Category: R’N’B OLDIES


DES’REE – LIFE

«Life» is a popular song recorded by the British pop and soul singer Des’ree. It was the third single from her third album, Supernatural, and was released on 2 June 1998. This song remains Des’ree’s biggest hit, peaking at number one in AustriaItalythe Netherlands and Spain.

In the music video, the singer is sitting on the back seat of a black 1965 Oldsmobile F-85 Cutlass convertible, driven by a chauffeur. Des’ree is initially sheltered from the sun by a black umbrella, which then flies away. The car is passing through sugar cane fields, apparently in Jamaica. An aeroplane flies overhead, but instead of spraying pesticide, it drops a host of butterflies. The video was directed by the director Mike Lipscombe.

«Funky Cold Medina» is a hip hop song written by Young MC, Michael L. Ross and Matt Dike and first performed by Tone Lōc. It was the second single from Lōc’s debut album Lōc-ed After Dark (1989). The single was released on March 18, 1989, and rose to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 the following month. It peaked on the UK Singles Chart at #13 in May of that year.

The song title refers to a fictional aphrodisiac, which is presented in the accompanying video as a steaming love potion. The lyrics tell the tale of Lōc’s initially unsuccessful attempts to attract women at a bar. At the suggestion of another patron, he plies his intended with «that medina thing.» He first tests the drink on his dog, who immediately latches onto his leg and attempts to arouse himself sexually, and subsequently experiences increased popularity among his canine contemporaries.

DES’REE – YOU GOTTA BE

«You Gotta Be» is a song recorded by the British pop and soul singer Des’ree. Written by the singer with the track’s producer Ashley Ingram, «You Gotta Be» was the first single release from Des’ree’s second album I Ain’t Movin’ (1994).Described by Stuart Elliott in The New York Times as «an infectiously sunny tune about the affirmative powers of self-confidence, «You Gotta Be» according to Des’ree is, like all the songs on its parent album, «about having the inner strength to figure out who you are» with «You Gotta Be» specifically being «born out of me stopping myself and thinking everyday how you gotta be something. You have to be cool and calm in [one] situation, and then you have to be bold and strong in another situation.»Des’ree drew inspiration for «You Gotta Be» from the Shakti Gawain book Creative Visualization which had abetted the singer’s recovery from a painful romantic breakup; «I’ve always been blindly optimistic, and that [book] helped me rise from my melancholia,» explains Des’ree who it is said «swears by daily affirmations.»

SAINT ETIENNE – ONLY LOVE CAN BREAK YOUR HEART

«Only Love Can Break Your Heart» is a song written by Neil Young. It has been covered by many bands, including a 1990 single by Saint Etienne.

In 1990, English band Saint Etienne recorded a cover version of the song, included on their debut album Foxbase Alpha. The vocals are by Moira Lambert, asSarah Cracknell had not yet joined the band as a permanent member. The band recorded the song in producer Ian Catt‘s bedroom studio in Pollards Hill. The recording, made in under two hours, got them a record deal, their first single, and their first hit. Andrew Weatherall later remixed the song to further emphasise the dub bassline: this remix, subtitled «A Mix of Two Halves», was featured on both releases of the single and on the compilation Casino Classics. The U.S. release contained a different extended mix by Flowered Up (issued in the UK only on a flexidisc), though it was mistakenly listed as the «Mix of two halves». Weatherall had no involvement with this mix.

EAGLE EYE CHERRY – SAVE TONIGHT

«Save Tonight» is a song by Swedish rock musician Eagle-Eye Cherry and the lead single from his 1997 debut albumDesireless. It is the album’s opening trackand gained substantial radio success, reaching #3 in Ireland, #5 in the US, #6 in the UK, and #2 in Cherry’s native Sweden. It was voted song of the year by New Zealand radio station «The Edge» in 1997. «Save Tonight» is considered the signature song of Eagle-Eye Cherry.

The track was featured on the video game Karaoke Revolution, the Daria episode «Through a Lens Darkly», and in the movie A Lot Like Love.

NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK – RIGHT STUFF

«You Got It (The Right Stuff)» is a 1988 single from New Kids on the Block. The lead vocals were sung by Jordan Knight and Donnie Wahlberg. The second single from the group’s second album Hangin’ Tough, it peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart in early 1989, while topping the UK charts in November 1989. On the album, it was simply listed as «The Right Stuff.»

The song can be heard in the 1989 film The Wizard. In 1992«Weird Al» Yankovic parodied the song on his Off the Deep End album as «The White Stuff,» a loving ode to Oreo cookies. It was also joked about in the episode «Not All Dogs Go to Heaven» on Family Guy. In a King of the Hill episode, Boomhauer says about a boy band called 4Skore, «Talkin’ about dang ol’ boy band, man… talkin’ ’bout prance around, goin’ ‘Oh oh oh oh…'». Kid Rock, on his album The Polyfuze Method, sampled the song on his «Killin’ Brain Cells». This song is featured on the game Dance Dance Revolution X2. In an after credits clip of a season 6 episode of Psychthat Joey McIntyre co-starred in, Joey, James Roday and Dule Hill dance to the song.

The Danish group consisting of the rapper Remee and the two singers Marie Hecht Christina Groth was formed in 1992.
The group released 3 albums; Time Is Running Out (1993), A Cozy Condition (1994), Welcome To My World (1995), before in 1996 splitting up.The song until i’m satisfied was released in 1995.

Heavy D in 1991.jpgDwight Errington Myers (May 24, 1967 – November 8, 2011),better known as Heavy D, was a Jamaican-born American rapper, record producer, singer, actor, and former leader of Heavy D & the Boyz, a hip hop group which included dancers/background vocalists G-Whiz (Glen Parrish), «Trouble» T. Roy (Troy Dixon), and Eddie F (born Edward Ferrell). The group maintained a sizable audience in the United States through most of the 1990s.

MACY GRAY – I TRY

«I Try» is a song co-written and recorded by American musician Macy Gray. It was released in September 1999 as the second single from her debut album On How Life Is, released in North America in January 2000 (See below). It was Gray’s biggest hit to date. It peaked at number six in the United Kingdom, number five in the United States, and number one in Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland.

«Unfinished Sympathy» is a song by English electronica group Massive Attack, from their debut album Blue Lines (1991). The song was written collaboratively by the members of the group (Grantley «Daddy G» MarshallAndrew «Mushroom» Vowles, and Robert «3D» Del Naja), with Jonathan «Jonny Dollar» Sharp and Shara Nelson, the latter providing lead vocals for the song. Production of the song was done by Massive Attack and Jonny Dollar. «Unfinished Sympathy» was released as the second single from Blue Lines on 11 February 1991. It fared well on singles charts, reaching number one on the Dutch Top 40, as well as reaching the top twenty in countries such as their native United Kingdom and Switzerland.

 

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