Cloud Number Nine

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
For other uses, see Cloud Nine (disambiguation).
"Cloud #9"
Single by Bryan Adams
from the album On a Day Like Today
Released April 18, 1999
Format CD
Recorded 1998
Genre Rock
Soft rock (Original)
Dance-pop (remix)
Length 4:12 (remix)
3:46 (album version)
Label A&M
Writer(s) Bryan Adams
Max Martin
Gretchen Peters
Producer(s) Bryan Adams
Bob Rock
Bryan Adams chronology
"When You're Gone"
(1998)
"Cloud Number Nine"
(1999)
"The Best of Me"
(1999)

"Cloud Number Nine" (sometimes spelled as "Cloud #9" or "Cloud Number 9") is a song by Canadian singer-songwriter Bryan Adams. It was released in April 1999 as the third single from his 1998 album On a Day Like Today. Its single version is notable for being one of the few remixes Bryan Adams released and the only one to gain notable chart success since his debut single, which received a remix treatment in 1979.

Versions[edit]

Album version[edit]

The song was first released on Adams' 1998 album "On a Day Like Today", and is the only place it appears in its original form. This version has somewhat of a country rock feel, and seems inspired by Eagles. It is produced by noted rock producer Bob Rock, and mixed by Adams' longtime collaborator Bob Clearmountain.

Demo version[edit]

A demo version of the song appears on the CD single "The Best Of Me", released in November 1999, following the chart run of the Chicane Mix. It features a prominent beat throughout the recording, provided by co-writer Max Martin. He used a similar beat on his early productions for Britney Spears. Also, the released demo version had a longer first verse than the one ending up on the album and all other subsequent versions. According to co-writer Gretchen Peters, who wrote most of the song's lyrics, it was Adams' decision to scrap the lines.

Chicane Mix[edit]

It was remixed by British electronic artist Chicane into more of a dance pop sound, with synthesizers added, as well as a drum sample from Gota Yashiki's "Groove Activator". It was released as a single in May 1999 in Europe. The single reached number 6 in the UK Singles Chart, and became a top 10 hit in Ibiza. Chicane said upon its release in 1999, he'd turned down a previous offer of remixing a Bryan Adams single, due to a lack of time. Chicane later worked with Adams of the songs "Don't Give Up", "East Side Story", and "She's Got A Way".

Chicane's mix of the song was featured on Bryan Adams' compilation album The Best of Me, however simply titled "Cloud Number Nine". It appeared again on his 2005 Anthology album, this time titled correctly as "Cloud Number Nine (Chicane Mix)". The Chicane Mix has become the standard live version for Bryan. In 2000, Chicane joined Bryan onstage to perform this song and "Don't Give It Up", as can be seen on Bryan's DVD Live At Slane Castle.

Bascombe Mix[edit]

Among the versions considered for a radio edit of "Cloud Number Nine", was a remix made by Dave Bascombe. This version sounds much more similar to the album version, yet has an electronic pop beat comparable to the one heard on the song's demo recording. The Bascombe Mix eventually ended up on the second CD of the UK single and hasn't appeared anywhere else since its release.

Live versions[edit]

Adams performed "Cloud Number Nine" live in a three piece setting during his extensive world tour, starting in 1999, with a stage set and costume designs mimicking the music video to the song. Live recordings of the song ended up on several CD and DVD releases in the next few years. Most versions are based on the Chicane Mix, at one time even performing it with Chicane himself. The song was performed during most subsequent tours, although most commonly with a full band setting.

Music video[edit]

The music video made for this single, features mainly the color white. Bryan is dressed in all white, in a white room with an Asian woman who is body painted all white. Various images and things that are white are featured in the video such as milk, white paint, eggs, a dove, and a white dog. The video contains several elements seen in Adams' previous music video, "When You're Gone" - most notably the tape recorder and the apples. While being reviewed on the Saturday morning show Live & Kicking on BBC 1, dance producer Norman Cook commented: "The most positive thing I can say about it, is that it's very white."

Track listing[edit]

UK CD1

  1. "Cloud Number Nine" (Chicane Mix)
  2. "Let's Talk About Love "
  3. "When You're Gone" (Acoustic version) - featuring Melanie C

UK CD2

  1. "Cloud #9" (Chicane mix)
  2. "Cloud #9" (Bascombe Mix)
  3. "Snippets (C'mon C'mon/Inside Out/Where Angels Fear To Tread)"

European CD

  1. "Cloud Number Nine" (Chicane Mix)
  2. "Let's Talk About Love"
  3. "When You're gone" (Acoustic Version) - featuring Melanie C
  4. "Snippets (C'mon C'mon/Inside Out/Where Angels Fear To Tread)"

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1999) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[1] 67
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[2] 13
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[3] 7
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[4] 7
Germany (Media Control Charts)[5] 33
Ireland (IRMA) 16
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[6] 62
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[7] 43
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[8] 26
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 6

References[edit]