Blue Boy (DJ)

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Blue Boy (also styled The Blue Boy) is a pseudonym for the Scottish DJ, Alexis 'Lex' Blackmore. He is best known for "Remember Me", an international dance hit in 1997. Blackmore first worked as a DJ in Glasgow and London, touring with the British techno outfit The Shamen in 1991. After having worked under various guises, Blackmore established the Blue Boy name in 1995 with the single, "Ascension", followed by the four-track EP, Scattered Emotions.

Remember Me[edit]

"Remember Me"
Single by Blue Boy
Released 20 January 1997
Format CD, 12", cassette
Genre Electronica, trip hop, R&B
Label Altra Moda Music (World)
Writer(s) Lex Blackmore / Robert Miller / Richard Evans / Marlena Shaw
Producer(s) Lex Blackmore
Certification BPI: Silver (200,000 sales)
Blue Boy singles chronology
"It's Up to You"
(1996)
"Remember Me"
(1997)
"Sandman"
(1997)

In 1997, Blue Boy had his first (and only) major hit single with "Remember Me". The track surfaced on the compilation album, Mushroom Jazz Volume One, a remix album by Mark Farina. Jive Records picked up the track for a single release. The radio edit of the track was remixed by production team "Sure Is Pure", and released on their Pharm label imprint. The single peaked at #8 in the UK Singles Chart in February 1997.[1] The single also went to number two on the American dance chart.[2]

The track is built around two samples from the 1973 live version of "Woman of the Ghetto", a 1969 soul song by Marlena Shaw, originally recorded for her album The Spice of Life. Near the end is the line: "Remember me? I'm the one who had your babies, I", in reference to African-American maids raising white children for little pay. The "ging, gi-gi-gi-gi-ging..." sample repeated throughout the song is the scat portion of the original song's refrain.

Track listing[edit]

UK CD

Catalogue number CDPHARM1

  1. "Remember Me" (Sure Is Pure 7" edit) – 3:50
  2. "Remember Me" (original 12") – 7:04
  3. "Remember Me" (Sure Is Pure 12" remix) – 10:46
  4. "Remember Me" (Cavern 3 remix) – 10:11
  5. "Remember Me" (Rae and Christian remix) – 6:57
Europe CD

European release on Jive Records (catalogue number 051628-2).

  1. "Remember Me" (Sure Is Pure 7" edit) – 3:49
  2. "Remember Me" (original 7" edit) – 3:54
  3. "Remember Me" (Deep Zone club mix) – 7:30
  4. "Remember Me" (Dub Zone) – 8:30
  5. "Remember Me" (Sure Is Pure 12" remix) – 10:46
  6. "Remember Me" (original 12" mix) – 7:04
  7. "Remember Me" (Sub Dub) – 8:13

Cover versions[edit]

In early 2009, the Australian psychedelic rock band Tame Impala began including a cover of the song regularly in their live sets. A studio version was released later that year as a B-side to the "Sundown Syndrome" single. This cover has become quite popular in Australia, reaching number 78 in the Triple J Hottest 100, 2009.

In late 2010, Gianni Luminati of Walk off the Earth has released an interpretation of the song on YouTube, "Jammin' a Hammock", playing 3 instruments simultaneously, while lying in a hammock.[3]

In November 2012, British musician Daley sampled the song, with the refrain sung by Jessie J.

In 2013 the South African group Goldfish (band) sampled the song for their track Three Second Memory.

Other releases[edit]

The single "Sandman", released in August 1997, reached #25 in the UK Singles Chart.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 66. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 37. 
  3. ^ "Jammin' a Hammock - [Walk off the Earth] - Gianni". YouTube. 2010-11-09. Retrieved 2012-05-04. 

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