Memory of You
|"Memory of You"|
|Song by Girls Aloud|
|from the album Ten and The Loving Kind — Single|
|A-side||"The Loving Kind"|
|Released||12 January 2009|
|Ten and The Loving Kind — Single track listing|
"Memory of You" is a song by British all-female pop group Girls Aloud recorded during sessions for their fifth studio album Out of Control (2008). The song was written by Girls Aloud, Miranda Cooper, Brian Higgins and his production team Xenomania, and produced by Higgins and Xenomania. Described as "more dance oriented than pop," the track is influenced by trance and progressive house music, originating as a track entitled "Japan" by trance project Cadence.
The song was originally released as a B-side to the 7" vinyl format of their 2009 single "The Loving Kind". Due to its overwhelming popularity with fans, it was later released in high quality on Girls Aloud's Singles Box Set (2009). The song received acclaim from contemporary music critics, some of whom suggested that the track was better than its A-side. Nicola Roberts also included a solo version of "Memory of You" as a B-side to her single "Yo-Yo".
Background and composition
"Memory of You" originated in 2004 as a song by Cadence, a trance project composed of Grammy-nominated DJ and producer Mike Koglin, Darren Edge and Paul Woods. The song, then entitled "Japan," was written by Koglin, Miranda Cooper, Brian Higgins, Tim Powell, and Giselle Sommerville, all members of Higgins' production team Xenomania, while Louise Griffiths provided vocals. Girls Aloud's "Memory of You" retained the same melody and lyrics, although the backing track was completely different. New verses were also adding, earning Girls Aloud a co-writing credit.
The Girls Aloud version of the track retains Cadence's trance roots, having been described as "far more dance oriented than pop." Kimberley Walsh and Nicola Roberts provide a majority of the vocals, causing tabloid paper News of the World to wrongly identify the track as an "underground tune" recorded by Walsh and Roberts outside of Girls Aloud.
The song was originally released as a B-side to the 7" vinyl format of their 2009 single "The Loving Kind". Popjustice featured a 30-second clip of "Memory of You" as their Song of the Day prior to release. Fans campaigned to get the song available in a high quality format, which even gained the attention of The Sun. Due to its overwhelming popularity with fans, it was later released in high quality on Girls Aloud's Singles Box Set (2009). In 2012, Girls Aloud fans selected "Memory of You" to be one of ten songs included on the deluxe edition bonus disc of their greatest hits collection Ten, receiving more votes than any other track.
The song received universal acclaim from critics and fans alike. Bradley Stern of MuuMuse labeled the song Girls Aloud's best b-side to date and stated that the song "near eclipses its host single." Peter Robinson, founder of Popjustice, expressed confusion regarding the song's lack of inclusion on Out of Control, stating, "the track’s chorus is better than a lot of the choruses that did make it onto the album." Robinson described "Memory of You" as a "glossy euro rave-up." In a review for Ten, Digital Spy's Robert Copsey described "Memory of You" as one of the best tracks on the album's second disc of fan favourites. James Fyfe of imediamonkey wrote, "Memory of You represents one of the few career misjudgements the group ever made; it’s ridiculous that this wasn’t a single, let alone that it wasn’t even included on their 2008 record Out of Control. It’s a truly phenomenal track."
Credits and personnel
- Songwriting: Brian Higgins, Girls Aloud, Giselle Sommerville, Miranda Cooper, Tim Powell
- Production: Brian Higgins, Xenomania
- Keyboards: Brian Higgins, Sacha Collision, Tim Powell
- Mixing: Sacha Collision, Tim Powell
- Mastering engineer: Dick Beetham at 360 Mastering.
- Published by Warner Chappell/Xenomania/EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
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- "Give B-side its own release". The Sun. News International. 14 January 2009. Retrieved 25 November 2012.
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- Bradley Stern (9 January 2012). "Nicola Roberts' solo version of Girls Aloud's Memory of You is as incredible as you were hoping". MuuMuse. Retrieved 25 November 2012.
- Peter Robinson (12 January 2009). "The incredible song Girls Aloud's people don't want you to hear". Retrieved 25 November 2012.
- Robert Copsey (23 November 2012). "Girls Aloud: 'Ten' – Album review". Digital Spy. Hachette Filipacchi Médias. Retrieved 25 November 2012.
- James Fyfe (26 November 2012). "Girls Aloud – Ten (LP)". imediamonkey. Retrieved 1 December 2012.