#FeelGoodFriday: The All-American Rejects – ‘Sweat’


   

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The All-American Rejects are an amazing pop punk quartet from Oklahoma, who formed 20 years ago, this year. Having taken some time away and been rather quiet since their last full-length album, Kids In The Street, was released, back in 2012; the band are finally ready to make a return with a double A-side single, ‘Sweat’ and ‘Close Your Eyes’.

The first track, ‘Sweat’, is a real banger – it’s funky yet grungy in all the right places with Tyson‘s growly vocals weaving their way perfectly throughout.

Man it’s good to have these guys back – I can’t wait for their upcoming full-length album, due out in the Autumn.

The band have also been teasing a video for the track, with snippets being released online but we’ll update you when the full thing is released.

What are your thoughts of this band’s latest single? Got a #FeelGoodFriday track to recommend us? Please leave your thoughts or song suggestions in a comment or via social media.

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‘Sweat’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/sweat-single/id1253731436


#ThrowbackThursday: The Verve – ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’


   

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The Verve burst on to the scene many years before the release of ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’ but this song further sky-rocketed the band into the limelight.

The track takes its main theme from an Andrew Loog Oldham orchestral version of The Rolling Stones‘ song ‘The Last Time’ and the orchestral sounds are massively iconic to this song. I love this song though and it really is timeless! 20 years on and it still sounds edgy, cool and somewhat current. You can’t easily define its era by sound alone.

The music video is great too, with singer, Richard Ashcroft, singing the song whilst walking down a busy London pavement, all the while, oblivious to what’s happening around him and refusing to change the pace of his stride or direction throughout.

A great track, that I still can’t get enough of today.

What are your thoughts of this track, 20 years on? Got a #ThrowbackThursday track to recommend us? Please leave your thoughts or song suggestions in a comment or via social media.

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‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/bitter-sweet-symphony/id724526995?i=724527271


#ThrowbackThursday: Billie Myers – ‘Kiss The Rain’


   

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Has it been 20 years already?! Blimey! Well Billie Myers released ‘Kiss The Rain’ back in 1997 and it was actually one of the first singles I ever bought…gosh, remember CD singles?!

Considered Billie Myers‘ most notable hit, the song reached Number 4 in the UK charts and was taken from her debut album, Growing, Pains. It was also featured in TV shows like Dawson’s Creek and Crossroads and was co-written and produced with hit songwriter, Desmond Child.

Since then, Myers has had more albums, but none quite replicated the success of this single. She does however remain an active singer-songwriter and is a big mental health advocate and LGBT rights supporter.

Check out the original video for the single below too – it’s so brilliantly 90s!

What are your thoughts of this track? Remember it well? Got your own #ThrowbackThursday track from 1997 to remind us of? Please leave your thoughts or song suggestions in a comment or via our social media.

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‘Kiss The Rain’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/kiss-the-rain/id13453642?i=13453646


#ThrowbackThursday: Hanson – ‘MMMBop’


   

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20 years ago this year, Hanson burst onto the pop scene with this incredibly infectious hit, ‘MMMBop’, which hit the Number 1 spot in 27 countries around the world!

Interestingly, the song was originally recorded as a ballad, but was reworked by producers The Dust Brothers, making it into the monster success we know today.

Taken from their first commercially successful album, Middle Of Nowhere, the single launched the bands career, thrusting them into the limelight, seemingly from nowhere. 20 years on, the band are still going strong; sadly, no single has quite reached this level of success, but their followers remain dedicated and this song still remains a massive success and guilty pleasure the world over.

The music video is fun and showcases the brothers’ special bond and puts across the kind of fun-filled antics brothers of their age should get up to.

Remember this song the first time round? Still a fan? Is this a guilty pleasure of yours? Please share  your thoughts or your own #ThrowbackThursday suggestion in a comment or via our social media accounts.

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‘MMMBop’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/mmmbop/id91888154?i=91888157


#ThrowbackThursday: Backstreet Boys – ‘Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)’


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Believe it or not, Backstreet Boys have been together for over 20 years (if you include their break!).

Possibly one of their most notable songs, is 1997’s ‘Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)’ which reached Number 3 in the UK charts and had an extended music video, featuring the band all dressed in various halloween-style costumes, which went on to win them the 1998 MTV Video Music Award for Best Group Video.

Were you a fan of this song first time around? Are you still a fan today? Do you prefer a different Backstreet Boys song? Please share this link on your social media accounts or share your opinions in a comment below.

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‘Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/everybody-backstreets-back/id471348693?i=471348696


#ThrowbackThursday: Savage Garden – ‘I Want You’


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Savage Garden were an Australian pop duo, consisting of the incredibly talented singer, Darren Hayes and multi-instrumentalist, Daniel Jones.

The song, ‘I Want You’, was released in the UK in 1997, and it was the first single taken from their debut, self-titled album. It’s heavily rooted in synthpop and pop rock sounds, which at the time, set them apart from many other acts.

I’ve been a fan of this pair for years and feel their demise is a great loss to the music world, but their recent release, The Singles is available for physical purchase or download, and it’s well worth it!

When it was released, the song reached Number 11 in the UK charts, but the pair had great successes throughout their career. Since then, Darren Hayes has gone on to release a whole string of solo albums but is currently taking a break from music.

Do you miss Savage Garden? Have you been a fan of this song for years? Discovering it for the first time? Please share it on your social media accounts.

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‘I Want You’ can be downloaded from the Savage Garden – The Singles, available on iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/the-singles/id1069498537


#ThrowbackThursday: Natalie Imbruglia – ‘Torn’


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This song is timeless and Natalie Imbruglia‘s version of ‘Torn’ is considered an all-time pop classic!

I didn’t actually know that this song was in fact a cover of American rock band, Ednaswap! It’s quite rare for a cover to become more famous than the original track, but this is certainly the case here!

The song reached Number 2 in the UK charts, but was only held off the top spot by Aqua‘s ‘Barbie Girl’.

This song is so popular in fact, that between 2001 and 2010, it was the 19th most played song in the UK! The video is iconic too; simplistic in essence but must’ve taken quite some coordination.

Are you a fan of this song, 18 years down the line? What’s your #ThrowbackThursday song this week? Leave your choice in a comment below.

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‘Torn’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/torn/id263570526?i=263570536


#ThrowbackThursday / #ThrowbackThreesday: Will Smith

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This week’s #ThrowbackThursday consists of the legendary Will Smith; not only is Will Smith renowned for his fantastic acting and producing but also his rapping and songwriting talents, having written some massive chart-topping tunes!

So when it came down to choosing a track I found it virtually impossible to pick just one song and therefore have decided to do another #ThrowbackThreesday (like I did previously, in memory of Lil’ Chris).

First off, is one of Will Smith’s biggest UK hits and in fact his only, solo, UK Number 1, Men In Black. The song was not only the lead song taken from 1997 film, Men In Black, but it was also Will’s first solo single. The song also features samples of Patrice Rushen‘s ‘Forget Me Nots’.

Will Smith – ‘Men In Black’ featuring Coko

Next, in 1999, was another massive hit for Will, taken from another film, Wild Wild West. This scored him a Number 2 in the UK Charts and was yet another memorable track of his. I’m not ashamed to say that I know all of the words to this song…and yes, I feel “damn good though, if I can say it myself” when I sing along! The song features samples of Stevie Wonder‘s song, ‘I Wish’.

Will Smith – ‘Wild Wild West’ featuring Dru Hill & Kool Moe Dee

Later on, in 1999, Will released his final single of the year, inspired by the turning of the new millennium. The video features many celebrities including DJ Jazzy Jeff, Eve, K-Ci and more and sees Will perform in a variety of time-travelling settings. Another catchy Number 2 for the rapper/hip hop star and it features samples of The Clash‘s ‘Rock The Casbah’ and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five‘s ‘Superappin”.

Will Smith – ‘Will 2K’ featuring K-Ci

I hope you enjoy re-living these tracks as much as I am!

Do you remember these tracks? Have you got a different, Will Smith track for your #ThrowbackThursday? Please share this with your social media friends.

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These songs are available to purchase on iTunes now, and are all featured on the album Will Smith: Greatest Hits – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/will-smith-greatest-hits/id206201734