I've been giving this region such a hard time lately...
#32. Cappella - U Got 2 Let the Music - 7.318
(Cappella stans don't vote early, but they're not exactly last-minute either!)
Highest: 11 x 1 (@Ray)
10 x 4 (@geomixes
2 x 1 (@Aester
) 4.1 x 1 (@Cutlery
U Got 2 Know (1994)
#2 (UK), #1 (Austria), #6 (Belgium), #8 (Denmark), #1 (Finland), #3 (Germany), #6 (Ireland), #8 (Italy), #9 (Netherlands), #4 (Norway), #1 (Switzerland)
Gianfranco Bortolotti (49ers)
After remaining largely unscathed for most of the rate, Italy's taken quite the beating in the 30s. 'U Got 2 Let the Music' was Cappella's first-ever hit there, and it's widely considered to be their signature song.
Interestingly, they saw success in the UK much earlier, most notably with 1989's 'Helyom Halib' (which I'm not posting because it doesn't start with U—I've got a theme here, guys), and 1993's title track from their biggest album 'U Got 2 Know'.
'U & Me' came after 'Move On Baby' but before 'Move It Up'. This time we're focusing on Cappella's 'U' songs. Last time we did the 'Move' ones. @idratherjack
pointed out earlier that most of the better known Cappella singles fit into those two categories and it made me laugh, so here we are.
I can't find any Eiffel 65 remixes to include, but I'm sure if Cappella hadn't been pretty much finished by the time 'Blue' came out, they'd probably exist.
U Let the Music:
U loved the 90s...
(10) - Those synths fuck me up! Imagine being off your tits in a club in the 90s and this came on? I’d likely get thrown out for bumping into too many people whilst losing my shit. I played this at a 90s party I had recently and nobody knew it but they all ended up liking it, especially when the chorus kicked in, or at least commented that it was “super 90s” so mission accomplished.
(8.5) - Equally as iconic as some of the other early 90s songs in this rate. Cappella were a weird group to me as a child, because my mother always kept calling the singers ugly (she fucking resented session singers, where the girl singing wasn't the real vocalist), so immediately my mind went blank on them. Having said that... What a fucking bop.
U loved the instrumental...
(6) - Fantastic synth line but not enough vocal. Where’s Karin Kayser when you need her?
(10) - I believe the instrumental was used in an E-Rotic song but I don't remember which one?? anyway this is a bop.
(I don't know, I tried to Google it and all I got was E-Rotic acapellas.)
@One Stop Candy Shop
(7) - Cappella benefits from coming right after Black Box, because this production is ten times better.
U loved the nonsensical lyrics...
(9) - The ba-da-da-ba etc. parts make me picture the singer (the real one, I mean) chewing gum at the same time.
(7) - Maybe you need to stop moving your feet so much if your shoes are going to fly all over the place? Also the fact that this song apparently required 7 songwriters is hilarious to me. I can totally understand why "Bara pappa pappa pap baam" would need to be written in committee.
U loved the length... or not.
(8.5) - Despite clocking in over 5 minutes I would have loved more of this. Definitely not stretchingly overlong.
(9) - Another classic, but after two minutes it gets repetitive.
(5.2) - Very similar to listening to noise on repeat, some okay bits here and there though
(6) - Starts off promising then swiftly becomes a bit shite.
(5) - How does one 'let the music move your feet'? Answer me that, lyricist person.
(5.25) - Nothing about this track really makes me love it immediately, but it’s pretty decent. I deducted a point because the music video is… a choice.
But everyone loves shoes!
U Lost Ur 11 (*hugs*):
(11) - I tried to play the album, but it’s not really listenable… yet this song is MA-HOO-SSIVE. The voices go great together, the production is darker and heavier than 90% of the songs in the rate, the “black rapper and blonde female singer” formula perfected. Her hair in the video gives me life. But it’s the chorus that really makes this song special. I also don’t mind the KLF sample (or is it the other way round? KLF stole every sound they could find, after all). ‘Police start tapping terminology’ is a great lyric, and I will not listen to liars telling me that’s not what he’s saying.
Right after the police start bopping on the dance floor, am I right?
I leave you with 'U Tore My World Apart' and 'U Turn Me On'. They really could give Usher a run for his money.