I posted last week about the albums that made up the Top 20 in Australia back in 1992.
Here is the Singles List.
Under The Bridge – Red Hot Chilli Peppers
The Hendrix “Little Wing” inspired intro from Frusciante converted a lot of rock heads to the RHCP. Their album was on top and their single was on top.
To Be With You – Mr Big
Their worst song by far, but it cashed in on the Unplugged acoustic craze. It worked for Extreme and it worked for Mr Big. But those ballad fans who cross over for the song are fly by nighters.
Nothing Else Matters – Metallica
The variety on the self-titled “Black” album is a big reason why it sold. There was enough there to please metal heads, rock heads, thrash heads, country heads and pop heads. And this song is a perfect example of it. Plus it has a killer James Hetfield lead break.
Alive – Pearl Jam
I get why it was popular, but I didn’t like it when it came out and after I purchased the album, I preferred a lot of the other tracks to this.
Let’s Get Rocked – Def Leppard
So you wanna get rocked…. I guess we still wanted to get rocked.
Thought I’d Died And Gone To Heaven – Bryan Adams
This is from the “Waking Up The Neighbours” album that went to number 1 everywhere.
Adams has a lot of fans down under, so it’s no surprise his songs chart well. And what a run he had between 1983 and 1999. And he made some big choices, like moving from Jim Vallance to Mutt Lange and the momentum just kept getting bigger.
November Rain – Guns N Roses
You get three emotive Slash solos.
What more could you want?
Viva Las Vegas – ZZ Top
It’s a cover song, but at this point in time there was nothing that ZZ Top could do wrong. This is one of the two new tracks, the other being “Gun Love”. Like Adams, they were on a winning plus decade.
Dream Alone – Killing Time
An Australian hard rock band, which had a band name, the same as the U.S hardcore band and after this single release they would change it to Mantissa.
They supported bands like Janes Addiction, Baby Animals and Pantera on National tours but they had a constant turnover of musicians which felt like a momentum killer.
Sister’s Crazy – Candy Harlots
This band story is a combination of Anvil and Motley Crue.
They had a deal offered in 1987 but their manager refused to sign it, because he wanted a bigger cut and then signed the band to a four year management deal, which suppressed the band from signing the record deal themselves. No other label wanted to get involved in this legal mess. They finally did sign a deal in 1991.
They had a massive Club following like Motley Crue. There was tragedy when one of their main songwriters Ron Barrett died before they even got their deal. In the 90’s, Barrett’s death was reported as a drug overdose, while these days, its reported as an asthma attack. And the evolving door of musicians just kept on happening, with drummer Tony Cardinal being the only founding musician in the band when they got their deal.
And as soon as they released their “Five Wicked Ways” album in 1992, within a year it was over.