Friday, June 29, 2012

Charting 1997: 5th July

01. (1) Puff Daddy And Faith Evans - I'll Be Missing You
02.(NE) Sash! - Ecuador
Faring second behind a big-selling single again, and repeating their best-known formula of minimal lyrics in a "foreign" language (ie neither German nor English).
03.(NE) No Doubt - Just A Girl {1997 re-issue}
Their first UK hit makes a reappearance as the inevitable follow-up to 'Don't Speak'. It's much closer to the ska-punk sound they first made their name with, and is in truth the more appealing record.
04. (3) Hanson - Mmm Bop
05. (2) The Verve - Bitter Sweet Symphony
06. (7) Ultra Nate - Free
07. (6) Eternal - I Wanna Be The Only One ft BeBe Winans
08.(NE) The Course - Ain't Nobody
You might not have expected a second hit from them, but here it is anyway.
09.(NE) Pet Shop Boys - Somewhere
Another in their long and eclectic series of covers, this time a song from West Side Story. It formed the title song of a live residency they played in London.
10.(10) Mr President - Coco Jamboo
11. (4) Ocean Colour Scene - Hundred Mile High City
12.(NE) Fun Lovin' Criminals - I'm Not In Love/Scooby Snacks
Their signature hit re-released and flipped with a lounge-style version of the 10cc chart-topper. Surprisingly the most successful cover of the song, which you'd think would have been a standard. Not surprisingly, utterly awful.
13.(12) Sarah Brightman And Andrea Bocelli - Time To Say Goodbye (Con Te Partiro)
14.(14) Rosie Gaines - Closer Than Close
15.(NE) The New Power Generation - The Good Life {1997}
Sadly not an ode to Paul Edington and Richard Briers, this single by a psuedonymous Prince was first issued in 1995, but reappeared under the same catalogue number two years later and set a new peak.
16. (8) Echo & The Bunnymen - Nothing Lasts Forever
17.(NE) The Age Of Love - The Age Of Love - The Remixes
Apparently Scooter had a hit with a cover version in Germany, which prompted another re-release of the original. The lead track was mixed by Jam & Spoon.
18.(13) Wyclef Jean - We Trying To Stay Alive ft Refugee Allstars
19.(11) Celine Dion - Call The Man
20.(NE) N-Tyce - Hey DJ! (Play That Song)
You know the late 90s have started once the chart starts to fill up with British RnB girlgroups with oddly spelt names.
21.(NE) Jean Michel Jarre - Oxygene 10
Not that he's milking one idea to death or anything.
22. (5) Blur - On Your Own
23.(NE) James - Waltzing Along
Another decent James single, re-recorded from the album track. I suspect they were a little disappointed by the chart performance in that case. It was also around this time that Tim Booth suffered a neck injury on stage during their US tour, spawning the in-joke that this was foreshadowed by the album title Whiplash.
24. (9) Cast - Guiding Star
25.(17) Az Yet - Hard To Say I'm Sorry
26.(23) Depeche Mode - Home
27.(19) Red Hot Chili Peppers - Love Rollercoaster
28.(15) Paula Cole - Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?
29.(20) Finley Quaye - Sunday Shining
30.(18) Savage Garden - I Want You
31.(22) The Rembrandts - I'll Be There For You {1997}
32.(NE) Apollo 440 - Raw Power
Much the same sort of thing as they'd done before, but with some cheap racing car sound effects over it. Not their best work.
33.(26) DJ Quicksilver - Bellissima
34.(NE) Scarface - Game Over
A rapper who topped the US chart with the parent album of this but never made much impact over here. This track also features Dr Dre, Ice Cube and Too $hort.
35.(NE) Hurricane #1 - Just Another Illusion
Second hit for Andy Bell's post-Ride outfit. I first heard this on a free cassette from the NME, and quite liked it at the time. It hasn't dated too well, especially not at such length. 
36.(NE) Lil' Kim - Crush On You
She feels a bit like a guest on her own record here. 
37.(27) Olive - You're Not Alone {1997}
38.(NE) Kenickie - Punka {1997 re-issue}

This had reached the Top 50 as their first major-label single in 1996. Now re-released on multiple formats with a Top 10 album under their belt it got a whole five places higher in the chart. My brother has never forgiven Ian McCulloch for giving this a bad review on the radio. Maybe he didn't spot the irony.
And no, that's not the official video, but I can't find any trace of that online.
39.(24) The Charlatans - How High
40.(NE) Kristine W - Feel What You Want {1997 re-issue}
Another dance reissue, this had originally peaked at 33 in 1994.

41.(NE) The Wannadies - Shorty
Follow-up to their comeback hits, a possibly autobiographical song. Rather fun. They covered Randy Newman's 'Short People' for the B-side.
43.(NE) The Beautiful South - Liar's Bar
In which Paul Heaton pretends he's Tom Waits. It wears rather thin over five minutes. One of the B-sides of this was 'Dumb', which outcharted this when re-recorded (in a cleaner version) and issued as a single from their next album.
45.(NE) BBG - Just Be Tonight ft Erin
51.(NE) Silver Sun - Julia
54.(NE) Lakiesha Berri - Like This And Like That
55.(NE) Ascension - Someone
58.(NE) Isha-D - Stay
71.(NE) Sublime - What I Got
72.(RE) Robbie Williams - Old Before I Die

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