I am fairly sure that I Breathe Again by Adam Rickitt is the greatest single to have been released during the nineties.
Many years ago, I ran a short-lived club night called How To Pick Up Girls (named after a song by Bobby O) which played “Hi-NRG Eurobeat disco” by people like Bobby O, Divine (produced by Bobby O), The Flirts (produced by Bobby O) and Oh Romeo (produced by Bobby O). One night, I was playing I Breathe Again (no Bobby O involvement) and a guy came over to me and said “My flatmate wrote this song!”
“Was your flatmate in a RoMo band called Belvedere Kane?” I asked.
“Yes!” he replied, amazed to have met someone who had heard of Belvedere Kane.
The conversation ended at that point because I had to play another song and he had to not talk to me any longer. I didn’t actually know a great deal about Belvedere Kane, other than the fact they were a RoMo band and one of them wrote I Breathe Again and that the flatmate of the Belvedere Kane member who wrote I Breathe Again was standing opposite me. Fortunately, there is a surprisingly detailed Wikipedia page about RoMo which states:
Another late major addition to the scene at around this time was Belvedere Kane, fronted by Romo scene face Barry Stone, later of the Jewels And Stone writing/production partnership.
Barry Stone doesn’t have a Wikipedia page, but Julian Gingell does. Poor Barry Stone. Don’t feel too bad, Barry, I don’t have a Wikipedia page either. Yet.
In 1999, he set up his own production business with long-time friend and co-producer Barry Stone. They called the company Jewels and Stone (Jewels as in Jules, an abbreviation of Julian, and Stone from Barry Stone’s surname).
As well as remixing hits such as Sophie Ellis Bextor’s “Murder on the Dancefloor”, Boyzone’s “No Matter What” and S Club 7’s “Don’t Stop Movin'”, Jewels and Stone are credited with writing and producing the Adam Rickitt hit “I Breathe Again”, which reached number 5 in the UK Singles Chart in 1999, the S Club Juniors (later S Club 8) single “Automatic High”, which reached number 2 in the same chart and Rachel Stevens’ “I Said Never Again (But Here We Are)”.
The pair also collaborated with Hear’Say and Five. Their most internationally recognised achievement was composing the theme music for the British TV talent show, Pop Idol with Cathy Dennis. The same music was used as the theme to its U.S. equivalent, American Idol, and other versions of the same show around the world.
I don’t think I’ve ever heard I Said Never Again (But Here We Are), and I don’t really like Automatic High. My favourite S Club Juniors song is New Direction, mainly because it samples Magic Fly by Space. Although even if it does sample Magic Fly by Space, it’s not as good as I Breathe Again.
It’s quite an eye-catching video, I’m sure you’ll agree.
Babe, your love is like oxygen in my veins
And I need it
I assume that he’s referring to oxygenated blood rather than an air embolism.
EDIT: In an odd coincidence, as I was writing this, I received an email from Bobcat Music containing two MP3s taken from the new Bobby Orlando album. I didn’t even know there was a new Bobby O album. How did I not know this? It was released months ago.