I’ve always been critical of the American taste in dance/EDM music. It’s always lagged behind Europe with the quality and what they actually listen to. Actually, the USA has a weird music taste – full stop. How people can stomach country and western is beyond me. And don’t get me started on bluegrass. The genre with the coolest name in the world has to possess the worst type of music ever made! But I digress.
It would be funny if I develop a taste for country in the next few years.
As the years have gone by, this has changed and there is much more parity between what is universally enjoyed in the USA and what is enjoyed on the other side of the Atlantic. Podcasts have definitely helped with really great quality music being easily available. Americans can now listen in awe and praise to what’s great in the boxes of Gareth Emery, Sander Van Doorn, Paul Van Dyk and Armin Van Buuren. The amount of shows these guys are playing in the USA is astounding and makes me slightly jealous. My to-do list includes going to a huge EDM party in the USA at some point in life.
Anyway, I mention this as Dirty Vegas won the Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording in 2003 for this song. Don’t get me wrong, its an awesome song. This Grammy is a bit of a joke as Janet Jackson won it in 2002 and Kylie Minogue won it in 2004. Progress has meant that the 2013 Grammy should actually go to someone that classifies themselves as a dance act although the songs nominated are completely and utterly pop songs. But hey, progress is progress.
The reason this song was huge in the USA was due to it being in an ad for the Mitsubishi Eclipse. In one version of the music video, the Eclipse is actually included. That’s the one here. The video is absolutely fantastic and I was very impressed when I first saw it. That bassline is so imposing. The song itself charted quite well and reached #14 on the Billboard Chart in 2002 which is quite an achievement for a dance song. It reached #16 in the UK.