I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! Today I’m tuning it back to “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by The Proclaimers. Enjoy!!

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: August 1988

TRIVIA: Although it failed to reach the top ten in either the UK or Ireland on its initial release, it has since become their most popular song worldwide, initially becoming a number 1 hit in Iceland, before reaching number 1 in both Australia and New Zealand in early 1989, and in 1993 the song reached the top five on both the US Billboard Hot 100 and Canadian Hot 100 charts following its appearance in the film Benny & Joon.

The song was mainly written by Craig Reid in mid-1987 while waiting to travel to a Proclaimers concert in Aberdeen. Reid recalled, “I can remember sitting at the piano and the chords just came to me. I reckon I wrote the whole thing in 45 minutes. I knew that it was a good song, maybe even a single, but I had no idea how popular it would become.”

See you next Tuesday!!

Absolutely Fabulous

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! In honour of the international release of Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie this weekend, I’m tuning it back to “Absolutely Fabulous” by Pet Shop Boys. Enjoy, sweetie darling!

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: May 31, 1994

TRIVIA: The song was released as a single for 1994’s Comic Relief, under the artist name ‘Absolutely Fabulous’.

BONUS VIDEO: Check out the extended version of the theme song, “This Wheel’s On Fire” featuring clips and outtakes from the show.

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Part of Your World

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! Last week I was on vacation at the most magical place on Earth… Disney World! So today I’m tuning it back to “Part of Your World” from The Little Mermaid written by composer Alan Menken and lyricist Howard Ashman.

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: December 13, 1989

TRIVIA: While recording “Part of Your World”, singer Jodi Benson requested that the studio’s lights be dimmed to give her the feeling of being underwater. Howard Ashman stood at Benson’s side, giving her suggestions to benefit her performance.

During production of The Little Mermaid, “Part of Your World” was nearly cut from the film when it seemingly tested poorly with an audience of school children, who became rowdy during the scene. This caused Jeffrey Katzenberg to feel that the song slowed down the film and needed to be cut, an idea that was resisted by Ashman and co-directors John Musker & Ron Clements. Both Musker and Clements cited the similar situation of the popular song “Over the Rainbow” nearly being cut from MGM’s The Wizard of Oz when appealing to Katzenberg. Ashman pushed for the song to remain until the film was in a more finalized state. During a second test screening, the scene, now colorized and further developed, tested well with a separate child audience, and the musical number was kept.

See you next Tuesday!!