Knowing Me, Knowing You

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! Today I’m tuning it back to some classic ABBA with “Knowing Me, Knowing You”. Enjoy!

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: February 14, 1977

TRIVIA: “Knowing Me, Knowing You” was recorded in 1976 at the Metronome studio in Stockholm and was released as a single in February 1977, becoming one of the group’s most successful hits.

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Ice Ice Baby

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! In honour of this “Spring” weather, I’m tuning it back to “Ice Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice. Enjoy!

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: 1989

TRIVIA: The song’s hook samples the bassline of the 1981 song “Under Pressure” by Queen and David Bowie, who did not receive credit or royalties for the sample. In a 1990 interview, Van Winkle said the two melodies were slightly different because he had added an additional note, an anacrusis (“pickup”) between odd-numbered and subsequent even-numbered iterations of the “Under Pressure” sample. In later interviews, Van Winkle readily admitted he sampled the song and claimed his 1990 statement was a joke; others, however, suggested he had been serious. After representatives for Queen and Bowie threatened a copyright infringement suit against him, the matter was settled out of court, with Van Winkle being required to pay financial recompense to the original artists. Bowie and all members of Queen were also given songwriting credit for the sample.

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You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! Today I’m tuning it back to 1978 with “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)” by Sylvester. Enjoy!!

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: 1978 (UK), January 1979 (US)

TRIVIA: The song was originally recorded as a mid-tempo piano driven gospel song, however after producer Patrick Cowley saw a rehearsal of the song at San Francisco’s city disco, he offered to remix the song. The result was one of the pioneering disco records using some electronic instrumentation and effects, following closely on “I Feel Love” by Donna Summer which heavily used electronic instrumentation ahead of its time. These 1970s songs using electronic instrumentation would have an influence on 1980s and 1990s dance music, which in turn, would have an influence on dance music in the next century.

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South Side

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! Today I’m tuning it back to 2000 with “South Side” by Moby (featuring Gwen Stefani). Enjoy!

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: November 7, 2000

TRIVIA: During the recording sessions for Moby’s fifth studio album Play, Gwen Stefani, lead singer of the rock band No Doubt, offered to perform guest vocals for “South Side”. Around the time of the song’s recording, No Doubt had recently achieved substantial commercial success with their album Tragic Kingdom, and Moby reflected that he “couldn’t figure out why she’d want to go into the studio with me. She was a big rock star and I was a has-been.” Moby was impressed by her vocal performance, but he struggled to produce an adequate mix of the song with her vocals, and ultimately left them off the version included on Play.

“South Side” originally appeared as the fifth track on Play. It was released as the seventh single from the album on November 7, 2000. By this time, Moby had managed to tap a friend of his to produce a new mix of “South Side”, and for the single release Stefani’s vocals were restored to the song, as originally intended.

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