Me and My Imagination

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"Me and My Imagination"
Single by Sophie Ellis-Bextor
from the album Trip the Light Fantastic
B-side "Move to the Music"
"Here's to You"
Released 14 May 2007
Format Digital download, CD single, vinyl
Recorded 2006, Stanley House (London, England)
Genre Dance-pop, nu-disco
Length 3:27
Label Fascination
Writer(s) Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Hannah Robinson, Matt Prime
Producer(s) Matt Prime
Sophie Ellis-Bextor singles chronology
"Catch You"
(2007)
"Me and My Imagination"
(2007)
"Today the Sun's on Us"
(2007)

"Me and My Imagination" is a song by British recording artist Sophie Ellis-Bextor for her third studio album, Trip the Light Fantastic (2007). It was written by Ellis-Bextor, Hannah Robinson and co-written and produced by Matt Prime. It is a dance-pop, disco song and its lyrics advise an overeager suitor to play harder to get. Some critics noted that it recalls the songs from her first studio album, Read My Lips (2001).

The song was released as the album's second single in May 2007, reaching number twenty-three on the UK Singles Chart. It received acclaim from music critics, who named it a brilliant and irresistible slice of pop. The lyrics were also praised, with many of whom commending the singer for the smart lyrical concept. The song was prominently used in several episodes of the Spanish television series Supermodelo, the Spanish version of America's Next Top Model.

Background and composition[edit]

A 30 second sample of "Me and My Imagination".

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"Me and My Imagination" was written by Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Hannah Robinson and co-written and produced by Matt Prime.[1] It is an electronic, dance[2] and disco song.[3] The lyrics advise an overeager suitor to play harder to get.[1] "I don't need to know your every trick, so keep me guessing just a little bit", coos Sophie.[4]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

The song received generally favorable reviews from music critics. K. Ross Hoffman of Allmusic called it "an immaculate disco glide,"[1] while Nick Levine of Digital Spy named it "a sun-dappled disco."[5] Stuart McCaighy of This Is Fake DIY wrote a very positive review, stating "It's an immediate and irresistible slice of pop. The song's pace and melody make the most of Sophie's deadpan delivery. This is modern pop with old time appeal - it sticks in the head and refuses to budge."[6] Emily MacKay of Yahoo! Music commented: "It's an old-school Sophie handbag house with a soft icy melody and a simple, smart lyrical concept."[4] Caroline Sullivan of The Guardian commented: "She excels herself on the delicious single Me and My Imagination, her disengaged presence helping (along with a walloping melody and frantic violins) to push the song to ecstatic heights."[7] However, Kitt Empire of The Observer wrote that the song "tries to recreate the Ibizan bliss of her debut album Read My Lips, but ends up more fake tan than sunkissed glow."[8] Talia Kraine of BBC Music perceived that the song "recalled days of Read My Lips."[9]

Andrew Bain of MusicOMH wrote a favorable review, commenting "On first listen, most of the song is pretty forgettable, but with some persistence it manages, as all good pop songs do, to burrow neatly into the listener's brain and lodge itself there. However, unlike most other pop songs it achieves this goal with a more understated sound, achieving memorability through a chorus so gentle that you barely realise it's there. In other words, Sophie achieves a good pop single with the class that she is known for, never stooping to the unbearably repetitive nature of most pop. It makes for a much more pleasurable listen, even for those whose tastes usually lie outside the genre. As a whole it is a perfectly listenable and amiable song. If you liked Sophie's previous stuff, especially the last single (and not so much Murder on the Dancefloor), then this single is for you."[10] Pitchfork Media ranked "Me and My Imagination" at #87 on its list of the 100 Greatest Tracks of 2007.[3] David Raposa wrote:

"Some things Sophie Ellis-Bextor can't do without: the three-minute song, disco strings, pop glitter, and men that play hard-to-get. This standout track from her third solo album is more of the same from a UK pop factory that produces pop hooks most Americans adore only when in the mouths of teenage babes or Gwen Stefani. Radio programmers, please note: Pure sugar like this will go a long way toward making the usual Top 40 placebos easier to swallow."[3]

Charts and controversy[edit]

The single peaked at number 23 on the UK Singles Chart and it sold 10,000 copies in the United Kingdom.[11] "Me and My Imagination" later appeared on the Abercrombie & Fitch playlist in America.[12] On the Russian Top Hit 100, the song debuted at number 96 on the issue dated May 21, 2007.[13] On the issue dated May 28, 2007, the song climbed from 96 to 53.[14] On the issue dated June 4, 2007, the song moved to number 35.[15] The song peaked at number 16 on the chart issue dated July 16, 2007.[16]

The single's digital release caused controversy when iTunes failed to add the song until a week after it was supposed to be released, appearing on 14 May 2007 instead of 7 May 2007. Ellis-Bextor believed she would have scored a top 10 hit if the problem had not occurred.[17] She described the error as "a nightmare", and believed it placed her chart position in jeopardy.[17]

Music video[edit]

Sophie in the music video, where she is dancing in the studio in front of a troupe of dancers, each wearing illuminated costumes of different colours.

The music video was directed by Nourizadeh Nima and filmed in west London. Sophie Muller was Ellis-Bextor's first choice to direct the video, but Muller had to decline the offer when she broke her ankle.[18] The video features Ellis-Bextor in various places, singing to the camera. There are four sequences; the first takes place on an empty street, which then turns into a black studio. The second features Ellis-Bextor dancing in the studio in front of a troupe of dancers, each wearing illuminated costumes of different colours. The third sequence takes place in a park, while the fourth has Ellis-Bextor finding cover from the rain in London.[19]

Track listing[edit]

  • 2-track single
  1. "Me and My Imagination" – 3:27
  2. "Move to the Music" – 3:33
  1. "Me and My Imagination" – 3:27
  2. "Move to the Music" – 3:33
  3. "Me and My Imagination" (Tony Lamezma Radio Mix) – 3:43
  4. "Me and My Imagination" (StoneBridge Radio Mix) – 3:14
  5. "Me and My Imagination" (video)
  • 12" picture disc
  1. "Me and My Imagination" – 3:28
  2. "Here's to You" – 2:46
  3. "Catch You" (Riff & Ray's Mix) – 8:17
  4. "Me and My Imagination" (StoneBridge Vocal Mix) – 7:20

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[20] 9
Estonia Singles Chart[21] 8
European Hot 100[22] 67
Romanian Singles Chart 29
Russian Top Hit 100[16] 16
UK Singles Chart[23] 23

Credits and personnel[edit]

  • Additional production by Justin Spier and Mat Jackson
  • All instruments by Matt Prime
  • Additional bass: Guy Pratt
  • Recorded at Stanley House in 2006

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Trip the Light Fantastic, Interscope Records.[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hoffman, K. Ross (21 May 2007). "Trip the Light Fantastic - Sophie Ellis-Bextor: Allmusic". Allmusic. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Sophie Ellis-Bextor Me and My Imagination: Allmusic". Allmusic. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c Raposa, David (17 December 2007). "Staff Lists: Top 100 Tracks of 2007 | Features | Pitchfork". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  4. ^ a b MacKay, Emily (24 May 2007). "Sophie Ellis Bextor - Trip The Light Fantastic - Yahoo! Music". Yahoo! Music. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  5. ^ Levine, Nick (23 May 2007). "Sophie Ellis-Bextor: 'Trip The Light Fantastic'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  6. ^ McCaighy, Stuart (21 May 2007). "Sophie Ellis Bextor - Trip The Light Fantastic". This Is Fake DIY. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  7. ^ Sullivan, Caroline (18 May 2007). "CD: Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Trip the Light Fantastic". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  8. ^ EMpire, Kitty (20 May 2007). "CD of the Week: Trip the Light Fantastic by Sophie Ellis Bextor | Music | The Observer". The Observer. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  9. ^ Kraines, Talia (24 May 2007). "BBC - Music - Review of Sophie Ellis Bextor - Trip the Light Fantastic". BBC. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  10. ^ Bain, Andrew (14 May 2007). "Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Me And My Imagination (Polydor)". musicOMH. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  11. ^ Me and My Imagination sales in the UK
  12. ^ Abercrombie & Fitch playlist. abercrombie.com. Retrieved 7 July 2007.
  13. ^ "TopHit.Ru: Weekly General Airplay Top 100 Hit (21/5 - 27/05/2007)". TopHit.Ru. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  14. ^ "TopHit.Ru: Weekly General Airplay Top 100 Hit (28/5 - 03/06/2007)". TopHit.Ru. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  15. ^ "TopHit.Ru: Weekly General Airplay Top 100 Hit (4/6 - 10/06/2007)". TopHit.Ru. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  16. ^ a b "TopHit.Ru: Weekly General Airplay Top 100 Hit (16/7 - 22/07/2007)". TopHit.Ru. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  17. ^ a b c Jonny Evans. "Sophie Ellis Bextor slams iTunes error". macworld.co.uk. 16 May 2007. Retrieved 2 July 2007.
  18. ^ Videography. Sophie Online. Retrieved 2 July 2007.
  19. ^ "Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Me And My Imagination video". NME. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  20. ^ "Ultratop.be – Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Me and My Imagination" (in Dutch). Ultratip.
  21. ^ Polish Singles Chart. appcchart.com. Retrieved 7 July 2007.
  22. ^ "Sophie Ellis-Bextor Album & Song Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  23. ^ World Chart Positions. acharts.us. Retrieved 25 June 2007.
  24. ^ Trip the Light Fantastic (liner notes). Sophie Ellis-Bextor. Fascination Records. 2007.