sound somewhere between the first 2 singles, it was certainly no "Rain" in terms of radio bait, but its release was proven a sane decision as it reached #15 and even had a pretty solid run, maybe helped by being one of her least 'serious' (or explicitly sexual) singles in a while, or by being a potentially-collectible 7-track release. It obviously wasn't going to perform as well here as the first 3 "Erotica" top 20 hits, but it did outscore "Rescue Me" and "Hanky Panky" from her history; even with those less-popular singles around, she's dodged the bottom 2 (ties excluded) every time and never scored below 12 points. "Erotica" having 4 top 20 hits also sets a precedent, as her next 2 or 3 albums (depending how you count the soundtrack single-turned-bonus track "American Pie") did the exact same - and with a #17 and #16 hit among the former 2, only the contentious "Music" album can claim having 4 top 15 hits like "Erotica", out of all her post-"True Blue" albums. Not bad for a girl on her most controversial era. Typically, continental-European dance hits that make it to Australia do well in the UK - naturally, since the UK is closer (obviously) and has historically been more favourable to dance music than Australia - but DJ BoBo, the only Swiss artist Hijinx or I could think of who's in the game (apart from Robert Miles being a Swiss-born Italian) [edit: I forgot Yello], never had a UK hit. Obviously based on the melody of Rockwell's 1984 hit "Somebody's Watching Me", DJ BoBo's house piano-Eurodance take peaked just 1 spot lower than the original in Australia, and kicked off a decent run of top 100 hits for him, including a #24 one in 1995. The female vocals on "Somebody Dance With Me" came from Turkish-Swiss singer Emel Aykanat, who Wikipedia last reports as having entered the Swiss selection for Eurovision 2012, while the rap came from DJ BoBo himself. It wasn't the only time "Somebody's Watching Me" formed the base of a dance hit - the 2006 Beatfreakz version, looping a line of the original over an electro instrumental, complete with a "Thriller"-inspired video, reached #3 in the UK and #38 in Australia. And then there's Jimmy Barnes! His last album "Heat" had produced shaky success, with "Stone Cold" the only convincing hit and 2 of its 4 singles missing the top 40, so he moved onto a new album "Flesh And Wood", apparently his 'attempt at an unplugged album', released only 8 months after "Heat". For the first single, he covered The Band's 1968 classic "The Weight" along with then-up-and-coming band The Badloves, who in 1994 went on to have a big-selling album and a #35 hit single, and win the ARIAs for Best New Talent and Breakthrough Artist Album and Single, then achieved little of note after that year. "The Weight" would also be Jimmy Barnes' only top 50 hit from the album; even a track with Diesel maxed-out at #57, a long way from both their success rates a few years before. While "The Weight" has ended up placing at the bottom, it would be wrong to call it a failure; anything above a zero is a success for Jimmy Barnes in this game. And indeed, it scored 8 whole points, which ranks =3rd among his 10 entries, and got 6 individual voters, which beats all but "Lay Down Your Guns". It still makes 7 out of 10 #10s though.
55 - Haddaway - What Is Love (survived 1) 51 - Radiohead - Creep (survived 2) 42 - Ace Of Base - All That She Wants (survived 3; inducted!) 29 - Salt-N-Pepa - Shoop 24 - Culture Beat - Got To Get It 24 - SWV - Right Here (Human Nature Remix) 23 - Mariah Carey - Hero 18 - Madonna - Bye Bye Baby 11 - DJ BoBo - Somebody Dance With Me 8 - Jimmy Barnes with The Badloves - The Weight Last edited:
Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart & Sting - All For Love Cut 'N' Move - Give It Up Haddaway - What Is Love Janet Jackson - Again M People - Moving On Up Meat Loaf - Rock And Roll Dreams Come Through Peter Andre - Let's Get It On [b/w "Do You Wanna Dance"] Radiohead - Creep Twenty 4 Seven feat. Stay-C & Nance - Slave To The Music Urban Cookie Collective - Feels Like Heaven
Everybody wants you, everybody wants your vote. I'd just like to make sure it's in by Thursday evening.
(Peter Andre's entry is a double A-side, with both tracks named in large font on the cover. I'm not expecting there's much demand for track 2 on a Peter Andre single, but you're welcome to vote the track of your preference, and votes - if any - will be combined into one entity.) Last edited:
+5 Haddaway - What Is Love +4 Cut 'N' Move - Give It Up +3 Urban Cookie Collective - Feels Like Heaven +2 Radiohead - Creep +1 Twenty 4 Seven feat. Stay-C & Nance - Slave To The Music Twenty 4 Seven are Dutch but I had not heard of them, I know Nance because she is/was a TV show host though. I like that my vote is just eurodance and Creep.
+5 Radiohead - Creep +4 Cut 'N' Move - Give It Up +3 M People - Moving On Up (tough choice to rank the Up songs) +2 Twenty 4 Seven feat. Stay-C & Nance - Slave To The Music +1 Urban Cookie Collective - Feels Like Heaven (not a patch on The Key, but was much more enjoyable than I expected for a smash hit follow up!)
The spirit of the Roxbury guys lives on, a couple years before the sketch was created. As we continue the staircase of induction, Haddaway stands in an enviable position at the top of the table in his 2nd appearance, and his closest competition is erased as some band called Radiohead have made it into the Hall Of Fame. While the Grammy Awards have been somewhat noted for sabotaging artists in general categories due to nomination lists leading to demographic based vote splitting, you can barely tell that this round had a huge slice of eurodance that was almost impossible not to vote for to some extent. Or maybe the new entrants cannibalised each other too much to upset the status quo. Moving on up through from that pack might be the one with the most wide-ranging appeal as it's time to talk about the curious history of the UK's Mercury Prize. Created in 1992 as an alternative to the BRIT Awards (though both were established by the BPI), it's been noted for shining a light on less commercially successful, but worthwhile artists. Where the BRIT Award for Album Of The Year often goes to Adele or Arctic Monkeys, recent Mercury Prize alumni include Benjamin Clementine & Young Fathers. Back in the 1990s though, highly popular albums did manage to win the prize. The first three winners were Primal Scream's "Screamadelica", Suede's self-titled album, and of course, M People's "Elegant Slumming". Sometimes odd award selections are made more understandable when some years just don't have a strong field in the first place, but in the words of Hottest 100s and 1000s, IT BEAT "PARKLIFE". To its credit though, the album did include the monster hit "Moving On Up". Despite what the name might suggest, M People derive from only one M Person, Mike Pickering, whose vanity the rest of the band seemed okay with. They would end up more characterised by their vocalist Heather Small and her anything but small vocal prowess. While "Moving On Up" was their breakthrough hit in Australia, they'd been charting in the UK for a couple years before hand , and scored 2 top 10 hits in 1993 (one being a re-release of their debut single) beforehand. They never returned to the top 10 here but kept them coming in their homeland all the way to their 4th and final album in 1997. They can take solace not only in their progress tonight, but also that they belong to the elite club of artists whose entries in this game are a #4 hit and a #20 hit. With a little less to look forward to, missing out in 4th place tonight is Cut 'N' Move. They won the eurodance lottery in their time as it went to #1 on the charts, but their fortunes stop there. If you thought they were a carefree group, then let it be known that their first album was titled "Get Serious", with their first single tackling the issue of constipation, initially titled "Take No Crap". Raft Dog would be proud. Their big success here was with "Give It Up", their cover of the then just 10 years old KC and the Sunshine Band song, a song that was originally released via Epic Records who were not able to buy out their opposition. Cut 'N' Move are the first of 4 Danish artists who have scored a #1 single in Australia, and were seen as something of a predecessor to the 2nd. Lukas Forchhammer was not yet old enough to be told to get friends at this stage but he had appeared in two movies. It's been...4 days since I last spoke about Urban Cookie Collective, and we now arrive with the still reasonably successful follow up to "The Key: The Secret". Impressively, they've actually scored slightly higher with "Feels Like Heaven". Both singles' Australian chart peaks are exactly double that of the UK Chart, but they couldn't manage even that bar with future singles, as their UK #18 hit "Sail Away" peaked at #18 in the UK and #49 here. Maybe the music video needed some exotic horses. Taking a brief break from dance music, we return to Janet *boop* and her album janet.. If you're waiting to see if she can be the first artist to score 4 Hall Of Fame entries, you'll be waiting a fair bit longer as "Again" can't quite live up to the standard set by "If" and finishes in 6th place. Once again it was just narrowly a top 20 hit, peaking at #19, and she wouldn't fare better with follow up singles "Because Of Love" and "Any Time, Any Place", it'll take a new single remix for the 5th single to return her to this game. I mainly know "Any Time, Any Place" because it was sampled on Kendrick Lamar's "Poetic Justice", but he was beaten to the punch by a couple of years, because "Again" was of course sampled in that song we all remember from 2010, Iyaz's "Solo". Speaking of 2010, it's time to talk Twenty 4 Seven, 365, pussy stays on my mind. All right all right but actually the first part of that was the next artist here. Their song "Slave To The Music" was a massive hit that I somehow didn't realise until now was a #2 hit, blocked by their partners in not very easy to remember typesets, Cut 'N' Move. Despite the crediting, Stay-C (the rapper) and Nance (the singer) have both been accredited as official members of Twenty 4 Seven, but evidently the name power of them grabbing two massive feature credits was nearly enough to take them to the top. The line up will return relatively soon to see how they can retain this form, but for the time being we can be glad that they landed on exactly 24 points, maybe 7 next time? On an unrelated tangent, earlier this decade, a Canadian pop rock singer decided he wasn't yet old enough to yell at a cloud, and instead took his anger out on an online music encyclopedia. One can only speculate why exactly this was the case, but in case it was due to less-than-favourable evaluation on their work, then I'm going to stay on the safe side and not mention them by name. Though it was quite a while from the peak of their success, the combination of solely Rod Stewart and Sting proved a massive success, giving Rod Stewart his last #1 hit, and Sting his only one, including his tenure with The Police. It may have helped by the fact it was taken on the soundtrack from "The Two Musketeers", as well as being co-written by Robert "Mutt" Lange who had just a couple of months ago scored a massive #1 hit. Though this scored slightly less than that, those artists I just mentioned can take solace in leading the pack of extremely untrendy (or too trendy?) entries we have left on the board. Because next up we have Meat Loaf, finally returning to follow up his massive #1 hit. While "I'd Do Anything For Love" was a newly written hit song, "Rock And Roll Dreams Come Through" was originally recorded by Jim Steinman and a less star-studded vocalist Rory Dodd, who was so irrelevant that only Jim is credited on it. Perhaps the real indication here is that Rory deserves some more credit because both versions of the song peaked at #18 in Australia. Meat Loaf is spared the shame of last place though, as once again we deal with the boy from Oz...Peter Andre. He's actually here with two songs so it's even more embarrassing that neither could find favour to score any points. If you were ever looking forward to hearing the ultimate Pat Boone-ification of a sex jam, then you were to be sorely disappointed that "Let's Get It On" is not in fact a cover. "Do You Wanna Dance" is however, and it's a far older one than usual as it was written by Bobby Freeman in 1958 (then titled "Do You Want To Dance"). You know what I'm gonna say though, the real reason that he didn't score any points this time around is because according to discogs, this single did not include a pin up poster at all.
59 - Haddaway - What Is Love (survived 2) 55 - Radiohead - Creep (survived 3; inducted!) 42 - M People - Moving On Up (survived 1) 33 - Cut 'N' Move - Give It Up 27 - Urban Cookie Collective - Feels Like Heaven 26 - Janet Jackson - Again 24 - Twenty 4 Seven feat. Stay-C & Nance - Slave To The Music 11 - Rod Stewart / Sting - All For Love 8 - Meat Loaf - Rock And Roll Dreams Come Through 0 - Peter Andre - Let's Get It On [b/w "Do You Wanna Dance"]
Denis Leary - Asshole E.Y.C. - Feelin' Alright Haddaway - What Is Love M People - Moving On Up Michael Bolton - Said I Loved You...But I Lied NKOTB - Dirty Dawg Pearl Jam - Daughter Snoop Doggy Dogg - What's My Name? U2 - Stay (Faraway, So Close!) Zhané - Hey Mr. D.J.
Truthfully select the top 5 you love the most by Saturday night.
+5: Haddaway - What Is Love +4: Zhané - Hey Mr. D.J. +3: Snoop Doggy Dogg - What's My Name? +2: Pearl Jam - Daughter +1: NKOTB - Dirty Dawg
Proud to have the 3 dogs next to each other (yes, 'daug' counts). E.Y.C. would be #6.
@Nugs if you'd like another Wikipedia alert, on Snoop Dogg's (extremely long) discography page, the 1998 featured single "Come And Get With Me" has what seems to be an AMR peak; I believe it should be #74 not #56 going by ARIA. I think the rest of his '90s peaks seem right (I only checked because I saw he had several #40-something peaks but none lower, so I thought the latter might've been missing, but seems not). I fixed the last 2 discography page errors I noticed myself, but in this case my source is a spreadsheet so it can't exactly be cited
Almost every recent round has had a fairly close top 2, but this one? For only the 2nd time in the game, after when "Hazard" trounced "Why" (and the other 8 songs even more so, of course), the top 2 have ended up over 20 points apart. Yes, "What Is Love" has doubled down on its first 2 successful rounds to easily win a 3rd, finishing on 175 points - the 4th-highest of any song, behind "Hazard", "The Day You Went Away" and "Sleeping Satellite". Due to ending up just 1 point behind the latter, it can't claim the highest score for 1993, but it has surpassed "Rhythm Is A Dancer" as the greatest-performing dance song. Furthermore, it's the final induction for 1993, leaving the year with 11 songs inducted out of 109 entries - the latter being the lowest among the 5 full calendar years we've gone through (116, 113, 122, 122, 109). Beyond "What Is Love", it was a very close battle between 4 (or even 5) songs; I couldn't predict the result until the very end. Possibly unexpectedly, surviving is the debut single from an artist we'll be seeing a lot of in this game - but not for a while. In December 1992, Dr. Dre had released his debut album "The Chronic", which remains one of the most acclaimed and influential hip hop albums of all time no matter how hard he tries to window its availability. Most of its tracks featured Snoop (Doggy) Dogg, who Dr. Dre had discovered through a demo tape that included Snoop freestyling over En Vogue's 1990 US hit "Hold On", and so it created immense hype for Snoop's own work - enough for his debut album "Doggystyle" to sell over 800,000 copies in its first week in the US. The lead single was "What's My Name?" - called "Who Am I (What's My Name)?" on the album but simplified for the single - and was produced by Dr. Dre, and in Australia, improved precisely 50 spots on the peak of Dr. Dre and his "Nuthin' But A "G" Thang" when it reached #13. It's actually Snoop's only top 20 hit for the '90s - the following single "Gin And Juice" seems bigger to me now, but peaked at #49 - but he went on to score his biggest hits in 2003-2005 (plus "Sweat" via remix in 2011 of course), followed by many features since... up to Charlotte Devaney's "Flip It", which is possibly even more iconic than Pitbull's Samantha Jade feature being his last top 50 hit for almost 4 years and counting. Dr. Dre will be back sooner, being responsible for the debut hits of another 2 of the biggest rappers of all time. In October 1993, Pearl Jam had debuted at #1 with their 2nd album "Vs.", but the lead single "Go" (#8 on the 1993 Hottest 100) only reached #22 - possibly because it was released just a week before the album and this was long before iTunes and digital pre-orders existed; in 2013, a few days ahead of the release of their 10th album, the track "Sirens" was fed to everyone who'd pre-ordered the album, and it immediately hit #3 on iTunes then proceeded to crash to #25 within a day. "Go" was followed by "Daughter" though, a song about a child with a learning disability being abused by her parents, and it not only cracked the top 20 but became one of their longest-charting hits, only "Alive" and "Last Kiss" spending longer in the top 50. In the world of Spotify where their legacy is led by the 4 big tracks from "Ten", "Daughter" has only half the plays of the 4th of those, but it's still the most popular song from the "Vs." album. Here, its points are decidedly lower than what "Alive" scored, but top 3 nonetheless. Just like "Ten", "Vs." will only have this one entry - in fact, it appears they never got more than 1 top 20 hit from any album. Missing out by just 1 point is someone who probably could've used it more, given it's their definitive hit, though they do have a 2nd to come. Zhané referred to their sound as 'R&B, with a jazzy attitude, and a hip hop flavour', a quote I heard when looking for an interview to find out exactly how the 'Zh' was pronounced, as their album title "Pronounced Jah-Nay" is still not completely unambiguous. Much better than Lynyrd Skynyrd's bizarre symbols though. The name 'Zhané' actually came from merging together the French pronunciations of their names Jean and Renée, and with the Z-collabs of Zay Hilfigerrr & Zayion McCall, Zac Efron & Zendaya and ZAYN & Zhavia Ward all charting in the last few years, maybe they were ahead of their time in not only their timeless groove but also their spelling. Not moving on up this round are M People, who managed to be the highest of last round's 4 new dance songs, but having much less genre-kin competition this time didn't help them consolidate votes. Only once before had as many as 6 songs gotten 30 points - that being the over-swamped round where "Better" and "Falling" departed in their 3rd rounds and "Unbelievable" was stuck at #6 - and I hadn't seen this round as a contender to produce another, but U2 have done it. Ever the masters of novel release formats these last few years, following the separate remixes CD single of "Even Better Than The Real Thing", the "Achtung Baby"-era single covers that joined into a larger picture, the "Numb" VHS and the titillating "Lemon" artwork, "Stay (Faraway, So Close!)" was released in 2 CDs: 'The Swing Format' and 'The Live Format'. The song was inspired by Frank Sinatra, and in line with that, 'The Swing Format' included an electronically-assembled duet version of "I've Got You Under My Skin" between a pre-death Sinatra and Bono, from Sinatra's 1993 "Duets" album, as well as 2 "Lemon" remixes, one of which was later reworked into a single for Grace (the non-well-drinking, G-Eazy-owned '90s dance group of "Not Over Yet" fame); 'The Live Format' included a b-side and 2 live tracks. But most uniquely, 'The Live Format' came as a fold-out digipak with an extra empty CD tray so it could hold the other disc too, and listed both tracklists on its back cover (the other one noted with 'available separately'). "Stay (Faraway, So Close!)" completed a #7-#6-#5 run of each "Zooropa" single peaking one spot higher than the last, and was the album's only single released widely internationally. A top-notch song title that then reminds you it's a Michael Bolton song as soon as you reach the next line, his last album hadn't crossed paths with this game, but "Said I Loved You...But I Lied" matched "How Am I Supposed To Live Without You" at his career-high #2 peak in Australia, and here it's surpassed "How Can We Be Lovers" as the most points he's scored - even though "How Can We Be Lovers" placed 4th (29 spots behind the top 3). It's only fitting that the first annual Hottest 100 was won by a questionable comedy song, and as I'm told that the Hottest 100 aired on 1/1/1994, and "Asshole" hit the ARIA chart just 2-3 weeks after, I'm guessing it was significant in popularising it or possibly even the reason it was released as a single (though that would have to be a pretty quick turnaround in production). Whereas "Asshole" was blocked from #1 by "Give It Up", the next 2 years' #1s were big ARIA #1s (though not yet, in the case of "Wonderwall"); all in all, 17 out of 26 annual Hottest 100 #1s will appear in this game ("Big Jet Plane" being an unlucky #21). 3 years after their last hit, New Kids On The Block changed their name to just 'NKOTB', feeling they'd outgrown the full name as they were now 21-25 years old (but offering no substitutive backronym), and though the project wasn't exactly a huge success, they did scrape #20 in Australia with "Dirty Dawg". Unfortunately for them, it ends their run in this game with all 5 of their non-"You Got It (The Right Stuff)" entries having scored under 10 points (surprisingly, I'm the only one who voted them 4/6 times), but they never ended up on 0 at least. After this album, they split, and Jordan Knight's 1999 #33 hit "Give It To You" is the closest any of them came to the top 20 again. They eventually reunited in 2008, with the single "Summertime" and accompanying album "The Block" (an 'inevitable cash-pig', according to Village Voice) filled with big producers of 2008 and even a Lady Gaga feature, when she was just a rising star with 1 single out, but "Summertime" only reached #90 and I got the CD single for $1.00 new almost 2 years later. In 2011 they did a joint 'NKOTBSB' tour with Backstreet Boys, and most recently, for the 30th anniversary reissue of the "Hangin' Tough" album, made a song featuring Salt-N-Pepa, Naughty By Nature, Tiffany and Debbie Gibson. The latest in the line of US acts that performed better internationally, the trio E.Y.C. (standing for 'Express Yourself Clearly') hit the UK top 20 with their debut single "Feelin' Alright", and did one better by turning it into a #7 hit here.
61 - Haddaway - What Is Love (survived 3; inducted!) 40 - Snoop Doggy Dogg - What's My Name? (survived 1) 36 - Pearl Jam - Daughter (survived 1) 35 - Zhané - Hey Mr. D.J. 33 - M People - Moving On Up 30 - U2 - Stay (Faraway, So Close!) 24 - Michael Bolton - Said I Loved You...But I Lied 16 - Denis Leary - Asshole 6 - NKOTB - Dirty Dawg 4 - E.Y.C. - Feelin' Alright
Beverly - The Power Of Love Culture Beat - Anything Céline Dion - The Power Of Love Dr. Alban - Sing Hallelujah! East 17 - It's Alright Pearl Jam - Daughter Richard Marx - Now And Forever Salt-N-Pepa with En Vogue - Whatta Man Snoop Doggy Dogg - What's My Name? Tevin Campbell - Can We Talk
Help the seeds of your favourite breed survive this mighty good list by Monday evening.
+5 Dr. Alban - Sing Hallelujah! +4 East 17 - It's Alright +3 Culture Beat - Anything +2 Snoop Doggy Dogg - What's My Name? +1 Beverly - The Power Of Love
Some 'interesting' facts that probably aren't on wikipedia for whoever does the next write-up (I think it will be Hijinx's turn), re: the two 'The Power of Love''s:
- Celine's version was actually released in Australia on 6 December 1993, according to the ARIA Report's weekly list of new releases. I first saw the video on the two-hour new releases Friday morning episode of rage that used to air then (between mid '93 and early '95), on 24 December 1993, yet didn't enter the top 100 until early Feb '94.
- The Beverly version probably only charted - at least initially - due to its performance on the VIC/TAS state chart. On the week it entered the national top 50, it climbed from 40 to 16 on the VIC/TAS state chart, while not charting on any other state chart's top 50. It debuted on the NSW/ACT top 50 chart two weeks later, at #18, while climbing to #12 in VIC/TAS. Its initial success in VIC/TAS was surely due to its heavy rotation on the temporary licence, youth-oriented, dance music-playing (a novelty at the time) Victorian FM radio station 'Hitz FM', which had a successful broadcast over summer '93/'94.
- 'Sing Hallelujah!' was another song that Hitz FM played a lot, though when it debuted nationally, it entered the NSW/ACT and VIC/TAS state charts (charting in no other state yet) at numbers 20 and 8 respectively. Last edited:
+5: East 17 - It's Alright +4: Dr. Alban - Sing Hallelujah! +3: Salt-N-Pepa with En Vogue - Whatta Man +2: Culture Beat - Anything (a really great trio of hits) +1: Beverly - The Power Of Love
Very strong round; really would've liked to vote the 2 carryovers and Céline (one of my favourites of hers, whereas I'd never heard the Beverly version before) too. I like how after Sing Hallelujah! and a Snoop Dogg song were both in the first round of Ultimate Chart Hit Tournament, they meet again
Beverly isn't mentioned on Wikipedia at all. I'd seen it on the charts before, but hadn't realised it hit the top 20 the exact same week as Céline. I was surprised at first that a temporary-licence station could've reached a large enough audience to have such an impact, but then realised how big an event it likely would've been when the main stations were, from what I've heard... not exactly youth-oriented
I wonder if the existence of the Beverly version had anything to do with Céline, or if it was a coincidence? The earliest date Wikipedia gives for Céline's album/single is November 1993 (in the US/Canada; later in Europe, where Beverly were from), which is close enough to Beverly's January 1994 ARIA debut that it's hard to tell. I suppose there's probably no way to be sure unless Beverly said so themselves.
For some reason Laura Branigan's 1987 cover of 'The Power Of Love' wasn't released in Australia, despite being her last top 40 hit in the US. So when Celine and Beverly came to cover it, it must have seemed like a new idea to Australian audiences. (It's unlikely Australian audiences cared either way about Air Supply's version, which charted in the US shortly after Jennifer's charted in the UK, but before Jennifer's was a moderate US hit. Air Supply's was released here in November 1985, but sunk without a trace).
392414, the main FM stations in Victoria at that time were either 'classic rock' (Fox FM, Triple M) or 'love songs and dedications' (TT FM, now Mix FM). Triple M actually ran an ad criticising the 'new' music played on other stations, with Ace of Base's 'All That She Wants' playing in the background (as an example of a supposedly 'bad' song!). The new/current chart music they added would be things like 4 Non-Blondes, John Farnham, Jimmy Barnes, Sheryl Crow, Crowded House, INXS, Michael Bolton and nothing remotely dance or pop-oriented would get a look in.
I think the first Kylie song I heard on the radio, for example, that wasn't part of a top 40 program or supposedly-voted-for-by-listeners countdown at night was 'Put Yourself In My Place' in early 1995. They wouldn't even play 'Confide In Me'.
I remember hearing the Beverly version of 'The Power of Love' before I heard the Celine one. So I assume it was released slightly earlier than the Celine version, but it wasn't a hit anywhere else. I think it's most likely to be a coincidence that they happened to be out around the same time, rather than one having being influenced by the other. Last edited:
Your also forgetting that in the early 90's it was common to hear 'generic' dance covers being released as singles. I'm positive this is the case with Beverly and i'm certain it was released around and if not after Celine's version.
I've got 8 November 1993 down as the release date for the Beverly single, from The ARIA Report. So it preceded Celine's version by 4 weeks here. Plus, Celine's version didn't take off until over two months after its release.
And I am definitely not 'forgetting' that. I am certain that the Beverly version would have been out in Europe a few months earlier than that. Australia often received singles, especially from little-known or unknown overseas acts, several months after their release in Europe or North America, back then. Last edited:
The only reason I use the term, 'forgetting' was it's an often misconstrued thing in regards to the music scene. These were promoted heavily by bootleg and independent record companies to make a quick buck because euro dance and the rave scene was huge. Apart from grunge, the dance scene was the biggest out of all the genres.
Also back then most albums had already had their singles picked upon release and I distinctly remember seeing Celine's album with a sticker featuring the hit singles etc etc etc. Either way you couldn't escape the song.
@Nugs thanks, I've learnt a lot about radio of the time since starting this game. I was really surprised when I first read a comment suggesting this - that half the music in the charts and their respective demographics would be outright ignored by radio, particularly as I'm familiar with the US airplay charts and it wasn't the case there. Mix (who've become KIIS even more recently) were still doing a 'love song dedications' show on Saturday (?) evenings in 2012, but listening to Fox circa 10 years ago, you couldn't have guessed they were once classic rock under the same name. (Ironically, radio in both Australia and the US have been gradually shifting back in the direction of MOR in the last 5 years or so - albeit now in the form of safe pop music - due to probably little of a youth audience left to cater to. So ignoring half the music in the charts does look familiar now.)
Impressive that Kylie may have been getting played on triple j before commercial radio, given that "Confide In Me" made the 1994 Hottest 100.
And the November release date for Beverly probably solves that! I didn't expect it to have been around for months before charting like Céline. Nice to have all this context uncovered.
The Dekko version of "I Will Always Love You" that made #79 shortly after Whitney was #1 is probably a definite example of a 'generic' cover cash-in, I expect.
@BeansterBarnes - but Celine's 'The Colour of My Love' was not released in Australia until 7 February 1994 (according to the ARIA Report lists of new releases). That was 3 months after the Beverly single had been released locally - and Beverly was not an Australian artist, so it would have been released in Europe even earlier.
Given Beverly's relatively obscurity, I doubt Celine's people were aware of her version. It has to be coincidence that both were out around the same time, though Beverly's clearly came first.
Looking at Celine's US chart history, 'The Power of Love' entered the Hot 100 on 27 November 1993, and 'The Colour of My Love' debuted on the Billboard 200 on the same date. Beverly's single was out several weeks before that date in Australia.
@392414 - if Australia's chart had incorporated airplay back then as the Billboard Hot 100 does, our charts would have been full of MOR/AOR artists. Last edited:
(update: the scores were slightly incorrect on first count, so the commentary does not correctly reflect the order)
It is time for me to dutifully proceed with the unveiling of the results of the latest voting round. There were 10 songs in contention but only one gets the arbitrary honour of going at the top of the list. For that, we journey to the North East London district of Walthamstow, and 4 strapping young gentleman who bestoyed themselves the name East 17. It is fair to say that their performance has been more than just...ALRIGHT, ALRIGHT, EVERYTHING'S GONNA BE ALRIGHT. NOW I'D LIKE TO COMMIT TO SHOUTING OUT THE REST OF THE COMMENTARY BUT THAT'S OVEREXTENDING THE BIT. "It's Alright" is the group's only ARIA #1 single (quite different to the UK where "Stay Another Day" was their only #1, which endures in the charts annually due to its dubious connection to the Christmas canon) and has blitzed their prior performance. Of their 3 entries beforehand, they got as high as #5 with "House Of Love", now they're not just #1, but by a country mile. Though it's brief in the case of "It's Alright", it gives us a top 3 that all include some manner of rapping. In addition to Snoop holding on for a 2nd round, they're joined by Salt-N-Pepa's first time back in the top 3 since "Push It". It mimics the ARIA Chart where they were also kept at #2 behind East 17. As a later single from their album only reached #21, this will be the last time we touch base with Salt-N-Pepa until the 2000s. With a bit more to come in the 1990s, we've got the yet to be mentioned other artist on the song, En Vogue. The quartet/trio (usually) have been casually riding in the lower end of the charts before this, sadly only scraping the top 40 with "Free Your Mind" and "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)". On A Tribe Called Quest's 1993 album "Midnight Marauders", Phife Dawg admits he used to have a crush on Dawn from En Vogue, and 6 years later, Dawn would go on to be part of the group Lucy Pearl with...Ali Shaheed Muhammad of ATCQ. Dawn Robison also belongs to elite company alongside an artist in the next round of this game, as someone whose birthday Wikipedia cannot confirm, but has narrowed it down to one of two dates 24/11/1965 or 28/11/1968, judging on her Twitter feed it would seem November 24th is accurate but who can say? https://twitter.com/dawnrobinson_/status/404322018406842368 With their very shaky line up, only Terry Ellis has persisted as a member for all 30 years they've been around now. "Whatta Man" is also notable as a success in this game because it's a cover of a 1968 song first recorded by Linda Lyndell. They all closely nudge out Pearl Jam, who can take solace with 1994 being the only year they scored more than 1 entry here, as their top 20 hits are otherwise mostly just 1 per year. It wasn't long ago that I was talking about Efua Baker and her music being more of a side-project to her fame as a fitness instructor. We now have another similar instance here with Dr. Alban. He hails from Nigeria, a country I'm not entirely sure we'll see again in this game for another 22 years, though as a young adult he would leave his home country for Sweden to pursue his true passion: dentistry. Indeed, not just a quirky stage name, Dr. Alban is literally a doctor in the field of dentistry, and originally worked as a DJ to help fund his studies. Things started working out on the music side of things when he met Denniz Pop, who together with him wrote his most enduring song to date..."It's My Life". But that song only narrowly scraped the Australian top 50 and instead here he did far better with the later single "Sing Hallelujah!". It helps him win out on the relatively narrow by recent standards battle of Eurodance. Though they were certainly running on diminishing returns after "Mr. Vain", Culture Beat still managed a 3rd healthy top 20 single in quick succession with "Anything". In the UK they made the top 5, though were perhaps helped by adding to the catalogue of versions of "Mr. Vain", with a "Mr. Intense" version tacked on the CD Single over there. We will have to wait a couple years to find out if it truly is the best top 20 hit titled "Anything". The group would score two more top 100 hits in Australia, and continue scoring hits around the world, but things dried up considerably after their "Serenity" album. Not even gifted the opportunity of...more opportunities is Tevin Campbell, who had been scoring US hits for several years at this point. He got his breakout in 1989 with a guest spot alongside none other than Quincy Jones, and if that's not enough of a career boost, his first single was written and produced by Prince. Tevin Campbell would go on to score 3 US top 10 singles, including "Can We Talk", which would become his only Australian top 20 single, just like Salt-N-Pepa he was cursed with a #21 peak for later single "I'm Ready". Now it's time for me to talk about the most thrilling cause of confusion in popular music, that is the world of "The Power Of Love". I mean apart from all the stuff that's been written above this in the thread, I don't have anything new I can contribute there, but what I can talk about is the fact that in 1985 there were 3 different songs titled "The Power Of Love" all doing the rounds and hitting #1 in parts of the world. Whenever you see that somebody has done a cover of the song "The Power Of Love", it instantly can become a game of trying to guess which one it will be. Perhaps in 2025 we'll see a remake of "Back To The Future" in which Marty McFly Jr. goes back in time and somehow saves the fracturing universe in 1975 by playing the oldies of Huey Lewis And The News resulting in further interest in their song of this title, but until then we will be dealing with the two other "The Power Of Love"s in this game. Gabrielle Aplin is currently 1 year old in this time line, so instead of talking about Frankie Goes To Hollywood, it's time for two tribes to go to war by way of Jennifer Rush. Best known for "Tom Sawyer" and "YYZ" , she scored a #1 hit with "The Power Of Love" in Australia and the UK. Nearly a decade late, Céline Dion would take the song to #1 in the US, and Australia again. Céline appeared here earlier with her contribution to "Beauty And The Beast", but she's now coming at the peak of her worldwide domination. "The Colour Of My Love", and the two proceeding English language albums she released all selling over 20 million copies around the world, and all netting ARIA #1 singles. By sheer coincidence though, she shared space in the ARIA top 20 with another cover of the very same song, by the slightly less SEO-friendly Beverly. The name can be a bit confusing because it's actually a group, and the lead singer is actually named Beverley Skeete. Transferring information from the discogs.com window to the wall of text you have in front of you, I can tell you that it is in a way one of the longer songs in this game as the CD Single doesn't even have a radio edit, just a dub mix & a capella to go along with the 6+ minute main extended mix. From Beverly, it was Max Persona who mixed the track, but if you were hoping for this new vow to become the wings of rebellion that breaketh thy chains of captivity, then I'm sorry to say that their version has finished in last place. They nearly landed next to Céline who faired better in 8th place, but instead will have to be content with creating a Richard Marx sandwich with "The Power Of Love" bread. It would seem that the span of "Hazard" good will is roughly 2 years as "Now And Forever" is his final top 50 hit, though the album that it comes from, "Paid Vacation" actually charted higher than his last, debuting at #2 wedged between Bryan Adams & Michael Bolton.
63 - East 17 - It's Alright (survived 1) 39 - Salt-N-Pepa with En Vogue - Whatta Man (survived 1) 38 - Snoop Doggy Dogg - What's My Name? (survived 2) 34 - Pearl Jam - Daughter 32 - Dr. Alban - Sing Hallelujah! 23 - Culture Beat - Anything 20 - Céline Dion - The Power Of Love 19 - Tevin Campbell - Can We Talk 14 - Richard Marx - Now And Forever 3 - Beverly - The Power Of Love Last edited:
Beck - Loser Bruce Springsteen - Streets Of Philadelphia Chaka Demus & Pliers with Jack Radics & Taxi Gang - Twist And Shout D:Ream - Things Can Only Get Better East 17 - It's Alright Mariah Carey - Without You Melodie MC - Dum Da Dum Salt-N-Pepa with En Vogue - Whatta Man Snoop Doggy Dogg - What's My Name? Tori Amos - Cornflake Girl
You bet your life it is time to get crazy with the top 5 votes by Wednesday night.
+5: Melodie MC - Dum Da Dum +4: East 17 - It's Alright +3: Mariah Carey - Without You +2: Snoop Doggy Dogg - What's My Name? +1: Beck - [s]Dreams[/s][s]Wow[/s][s]Up All Night[/s][s]Colors[/s][s]I'm So Free[/s]Loser Last edited:
This is a great round, would happily vote for every single song, very hard to arrange my top 5
+5 Cornflake Girl (didn’t know this went top 20, so happy it’s here, when I was voting for SLTS it was partially for her version too) +4 It’s Alright (thought this would sweep my votes for a 15 point total tbh) +3 Loser +2 Streets Of Philadelphia (I like Secret Garden more though, but I fear that will have great competition like this) +1 What’s My Name?
This is really happening. Last round may have been a 63-point blowout for East 17, but they slipped slightly down in more than half their votes (and moved up in only one), thus landing just behind our new champion: Tori Amos. The lead single from her 2nd album (or 3rd if you count her short-lived, formerly-disowned synthpop band Y Kant Tori Read), "Cornflake Girl" is a song we're lucky to have in this game - an unlikely hit that ascended to #19, saving her "Young And Beautiful"-style from being solely represented by a remix (well, technically a double A-side). "Cornflake Girl" is not literally about cereal; the term refers to girls who betray other girls, and she wrote it after a conversation with a friend about female genital mutilation, a practice usually carried out by women. Ironically, the (co-)inventor of cornflakes, John Harvey Kellogg, was a 'doctor' so fanatically opposed to masturbation that, as well as attributing countless health problems to it and advocating plain diets to 'prevent sexual arousal', he supported (and performed) FGM for that reason. Maybe that's why Tori Amos was, true to her words, not a cornflake girl but rather a Just Right girl; prior to her fame, she appeared in an ad for that cereal (which is from Kellogg's too, but created long after the chastity shrink's lifetime), playing a grand piano decorated as a Just Right box. Paying less attention to her assertion of not being a cornflake girl was her label, who produced boxes of cornflakes with her picture on them: http://www.toriamosdiscography.info/item000373.html Yes, that's the first time I've seen cereal on an artist discography site. Tori, the superstitious girl she is, would later expand her breakfast preferences to enjoying toast brought to her lips, but unfortunately I don't believe anyone produced Tori Amos-branded bread. The serious topics continue with Bruce Springsteen having written a song for "Philadelphia", one of the first big-budget Hollywood films to acknowledge HIV/AIDS (only about a decade late), with its story of a gay man fired for his condition and sexuality, who struggles to find a lawyer willing to represent him. Wanting to attract an audience that wouldn't ordinarily go watch such a movie, the director sought songs from Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen. Bruce composed his song based on lyrics he'd already written about the death of a friend, but felt it didn't work over a rock beat so he sent it over without, considering it an unfinished demo. One source says the director loved it as is, but in another quote he was frustrated about not having a 'rock anthem' and had to be convinced to 'stick the Springsteen [song] in the front and shut up', so who knows. "Streets Of Philadelphia" became only the 3rd top 5 Australian hit for Bruce, after "Dancing In The Dark" and "Born In The U.S.A." a decade earlier, and we were no exception as it was one of his biggest hits everywhere, and is still his 5th-biggest song on Spotify now (behind the 2 I already mentioned, "I'm On Fire", and "Born To Run"). It's also scored just shy of double the points of his prior entry "Human Touch", and despite the competition - 2 carryovers knocked out, which had themselves knocked out "Daughter" last round too, so it's an ever-increasing stack, to be potentially further supplanted next round too with all of this round's top 3 continuing - "Streets Of Philadelphia" managed to survive by a 15-point gap, placing much closer to #1 than to #4. So it's the end of Snoop Doggy Dogg, and I was going to say it's a shame he didn't remake "What's My Name?" when he dropped the 'Doggy'... but in 2000, he actually did release a song called "Snoop Dogg (What's My Name Pt. 2)". No "Snoop Lion (What's My Name Pt. 3)" to be found though, nor any hypothetical "Snoop Pig (What's My Name Pt. 4)". I think "What's My Name?" did very well to get this far, and it surely won't be the last 1994 hip hop song to be a major contender (watch me curse the song I have in mind). Though Mariah hasn't made the top 3 outside of the smash "Emotions", she's been racking up some consistent mid-range placings, suggesting a firm base of popularity ready to explode as soon as we reach another more widely-popular hit of hers, whenever that may be. Originally written by the briefly-successful Welsh rock band Badfinger and included on their 1970 album that housed the UK/US/AU top 10 hit "No Matter What" (no relation to Boyzone), "Without You" was covered by Harry Nilsson in 1971 after he heard it at a party and mistook it for a Beatles song (then realised it was not), and that version was a #1 hit in all 3 of those countries - in Australia, blocking "A Horse With No Name" from #1. Though Mariah's mother used to sing the song to her as a baby, her decision to cover it came when she happened to hear it in a restaurant and - speaking in 2013 after someone (unfortunately a fluent English speaker) performed it on American Idol while Mariah was a judge - immediately thought it 'could be a huge international hit', and she was correct; it became her biggest hit to date in Australia and Europe, including in the UK where it's one of only 2 #1s she's ever received, alongside her "Against All Odds" cover with Westlife. "All I Want For Christmas Is You" narrowly missed out on improving that list last Christmas (it had 99.77% the 'units' of the #1, "Sweet But Psycho"), and would've made it if not for the UK's ACR (accelerated chart ratio) rules to halve the streaming points of songs once they've been charting for at least 9 weeks and have declined 3 weeks in a row, which last year were expanded to also apply to all songs at least 3 years old regardless of movement, thus hindering Mariah. Not dissimilarly to "Hero", Mariah said in 2008 that "Without You" 'did a lot for [her] but isn't really representative of [her] as an artist', and in that Idol video said that she doesn't usually perform it in America because it's 'more like an international thing' - and indeed in the US it only reached #3, after 8 of her 10 prior singles were #1s. "Without You" was technically a double A-side with the album track "Never Forget You", going by the billing on the single cover, but I don't think "Never Forget You" received any remotely-significant exposure (except in the US maybe, as Wikipedia says it was 'promoted to urban radio') and ARIA, who've several times credited singles as double A-sides when they don't look like it on the actual physical item, didn't bother acknowledging it. If Hijinx getting to have Radiohead in his commentary batch was lucky, me getting Beck is quite unfortunate because I only really know 2 songs of his, even if I'm apparently one of the biggest fans of "Loser". Never fear, as this will be evened out next round with an artist Hijinx can probably say the same about. The chorus of "Loser" came about when, after trying to emulate the rapping style of Chuck D (of Public Enemy), Beck heard it played back and thought 'I'm the worst rapper in the world, I'm just a loser'. It was initially released with only 500 copies pressed - and only at the insistence of its producer, as Beck felt it was mediocre - but due to demand created from unexpected airplay, it led Beck to sign with the Geffen subsidiary DGC for better distribution. Similarly to Radiohead, Beck never matched his initial hit on the charts, and it still remains by far his most popular song now, but he went onto a path of critical acclaim, culminating in being the Grammys' choice to keep the Album of the Year winners list all nice and whitewashed against Beyoncé's self-titled in 2015. I'm only mentioning "Whatta Man" now because unfortunately for them, they've fallen from #2 last round to #7, due to a large array of lost and lowered votes almost cutting their points in half. I expect Salt wouldn't approve of this disrespect. Though I keep reading Melodie MC's name as being a woman, probably because the spelling looks like 'Melanie' (and Melanie C), it was actually a man from Sweden, awarded "Whitest Rapper of the Year" by a magazine... now defunct after investing heavily in Scatman Joe [sic]. Apparently. That claim comes from Wikipedia and is entirely unsourced so take it with a grain of salt (and pepa). The singer on "Dum Da Dum" was Pja Sjöberg, a 'Japanese-Swedish hip hop artist' who more commonly went under the name Mayomi, although who knows, maybe both were actually Taylor Swift aliases. Dur dur d'être énigmatique. "Dum Da Dum" is another hit with a curious regional spread - big in Australia, the Netherlands and Sweden, but not much else to be found (it didn't chart at all in the UK). Taking the philosophy of their song title to heart, "Things Can Only Get Better" was originally a mere #24 UK hit in early 1993, but after a 2nd try a year later it became a 4-week #1, and followed to the Australian top 10 afterwards. Their upcoming 2nd entry has it beat, as it took 3 releases to achieve its greatest UK success. Later on, "Things Can Only Get Better" became the UK Labour Party's campaign song for the 1997 election, because nothing excites the public more than 'it's impossible for us to be worse than the alternative'. And speaking of UK #1s, Chaka Demus & Pliers achieved theirs (with the special honour of dethroning "Mr. Blobby") with "Twist And Shout" - their version of the song recorded by many, most notably The Beatles (for whom it's 6th in their Spotify power rankings). Of its featured artists, Jack Radics is a Jamaican artist with plenty of output, while (The) Taxi Gang are a group with the founding members Sly & Robbie, producers of Chaka Demus & Pliers' album and also, for future relevance to this game, No Doubt's "Hey Baby" (and "Underneath It All"). Like fellow #6-for-me "The Magic Friend", I hoped someone would save "Twist And Shout" from the dreaded zero, but sadly no dice. Neither "Tease Me" nor "Twist And Shout" is actually their most enduring song now; it's "Murder She Wrote", the lead single and only charter from the album in the US, but internationally the 4th single, relegating it to minor UK success and none elsewhere. It's been helped by an array of samples since, the most notable to me being Osmani Garcia/Pitbull's 2014 Latin hit "El Taxi".
53 - Tori Amos - Cornflake Girl (survived 1) 52 - East 17 - It's Alright (survived 2) 47 - Bruce Springsteen - Streets Of Philadelphia (survived 1) 32 - Snoop Doggy Dogg - What's My Name? 26 - Mariah Carey - Without You 22 - Beck - Loser 21 - Salt-N-Pepa with En Vogue - Whatta Man 19 - Melodie MC - Dum Da Dum 13 - D:Ream - Things Can Only Get Better 0 - Chaka Demus & Pliers with Jack Radics & Taxi Gang - Twist And Shout
Ace Of Base - The Sign Bruce Springsteen - Streets Of Philadelphia Chocolate Starfish - Mountain Counting Crows - Mr. Jones East 17 - It's Alright Enigma - Return To Innocence Jimmy Cliff - I Can See Clearly Now K-Klass - Let Me Show You Toni Braxton - Breathe Again Tori Amos - Cornflake Girl
If I never receive your vote by Friday evening, then I promise you that I shall never breathe again.
I am (pleasantly) surprised that Tori won the round.
+5 Tori Amos - Cornflake Girl +4 East 17 - It's Alright +3 Bruce Springsteen - Streets Of Philadelphia +2 Ace of Base - The Sign +1 K-Klass - Let Me Show You
Really strong top 5 again that I would have been happy to give +5 to any of those songs in a normal round.
'Cornflake Girl' was inspired by the Alice Walker novel, Possessing the Secret of Joy, which is about female circumcision, and how it is the women who take their daughters to get it done. i.e. the theme of women betraying women, how it is mostly done in secret, and how guys have no idea how brutal women can be to each other ("and the man with the golden gun thinks he knows so much"). Last edited:
+5 Tori Amos - Cornflake Girl +4 Bruce Springsteen - Streets Of Philadelphia (tempted to swap the top two around!) +3 East 17 - It's Alright +2 Enigma - Return To Innocence +1 Counting Crows - Mr. Jones
+5 Toni Braxton - Breathe Again +4 Ace of Base - The Sign +3 Tori Amos - Cornflake Girl (not sure I'm better off now that I know what it's about, but I didn't think it was breakfast cereal somehow. That has nothing to do with it dropping from first place, I just love the 2 new entries more) +2 East 17 - It's Alright +1 Counting Crows - Mr. Jones (they would be higher if 'Round Here' made the top 20)
Very strong round. Would happily give points to Bruce, Enigma & K-Klass too. Last edited:
+5 Bruce Springsteen - Streets Of Philadelphia +4 K-Klass - Let Me Show You +3 Toni Braxton - Breathe Again +2 Counting Crows - Mr. Jones +1 East 17 - It's Alright
-- strangely, even though I love the track, the strongest memory I have of Let Me Show You at the time was of a contestant on Vidiot singing the lyrics "you've got me hard by far!" during the round where they have to complete the end of the line, and Eden Gaha giving him the side eye. Of course the lyric is "you've got to live right now!", and even though you can possibly understand the confusion given the way the vocalist sings the line and the intentional distortion on the track, I am still unsure how that moment slipped past the censors!
+5: Enigma - Return To Innocence (this and Sadeness are possibly my top 2 of all 690 songs so far; disappointed that it's ended up in hopeless competition too) +4: East 17 - It's Alright +3: Tori Amos - Cornflake Girl +2: Ace Of Base - The Sign +1: Counting Crows - Mr. Jones
Wish I had room for I Can See Clearly Now. Let Me Show You also deserves points for the Scandalous/Burn-esque sirens alone.
Though it may feel like it's been longer, it has genuinely only been 12 rounds since we last had none of the new entries secure a place in the top 3. I wouldn't instinctively worship this round, as it's no bowl of Special K, nor is it a far more popular knockoff as performed by The Killers. Regardless, nothing really changes all that much in the margins, and the points are only slightly lower, perhaps due to a particularly close contender this time around. Tori Amos continues her run at the top of the table with "Cornflake Girl", slightly extending her lead over East 17 though it doesn't matter. If we ever give out commemorative Logo Hall Of Fame plaques, I'll remember to keep East 17 off the mailing list. Bruce Springsteen will be seeking his own Hall Of Fame entry next round with "Streets Of Philadelphia", incidentally he will be challenging an artist who he is currently challenging on next week's ARIA Album Chart for it. In terms of popular music, the timeline of this round is significant, as it covers the day that Kurt Cobain committed suicide. Quite a lot to take in for a lot of people, and add onto that if it were to happen as your band has a stratospheric rise in popularity. That's how it was for Adam Duritz of Counting Crows fame. Counting Crows (or Country Crows if you're one of the surprisingly several people who have misread the band's logo circa "August And Everything After") have a fascinating space in terms of their popularity. In the Hottest 100, they belong to a curious group of artists for having scored 3 or more entries in a single year, but never polled ever outside of that, which I assume will remain as such unless Flume decides to do a song with them. The song we're talking about here, "Mr. Jones" was not actually their highest entry there, as it was beaten out by "Einstein On The Beach (For An Eggman)" by 1 position. In terms of the ARIA Chart, they're a lesson in not calling One Hit Wonders too soon, as it would take them nearly 9 years to score a second top 50 hit, which ended up even more successful. I'm sure Adrian Lux has another hit in him too. In fact they're the kings of waiting because their most recent chart entry was their song "Colorblind", originally released in 1999 and on the "Cruel Intentions" soundtrack, but impacting the ARIA Chart in 2010 thanks to "So You Think You Can Dance". Maybe waiting is the wrong word, they've got a lot going on https://twitter.com/CountingCrows_ Nonetheless we will have to wait about 100 more rounds to see them again. Having their success a bit more concentrated in a time frame is Ace Of Base. They succeeded with their previous single "All That She Wants" going into the Hall Of Fame, but the same fortunes are not extended to their other ARIA #1 hit. Calling it 'other' feels a bit inaccurate as it was their most popular song, even becoming the #1 song of 1994 on the Billboard Hot 100 (incidentally "All That She Wants" surpasses it on Spotify streams nowadays). It sat in the middle of one of the biggest runs of week by week success, as between both of these singles (and their next single in this game), they spent 48 consecutive weeks in the Billboard Hot 100 top 10. Only Katy Perry, The Chainsmokers & Drake have surpassed them since. The narrative they spun about seeing something despite having eyes closed just really spoke to the youth of 1994. Now it's time to unfortunately deal with me incredibly out of my depth, as it's time to talk about a group whose music I am not really especially familiar with. Nonetheless I will do my best to delve into the story of Led Zeppelin. Immensely successful for the 12 years they were together, the band released 8 albums. 3 of them are officially self-titled, and they were followed by a 4th which doesn't actually have a name but is frequently known as "Led Zeppelin IV". It is their most successful album as helped by the fact it contains some of their most popular songs, such as "Black Dog" and "Stairway To Heaven". It closes out with "When The Levee Breaks", which was not a single at the time, but has become noted for being one of the most sampled pieces of music of all time. John Bonham's drum loop has been sampled by Björk, Massive Attack, Eminem (twice!) & Beyonce to name a few. Even recently in this game we heard a snippet of it in Sophie B. Hawkins' "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover", and here it is again courtesy of Enigma. Because "Return To Innocence" is a new age hit song, there has to be some manner of controversy surrounding sampling, and this time it comes courtesy of the Amis vocal hook. It was originally recorded in 1988 by Difang & Igay Duana, but years after Enigma sampled it and scored a hit, the two sued them for illegal usage of the sample, which was settled out of court. According to the label who released the Enigma album, they secured the rights by paying a French label who turned out to never actually have the rights in the first place. Despite a much lower peak, "Return To Innocence" actually spent longer in the ARIA top 50 than "Sadeness Part 1", and that's not even accounting for its further exposure in advertisements for the otherwise unheard of Olympic Games, which is how Difang & Igay found out about the song in the first place. We will not see further entries from Enigma, but riddle me this, Edward Nygma's turn in the spotlight as the villain in "Batman Forever" will soon net multiple ARIA #1's, so it'll be like Cretu never left! Once again tonight I'm left to talk about Toni Braxton. Only this time it's not her last top 20 hit, but instead her first. Toni's very scattershot success means that all her top 50 hits either made the top 10, or didn't crack the top 40. Unlike most US R&B stars, Toni's Australian success wasn't especially delayed. We did miss out on her first big hit "Another Sad Love Song", which entered the Australian top 100 a few weeks before "Breathe Again", and climbed with it until it reached #57 and promptly vanished from the charts afterwards. It probably helped put more focus on "Breathe Again", which ended up climbing to #2, just behind Ace Of Base. But enough about well known and popular artists, it's time for another random UK dance band who also briefly had a hit in Australia. Their original line up included Carl Thomas, Russ Morgan, Paul Roberts & Andy Williams (not that one, or that other one), though of them only Paul & Russ are yet to take L...eave from the group. At the height of their popularity, Russ & co. made a big splash in the UK with their big hit "Rhythm Is A Mystery". In a manner similar to Wretch 32 or McFly, they wouldn't penetrate the Australian market until later, with a less successful single in "Let Me Show You". Now, I know not all of us hold the same sporting grudges, to think that you too would carry spite at the Brisbane Lions' undefeated 2004 season being crippled because a goal umpire cannot be trusted with determining mid-air trajectories would be absurd. Surely though we can have a universal agreement that Derice and Brenner were robbed of competing in the 1988 Summer Olympics. Given that Derice laid claim to a 9.9s 100m sprint time, he would have had the world record, as it would later be discovered that Ben Johnson had been taking steroids at the time of his 9.83s record in 1987. What I'm saying is that Jimmy Cliff's rendition of "I Can See Clearly Now" was used in the soundtrack for "Cool Runnings", giving the reggae singer his first big international hit in nearly 25 years, after he, like Maxi Priest decided to warn an ex lover about the dangerous world out there in a Cat Stevens cover. Unlike the Jamaican bobsled team, Jimmy Cliff avoided finishing in last place, creeping up to 9th place. Finally, we have one last song to talk about, which in typical fashion for me, means I'll focus in on a few keywords to something I'm more equipped with. If you have ever played Mario Kart 64, I recommend watching SummoningSalt's video about the course Choco Mountain, detailing the 20 year history of how more and more shortcuts where found involving jumping over and alongside the walls of the track, and see how the world record for the track has gone from over 1 minute and 30 seconds, to 16.38 seconds, through one of the most impressive success stories of perseverance against microscopic odds I've ever witnessed. On the other hand, we have Chocolate Starfish, returning with an original song, perhaps dispelling any theory that 1970s cover versions are cursed because their "You're So Vain" cover scored twice as many points. Though the band will not be returning post-"Mountain", they did have respectable success with their follow up album, this has proved an especially fruitful round for bands who would later score accidental top 50 hits.
51 - Tori Amos - Cornflake Girl (survived 2) 48 - East 17 - It's Alright (survived 3; inducted!) 45 - Bruce Springsteen - Streets Of Philadelphia (survived 2) 43 - Counting Crows - Mr. Jones 28 - Ace Of Base - The Sign 21 - Enigma - Return To Innocence 21 - Toni Braxton - Breathe Again 14 - K-Klass - Let Me Show You 11 - Jimmy Cliff - I Can See Clearly Now 3 - Chocolate Starfish - Mountain
Bruce Springsteen - Streets Of Philadelphia Crash Test Dummies - Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm Doop - Doop Jam & Spoon feat. Plavka - Right In The Night (Fall In Love With Music) Madonna - I'll Remember Metallica - One Pauline Henry - Feel Like Making Love Prince - The Most Beautiful Girl In The World Roxette - Sleeping In My Car Tori Amos - Cornflake Girl
Hold my breath as I wish for top 5 votes by Sunday night
Though Metallica are listed as "One (Live)" on this site's database, the actual single had the album version as track 1 (followed by a demo and the live version), and the printed charts said just "One". So we're considering it the album version, though if you do prefer the live version (which is the one that appears on their "Live Sh*t: Binge & Purge" album), you can vote it instead.
+5 Tori Amos - Cornflake Girl +4 Pauline Henry - Feel Like Making Love +3 Bruce Springsteen - Streets of Philadelphia +2 Jam & Spoon feat. Plavka - Right In the Night (Fall In Love With Music) +1 Roxette - Sleeping In My Car
Another strong round. I would have also given points to Crash Test Dummies.
From what I can see, the gap between the dates that 'It's Alright' and the previous induction, 'What Is Love?', reached the top 20 (a day short of 3 months) is the longest gap between inductions to date. Last edited:
+5 Roxette - Sleeping In My Car +4 Tori Amos - Cornflake Girl +3 Pauline Henry - Feel Like Making Love +2 Crash Test Dummies - Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm +1 Jam & Spoon feat. Plavka - Right In the Night (Fall In Love With Music)
+5: Jam & Spoon feat. Plavka - Right In The Night (Fall In Love With Music) (I had this in memory as being nothing special, but I was completely wrong! If I'm not forgetting anything, the first trance top 20 hit, I'd say? The 12-minute b-side Follow Me! is great as well) +4: Doop - Doop (we are blessed to get both Doop and Here's Johnny) +3: Tori Amos - Cornflake Girl +2: Metallica - One (unexpectedly really enjoyed the live version too) +1: Roxette - Sleeping In My Car
Huge top 4, and the 3rd-most-iconic '90s-charting Pauline and Madonna deserved points too.
@Meglos congrats on voting Roxette 16 out of 16 times!
+5 Tori Amos - Cornflake Girl +4 Roxette - Sleeping In My Car +3 Bruce Springsteen - Streets Of Philadelphia +2 Crash Test Dummies - Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm +1 Jam & Spoon feat. Plavka - Right In The Night (Fall In Love With Music)
+5 Bruce Springsteen - Streets Of Philadelphia +4 Crash Test Dummies - Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm +3 Jam & Spoon - Right In The Night (Fall In Love With Music) +2 Madonna - I'll Remember +1 Symbol (Prince) - The Most Beautiful Girl In The World
First things first, the unsurprising. 2 successful rounds have turned into 3 for "Cornflake Girl", with a trajectory both consistent and passionate, as it received no votes below +3 this round and few in the previous 2. It can now claim the very trivial feat of being the highest-scoring non-top 18 hit in the game; the only other one to have made the HOF is "Come Undone". Even more consistent is the lead it's had over this round's 2nd success, "Streets Of Philadelphia", which has been precisely 6 points behind all 3 times. It's our esteemed 69th inductee, and if you were hoping for some fitting stats... it got 68% of votes this round, and 70% across all 3; so close. Despite the top 2's strong performances, they've never actually been the most voted song of the round - the first time they were slightly surpassed by "It's Alright", the second time by "Mr. Jones" too, and this time, the song with the most votes is the sole one continuing to the next round: "Right In The Night". One of 2 - or 3, really - acts in this round with top 20 hits under multiple aliases, the German duo of Rolf Ellmer and Markus Löffel first formed as Jam & Spoon, taking on the stage names Jam El Mar (note the similarity to 'Ellmer') and Mark Spoon ('löffel' is German for 'spoon'). Following the popular underground track "Stella", they put out "Right In The Night", with its flamenco guitar line based on the classical piece "Asturias (Leyenda)" by the Spanish composer Isaac Albéniz, estabilishing a sound I'd draw a line from to much-later hits like "On A Night Like This" and "9 PM (Till I Come)". "Right In The Night" became a pan-European hit (though in the UK it took a 1995 re-release to improve its peak from #31 to #10), and Australia was one of its biggest successes, where it made the year-end top 20. It featured the vocalist Plavka, who'd previously been part of The Shamen in 1990-91, her departure immortalised in a melodramatic article describing The Shamen as in 'shambles', 'fallen apart', 'may not survive'... the next year they released "Ebeneezer Goode". For Plavka, she'd work with Jam & Spoon continuously, and for a collision of completely different musical worlds, her brother was (briefly) a guitarist for the bands Buckcherry and Fuel, and Plavka was the one who inspired him to learn guitar so they could form a band. Jam & Spoon fell on the wrong side of our top 20 cutoff with their #22-peaking follow-up, but a year later, they'd formed the project Tokyo Ghetto Pussy, now using the monikers Trancy Spacer and Spacy Trancer, with which they scored 2 more Australian top 10 hits. They kept a running theme with their albums too, as "Right In The Night" comes from "Tripomatic Fairytales 2001", and Tokyo Ghetto Pussy's hits come from "Disco 2001". Further on, they adopted another name, Storm, who reached #3 in the UK (the highest of any of their projects) in 2000 with "Time To Burn", though it didn't chart here. Their utensils also continued their legacy when Philip George reached #2 in the UK in 2015, with a song entirely composed with a spoon . What does this mean? We're really testing the limits for Metallica ever dubbing us forgiven, as they've ended up #4 for a 3rd time. "One" originally comes from their 1988 album "...And Justice For All", and was their first song to have a music video made, and their first song to chart significantly anywhere (it reached #38 in Australia in mid-1989), and remains one of their highest-rated and most popular songs (on Spotify it's 4th behind "Enter Sandman", "Nothing Else Matters" and "Master Of Puppets"). In the extended gap following their giant success with the "Metallica" album, they put out "Live Sh*t: Binge & Purge" in late 1993, featuring recordings from their concerts in Mexico City on their 1993 tour. "One" followed as a single in 1994; a European release featured it and 3 other songs in live forms only, but the Australian version had, as mentioned before, the album version, the original demo recorded right after they wrote it in 1987, and the live version. With the album version being 7:24 long and the live version 9:38 (and even that's with crowd noise at the beginning and end trimmed compared to the 10:27 live album version), and no radio edit in sight, it's probably among the longest songs to have ever reached the top 10. Having used up their tour single and live single tricks, and probably not being ones to go record a soundtrack ballad, Metallica will now have to rest until their actual next album in 1996. Also in between projects at this time was Madonna, though she was so active that she was rarely far from the charts, even with only 3 actual studio albums released during the '90s. "I'll Remember" comes from the soundtrack to "With Honors", a 'comedy-drama' film in which... an arrogant Harvard student drops his only copy of his 100-page thesis, which is caught by a homeless man who makes a deal to return one page for each favour done for him, teaching the student 'valuable lessons about life and himself'. Maybe he won't come out confused. Probably more successful than the film was the song, building on the style of "Rain" for an inviting synth-pop ballad that became one of her bigget '90s US hits, helping keep radio satiated before another left-turn with her next album, though much less abrasively so than "Erotica". I just saw a comparison of "I'll Remember" to Katy Perry's "Wide Awake" and I'm surprised I never thought of it myself because they're a perfect match. One of the 2 songs that blocked our qualifier "Right In The Night" from #1 is "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm". Before it, Crash Test Dummies' debut album had been a multi-platinum success in their homeland of Canada - a country which, according to the band's singer, 'loves to eat their own'; the industry 'decided [their] first record had done well enough and now it was time to undo all that'. However, while they were struggling for airplay there, "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" got picked up by an American radio station, prompting people calling in saying 'What is that voice? Who is that guy singing that "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" song? What do those words mean, and why is his voice so low? We've never heard anything like this'. The label took notice of the strong response and duly prioritised them, and even back in Canada, radio decided they now had to play the band again, and a different single was released for them. I thought I knew the story of "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm", but one thing I didn't was that the shaking and lurching refers to speaking in tongues, inspired by a friend who'd see her parents do that in church as a child and found it terrifying seeing them seem to lose their minds. 19 years later, the TV series adaptation of "Angry Birds" would produce an episode called "Crash Test Piggies", in which 'Corporal Pig tries out his latest weapon of mass destruction on some very worried Minion Pigs'. It's been a while since their biggest hits, but we've now reached the end of one of the greatest constants of this game: Roxette, who we've sifted through 12 songs of, from their international debut to, now, 3 albums later. Not helped by some unlucky timing, they only got the one HOF entry with "Fading Like A Flower", but they maintained a very strong rate of success up until it, and even with their lesser-known last 5, the lowest they got was still a reasonable 8 points from 5 voters ("How Do You Do!"). They scored 415 points in total (only Madonna, Janet, U2 and The KLF have more), an average of 26 per round, and received 150 out of 275 possible votes (55%), being voted at least once by every person who's played this game (well, apart from 3 who never did so in a round with Roxette). For a nice sendoff, "Sleeping In My Car" managed an upswing from their last 2, matching "Spending My Time" as their best performance post-"Fading Like A Flower". As for the song, it's my one last time to consult my favourite resource: the archived page of their GH liner notes (9/12 of their songs landed in my commentary lots, so I've had a lot of opportunities). While with a few of their hits, they've not necessarily been their own biggest fans in retrospect, "Sleeping In My Car"'s blurb starts off with, in unison: 'THIS IS A GREAT SONG!'. It came about when they were listening to the first playback of their "Crash! Boom! Bang!" album and realised it sounded 'so perfectly grown-up'; they did love it it, but there was 'too little P-O-P'. Per Gessle came back with the song the next day, and they recorded it quickly and felt it was 'like becoming 5 years younger again', and it became the album's first single (though "Almost Unreal" appeared as a Japanese bonus track, and on the 2009 reissue now present on the digital services). Speaking of "Almost Unreal", it's time for Hocus Pocus! The second of the multi-alias artists in this round, we'll be meeting the Dutch duo before too long with "Here's Johnny!", but first, we've got their work as Doop. It's possible "Here's Johnny!" actually pre-dates "Doop", as they both seem to originate in 1993, plus they actually had a track called "Hocus Pocus" (released under the one-off name Vicious Delicious, but eventually appearing on Hocus Pocus' album) before that in 1992. I don't know much about the origins of "Doop" (and even less about "Here's Johnny!", possibly one of the most internationally-obscure Australian #1s not by an Australian artist), apart from it being based on the music of the 1920s Charleston dance; I'd love to read an interview if they did one. "Doop" reached #1 in the UK, inspiring some 'worst #1 ever'-type ire, stealing poor Mr. Blobby's thunder after only 3 months. It was released in 3 main versions: the Sidney Berlin Ragtime Band (which was track 1 on the Australian release and used in the video) and Jean Lejeux Et Son Orchestre ones, each using a different band, and the Urge 2 Merge mix (track 1 in the UK), merging together the 2. Over 1989-1990, the Scottish trio The Chimes, with Pauline Henry on vocals, had a series of singles including 1 significant hit: a big-voiced soul/dance cover of U2's "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For", which reached the UK top 10 and #26 here, so we weren't far off having it in this game. Following with a solo career, the same fate befell Pauline: her 1 significant hit was a cover, of the hard rock band Bad Company's 1975 track "Feel Like Makin' Love", which had been a decent-sized hit in the US & UK and is their biggest song on Spotify. Pauline's version halved The Chimes' peak in Australia, and spent longer in the top 50 here than all her singles combined did in the UK top 50. Prince had reached #1 in Australia with "When Doves Cry", but it took until "The Most Beautiful Girl In The World" for him to do so again (and in the UK it was his first time). Ironically, out of 9 entries in this game, it's the first time he's placed at the bottom, and the first time he's scored below 10 points. If you were thinking, being a radio-friendly ballad that returned him to the top of the charts, amidst a period of label trouble for him, it would've been a label-demanded song, you'd be wrong! As was I, before reading up on it once last year in a biography I found on Google Books. In June 1993 on his 35th birthday, he changed his name to his unpronounceable symbol (' Ƭ̵̬̊ ' is a decent rendering) and announced he would no longer provide Warner with new songs, but instead would fulfil his contract with unreleased material from his vault. Warner sent out floppy disks with the glyph so it could be used in print, though I believe 'The Artist Formerly Known As Prince' or 'TAFKAP' for short were the common choices. In 1994, he presented Warner with 2 albums he wished to release at once: "Come", consisting of mostly old material, and "The Gold Experience", with new songs, wanting the former to be released under 'Prince' and the latter under the symbol. Warner refused, but by early 1994, they relented to letting him release "The Most Beautiful Girl In The World" independently, with his own money. Taking it as a chance to prove he should be allowed to do things his own way, he plotted an expensive marketing plan involving booking magazine ad space requesting applicants for 'the most beautiful girl in the world to spend the holidays with', 7 of whom ended up appearing in the video. It worked, though I feel like the song hasn't held up as one of his biggest, and for whatever reason (possibly the independent release), it still doesn't exist on Spotify even after (the bulk of) his discography was made available in 2017, after his death. Neither my reading of the biography nor my knowledge of his music extend far enough to know what he did after 1994, but "The Most Beautiful Girl In The World" was his last big hit by far, with only 1.5 further top 20 hits to come within his lifetime, plus "Purple Rain" and "When Doves Cry" upon his death.
55 - Tori Amos - Cornflake Girl (survived 3; inducted!) 49 - Bruce Springsteen - Streets Of Philadelphia (survived 3; inducted!) 45 - Jam & Spoon feat. Plavka - Right In The Night (Fall In Love With Music) (survived 1) 36 - Metallica - One 26 - Madonna - I'll Remember 21 - Crash Test Dummies - Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm 18 - Roxette - Sleeping In My Car 16 - Doop - Doop 10 - Pauline Henry - Feel Like Making Love 9 - Prince - The Most Beautiful Girl In The World
East 17 - Around The World Eternal - Stay Frente! - Bizarre Love Triangle [from "Lonely" EP] Jam & Spoon feat. Plavka - Right In The Night (Fall In Love With Music) Marcella Detroit - I Believe Pretenders - I'll Stand By You Prince - The Beautiful Experience [EP] The Poor - More Wine Waiter Please Twenty 4 Seven feat. Stay-C & Nance - Is It Love Zhané - Groove Thang
Give a little bit of votes and you'll get back the results on Tuesday evening.
Prince is an EP with 6 remixes of "The Most Beautiful Girl In The World", followed by the original. There's a video with the whole EP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rsscmAQ6uE , so you can listen to track 1 (or the whole thing if you want) there. You can vote it on any of the 6 remixes, but I'd prefer if you don't vote it based on the original as it already had its own chance.
Frente!'s EP is led by "Lonely", but from everything I know, their "Bizarre Love Triangle" cover was the main popular track (ARIA even credited it as "Lonely/Bizarre Love Triangle", and "Lonely" had originally been and gone as an #88 hit before it was re-released with "Bizarre Love Triangle" now part of it). You can vote "Lonely" instead if you prefer it though.
+5 Marcella Detroit - I Believe (my favorite new discovery since Just Another Day) +4 Frente! - Lonely (I do like Bizarre Love Triangle as well, although I prefer the original by New Order) +3 Prince - Beautiful (I only listened to track 1 on the EP) +2 Eternal - Stay (don't have anything to say about this but I like having brackets for all 5 votes) +1 Jam & Spoon feat. Plavka - Right In The Night (Fall In Love With Music)
+5 Jam & Spoon feat. Plavka - Right In The Night (Fall In Love With Music) +4 Eternal - Stay +3 Frente! - Bizarre Love Triangle [from "Lonely" EP] +2 Marcella Detroit - I Believe +1 Prince - The Beautiful Experience [EP]
--- average round for me, it's a pity some tracks from last round weren't around for this round!
+5: Jam & Spoon feat. Plavka - Right In The Spoon (Fall In Love With Music) +4: East 17 - Around The World +3: Twenty 4 Seven feat. Stay-C & Nance - Is It Love +2: The Poor - 👏MORE👏WINE👏WAITER👏PLEASE👏 +1: Eternal - Stay
Apart from Jam & Spoon, this round is a strange anomaly for me against a long run of generally-strong rounds (or at least top 5s); the other 4 songs would've ranked #6 or #7 in most rounds since... the start of 1991, really.
+5: Frente! - Bizarre Love Triangle +4: Jam & Spoon ft. Plavka - Right In The Night (Fall In Love With Music) +3: Twenty 4 Seven ft. Stay-C & Nance - Is It Love +2: East 17 - Around The World +1: Zhané - Groove Thang
With two heavy hitters out of play, Jam & Spoon are now able to fully realise their potential, and "Right In The Night (Fall In Love With Music)" sees a dramatic increase of 15 points from last round. With multiple top 20 Pearl Jam hits, and "Spoonman" not far away from the top 20, this was a very jammy & spoony year. For the most part this was the battle of 4 songs with likely only space for 3, including among them, 2 Hall Of Fame alumni. Taking another run for it now is Frente! as they return with their last notable hit. As you know it's a somewhat oddly defined one because the chart run for "Lonely" perhaps misinterprets its popularity. Originally released as a single before hand, it was a brief top 100 hit, but was turned into a top 10 hit with the inclusion of a cover version. It was a cover especially primed for Australian audiences as "Bizarre Love Triangle" was most successful in Australia, reaching the top 5 here and nowhere else. Frente!'s interpretation may well be a trope codifier for what we'll see in the future with upbeat pop songs being made into dour ballads, perhaps not to the same degree of fanfare. Frente! themselves would struggle to replicate it as well, as the Wikipedia article for their second album "Shape" succinctly notes "It was not as successful as their debut album". They did manage a 2nd Hottest 100 entry (only 10 places below "Bizarre Love Triangle") from it, but it only peaked at #35, surely not helped by its artwork. Alongside them, the final top 3 slot goes to a new group for this game, Eternal. Formed as the UK's answer to En Vogue, Eternal is made up of two sisters and two friends. They are probably best known as a trio though because one of the latter, Louise would leave after their first album so as to avoid being the Tony Borowiak of the group and end up with a reasonably successful solo career in the UK. Before this though, their debut album was immensely successful, becoming the first UK girl group to sell a million copies of an album in their homeland. It also netted their biggest Australian hit, "Stay". It sees them through ahead of a "Stay"-heavy group which includes Stay-C, and also one half of the duo behind the most recent "Stay" at this point. This is of course Marcella Detroit of Shakespear's Sister fame. Though they might seem infallible at the point with their last two top 20 hits making it into the Hall Of Fame, Marcella's solo career falls one place short with "I Believe". Perhaps love isn't the answer after all. Though it was a strong start to her solo career, "I Believe" was also the last time she made the ARIA top 100. Once again I remind you that we are well entrenched into the 1990s, close to the halfway point actually. Now here's a band who scored their biggest hit in 1980. "Brass In Pocket" in fact belongs on my personal hell playlist for how often it was played loudly in my house as a kid when I was trying to sleep. That's not why Pretenders are here though, as Chrissie Hynde and company managed another big hit in 1994 with "I'll Stand By You". 1994 was also the year that the Humane Society International Australia branch was founded, and years later the two would work together to make one of the saddest commercials on Australian TV in the 2000s. It also appears as the final track on the band's "Greatest Hits" album, whose Wikipedia article title a recent Twitter bot has taught me can be read to the tune of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme. A close pack has them just narrowly make the top half of the list. Behind them are mostly also-rans from artists who have seen better performances prior. First of those is Zhané who managed to follow up their top 10 success of "Hey Mr. D.J." with a further top 20 hit in "Groove Thang". In the absense of a viral dance craze months after release in East Asia, "Groove Thang" found its highest success in New Zealand where it reached the top 10. Though Zhané would release a 2nd album, their success pretty much ended with their first, only narrowly scoring a US top 40 hit with the 2nd album. Fairing a bit better with their second album was East 17. Following the big run of hits from "Walthamstow", they released "Steam", which aside from allowing you to download TF2 for free, also brought with it an instant top 10 hit in "Around The World". It makes for an underwhelming return in this game following "It's Alright", though it has managed to outscore "West End Girls" and "Deep". The first of at least two artists from Darwin we will be meeting in this game, 1994 brought out the sole noteworthy chart moment for The Poor. Perhaps touted as one to watch at the time, they managed to score support slots alongside The Angels & AC/DC, and stand out a fair bit as a new hard rock band scoring a top 10 hit on the ARIA Charts. In that sense you could say it was a hit in spite of being a Poor song. In the original game I singlehandedly kept it from a 0 score, but here with non top 10 competition they make it to #8. Narrowly behind is the return of Twenty 4 Seven and their featured artists who actually are on the cover of their album. Something of a diminishing return as they went from a #2 hit to a #20 hit. It would not be unreasonable to think they would follow it with a #200 hit but they did manage #52 here. And with that in mind it would be reasonable to think that "Is It Love" is the last involvement of Twenty 4 Seven in this game, but 9 years from here their music will return via a cover. While it is normal to see a song retain the top place on the rankings for two rounds in a row, it's quite bizarre to see it happen on the bottom end of the list. However much like Michael Jackson's #1 hit "Black Or White" came along with a further top 20 remixes EP, the same thing happens with The Artist Formerly Known As Prince and his #1 hit "The Most Beautiful Girl In The World". While a 33 minute EP might seem excessively long for a single, I proved this weekend it is possible to beat Furi faster than listening to the whole thing. The EP frequently takes cue from Salt-N-Pepa's "Shoop", reminding you that like Prince said, you, the mother of Stacy, have got it going on. Perhaps with less competition to stop it, this EP actually only scores 1 less point than the original version did.
60 - Jam & Spoon feat. Plavka - Right In The Night (Fall In Love With Music) (survived 2) 51 - Frente! - Bizarre Love Triangle [from "Lonely" EP] (survived 1) 45 - Eternal - Stay (survived 1) 39 - Marcella Detroit - I Believe 23 - Pretenders - I'll Stand By You 20 - Zhané - Groove Thang 16 - East 17 - Around The World 12 - The Poor - More Wine Waiter Please 11 - Twenty 4 Seven feat. Stay-C & Nance - Is It Love 8 - Prince - The Beautiful Experience [EP]
3 The Hard Way - Hip Hop Holiday D:Ream - U R The Best Thing Eternal - Stay Frente! - Bizarre Love Triangle [from "Lonely" EP] Jam & Spoon feat. Plavka - Right In The Night (Fall In Love With Music) Kulcha - Shaka Jam Reel 2 Real feat. The Mad Stuntman - I Like To Move It Tag Team - Whoomp! (There It Is) Take That - Pray Wet Wet Wet - Love Is All Around
So if you really love top 5 votes, c'mon and let it show by Thursday night
+5 D:Ream - U R The Best Thing +4 Frente! - Bizarre Love Triangle [from "Lonely" EP] +3 Jam & Spoon feat. Plavka - Right In The Night (Fall In Love With Music) +2 Tag Team - Whoomp! (There It Is) +1 Eternal - Stay
+5: Jam & Spoon feat. Plavka - Right In The Night (Fall In Love With Music) +4: Reel 2 Real feat. The Mad Stuntman - I Like To Move It +3: Tag Team - Whoomp! (That Ass) +2: Wet Wet Wet - Love Is All Around +1: 3 The Hard Way - Hip Hop Holiday
Kulcha and D:Ream close with the last 2; I prefer this round to the last.
+5 Jam & Spoon featuring Plavka - Right In The Night (Fall In Love With Music) +4 Eternal - Stay +3 D:Dream - U R The Best Thing +2 Frente! - Lonely EP (I liked Explode the most ) +1 Real 2 Real featuring The Mad Stuntman - I Like To Move It
+5: Frente! - Bizarre Love Triangle +4: Reel 2 Real ft. The Mad Stuntman - I Like To Move It +3: Jam & Spoon ft. Plavka - Right In The Night (Fall In Love With Music) +2: Tag Team - Whoomp! (There It Is) +1: D:Ream - U R The Best Thing
Great round! I had Love Is All Around pegged as being in my vote once I knew it was coming up soon but it's not strong enough for this round!
No change to be reported in the top 3. After last round Jam & Spoon managed the feat of moving down in nobody's votes, they did get shifted in both directions this time, but the changes cancelled each other out enough for them to end up on exactly 60 points again. With a total narrowly beating "It's Alright" and "Cornflake Girl", "Right In The Night" is the new champion for 1994 so far, completely shattering the 2 songs that blocked it from the ARIA #1, "The Most Beautiful Girl In The World" and "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" (with an extra blow to the former since it essentially placed at #10 twice). Frente!'s hot streak continues and they'll be looking to become the first EP in the Hall of Fame next round (well, some others with multiple b-sides could probably pass for EPs, but the "Lonely" EP is the first where it actually matters), while Eternal's hopes will be to become the first girl group inducted (as long as you don't count Bangles, Salt-N-Pepa or Shakespears Sister as one). Surprisingly tripling the points of their bigger hit, D:Ream were the one competitor to the top 3, with 9/19 people voting the whole top 4. "U R The Best Thing" was first released in the UK in 1992 as their debut single, reaching #72, then re-released in 1993 following "Things Can Only Get Better"'s first release, reaching #19, and then again re-released in 1994 after "Things..."'s #1 success, this time making the top 5 and following forth to Australia, where it matched "Things..."'s #9 peak (albeit with less longevity). Though the video thumbnails all have the same colour scheme, I think all 3 were different, and the 1994 audio was a remix by Perfecto, the duo consisting of Paul Oakenfold and Steve Osborne, who had in recent years done remixes for U2 among others. With about half of their UK chart discography being the numerous releases of those 2 songs, "U R The Best Thing" would also be their last top 50 hit in Australia, though lead singer Peter Cunnah did resurface on a #50-peaking Chicane song in 2003. We met Wet Wet Wet once before with "Sweet Surrender" to little fanfare (and came close with a #21 hit), but otherwise their Australian success was sparing during their early UK hit streak. Everything changed when they were approached to cover a song for the film "Four Weddings And A Funeral", and given the options of "Love Is All Around" (originally from 1967 by The Troggs, of "Wild Thing" fame), "I Will Survive", and Barry Manilow's "Can't Smile Without You". The chosen "Love Is All Around" famously became a 15-week UK #1, a run only (narrowly) beaten by Bryan Adams before and only matched by Drake's "One Dance" since, ending up with the band deleting it from further production (supposedly because it was 'time to put the song to bed'). It likely wouldn't have remained at #1 for longer either way though, as it was succeeded by Whigfield's unfortunately-not-an-Australian-hit "Saturday Night", debuting at #1 with, if the information I've seen is correct, higher sales than Wet Wet Wet ever had in any of their individual weeks. Though "Love Is All Around" 'only' spent 6 weeks at #1 in Australia, it ended up as the highest selling single of the year, and unlike the last 3 EOY #1s ("Everything I Do", "Achy Breaky Heart" and "I'd Do Anything..."), it's actually managed to surpass 20 points here. 1989 and 1990's #1s ("Like A Prayer" and "Nothing Compares 2 U") of course still slash the rest. Hip hop entries so far have been lightly sprinkled throughout rounds, but this time we got... 2, 3 or even 4, depending on your categorisation, at once, and the crown among them goes to "Whoomp! (There It Is)". One thing I didn't know before is that in the US, it was actually a song with 2 competing versions, with differing verses but very similar hooks - the other being the similarly-titled "Whoot, There It Is" by the Miami bass group 95 South, which reached #11 in the US while the Tag Team version was at its #2 peak, in August 1993. The story behind the 2 versions is not definitive, as both parties offer different explanations. 95 South's Carlos Spencer, now the owner of a hair salon, says his group came up with it and recorded it with an early version of ProTools, which they didn't realise retained their data session after they left the studio. He took the record to a DJ in a strip club to play, who loved it; that DJ was one half of Tag Team, and knew the song's producer, and after that, went to the same studio and (allegedly) copied it near-verbatim. Tag Team say that 'whoomp, there it is' was a common saying in a club one of them worked in, and just happened to be used in numerous records, and as for one of those records being extremely similar... they just 'weren't thinking about it'. One of the differences is that while 95 South's version said 'booty' many times, Tag Team's only spelt it out as 'B-double O-T-Y', and Carlos Spencer says that some radio stations were so conservative at the time that they wouldn't play the word 'booty', helping encourage them to pick the Tag Team version. Being the bigger hit, it was Tag Team's that made it internationally, hitting #19 in Australia about a year after its US peak, though in the UK the biggest version of the song was actually neither - rather, it was the dance version by Clock, following their successful "Axel F" cover, which hit the top 5 there (and #96 here). The producers of the 95 South version would later go on to produce Quad City DJ's' "C'mon N' Ride It (The Train)", which outpeaked Tag Team in Australia, so maybe they got the last laugh. Tag Team, for their part, tried to milk their success with a new version for the "Addams Family Values" film, titled "Addams Family (Whoomp!)"; it didn't do much but I admire it as something that has to be heard to believe it's real. One song whose movie tie-in certainly succeeded is "I Like To Move It"; for all its success at the time, if you type it into YouTube or Spotify now it's the "Madagascar" version you'll find first, and I for one was very surprised when I first found that it was a real, charting song a decade prior. The bushpig is native to East and Southern Africa, but also found on Madagascar; it's unknown how it got there, but presumed to have been introduced by humans. "I Like To Move It" may not be progressing here, but it at least has its recent Ultimate Chart Hit Tournament win to keep it alive somewhere. It wouldn't be off the cards for a successful NZ artist to never make it to Australia - look no further than Six60, a constant presence on the NZ charts for most of this decade who've never so much as scraped an Australian chart. However, more in the fashion of Lorde's prompt spread, it only took a couple months for 3 The Hard Way to convert the 10cc "Dreadlock Holiday"-interpolating Hip Hop Holiday"'s NZ success - the first NZ hip hop song to reach #1, so I've read - over to Australia. Their follow-up success at the time was limited, but 9 years later when they released their 2nd album, they did manage to score a 2nd NZ #1 single, interrupting the 12-week reign of Scribe's "Not Many", while wanting to reissue the first album but being unable to because nobody in the band had a copy. Landing midway in Take That's osmosis from what Smash Hits (UK version) called 'the sauciest video in pop history' (I recently stumbled on a Flickr gallery of Smash Hits scans) to being unrecognisable as the same band in "Back For Good", "Pray" was their first UK #1... in mid-1993. Peaking at #62 in Australia at the time, it was re-released in Australia following "Relight My Fire" (their 2nd UK #1; #33 here), timed with a local promotional tour, and became their first of only 2 Australian top 10 hits ever. Whereas Take That were outcharting East 17 in the UK at this point, East 17 clearly found much greater favour than them in Australia, and the same applies in this game as all 5 East 17 entries so far have scored better than "Pray". Back to the Antipodean vibes, Kulcha found a gap to fill for a local act akin to US new jack swing groups, and had apparently scored tour dates with East 17 and Salt-N-Pepa within 6 months of their debut. Though "Shaka Jam" was their only top 10 hit, they managed a gold-certified album and several years of success, in both Australia and NZ, and they'll have more opportunities to try and score more than 1 point.
60 - Jam & Spoon feat. Plavka - Right In The Night (Fall In Love With Music) (survived 3; inducted!) 54 - Frente! - Bizarre Love Triangle [from "Lonely" EP] (survived 2) 43 - Eternal - Stay (survived 2) 39 - D:Ream - U R The Best Thing 26 - Wet Wet Wet - Love Is All Around 24 - Tag Team - Whoomp! (There It Is) 21 - Reel 2 Real feat. The Mad Stuntman - I Like To Move It 10 - 3 The Hard Way - Hip Hop Holiday 7 - Take That - Pray 1 - Kulcha - Shaka Jam Last edited:
Absolutely Fabulous - Absolutely Fabulous Big Mountain - Baby, I Love Your Way Blur - Girls & Boys Crystal Waters - 100% Pure Love Des'ree - You Gotta Be Eternal - Stay Frente! - Bizarre Love Triangle [from "Lonely" EP] Mariah Carey - Anytime You Need A Friend Soundgarden - Black Hole Sun Southend with Nik Fish - The Winner Is...
Looking for girls who vote boys who like boys to vote girls who vote boys like they're girls who vote girls like they're boys. Always should be some songs you really love.
Hijinx is going overseas for the next week and a half, so we're planning to run the game at half-speed for that time, with 4 days per round. This round will be open until Monday evening.
Also as an aside, I've already typed up most of the commentary with no connection to the results so I don't have to spend hours sitting at a computer on the other side of the world typing it later. So this is an advance warning if it flows kind of awkwardly (more so than usual :p)
+5 Soundgarden - Black Hole Sun +4 Blur - Girls & Boys +3 Eternal - Stay +2 Frente! - Bizarre Love Triangle +1 Des'ree - You Gotta Be
would have also liked to fit Crystal Waters & Southend.
+5 Crystal Waters - 100% Pure Love +4 Mariah Carey - Anytime You Need A Friend - might be the highest I've ranked a Mariah single, I really like this one +3 Eternal - Stay +2 Blur - Girls & Boys +1 Des'ree - You Gotta Be
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huge improvement this round... am quietly hoping 3 new songs make up the top 3
+5 Blur - Girls & Boys +4 Soundgarden - Black Hole Sun +3 Crystal Waters - 100% Pure Love +2 Absolutely Fabulous - Absolutely Fabulous +1 Big Mountain - Baby, I Love Your Way (just knocked out BLT for me)
Well we had two songs carrying on into this round, so now instead it's time to talk about the three songs that beat them. Time for yet another extremely lengthy piece of exposition on a '90s British band I adore. Or maybe not because Blur strike me as succinct fellows. Nonetheless they made quite an impact on the music scene at the time. The heavily discussed sub-genre of Britpop takes its origins from the band's single "Popscene", despite it initially being a commercial flop. The term became a bit of a burden for the band later, as many other groups hopped on board with it, while Blur felt desires to explore elsewhere with their music, leading to people feeling betrayed because Blur stepped away from a genre of music that was coined specifically to describe the music they were making in the first place. That's for another time though, as for the time being, we find ourselves discussing the seminal 1994 LP that is known as...PARKLIFE! Arguably the only good thing related to greyhound racing, it was a massive commercial & critical success, and still the band's highest selling album in the UK. It also houses the first of the band's two Australian top 20 singles, "Girls And Boys". The song was already relatively dancey for Blur's standards even before Pet Shop Boys made a popular remix of it. It should perhaps come as no surprise that of thrash metal's big four, we only get to speak about one of them in this game. This is balanced out however by grunge's big four, where three step up to the plate (Alice In Chains' lack of hit singles should not come as a surprise but still a disappointment). With that in mind we've finally completed that set as Soundgarden make their appearance. As has been previously mentioned, "Spoonman" was a near miss, but there is no such issue for their biggest hit "Black Hole Sun". "Black Hole Sun" has a unique chart feat as it's the only song to ever be crowned #1 of the year on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart without actually hitting #1 on the weekly chart. Its legacy continues beyond that too. Enter The Gungeon includes a gun that fires black holes at enemies, bluntly named the "Black Hole Gun" whose flavour text makes it very apparent it's a deliberate Soundgarden nod, and when Chris Cornell passed away 2 years ago, it re-entered the charts higher than anything else of his, including more recent Audioslave hits (Audioslave unluckily have 3 top 40 hits but will not be appearing in this game). The song is also of course famous for its video, featuring the most uncanny of hill valleys being swallowed up by a black hole. Getting to see the world's first ever picture of a real black hole is admittedly not something I expected to happen in the midst of this game. When we last saw Crystal Waters, she was here raising the bar considerably for pop songs about homeless people. We now arrive at her highest chart peak as Australia came close to giving her "100% Pure Love". Just like "Gypsy Woman", this entry was produced by the Basement Boys, who initially were on board with the song except for its hook which they hated. We can only imagine what it initially was like because she did in fact scrap the first draft before turning out with the hook we all know now. With this heavy hitting set of new arrivals, it's misfortune for Eternal & Frente! in their final rounds. Maybe not so much for Eternal because they can at least fulfil any desire to stay on the list as long as possible, and they will be returning later down the track as a 3-piece. As for Frente!, the grunge revolution perhaps made it a bit difficult for them to stay hip with their often twee sound and they fall just a little short of scoring a second Hall Of Fame entry with "Bizarre Love Triangle". Next we come to the end of Mariah Carey's most successful album, which on the charts was a bit of a fizzle. "Anytime You Need A Friend" had the unenviable task of trying to keep the year long flame burning, and to its credit it is here, but it was her first single to miss the Billboard top 10. That's not to say that Mariah's success was slowing down, because tiding the gap before her next secular album, we've got two monster hits from her later this year, including arguably the biggest song of her career at this point. Long before declaring her love of toast, British singer-songwriter Des'ree was making respectable impressions on the charts every few years. She scored her only major US hit in 1994 with "You Gotta Be" soaring all the way to #5. It was followed up there with "Feel So High" which was her first single, released way back in 1991 (notably only a few months after she was first signed to a label), but with that only making a modest impression, she never returned to the Billboard Hot 100 again. There's more to come from her in this game, and thus more chance to reference silly lyrics. Oh Des'ree. In 1987, UK comedians Dawn French & Jennifer Saunders teamed up to make a sketch show, imaginatively titled "French & Saunders". Though its airing was very scattershot, it lasted 6 seasons and so approximately 5 episodes all up. From it the 3rd season featured a sketch titled "Modern Mother and Daughter", wherein French played a teenage girl, and Saunders played her mother, who I am led to understand is not a regular mum, but a cool mum. It would be the genesis of a new TV series created by Saunders, who would reprise her role (though with a changed name), while French's character would instead be played by Julia Sawalha (without a changed name). Shortly after the end of the second season, the Pet Shop Boys made a single for the BBC's Comic Relief charity. The single featured audio clips from the show, largely relating to all manner of dull soulless dance music. The song was titled "Absolutely Fabulous" and was even released under that name as well. Despite the absurd premise (or perhaps because of it), it because the duo's highest charting single of their career in Australia, reaching #2 (both it and "100% Pure Love" were blocked by Wet Wet Wet). We'll be encountering at least 5 more Comic Relief singles along the way. Not long ago we were discussing "Mountain". Now it's Big Mountain's turn, which in Mario Kart terms means I can mention the fact that there's a big mountain course on the 3DS version with a glitch that skips a third of the course, which no amount of blue shell tomfoolery can catch up to. But Big Mountain is also a US reggae group, fronted by a man who is not at all Jamaican, though they do have Jamaican members in their group. The reggae cover versions keep coming as here we have their very successful rendition of Peter Frampton's "Baby I Love Your Way", though unlike Cypress Hill they did not take his London Symphony Orchestra. In addition to being on the soundtrack to "Reality Bites", it comes from the group's album "Unity", making it arguably the world's first Unity Asset Flip. Reality will also continue to bite in the near future. There's pandemonium here in this game courtesy of Australian electronica group Southend. It would be easy to think on the surface that Nik Fish is a guest vocalist, but he's a DJ himself. Instead the vocals come from Juan Antonio Samaranch, then chairman of the International Olympic Committee. We're still 6 years removed from when Olympics fever is in full swing and a soundtrack album would block "Kid A" from #1 on the album chart, but there was already enough hype from when Sydney won the Olympic bid narrowly over Beijing, that 9 months after it was made official, we had this dance track sampling the announcement become a top 10 single.
52 - Blur - Girls & Boys (survived 1) 45 - Soundgarden - Black Hole Sun (survived 1) 39 - Crystal Waters - 100% Pure Love (survived 1) 35 - Eternal - Stay 35 - Frente! - Bizarre Love Triangle [from "Lonely" EP] 30 - Mariah Carey - Anytime You Need A Friend 19 - Des'ree - You Gotta Be 14 - Absolutely Fabulous - Absolutely Fabulous 11 - Big Mountain - Baby, I Love Your Way 5 - Southend with Nik Fish - The Winner Is... Last edited:
All-4-One - I Swear Blur - Girls & Boys Collective Soul - Shine Crystal Waters - 100% Pure Love John Mellencamp & Me'Shell NdegéOcello - Wild Night JX - Son Of A Gun Kulcha - Don't Be Shy Lighter Shade Of Brown - Hey D.J. Soundgarden - Black Hole Sun The Smashing Pumpkins - Disarm
Bizarre Love Triangle surpassed Cream's record for the most total points without making the HOF - ironically scoring far more points than Accidently Kelly Street, which did make it.
+5: Blur - Girls & Boys +4: Soundgarden - Black Hole Sun +3: Collective Soul - Shine +2: JX - Son Of A Gun (much prefer his other top 10 hit...) +1: Crystal Waters - 100% Pure Love
Hey D.J. would be #6, and was interesting as I hadn't heard the source of Mariah's Honey sample before (either this version or the original) and didn't know it was part of a hit here only 3 years before. Not the most inspiring round otherwise.
For the record this round is open until Friday evening
+5 Soundgarden - Black Hole Sun +4 The Smashing Pumpkins - Disarm +3 Blur - Girls & Boys (excellent-tier top 3) +2 Crystal Waters - 100% Pure Love +1 John Mellencamp & Me'Shell NdegéOcello - Wild Night
+5 The Smashing Pumpkins - Disarm (since Tonight, Tonight was a #21 peaker, this gets all of my melodramatic love for the pumpkins out of the way early) +4 Blur - Girls & Boys +3 Soundgarden - Black Hole Sun +2 Collective Soul - Shine (poor The World I Know, deserved to be in this game) +1 Crystal Waters - 100% Pure Love (v v unlucky to have tough competition for me, as it could be a +5 for me in a lot of rounds!)
I Swear was a not-close 6th, but way ahead the other 4 for me!
All 3 carried-over songs gained slightly, with 71% of this round's points going to the top 4. Crystal Waters is out of luck though, as she couldn't quite match the trio of debutante (to this game) big '90s rock bands. She's unlucky as this is only the 6th time that #4 has reached 40 points, and "100% Pure Love" narrowly overtakes "Baby Got Back" for the most total points among songs that lasted only 2 rounds (apart from our reigning top 2 that are about to begin their 3rd round, of course). The new entry displacing it is, as you'd expect, "Disarm", the Smashing Pumpkins' breakthrough hit in Australia following a few lower 50 peaks. "Disarm" actually took 3 months to even reach the top 50, and charted for 36 weeks in total, the longest of all their singles. It was released in 2 versions with 2 different b-sides each, one of them being a cover of "Dancing In The Moonlight" - not the song covered by Toploader, but a different one by Thin Lizzy - that made the Hottest 100 while "Disarm" did not. Distant from its nearest competition on both sides, 5th place goes to JX, an alias of British producer Jake Williams who apparently was only 16 when he was signed the year before. "Son Of A Gun" was his first single out of a trio that reached the top 10 in Australia or the UK, or in this case both (following a 1995 re-release there) - the 3 songs' peaks rank in the opposite order there to here - followed by no album and only 2 further singles (as JX) ever, giving him a near-unbeatable hit rate out of content released. He did have some further UK success in 1999/2000 as part of the supergroup Planet Perfecto, with Paul Oakenfold (who'd previously hit the UK top 10 under the name Perfecto Allstarz with "Reach Up (Papa's Got A Brand New Pigbag)") and pop producer Ian Masterson, including a remix of Grace's "Not Over Yet" that, unlike the original, did scrape the Australian top 100. "Son Of A Gun"'s vocals are sampled from the disco band Ecstasy, Passion & Pain's 1976 minor US hit "Touch And Go". Going down the list, the votes were so fixated on the top 4 that this round's #6 scored half the points of last round's, and the least points for a #6 since "Love Is In The Air" 27 rounds ago. The song in question is "Shine". After frontman Ed Roland's previous band had failed to get signed and dried up, he thought to try songwriting and enlisted 2 musicians to help record a demo album, intended to be sold to a publishing company. He gave it to a college radio station, they started playing "Shine" and it became highly requested, so he re-gathered the musicians, adding his brother, to play a few shows for the station. The attention spread and they were signed by Atlantic, and though they wished to re-record their demos, Atlantic felt that would take too long and lose them momentum, so it was released as their official debut album unchanged. Their next album, considered their true debut by Roland, followed only a year later, and though its pair of sizeable US hits "December" and "The World I Know" didn't match "Shine" there or here (though "The World I Know" did spend longer in the ARIA top 100, despite its #41 peak), it did outsell the previous album in both countries. Though Collective Soul got their name from a quote in Ayn Rand's "The Fountainhead", they're quick to clarify that they're not endorsing her and just liked the name, which I'm sure would make Gang Of Youths relieved. The sole ARIA #1 in this round is one that already had #1 success in its pipeline, as "I Swear" was a cover of a #1 country hit in the US just a few months before, by John Michael Montgomery. It became the 2nd biggest seller of 1994 here, beaming the mystical white guy into millions of homes and replenishing the field of philosophy for a new generation. "I Swear" was not their debut single; it followed another cover, of the 1963 doo-wop US #1 hit "So Much In Love", which had been a top 5 hit there but only reached #82 here (it would re-surface at #62 after "I Swear"). Covers would remain their forte, and not only that but their 1 other significant hit (a future entry in 1995) was a cover of the exact same country artist "I Swear" came from, with a song that again had been a #1 country hit just before. The covers continue with "Wild Night", originally a 1971 Van Morrison single, recorded not for a film or anything, but as part of an album Mellencamp made quickly and to be purposely radio-friendly, in response to his label's dissatisfaction with his previous album for not '[fitting] the format'. Me'Shell - who used the eccentric typesetting at the time but now goes by just 'Meshell Ndegeocello' - had released her debut album the previous year, to critical acclaim (and 'controversy' for her outspokenness), and was suggested to meet with Mellencamp by a mutual friend. Even if "Wild Night" is presumably nothing like her own music, she's not only adamant that she hasn't regretted it, but considers it one of the best memories of her life. It was Mellencamp's last top 20 hit, but he almost made it in 1996 with #21 hit "Key West Intermezzo". And for a 3rd cover in a row, it's "Hey D.J."! Originally by the hip hop radio show crew The World's Famous Supreme Team, who'd put out the oft-sampled "Buffalo Gals" with Malcolm McLaren in 1982, before "Hey D.J." on their own in 1984, it was covered by the Mexican-American duo Lighter Shade Of Brown for the film "Mi Vida Loca". They'd actually hit #1 in NZ in 1992 with "On A Sunday Afternoon", also their only song to scrape the US top 40, but it was "Hey D.J." that became their Australian hit. As mentioned before, Mariah Carey would release "Honey" 3 years later, featuring a prominent sample of (the original) "Hey D.J.", but luckily the repeated usage didn't cause burnout and "Honey" even charted a little higher. Finally, Kulcha for one did bother to record an original song, and for that they've been rewarded with a 100% improvement from "Shaka Jam", going from 1 point to 2.
54 - Blur - Girls & Boys (survived 2) 48 - Soundgarden - Black Hole Sun (survived 2) 47 - The Smashing Pumpkins - Disarm (survived 1) 42 - Crystal Waters - 100% Pure Love 27 - JX - Son Of A Gun 15 - Collective Soul - Shine 14 - All-4-One - I Swear 14 - John Mellencamp & Me'Shell NdegéOcello - Wild Night 7 - Lighter Shade Of Brown - Hey D.J. 2 - Kulcha - Don't Be Shy
Blur - Girls & Boys Elton John - Can You Feel The Love Tonight Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories - Stay (I Missed You) Roachford - Only To Be With You Soundgarden - Black Hole Sun The Black Sorrows - Snake Skin Shoes The Grid - Swamp Thing The Sharp - Alone Like Me The Smashing Pumpkins - Disarm Youssou N'Dour & Neneh Cherry - 7 Seconds
The results are at least 300,000 seconds away. (Tuesday evening)
Personally I feel that music (or at least, Australian top 20 chart music) has taken a bit of a dive at around this time. While I can still scrape together 5 I like (not love), it's becoming much easier to eliminate what I don't.
+5 Youssou N'Dour & Neneh Cherry - 7 Seconds +4 Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories - Stay (I Missed You) +3 Blur - Girls & Boys +2 The Grid - Swamp Thing +1 Roachford - Only To Be With You
I would split all my points for 1994 between Swamp Thing and Return To Innocence if I could. I do agree with Meglos; the last 5 rounds seem to have taken a decline compared to the last few years for me. Not sure how long that will last.
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+5 7 Seconds (certainly one of the most unique hits I've heard, it's wonderful and is almost justice for Buffalo Stance missing out - thank goodness for Woman <3) +4 Swamp Thing (another unique hit *.*) +3 Black Hole Sun +2 Girls & Boys +1 Stay (I Missed You)
+5 Elton John - Can You Feel The Love Tonight +4 Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories - Stay (I Missed You) +3 Blur - Girls & Boys (PSB Mix) +2 Youssou N'Dour & Neneh Cherry - 7 Seconds +1 Roachford - Only To Be With You
+5 Youssou N'Dour & Neneh Cherry - 7 Seconds [ can I vote +100?? ] +4 Roachford - Only To Be With You +3 Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories - Stay (I Missed You) +2 The Smashing Pumpkins - Disarm +1 Blur - Girls & Boys
I normally wouldn't put this up front, but on the back of about 36 hours of mostly sleepless transit, maybe consider keeping the schadenfreude of the results to yourself, it would probably be best for everyone. With 5 songs taking the lion's share of points this week, misfortune is almost impossible to avoid. Someone who is fairly familiar with misfortune regarding this game is Neneh Cherry. As has been mentioned several times in the running of this thread, her breakout hit "Buffalo Stance" unfortunately only reached #21 in Australia, and she hasn't even been seen since then in the top 50 until now. Salvaging her career here is of course...Senegalese singer Youssou N'Dour. The two teamed up on "7 Seconds", a trilingual song about the plights of the world and how newly born children are born into it with no context. Usually it takes a little more than 7 seconds for it to click. 7 seconds is also how long it takes a tool-assisted speedrun to beat the first level of the original "DOOM", human players take at least 8 seconds. We're also all still learning things, particularly here in the world of the ARIA Charts where the story is still being told. If we were talking about "Buffalo Stance" at the time, it could be mentioned that Neneh has family connections in this game, as her half-brother Eagle-Eye Cherry will be turning up later with slightly better luck in terms of snatching a top 20 peak. In the time since we were on 1989 in this game and now, there's even more to note because just a couple months ago, her daughter Mabel also scored a top 20 hit. Nonetheless, "7 Seconds" turns up trumps in this very close round where there are only 5 points between #1 & #4. In the process, Blur miss out on a first place clean sweep for the whole run of "Girls & Boys" as it falls back to #2. When the band return in a few years, they'll be sounding just a little bit different. Finally we return to the staircase set up of the top 10 as The Smashing Pumpkins get a 2nd time through in 3rd place with "Disarm", which is usually a bad omen except maybe with two notable demographic sharing songs out of the way, maybe they're good for a 3rd round. Evidently this isn't the case for Soundgarden who fall short by a couple of points in the last round for "Black Hole Sun". My endorsement in 1994 has been a serious curse in terms of the final step to induction. Not having to wait nearly 2 weeks for no result is Lisa Loeb. As was noted 2 rounds ago, we were not finished with the "Reality Bites" soundtrack as Big Mountain were promptly followed by "Stay (I Missed You)". In the US, Lisa Loeb cracked the top 10 at #10 while "Baby I Love Your Way" was at #9. It's not the only thing she has in common with recent hits, as it was quite apparent at the time that the title "Stay" was being very fruitful, notching charting singles from Shakespear's Sister, Jodeci, U2 & Eternal all within a couple of years. I believe this is why Lisa Loeb took the U2 route and added a parenthetical to the end to make "Stay (I Missed You)" a little more distinct. A distinction she does have is that she was the first unsigned artist to hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, something that wouldn't be replicated until 18 years later with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis's "Thrift Shop". Then again, though she was independent, it helped a little that she had casual connections with Sean Penn & Ethan Hawke who helped with getting the song onto the "Reality Bites" soundtrack, and making a music video for it respectively. Next, one can only hope that the round arrangement works to my favour so I can make the follow up to this joke. For the first of two times, we have a singer whose name can easily have them confused for an Australian TV doctor. Roachford is a band of course, but primarily the brain child of singer Andrew Roachford. They'd been around since the late 1980s, but it wasn't until their 3rd album that Australia briefly got on board. It's also the only chance we have to talk about them here as despite spending longer on the chart (and being what to me feels like a more known song), their follow up "Lay Your Love On Me" only got to #26. Interestingly their highest chart peak came after both that and "Only To Be With You" has exited the charts. The band toured Australia in May 1995 which sent their album into the top 10 for the first time, going all the way to #2 around the tour's end. Despite the big success for that album, the band never returned to the top 50 on either chart. Just last month however, Andrew was included in the very long list of the Queen's Birthday Honours for his services to music. We can only speculate how long it will take for similar honours to go towards The Grid, who I just learnt are also British. I suspect band member David Ball probably has a better chance through his stint as half of Soft Cell. Nonetheless, 12 years before Basement Jaxx released "Take Me Back To Your House", and 19 years before Avicii invented the notion of utilising banjos in dance music, there was "Swamp Thing". The artwork of the single reminds me of the game where you take turns with someone drawing single connecting lines on grid paper with the challenge to be the person who completes the most squares. At least one person in this instance isn't playing the game very well. If we were playing the hellish prospect of a UK version of this game, we would probably still be in 1988, but 10 real world years from then, we'd actually be treated to several entries from The Grid who are somewhat following the Sub Sub/K-Klass format of having several UK Chart hits aside from the one top 50 hit that made it over here. Yet again we can either lament a death of original media properties in 2019, or just coyly keep it to a remark about how timely everything is. Things aren't quite as on time as when "A Whole New World" turned up right on time with the "Aladdin" remake, but later this month we are getting the remake of "The Lion King" despite the fact that the animation style in the original hasn't really aged, and the new Simba borders on Sonic movie terror to me. Aside from the immense success of the movie itself, the original soundtrack was quite the hit too. When it was released, it became the highest selling animated film soundtrack of all time. The academy were so thrilled about it that 3 of the 5 nominees for Best Original Song were all from "The Lion King". Though one might argue in terms of the film that "Circle Of Life" or "Hakuna Matata" are more iconic tracks, the award went the same way as the music charts did, and went to the big hit "Can You Feel The Love Tonight". As it was written with Tim Rice, it could be argued that this is Elton John's biggest hit that wasn't co-written by him with Bernie Taupin, although technically "Blue Eyes" did chart higher than this did. It also brings us surprisingly close to the end of Elton John's career in this game as it stands (perhaps "Step Into Christmas" could find further traction though as it just hit top 10 for the first time last year in the UK), with only one more entry on the cards. A slightly notable one though so he's not leaving on a whimper. This round ends like many have in the past, with Australian artists filling out the last slots behind more iconic chart hits. The Black Sorrows are back for the last time with their 2nd top 20 hit now. Maybe if they stuck the landing in the top 20 a few more times, they would have been able to breed obsession, but "Snake Skin Shoes" can't come close to the 4th place finish the band managed with "Chained To The Wheel". Lastly, this has been a Hottest 100 heavy set tonight with 6 of these songs in some form being in the 1994 Hottest 100, it is somewhat weird too when "Disarm" is one of the 4 that isn't. It's also the only reason I'm especially familiar with The Sharp's "Alone Like Me". For at least a few years, they could probably lay claim to being Melbourne's most successful three-piece rockabilly band. After a couple of years of almost causing lengthy Twitter DM arguments a quarter of a century later with their top 50 hit discography largely consisting of EPs, they scored their highest charter with "Alone Like Me", and promptly decided as a group to disband shortly after.
46 - Youssou N'Dour & Neneh Cherry - 7 Seconds (survived 1) 45 - Blur - Girls & Boys (survived 3; inducted!) 43 - The Smashing Pumpkins - Disarm (survived 2) 41 - Soundgarden - Black Hole Sun 37 - Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories - Stay (I Missed You) 23 - Roachford - Only To Be With You 21 - The Grid - Swamp Thing 16 - Elton John - Can You Feel The Love Tonight 11 - The Black Sorrows - Snake Skin Shoes 2 - The Sharp - Alone Like Me
Ace Of Base - Don't Turn Around C+C Music Factory - Do You Wanna Get Funky Corona - The Rhythm Of The Night Francis Dunnery - American Life In The Summertime Joshua Kadison - Jessie Motiv8 feat. Angie Brown - Rockin' For Myself Public Enemy - Give It Up The Smashing Pumpkins - Disarm Warren G & Nate Dogg - Regulate Youssou N'Dour & Neneh Cherry - 7 Seconds
Just hit the west side of the AUS on a mission trying to find your top 5 votes by Saturday night
+5 Motiv8 feat. Angie Brown - Rockin' For Myself +4 Youssou N'Dour & Neneh Cherry - 7 Seconds +3 Corona - The Rhythm Of The Night +2 The Smashing Pumpkins - Disarm +1 C+C Music Factory - Do You Wanna Get Funky
+5: Motiv8 ft. Angie Brown - Rockin' For Myself +4: Warren G & Nate Dogg - Regulate +3: Corona - The Rhythm Of The Night +2: Ace Of Base - Don't Turn Around +1: Youssou N'Dour & Neneh Cherry - 7 Seconds
When I said this round was looking close, that was an understatement if anything. At that point yesterday, #1 and #4 were only 5 points apart, and all 4 of those had spent a fair bit of time in the top 3 over the course of the round. The only one that hadn't descended to #4 at any point was "7 Seconds", which remained in the lead from the 2nd vote until... almost the end, being overtaken on the last vote. Thus, a new achievement is unlocked: the first hip hop song to win a round outright ("Jump Around" did so once as a tie with "True Tears Of Joy"), "Regulate". Taken from the soundtrack of the 2Pac-starring basketball film "Above The Rim", the defining '90s hip hop classic was the first major single for both Warren G and Nate Dogg, and it was certainly no label-appointed collaboration; they were longtime friends, and had previously been in the trio 213 with Snoop Dogg, and featured on his album. I cannot go a "Regulate" mention without linking this extremely detailed, unfortunately discarded synopsis: https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Regulate_(song)&oldid=379111343#Synopsis , and also there's this Google Maps follow-along of the locations in the song: https://twitter.com/i/moments/948179449052368897 (credit to Hijinx for showing me that one). Unlike Warren G and his future hits, "Regulate" would be Nate Dogg's only significant success as (co-)lead artist, becoming best known for his features, the biggest of which would come 9 years later in 50 Cent's "21 Questions". Not far behind "Regulate", the other 2 succeeding songs managed to surpass 50 points too - only the 3rd time that the whole top 3 have done so, and the previous times had the #3 on 'only' 51 and 50 points not 52, so it's a minor new record. The songs in question are the 2 carryovers, "Disarm" and "7 Seconds", meaning the former gets to achieve what it narrowly prevented "Black Hole Sun" from doing and makes the HOF. That leaves "The Rhythm Of The Night", which actually ended up a comfortable 10 points behind after neither of the last 2 voters touched it, but it's still with near-record #4 points. One of the Eurodance hits that was even big in the US, its #8 Australian peak may seem low in retrospect for its status - and it was surpassed by not only their follow-up, but also by Bastille's 2013 hit "Of The Night", a cover mashup of it and "Rhythm Is A Dancer" inspired by frontman Dan Smith hearing both on the radio as a kid but remembering them as being the same song. He also said those 2 songs 'were so massive and got forgotten' but hey, they certainly don't seem forgotten here. On the side of Eurodance that could pass for forgotten, it's Motiv8. I most associate his name with producing "Ooh Aah... Just A Little Bit", but a few years earlier he had "Rockin' For Myself", a top 10 hit in Australia and nowhere else. Like several dance hits around this time, it was a re-release in the UK that brought it to greater success (reaching #67 in 1993 then #18 in 1994), before spreading to Australia and doing far better here anyway, and I think there was remixing involved in the re-release but I'm not sure which version was which. The vocalist Angie Brown was in the wake of her greatest success, re-singing a Jocelyn Brown sample for Bizarre Inc's 1992 UK #3 hit "I'm Gonna Get You" to save expensive sample clearance. One thing I wouldn't have predicted more than a few months ago is that Public Enemy had a top 20 hit as, without knowing that much about them, I assumed they were both too underground and political to have done much on the charts, and I thought their string of low charters in 1990-91 was impressive enough as is. I'm guessing "Give It Up" is another case of benefiting from being a new lead single following a gradual spread (as well as the charts having opened up much more to hip hop), as it doesn't seem like a particularly notable song otherwise, although I could see the repetitive hook having tapped some "Boom! Shake The Room"-type appeal. More UK re-releases? "Jessie" took 3 tries to improve its peak from #69 to #48 to #15, coincidentally ending up the same as in Australia (but about 8 months later). It received 2 +5s, the only song in the bottom half to get any. It's been quite a while since C+C Music Factory's previous hits, with a gap of almost 4 years between their first 2 albums. Now in 1994, Martha Wash, who'd released a solo album the previous year, settled a lawsuit against C+C Music Factory for her lack of credit and the deceptive lip-syncing of "Gonna Make You Sweat", and was invited to join the group for the album. Also taking part were Zelma Davis, the model who'd done the lip-syncing and then actually sung on the next 2 singles, and the vocal trio Trilogy, all 3 of whom (that's Martha, Zelma and the trio) featured on "Do You Wanna Get Funky" specifically, and with their photos and names on the CD single insert to ensure it was clear. Its Australian success wasn't enough to spill over onto any future releases, and David Cole died from AIDS-related complications in January 1995, which Mariah Carey began writing "One Sweet Day" in response to. To my knowledge, this is the last time he or Clivillés were seen in the top 20 (apart from Drake's "Emotions" sample). This round already had 3 #16 hits, but it's the 2 lowest peakers that ended up at the bottom: "American Life In The Summertime" and "Don't Turn Around". Like "The Sign", "Don't Turn Around" was a new track added to their album for US release (and the accompanying international re-release), and it was particularly big there, reaching the top 5 (and #1 on airplay). The song, written by Albert Hammond and rescue pig owner Diane Warren (who together had written Starship's "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now"), was first recorded as a b-side by Tina Turner, then British reggae group Aswad's version was a UK #1 in 1988, before Ace Of Base got to it. Just like their #1-#1-#19 ARIA peaks (well, with an #80 between the first 2), they've suffered quite a decline in this game, with "Don't Turn Around" attracting only 3 voters and scoring a quarter the points of "The Sign".
55 - Warren G & Nate Dogg - Regulate (survived 1) 52 - The Smashing Pumpkins - Disarm (survived 3; inducted!) 52 - Youssou N'Dour & Neneh Cherry - 7 Seconds (survived 2) 42 - Corona - The Rhythm Of The Night 28 - Motiv8 feat. Angie Brown - Rockin' For Myself 16 - Public Enemy - Give It Up 15 - Joshua Kadison - Jessie 10 - C+C Music Factory - Do You Wanna Get Funky 8 - Francis Dunnery - American Life In The Summertime 7 - Ace Of Base - Don't Turn Around
Alicia Bridges - I Love The Nightlife (Disco 'Round) (Real Rapino Mix) Bon Jovi - Always Boyz II Men - I'll Make Love To You Cold Chisel - Hands Out Of My Pocket Kylie Minogue - Confide In Me Luther Vandross & Mariah Carey - Endless Love Silverchair - Tomorrow Tina Arena - Chains Warren G & Nate Dogg - Regulate Youssou N'Dour & Neneh Cherry - 7 Seconds
In the name of understanding now, your votes should be shared by Tuesday evening.
+5: Kylie Minogue - Confide In Me (breaking a 9-song streak of non-votes in style ) +4: Silverchair - Tomorrow (although technically it's the not-yet-existing re-recorded album version I'm used to) +3: Warren G & Nate Dogg - Regulate +2: Tina Arena - Chains +1: Youssou N'Dour & Neneh Cherry - 7 Seconds (suddenly grown on me a lot the past week; would've expected to vote Bon Jovi otherwise)
Would easily give the top 4 all +5s; tough to rank. Hoping for a huge tie. Or maybe we should volunteer to sacrifice Chains given it also has the 2015 ARIAs version!!!
Hmmm I can't seem to submit my post for some reason, so trying to see if I can just post at all now.
+5 Kylie Minogue - Confide In Me +4 Youssou N'Dour & Neneh Cherry - 7 Seconds +3 Warren G & Nate Dogg - Regulate +2 Alicia Bridges - I Love The Nightlife (Disco 'Round) *PROBLEM SOLVED +1 Tina Arena - Chains
*It wouldn't let me post at all, for some reason, when I had (Real Rapino Mix) or whatever it is beside this one.
My +2 and +1 above are my 'least worst' options of the remaining tracks.
I also wanted to say that I think 'Always', 'Tomorrow' and 'I'll Make Love To You' (and pretty much this version of 'Endless Love' too) are awful. There were some awful big hits in the second half of '94.
@392414 - as for Motiv 8, they were actually two guys. The 1993 release of 'Rockin' For Myself' (which didn't get an Australian release) was quite different, and had a different video (featuring Angie Brown; a much slimmer model wearing yellow lip syncs in the remixed '94 video). The '93 video used to be on YouTube, but isn't now, so it may have been blocked.
^ Yeah there are various unpredictable errors in posting (I got one too with my vote today), particularly a 'forbidden' message that gets tripped up by random words/strings of characters. You can usually bypass them by posting from hitparade; just change 'australian-charts.com' to 'hitparade.ch' in the URL: https://hitparade.ch/forum.asp?todo=viewthread&id=58757 Or alternatively, just trial and error like you did.
Edit: oh I really thought Motiv8 was just one person. Thanks, good to know that video/version was the 1994 one. Last edited:
+5 Chains +4 Confide in Me ^ my strongest top 2 since Rain & If, I'm sad that Confide in Me will have to settle for +4 even for this round (let alone if both progress further) - it's easily in my top 3 of Kylie's entries in this game and her best so far. Chains is just... something else *.* +3 7 Seconds +2 Regulate +1 I Love The Nightlife (Disco 'Round)
I love the top 4 and would say that Silverchair was close, but... the rest aren't at all for me. Certainly a tough round, I'm probably the most anxious to see the results ever!
+5 Kylie Minogue - Confide In Me (duh) +4 Silverchair - Tomorrow (didn't expect the dislike for this in here at all! here's hoping people are more receptive to their even better upcoming tracks!) +3 Warren G & Nate Dogg - Regulate (would not have expected this to drop from +5 during its run, but here we are) +2 Tina Arena - Chains (tight between this and 7S, but I forgot the almost Selena Gomez-y whisper pop that kicks off this song making it better than I remember!) +1 Youssou N'Dour & Neneh Cherry - 7 Seconds
a lot of good stuff in the bottom 5 too, this round!
I don't think there needs to be much ado because it's plainly obvious that of course our very own faultless princess of pop Kylie Minogue has topped the list. This time around it's with "Confide In Me" which makes for a rare instance as the very song is by extension topping the Australian charts right now. It's included on this week's #1 album "Step Back In Time: The Definitive Collection" as the first track on the 2nd disc which oddly only contains 4 songs compared to 22 on the 1st disc. Making for a vital career shift, it provided her with her first #1 hit in over 6 years, as something of a preamble to when she could effortlessly debut at #1 in the future. It also helped expand her audience with its unique sound, even landing at #30 in the 1994 triple j Hottest 100. About 20 years later as the station was celebrating its 30th anniversary with a one off concert, future Logo alumni The Cat Empire teamed up with Owl Eyes to cover this very song, in response Kylie herself tweeted 'HELL YEAH!!'. The result of this round also means that Kylie is the only one who can claim to be *extreme auto-tune intensifies* bigger than Tina. There's not just one Australian artist in this round turning out a career defining moment. It's been 4 years since she last appeared in this game with "I Need Your Body", which still remains here as her highest charting song, but nonetheless she made a big return in 1994 with "Chains". It opened her most successful album "Don't Ask", which oddly would take until the 4th single to reach #1 on the charts. "Chains" is also in elite company as one of the select handful of songs that appear twice in this game, having been made into a top 20 hit again 20 years later after being performed at the 2015 ARIA Awards, following Tina Arena's induction into the ARIA Hall Of Fame. Unless you have very strong feelings about the album that was released when she was 9, she was the first artist inducted who first started releasing music in the 1990s. Though she's only in 2nd place, that may well just be a case of circumstance as she finishes ahead of last round's leader "Regulate". Warren G & Nate Dogg go on to get into violent gang conflicts for another day. Less fortunate is Youssou N'Dour , as "7 Seconds" joins the ever increasing list of songs I've given lots of points to that fall short in the 3rd round. Neneh Cherry will have another opportunity in the future however. Also with a healthy future on the horizon is fresh young band Silverchair. Originally rumoured to be named after songs by Nirvana & You Am I, it was actually taken from C.S. Lewis's "The Silver Chair", the 4th book in "The Chronicles Of Narnia". Their arrival was very timely for Australian audiences, winning a competition on SBS around the same time Kurt Cobain committed suicide and there was a vacancy for grunge trios fronted by a long haired blonde singer. Later that year they were signed to a label and released their first EP, titled "Tomorrow", which went to #1 on the charts and became one of the highest selling Australian singles of all time. Not only that, but it took them internationally, where it was the most played song on US Alternative radio for 1995. It was quite a bit of spotlight for a band whose members were roughly 15 years old when this all took off, a fact which was riffed upon heavily in a parody version by 'silverpram', which made #72 on the ARIA Charts and was nominated for Best Comedy Release at the ARIAs, the year after they awarded Silverchair with 5 pointy doorstops. To this day the band hold the record for the most ARIA Awards with 21. Suffice to say there are many more opportunities to cover Silverchair here across all 5 of their albums. Also not going anywhere any time soon is Bon Jovi. They have been here long enough to enter compilation territory with "Crossroad", though it's to the credit of their later material to come that this album has been succeeded quite triumphantly by their latest "Greatest Hits" album, one of the best selling albums of this decade which even is sitting at #100 on the charts right now. At the time though, "Crossroad" had a significant trump card by way of the new single from it, "Always". "Always" did not soundtrack the game "Robot Unicorn Attack", but it was however a tremendous success, and the biggest salt in the wound of Bon Jovi being arguably the most successful artist of all time on the singles chart without a #1 hit (if you don't count "Blaze Of Glory"), spending 7 consecutive weeks at #2. It was the last single the band released under their 'classic' line up (I hesitate to say original line up as Dave Sabo of Skid Row briefly played guitar for them before Richie Sambora joined), with bassist Alec John Such leaving to be replaced by Hugh McDonald who remains with the band to this day. For the next entry, we go back to the 1970s where Alicia Bridges scored a big disco hit with "I Love The Nightlife". It was also a top 10 hit in Australia. In 1994 the song saw renewed interest after being featured in the soundtrack to "The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert", one of the most successful Australian films of all time and a relatively early film to heavily explore LGBT themes. As such, Alicia Bridges' classic was prime content for the film, though it was remixed for its inclusion, and re-released to nearly reach the Australian top 10 yet again. The song has found its way into several episodes of The Simpsons despite Homer & Marge both admitting to hating the song at one point. Next we have a vaguely topical song if only because it turned up on my Twitter feed in the midst of this round for its chart achievement. Boyz II Men of course set a record for the longest running Billboard Hot 100 #1 in 1992 with "End Of The Road". That record would remain until a group by the name of Boyz II Men would come along and release "I'll Make Love To You", which lasted 14 weeks at the top, a record that again would stand until Boyz II Men released another smash hit. To this day it's still the equal 3rd longest running US #1 hit, though it will perhaps be pushed down to 4th place next week. In Australia it made for a more modest 2 weeks at #1, and it would also be the last time the group were at #1 in this country. They will soon reappear in this game alongside Mariah Carey, though they're already next to her in this list, as she teams up with Luther Vandross. "Endless Love" was a #1 hit in 1981 when recorded by Lionel Richie and Diana Ross. Even with the more contemporary line up of Luther Vandross & Mariah Carey, I am not sure if I can say it will definitely set a party off right. To finish things off, it's been a bumper round for major singles by major Australian artists...and we've also got Cold Chisel here. "Endless Love" isn't even the 2nd oldest song in this round as "Hands Out Of My Pocket" goes way back to Cold Chisel's most beloved album "East" in 1980. The song only eventually saw the light of day in 1994 as part of a compilation album of b-sides & such. The notion of classic Chisel was perhaps enough to provide the band with another top 10 hit, 12 years after their last. It also made for a unique marketing tactic where rather than releasing multiple sleeves, the band released just one, which attributed the tracklisting to all 3 of the singles from the album, including space and instructions on how to acquire the successive singles. One needs only to glean at the charts to make the fair assumption that the majority of these single sleeves went not fully filled. Spare a thought also as Jimmy Barnes finds yet another avenue to finish in last place in this game.
68 - Kylie Minogue - Confide In Me (survived 1) 52 - Tina Arena - Chains (survived 1) 47 - Warren G & Nate Dogg - Regulate (survived 2) 39 - Youssou N'Dour & Neneh Cherry - 7 Seconds 25 - Silverchair - Tomorrow 23 - Bon Jovi - Always 15 - Alicia Bridges - I Love The Nightlife (Disco 'Round) (Real Rapino Mix) 9 - Boyz II Men - I'll Make Love To You 5 - Luther Vandross & Mariah Carey - Endless Love 2 - Cold Chisel - Hands Out Of My Pocket
Boom Crash Opera - Gimme East 17 - Steam Kylie Minogue - Confide In Me Jaki Graham - Ain't Nobody Madonna - Secret Nine Inch Nails - Closer The Offspring - Come Out And Play Sheryl Crow - All I Wanna Do Tina Arena - Chains Warren G & Nate Dogg - Regulate
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+5 Kylie Minogue - Confide In Me +4 Jaki Graham - Ain't Nobody +3 The Offspring - Come Out And Play +2 Warren G & Nate Dogg - Regulate +1 Nine Inch Nails - Closer
I thought 'Burn' was Tina Arena's highest-charting song (#2)? Though 'I Need Your Body' is much better And 'Turn Up the Beat' was actually her first solo single, though credited to just 'Tina', in 1985. Last edited:
Wow at losing '7 Seconds', I would have predicted it would at least beat 'Regulate'. Still a great top 4, and I'm pleasantly surprised Silverchair didn't sail through.
+5 Kylie Minogue - Confide In Me +4 Tina Arena - Chains +3 Madonna - Secret +2 Warren G & Nate Dogg - Regulate +1 Jaki Graham - Ain't Nobody
Sheryl almost made it, and if I was voting strategically I'd help give it a boost, but I might as well be one of the few to throw points to Jaki. I regard her version (slow and remix) of 'Ain't Nobody' to be the best of the many cover versions, and Australia showed good taste in making this one the hit. Last edited:
@Nugs yeah, Confide In Me matched The Day You Went Away's record! It's also the first song to get as many as 10 +5s in a round (previously, Stay, Hazard and November Rain had managed 9). I love the massive up-swing in her votes: https://i.imgur.com/4nkXK4B.png
@Meglos I too expected 7 Seconds to beat Regulate!
I noticed the Ain't Nobody remix on the tracklist but almost didn't bother listening to it when I saw the video didn't use it. I think I've heard too many versions of the song for it to have much impact on me in either form.
+5: Nine Inch Nails - Closer +4: Kylie Minogue - Confide In Me +3: Warren G & Nate Dogg - Regulate +2: Madonna - Secret +1: Tina Arena - Chains (I did not want to be pushing this even lower!)
All I Wanna Do would've made my vote in probably 90% of past rounds, and Come Out And Play in plenty. I'd managed to vote every East 17 song so far but they have no chance in this round.
+5 Chains +4 Confide in Me +3 Secret ^ right after I call this the best top 2 ever, this is probably the best top 3 - it's painful not having this higher Secret is my favourite song off Bedtime Stories, hopefully my second favourite song/single enjoys easier competition +2 Regulate +1 Closer
Steam, All I Wanna Do & Gimme were all in contention for my +1 too. Probably the toughest round so far, hoping that one of my top 3 survive at least Last edited:
What a pile-up of classics. Kylie's long-awaited domination continues, with barely a drop in points despite losing half of her record haul of +5s. Of those, 4 (along with 3 others) were redirected to an artist with whom the notion of Kylie sharing any fans probably would've been bizarre a few months before: Nine Inch Nails. First scraping the chart earlier in 1994 with #98 hit "March Of The Pigs", the following single "Closer" managed to slot itself in the top 5 between Bon Jovi and Boyz II Men ballads, being probably one of the most abrasive big chart hits of the '90s if not all time, not to mention the controversial video in addition. It must be one of the longest CDs to ever place on the singles chart too, as it was released as a 9-track, 52-minute set, including 6 versions of "Closer". The CD single was in fact titled "Closer To God", named after the first track, a self-remix that disintegrates into total distortion by the end; the well-known album version was placed as track 9. (The cassette release was only a 2-track, with "Closer To God" [but called just "Closer"] and a live version of "March Of The Pigs", which I'd guess might be why the entity wasn't banished to the album chart.) Not only was it Nine Inch Nails' only top 20 hit, but its Australian success was virtually their only high placing on any significant national chart... until, in a way, this year, as the beat of Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road" is based on a sample from their 2008 'dark ambient' album consisting of 36 unnamed tracks. I'm stealing this observation from Hijinx but when we reached Billy Ray Cyrus, "Old Town Road" was #1, and now that we've reached Nine Inch Nails, it's still #1. May it continue until we reach "Pony". Or The Saddle Club. Speaking of animals (this is my worst segue), in case you wanted to stretch '...like an animal' into a very literal interpretation and/or were a fan of when Lily Allen sought animal noises to replace her swears, then there's the 1995 #51-peaking "Closer To Hogs" by Nine Inch Richards, seemingly a duo including the person behind Silverpram, which Wikipedia felt the need to clarify makes its 'implications' 'humorously'. As for the only song in this round's top 5 that didn't place in the 1994 Hottest 100, "Chains" holds its top 3 spot, meaning we've ended up with another 3rd-round miss from a song with a strong start. 1994 so far has 6 songs in the HOF, and 6 songs that fell on their 3rd round, and 4 of those make up the top 4 highest points totals for songs that missed the HOF, with "Regulate" setting a new record (142 points; "Bizarre Love Triangle" did 140, "7 Seconds" did 137 and "Black Hole Sun" did 134, then the next is the old record-holder "Cream" with 132). It's also unlucky for hip hop's pursuit of success in this game - "Push It" and "Jump Around" remain the only hip hop songs in the HOF, which is smaller than the amount that have fallen on 3rd round ("Ring Ring Ring", "What's My Name?", "Regulate") - and I expect "Regulate" was probably one of the decade's best chances. It suffered most this round from its prior high votes diminishing, receiving 16/19 votes (as many as Kylie) but not a single +5. Behind all that? Sheryl Crow couldn't even come close to the top 4, which reminds me of the likes of "Wicked Game" and "Unbelievable" as I'd have expected "All I Wanna Do" to be a strong top 3 contender normally. Her singer-songwriter brand would make it easy to guess that she - and the 'Tuesday Music Club', a casual group of musicians Sheryl was part of and worked with for the album, hence its title - wrote the song from scratch, but the lyrics were actually based on the poet Wyn Cooper's 1987 poem "Fun", which Sheryl's producer came across when looking for poetry books for inspiration in a local used bookstore. 'Based on' is an understatement; Sheryl's verses are almost identical to the poem, with just slight wording chances and the latter stanzas trimmed a little, but the names and details all intact. Sheryl's chorus on the other hand doesn't exist as is in the poem, but is assembled from the poem's first and last lines ('all I/we want is to have a little fun') along with 2 original lines, creating the Santa Monica Boulevard setting. This is no plagiarism case, though; when Wyn Cooper received a call asking for permission to adapt his poem, he was 'so thrilled that someone was actually reading his book' that he nearly offered to license it for free, and he was credited as a songwriter and received significant royalties, as well as spurring reprints of his book. I've seen an article that claims the poem is, thanks to Sheryl, probably known by more people than 'almost any other poem originally published as a literary work in English'. It wasn't her debut single - the preceding single "Leaving Las Vegas" was a minor US hit, even - but it was such a major breakthrough that you'd be justified to think it was, and it got to sneak in a week at #1 between "Tomorrow" and the next long-runner. New Madonna album time! If it seems like it wasn't that long since "Erotica", this was the shortest gap between studio albums she's had post-"True Blue". Continuing her ever-shifting journey, and wanting to calm the backlash of the preceding years (as she'd begun to do with "I'll Remember"), she worked with several R&B producers and other artists like Nellee Hooper and Björk for the "Bedtime Stories" album, and rather than going straight for the more US radio-bait and more left-field singles that would come next, the more...in-between "Secret" was chosen first. It was produced with Dallas Austin, whose biggest Australian hits until this point were "Iesha" and "White Men Can't Jump", but who'd go on to produce many big R&B/pop hits including "Don't Let Me Get Me", "Left Outside Alone", "Trick Me" and "Push The Button". "Secret" was an instant top 5 hit with a pretty good run, though for Madonna standards, it would rank as one of her least successful lead singles before the 2010s. It's ended up just below "I'll Remember" in points, but I blame that on the strength of this round of course. But back to Hottest 100 favourites, because this round included both the #2 and #4 songs of 1994, along with #5 last round... and another of the top 10 in the next round (and another soon after). The lead single from their breakthrough album and their first song to get a music video, "Come Out And Play" broke The Offspring (or just Offspring, for this album) into the Australian top 10 before anywhere else, kicking off a collection of 8 top 20 hits. The lyric 'keep 'em separated' comes from when singer Dexter Holland was a graduate student in biology, and wanted to cool down 2 flasks of hot liquids but it wasn't working because they were right next to each other; hence needing to separate. I thought that seemed far-fetched when I read it on songfacts, but it seems to come from a scientific magazine who did a feature of him. With so many versions of "Ain't Nobody" made over the last 3 decades, it feels like something must have gone wrong for there to be, I believe, only 2 that have made the Australian top 20. That 'something' might be partially Jaki Graham, for getting in first with her Australian hit before Diana King and LL Cool J's more internationally-successful versions... but LL Cool J's being a UK #1 didn't stop future UK success for The Course's dance version, Richard X/Liberty X's mashup, Delilah's "Go" or Jasmine Thompson's pre-Felix Jaehn 2013 original. Jaki Graham is also the latest... Roachford? In that all her UK top 40 hits were in the mid-'80s, but then it's #44 UK hit "Ain't Nobody" that made it to Australia. Speaking of the mid-'80s, that's also when Boom Crash Opera scored their biggest hit on arrival, and it's been almost 6 months (in real time) since we previously encountered them with "Onion Skin". Maybe that long gap could've been different in another timeline, as in early 1993 the Liberal Party requested to use their previous lead single "Bettadaze" for their campaign and were refused permission. Of course, if they'd allowed that it could've drowned out the rest of their legacy, but would it be worth it to have another chance to score under 10 points in this game? It's a tough call. Apart from Rihanna's box set of her first 3 albums with a poster in a sleeve labelled 'space reserved to complete your collection' (after her 4th album was already out), I can't recall ever hearing of CD packages with intentional space for a separate disc (let alone a cardboard disc to take to the store) until we got to that U2 single. But maybe it was actually a trend at this time? Because Boom Crash Opera did it for the album "Gimme" came from, "Born", with space reserved for the sequel album "Born Again" due in April 1995. In a cruel twist, "Born Again" was scrapped by the label and the reserved space was left forever unfulfilled. If Flo Rida's "Only One Flo (Part 1)" never receiving its "Only One Rida (Part 2)" counterpart seemed harsh, this is even worse. Maybe I was the glue holding East 17's success in this game together, as the moment they failed to make my vote, the same applied to everyone else. I'm filing it with "The Magic Friend" as songs that surely could've gotten at least a couple points if not for spawning in such strong rounds. "Steam" only barely made it with an #18 peak, probably causing concern with it being the single leading into their 2nd album - or maybe not, if the next single was already planned and they were just biding time "Unconditionally" or "Eh, Eh"-style. A YouTube commenter informs me that the guitar riff was sampled in the soundtrack of the seemingly-popular video game "Tekken 3".
62 - Kylie Minogue - Confide In Me (survived 2) 52 - Nine Inch Nails - Closer (survived 1) 43 - Tina Arena - Chains (survived 2) 40 - Warren G & Nate Dogg - Regulate 28 - Sheryl Crow - All I Wanna Do 24 - Madonna - Secret 21 - The Offspring - Come Out And Play 10 - Jaki Graham - Ain't Nobody 5 - Boom Crash Opera - Gimme 0 - East 17 - Steam
Cold Chisel - Nothing But You Diesel - All Come Together GF4 - Sooner Or Later Kylie Minogue - Confide In Me Nine Inch Nails - Closer Nirvana - About A Girl (MTV Unplugged) Pearl Jam - Spin The Black Circle Pet Shop Boys - Yesterday, When I Was Mad Tina Arena - Chains Tinman - Eighteen Strings
It's just a matter of time until the results on Saturday evening.
+5: Nine Inch Nails - Closer +4: Kylie Minogue - Confide In Me +3: Tina Arena - Chains +2: GF4 - Sooner Or Later +1: Pearl Jam - Spin The Black Circle (very close with Tinman but comfortably ahead of the rest)
+5 Closer +4 Confide In Me +3 About A Girl (this isn’t the definitive version for me, but it’s so good that it’s just about close enough) +2 Chains +1 Spin The Black Circle (can’t say I was familiar with this or Yesterday, but both were surprising nice finds!)
I normally wait to awkwardly slot these things in reference to one of the songs, but we've had an amazing coincidence of timing as we're on Round 99, and roughly 12 hours before I'm writing this, infamous retro gamer TriForce became the first person to reach Level 99★ (effectively Level 198) on Tetris 99, the highest level there is. 198 is also the highest total score ever managed in this game across 3 rounds, courtesy of Richard Marx's "Hazard". If you're wondering how Kylie Minogue stacks up to it, then I'm here to report that she's come 2 points short with "Confide In Me", which naturally leads the pack for a 3rd and final time. In fact if you were expecting little to change this round with the new arrivals then you'd effectively be right, however Tina Arena did reclaim 2nd place over Nine Inch Nails, also getting inducted and leaving "Closer" as the only song to carry on into the next round. This status was not remotely under threat as it scores well over double that of the next highest contender. This is perhaps worth commending of the next song as it's a rather deep cut, taken from Nirvana's first album, most people don't know that. For I believe the 4th time, we're in the world of MTV Unplugged. Nirvana originally recorded a set for MTV Unplugged in late 1993, with no intention to commercially release it. 6 months later Kurt Cobain committed suicide and MTV started airing it repeatedly, giving unprecedented demand, though it would be another 6 months until it got a release. The album was a massive success, giving Nirvana their first #1 album here (having had 3 unlucky #2 peakers at this point) and spending a year in the top 50. The only single released from the album was "About A Girl", which had a limited release of just 5000 copies, which promptly sold in the first week causing it to debut at #4 only to leave the top 50 the next week. This would remain as the record biggest drop out of the ARIA Singles Chart for 8 years. Incidentally the new record holder will be appearing in the next round. Up next here we have the return of Girlfriend, who last appeared here 2 years ago with "Without You", which might generally be seen as a typical cycle, but for teen groups, it's more often you get albums only a year apart. That's true of Girlfriend in fact, who did release an album in 1993 but just wasn't hitting those same chart highs anymore. Despite a #1 hit and high selling album, the group were never really making any money. Couple that with Robyn Loau's innate desire to say 'tits' in interviews, and she ended up leaving the group for solo ventures. Girlfriend would continue just a little longer as GF4, and score their biggest hit in 2 years with "Sooner Or Later". You might be perplexed to know that this is in fact an Australian group doing a cover of a 1971 hit song by The Grass Roots as it's all the way up in 5th place of the results, though the single did have a unique feature, an interactive behind the scenes CD-ROM. Pearl Jam were surely enthused by the idea with their enthusiasm that you would spin, spin that black circle. I mean more likely they mean vinyl which more often comes in that colour but who's to say? Circa 1994, "Spin The Black Circle" had become Pearl Jam's highest charting single as it debuted at #3. It also won them a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance, which goes along with their Best Recording Package win for their latest album "Lightning Bolt" as the only Grammy Awards the band have ever won. The sharp pivot of the song proved a valid hint towards the band's 3rd album "Vitalogy" which would see them reacting quite erratically in response to worldwide fame, with a rather eclectic sound, and more bugs than "Hollow Knight" and "Fallout 76" combined. It's the only time we cover this album, as its most famous song "Better Man" was never released as a single. As I write this, Kenny Chesney is sitting at #4 on US iTunes with a single called "Tip Of My Tongue", and incidentally here's Diesel back at it again. We're now up to his 3rd solo album "Solid State Rhyme", which is his last to reach the ARIA top 10. From it is "All Together Now". It's the last we'll be seeing of 'Diesel', but he does have another future entry still to come under his own name, quite a way down the track. Sitting alongside him is the Pet Shop Boys, who after an absolutely fabulous detour, are back with another single from "Very". The song explores a crazy hypothetical universe where your troubles were actually not seemingly far away yesterday, leaving you understandably mad. Coincidentally, the single entered the Australian top 50 in the same week that "Absolutely Fabulous" dropped out, but the Australian single had that tacked on as a bonus track anyway so it's like it never left. Those who were able to pick up a cassette around the world would be treated to the B-Side "Euroboy", which Tennant & Lowe were both supposedly unaware was the name of a gay porno magazine. Something that might be worth noting is that Nirvana's "About A Girl" was the very first song in order to make it into this new round (apart from the carry overs), if I were covering it on its own here, I would remark that we previously mentioned during "Smells Like Teen Spirit" that despite their fanfare, Nirvana only had 1 other entry besides that for them. But once again we turn to the current ARIA #1 single, which yet again is "Old Town Road", except that's not the relevant thing here, instead Lil Nas X's follow up and future Logo entry "Panini" is instead. It has allowed for the Nirvana legacy to continue further in this game as the chorus's similarity to "In Bloom" nets Kurt Cobain a writing credit. So a quarter of a century, Nirvana get a 3rd entry here...except actually their 3rd arrived right now alongside their 2nd. Tinman may not have had a heart, but he did have a very liberal re-creation of the main guitar riff from "Smells Like Teen Spirit". It falls somewhat short of the lofty precedent set by the original track, but it manages to avoid last place because we have Cold Chisel to take the fall again. While it would be fun to say that this is adding to Jimmy Barnes' tally of last place finishes, it's perhaps not fair in this instance as Ian Moss handles the lead vocals on "Nothing But You". Fortunately you need not have voted for "Hands Out Of My Pocket" to allow for a sleeve to include a future vote for "Nothing But You", and as such it actually improves on the score of the previous single. If Cold Chisel are to be commended for anything on this album though, it's writing the only notable song about Port Lincoln, "Drinkin' In Port Lincoln", which denotes a trip from the Pier Hotel to the beach and back, which despite being literally just across the road is actually a longer trip than it sounds. I imagine if it were made 15 years later the couple in the song would have defiled Makybe Diva.
66 - Kylie Minogue - Confide In Me (survived 3; inducted!) 54 - Tina Arena - Chains (survived 3; inducted!) 52 - Nine Inch Nails - Closer (survived 2) 23 - Nirvana - About A Girl (MTV Unplugged) 22 - GF4 - Sooner Or Later 20 - Pearl Jam - Spin The Black Circle 13 - Diesel - All Come Together 13 - Pet Shop Boys - Yesterday, When I Was Mad 4 - Tinman - Eighteen Strings 3 - Cold Chisel - Nothing But You Last edited:
20 Fingers feat. Gillette - Short Dick Man CDB - Hook Me Up The Cranberries - Zombie Gloria Estefan - Turn The Beat Around Harry Connick Jr. - (I Could Only) Whisper Your Name Lucas - Lucas With The Lid Off Mariah Carey - All I Want For Christmas Is You Nine Inch Nails - Closer Shampoo - Trouble Tom Jones - If I Only Knew
It's the same old theme since 2018, top 5 votes, top 5 votes, by Monday night
+5: The Cranberries - Zombie +4: Nine Inch Nails - Closer +3: Shampoo - Trouble +2: 20 Fingers feat. Gillette - Short Dick Man +1: Lucas - Lucas With The Lid Off (close with Mariah and CDB, not too far ahead of Harry or Gloria either)
This round begins a deviation for me as there's usually been (at least) a couple songs per round I'd never heard before, but I listened to all of 1995's top 20 hits back in 2013 for the Auto Chart game ( https://australian-charts.com/forum.asp?todo=viewthread&id=41418 ), and strongly associate a lot of them with that, for that matter. So Diesel last round will probably be the last song I'd never heard before until early 1996. No doubt a lot of re-discovery potential though, as this round already has several I'd not listened to in many years.
+5 Nine Inch Nails - Closer +4 Mariah Carey - All I Want for Christmas Is You +3 20 Fingers feat. Gillette - Short Dick Man +2 The Cranberries - Zombie +1 Harry Connick, Jr. - (I Could Only) Whisper Your Name