My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)
|"My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)"|
|Single by En Vogue|
|from the album Funky Divas|
|B-side||"Part of Me"|
|Released||March 17, 1992 (U.S.)|
|En Vogue singles chronology|
"My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)" is a song by American female group En Vogue, released in 1992. It is the lead single from their multi-platinum hit album, Funky Divas. VH1 ranked it #43 on its list for the "100 Greatest Songs of the '90s". The single was certified gold by the RIAA for sales/shipments of over 500,000 units.
"My Lovin'" contains a sample of the guitar riff from the James Brown song "The Payback". The guitar sample is looped throughout the entire song and forms the basis of the melody. The song features Maxine Jones and Dawn Robinson on lead vocals. In a 1992 article, En Vogue mentioned this was one of the last songs they recorded for Funky Divas, which resulted in it being released as a single so close to the album's release date.
Billboard wrote about the song: "Fab femme quartet previews its sophomore set, "Funky Divas," with a slinky pop/funk trinket that wraps its signature harmonies with Chic-style guitars, jazzy flute fills, and a muscular bass line."
The Gavin Report wrote: "Artist development is what it's all about, and this San Francisco Bay Area foursome clearly demonstrates that their dazzling 1990 debut was only a glimmer of their potential. Writers/producers Thomas McElroy and Denzil Foster provide the material and these Funky Divas do the rest. What harmony! What grace! They just don't make them any sweeter."
Cash Box wrote: "En Vogue has returned in full thrust with the first single taken off their upcoming second album titled Funky Divas. If you were into their debut album Bom To Sing, this single will definitely catch your ear. It's needless to say that the vocal arrangements are outstanding, because you should already know that. The musical production is also above average and featured is a catchy James Brown sample."
"My Lovin'" was the group's fourth number one on the Hot Soul charts, occupying that position for two weeks. It debuted on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart at #71, the week of March 21, 1992, and jumped to #47 by the following week. The single glided into the top tier, reaching its peak of #2 by the week of May 16, 1992, where it remained for three consecutive weeks. "My Lovin'" was one of several top contenders during the summer of 1992 that was held out of the top spot by Kris Kross (#1 for 8 weeks with "Jump"). (In its second and last week at #1 R&B, "My Lovin'" would hold "Jump" out of that top spot. )
Nevertheless, the song was one of the most notable and popular songs of the year, remaining in the Top 10 for thirteen weeks, and in the Top 40 for twenty-two weeks. The song also reached #4 in the UK Singles Chart, (Due in large part to a performance of the single by En Vogue on the legendary UK music show Top Of The Pops which helped the song reach the top 5 there.) becoming the group's highest charting single there.
The video for the song was directed by Matthew Rolston in February 1992. The video features the group singing the song, intercut with footage of two male back-up dancers, clad in zentai, dancing. The video was inspired by the scene "Big Spender" from the musical Sweet Charity.
Impact and legacy
Blender put "My Lovin'" at 148th place on their list of 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born in 2005. They wrote: "Before En Vogue, girl-group harmonies hadn't been heard in such force on the pop charts for three decades. With Dawn Robinson singing lead, this was a female-empowerment anthem that would have done Lilith Fair proud-the repeated harmonized chanting of "You're never gonna get it" was a kiss-off par excellence. The song-and the group-were anachronisms. It was unprocessed feistiness and sass, just before hip-hop took out a monopoly on swagger."
Pitchfork Media named it the 166th best track of the 1990s, commenting that "With simmering (not shimmering) James Brown guitars, fidgety new-jack beats, and tightly harmonized "ooh BOP"s, funky divas Cindy Herron, Maxine Jones, Terry Ellis, and Dawn Robinson gave the Sister Act era its "Respect"."
- US CD Single
- "My Lovin'" (Radio Active #2) – 4:41
- "My Lovin'" (Hyper Radio Mix) – 5:12
- "My Lovin'" (Theo's Cheaptrick Remix) – 4:41
- UK CD Single
- "My Lovin'" (Radio Edit) – 4:16
- "My Lovin'" (Extended) – 5:03
- "My Lovin'" (LP Version) – 4:44
- "My Lovin'" (Extended Edit) – 4:11
- US 12" Vinyl Single
- "My Lovin'" (Theo's Cheaptrick Remix) – 6:46
- "My Lovin'" (Radio Active) – 4:50
- "My Lovin'" (The Morning After Dub) – 5:37
- "My Lovin'" (Hyperradio) – 5:13
- Producer – Denzil Foster & Thomas McElroy
- Remix – Theo Mizuhara
- Executive-Producer – Denzil Foster, Thomas McElroy
|United States (RIAA)||Gold||500,000^|
*sales figures based on certification alone
Awards and nominations
|Year||Award||Category||Album / Track||Result|
|1992||MTV Video Music Award||Best Choreography||"My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)"||Won|
|Best Group Video|
|Best Dance Video|
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