Saturday, April 23, 2011

Saturday Night Song #2

Tonights Saturday Night Song (SNS) is "Inside Out [remix]" by Imelda May.

Who: Imelda May was born Imelda Mary Clabby in Dublin, Ireland, in 1974. She is a singer, songwriter and composer. She has won awards such as "Female Artist of the Year" (2009 Meteor Awards) and performed at the 52nd Grammy Awards. She is married to her band's guitar player, Darrel Higham.

What: Imelda was influenced in her early life by Elvis, Eddie Cochran, and Billie Holiday, among others. Her career began when she was 16, the age at which she began touring the clubs and pubs in Dublin. She sang in a seven-piece blues band at the time. Her professional career began in 2003 with the release of "No Turning Back", a rockabilly album released under her maiden name, Imelda Clabby. In 2007, she received a recording contract with Ambassador Records and released her second album "Love Tattoo". It was this No.1 album that launched her into the public eye - a performance on "Later...with Jools Holland" cemented her status as one to watch. Her third album, "Mayhem", was released in 2010, and also reached No.1. Imelda is a regular on the festival circuit, and will appear in many of the summers' most highly-anticipated festivals, including Oxegen.

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When: This single, her sixth, was released on January 16, 2011. This version was released via download as a bonus track for those who had already bought the album "Mayhem" (which features a different version of the song).

Why: Because I LOVE Imelda May. She's sassy, confident, sexy, and one of the most talented and original performers around at the minute. She's a down-to-earth girl with a relatively modest upbringing, and for all her success, hasn't changed a bit. Her trademark quiff and rockabilly sound make her a joy both to watch and listen to, and "Mayhem" was one of the best albums released last year.

On another note, does the riff at the beginning of this version remind anyone else of THIS? No?

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