Free Your Mind (song)
|"Free Your Mind"|
|Single by En Vogue|
|from the album Funky Divas|
|Released||August 24, 1992 (U.S.)|
|Format||CD single, cassette single|
|Recorded||December 1991—January 1992|
|Genre||R&B, Funk rock|
|Length||Album Version 4:52
LP Edit 4:10
|Writer(s)||Denzil Foster, Thomas McElroy|
|Producer(s)||Foster & McElroy|
|En Vogue singles chronology|
"Free Your Mind" is the name of a Grammy Award-nominated hit single released by the American all-female R&B group En Vogue. Released on September 24, 1992 "Free Your Mind" is the third single released from En Vogue's critically acclaimed album Funky Divas. The anti-prejudice rock-oriented song reached number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number 16 on the UK Singles Chart.
"Free Your Mind" debuted at number 89 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 the week of September 12, 1992. Within one week, it jumped to number 45, then to number 25, and continued to make impressive strides until it eventually peaked at number 8 the week of October 31, 1992. Altogether, "Free Your Mind" spent 16 weeks in the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100.
"Free Your Mind" used the chorus line of the George Clinton/Funkadelic song, "Free Your Mind and Your Ass Will Follow" with his permission. The guitar and bass tracks for the song were written and recorded by San Francisco-based guitarist Jinx Jones. The opening line: "Prejudice, wrote a song about it. Like to hear it? Here it go!", is adapted from a line originally used by David Alan Grier's character Calhoun Tubbs from Fox's In Living Color.
The song is known for its award-winning music video, directed by Mark Romanek. On January 21, 1993, En Vogue performed the song on a sixth-season episode of the NBC sitcom A Different World (where they guest-starred as Vernon Gaines' nieces). It was certified gold by the RIAA in late 1992. It is one of several songs to feature all four members of the group on lead vocals.
The song was used in the 1994 film The Cowboy Way.
The song was covered by Swedish band Slapdash, track 13 on the album "Actual Reality"
The song was used on the show "Modern Family" during a flash mob.
The song was covered by Greek pop star Elena Paparizou who performed it at the first MadWalk By Vodafone on February 2,2011 along with her smash hit single Baby It's Over, dressed by Apostolos Mitropoulos.
Awards and nominations
Grammy Awards of 1993
MTV Video Music Awards 1993
- Video of the Year (nominated)
- Best Group Video (nominated)
- Best R&B Video (won)
- Best Dance Video (won)
- Viewer's Choice Award (nominated)
- Best Direction – Mark Romanek (nominated)
- Best Choreography – Travis Payne, Frank Gatson, and Lavelle Smith (won)
- Best Cinematography – Marc Reshovsky (nominated)
End of year charts
- "australian-charts.com". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2010-10-31.
- "Dutchcharts.nl". MegaCharts. Retrieved 2010-10-31.
- "The Irish Charts". MegaCharts. Retrieved 2010-10-31.
- "charts.org.nz". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2010-10-31.
- "swedishcharts.com". hitparad.se. Retrieved 2010-10-31.
- "Billboard Top 100 - 1992". Retrieved 2010-07-30.