#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


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#ThrowbackThursday: Michael Jackson – ‘Blood On The Dancefloor’


   

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‘Blood On The Dancefloor’ is quite an underrated track from the King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson. The song was released as the first single from the remix album, Blood On The Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix.

Interestingly, Jackson and Teddy Riley actually created the track in time for the 1991 release of the album, Dangerous, however, it did not appear on the record. Instead, it was altered slightly before it found commercial release, in 1997. The track plays with a selection of genres including funk and new jack swing.

Needless to say, the track rocketed to Number 1 in the UK charts and the music video premiered on Top Of The Pops. It revolved around the main character of the track, Susie (played by Sybil Azur), seducing Jackson with a dance, before pulling a switchblade on him.

What are your thoughts on this underrated MJ track? Got your own #ThrowbackThursday track to recommend us? Please leave your thoughts or song suggestions in a comment or via social media.

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‘Blood On The Dancefloor’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/blood-on-the-dance-floor/id193015198?i=193015409


#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


#FeelGoodFriday: Nevada – ‘The Mack’ featuring Mark Morrison & Fetty Wap


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Jon White (aka Nevada) has just dropped his debut single which features samples of Mark Morrison‘s Return Of The Mack along with an added verse from Fetty Wap.

We featured ‘Return Of The Mack’ earlier this year, as it’s been 20 years since its release, but this remake serves as an homage to mark the track’s 20th anniversary. It’s fresh, modernised and still as funky as it ever was!

I look forward to hearing more from Nevada in the future but for now, this needs to be cranked up, skanked out to and enjoyed to its fullest!

What are your thoughts of this remake? Has this modernisation worked well? Please let us know your thoughts or own #FeelGoodFriday suggestions in a comment below or via our social media.

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‘The Mack’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/mack-feat.-mark-morrison-fetty/id1154454977


#ThrowbackThursday: Bjork – ‘It’s Oh So Quiet’


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I cannot believe that this song is 20 years old in November this year! That’s insane as I remember listening to this as a child, so clearly. It’s such a huge song and I love how it contrasts so brilliantly from the calm, quiet aspects to the massive, in-your-face jazz sections. Bjork‘s vocal performance on this track is just perfection!

This is probably bad of me not to know, but I only just found out that this in fact a cover of a cover. A singer called Betty Hutton released it in 1951, however her release was in fact an English translation cover of ‘Und Jetzt ist es Still’ by Horst Winter, released in 1948.

The video for the song is so well matched too, it see Bjork singing in slow-motion throughout the verses, around a car repair store and through a town, but during the choruses, bursts into a fully choreographed extravaganza. It’s just like a musical…it’s excellent.

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‘It’s Oh So Quiet’ can be download, off her album Post, from iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/its-oh-so-quiet/id631902065?i=631902341