Time once again to take a trip in our musical tardis that is #ThrowbackTunesday. As always, let’s see which five classic UK chart hits from the last 25 years are gracing the playlist before we get to this week’s featured song…
- 1993: Diana Ross – ‘Chain Reaction’
- 1998: B*Witched – ‘Rollercoaster’
- 2003: Rachel Stevens – ‘Sweet Dreams My LA Ex’
- 2008: Pink – ‘So What’
- 2013: The Vamps – ‘Can We Dance’
And our favourite song from this week’s #ThrowbackTunesday playlist is…
- ARTIST: Rachel Stevens
- SONG: Sweet Dreams My LA Ex
- ALBUM: Funky Dory
Little did I know three years ago, when I published a commemorative post to mark the 10th anniversary of Rachel Stevens’ second album ‘Come & Get It’ from 2005, that that tribute to one of my favourite pop albums ever would still be generating a small majority of my blog’s traffic on a weekly basis.
No pressure then at all, as I focus on the very beginning of her post S Club 7 solo career for this week’s #ThrowbackTunesday blog! When the S Clubbers announced their split in May 2003, Rachel, consistently voted as one of the world’s sexiest women and the band’s resident pin-up, also at the time engaged to Hollyoaks and Holby City actor Jeremy Edwards, was, along with her lead vocalist bandmate Jo O’Meara, the obvious favourite for a solo career.
But many hadn’t put money on Rachel getting there first. No less than a month after S Club’s final single, the aptly named ‘Say Goodbye’ had bowed out the charts, then it’d been announced her former manager, Simon Fuller at 19, and Polydor, had taken her on for a £1m solo record deal.
Rachel was still going to be courting pop music, but with a slightly more grown up feel. Who better then, to pen her debut solo single, then former dance pop superstar turned hit songwriter for hire, Cathy Dennis, who had not long turned in Kylie Minogue’s biggest hit of her career (2001’s chart smashing ‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Head’).
Originally penned for Britney Spears in the same session as her hit ‘Toxic’ with the Swedish production team Bloodshy & Avant as a response to Justin Timberlake’s ‘Cry Me A River’, ‘Sweet Dreams My LA Ex’ was a sassy, percussive and catchy offering of electropop, lyrically being a kiss off to a wrong doing boyfriend who couldn’t be the bigger man.
Coupled with an eye catching video that was never off the music channels and a saucy dance routine involving pouty ladies tieing her up in red ribbons, Rachel got her solo career off to a fine start, zooming straight into the chart at #2 on this very week fifteen years ago. Here’s then, to ‘Sweet Dreams My LA Ex’. A truly great slice of 00s pop music that ushered in Rachel’s brief but brilliant moment in the solo spotlight.
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!