Coldcut featuring Lisa Stansfield – People hold on
“People hold on” reminds us of Coldcut. Do you remember them? Well, I think… probably. Two British deejay and producers, making songs and album. They leveraged almost anknown singers for their songs. But often these songs became very successful, and the unknown voices became stars. And sometimes they even started solo careers!
Exactly the opposite of Stock Aitken and Waterman! They composed poor songs, very similar to each other, then gave the songs to former great artists starting to decline, and in this way the helped the artists in ending their careers 🙂 Coldcut, on the other hand, made good songs, more dance than pop, great use of electronics, samples and synthesizers. They gave the songs to unknown artists, the hit blasted, and the artist became famous!
This happened about one year before with Yazz. She became famous for being the voice of “Doctorin’ the house“. But actually the full credits of the song say “Coldcut featuring Yazz and the Plastic Population”! So, in March 1989, they release another hit, featuring a young girl who was famous (not too much) just in England as the voice of the Blue Zone. Also the Blue Zone were not too famous!
They were famous for one thing: in June 1988 they released an album that did not found great success. But few months later, another group released another album with exactly the same title, and found a planetary success. Both the albums were called “Big thing”. The second group was of course Duran Duran.
Back to this story, Coldcut release the song featuring this unknown singer. Once agin this is the lucky strike for the unknown singer, Lisa Stansfield, who will find worldwide success few months later and will start her solo career… And her solo career is still very successful today!
Coldcut on Wikipedia
Lisa Stansfield on Wikipedia