Tomorrow marks 20 years since the release of The Verve’s Bitter Sweet Symphony, but the song feels just as relevant today.
Included in the band’s Urban Hymns album, the track samples the main theme of The Rolling Stones’ The Last Time. Following a legal controversy between the two bands upon its release, Verve eventually lost all composing credits to the song. Ironically, it is their biggest hit to date.
Bitter Sweet Symphony is also included in the soundtrack of one of my favourite ‘90s films, Cruel Intentions, adding an extra dose of drama and relief in that last defining scene.
“No change, I can’t change, I can’t change, I can’t change
But I’m here in my mold, I am here in my mold”
This week marked 17 years since the release of Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP (yes, 17 whole years have passed!) so there’s nothing else to do but remember one of the album’s classics.
Even though Stan would be the obvious hit of the record with The Real Slim Shady following suit, I’ve always found The Way I Am to be more special. Touching on the drawbacks of fame in the ever-witty yet angry ‘Eminem way’, the track sets the tone for the album’s overall angst and darkness.
“‘Cause I am, whatever you say I am
If I wasn’t, then why would I say I am?”
Whatever happened to Amy Macdonald? This Is the Life is the only song of hers I can remember now, but even so, it’s worth a Throwback Thursday!
The track was included in the singer’s 2007 album of the same name. Its folky vibe, combined with Macdonald’s unique vocals is probably what made it an instant hit.
“And you’re singing the songs thinking this is the life
And you wake up in the morning and your head feels twice the size”
I remember really loving this song back in the ‘90s. And it still holds up today! Summer Son was released in 1999, off Texas’ The Hush album.
With a slightly provocative music video (especially for ‘90s standards), but sounding great both from the studio as well as live, Summer Son is just what we need as we’re impatiently waiting for summer to begin.
“I thought I had a dream to hold, maybe that has gone
Your hands reach out and touch me still, but this feels so wrong”
This song couldn’t get more ‘00s. Solidifying the start of Melanie C’s solo career, Never Be The Same Again feels as personal today as it did back then. Plus, late Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes’ rapping verse makes it extra special.
And with this nostalgic tune (from Mel C’s 1999 album, Northern Star), I am letting you know my Throwback Thursdays might be a bit less frequent from now on. I promise to always come back with a throwback gem whenever it feels right, though!
For now, do enjoy this Sporty Spice.
“I’m hoping that you feel the same.
This is something that I can’t forget.”
It’s been ages since I last listened to this song and although it’s not such a cheerful choice for a throwback, I decided to give it a go.
Skunk Anansie’s Charlie Big Potato, off the band’s Post Orgasmic Chill album, was released in 1999 – aka the late ‘90s, aka the golden years. The track reminds me of good old MTV; you know, when it was only about the music. Skin’s vocals are more than haunting, and so is this clip.
“A lone brother, a lone sister
A home cover, alone”
This week marked ten years since the release of Good Charlotte’s Good Morning Revival. The album was a departure from the band’s previous work, making this their only record with dance and electronic elements.
But Good Morning Revival is still very much GC and its tracks can serve as the ultimate break-up playlist for all those wounded souls out there! Apart from obvious hits like Dance Floor Anthem and The River, the album includes hidden gems like Where Would We Be Now and Victims of Love that are perhaps even more worth checking out.
“Your hand on mine I hear the words
If only love had found us first”