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Shapeshifters vs. Rachel Stevens
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Medellíam
post Jul 18 2019, 09:22 PM
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It's 15 years since Shapeshifters' 'Lola's Theme' and Rachel Stevens' 'Some Girls' occupied the Top 2.

'Lola's Theme' was the first single from house duo Shapeshifters, compromising of DJs Simon Marlin and Max Reich, with featured vocals from Cookie. Its production takes inspiration from old disco records and includes a sample of Johnnie Taylor's 'What About My Love'.

'Some Girls' was the lead for the re-release of Rachel Stevens' debut album and was chosen as the official Sports Relief single. It was written by Richard X and Hannah Robinson with Girls Aloud intended as the performers. Music manager Simon Fuller requested that the song be given to either of his acts, Geri Halliwell or Rachel Stevens. Legend has it that Geri locked herself in her car in protest when she was denied the song!

Both were tipped for #1, however the Sports Relief status of 'Some Girls' wasn't enough to overcome the strong radio play of 'Lola's Theme', with the latter debuting 9k higher on 52k. Total sales for 'Lola's Theme' now stand at 500k whilst 'Some Girls' remains below 200k.

15 years on, which is your favourite?
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post Jul 18 2019, 09:22 PM
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Top 10
01 (NE) Shapeshifters - Lola's Theme
02 (NE) Rachel Stevens - Some Girls
03 (01) Usher - Burn
04 (NE) J-Kwon - Tipsy
05 (NE) Jamelia - See It in a Boy's Eyes
06 (NE) Morrissey - First of the Gang to Die
07 (02) Britney Spears - Everytime
08 (06) Nina Sky - Move Your Body
09 (09) O-Zone - Dragostea din tei
10 (07) Mario Winans feat. Enya & P. Diddy - I Don't Wanna Know

Top 40 New Entries
11 (NE) Flip & Fill feat. Karen Parry - Discoland
16 (NE) Marillion - Don't Hurt Yourself
23 (RE) Snow Patrol - Spitting Games
28 (NE) Counting Crows - Accidentally in Love
35 (NE) Velvet Revolver - Slither
37 (NE) Mull Historical Society - How 'Bout I Love You More
38 (NE) Bloc Party - Little Thoughts / Tullips
40 (NE) Nelly Furtado - Forca

Previous Chart Replays
S Club 7 - 'Bring It All Back' vs. Madonna - 'Beautiful Stranger' (1999)
ATB - '9 PM (Till I Come)' vs. Whitney Houston - 'My Love is Your Love' (1999)
Usher - 'Burn' vs. Girls Aloud - 'The Show' (2004)
Cascada - 'Evacuate the Dancefloor' vs. Michael Jackson - 'Man in the Mirror' (2009)
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post Jul 18 2019, 09:26 PM
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Both songs are really good but I've plumped for 'Lola's Theme' as that is one of the absolute best noughties dance songs for me, a summer playlist essential wub.gif

The quality of 'Some Girls' needs to be sorted out on YouTube laugh.gif I had no idea that Girls Aloud were intended as the performers ohmy.gif that could've been quite a moment. I did know about the Geri Halliwell thing though, I did a double-take when reading that on Wikipedia back in the day! Iconic.
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post Jul 18 2019, 09:26 PM
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This is by far the hardest of the polls so far. 'Lola's Theme' is a classic Noughties dance song, so uplifting and absolutely gorgeous in the sunshine. 'Some Girls' was a such a childhood fave, possibly my favourite from Rachel Stevens, and I have strong memories of the video. In the end, I went with 'Some Girls' as I feel nostalgia just edges it.

QUOTE(Jade @ Jul 18 2019, 10:26 PM) *
The quality of 'Some Girls' needs to be sorted out on YouTube laugh.gif

Poor girl didn't even have her own Vevo page 11 months ago! laugh.gif
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post Jul 18 2019, 09:28 PM
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The Shapeshifters of course!
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post Jul 18 2019, 09:29 PM
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Oh wait I had no idea that 'Some Girls' had actually been sorted out on YouTube at last!! Hallelujah, I remember trying to play it on plug a couple of times a few years ago and it was potato quality :') what a revelation this has been *.* about time!
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post Jul 18 2019, 09:30 PM
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'Lola's Theme' EASILY. One of my fave ever dance songs wub.gif
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post Jul 18 2019, 09:31 PM
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Both great songs but Shapeshifters for me.
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post Jul 18 2019, 09:34 PM
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QUOTE(Jade @ Jul 18 2019, 10:29 PM) *
Oh wait I had no idea that 'Some Girls' had actually been sorted out on YouTube at last!! Hallelujah, I remember trying to play it on plug a couple of times a few years ago and it was potato quality :') what a revelation this has been *.* about time!

I see! laugh.gif YouTube often does the dirty on noughties pop - I'm sure some Sugababes and Girls Aloud videos finish 30 seconds too early and I remember the 'Biology' video was shifted slightly so poor Nicola was cut out for the most part! :') Although I think that may have been sorted out now.
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post Jul 18 2019, 09:35 PM
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QUOTE(Jade @ Jul 18 2019, 10:29 PM) *
Oh wait I had no idea that 'Some Girls' had actually been sorted out on YouTube at last!! Hallelujah, I remember trying to play it on plug a couple of times a few years ago and it was potato quality :') what a revelation this has been *.* about time!


Same can't be said for So Good alas, like the only song of hers I go back to and it's all backwards on there :'( I think it may have been taken down now.

Anyway, no contest at all - Lola's Theme is an absolute feelgood classic and one of the VERY few number 1s from that year that has aged really well wub.gif
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post Jul 18 2019, 09:49 PM
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lola’s theme definitely!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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post Jul 18 2019, 09:58 PM
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voted Some Girls <3 pop magic
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post Jul 18 2019, 10:01 PM
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Remove my dance mod title now because I’ve gone for Some Girls. What an absolute bop that is!
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post Jul 18 2019, 10:02 PM
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dance classic ofc
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post Jul 18 2019, 10:40 PM
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Shapeshifters is a real classic!
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post Jul 19 2019, 01:15 AM
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Shapeshifters, no question. If it was 'Sweet Dreams My LA Ex' it'd be a bit closer.
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post Jul 19 2019, 01:19 AM
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Shapeshifters.
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post Jul 19 2019, 06:04 AM
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Had to be Shapeshifters. One of the best dance hits of the 2000's imo!
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post Jul 19 2019, 06:43 AM
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My beloved Danushka turned down Lola's Theme sad.gif
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post Jul 19 2019, 06:55 AM
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Lola's Theme by miles

oh the days when Morrissey could get top 10s so easily but First of the gang is a brilliant track, his best of the 00s

best newie in the t40 is Counting Crows - Accidentally in Love, brilliant songs and deserved much much better than low top 40
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