#ThrowbackTunesday: Episode 14

It’s time once again for our weekly revisit of five UK chart hits from this exact week in the last 25 years, with #ThrowbackTunesday. Before we get to today’s featured song, here, as always, is a quick glance at the tracks occupying this week’s slots on our playlist…

  • 1993: Sub Sub feat. Melanie Williams – Ain’t No Love (Ain’t No Use)
  • 1998: Busta Rhymes – Turn It Up / Fire It Up
  • 2003: David Gray – Be Mine
  • 2008: Sam Sparro – Black & Gold
  • 2013: Nina Nesbitt – Stay Out

And our favourite song from this week’s #ThrowbackTunesday playlist is…

  • ARTIST: Sam Sparro
  • SONG: Black & Gold
  • ALBUM: Sam Sparro

It’s funny with a decade’s distance how long ago some tracks that might be considered ‘recent’ actually now are. Such was the case when we came to compile the songs for this week’s playlist. Particularly when some of the artists behind them in question are – let’s not lie here – known by one song, and one song alone.

Such is the case with Aussie electro soul popster Samuel Falson, better known by his stage name of Sam Sparro. Following the success of his first single ‘Cottonmouth’ in Australia in 2007, Universal Island in the UK immediately snapped him for a record deal. His self titled debut album was launched in the spring of 2008 – but one song on this album became a floor-filler of that year and caught the imagination of the public like no other did.

A hypnotic, dizzy halfway house of electropop, soul and disco, with a lyrical theme of spirituality and love at its centre, ‘Black & Gold’ had the misfortune to be at the top end of the charts at the same time Madonna was scoring another huge chart topper with her Justin Timberlake collaboration ‘4 Minutes’. This didn’t stop it, however, from peaking at #2, and spending almost six months inside the UK charts – going on to be the 10th biggest selling single of 2008, no less.

And yet despite his Wikipedia entry boasting of 15 single releases and another album since that time, his notoriously perceived arrogance at the time of the success of ‘Black & Gold’ saw to it that his hit making days were relatively shortlived in the UK. The followup single ’21st Century Life’ bombed spectacularly at #44 that August, all the while with the preceding hit still selling and charting further up the listings. Still, if you are going to be known by one hit and one hit alone, ‘Black & Gold’ is a pretty good one to be associated with.

Check out the full playlist here, and let us know what your favourite hit from the past is this week on our Twitter with the hashtag #ThrowbackTunesday!


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