#ThrowbackThursday: Gabrielle – ‘Rise’

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Soulful singer and songwriter, Gabrielle, relesed her single, ‘Rise’ in January 2000. The song (written by Gabrielle, Ollie Dagois and Ferdy Unger-Hamilton and produced by Jonny Dollar), was the second single to be taken from her third, studio album of the same title, Rise.

The track became notable for the rare, authorised use of a Bob Dylan sample (taken from his 1973-song ‘Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door’. Apparently, Dylan liked ‘Rise’ so much, that he allowed Gabrielle to use the sample for free, while receiving a co-writer credit for providing the song’s chord progression and vocal sample.

The song reached number one on the UK Singles Chart and stayed there for two weeks, acroos January and February 2000, becoming her second chart-topper.

This is such a soulful song that for the era of mainstream pop, it actually stood out quite significantly for her different vibe, making her stand out as an artist in that era. Subsequently, this track has a rather timeless feel to it.

The music video (Directed by Kevin Godley) sees the singer singing whilst spectating at a boxing match – a nice visual metaphor to accompany the song.

What are your thoughts of this soulful singer’s 2000 hit? Are you still a fan 20 years on? Do you have a #ThrowbackThursday track to recommend us? Please leave your thoughts or song suggestions in a comment or via social media.

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‘Rise’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://music.apple.com/gb/album/rise/1440911935?i=1440911940


#ThrowbackThursday: Crazy Town – ‘Butterfly’


   

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Crazy Town are an American rock/rap band who were formed in 1995 by Bret Mazur and Seth Binzer. ‘Butterfly’ is the band’s best known single, which reached Number 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 charts in 2000, which in turn prompted the release of their debut album, The Gift of Game, that went on to sell over 1.5 million units.

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The guitar melody which opens the song is a head-bopping, body-swaying beat that is followed up by a high hat, drum beat and of course vocals.  Even though the lyrics could be argued to be rather simplistic; “Come, my lady. Come, come, my lady. You’re my butterfly. Sugar. Baby.” There is no denying that ‘Butterfly’ is an extremely catchy, throwback tune.

The music video for the song was directed by the team who worked on the well-known movie, The Matrix as well as What Dreams May Come. The video depicts the band in a fantasy, make-believe forest surrounded by butterflies. The fantasy, magical vibe continues as Shifty’s star tattoo flies off into the air, as well as two women sporting butterfly wings, walking around in the forest.

What are your thoughts of this massive hit track? Have you 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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‘Butterfly’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/butterfly/203303461?i=203304621


#ThrowbackThursday / #ThrowbackThreesday: Eminem


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Released back in 2000, ‘The Real Slim Shady’ was the first single to be taken from Eminem‘s The Marshall Mathers LP. It was Eminem‘s first single to reach Number 1 in the UK charts and its tongue-in-cheek nature might well have been some of the reason for its huge success. In addition, the music video corresponded with the lyrical content, which further added to appeal of the song.

It was an incredible track and truly was the track to springboard for his career, here in the UK.

Eminem – ‘The Real Slim Shady’


‘The Way I Am’ was the second single to be taken from The Marshall Mathers LP and it took a much darker tone than ‘The Real Slim Shady’. This track was solely written and produced by Marshall Mathers which might explain its more emotionally-driven sound.

The song took jabs at various people he felt were putting pressure on him to achieve greater success. He also brought up the media backlash that Marilyn Manson faced after the shootings at Columbine High School – something which it would appear Mathers felt was unjust.

The song reach Number 8 in the UK charts, but fans appreciate his more mature lyrical content.


Eminem – ‘The Way I Am’


In 2002, Eminem released a feature film called 8 Mile which was very loosely connected with his own upbringing, but filled with entirely fictional events. He wrote the theme song for the movie, which was ‘Lose Yourself’.

The song went on to receive several awards including the Grammy Award for Best Rap Song – an award which is well deserved. The song had some of Eminem‘s best rapping to date – his passion shone through spectacularly. What an incredible song!


Eminem – ‘Lose Yourself’


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#FeelGoodFriday: Toploader – ‘Dancing In The Moonlight’

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Toploader are a band from Eastbourne (not far from where I’m based, in Brighton), consisting of four members now; Joseph Washbourn, Dan HipgraveMatt Knight and Rob Green.

Released in February 2000, this song is now over 15 years old…would you believe it?! Sure this song may not be a recent release but damn it’s a good song! I never get tired of this and it’s such a happy, uplifting song for our #FeelGoodFriday track this week!

Did you know, this song is actually a cover?! The original was by a band called King Harvest!

What did you think of this song when it was released? What do you think of it now? Please share your #FeelGoodFriday track in a comment below.

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‘Dancing In The Moonlight’ is of course available on iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/dancing-in-the-moonlight/id273399881?i=273400021


#ThrowbackThursday: True Steppers – ‘Out Of Your Mind’ featuring Dane Bowers & Victoria Beckham

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True Steppers were a UK Garage duo from 1999-2000, consisting of Jonny Lisners and Andy Lysandrou. The pair had success in April 2000 with the release of Buggin’, a collaboration with Dane Bowers which reached Number 6 in the charts.

It was then in August 2000, they once again teamed up with Bowers but were also joined by Victoria Beckham, for the massive tune which was ‘Out Of Your Mind’. The song was their biggest hit, reaching Number 2 in the charts, but their follow-up singles and album failed to chart highly.

Do you remember this song? What were you upto in your life when it was released? Got any similar Garage tracks to share with us? Comment below.

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‘Out Of Your Mind’ is available for download now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/out-your-mind-feat.-victoria/id907558233?i=907558554


#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