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Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Perfect Day - A number one from far too many people...

Various Artists - Perfect Day
In 1997, a worryingly large list of people took a previously released song, Perfect Day, made it a charity single, and propelled it to the top of the UK charts. These people were:

(In alphabetical order)
- The BBC Symphony Orchestra
- Bono
- Boyzone
- Brett Anderson (of Suede)
- Brodsky Quartet
- Burning Spear
- Courtney Pine
- David Bowie
- Dr John
- Elton John
- Emmylou Harris
- Evan Dando (of Lemonheads)
- Gabrielle
- Heather Small (of M People)
- Huey (of Fun Loving Criminals)
- Ian Broudie (of the Lightning Seeds)
- Joan Armatrading
- Laurie Anderson
- Lesley Garrett
- Lou Reed
- Robert Cray
- Shane MacGowan
- Sheona White
- Skye (of Morcheeba)
- Suzanne Vega
- Tammy Wynette
- Thomas Allen
- Tom Jones
- Visual Ministry Choir

That's 29 separate acts. God knows how many people that is in total. However, it would appear to have worked, as it went straight to #1 on the 29th November 1997. It was there for two weeks before being knocked off the top-spot for a while. However, it went back for another bite of the cherry when, on the 10th January 1998, it decided to have another week up there.

I like this song very much. It's a novel idea to take a song like this, various musical artists of various 'fame levels' all singing a different line or two. And this is how I must criticise the song. Some of the people don't sing this song all that well. One that is probably most noticible is the late Tammy Wynette. Her line 'Weekenders on our own' just isn't delievered right. She kind of squashes the whole line into the space of one word, and it's hardly audiable. However, the majority of the 'cast' work really well together. Voices that stand out to me on this track include Morcheeba's Skye, David Bowie and Emmylou Harris, all of whom deliver their lines with aplomb. Indeed, I would have liked to have heard more from Skye than her meagre 'We go home...'.

All in all, I would say that this song is a very good listen. It doesn't sound dated, and the some of the slightly more obscure aritsts chosen do not detract from it at all.

It's a shame there aren't more songs in this style available today...

3.99/5

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You can download this song here. However, it is only intended as a preview, and so will only be available for a limited period, and you should delete this song after 24 hours, otherwise we'll get in trouble! If you are affilated with any of the artists performing on this track and you don't want people to download it, I would be happy to remove it.

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PS - Apologies for the huuuuuuge picture - it's the only way I can show you all the lovely people who made this song happen!


Sunday, October 17, 2004

The Verve - 'The Drugs Don't Work'

Who?
The amazing 'Bittersweet Symphony' provided newly christened The Verve with their first ever top 5, top 10 and even top 20 hit at the end of June, 1997. Since 1992, chart success had never been one of those things you associated with the band, then just 'Verve', but one strings riff changed all that. Going in at number 2, and lingering around the chart for months, 'Bittersweet Symphony' has been firmly imprinted into the mind of any music fan. But we aren't on about that. We're talking about something even bigger...

What happened next...?
Inevitably, their next release, 'The Drugs Don't Work' went straight in at number one on the 13th September 1997. A tender, sad, largely acoustic song, it utilised the idea of strings once again, combined with stunning lyrics and vocals from Richard Ashcroft. It's wonderfully emotive, and powerful - one of those songs to cry to. It's indie perfection and something that you have to hear to truly describe. 5/5

So, where are they now?
Of course, shortly afterwards Ashcroft was to leave the band, to forge his own solo career. Most would say he jumped the shark pretty soon after his number 3 hit 'Song For The Lovers', but no, he's still going strong and his 3rd solo album is due in 2005. But in the meantime we'd advise checking out the awesome video for 'Check The Meaning'. This could be done by tuning into The Amp, because, to be honest, it's the only channel that'll play it.

Very soon, The Verve are releasing their greatest hits album. The Singles - 1992-1998. It's probably worth buying for the extra tracks, and for an extra slice of The Verve that wasn't Urban Hymns.

How can I hear this track?
For sampling purposes only. We strongly advise you buy the album Urban Hymns or the brand new greatest hits album.

The Drugs Don't Work (available for 7 days only)

Thursday, October 07, 2004

Welcome to We Love 1997!!!

Hello and welcome to this new blog spinoff from the team that bought you 'Whatever's Left'.

Here we intend to post about:

- Hit Albums
- No 1 singles
- Obscure rarities
- New Artists
- Total piles of shit
- Cult bands
- More OK Computer than you can stomach...

...along with other nonsense from my favourite year in music. Enjoy!