Saturday, October 25, 2008

Robin S, number 1

Unbelievable! Robin S is at the top of the charts again in Holland with 'Show me love', the track that topped the UK dance charts in '93.

She re-released it '97, when it got to number 9 in the UK's pop chart. She then released it again in '99 & once more in 2002, without much luck (It only reached number 61 in the UK)

But Robin S has proven that perseverence pays off in the end. Because now there is the 2008 version of the track and she has finally reached a number 1 spot again. And this time not even in the dance chart, but in the general (pop) charts. Good on her!

And it just seems to show again that people are getting nostalgic about the nineties and nineties dance music. In the Dutch top 10 right now there is also the the track 'Infinity (2008)' of the Guru Josh Project. A track that was a huge hit at the end of the eighties/early nineties.

I am, of course, all for this. All these old tunes bring back so many great memories. And it's good to see that people are still appreciating the (dance) music from those days.


Alex said...

Oh, well done, Robin S!
They are doing so many re-releases and cover versions from dance music of the 90s because that was really the best time for dance music, original stuff from nowadays is not that good, it's just cheesy, and if it's good it doesn't get aired that much and usually it has no video, 'cause it comes from the "real" DJs. Anyway, I remember that the song entered the top 10 in the UK charts in '93, and they didn't release a video until the song was going out of the UK Top 40, probably they didn't think it would have become a hit, and Paul King had to explain on HitList UK on MTV Europe that there was no video for the song. On that 2-hour long show they used to play all the new entries and the going-up, so they made an exception for "Show Me Love", as they played it when it was going down the chart!
And Guru Josh, oh yeah, that was from 1990, and it was a huge hit! Guru Josh was also the man behind the Cyberdream and Cyberdelia longform videos from VR & Dr. Devious project, which extracts were played very offen on MTV's Party Zone hosted by you, dear Simone!

Simone said...

Wow Alex, You are a true trainspotter, just like my dear James Hyman.

Personally, I can not remember stuff like that. I can barely remember who I interviewed over the years or which countries I've visited.

I always find it amusing te see how much attention the Partyzone viewers paid to everything. I was too busy partying to pay close attention to what was actually happening around me.

For instance, I can't even remember if I know Robin S. personally. I bet I do. Changes are, I spent a lot of time with her over the years. It's rediculous, but I remember very few people from that time in my life. Just like I have forgotten most tracks, videos, etc.

Only the od memory and track jumps out for me, the rest is all one happy haze.

Fil said...

As you can see, Simone, your Party Zone has left an indelible mark in the lives of all its viewers! ;-)

I agree with Alex, dance music was at its best in the '90s, all the most exciting acts, tracks and vids came out in those years.
Most of today's dance music is pretty lame compared to the things you used to show on PZ back then.
I'm not saying that nobody releases good stuff anymore, on the contrary, but I just wish there were more edgy/underground acts with videos, even on MTV... never forget that the PZ is still airing on Friday & Saturday nights in most European countries, despite being just a non-stop mix of videos. :-)

As for you having forgotten most vids you used to play, I think it's fair enuff after all these years. However, I'm sure you'd still fall for those tracks if you got to hear them now!

Lastly, just wanted to let you know that MTV in Europe has been airing a couple of specials celebrating the EMA's 15th anniversary, showing old bits - including lots of red carpet & backstage action from the mid '90s... and surprise surprise, they've used quite a lot of footage with YOU hangin' out with The Prodigy and the likes!!!
What a blast from the past, seeing you on pretty much all the MTV channels across Europe, all these years later!

Keep up your legendary blogs,

Simone said...

Thanks for the kind words Fil,

Yes, someone already told me that MTV is airing some old VMA moments again. How fun!

Now, even though I have forgotten many of the names and details of much of the music and vids we used to play, I haven't forgotten the music itself. It still has the same effect on me as it did all those years still makes me dance and puts me in a good mood.

As far as dance music being better back then, I agree to some extend. I think there was more good stuff back then, but there still are amazing tunes being produced today. The only thing is (and this has always been true) that there is the 80/20 principle. 80% of any music style is either crap or average & 20% is brilliant. So you have to work your way through all the crap to find the gems. In the nineties I was out clubbing constantly and, by hearing so much dance music, found the gems automatically. Nowadays it is harder for me to do that as I am no longer surrounded by dance music. But I am sure the gems are still out there & I am missing many of them : (

Could that be true for you too?

Eurodance Blog said...

Yes is true wecan't bring back the 90's but the music we can and Robin S shows that :)

Simone i wanna ask you if want to answer me .. because u made a show about dance music and u know ..

What do you think about Euro dance music !? do u think is europe garbage ? and why the radio dj's when they heard about this kind o style told us is not music.. so what has easy chours i think and u and your firends dance in 90's on partys on Vengaboys, Ozone, Hermes house band...
they judge people only that, because they listen this kind of style?
This is not a kind o racism... not all the people are listinig Mozart no ??

Thank you very much in advance Simone !

Regards from Romania


Fil said...

Yeah, I guess that's true for me too, though I was just a young brat in the '90s. I agree with the 80/20 principle... or is it rather 85/15? :-)

The internet is undoubtedly a great vehicle for new music, but it's not always easy to discover real, new gems. This is also one of the reasons why I miss the old PZ: you guys used to separate the rotten apples from the fresh ones for us! Every edition was full of gems, well above 20% of the total tracks that got played. Aaahhh, the memories!

Anyway, yes, loads of stunning tracks are released even today. Somehow I miss the 'cult' names, though. There's NOBODY like 808 State anymore - and I'm sure James Hyman agrees with me on this. Even The Orb's latest material is not comparable to their '90's releases, imho. Massive Attack haven't released an instant classic in years now...
I also miss the 'more mean' side of dance music: Humanoid, Human Resource ("I'm the one and only dominator!"), early Prodigy, early Richie Hawtin and the likes. Now, THAT was good for dancing!

Surprisingly enough (or maybe not), most good tracks today seem to be released by new acts.

Don't forget to keep us always up to date with the stuff you're listening to!
By the way, there's this track by Swedish act 'Firefox AK' that I've seen on PZ lately. I love the atmosphere it creates. Check it out, in case you haven't heard it yet:

Have a nice day!

Simone said...

Hi Tavi,

I have to be honest with you. Even though I made some Euro dance records myself, I have never been crazy about the music style.

The most common complaints about the style is the simplicity of the melody. Yet, it is also what makes it such good party music. If you play the Vengaboys at any wedding party, the crowd of all ages will go crazy. It is music for everybody. And of course, if even grandma starts dancing to something, it is no longer considered 'cool'. That's just the way it is.

I am sure that everybody (at some point) has had some great fun to certain Europop/Euro dance records, but no one wants to admit it. I have had some fun moments to it, for sure. But I do have to admit that my mother goes way more crazy when she hears that music than I do.

Still, whatever music makes someone happy is fine with me. So enjoy the music and ignore all the music snobs!

Eurodance Blog said...

Thank you very much Simone for your answer!