Free Your Mind (song)

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"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[1]
Genre Funk rock
Length Album Version 4:52
LP Edit 4:10
Label East West
Writer(s) Denzil Foster, Thomas McElroy
Producer(s) Foster & McElroy
En Vogue singles chronology
"Giving Him Something He Can Feel"
(1992)
"Free Your Mind"
(1992)
"Give It Up, Turn It Loose"
(1992)

"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 eight on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number sixteen on the UK Singles Chart.

"Free Your Mind" debuted at number eighty-nine on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 the week of September 12, 1992. Within one week, it jumped to number forty-five, then to number twenty-five, and continued to make impressive strides until it eventually peaked at number eight the week of October 31, 1992. Altogether, "Free Your Mind" spent sixteen weeks in the top forty of the Billboard Hot 100.

Song information[edit]

"Free Your Mind" used the chorus line of the George Clinton/Funkadelic song, "Free Your Mind and Your Ass Will Follow" with his permission.[citation needed] 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.

Janet Jackson included the video in the Countdown of her twenty-five favorite videos of all-time at number eleven.[2]

The track has been included in Les Mills' most recent BodyVive class.

The song was covered by The Band on their 1996 album High on the Hog, and by Sub7even in 2002.

The song was covered as part of a mash-up on Fox's Glee along with "Stop! In the Name of Love" by the Supremes in the episode "Never Been Kissed".

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 meeting.

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[edit]

Grammy Awards of 1993[edit]

MTV Video Music Awards 1993[edit]

Charts[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.faqs.org/copyright/dont-think-i-can-make-it-by-denzil-foster-thomas-mcelroy/
  2. ^ http://www.janet-xone.com/2006_10_01_archives.html#116036418360381766
  3. ^ "australian-charts.com". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2010-10-31. 
  4. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl". MegaCharts. Retrieved 2010-10-31. 
  5. ^ "The Irish Charts". MegaCharts. Retrieved 2010-10-31. 
  6. ^ "charts.org.nz". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2010-10-31. 
  7. ^ "swedishcharts.com". hitparad.se. Retrieved 2010-10-31. 
  8. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1992". Retrieved 2010-07-30. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.faqs.org/copyright/dont-think-i-can-make-it-by-denzil-foster-thomas-mcelroy/
  2. ^ http://www.janet-xone.com/2006_10_01_archives.html#116036418360381766
  3. ^ "australian-charts.com". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2010-10-31. 
  4. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl". MegaCharts. Retrieved 2010-10-31. 
  5. ^ "The Irish Charts". MegaCharts. Retrieved 2010-10-31. 
  6. ^ "charts.org.nz". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2010-10-31. 
  7. ^ "swedishcharts.com". hitparad.se. Retrieved 2010-10-31. 
  8. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1992". Retrieved 2010-07-30. 

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