The third volume of Hits ’93 was released on 2 August. It contained 22 tracks, two more than Hits ’93 – Volume 2 which itself had 20 compared to the 18 on Hits ’93 – Volume 1. Inevitably such cramming meant that something had to give as half of the songs are edited. There was some overlap with Now Dance ’93 [Sister Sledge] while six of the 22 “hot summer hits” were shared with rival Now That’s What I Call Music 25 which was released at the same time [4 Non Blondes, Kim Wilde, Dannii Minogue, Inner Circle, Robin S and Oui 3]. And the competition to win a CD walkman was still running. . .
Lord have mercy: Take That debuted at #1 with the gospel-tinged Pray; video shot in the beautiful world of Mexico. Air, fire, earth and water. 4 Non Blondes continues the religious theme with the uplifting What’s Up. Scream it from the top of your lungs as Heather Small makes One Night in A Heaven one of M People’s most spiritual numbers. The Cellar Bar flashbacks continue with Haddaway’s pleading What Is Love, truly one of eurodance’s most glorious moments. Sadly after such a strong opening quartet the stinker inevitably comes with Kim Wilde’s cheesy If I Can’t Have You. The madmen and women return on Snap’s groove-building Do You See The Light (Looking For).
Jack to the max with Jade and the breezy R&B of I Wanna Love You. Take it slow and low with Lisa Stansfield’s beautiful ballad In All The Right Places. It was a popular wedding song that year. Another one was I Will Always Love You but not the pumping Sarah Washington remake. Thankfully Dannii Minogue pops up at the right time with the bouncing optimism of This Is It. To the dancehall mobile next with Inner Circle’s Sweat and Bitty McLean’s It Keeps Rainin’ (Tears From My Eyes). Then there’s Ali and Frazier’s highly commended cover of Uptown Top Ranking which was made famous by Althea and Donna in 1977. And Robin S piles on the mixed messages with the enigmatic Luv 4 Luv.
Rohan Heath’s CV: member of A Guy Called Gerald, worked with Together and supported the Happy Mondays. The Key, The Secret with Diane Charlemagne on vocals was a simple yet effective dance smash. Black Box hang on with Rockin’ To The Music but the magic is fading while Stan’s Suntan sounds like an amateur Right Said Fred. However Oui 3’s freestyle funk of Break From The Old Routine and Sister Sledge’s brutal disco deluxe Thinking Of You are welcome jams. Evolution are logically positioned next; their cover of Chic’s Everybody Dance is a quality tribute. The final pair are somewhat manic; Maxima featuring Lily with the furious Ibiza and Dr Alban’s tampax techno of It’s My Life.
Haddaway – What Is Love
Oui 3 – Break From The Old Routine
Urban Cookie Collective – The Key, The Secret
Lest we forget
Ali and Frazier – Uptown Top Ranking
Missing tracks and other thoughts
A 20 song CD would have been a much better idea. Including Dr Alban was a bad move. Here’s three more tracks that were rocking my world back in the early summer of 1993:
A-ha – Dark Is The Night. Moody magnificence from their career high Memorial Beach.
Whitney Houston – Run To You. A lesser light from The Bodyguard.
Billy Joel – River Of Dreams. Old but young.