Lola's Theme

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"Lola's Theme"
Single by The Shapeshifters
from the album Sound Advice
Released 12 July 2004
Format CD single
Recorded 2004
Genre Disco house
Length 03:27 (radio edit)
05:37 (album version)
The Shapeshifters singles chronology
"Lola's Theme"
/(2004)
"Back to Basics"
(2005)

"Lola's Theme" is the debut single by British house duo The Shapeshifters. It was released on 12 July 2004 as the lead single from their debut album, Sound Advice (2004).

Background[edit]

The name "Lola's Theme" was originally a working title for this record; Lola is Simon Marlin's wife and it was while listening to her record collection that the initial idea for the track was conceived.

"Lola's Theme" features a sample from the introduction of Johnnie Taylor's 1982 R&B hit "What About My Love".[1] and it was originally released as an instrumental at the end of 2003 on their own Nocturnal Groove label. Due to its immense popularity, "Lola's Theme" was licensed from Nocturnal Groove to Positiva Records. At the same time, the sample of "What About My Love" was then completely replayed by Mark Summers at Scorccio Sample Replays, recreating all elements of the sample (strings, brass sections, piano, etc.). The duo then set about finding a vocalist. After a long search they met Cookie, a gospel singer from the London Community Gospel Choir.[2][3] who recorded the vocals for the full release.

Chart performance[edit]

"Lola's Theme" was released on 12 July 2004 and upon its release went straight into the UK charts at number one.[4] "Lola's Theme" also topped the American Dance Charts, peaking at #1 on the Hot Dance Airplay chart in October 2004. The duo went on to have a further two Top 20 UK hits ("Back To Basics" and "Incredible") and now have a recording contract with Defected Records.

The song was featured on the soundtrack of the video game Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony on the fictional in-game station Vladivostok FM.

Composition[edit]

The song is a dance-pop song, utilizing elements of "What About My Love" by Johnnie Taylor. Lyrically, the song speaks of a woman whom for most of her life felt disillusioned and alienated. The protagonist tells the subject of the song that he was a guide who helped her have a positive outlook on life. The subject remains ambiguous, but can be aimed towards a lover or a parent, or God.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Lola's Theme" (radio edit) – 3:25
  2. "Lola's Theme" (main mix) – 8:11
  3. "Lola's Theme" (Extended Vocal Mix) – 6:54
  4. "Lola's Theme" (Eric Prydz Mix) – 8:02
  5. "Lola's Theme" (Calderone Vocal Mix) –10:26
  6. "Lola's Theme" (video) – 3:30

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Lola's Theme" was filmed at George Irvin's Funfair[where?] and some of the video was filmed at the Irvin's Hellraiser (or Waltzer), the Top Buzz, and other rides. The film starts out with a girl writing the song's name and rushing into the park. The Shapeshifters are seen as well, but they don't sing. Then Cookie is seen as she sings and watches the Waltzer ride spin. A teenage boy and girl meet and kiss each other while they're watched. They head into an arcade and play a game. Another teenage boy meets the girl and says "hi", but the other guy tries to get her back and wins her. They head back out to the park and watch an airplane zoom by and start to kiss. Other people watch them kiss as well. Then 3 people use water guns to squirt each other as the film ends with the same girl at the beginning of the video waves goodbye with the chalkboard and rushes back into the crowd.[citation needed]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[5] 35
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[6] 47
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[7] 19
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[8] 2
Denmark (Tracklisten)[9] 17
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[10] 2
Germany (Media Control AG)[11] 23
Ireland (IRMA)[12] 7
Italy (FIMI)[13] 18
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[14] 13
New Zealand (RIANZ)[15] 11
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[16] 41
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[17] 31
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[18] 1
US Hot Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[19] 1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Shapeshifters Interview - Interview with the Shapeshifters (aka Shape:UK)". About.com. Retrieved 2008-10-21. 
  2. ^ Simpson, Dave (2004-07-06). "Shapeshifters". The Guardian. Retrieved 2008-10-21. 
  3. ^ "Lola's Theme". tourdates.co.uk. Retrieved 2008-10-21. 
  4. ^ "Lola's Theme". All Business. 2004-08-14. Retrieved 2008-10-21. 
  5. ^ "The Shapeshifters - Lola's Theme". australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "The Shapeshifters - Lola's Theme" (in German). austriancharts.at. Hung Medien. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  7. ^ "The Shapeshifters - Lola's Theme" (in Dutch). ultratop.be. Hung Medien. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  8. ^ "The Shapeshifters - Lola's Theme" (in French). ultratop.be. Hung Medien. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  9. ^ "The Shapeshifters - Lola's Theme". danishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  10. ^ "The Shapeshifters - Lola's Theme". finnishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  11. ^ "The Shapeshifters, Lola's Theme" (in German). charts.de. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  12. ^ "Discography The Shapeshifters". irishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  13. ^ "The Shapeshifters - Lola's Theme". italiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  14. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 34, 2004" (in Dutch). top40.nl. Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  15. ^ "The Shapeshifters - Lola's Theme". charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  16. ^ "The Shapeshifters - Lola's Theme". swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  17. ^ "The Shapeshifters - Lola's Theme" (in German). hitparade.ch. Hung Medien. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  18. ^ "Chart Stats - Shapeshifters - Lola's Theme". Chart Stats. The Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on 22 July 2012. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  19. ^ "The Shapeshifters Album & Song Chart History: Dance/Club Play Songs". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 6 August 2011.