Ya Soshla S Uma
|"Ya Soshla s Uma"|
|Single by t.A.T.u.|
|from the album 200 Po Vstrechnoy|
|Released||19 December 2000|
(Neformat Studios, Russia)
|Genre||Alternative rock, electronica|
|t.A.T.u. singles chronology|
"Ya Soshla S Uma" (Cyrillic: "Я сошла с ума" [ja sɐʂˈla sʊˈma]; translation: "I Have Lost My Mind") is a song recorded by Russian girl group t.A.T.u., who went under their Russian name for their debut studio and Russian album, 200 Po Vstrechnoy (2001). It was written by Sergio Galoyan, Elena Kiper, and Valeriy Polienko, whilst production was handled by Ivan Shapovalov. The single premiered on 19 December 2000 as the lead single from the album. Musically, "Ya Soshla s Uma" is an electronic song, influenced by dance music. Although the songs original story was based on a dream by Kiper at a dentist appointment, Shapovalov evoked the theme of Lesbianism in both this and the English language adaption, "All The Things She Said".
Upon its release, the track garnered generally favourable reviews from music critics. Many critics highlighted as one of the album's best tracks, and complimented the production. Despite not entering on any record charts, the song was a huge topic and success through airplay stations in Russia, Ukraine, Poland, and Czech Republic. An accompanying music video was shot in Russia, where it featured t.A.T.u. in school girls and kissing each other. Whilst the kissing scene from "Ya Soshla s Uma" was heavily controversial in Russia, the English adaption popularised the group an caused controversy.
Background and composition
t.A.T.u. members Yulia Volkova and Elena Katina had originally worked for the Russian children musical group Neposedi, but Volkova was dismissed due to volatile behaviour. Katina was also accused by Russian journalism of bad behaviour, and left not long after. Then, Russian music manager Ivan Shapovalov held a casting call for a solo singer to be managed by him, and selected Katina out of several other girls. Him and his ex-wife, Elena Kiper, then decided to create and manage a duo, and selected Volkova as the second act to the group. According to Kiper, she had attended a dentist appointed and was put under anesthesia for further surgical procedures. She then recalled dreaming about a woman kissing, and woke up saying the words "Ya Soshla s Uma", which is "I've lost my mind" in Russian language.
She had told Shapovalov about the dream, and wrote the second phrase "Mne nuzhna ona", which means "I need her"; this is where Shapovalov conveyed the theme of lesbianism through the song, and its English language counterpart "All The Things She Said". Shapovalov had been accused by Russian media for taking the idea of Kiper's and conveying it as his own, whilst Kiper stated that the idea was all made by her. "Ya Soshla S Uma" was written by Sergio Galoyan, Elena Kiper, and Valeriy Polienko, whilst production was handled by the groups manager Ivan Shapovalov. Shapovalov composed the track, and it was recorded by him at the Neformat Studios, Russia in 1999.
After completion of the song, co-manager of the group Boris Renski decided to pull the release as he felt the final result would become a failure to the Russian public. Shapovalov persuaded Renski in allowing the continuation of the band, and offered to pay the music video himself; Renski accepted the offer. The single premiered on 19 December 2000 as the lead single from the album. It was released as a CD Single, which included the original version, four remix versions, and two enhanced videos; the music video and the "behind the scenes". A cassette tape was also issued in Russia, which included the five tracks on the CD single. After the groups signing with Universal Music Russia in 2001, it was re-issued as a double A-side single with their single "Nas Ne Dagonyat" in Poland. That same year, it premiered as a radio single in Germany and Europe; in January 2003, it appeared as a second b-side track to the CD Single of "All The Things She Said".
Katy Perry controversy
In February 2011, American recording artist and songwriter, Katy Perry, released the her single, "E.T." from her third studio album, Teenage Dream (2010). According to several music publications, they believed the composition and rhythm bar of Perry's single was similar to the sound of "Ya Soshla s Uma"; Matthew Cole from Slant Magazine disliked Perry's song for being "inscrutability" and said that song's backing track was reminiscent of t.A.T.u.'s track. Similarly, The A.V. Club editor Genevieve Koski felt "E.T." "bears more than a passing resemblance" of t.A.T.u.'s single, and a reporter from Sound Magazine posted a mash-up version of the songs to distinguish the comparisons; the website labelled it one of the most "annoyingly addictive" songs. In May 2011, Galoyan responded to the comparisons and criticized Perry's track; he considered legal action against Perry, West, and Perry's label's Capitol Records and Universal Music Group, but has not responded since his comments.
"Ya Soshla S Uma" received positive reviews from music critics. Writing for AllMusic, Drago Bonacich selected the track as one of the groups best singles. Michael Osborn from MusicOMH discussed the girls vocal abilities, and noted that their vocal performances in both English and Russian were incomprehensible; he quoted, "But you try getting your tongue around Ya Soshla S Uma." Sean Bertiger from Popdirt.com preferred the Russian version over the English adaption, citing the groups vocals and "emotions" as factors to his opinion. Since its release, the song has also achieved accolades and awards. In early 2001, Universal Music Group hosted a poll for the audience to vote on which song was the best from 200 Po Vstrechnoy; as a result, "Ya Soshla s Uma" came first place. The single won the MTV Video Music Award for the Russian entry of 2000. In 2001, "Ya Soshla S Uma" won the 100 Pound Hit awarded by Hit FM Russia; they performed the song that same night. On 29 November, 2005, Kiper was presented the song writing award at the BMI Honors Top European Songwriters And Publishers; this was her first win at the BMI Honors ceremony, and won the second time with "Not Gonna Get Us" (2002), t.A.T.u.'s second international single. Commercially, the single reached number one on the Russian Singles Chart, peaking there for eighteen consecutive weeks. By January 2010, "Ya Soshla s Uma" sold over 50,000 units, and over 200,000 illegal copies.
The accompanying music video to "Ya Soshla s Uma" was directed by Shapovalov, and was shot at the Hodinskoe Field in Moscow between September 4–7 2000. For preparation of the video, both Volkova and Katina had to cover themselves in dark-tanning lotion and required haircuts. Over 90 people were present on set, including extra actors, whilst some members had designed a large brick wall by painting abstract patterns and colours to it; according to Shapovalov, the wall itself cost approximately $3000 USD. After shooting majority of the scenes in Hodinskoe Field, Shapovalov moved the wall and iron fence to Kutuzov Avenue, Moscow, in order to shot scenes of traffic whilst the girls where also in the camera; Shapovalov stated that he wanted the viewers to know that there was a "world behind the crowd of people." The video was then broadcast in Russia and Europe in early December 2000 on MTV.
The music video opens with a panning view of a fence and several umbrellas on the left, and eventually zooms out on an audience looking threw it in the rain. Both Volkova and Katina are then shown singing the track in catholic school uniforms. Throughout majority of the song, it features the girls performing erratic behaviour which includes them banging against a fence, yelling for help towards the audience, and occasionally laughing at them. The girls continue to sing to each other during the second chorus, but then start to kiss each other, with the audience slightly startled at their actions. Several members of the public start to talk to each other, whilst a shot with the camera looking up Volkova's skirt and exposing her underwear; the girls still continue to kiss.
The bridge section has the girls sitting down in the water, whilst snow starts to fall. At the last bit of the chorus, it shows the girls pointing in different directions, until they both walk around corner and see a vast field, where the sun is breaking out of the clouds; they clasp hands and walk off into the distance. The people on the other side of the fence are left in the eerie green light with rain falling steadily, and shows that they are the ones that are isolated behind the fence. The final scene has the girls further in the distance walking. Several scenes from :Ya Soshla s Uma" did not appear on the English version of "All The THings She Said", due to lip-syncing issues as Shapovalov did not shoot a version with the girls singing in English. Like "All The Things She Said", the video generated controversy for having both the girls kissing and critics believed it prompt paedophilia and lesbianism; however, an editor from The Age commented that the impact of the video to "Ya Soshla s Uma" was generally lukewarm.
"Ya Soshla S Uma" was included on the groups 200 Po Vstrechnoy concert tour, where they performed in Russia and Ukraine; they extended the tour in 2002 and travelled to Germany, Czech Republic, and Poland, amongst other destinations. Parts of "Ya Soshla S Uma" was used during the groups Truth Tour at St. Petersburg, where it was used as the closing number to the concert. The single was included on the groups greatest hits compilation album The Best (2006), while the music video and HarDrum remix and video version were included on the former album and their 2003 t.A.T.u. Remixes album.
Credits and personnel
Credits adapted from the CD liner notes of 20 Po Vstrechnoy;
Charts and sales
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