Tuesday, May 25, 1993

Robert Plant Fate of Nations released

Fate of Nations

Robert Plant

Released: May 25, 1993

Peak: 34 US, 6 UK, 12 CN, 37 AU

Sales (in millions): 0.5 US, 0.06 UK

Genre: rock


Song Title [time] (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts.

  1. Calling to You [5:48] (5/15/93, 3 AR, 47 CN)
  2. Down to the Sea [4:00]
  3. Come into My Life [6:32]
  4. I Believe [4:32] (10/9/93, 9 AR, 64 UK, 37 CN)
  5. 29 Palms [4:51] (5/93, 4 AR, 21 UK, 11 CN, 79 AU)
  6. Memory Song (Hello Hello) [5:22]
  7. If I Were a Carpenter [3:45] (12/25/93, 63 UK, 50 CN)
  8. Colours of a Shade * [4:43]
  9. Promised Land [4:59]
  10. The Greatest Gift [6:51]
  11. Great Spirit [5:27]
  12. Network News [6:40]

* On UK edition.

Total Running Time: 58:53


3.399 out of 5.00 (average of 16 ratings)

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About the Album:

Robert Plant’s sixth album“was a more sophisticated affair than its front cover image – children watching a melting Planet Earth – might suggest.” Q On the “eco-conscious Fate of NationsQ “Plant sounded at peace with himself.” Q

Plant said he knew in 1991 that he wanted to reach into his past. He was inspired by listening to some of his favorites such as Moby Grape, Jefferson Airplane, Tim Hardin (Plant covers Hardin’s If I Were a Carpenter on the album), Quicksilver, Traffic, and other “turning-point artists in rock,” WK as he called them. He said, “These people were trying to tell the listener something, joining various traditions, with the sense of a quest being insinuated and bandied in their acoustic and electronic themes. I’m also proud of what I’ve attempted to do lyrically trying to tell vivid tales that come from a hearty tradition of prose.”

Examples of Plant dipping into his past including Calling to You, where he is “reprising Led Zeppelin’s old bluster” Q and “the plaintive I Believe,” Q a song about about the death of his five-year-old son Karac in 1977.

Those songs were album rock hits, as was 29 Palms. That song grew out of the previous tour and his time in a small California town in the Mojave Desert called Twentynine Palms. The town is one of the main entrance points to the Joshua Tree National Park.

The album was Plant’s highest charting in the UK since his debut, 1982’s Pictures at Eleven. However, in the United States the album’s #34 peak was his lowest yet. The album did still reach gold status, maintaining his streak for every one of his studio releases with Led Zeppelin and as a solo act.

This was Plant’s last solo album in nearly a decade. He reunited with Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page for a live album (No Quarter, 1994) and a studio project (Walking into Clarksdale, 1998) before releasing his seventh solo album, Dreamland, in 20002.

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First posted 2/9/2009; last updated 8/28/2021.

Monday, May 17, 1993

Tears for Fears “Break It Down Again” released

Break It Down Again

Tears for Fears

Writer(s): Roland Orzabal, Alan Griffiths (see lyrics here)

Released: May 17, 1993

First Charted: May 29, 1993

Peak: 25 US, 26 CB, 9 RR, 25 AC, 13 MR, 20 UK, 4 CN, 82 AU, 1 DF (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales (in millions): --

Airplay/Streaming (in millions): -- radio, 23.68 video, -- streaming


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About the Song:

Tears for Fears formed as a group in 1981 with members Roland Orzabal (vocals, guitars, keyboards), Curt Smith (vocals, bass, keyboards), Ian Stanley (keyboards, backing vocals), and Manny Elias (drums, percussion). That lineup lasted through the group’s first two albums, 1983’s The Hurting and 1985’s Songs from the Big Chair. However, Stanley and Elias were gone by 1989’s The Seeds of Love, leaving the group as a duo.

Even then, Roland Orzabal had largely taken the reins, which contributed to the duo splitting. Four years later, Curt Smith released his first solo album. Orzbal released Elemental under the Tears for Fears banner, despite it effectively being a solo project at this point. However, one listen to the lead single, “Break It Down Again,” made it clear that he had retained the Tears for Fears sound.

The song proved to be the last chart entry for Tears for Fears on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching #25. In the UK, two more songs would reach the top 40 (1995’s “Raoul and the Kings of Spain” and 2005’s “Closest Thing to Heaven”). The song was a top-10 hit in Canada, Iceland, and Italy.

Talking about the songs on Elemental, Orzabal said, “A lot of the songs were written while I was in a sense going through the ‘divorce.’ Things like ‘Break It Down Again’ refer to that to some degree…I did psychotherarpy for about six years. I stopped going regularly when I’d finished Elemental, which I think probably says something. I think I’m moving on.” SF


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First posted 8/6/2022.

Saturday, May 15, 1993

Janet Jackson “That’s the Way Love Goes” hit #1

That’s the Way Love Goes

Janet Jackson

Writer(s): James Harris III, Terry Lewis, Charles A. Bobbit, James Brown, Janet Jackson, John Starks, Fred Wesley Jr. (see lyrics here)

Released: April 20, 1993

First Charted: April 23, 1993

Peak: 18 BB, 110 BA, 18 CB, 14 GR, 16 RR, 16 AC, 110 RB, 2 UK, 16 CN, 11 AU, 23 DF (Click for codes to charts.)

Sales (in millions): 2.0 US, 0.21 UK, 3.0 world (includes US + UK)

Airplay/Streaming (in millions): 1.0 radio, 25.9 video, 134.78 streaming


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About the Song:

In the ‘80s and ‘90s, Janet Jackson was one of the few artists who could compete with big brother Michael’s chart success. Her 1986 Control album was the first in history to produce five top-5 hits. RC She then outdid herself with a record-breaking seven top-ten hits, RC including four #1s, on the follow-up, 1989’s Rhythm Nation. 1993’s janet. produced six more top-10 hits, including the #1 lead single, “That’s the Way Love Goes.” The song had a longer reign than any other chart-topper released by the Jackson family. SG

Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, longtime producers with Janet, showcased a style where “samples blurred together seamlessly into a smooth, heady tower of…spacious, luxurious sound.” SG It was a bold choice as a lead single. It’s a “low-key song” SG that’s “pretty brazen in its sexuality” SG and “doesn’t really jump out of the speakers.” SG It is “slow-motion strut-music” SG that “works less as a song and more as an extended groove…but it’s a gorgeous, multifaceted groove.” SG

That groove owes a debt to “the drum intro from the Honey Drippers’ “Impeach The President,” a 1973 protest-funk obscurity that went on to become one of the most-sampled tracks of all time.” SG Like many early ‘90s hits, the song is also built on a loop of a classic James Brown song – in this case, 1974’s “Papa Don’t Take No Mess.” Janet listened to it while on Christmas vacation and loved it. She wanted to use it for “That’s the Way Love Goes,” which was initially intended to be a breakup song. The she “had a late-night epiphany and decided that it should be a seduction song instead.” SG

Jimmy Jam said, “We were all in very happy relationships, and we were in love, not only with the people we were in relationships with but with life in general. We’d been very successful professionally, and I think we were all feeling very satisfied with our personal lives, and that came out on the album… janet. was about a confident, sexy woman in touch with her feminine side. That was what she was feeling at that time, so our job was to enhance that.” FB


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First posted 1/22/2024.