Welcome to a brand new strand on The Phoenix Remix. Whilst I adore writing about Forgotten Pop, I have been writing it every week for 2 years so I felt that it was time to mix it up and look at the topic from a different perspective.
There are so many songs that are out there everywhere then all of a sudden they disappear and you only hear from them on cheesy countdowns run by music channels over Christmas if you are lucky.
So roll up and welcome to Forgotten Songs where we celebrate these forgotten wonders.
Sweet Dreams My LA Ex – Rachel Stevens
At work recently, I had to do a set up VT for Rachel Stevens and ended up having to listen and watch a music video I hadn’t seen in years. I remember when this song originally was released as it was her debut song as a solo artist and it was everywhere so it was a song that you would hear over and over again.
Sweet Dreams My LA Ex was released the 15th September 2003, apparently the song was originally written for Britney Spears and if you listen to the song you can actually hear the essence of the pop princess in the style of song. The genre of the song was dance pop and it came with a really interesting dance routine in the music video with a lot of red scarfs used throughout. When you watch the music video it is evident it is sort of trying to channel Britney Spears type of music video.
The song sold 210,000 copies in the UK and went into the charts at number 2. Whilst reviews of the song were good, one reviewer said that it wouldn’t ‘set the world alight and that she would need stronger material to maintain a pop career’. The song came off the debut album Funky Dory and was the 22nd biggest selling single of 2003.
Even all thsi time into the future, I still find it quite a catchy song, the beat is heavy and very addictive pop tone that I am surprised it didn’t do even better. However, Black Eyed Peas Where Is The Love was dominating the charts when this song was released and I think that is why it didn’t go to number one. Now I know from researching this song, that it was meant to be a retaliation song from Britney Spears about Justin Timberlake I can’t hear anything but her singing this song. I always did wonder why Rachel Stevens was singing about an ex in LA.