Blast from the past

Blast From The Past

In this irregular series we will be looking at some of those, ahem, “lost classics”, which we have recently found as a result of taking the cushions off the sofa. Ground rules are that the song in question must be over ten years old. We are not aiming to pick ‘cheesy’ songs from your youth and ours, but rather remind you of a time when pop music meant much, much more than Nicki Minaj, LMFAO and Taylor Swift. We also wish to remind you of some pop acts whom were actually pretty decent, but of whom you may have forgotten.

The Corrs – Breathless

Hi, we're The Corrs and we have the I(rish) Factor.

Hi, we’re The Corrs and we have the I(rish) Factor.

Having recently returned from a visit to Belfast and Dublin we felt inspired to write about an Irish band. Today we’re taking you back 13 years to July 2000. Having survived the millennium bug, the UK felt in such a state of jubilation that it decided to send ‘Breathless’ by our favourite Irish sisterly band – move over B*Witched – straight to the top of the single charts. Somewhat unbelievably it remains to date The Corrs’ only UK #1 hit, with other classics such as ‘What Can I Do?‘, ‘At Your Side‘, ‘Runaway‘, ‘So Young‘, and ‘Irresistible‘ sadly not making the cut. Actually we’d forgotten what a solid string of hits the sisters plus Jim produced. However, much as we could type all day about the many hits of The Corrs, we are here to discuss our favourite song by them, and that is the exquisite ‘Breathless.’

From the first ‘Go on, go on’ we are taken on a whirlwind 3:29 journey through delightful traditional-Irish-folk-tinged pop. ‘The slightest touch and I feel weak’ remains an amazing lyric, but what really stands this song out from the rest is its catchy ‘Go on, Go on’ hook, and in act we just adore the whole chorus. The intonation of ‘tempt me, tease me’ is a crucial element here, as are the lovely backing vocals from The Sisters That Aren’t Andrea. The song is one of this that just doesn’t stop for a second. By the time Jim busts out his guitar skillz for the middle 8, with Andrea ‘aaahing’ and ‘yeahing’ gently in her honey-laden voice over the top, we are irresistibly memorised. It’s extremely cleverly composed. We’ve not forgotten a single word whilst singing along to this song despite it being 13 years old. As a fun fact, this song launched The Corrs to US notoriety, becoming their only top 40 US hit, and was even nominated for a Grammy award. What achievements for a little band from Dundalk. We love this song and we salute The Corrs.


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