Thursday, 3 November 2016

CONTROLRadioUK Presents Throwback Thursday: Millenium





Hello and welcome to the next Chapter in our Throwback Thursday series. We've traveled through 80's Pop/Rock/RNB/Reggae/Dance. Now we're having a stop-over in the 90's. It was a glorious 10 years for fashion, technology & of course music. Some songs changed the landscape of music forever whilst some were unfortunate one-hit wonders & now at the end of our journey, take a look at these millennial belters.



The Artist: Robbie Williams and Kylie Minogue
The Song: Kids
Released: 2000

CONTROLRadioUK Thoughts:
No word of a lie 16 yrs on this song still hasn't left my playlist. That's right!! This song has survived Record Players, Computer Players, MP3 Players & is now on my phone's player. It hit #2 in the UK and was certified Gold & Silver. To this day I love everything about this song. The chorus is my hook, line & sinker which I will never get tired of dancing my head away to. I don't know the lyrics by heart but I know the bits you need to know. Only thing I don't like is the stupid beatbox at the end; whenever that comes round this songs getting switched off. This video's really fun and somewhat sexy (I was banned from watching the video like 'Rock DJ', allowed to listen to the song, another testament to my mum's rules) . It's a rare song where I could go on all day about what makes it so great & still wouldn't hit the mark, because it really has to be listened to.





The Artist: 'N Sync
The Song: It's Gonna Be Me
Released: 2000

CONTROLRadioUK Thoughts:
'It's Gonna Be Me', 'Tearin Up My Heart', 'Pop', 'Bye, Bye, Bye' & 'Gone'. Those are all the 'N Sync songs I know, like & play occasionally. This hit #1 in the US & #9 in the UK. I find the video cute & fun, but this is here because of the meme. If you don't know what it is then thank your lucky stars. Being an avid Tumblr user you can't avoid it coming round every year (just like Mean Girls & Halloween/Christmas) it's like Tumblr rule to reblog them so you do & then you get so used to it, you laugh along with all the other Tumblr folk whilst newbies are wondering what's going on. I won't deny 'N Sync make the occasional bit of good music, but they were and still aren't for me.





The Artist: Steps
The Song: Deeper Shade Of Blue
Released: 2000

CONTROLRadioUK Thoughts:
I know! Another Throwback Thursday, another Steps song. But if you only listen to one Steps song in your life? It has to be this one. It's my all time favorite of theirs & also one of my all time favorite songs ever. It reached #4 on the UK Chart because Steps were more about providing us with dance routines & bops to know by heart than setting the chart alight & I swear my love for this song does not stem from the fact my favorite colour's in the title. Pretty sure I've mentioned it before but it bears repeating; When H or Claire were on lead vocals Steps songs were brilliant. On the occasions Faye was lead they were still good, but H & Claire just had so much power with their vocals. The video fits the songs futuristic style & whilst it may not have an exact story to go with the lyrics, it still fits the tone of the song perfectly. The songs about the darker side of life and an attempt to break free which is again, a message that a lot of people can relate to. Honestly I just love everything about this song & 16yrs later like with 'Kids', I'm not bored & don't think I ever will be because every listen brings something new to the song.





The Artist: Billie Piper
The Song: Something Deep Inside
Released: 2000

CONTROLRadioUK Thoughts:
Yes, before Billie Piper became everyone's favorite Dr Who companion she was a singer. Made two fabulous and gave us this bop. To this day I only know 2 lines of the chorus, have no idea what the songs about or anything, but still I dance & sing those 2 lines with all the might I have. It reached #4 on the UK Charts & probably isn't as well known as some of her other songs, but I still love it. The video outside of the dance routine has not aged well at all. Like I actually find myself offended by the awful decor & attempts at outside shots. But the music's great. Billie's vocals are great (I know! Who knew she had it in her) & it's fun. Plus despite not knowing the damn lyrics, I can never get the chorus out my head. Doesn't make much sense now does it? Welcome to music!





The Artist: Shaggy
The Song: It Wasn't Me
Released: 2000

CONTROLRadioUK Thoughts:
The final song in our 90's journey. I know there's a lot of songs I could've chosen to end this Throwback Thursday special, but I had to go with this. Firstly because it's again a song I wasn't allowed to listen to until I was much older (and in this case I actually think my mother was justified). Secondly sometimes songs come across that when you hear them, perfectly describe someone you know. It could be the beats are similar to a person's personality or the lyrics should be next to the person's name in a Dictionary. This song and Kanye West's 'Gold Digger' are definitely in the latter category *mischevious cackle*. This song broke Shaggy into the Pop market & was a smash around the world being certified Platinum, Gold & Silver. Thank you Shaggy for the wonderful memories.