Friends (Stella Getz song)

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"Friends"
Friends (Stella Getz song).jpg
Single by Stella Getz
from the album Forbidden Dreams
B-side"Remix"
ReleasedNovember 1993
Format
Genre
Length3:12
LabelMega Records
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Stella Getz singles chronology
"Friends"
(1993)
"Dr. Love"
(1994)
Music video
"Friends" on YouTube

"Friends" is a 1993 single by Norwegian singer Stella Getz.[1] It is her first single, taken from the debut album Forbidden Dreams.

Background and release[edit]

Getz was discovered after entering a DMC contest at the age of 16. After having cut just a few demos, she soon got herself a deal with Mega Records and went into studio with producers Lars E. Ludvigsen and Mikkel S. Eriksen to work on her first single. The song is described as a fusion of loud but subtle rock guitars with a techno foundation, highlighted by a remarkable melody and Getz' fog horn-strength vocals. She made her first public appearance on Norwegian Television performing "Friends" in the popular TV-show Casino.

The song reached top 5 on the charts in Norway,[2] and top 10 in Denmark and Israel. In Germany it peaked at number 32, with 16 weeks on the charts.[3] "Friends" also peaked at number 81 on the Eurochart Hot 100.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Music & Media wrote about the song: "The instant appeal of the single is clear, and so is the 17-year old singer with African blood in her veins. A stunning synth riff like on Stevie Wonder's Superstitious are the wheels on which this song rides. Miss Getz raps and scats—what else with such a jazzy surname?—on top of that. The sing-along chorus is the finishing touch of the song, easily holding its own in the Euro dance field which is suffering already too much from conventions, making it almost impossible to say who's who. With the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer ahead, one gold medal should go to Norway at least. For originality."[5]

Music video[edit]

A music video directed by Matt Broadley was produced by Mega Records to promote the single. It features Stella Getz in a big yellow-painted room. Through a giant pirate binocular she sees a crowd of "friends" arriving and then starts singing. The "friends" are coming through the door, although Stella tries to keep them outside. They wears white masks and they're taking over the place. They're breaking LP-records and dancing on them. They eat all the food in the fridge. And they are tagging down the walls with graffiti spray. In the end the "friends" are dancing around Stella which have been tied with a rope to a tall lamp and the yellow room have been smashed.

Track listing[edit]

Maxi-single[edit]

  1. "Friends" (7") 3:12
  2. "Friends" (12") 7:14
  3. "Friends" (Late Nite Mix) 4:38
  4. "Friends" (U.S. Remix) 2:55

Maxi-single (remix)[edit]

  1. "Friends" (MEGA-Dance Remix) 5:34
  2. "Friends" (Cyber-Town Remix) 5:06
  3. "Friends" (Tango Remix) 2:52
  4. "Friends" (Hi-Rate Remix) 6:18

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1993-1994) Peak
position
Denmark (IFPI)[6] 9
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100) 81
Germany (Official German Charts)[7] 32
Israel (Israeli Singles Chart) 7
Norway (VG-lista)[8] 5

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stella Getz - Friends". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2015-08-28.
  2. ^ "VG-lista - Stella Getz / Friends". Vg.no. Retrieved 2015-08-28.
  3. ^ "Offizielle Deutsche Charts". Offiziellecharts.de. Retrieved 2015-08-28.
  4. ^ "Music-and-Media: Eurochart Hot 100" (PDF). Music-and-Media. Retrieved 2017-11-21.
  5. ^ "Getz Puts Norway Back On The Map" (PDF). Music & Media (1994-02-12, page 10). Retrieved 2018-02-26.
  6. ^ "Top 10 Denmark" (PDF). Music & Media. Retrieved 2018-02-27.
  7. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Stella Getz – Friends". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  8. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Stella Getz – Friends". VG-lista. Retrieved 12 March 2018.