#ThrowbackThursday: Lenny Kravitz – ‘Fly Away’


   

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Lenny Kravitz is well-known for his retro vibes and fusion of various genres, from rock to reggae, folk to funk and soul to psychedelic.

Back in 1998, Kravitz released ‘Fly Away’, one of his most successful singles to date, reaching Number 1 in the UK Charts.

The song was in fact the fourth single to be taken from his fifth album, 5, and due to the huge success of it, not only boosted sales of the album but also earned him a Grammy Award in 1999 for Best Male Rock Performance.

The track is incredibly catchy with its funk bass line and gritty vocals – it’s no wonder it rocketed to the top of the charts.

The music video was directed by Paul Hunter (Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and more) and features Kravitz and his band performing in a club, surrounded by a crowd, dancing and getting frisky. It’s a very iconic video for the artist and shows a real passion in his performance…something he definitely pours into his live shows!

What are your thoughts of this wonderfully unique artist? Did you love this track first time around? Do you still love it now? What’s your favourite Lenny Kravitz track? Please leave your thoughts or song suggestions in a comment or via social media.

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‘Fly Away’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/fly-away/723338099?i=723338326


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#ThrowbackThursday: Lovestation – ‘Teardrops’


   

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2018 sees the 20th anniversary, since the release of Lovestation‘s ‘Teardrops’, which was in fact a cover of a song from Womack & Womack‘s fourth studio album, Conscience (originally released in 1988).

Unlike the original version, Lovestation‘s was composed in an early UK Garage style and went on to become the group’s biggest hit, reaching Number 14 in the UK Charts.

There have also been several other versions since this by  German pop quartet No Angels in 2007, Australian singer Kate Alexa in 2008 and then in 2009, UK pop girl group, Sugababes, recorded a version for the special Island Records album, Island Life – 50 Years of Island Records.

A quirky, black and white video was also released alongside this single, which can be seen below.

This is a fantastic track that certainly conjures up childhood memories for me and whilst it’s now 20 years old, I think there’s still something edgy and almost current about it.

What are your thoughts of this epic 1998 Garage tune? Got a #ThrowbackThursday track for us? Please leave your thoughts or share a song suggestion in a comment or via social media.

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‘Teardrops’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/teardrops-flava-7-mix/1145210065?i=1145210069


#MellowMonday: Little Big Town – ‘We Went To The Beach’


   

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Little Big Town are an American country music group, still consisting of the four founding members, Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Jimi Westbrook and Phillip Sweet.

The band are known for their fantastic ability to perform four-part vocal harmonies and this song is particularly stunning. As the second promotional single to be taken from the band’s eighth studio album (The Breaker), ‘We Went To The Beach’ is a beautiful track with it’s calming acoustic guitars and euphoric, echoing sounds. It’s the perfect start to the week!

No official music video has been released for the track, but the YouTube video below contains the audio. We’ll keep you updated if a music video is released.

What are your thoughts of this stunning track? Have you got a different favourite Little Big Town track? Or another suggestion for #MellowMonday? Please leave your thoughts or song suggestions in a comment or talk to us via our social medias, using the hash tag.

Have a great week everyone!

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‘We Went To The Beach’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/we-went-to-the-beach/id1197064702?i=1197065398


#ThrowbackThursday: Gorillaz – ‘Clint Eastwood (Ed Case/Sweetie Irie Re-fix)’


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Gorillaz are a virtual band who formed in 1998 and released their debut track in 2001.

‘Clint Eastwood’ was the band’s debut single released off their debut album, in 2001. The song was named after the actor due to it’s similarity to the theme music of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

The song blends electronic music, dub, hip hop and rock and features rap verses from Del the Funky Homosapien. It sold just shy of 500,000 copies, reached Number 4 in the UK Charts and was ranked Number 38 in Rolling Stone’s Top 100 songs of 2000s.

The video is incredible too, due to its animation and the fact that we were introduced to the fictional members of the band in an interesting way.

Do you remember the Gorillaz? I wonder what they’re up to now? When will they release new material? Please share you favourite Gorillaz song below or via social media and have a happy #ThrowbackThursday.

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‘Clint Eastwood (Ed Case/Sweetie Irie Re-fix)’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/clint-eastwood-ed-case-sweetie/id850576570?i=850576763


#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: Goo Goo Dolls – ‘Iris’


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After originally being written for the film, City of Angels, the Goo Goo Dolls released ‘Iris’ back in 1998. The song quickly became a fan favourite and is one of the most iconic alternative rock songs of the 1990s; it crossed that bridge from alternative rock to more adult pop and has been one of the band’s biggest songs of their career. The song was included on their sixth album, Dizzy Up The Girl and really boosted their popularity.

In fact, the song has been so popular since its release, that it’s re-entered the charts on several occasions and deservedly so; it’s INCREDIBLE! The passion in the song is just remarkable; it’s just one of those songs that you belt out at the top of your lungs and I think generations to come will continue to do so. It’s a timeless classic!

Do you have as deep-rooted love for this song as I do? Have you got a similar style #ThrowbackThursday song for us? Comment below and share the link on your social media accounts, please.

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‘Iris’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/iris/id267536485?i=267537169


#ThrowbackThursday: Sonique – ‘If Feels So Good’

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Sonique originally released ‘It Feels So Good’ in 1998, reaching just 24 in the charts, but upon its re-release in May 2000, the single rocketed to Number 1, where it stayed for 3 consecutive weeks. The Guinness Book of Records confirmed that at the time, Sonique was the first British female to stay at number one for three weeks since Kate Bush in 1978.

The singer was also known for her stand-out appearance – her short hair and leather jacket open over her rather bare body. It was quite iconic at the time!

Anyone remember this song? Have you got any good memories of this song? Please share in the comment below.

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‘It Feels So Good’ can be bought from iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/it-feels-so-good/id14419447?i=14419482