Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! Today I’m tuning back to one of my absolute FAVOURITE summer songs… “Steal My Sunshine” by the Canadian band Len. This song always takes me back to the summer days of my teenage years, listening to my mix tapes while driving my Mom’s 1988 Nissan Stanza. Good times.
ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: March 30, 1999 (on the “Go” Soundtrack)
TRIVIA: The backdrop of the song is based on a sample of a short instrumental portion of Andrea True Connection’s 1976 disco single “More, More, More”.
Supposedly inspired by The Human League’s 1981 synthpop hit “Don’t You Want Me”, the song’s vocals alternate between Marc and Sharon Costanzo.
When Len had signed to Work Records, one of its demands was to be able to direct its own videos. The group used a $100,000 budget to make the video. They flew to Daytona Beach, Florida with two dozen friends while the area was crowded with people on their spring vacations. They spent much of the budget on alcohol, buying so much that they broke their hotel’s elevator trying to lift it. They shot the video in the afternoon so that they could recover from hangovers in the morning and drink in the evening. The scenes were shot without a script or storyboard.
BONUS VIDEO: Sit back and enjoy the wonderfully cheesy video to “More, More, More” by Andrea True Connection. The section that Len sampled (along with some of Andrea’s fantastic dance moves) is shortly after the 2-minute mark. Enjoy!
See you next Tuesday!!